UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

GEOG5002 Case Studies in Development Practice

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content Adopting an applied perspective, this unit introduces students to the range of professional contexts engaged in contemporary international development practice. Drawing on a series of case-studies, it examines the essential processes of a range of organisations and institutions involved in international development. It introduces students to the working cultures of national and transnational development policy institutions; non-government development agencies; aid/relief organisations; and development research and evaluation institutions. This exploration is set against geographical, economic and political theoretical perspectives that inform various values, assumptions, rationales and ethics underpinning development practice. Students critically reflect on, and develop, technical and communication skills required for professionals working in international aid and development.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) articulate the roles, and approaches to policy and practice, of key actors and institutions in the development industry; (2) critically assess the strengths and limitations of key contemporary approaches to development policy and practice; (3) demonstrate how diverse theoretical perspectives of development lead to alternative and competing approaches to analysis, and action; and (4) apply technical skill and communication strategies commonly employed in the development industry, to address particular development challenges.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) seminar presentation; (2) analytical assessments (reading and blogging logs); and (3) critical essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Petra Tschakert
Contact hours lectures/in-class workshops: 5 hours per week (for 9 weeks)
reading, researching, writing: 13 hours per week (for 8 weeks)
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/GEOG5002/TS-TP-3/2017

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