There are now 3 possible online modes for units:
Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.
Units available in Online Restricted mode have been adapted for online study only for those students who require the unit to complete their studies and who are unable to attend campus owing to exceptional circumstances beyond their control. To be enrolled in a unit in Online Restricted mode, students should contact their Student Advising Office through askUWA
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Adopting an applied perspective, this unit introduces students to the range of professional contexts engaged in contemporary international development practice. The core focus is on what it means to do development, in a variety of different contexts, and what knowledge and skills a development practitioner needs to have to address real challenges encountered in the field. It introduces students to key actors in international development and the working cultures of large development institutions (e.g. World Bank, UN organisations; non-government development agencies; aid/relief organisations; aid celebrities, and development academics. This exploration is set against theoretical perspectives that inform values, assumptions, rationales and ethics underpinning development practice. Students critically reflect on their own position in development and develop self-reflexive, technical and communication skills required for professionals working in international development, regional planning, and humanitarian aid.
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Not available in 2023 UWA (Perth) Face to face Not available in 2023 Online Online timetabled
Students are able to (1) articulate the roles in and approaches to development practice, including old and new actors and institutions in the development industry; (2) critically assess the differences between different approaches to development practice, and embedded opportunities and pitfalls; (3) demonstrate how diverse theoretical perspectives of development practice lead to alternative and competing behaviours and actions; and (4) apply reflexive, technical,and communication strategies to address particular challenges and novel ways of doing development in practice.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar presentation; (2) analytical assessments (reading and blogging logs); and (3) critical essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Dr Linda Robson
- Contact hours
- lectures/in-class workshops: 5 hours per week (for 9 weeks)
reading/ researching/writing: 13 hours per week (for 8 weeks)
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
Face to face
Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit is asynchronous delivery, with NO requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Not available for self-enrolment. Students access this mode by contacting their student office through AskUWA. 100% Online Unit.
NO campus face-to-face attendance. All study and assessment requirements are online only. Unit includes some timetabled activities, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times. In exceptional cases (noted in the Handbook) students may be required to participate in face-to-face laboratory classes when a return to UWA’s Crawley campus becomes possible in order to be awarded a final grade.
No attendance or regular contact is required, and all study requirements are completed either via correspondence and/or online submission.
Regular attendance is not required, but student attends the institution face to face on an agreed schedule for purposes of supervision and/or instruction.
Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.