GEOG5002 Development Practice

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
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.

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)
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