POLS5672 Global Development Debates

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit provides an overview of the theoretical approaches to understanding development, and how key concepts have historically been translated into policy and action. The concept of development, how it is achieved, the role of relevant actors, and its impacts remain contested. This unit explores the evolution of these contestations, providing students with an understanding of the key debates surrounding the concepts of development, poverty, underdevelopment, and progress. It considers the role of states, markets, institutions, and non-governmental organisations, and their interrelationships, and the discourse surrounding the measurement and evaluation of development outcomes. The unit provides students with an understanding of recent trends in these debates, such as the origin and impact of 'good governance' agendas, the politics of aid programming and foreign policy, and the evolving role of states and markets in the provision of welfare.
Students are able to (1) critically evaluate the various meanings of development and analyse how these meanings have developed in particular political, geographic and economic contexts; (2) trace the historical evolution of key development theories, appraising their strengths and limitations; (3) identify and describe the range of actors engaged in development policy and their relationships; (4) critically evaluate debates in the media regarding development issues; and (5) research, develop and deliver critical analyses of development policy and situate these within contemporary debates.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay and (2) test. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Richard Vokes
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
Bachelor of Arts (BP001) (major in Political Science and International Relations)
Contact hours
seminars: 18 hours
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