University Handbook 2017

Master of International Development

Course code/s: AMIDV

Course details
Location Bundoora
Course Coordinator

Dr Sheila Scopis

Course Code AMIDV
Available to International students Yes
CRICOS 079183B
Course duration Cognate Students - 1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent. Non-cognate students - 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Credit Points 180 - 240
Exchange opportunity Yes
Leave of absence available Yes
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course Description

The guiding aim of our programs in international development is to encourage thoughtful and reflexive practitioners, analysts and policymakers who understand the complexity of international development and who are able to effectively analyse and respond to challenges. We believe it is important for students to be able to understand how development theory and development practice has evolved and continues to evolve. We are particularly orientated to providing students with up to date knowledge and skills that are reflective of best practice. Students have direct contact with senior and experienced practitioners from the development sector. Indeed, a distinctive aspect of our degree programs is the quality and experience of practitioners that teach into our subjects, including those who have worked with Oxfam, the Australian Red Cross, the World Health Organization, the United Nations and more.

Admission Requirements

La Trobe University offers a range of Postgraduate Pathways. The minimum entry requirement for a Masters Degree is successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or its equivalent). Prior learning developed through relevant work experience or professional accreditation, where it is deemed to be at least equivalent to that obtained through a Bachelor degree, can also be considered. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors to determine whether an applicant has demonstrated the capacity to work at a Masters level, including academic record, English proficiency, and/or employment experience.

The Bachelor degree (or equivalent) must be deemed as being related (cognate) to the area of international development and with marks that are reflective of the capacity to work at the Masters level to gain entry to a 1.5 year Master degree. However, applicants with previous studies that are non-related (non-cognate) to the area of international development can be considered for the two year Master degree program. This form of the degree involves students first enrolling into a one year Graduate Diploma in International Development. Upon successful completion, this Diploma is upgraded to constitute the first twelve months of the Master of International Development.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Course Coordinator, Dr Shelia Scopis (S.Scopis@latrobe.edu.au), to gain advice about how these admission requirements apply to their background and to get advice on how their previous studies (and professional experience) might qualify them for advance standing.

Course Requirements

  • The course consists of 180 credit points of fifth-year level subjects for students who have previous studies, and or professional experience that are related (cognate) to international development. An example of cognate studies would (typically) be a degree in the social sciences. Students without previous cognate studies undertake 240 credit points of study. All students must have completed the following core subjects by the end of their studies: DST5DAC, POL5HSM, POL5ISD and DST5MDF.
  • Local students may study in part-time mode and complete their course over a longer period. International students must maintain a full-time enrolment at all times. Full-time enrolment is 60 credit points of study per semester (four 15 credit point subjects).
  • Students are strongly encouraged to consult with Dr Shelia Scopis (S.Scopis@latrobe.edu.au) before the start of each semester to tailor electives to support their interests and career aspirations and to confirm that their enrolment is appropriately allocated to either the cognate (180 point) or non-cognate (240) version of the degree.
  • LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Course Structure

For a guide on how to suitably structure this degree and plan your enrolment download a copy of the Course Map.

First year

Semester 1 DST5DAC HUS5REM OPTION OPTION
Contemporary Approaches to Development Research Methods (for non-cognate students) Note that cognate students gain advanced standing from this subject but can elect to do it as a List B elective subject. Elective from list A or B (15 cps) Elective from List C (for non-cognate students) Note that cognate students gain advanced standing for this subject (15 cps)
Semester 2 POL5HSM HUS5ADR OPTION OPTION
how Social Change Happens Advanced Research Methods (for non-cognate students) Note that cognate students gain advanced standing from this subject but can elect to do it as a List B elective subject Elective from List A or B (15 cps) Elective from List C (for non-cognate students) Note that cognate students gain advanced standing for this subject (15 cps)

Second year

Semester 1 DST5MDF OPTION OPTION OPTION
Field Methods and Research for Development Elective from List A or B (15 cps) Elective from List A or B (15 cps) Elective from List A or B (15 cps)
Semester 2 POL5ISD OPTION OPTION OPTION
Issues in International Studies and Development (WK 12-16, City Campus) Elective from List A or B (15 cps) Elective from List A or B (15 cps) Elective from List A or B (15 cps)

Electives

List A

The following subjects are designed with particular reference to the needs of postgraduate students in international development. Please contact the degree convener Dr Shelia Scopis (S.Scopis@latrobe.edu.au) if you would like to examine the subject learning guides for any of these subjects.

Disciplinary Electives for Graduate Diploma and Masters
POL5CPE (S1) Political Economy (Online)
DST5MDF (S1) Field Methods and Research for Development: Social Change in Practice
HUS5RS1 (S1 or S2) Humanities Reading Subject 5A
DST5DAE (S2) Development and the Environment
POL5HSD (WK1) Human Security and Development (City Campus)
POL5ISD (WK2) Issues in International Studies and Development (City Campus)
HUM5RE1 (S1 or S2) Masters Research Thesis
HUM5RE2 (S1 or S2) Masters Research Thesis
HUM5RE3 (S1 or S2) Masters Research Thesis
HUM5RE4 (S1 or S2) Masters Research Thesis
HUM5SIP (ALL YR) Study Abroad, Internships and Placements
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2, WK1 = Weeks 34 - 36, WK2 = Weeks 12 - 16, ALL YR = All Year

LIST B

The following subjects are designed to allow interdisciplinary tailoring within the boundaries of Humanities and Social Sciences and Business. Because there is a close connection and overlap between International Development (ID) and International Relations (IR), the IR subjects are listed first five rows in the table below. However, students are generally encouraged to follow their specific interests and needs. For example, students could take undertake studies in Strategic Communication.

For students wishing to undertake additional specialised research there are a number of research subject options that involve one-on-one supervision (e.g. HUM5RE1). For students seeking to undertake internships or study abroad these activities can be credited through HUM5SIP. Please consult the Course Coordinator, Dr Shelia Scopis (S.Scopis@latrobe.edu.au) for assistance in tailoring your study plan to suit your academic interests and career aspirations.

HuSS Shared Electives
POL5RIC (S1) Contemporary International Relations
POL5IJC (S2) International Security in the Asia-Pacific
POL5WPS (S2) Security in a Borderless World
POL5QQA (S1) States in Transition: Peacebuilding after Civil War and Regime Change
POL5GGA (WK1) Globalisation and Governance
BUS5SMM (S1, S2 or SUM 1) Sustainable Management and Marketing
BUS5IAF (S1, S2 or SUM 1) Introduction to Accounting and Finance
DST5DAC (S1) Contemporary Approaches to Development
HUM5SIP (ALL YR) Study Abroad, Internships and Placements (off-campus)
HUM5RE1 (S1 or S2) Masters Research Thesis (15 cps)
HUM5RE2 (S1 or S2) Masters Research Thesis (30 cps)
HUM5RE3 (S1 or S2) Masters Research Thesis (45 cps)
HUM5RE4 (S1 or S2) Master Research Thesis (60 cps)
IBU5GW (S1 or S2) Governance in a Globalising World
IBU5IBE (S1 or S2) International Business
BUS5POE (S1 or S2) Principles of Economics
JRN5SMP (S2) Social Media Practice and Journalism
JRN5ONJ (S2) Online Journalism Production
JRN5PED (S1 or S2) Digital Editing and Publishing
MGT5MIO (S1) Managing Innovation in Organisations (City campus)
MGT5EBP (S1, S2 or WK2) Entrepreneurial Business Planning (City campus)
MGT5PMT (S1 or WK3) Project Management (City campus)
PLA4NMC (S1) Negotiation, Mediation and Community Consultation
PLA5PP (S2) Project Management and Implementation for Planning and Community Development
PLA5CD (S1) Community Development
PLA4RMP (S1) Research Methods for Planners (Bendigo)
POL5HSM (S2) How Social Change Happens
SOC5QSR (S2) Quantitative Skills for Social Research
STC5ATS (S1 or S2) Strategic Communication Strategy (City campus)
STC5CPS (S1) Strategic Political Communication (City campus)
STC5COS (S2) Strategic Communication in Society (City campus)
STC5IRW (S1) Strategic Communication Writing (City campus)
STC5MSI (S2) Issues Management in Strategic Communications (City campus)
SWP5IIC (S1) Inclusion in Communities
SWP5SPA (S1) Social Policy Analysis and Advocacy
ARC5GIM (S2) Methods in GIS (Online)
POL5CPE (S1) Political Economy (online)
PLA5SPI (WK4 or WK5) International Project (Bendigo)
POL5HSD (WK6) Human Security and Development (City campus)
POL5ISD (WK7) Issues in International Studies and Development (City campus)
JRN5NJD (S1) Digital Journalism
JRN5JWT (S1) The Working Journalist
JRN5LEJ (S2) Law and Ethics in Journalism
LAW5RLC (SUM 1) Refugee Law in Context
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2, SUM 1 = Summer Semester 1,  ALL YR = All Year, WK1 = Weeks 10-14, WK2 = Weeks 42-52, WK3 = Weeks 32-38, WK4 = Weeks 45-14, WK5 = Weeks 23-31, WK6 = Weeks 34-36, WK7 = Weeks 12-16 

List C

The subjects in List C are for students who are enrolled in the non-cognate version of the Master of International Development. These students need to choose two subjects from the list below. Undertaking these subjects will allow students without sufficient background in the social sciences to develop their capacities in social analysis and the methods and tools of the social sciences.

Undergraduate and Honours Electives for Graduate Diploma and Year 1 of Masters
DST1DEV (S2) Globalisation and Development
ANT1TLC (S2) Transforming Local Communities
POL1PPE (S1) Politics Philosophy and Economics
 ANT1CAG (S1) Culture and Globalisations: Introduction to Anthropology
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2

 

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