DEVELOPMENT IN PRACTICE

DST3DIP

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students focus on the practical skills used in development work. Guest speakers from various agencies share their experiences of the development field, providing students with an opportunity to draw on professional expertise. The subject is organised around the idea of the 'development project'. Students are introduced to key development tools, processes and debates surrounding the implementation of development projects. On completion students will be familiar with grant proposal writing, practical tools used in development intervention, and with debates about the best forms of development intervention.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNatalie Araujo

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Completion of DST2CTD or coordinators approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects SOC3DIP

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject at third-year for the Bachelor of International Development (ABID).

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply the principles of good development practice in a simulated project

Activities:
Group work, seminar discussions, feedback on draft sections of group presentation, reading
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

02. Capacity to critically reflect on one's position in relation to "development practice" in relation to texts and experiences

Activities:
Journal keeping, group discussions, reading, study of reflective treatments by others
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)

03. Communicate knowledge and facilitate learning about a specific development tool

Activities:
Conversation and inquiry based discussion with development professionals, workshop on presentation skills, feedback on proposed presentations
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)

04. Develop specific solutions to defined problems based on research and critical thinking

Activities:
Individual and group research, report back to class, discussion on class readings, feedback and monitoring on individual and group progress. Reading and research in clusters.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

05. Write in two professional modes relevant to development: a briefing report and a project proposal

Activities:
Seminar on sample writing modes, completion of briefing report and group project.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNatalie Araujo

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Briefing report (1,000-word equivalent)25 05
Group presentation (500-word equivalent)10 03
Group project proposal (1,000-word equivalent)30 01, 04, 05
One 1,500-word reflective essay35 01, 02