Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject we explore the conditions that enable progressive social change and those that constrain it. We do so in dialogue with a number of practitioners involved in development. We examine the interplay of actors and structures in the development field with the objective of identifying elements of successful development practice. Moving from broad debates in the social sciences, students are invited to consider a range of practical issues related to development practise, including: how non-governmental organizations mobilise people; the conditions for successful advocacy; the role of networking and informal structures in advancing social change; the constraints facing development and aid agencies: the politics of partnership and leadership; and the negotiation of power. Students apply this learning to specific projects they research during the subject.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorChris Roche

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in the Master of International Relations (AMIR/AMIRL/AMIRH/AMIRS), Graduate Diploma of International Relations(AGIR), Graduate Certificate of International Relations (ACIR), Master of International Development or related double masters (AMID/AMIDV/AMIDH/HZHPHID/HZPHID), Graduate Diploma of International Development(AGDST) or Graduate Certificate of International Development (ACDST).


Incompatible subjects POL4MSH

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject the Master of International Development (AMID/AMIDV/AMIDH/HZHPHID/HZPHID)

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsActivists beyond borders : advocacy networks in international politics,RecommendedKeck, M. E. and Sikkink, K.CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS 1998
ReadingsFrom poverty to power,RecommendedGreen, D.OXFAM 2008
ReadingsPower in movement: social movements, collective action, and politics,RecommendedTarrow, S.CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS 1994
ReadingsSocial movements, 1768-2004,RecommendedTilly, C.PARADIGM PUBLISHERS 2004
ReadingsActivist wisdom: practical knowledge and creative tension in social movements,PreliminaryMaddison, S. and Scalmer, S.UNSW PRESS 2006
ReadingsActivist's handbook: a primer,PreliminaryShaw, R.UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS 2001

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorChris Roche

Class requirements

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


Assessment elementComments%
Case study essay (7,000 words)75
Critical Book Review (2,000 words).25