dst3dip development in practice




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-ordinatorCelia McMichael

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in ABID, HZHSID or SZASID.


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

Group work, seminar discussions, feedback on draft sections of group presentation, reading
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical & Cultural Awareness(Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)

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

Journal keeping, group discussions, reading, study of reflective treatments by others
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness(Ethical & Cultural Awareness)

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

Conversation and inquiry based discussion with development professionals, workshop on presentation skills, feedback on proposed presentations
Related graduate capabilities and elements:

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

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/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)

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

Seminar on sample writing modes, completion of briefing report and group project.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCelia McMichael

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 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.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Briefing report (1,000-word equivalent)2505
Group presentation (500-word equivalent)1003
Group project proposal (1,000-word equivalent)3001, 04, 05
One 1,500-word reflective essay3501, 02