dst5fmd methods for development




Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject will explore the practice of development in complex situations. Effective development practitioners are able to critically reflection their practice, and are able to design, implement and review their practice from a perspective of complexity and adaptability. In this subject students will be challenged to move from traditional program management approaches that presuppose a linear and stable environment, to more iterative and reflective strategies. Moving through the program cycle, consideration will be given to methods and processes which enable programs to be implemented in politically informed ways and in ways which promote the values of inclusion, participation and improvement. Key areas to be covered include: Identification of entry points for change. Understanding and developing theories of change. Working from a politically informed perspective.Understanding how to contribute to positive and effective change processes in a deliberate way. Working with and through coalitions and politically informed processes to achieve change. Inclusion as a way to strengthen and broaden strategies for change, and ensure good line of sight in program implementation. Monitoring and Evaluation to serve different purposes, with a particular focus on M&E for change and improvement.

SchoolSchool 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 Master of International Development and related double masters (AMID/AMIDV/AMIDH/HZHPHID/HZPHID), Graduate Diploma of International Development(AGDST) or Graduate Certificate of International Development (ACDST).


Incompatible subjects DST4FMD

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsDoing Development ResearchPreliminaryDesai, V. and Potter, R.SAGE 2006
ReadingsSocial Research MethodsPreliminaryBryman, A4TH EDITION; OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS 2008

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Articulate a greater understanding of different research and program management approaches which contribute to development.

Group discussions, seminars, oral presentation, research exercise and project.

02. Enhanced ability to describe and critically analyse the strengths and limitations of different field and research and program management methods and approaches.

Group discussions, seminars, oral presentation, research exercise and project.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorChris Roche

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
Five 7.0 hours lecture/seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One research exercise (equivalent to 5,000 words6002, 01
One research proposal or program proposal (equivalent to 3,000 words).4001, 02