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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students are introduced to different ways of analysing politics in so-called Third World countries. Topics include: the nature of the state in developing countries; the role of culture in political change; the role of the military; how international factors shape political change and development; and the contested nature of democratic transition. Students are encouraged to develop their theoretical understanding of third world politics in relation to a country of their own choosing.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBec Strating

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of any first year Politics subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjects POL3DDA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPolitics in the Developing WorldRecommendedBurnell, P., Randall V. & Rakner, LOXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2011
ReadingsUnderstanding Third World PoliticsPrescribedSmith, B.Palgrave Macmillan
ReadingsDemocracy in the Developing WorldRecommendedHaynes, J.Wiley

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Complete written work that demonstrates a coherent understanding of third world politics, in particular, the obstacles to building democracy in poor countries.

Essay, exam

02. Produce a report that shows a coherent understanding of political change in a developing country.

Democracy Monitoring Exercise / essay

03. Produce written work that demonstrates sound knowledge of political patterns in a specific country by applying and evaluating the relevance of a theoretical or analytical approach.

Democracy Monitoring Exercise, essay, exam

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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-ordinatorBec Strating

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
Six 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
one 2,000-word essay or one 2000-word democracy monitoring exercise5001, 02, 03
one 2-hour exam (equivalent to 2000 words)5001, 03