Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will explore issues of current interest in international development.  The 2015 version of the subject will focus on three issues: 1. Politics and development with special reference to Latin America;  2. Trade, investment and foreign aid; 3. Development and environment with special reference to climate change

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

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 POL4ISD

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsCapitalist development and democracy,RecommendedRueschemeyer, D., Stephens, E. H. and Stephens, J. D.POLITY PRESS 1992
ReadingsDemocracy in the developing world,PreliminaryHaynes, J.POLITY PRESS 2001
ReadingsUnderstanding Third World politics,PreliminarySmith, B.C.PALGRAVE 2003

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop in-depth understanding of contemporary concerns and debates relating to selected key issues in international development.

Essay, class discussions andassessment exercise.

02. Critically reflect on the role of different actors and agencies in addressing contemporary issues of global significance.

Essay, class discussions andassessment exercise.

03. Communicate knowledge about selected current issues in international development.

Essay, class discussions andassessment exercise.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City, 2015, Week 19-20, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorChris Roche

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 19 - 20
Three 8.0 hours seminar other recurrence on any day including weekend during the day from week 19 to week 20 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 3,500-word research essay75 01, 02, 03
one democracy assessment exercise (1,000-words equivalent)25 01, 02, 03