Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject will explore the practice of development in complex situations. Development practitioners are able to reflect critically on their practice, design, implement and review from a perspective of complexity and adaptability. Students will be challenged to move from traditional program management approaches that presuppose a linear and stable environment to more iterative and reflective strategies. Consideration will be given to methods and processes which enable programs that promote the values of inclusion, participation and improvement. Key areas include: Identification of entry points for change; understanding and developing theories of change; working from a politically informed perspective; how to contribute to positive and effective change processes; working with and through coalitions; inclusion as a way to strengthen and broaden strategies for change and ensure good line of sight in program implementation; monitoring and evaluation with a focus on M&E.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorTim Thornton

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, 2016, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTim Thornton

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours lecture/seminar per week 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 words60 02, 01
One research proposal or program proposal (equivalent to 3,000 words).40 01, 02