Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject we will explore theoretical and practical issues related to the politics and governance dynamics of international development. Development is by its nature a process of social change, one which requires an understanding of the inner-politics of change: that is, how actors (individuals and groups) in society  interact in different contexts to address social issues, and how social movements operate to bring about progressive and transformational change at the domestic, regional and international levels. There will be two thematic arcs for this course. The first theme is the governance dynamics of social change and the interactions between different actors in the production of social policy. In doing this we will draw on cases examples from the Australian and international contexts. The second theme is the politics of development: We will examining current thinking around the politics of power and of aid and development more generally, and discuss some of the attempts and difficulties faced by development agencies in attempting to address global social issues such as the arms trade treaty, debt and climate change. 

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSheila Scopis

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



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 Campus, 2017, Week 12-16, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSheila Scopis

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 12 - 16
Three 8.0 hours seminar other recurrence on any day including weekend during the day from week 12 to week 16 and delivered via blended.
"Book on Friday in week 10, week 15 and week 18"


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 3,000-word research essay70 01, 02, 03
500 word reflective paper15 01, 02, 03
in-class activities and discussion of readings (equivalent to 750 words)10 01, 02, 03
in-class presentation of essay topic (equivalent to 500 words)5 01, 02, 03