dst5dac contemp approaches to dev




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject we analyse the evolution of development theory. Central themes include growth-centred development, human development, post-development, gender and development, indigenous development, participatory development and alternative development. The development of each theory is placed in a historical perspective with the focus then moving to evaluating its contemporary influence on development theory and development practice. The subject has been designed for students doing the Master of International Development and the Master of International Development/Master of Public Health but it is relevant to other students in the social sciences, health sciences and business.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMichael O'Keefe

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjects DST4CAD, DST5CAD

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply critical insight into development theories and approaches to selected development issues and themes.

Essay, presentation and reflective essay.

02. Communicate knowledge about development theories and approaches

Essay, presentation and reflective essay.

03. Critically reflect on approaches to development, based on texts.

Essay, presentation and reflective essay.

04. Demonstrate understanding of key development theories.

Essay, presentation and reflective essay.

05. Engage in student-led discussion and learning.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMichael O'Keefe

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.5 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Class Exercises and Presentations (1000 word equivalent)2502, 03, 04, 01, 05
Reflective Assignment (1000 word equivalent)2502, 03, 04, 01
Research Paper (3000 word equivalent)5003, 04, 02, 01