pol5isd int dev politics and governance




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will explore theoretical and contemporary issues related to the politics and governance of international development. By its nature a process of social change, studies of international development require 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 governance of social change, and the interactions between different actors in the production of social policy. The second theme is the politics of development. The teaching team will introduce students to current thinking around the politics of aid and development and discuss some of the attempts and difficulties faced by development agencies in attempting to address global issues such as the arms trade treaty, debt and climate change.

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

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Incompatible subjects POL4ISD

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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

Essay, class discussions and assessments

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

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

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2019, Week 12-16, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMichael O'Keefe

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 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.
"Friday in week 10, week 15 and week 18"


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Research Essay (3,000 words)6001, 02, 03
Reflective Paper (500 words)1001, 02, 03
Seminar and Case Study Exercises (1,500 word equivalent)3001, 02, 03