Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces students to historical and contemporary approaches to and perspectives on sustainable international development. Weekly topics will provide an opportunity for students to critically debate evolving contemporary development perspectives on global issues such as poverty, sustainability, justice, social change and community, as well as question the relevance of concepts such as 'overseas' development assistance. The subject enables students to understand and question the dynamics of change in the development sector and the generation and effective management of new ideas about "making development matter". Through collaboration and effective communication students will further development their creativity in resolving complex development challenges and their capacity to apply theory, locate and synthesise knowledge resources, prioritise meaningful action, and manage associated risks. This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNatalie Araujo

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesSmall group presentation; online exercises; research essay; tutorial discussions

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate an understanding of an important development concept, practice, debate or organisation.
02. Evaluate contemporary approaches, perspective or debates in the theory and practice of sustainable international development.
03. Research and Summarise knowledge on sustainable development-related topics.
04. Synthesise research and arguments on contemporary development practice.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNatalie Araujo

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Quizzes on subject materials and lectures (equivalent to 1200 words)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo30 SILO3, SILO4

Research essay (1,600-words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Small group presentation (1,200-word equivalent)

N/AOral presentationGroupNo30 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4