Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students focus on the practical skills used in development work. Guest speakers from various agencies share their experiences of the development field, providing students with an opportunity to draw on professional expertise. The subject is organised around the idea of the 'development project'. Students are introduced to key development tools, processes and debates surrounding the implementation of development projects. On completion students will be familiar with grant proposal writing, practical tools used in development intervention, and with debates about the best forms of development intervention. In this subject, students develop and deploy a tool kit of practical techniques and strategies to address sustainability and development challenges that transcend borders, in culturally aware ways that promote community agency and social cohesion. Students are encouraged to explore a particular region of interest, for example, Latin America, Africa, Asia or the Pacific.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBrooke Wilmsen

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesGroup work, seminar discussions, feedback on draft sections of group presentation, reading, study of reflective treatments by others.Conversation and inquiry based discussion with development professionals, workshop on presentation skills.Individual and group research, report back to class, discussion on class readings, feedback and monitoring on individual and group progress. Reading and research in clusters.Seminar on sample writing modes, completion of briefing report and group project.

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 60 credit points at first year


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. Apply the principles of good development practice keeping in mind interactions between natural, socio-political, economic and cultural systems in a simulated project - 6 week long.
02. Critically reflect on one's position in relation to "development practice" using texts and self-reflection.
03. Communicate knowledge and facilitate learning about a specific development tool in a group and reflect upon how methodological choices impact the public good and obligations to future generations.
04. Develop specific solutions to defined problems based on research and critical thinking.
05. Write in a professional mode relevant to development aimed at contributing to a sustainable future.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBrooke Wilmsen

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 31 - 43
One 3.00 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Briefing report (1,000-word equivalent)

N/AReportIndividualNo25 SILO5

Group project - presentation and proposal (1,500 words)

N/AOral presentationGroupNo40 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

One 1,500-word reflective essay

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO2