Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides foundational knowledge and skills concerning the history and various perspectives on sustainable international development. Weekly topics will provide an opportunity for students to critically debate 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 critically evaluate the dynamics of change in the development sector, and generate new ideas about how development matters to people around the world.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNatalie Araujo

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesOnline activities, research essay, group discussions, seminar presentations, reading of set texts.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in the Master of International Development or nested degrees


Incompatible subjectsDST2CTD

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


Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Understand key development concepts, practices, and organisations.
02. Critically evaluate contemporary perspectives on sustainable international development.
03. Apply advanced knowledge and research skills to evaluate 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*

Online Exercises (1,500 word equivalent)This requires students to complete a range of online activities through the LMS.

N/AOtherIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO2

Research Essay (3,000 words)This requires students to research and write an essay in response to a key question of sustainable international development.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo65 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3