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 but it is relevant to other students in the social sciences, health sciences and business.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTom McNamara

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesCompletion of required readings, participation in discussion in seminars, essays and in-class presentation.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsDST5CAD OR DST4CAD

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 critical insight into development theories and approaches to selected development issues and themes.
02. Communicate knowledge about development theories and approaches
03. Critically reflect on approaches to development, based on texts.
04. Describe the central transitions and tensions in the practice of international development.

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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-ordinatorTom McNamara

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*

Class Exercises and Presentations (1000 word equivalent)

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Reflective Assignment (1000 word equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Research Paper (3000 word equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4