Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides foundational knowledge and skills on development practice for postgraduate coursework students. Guest speakers from various agencies share their experiences of the development field, providing students with an opportunity to draw on professional expertise. 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.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBrooke Wilmsen

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesSeminar discussions, reading, research and writing of briefing report and essay, group discussionsIndividual research, reporting back to class, discussion of class readings, feedback on individual assessments.Seminar on sample writing modes, completion of briefing report

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in Master of International Development and nested degrees


Incompatible subjectsDST3DIP

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. Apply advanced knowledge of good development practice keeping in mind interactions between natural, socio-political, economic and cultural systems
02. Critically analyse "development practice" using texts and self-reflection.
03. Design specific solutions to defined problems based on advanced research and critical thinking.
04. Write professionally on development issues in order to contribute 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*

Group Facilitation and Artefact (500 words equivalent)

N/AOtherGroupNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4

Group Project Proposal (1000 words equivalent)

N/AAssignmentGroupNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Research Essay (3000 words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo70 SILO1, SILO3