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The Politics of Development Theory and Practice - POL283

This unit seeks to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the politics of development (theory and practice) through exploration of the processes, practices and ideas of development in historical perspective. The unit's approach is an intentionally critical one, with particular focus on introducing students to inquiry into questions of identity, inequality and global poverty. Tracing the imperatives behind Western (European) colonisation and imperialism, and their enduring effects, we look closely at the main schools of development thinking as a background to consideration of the economic, social and political issues facing the so-called developing world. In particular we consider the political and policy debates behind issues such as debt, structural adjustment, environmental degradation, international aid, gender and women in development, as well as the appropriate role of NGOs, international organisations and the wider international community.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

S2 External - Session 2, External (On-campus dates: None)

Staff Contact(s): Dr Adele Garnier

12cp at 100 level or above or (3cp in HIST or MHIS or POL units) Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): POL275, POL276
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Assessed As: Graded
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Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Faculty of Arts

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