Overseas Aid and International Development - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Critique (20%) , Essay (35%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as AID204 Overseas Aid and International Development.

Why do international aid programs designed to help people in the developing world sometimes fall short of their intended goals? We examine the diverse impacts of international aid used to assist developing countries. Students will learn about donor-driven development as both a way of thinking and a set of practices affecting recipient populations in profound ways. We’ll consider theories of what makes 'development' take place and why some believe development does more harm than good by magnifying unequal power relations.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. read widely and participate in discussion concerning the nature of interactions between development agencies and target communities within the developed and the developing world and thereby gain a detailed picture of what overseas aid and international development entails
  2. learn to think critically and reflexively about recent debates informing development, the motivations behind international aid and the attendant difficulties in its delivery
  3. understand why overseas aid and international development remain so contested within international relations and such a problematic context for altruistic notions of help
  4. cement critical analysis and creative thinking skills through research assignments and essays.
  • Critique (20%)
  • Essay (35%)
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
  • Online Discussion (15%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • AID204 — Overseas Aid and International Development (Previously COD204)

Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA units) at Level 1 before enrolling in this unit.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

2Development in Contex
3Big Theories
4Development as Discourse
5Doing Development
6Australian Aid Policies;
7Tourism and Development;
8Capacity Building;
9Development and Involuntary Displacement
10Chinese Soft Power
11Fair Trade

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Resources and Links

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This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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