Subject details

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

  1. read widely and participate in discussion concerning the nature of interactions between development agencies and target commsubjecties 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.
    • Introduction;
    • Development in Contex
    • Big Theories
    • Development as Discourse
    • Doing Development
    • Australian Aid Policies;
    • Tourism and Development;
    • Capacity Building;
    • Development and Involuntary Displacement
    • Chinese Soft Power
    • Fair Trade
    • Microfinance
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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

      • Resources and Links
      • Audio-Video streaming

Equivalent subjects

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

  • MUR-AID204
  • MUR-COD204


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

Special requirements

No special requirements

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

Why is aid and development important? How can we make it more effective? What are the differences between humanitarian emergency responses and long term development? How can we encourage people to take ownership for their own sustainable development? What are the barriers to this for them and us? This degree aims to give a historical and philosophical grounding to respond to these questions along with practical skills to work in a development context.

  • Critique (20%)
  • Essay (30%)
  • Online Discussion (15%)
  • Facilitation of a tutorial (35%)

Textbooks are not required.

Textbook information is pending.

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