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  • Objectives
    The course is designed to prepare students for a variety of careers where in-depth knowledge is required on the theoretical and policy issues in international development. It aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of current development policies areas such as environmentally sustainable development and poverty relation, and of the development of theories underpinning policy approaches. The course includes a research component and a research induction topic which trains students in the skills required for undertaking their research project or thesis.The course is international in scope, with generic topics offering case study material drawn from Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Africa. Students will be able to pursue elective topics in education, environmental studies, international relations and political studies, population and human resource development, public health, public management and gender studies. A selection of specialised topics is available on specific countries and regions.Learning outcomesGraduates will be able to: * display a thorough understanding of the historical and contemporary debates on key development policy areas; * analyse development issues using appropriate analytical tools and frameworks; * discuss development strategies within the context of development theories; * investigate how development has been practised in specific fields such as education, health, human resources, international relations, human rights and gender equality; * design, conduct and report on a research project in the field of international development.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or an equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.Credit may be granted, on application, for comparative prior studies.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Arts (International Development)
  • Course description
     The Master of Arts (International Development) is a 72-unit program which is part of the Graduate Program in International Development. It is offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences on a fee-paying basis.

    It articulates with the 18-unit Graduate Certificate in International Development and the 36-unit Graduate Diploma in International Development, and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards. Candidates who have completed either of these courses, or courses that are deemed equivalent, may be awarded credit for related topics.

    The 18-unit Graduate Certificate in International Development and the 36-unit Graduate Diploma in International Development are also offered by distance education.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY  [January, 2009]

    A student's program of study must be approved by the Program Approver.

    To qualify for the Master of Arts (International Development), a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.

    Core topics

    DVST8020
        

    Intellectual Traditions in International Development #
        

    6

    DVST8022
        

    Sustainable Development #
        

    6

    DVST8023
        

    Development Problems, Policies and Programs #
        

    6

    DVST9020
        

    Research Induction
        

    3

    DVST9020A
        

    Research Induction
        

    6

    Research component

    Students must choose one of the following research topics:

    DVST9924
        

    International Development Research Thesis *
        

    24

    DVST9918
        

    International Development Research Thesis *
        

    18

    DVST9112
        

    International Development Research Project
        

    12

    DVST9906
        

    International Development Research Paper
        

    6

    Students must make up the remaining units (for a total of 72 units) from the following.

    Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

    DVST8021
        

    The West and the Rest #
        

    6

    DVST9041
        

    Gender, Public Health and International Development #
        

    6

    DVST9042
        

    Practicum in International Development
        

    6

    DVST9043
        

    Gender Analysis #
        

    6

    DVST9044
        

    Gender Mainstreaming #
        

    6

    EDES9609
        

    Strategic Planning and Managment #
        

    6

    EDES9628
        

    Globalisation: Issues and Challenges
        

    6

    ENVS9003
        

    Sustainable Environmental Management
        

    6

    GEOG8001
        

    Asian Regional Development
        

    6

    INTR9006
        

    Governance and the New Political Economy of East Asia
        

    6

    INTR9007
        

    Contemporary Issues in Gender and Development
        

    6

    INTR9029
        

    Debating Human Rights in International Relations
        

    6

    INTR9030
        

    International Human Rights: Theory and Practice
        

    6

    INTR9041
        

    African Politics: Global Issues
        

    6

    PHCA8904
        

    Primary Health Care in Developing Countries #
        

    6

    POAD8102
        

    Management in Non-Government Organisations #
        

    6

    POAD9010
        

    Public Policy #
        

    6

    POAD9038
        

    Contemporary Issues in Public Policy #
        

    6

    POAD9114
        

    Critical Systems Thinking and Practice #
        

    6

    POAD9116
        

    Regionalism, Decentralisation and Governance #
        

    6

    POAD9124
        

    Governance and Public Policy
        

    6

    POAD9128
        

    Development Administration
        

    6

    PPHR9004
        

    Population Studies
        

    6

    PPHR9006
        

    Human Resource Development
        

    6

    PPHR9013
        

    Population and Environment
        

    6

    PPHR9022
        

    Women's Health and Child Survival
        

    6

    WMST8001
        

    Introduction to Gender and Development
        

    6

    WMST8045
        

    A Walk on the Wild Side: Gender and International Politics
        

    6

    WMST8046
        

    Engendering Justice, Rights and Representation: Gender, State and Citizenship
        

    6

    WMST9009A
        Women's Studies: Research Strategies     

    3

    # Topics are available in external mode.

    * Conditional entry: must have achieved a Distinction average in the Graduate Diploma in International Development or equivalent degree.

    Except with permission of the Faculty Board:

        * no topic may be attempted more than twice;
        * a student may not include a topic which repeats work previously undertaken; and
        * the program must be completed within eight consecutive semesters.

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