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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Development Studies)

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  • Objectives
    Students who complete the postgraduate diploma will: * understand current practice and thinking about development; * comprehend the relations between development and environmental conditions, gender and urbanisation; * know and be able to use some of the techniques employed in development planning.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Development Studies)
  • Course description
        * Thesis 15,000 words (50 points)
        * 1 compulsory subjects (12.5 points)
        * 2 core subjects (121-466 Explanation & Understanding (12.5); and 121-439 Directed Study in Development (12.5)
        * 1 elective subject (12.5)

    Total 100 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.

    Thesis subject

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    121-526  Development Studies Thesis
    An original, supervised research project on a topic to be decided in consultation with the coordinator and the supervisor.     Semester 1, Semester 2     50

    Compulsory subject

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    121-545  Understanding Development
    This subject forms an introduction to the main past and current theories of development, involving the approaches of several social science disciplines. It also considers many of the major issues in development, including the environment, gender, hum...     Semester 1     12.50

    Core subjects

    * Mid-year entry students will require, with coordinator approval, to replace the subject 121-446, with 121-460/DEVT40005 Field Methods as 121-446/ANTH40004 is only offered in semester 1.

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    121-439  Directed Study in Development
    This subject involves a critical assessment of the literature of a research area in development studies, chosen by the student in consultation with the supervisor. The area of review will be determined during regular meetings and discussions between ...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    121-446  Explanation and Understanding
    This subject focuses on the skills entailed in qualitative research projects that seek to understand and explain social and cultural phenomena. It introduces students to various approaches to socio-cultural research and their ethical and methodologic...     Semester 1     12.50

    Elective subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    121-408  Civil Society, NGOs and the State
    In the nearly two decades since the end of the Cold War, the world has witnessed a remarkable rejection of the big plans and projects that characterized the period of high-modernization that existed between the Bretton Woods pact of 1944 and the end ...     Semester 1     12.50

    121-415  Migrancy, Home and Exile
    The accelerated speed, frequency and commonality of the movement of people through space is an increasingly ubiquitous feature of the modern world. Consequently, migration studies has developed as an established field of enquiry, encompassing discipl...     Semester 2     12.50

    121-460  Field Methods for Development
    The subject will focus on ethnographic or qualitative methods, particularly as they apply to development work. It includes a discussion of varying notions of ethnographic or qualitative research, including the notion of praxis the merger of theory an...     Semester 2     12.50

    121-462  Health and Development
    This subject examines the relationship between health and political economic development in the world system, particularly in developing countries. It draws upon medical anthropology and health sociology in addressing issues such as the social origin...     Semester 1     12.50

    131-432  Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
    This subject surveys recent developments in feminist theory and feminist methodology within a cross-cultural context. It explores issues involved in present-day debates about feminist epistemology and knowledge, including debates surrounding the rela...     Semester 1     12.50

    161-591  Development, Culture and Conflict
    The end of the Cold War and the announcement of the ‘New World Order’ created a rapidly transforming terrain for the practice of development, humanitarian intervention and aid. Cultural, ethnic and religious conflict is a feat...     Semester 2     12.50

    161-592  Poverty, Microfinance and Development
    Development studies as an academic discipline has its origins in President Harry Truman’s concept of a “fair deal” for the entire world. In his inaugural address on January 20, 1949, he stated that Third World pove...     Semester 2     12.50

    Elective Science

    * Some cross-listed electives may require prerequisites and therefore students are advised to contact subject coordinators for approval

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    166-416  Justice, Democracy and Difference
    This subject provides a critical examination of contemporary debates about ideas of justice, democracy and the politics of difference. The subject critically explores both the major liberal approaches to justice alongside critiques of liberal approac...     Semester 1     12.50

    481-809  Program Evaluation: Forms & Approaches
    A conceptual overview of theories, issues and recent practice in evaluation. An inductive/case study approach will be used in which recent evaluation practice will be analysed using frameworks developed by the lecturers. Topics covered include: confl...     Semester 1, Summer     25

    207-404  Agricultural Policies and Trade
    On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:explain the reasons for government intervention in the agri-food sectors of several countries, including Australia, and identify the policy objectives being pursued;critically analys...     Semester 2     12.50

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