Development Studies Minor

Bachelor of Arts, 3 years full-time, Parkville. CRICOS code: 002167E

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On successful completion of this minor, students will be able to:

  • engage critically with processes of social, economic, political and cultural change in the global South; and
  • communicate knowledge effectively about the challenges and processes of processes of social, economic, political and cultural change in the global South; and
  • demonstrate a broad knowledge of the field of development studies; and
  • demonstrate an awareness of the historical and contemporary relationship between developed and developing societies; and
  • acquire critical insights into the key themes such as debt and global poverty, environmental sustainability, the relationship between citizens and the state; and
  • develop skills in analysis of policies, institutions and approaches to development; and
  • be prepared for becoming good global citizens; and
  • work with independence, self-reflection and creativity to meet goals and challenges in the workplace and personal life; and
  • work effectively in groups to meet a shared goal with people whose disciplinary and cultural backgrounds differ from their own.

Course Description

Offered by the School of Social and Politcal Sciences

Development Studies is a dynamic field concerned with processes of social, economic, political and cultural change in the global South. This minor provides students the opportunity to critically examine processes of managed change in the developing world, as well as a skills set to intervene in such processes. Through this programme, students will better understand the nature of policies and relationships at local, national and international levels that have shaped poverty, inequality and insecurity in the contemporary world. We examine themes such as debt and global poverty, environmental sustainability, the relationship between citizens and the state, culture and human rights, globalisation, national sovereignty, gender inequity, social exclusion, health, and migration.

Dr Violeta Schubert talks about Development Studies (mp3)

Careers

  • Sociology
  • Community development
  • Policy development
  • Government
  • Academia
  • Research

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