DVST100 Introduction to International Development Studies
10 cp Prerequisites Nil Teaching Organisation. 3 hours per week for 12 weeks or equivalent
What is development? How do definitions fit in with ideas of modernity, traditional cultures and sustainability? Why are there huge gaps between the so-called ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ countries or are we really all ‘under-developed’? This unit will cover the evolution of development as it affects the Global South (“Third World”) and introduce the main development theories and thinkers. Development will be examined from various perspectives, but there will be an emphasis on an ethical approach. Using case studies and presentations by NGO practitioners, the unit will consider key issues such as gender, sustainable development, contemporary humanitarian practice, Australia’s aid and development program, the role of NGOs and the United Nations system and culture. It will introduce key ideas and issues which will be expanded in subsequent units.