Global Poverty and Development
University of Newcastle
Area of Study
Anthropology, Development Studies, Sociology
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewThe distribution of wealth in today's world is the most unequal in history. While the economies of developed countries continue to grow, the size of the world's poor continues to increase with resulting social crises and instability. The course provides an introduction to development studies with a broad discussion of social, economic, cultural and environmental issues. It provides students with a base for intellectual understanding of various theories of development and methodological skills to critically analyse and evaluate policy documents, development indices and measurements, statistics and reports on development. The learning experiences directly enhance future development career prospects.LEARNING OUTCOMES1. A comprehension of recent development issues and their historical, socio-cultural, economic and geographical dimensions.2. A cross-disciplinary regional examination of demographic, socio-cultural, economic and environmental factors and structures, uneven development and its impacts at local, regional and global scales.3. A variety of theoretical approaches with which to examine and evaluate development processes and problems.4. A wide range of skills and methods necessary to undertake a complex analysis and communication of development issues and to critically analyse development measures, indicators, reports and policies. Some of the methods are also transferable to other courses and employment areas (such as seminar presentation skills, report and essay writing, critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of data).CONTENTDefining developmentFirst World/Third World and North/South- paradigmEconomic and cultural interpretations of progress and growthHolistic interpretationsDevelopment theories and their paradoxesEconomic and political development theoriesDevelopment models, indicators and measurementsAlternative approachesThe process of development and results (local to global scale)Social inequalitiesEconomic inequalitiesMarginalisation based on gender and ethnicityDevelopment and the environmentEnvironmental impacts (urban & regional)Resource extraction and transformation- ConsumptionThe role of Non-Governmental-Organisations and Governments in developmentCitizenshipSocial movementsGovernments and participationContemporary issuesASSESSMENT ITEMSRole Play: Role playEssay: EssayTutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial programFormal Examination: Examination: formal
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.