Global Poverty and Development

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Global Poverty and Development

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Anthropology, Development Studies, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The 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.
    1. 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).
    Defining development
    First World/Third World and North/South- paradigm
    Economic and cultural interpretations of progress and growth
    Holistic interpretations
    Development theories and their paradoxes
    Economic and political development theories
    Development models, indicators and measurements
    Alternative approaches
    The process of development and results (local to global scale)
    Social inequalities
    Economic inequalities
    Marginalisation based on gender and ethnicity
    Development and the environment
    Environmental impacts (urban & regional)
    Resource extraction and transformation
    - Consumption
    The role of Non-Governmental-Organisations and Governments in development
    Social movements
    Governments and participation
    Contemporary issues
    Role Play: Role play
    Essay: Essay
    Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial program
    Formal Examination: Examination: formal

Course Disclaimer

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.