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ANTH8015 – Development Theory and Practice

2020 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor
Chris Lyttleton
by appointment
Payel Ray
Credit points Credit points
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MDevStud or MGlobalHlthDevStud or MPH or GradCertGlobalHlthDevStud or MDevStudGlobalHlth or GradCertDevStudGlobalHlth or MAppAnth or MDevCult or MIntRel or MPASR or GradDipPASR or MPASRMDevStud or GradDipIntRel or GradDipPP or MPPP or MSocEntre or GradCertSocEntre or MPlan or MSecStrategicStud or MCrim or MIntell or MCTerrorism or MPPPMDevStud or MPPPMPASR or MPPPMIntRel or MSecStrategicStudMCrim or MSecStrategicStudMIntell or MSecStrategicStudMCyberSec or MSecStrategicStudMCTerrorism or MIntellMCrim or MIntellMCyberSec or MIntellMCTerrorism or MCTerrorismMCrim or MTransInterMIntRel or GradDipSIA or GradCertSIA or 10cp in ANTH units at 8000 level
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Unit description Unit description
This unit examines issues and debates concerning international aid to developing countries. Through close examination of case studies, students will come to understand donor-driven development as both a way of thinking and a set of practices that affect recipient populations in profound ways. Students will gain insights into how development 'works' from two inter-related perspectives: anthropology of development, which examines theoretical approaches to development over the past 50 years, and development anthropology, which engages with contemporary practices within international aid programs. We will look at individual projects run by NGOs and also by the Asian Development Bank as well as related literature to consider what works and what doesn't. We also discuss the broader context in which development takes place and examine topics such as Australia's aid policies, poverty alleviation and equity, Chinese models of development assistance, consulting agencies, NGOs and new social movements, sustainable development, gender issues, development-induced displacement, social justice and social impact mitigation.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Demonstrate an understanding of why international aid remains such a contested arena within international relations and such a problematic context for altruistic notions of help.
  • ULO2: Read widely and actively participate in discussions concerning interactions between development agencies and target communities within the developing world and thereby gain a detailed picture of what international aid entails.
  • ULO3: Think critically and reflexively about recent debates informing development, the motivations behind international aid, what makes development assistance successful in improving lives and/or why there are often difficulties in achieving this.
  • ULO4: Examine the social outcomes that emerge from programs of international aid by looking beyond the rhetoric and developing an appreciation of the complex factors that influence these outcomes.
  • ULO5: Demonstrate command of anthropological knowledge and theories relevant to international aid.

Assessment Tasks

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Delivery and Resources

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Course entails a 2 hour weekly seminar.  Topics, assignments and readings are available on ilearn.  All readings available through Leganto  (link on ilearn).

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