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PLM4075 - Foreign Aid and World Development B

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Susan Blackburn


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


Starting from an overview of the aid industry since 1945, this subject canvasses arguments for and against foreign aid, then considers the contributions to world development of bilateral, multilateral and non-government agencies, and the relations between these forms of aid, with special emphasis on Australia's role. To conclude, some current issues relating to aid will be examined.


On completing this subject, students should be able to understand, analyse and assess the major philosophical and empirical arguments for and against foreign aid; understand the major trends in the theory and practice of foreign aid; understand the work of aid agencies; and engage in reasoned analysis and debate on the numerous contested issues in this field of study. Fifth year students should acquire a deeper knowledge of the working of and relations between non-government aid organizations.


Fourth year level students essay (2,000 words): 60%
Oral presentation (500 word equivalent): 10%
Examination (2 hours; 2,000 word equivalent): 30%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week