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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Max Richter


This unit takes as its central themes the social consequences of economic development. It therefore examines the question of the emergence of industrial capitalism and how through colonialism the twin seeds of capitalism and underdevelopment were sown in the Third World. It also examines the response of the Third World to these transformations.


Students can expect to develop:

  1. An understanding of the inequalities between the world's nations.
  2. An understanding of how the structure of global inequality effects different human groups in different ways.
  3. An increased awareness of the long-term historical, cultural, political, and economic forces which created and continue to create global inequalities.
  4. Critical evaluative skills with regard to theoretical models which strive to explain unequal development.
  5. An enhanced crosscultural knowledge about the dynamics of unequal development and its primary consequences.
  6. An understanding of Third World writers' views about these above mentioned issues.


Written work: 70%
Test: 20%
Class participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Max Richter

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

International studies


Appropriate first-year ANY sequence or by permission