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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2010
Coordinator(s)Susan Blackburn


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. Students will be required to participate in a role-play workshop on non-government aid agencies.


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.


Written work: 80%
Class participation/presentation: 20%

Contact hours

2 hours per week