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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Susan Blackburn


Previously coded PLM4075


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.


Written work: 90%
Class participation/presentation: 10%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week


APG5855, APG5669