Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Social Science, South Africa
OfferedSouth Africa Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Agnes Babugura


The unit looks at the state of global poverty, development and inequalities and analyses the forces that drive them. It provides critical insights into the massive human and economic costs of inequality and poverty and proposes realistic solutions. It examines links between population, resources and health issues. The role of government and non-governmental agencies in alternative development strategies.

The unit examines selected aspects of the nature and impact of poverty and development in the contemporary world. Major areas of concern include: the patterns and impacts of geographically-uneven development; access to land, natural resources and distributive justice; population, health, and environment with respect to questions of human rights; the geopolitics of the 'Third World'; and the business of international development conducted by the World Bank, IMF, bilateral aid organisations, and nongovernmental organisations.


To successfully complete this unit, students will need to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of the development experience;
  2. Understand key concepts and theoretical perspectives used in approaches to global development and poverty eradication;
  3. Develop the ability to critically analyse the distinctive problems and prospects associated with international development;
  4. Identify strategies to address poverty;
  5. Identify the opportunities and constraints related to development in industrialising countries and disadvantaged indigenous communities living within wealthy nations.


1. Tutorial attendance and tutorial exercises (10%)
2. In-class mid-term test (20%)
3. Minor research project (oral and poster presentation) (20%)
4. End of year test (20%)
5. Final research project (2500) (30%)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week

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


AZA3549, ATS2549, ATS3549