SOCA6570

Social Change and Development

10 Units

Aims to provide students with the concepts and analytical skills to understand the changes that have taken place in post-colonial societies. The course examines globalisation and economic development in relation to states and specific social groups, as well as forces of internal change including gender, ethnicity and social movements. The course will focus on governmental as well as non-governmental actors on the local, national and international levels.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

Objectives

(1) To develop an understanding of different approaches to development adopted by post-colonial societies since the first development decade (1970s). (2) To develop an understanding of the role of the state in dealing with the basic needs of its citizens. (3) To develop an understanding of the role of social movements in raising the specific concerns of women, workers, impoverished farmers and other marginalized groups. (4) To develop an understanding of the role of international actors in the development arena, ranging from inter-governmental agencies, non-governmental organisations to international trade and business lobbies. (5) To enable the students to acquire an informed and critical understanding of key concepts, such as ‘social change’, ‘development’, ‘civil society’, ‘good governance’ and ‘globalisation’.

Content

This course:

  1. Discusses economic development policies, theories of development, and processes of globalisation;
  2. examines globalisation in relation to states and specific social groups, as well as forces of gender, ethnicity, urbanisation and social movements.
Replacing Course(s) Not applicable.
Transition Not applicable.
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Undergraduate degree majoring in a social science or related discipline.
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : Paper Based
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Seminar
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Essay 1 - 2500 words, 45%.
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Essay 2 - 2500 words, 45%.
  • Online Discussion - Weekly contributions to the online forum
Contact Hours
  • Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Email Discussion Group: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Self Directed Learning: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2014 Course Timetables for SOCA6570

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