Development and Social Change

20 Units

This course aims to provide students with the concepts and analytical skills to understand the rapid changes that are taking place in developing countries. 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 local, national and international levels.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science
Availability Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. understand different approaches to development adopted by post-colonial societies since the 1960s.
  2. understand the role of the state in dealing with the basic needs of its citizens.
  3. understand the role of social movements in raising the specific concerns of women, workers, impoverished farmers and other marginalized groups.
  4. understand the role of international actors in the development arena, ranging from the World Bank and IMF, inter-governmental agencies, non-governmental organisations to international trade and business lobbies.
  5. have an informed and critical understanding of key concepts, such as ‘social change’, ‘development’, ‘civil society’, ‘good governance’ and ‘globalisation’.

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.
  • This course replaces SOCA6570. If you have successfully completed SOCA6570 you cannot enrol in this course.
Replacing Course(s) This course replaces the following course(s): SOCA6570. Students who have successfully completed SOCA6570 are not eligible to enrol in SOCA6571.
Assumed Knowledge Undergraduate degree majoring in a social science or related discipline.
Assessment Items
  • Online Learning Activity: Weekly contributions to online forum (weblearn students)
  • Essay: Essay 1
  • Essay: Essay 2
  • Participation: participation in class activities and contributions to seminar discussions (on-campus students)

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks
On campus students: Seminar


Online Activity

Online 3 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks
Weblearn students: Blackboard discussion and self directed learning

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for SOCA65711
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