Courses & Units

Third World Development Politics HIR209


This unit is no longer offered as HIR209. Please refer to HIR309 Third World Development Politics.


The unit focuses on the problems experienced by the world's less and least developed countries. Such countries- in Africa, Asia and Latin America- are struggling to overcome high rates of infant mortality, malnutrition, poverty, illiteracy and environmental degradation in a neoliberal global political economic context that emphasises materialism, competition, free trade, free investment and minimally regulated monetary flows. The unit introduces students to theories of Third World development, including modernisation, dependency, neo-liberal and sustainable development perspectives. It then describes the actors engaged in Third World development focusing on government, the military, multinational corporations, aid agencies and religious organisations. The operation of the International Monetary Fund in managing Third World debt and of the World Trade Organization in regulating developing country trade is also considered. The unit concludes by examining some key development policy issues-education, health, women's rights, corruption, the environment-and by comparing the development trajectories of a small number of countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia in the post-colonial era.


Unit name Third World Development Politics
Unit code HIR209
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Politics and International Relations

Teaching staff

Assoc Prof F Gale (Coordinator)

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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Prerequisites:           HIR101 or HPP101

Mutual Exclusion:     HIR309 HSG207/307


Teaching Pattern

Internal:  2-hr lecture weekly alternating between Hobart and Launceston campuses, 1 tutorial fortnightly;

Distance:  web-based delivery of 13 lectures, 1 online tutorial discussion fortnightly


200 level: tutorial participation (10%), 1,000-word minor essay (15%), 2,000-word comparative case study (35%), 2-hr end-of-sem exam (40%)

300 level: tutorial participation (10%), 1,000-word minor essay (15%), 2,500 word comparative case study (35%), 2-hr end-of-sem exam (40%)

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