Courses & Units

Third World Development HIR309




The unit examines the theory and practice of ‘sustainable development’ in countries in the ‘Global South’ in Africa, Asia and Latin America. While differing significantly from each other, these countries share a common syndrome, seeking to combat high levels of internal poverty, malnutrition, illiteracy, disease and environmental degradation in a domestic context marked by ethnic and religious conflict and poor governance and an international context experiencing a crisis in neoliberal globalisation. The unit introduces students to the historical impacts of colonialism and post-colonialism, to theories of Third World development (modernisation, dependency, sustainable development, post-development) and to the actors responsible for delivering development (governments, international organisations, aid agencies and multinational corporations).  Key development policy issues examined include trade, investment, education, women's rights, corruption and environment degradation.


Unit name Third World Development
Unit code HIR309
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Politics and International Relations

Prof James Chin (Coordinator)

Teaching staff

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 090101

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Prerequisites:           HIR101 or HPP101

Mutual exclusions:   HSG207/307


Teaching Pattern

Int: web-based delivery of 13 weeks learning resources; 90 minute weekly tutorial (face-to-face and via MyLO webconference)

Dist. Ed: web-based delivery of 13 weeks learning resources; weekly online tutorial discussions


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 and oral presentation (25%); 2,000 essay (25%); 3,500 word comparative case study (50%)

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