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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.

Summary 2020

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

Professor James Chin

Teaching staff

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



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Learning Outcomes




HIR101 OR HPP101

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Teaching Pattern

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

Off Campus: 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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