12 x 2-hour seminars per semester
1 x 5-hour independent study per semester
Enrolment not permitted
1 of DVST8010, DVST8023 has been successfully completed
Topic description

This topic considers how development problems are defined and the processes, agencies and debates involved in formulating policies and strategies to address these problems. The topic focuses on poverty as a key development concern. Students will explore the concepts and theories relating to cultural, political, economic and social aspects of poverty and the complex connections between poverty and other development problems. The topic includes an overview of the shifts in poverty policy globally and in particular countries. It considers the changing roles of key development agents including the state, the private sector, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and communities in addressing poverty. Students will apply this knowledge in a country-based poverty analysis.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Introduce students to the processes, agencies and debates involved in identifying development problems and formulating policies and programs to address them
  • Provide an overview of the concepts and theories relating to cultural, political, economic and social aspects of poverty
  • Map the shifts in poverty policy and the agents involved in poverty policies and build individual and collaborative research skills
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of poverty as a multi-dimensional phenomenon, and relate it to global development trends and concerns
  2. Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the various indicators and measurements of poverty and their appropriate use
  3. Apply their knowledge of poverty concepts and policy making in a collaborative case study

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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