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International Aid and Development (BA)

  • B1316; B1316ABACHELOR OF ARTS

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Title International Aid and Development (BA)
Course Code B1316; B1316A
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
School School of Business and Governance
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Mr Allan Johnstone | Email: A.Johnstone@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 6278

Qualification Bachelor of Arts (BA) in International Aid and Development
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
Description This degree explores the challenges and the changing approaches to international aid by government, multilateral organisations and non-government aid agencies. It focuses on key issues such as poverty reduction, governance, capacity building, and participatory approaches. It will equip students to be effective development practitioners in international and cross-cultural settings. The emphasis is on community-level engagement and tools and skills for project management and participatory development practice.
In the Bachelor of Arts you will develop a broad understanding of your field and proficiency in producing written and oral arguments and creative artefacts in response to social, human and natural phenomena. You will also develop a critical appreciation of the perspectives of others. As an Arts graduate you will be able to think critically and creatively, apply knowledge and information, and communicate effectively. These are professional skills which are critical across a range of industries. You will also be able to pursue further study in the fields of social research, the humanities and/or the creative arts.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Major Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
MLO 1 - Graduates of the Murdoch University International Aid and Development major demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of:
a) the different types of institutions and agencies involved in international development;
b) their philosophies and approaches and the significant differences between them;
c) the theories of what makes development happen and why some theorists believe development itself does more harm than good by magnifying unequal power relations;
d) the diversity of social, human and natural phenomena and the multiple perspectives (including inter-disciplinary perspectives) which can be brought to bear in social and
creative enquiry;
e) the complexity of international and national relations at the macro level and social relations at the micro level in relation to the different economic prescriptions
championed;
f) the big policy shifts in international development over the past six decades;
g) the key strengths and weaknesses of different kinds of development interventions in light of current development thinking; and
h) the social outcomes that emerge from programs of international aid by looking beyond the rhetoric and development.

SKILLS
MLO 2 - Graduates of the International Aid and Development major are effective communicators who demonstrate:
a) wide reading and a nuanced insight about what constitutes overseas aid and international development; debated policies and approaches; the nature of interactions between
development agencies and target states and communities within the developed and developing world; and
b) capacity for persuasive written and oral communication appropriate to a range of audiences.

MLO 3 - Graduates of the International Aid and Development major gather, synthesise and critically evaluate ideas and information from a range of sources demonstrating analytical and conceptual thinking through research assignments and essays.

MLO 4 - Graduates of the International Aid and Development major demonstrate confidence and competence in applying knowledge and skills to practice through:
a) a capacity for self-directed independent enquiry;
b) critical self-reflection;
c) creative problem solving; and
d) a global perspective incorporating an appreciation of cultural and disciplinary differences.

MLO 5 - Graduates of the International Aid and Development major have well developed interpersonal and collaborative skills including the demonstrated capacity to:
a) give and receive critical feedback;
b) work effectively within team environments; and
c) respect the thoughts and opinions of others

MLO 6 - Graduates of the International Aid and Development major demonstrate ethical thinking and practice through social and creative enquiry which recognises diversity and the
rights and perspectives of others.
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
CLO1 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of
a) The theoretical perspectives and methods of enquiry of a discipline
b) The diversity of social, human and natural phenomena and the multiple perspectives (including inter-disciplinary perspectives) which can be brought to bear in social and creative enquiry
c) Global perspectives including an awareness of and respect for the historical, social, biological, cultural, and economic interdependence of global life

SKILLS
CLO 2 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts are effective communicators who demonstrate
a) proficiency in producing written arguments and/or creative artefacts consistent with the norms and standards of a discipline
b) capacity for persuasive oral communication appropriate to a range of audiences
CLO3 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts gather, synthesise and critically evaluate ideas and information from a range of sources demonstrating
a) analytical, creative and conceptual thinking
b) a variety of methods for research and practice appropriate to the discipline

APPLICATION
CLO 4 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate confidence and competence in applying knowledge and skills to practice through
a) a capacity for self-directed independent enquiry
b) critical self-reflection
c) creative problem solving
d) a global perspective incorporating an appreciation of cultural and disciplinary differences
CLO 5 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts have well developed interpersonal and collaborative skills including the demonstrated capacity to
a) give and receive critical feedback
b) work effectively within team environments
c) respect the thoughts and opinions of others
CLO 6 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate ethical thinking and practice through social and creative enquiry which recognises diversity and the rights and perspectives of others
Employment Prospects Non-government agencies; Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; development consultancies.
Recommended Double Majors Community Development; Community Development (OUA); Global Politics and Policy; International Business; Sustainable Development; Sustainable Development (OUA)
Main research areas Asian studies; development studies; community development; indigenous development; international development
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Part I - 24 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Transition Unit - 3 credit points

BAR100 Academic Learning Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Breadth Unit for Degree - 3 credit points

BAR150 Ideas and Identity - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

POL161 Understanding International Politics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

COD125 Introduction to Community Development - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

SUS100 Introduction to Sustainable Development - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 100-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.
Recommended General Elective:

POL134 Global Justice - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

Part II - 48 credit points

University-Wide Breadth Units - 6 credit points  Unit List

Select from the prescribed list of University-Wide Breadth Units. A unit cannot be used to satisfy both this Breadth Unit requirement and the requirements of a major or minor. If taken at 100 level the unit(s) will be attributed to Part I. Note that no more than 30 credit points at Part I may be credited towards course completion requirements.

Year 2 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC201 Psychology: Measurement, Design and Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR200 Developing Research Skills and Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

SUS207 Overseas Aid and International Development - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

POL298 International Political Economy - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

POL226 Sex and Gender Matters - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Year 3 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC302 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR300 Advanced Research in the Arts - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 6 credit points

COD302 Creative Ways to Work with Community - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

SUS309 International Aid and Development in Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

Specified Electives - 3 credit points

Select from the following:

SUS310 Sustainable Urban Communities - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

AST350 Society, Culture and Ecology in Asia - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

For assistance with course planning, please contact your Student Advisor.

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