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International Aid and Development in Practice (SUS309)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This capstone unit provides an opportunity to apply and build international development skills, knowledge and networks. Students are encouraged to work with development agencies, NGOs, or relevant government departments on projects pertaining to international development, or to develop their own research project, while drawing on the support of academic supervisors. The onus is on students to organise a placement or project that will build the capacities needed for a career as a development practitioner.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this capstone unit students be able to:
ULO1: Demonstrate a critical understanding of programmatic, governance or policy practices relevant to working in development
ULO2: Analyse the diverse range of approaches and perspectives (including inter-disciplinary perspectives) that can be integrated when addressing practical applications of development design, procurement, implementation and evaluation
ULO3: Integrate the knowledge acquired during university studies and apply to international aid and development related tasks
ULO4: Engage critically with the body of literature relevant to your project or placement
ULO5: Design and undertake IA&D-related research or collaborate professionally with relevant organisations
ULO6: Reflect critically upon the intricate politics of working as a development practitioner
ULO7 Practice articulate, persuasive communication, including preparing and delivering oral presentations to a high standard
ULO8: Prepare a formal placement/project final report to a professional standard
ULO9: Develop as a reflective practitioner, able to reflect on progress and experiences, and respond positively to critical feedback.
ULO10: Work both independently and collaboratively in a respectful manner with a range of people

Placement students may also acquire skills in working effectively in team/workplace environments.
Timetabled Learning Activities This unit involves independent guided project work with a supervisor/mentor. It does not involved timetabled activities.
Unit Learning Experiences This is the capstone unit for the BA in International Aid and Development. The capstone provides an opportunity for international aid and development students to apply their knowledge and to enhance their expertise and experiences as practitioners by undertaking an aid and development-related project, with the support of an academic supervisor. Students can choose their own IA&D project topic or can develop a topic in consultation with relevant non-government organisations (including community groups), development agencies, state or federal government departments, social enterprises, foundations etc. In some instances, students may do their project work while placed at such an organisation. Organising and completing this project will require self-motivation, commitment and professionalism, and a willingness to 'learn by doing'. It can also be very rewarding, providing capacities, experiences, and contacts that are particularly relevant for students aspiring to be skilled international aid and development practitioners.
Assessment A Progress Report (20%) provides an opportunity to plan the international aid and development project and its aims, learning objectives, tasks, and outcomes.
A Final Report (50%) brings together the key findings or 'deliverables'.
A Presentation (30%) provides an opportunity for students to share their placement/project outcomes and to reflect on their learning experiences.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the BA International Aid and Development and completion of a minimum of 48 points, including completion of BAR200 Developing Research Skills and Methods.
Previously 2015: 'International Aid and 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.


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