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States, Social Forces and Development (SWM611)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Why do development programs succeed or fail? Can we find the answers in good governance and the design of institutions, social forces and conflicts, governing ideas, or some mix of these? Answering this question means grappling with the politics of reform - who wins, who loses, what ideas gain traction, and when - and the role of political and economic crisis in generating reform responses. This unit examines changing roles of the state, aid effectiveness and approaches to gender and development.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Students should be able to identify and critically evaluate key aspects of the political contests over developmental projects, missions and strategies across national and global contexts
2. Students will understand and analyse how social forces shape and underpin processes of development and shape trajectories of reform
3. Student will have the capacity to critically evaluate a range of theoretical frameworks that have been employed to analyse politics of policy reform
4. Student will be able to apply theoretical frameworks to analyse particular cases studies of governance and policy reform
5. Student will achieve an enhanced understanding of the nature and significance of gender issues in development, and be able to demonstrate this in relation to a range of development issues
6. Students will be equipped to design and conduct research on the politics of governance reform
7. Students will develop team work, high order analytic and problem solving skills, advanced written and oral skills.
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars are delivered in intensive teaching mode (32 hours contact time including structured learning activities), which may include evenings and weekends. Students will then complete research assignments independently, in consultation with teaching staff. The course will be seminar based and include structured learning activities.
Assessment The assessment will be as follows:
* Exam - Two hour exam ( worth 30%)
* Group work exercise on a key issue of development politics. ( worth 10%)
* A research essay that explores analyse the politics of development or policy reform. Student will
have to identify key theoretical approaches and methods they use in the research. Worth 50%
* Seminar Participation 10 %
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level course.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed SWM530 Politics, States and Development AND SWM537 Gender and Development may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Development Studies (MDS)
Master of International Affairs and Security (MIAS)
Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM)
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.


Unit Coordinator
Professor Kanishka Jayasuriya
Professor in Politics

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6658
e: K.Jayasuriya@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.024 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Professor Kanishka Jayasuriya
Professor in Politics

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6658
e: K.Jayasuriya@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.024 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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