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Private Sector and Development (SWM652)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Description Increasingly, governments and development agencies are turning to the private sector to mobilise resources to promote social, economic, and political development and alleviate poverty. While this approach appears to provide significant new opportunities for development, it also creates new challenges. This unit will consider the role of the private sector in development and critically assess the contribution this makes along with the challenges it presents to states, development agencies and poor communities
Unit Learning Outcomes By the completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the theories and concepts associated with the role of the private sector in development;
2. Develop critical skills through the evaluation of key contemporary issues associated with the role of the private sector in development;
3. Communicate their understanding of the role of the private sector in development in writing and discussion.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/workshops: 4 hours per week over 6 weeks (24 hours in total).
Unit Learning Experiences The unit is delivered in intensive mode, comprising six four-hour in-class sessions. Each session will cover two-three topics and involve a mix of lecture-seminars, in-class activities (including case studies and group discussions), guest presentations, and student presentations.
Other Learning Experiences Readings, self-directed study and assignment preparation.
Assessment Class participation - 10% - based on contributions to in-class discussion, assessed in terms of evidence of prior reading, engagement with issues and themes in the unit, and willingness to facilitate the learning of others.
Oral Presentation - 10% - based on content and quality of in-class oral presentation.
Research Essay (2000 words) - 40% - presentation of a well-researched argument in relation to a question covering a substantive issue in the unit.
Policy Brief (2,000 words) - 40% - applying knowledge to the formulation of policy recommendations, in an accessible and convincing written form.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate level course
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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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.


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