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MDevPract Politics of Global Development

Catalog id : 5594
 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

27296 AUD
22000 AUD

Application fee

International 100 AUD
National 100 AUD
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Scores accepted
TOEFL-IBT (min)87
TOEFL-PBT (min)570

About this course

The Master of Development Practice addresses key topics in the world: the political economy of development, gender, health, environment, climate change impact, food security, and methods for gauging social impacts of change on communities and regions. The courses bring together aspects of community level development, urban, regional and social planning, and political analysis from local to global levels. The program teaches you to deal with the challenges faced by development practitioners across multiple levels and scales in both developed and developing countries.

Development is inherently political and involves relations of power in all its aspects. This field of study is concerned with the relations between and among actors in development, how these relations are experienced, and in which ways they are attended by struggle, contestation and conflict in contexts of social and political change. In working towards analyses dealing with such central questions, we continuously foreground and emphasize the intricate link between theories and practices.

The courses offered in this field introduce students to the analytical tools required to examine political challenges of global development. They examine dilemmas, struggles and strategies shaping development globally; the international political economy of globalisation and development; challenges of reconstruction and restoration in post-conflict development contexts; theories and practices of mediation and conflict resolution; the role of culture, and questions of identity in development; struggles to enhance gender equity; and the ethics and politics of Human Rights. These are central issues in contemporary global development and students will gain knowledge, understanding and practical skills essential for working in this field.

Employment opportunities:

Students who have studied previously in these areas have gone on to work for organisations like the United Nations Development Program, the World Food Program and various non-government organisations, as well as for government departments in central, state or local governments and research institutes. Many are also employed by the private sector as consultants and some have set up their own consultancy practice.

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Eligibility Criteria

Academic Requirement:

 For Australian students:

  • Approved degree in any discipline with a GPA of 5.

 For International students:

  • Approved degree in any discipline with a GPA of 5.
  • IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6.Study Abroad and Incoming Exchange students are only required to meet the overall score (eg 6.5 IELTS or 87 TOEFL or 64 PTE( Pearson Test of English )).
  • TOEFL (Paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language): 570 (5.0 in TWE (written), and 54 in reading & listening)

English language requirement:

  • IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. 
  • Study Abroad and Incoming Exchange students are only required to meet the overall score (eg 6 IELTS or 87 TOEFL or 64 PTE( Pearson Test of English )).
  • TOEFL (Paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language): 570 (5.0 in TWE (written), and 54 in reading & listening).

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Course Modules

      Course Code Course Title       

      Part A:

  • PLAN7120 Planning Theory
  • POLS7258 Foundations in International Relations
  • SOCY7120 Introduction to Development: Theories and Practice
  • SOSC7288 Community Development: Local and International Practices

      Part B:

  • PLAN7612 Development Planning in Developing Countries: Theory & Practice
  • POLS7302 Politics of Development
  • SOSC7140 Development Effectiveness: Interdisciplinary and Critical Perspectives
  • SOSC7093 Community Development Method & Analysis

      Part C:

      Social & Cultural Dynamics Development:

  • ANTH7160 Gender and Development Practice
  • ANTH7250 Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Health and Development
  • ANTH7260 Applied Anthropology and Indigenous Territories
  • SOCY7130 Social Impact Assessment: applied social research and development

      Community Development:

  • SOSC7113 Learning and Mobilising for Community Development
  • SOSC7123 Community Planning, Engagement and Governance
  • SOSC7133 Community Cultural Development
  • SOSC7433 Community Economic Development: Local and International

      Politics of Global Development:

  • POLS7107 Globalisation, International Political Economy and Development
  • POLS7190 Indigenous Politics within and beyond the state
  • POLS7306 International Crisis Management
  • POLS7502 Conflict Resolution
  • POLS7505 Peacebuilding
  • POLS7509 Gender and the Global Politics of Development
  • POLS7510 Culture, Conflict and Reconciliation

      Development Planning:

  • ENVM7202 Resource Management & Environmental Planning
  • GEOG7000 Applied Demography
  • PLAN7116 Transport Planning
  • PLAN7121 Community Planning & Participation
  • PLAN7124 Strategic Metropolitan Planning
  • PLAN7200 International Field Course: Understanding Development Complexities
  • PLAN7614 Urban Management & Governance in Developing Countries

      Part D:

      Research Methods:

  • PLAN7113 Urban Research & Evaluation Techniques
  • POLS7701 Research Methods
  • SOCY7190 Evaluating Social Programs
  • SOCY7329 Advanced Issues in Qualitative Inquiry
  • SOCY7339 Introducing Quantitative Research


  • SOSC7100 Development Practice Thesis
  • SOSC7101 Development Practice Thesis Part B

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How to Apply

Applications must be lodged via the Online Application Form.


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