Critical Development Perspectives

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Syllabus

MODULE 1: Sustainable development
The term 'sustainable development' is now ubiquitous in development and wider political spheres. However, what this term actually means and the path to achieving ecological sustainability remains contested.

MODULE 2: South-South development cooperation
Development aid, as traditionally understood, was provided by the wealthy countries of the global North to countries of the global South. These aid transfers often had certain conditionalities attached and were underpinned by particular political agendas. The aid landscape is, however, changing.

MODULE 3: Gender, faith and development
What is the role of faith and religion in development? Can faith and religion provide a platform for progressive social and political change, particularly with regard to gender?

MODULE 4: The military in development
What role can, and should, the military play in development? Can it play a complementary role or do the differences in mandate mean that they are incompatible?

MODULE 5: Elites in development
The role that elites can and should play in development is contested.

MODULE 6: Downward accountability in governance
Achieving downward social accountability is an important part of building sustainable institutions. How can downward social accountability be created?

MODULE 7: Input subsidies for food security
Ensuring that there is sufficient food for nourishment of Earth's growing population is a key concern for development.

MODULE 8: Microfinance
Microfinance, popularised by Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank, was at one time
considered to be a highly effective approach to poverty alleviation. However, since then impact evaluations of micro-finance programs have produced mixed conclusions about what micro-finance can achieve. This module investigates the merits of micro-finance and asks 'what can micro-finance programs actually achieve'?

MODULE 9: Impact measurement for development
Accurately measuring the impact of development programs is vital for ensuring that the programs are actually working to improve the lives of people on the ground. So how do we measure the impact of development programs?

MODULE 10: Indigenous people 's inequality and disadvantage
What are some of the ways researchers and advocates analyse Indigenous people's disadvantage and inequality? Is disadvantage and inequality historically entrenched? How does the way that''agency' is conceptualised impact on understandings of Indigenous peoples' disadvantage and inequality?

Prerequisite

Participants should have experience, or a strong interest in working in development. While not compulsory, it is recommended that learners have completed a bachelor degree in a relevant discipline.

Instructors

Mark Moran
Professor and Chair of Development Effectiveness, Institute for Social Science Research
The University of Queensland

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L'Université du Queensland est une université publique de recherche située principalement à Brisbane, la capitale de l'État australien du Queensland. Fondée en 1909 par le parlement du Queensland, l'UQ est l'une des six universités de grès, une désignation informelle de la plus ancienne université de chaque État. 

En combinant les trois classements mondiaux des universités les plus établis en 2023, l'Université du Queensland est classée 2e en Australie et 42e au monde. UQ est également membre fondateur d' edX, le principal groupe des huit d'Australie et l' association internationale à forte intensité de recherche des universités du Pacifique.

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EdX a été fondée par le Massachusetts Institute of Technology et par l'université Harvard en mai 2012. En 2014, environ 50 écoles, associations et organisations internationales offrent ou projettent d'offrir des cours sur EdX. En juillet 2014, elle avait plus de 2,5 millions d'utilisateurs suivant plus de 200 cours en ligne.

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