Development Studies

The Development Studies programme will enable you to explore and critically examine recent tensions, concepts, models, policies, processes and outcomes of 'development' from the perspectives and experiences of indigenous peoples.

In today's rapidly changing world sustainability has become a key focus. Indigenous thinkers and their alternative conceptual approaches have much to offer the field in rethinking and re-articulating a development vision which is just, equitable and meets the needs of these communities. This area of study will provide you with the conceptual tools, critical thinking, research and practical skills, to prepare you for professional practice in your chosen field of development.

Prescriptions for the PGDip(DevSt)

Students are normally required to take the four 500 level papers listed as follows:

Prescriptions for the MMPD

Students are normally required to include a 60 point dissertation and 60 further points from 500 level papers approved by the Department.

Directed StudyDEVS59030.0 Points
DissertationDEVS59130.0 Points
DissertationDEVS59260.0 Points
Development Studies ThesisDEVS59390.0 Points
Development Studies ThesisDEVS594120.0 Points

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Development Studies PhD ThesisDEVS900120.0 Points


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