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ADS722 - Private Sector Development: Corporations, Social-Enterprise and Microfinance


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Anthony Ware
Cohort rule:






Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities equivalent to 1 x 1-hour per week


This unit explores a range of ‘private sector’ approaches to development. The ‘private sector’ is that part of the economy which is run by private individuals or groups, usually (but not always) as a means of enterprise for profit, and is not controlled by the State.

Private sector approaches explored in this unit include:

  • corporate social responsibility (CSR) and corporate philanthropy
  • social enterprise
  • 'bottom of the pyramid' business
  • inclusive business / shared value business
  • microenterprise (including self-employed sole traders) and
  • microfinance for microenterprise/microentrepreneurs.

This unit also considers NGO-government-corporate partnerships for development (such as public-private partnerships).

This unit will evaluate the scholarship and practice of each of these approaches to development, critically analysing them in the light of the known causes and drivers of poverty and inequality, the issues of entrenched disadvantage and structural barriers, and the principles/theories of development effectiveness and empowerment.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Evaluate scholarship and practice around private sector approaches to development

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Critically analyse the theories used to support these approaches to development

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO3 Identify and utilise international studies assessing private sector/corporate approaches in development practice today, and critically evaluate these for effectiveness

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 (Individual) - Case Study Evaluation 2000 words or equivalent 40% Information not yet available

Assessment 2 (Individual) - Report

3000 words or equivalent 60% Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link ADS722
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list.

Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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