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AIP211 - Politics of Development


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: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Samantha Balaton-Chrimes

AIP107 and AIP116



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 - campus:

1 x 2-hour class per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 2-hour class per week (recordings provided)


This unit explores key phenomena that have shaped the way in which the Global North (in which Australia sits) and the Global South relate to each other: colonialism, capitalism and development. In doing so, the unit introduces students to important areas of political theory, including international political economy, post-colonialism, and development theory. The unit draws extensively on case studies from Africa and Latin America, with some case studies also from Asia.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Critically evaluate the ways in which colonialism, capitalism and development shape the relationship between the Global South, and Australia and other regions of the global North

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Identify and explain key development issues relating to Africa, Latin America and Asia

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Understand and analyse the contribution of post-colonial theory, international political economy and development theories to our understanding of relations between global North and South

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Communicate ideas clearly and coherently via digital video presentation

GLO3: Digital literacy

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 - Research and Writing exercises x 3 

  15% (5% each) Week 4, 7 and 10

Assessment 2 - Presentation

  35% Week 5
Assessment 3 - Essay 2000 words 50% Week 11

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 below: AIP211 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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