ADS733 - Theories and Critiques of Development


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: Nil


Corequisite: Nil
Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - online

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


In this unit, we think critically about anthropocentrism or the notion of human exceptionalism/supremacism as a core analytic in critical development studies and praxis. How does anthropocentrism shape anthropocentric-capitalist ideas of ‘human development’, and with what stakes for a large spectrum of marginalised human and nonhuman others who fall outside the rubric of the ‘ideal human’? The unit shines a focus on multiple lifeworlds at the margins or shadows of mainstream development. To this end, it brings together critical animal, disability, race and poverty studies, and explores how progress, flourishing and liberatory politics may be imagined through the forging and rupturing of these diverse lifeworlds, via anti-anthropocentric modalities of development.

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