AIP211 - Politics of Poverty and Prosperity


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with:


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 - campus

1 x 1-hour lecture per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 1-hour lecture per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


This unit asks urgent and important questions about why it is that some parts of the world are poor while others are rich. With human suffering, power and inequality as its central concerns, the unit covers key historical and contemporary processes that contribute to these dire social, political and economic problems. The unit is organized into three modules: colonialism, capitalism and development. It explores these ideas in historical and conceptual terms, and draws extensively on case studies from Africa and Latin America, with some case studies also from Asia. Assessment tasks allow students to develop a deep knowledge about a country of their choice.

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