Units of Study

GOVT6304 - Development and World Politics

Semester 2, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Megan Mackenzie


Capacity building is a protean concept used by different practitioners in different ways. Yet it has become almost synonymous with development in many discussions within the international development community. This unit will explore some of the questions concerning capacity-building to reduce poverty in countries in the 'South'. These will include: What is 'capacity-building'? How does it differ from Institution building? What are its relations to "improved governance"? What has been the experience of the international development community in trying to create sustainable capacity to meet the MDGs? Is there a consensus about what to do? How do international policy-makers decide between alternatives? The unit will include an analysis of how much has been learned about capacity and development over the last fifty years and how much of that learning has been applied. Further, the unit will examine some policies that governments and non governmental actors have adopted in the past and might adopt in the future. Finally, the unit will pose the question as to what role might individuals take.


1x2000wd essay (30%), 1x4000wd essay (50%) and participation (20%)


1x2-hr seminar/week

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