Global Development and Livelihoods (GEOS3524)


This unit of study provides students with grounding in core theories and frameworks used in Geography to account for the social, spatial and environmental unevenness in global development. During the first half of the semester, we focus on questions relating to who are the winners and losers from contemporary patterns of global economic change. This includes the analysis of relevant conceptual approaches to these questions (including comparative advantage, global value chain theory, regionalism, economic governance, development and post-development), plus 'hands-on' examination of the key institutions (such as the WTO and World Bank) and policy approaches that drive these changes. Then, in the second half of the semester, we adopt a livelihoods approach to assess these processes. In general, issues are tailored to themes being played out in Asia-Pacific countries. Students are expected to participate in a variety of practical class exercises throughout the semester. This unit provides a feeder-unit into the Asia-Pacific Field School.

Further unit of study information


2 lectures, 1 tutorial per week


One 2hr exam, one practical report, one 2000w essay, tutorial papers (100%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

24 credit points of Intermediate units of study including 6 credit points of Intermediate Geoscience


GEOS3924 or GEOS2112 or GEOS2912

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.