Local Politics of Development - ARTS2752

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

School: School of Social Sciences

Course Outline: School of Social Sciences

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: 30 units of credit at Level 1

Equivalent: GLST2102

CSS Contribution Charge: 1 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

Available for General Education: Yes (more info)

View course information for previous years.


Subject Area: Development Studies

This course addresses some of the current questions and debates in development studies through the analytical lens of local politics. These include persistent problems of, poverty, inequality, and uneven resource distribution. It also helps you understand why, despite best intentions, many development interventions end up doing harm and create negative development outcomes.

This course complements the focus of ARTS2751 International Development, which explores the answer to these questions from an international perspective. In this course, we will analyse the dynamics within countries that are recipients of international aid, examining the role of local actors in development assistance, with a focus on the experiences of people living there.

Drawing on the interdisciplinary nature of development studies, this course explores how politics can create positive or negative environments for development depending on the context in which development assistance occurs, existing power and patronage structures, differential political and governance systems, as well as people’s agencies.

Focussing away from more top-down approaches, this course explores the concepts and practices of participatory development, local ownership, empowerment, state-society relations, democratisation and peace/state building.

It aims to help you understand the importance of context-sensitivity and teach you tools that help you in your analysis to learn from the individuals and communities seen as the recipients of international assistance.

The Red Centre promenade

Study Levels

UNSW Quick Links