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Introduction to International and Community Development

Welcome to this Deakin unit, ADH700: Introduction to International and Community Development.

This program is part of the Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Action degree offered by Deakin University

Ground yourself in the principles and practices of international and community development

During this unit, you'll be introduced to the foundational principles and practices of development on a local and global scale. Explore the relationship between international and community development principles and practices and investigate historical developments in the way that development has been undertaken. Conceptualise and measure poverty and investigate and think critically about how people can be empowered to be free. Interrogate the politics of aid, conflicts, rights and development. Examine developments issues related to gender, equity and sustainability.


5 courses

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Deakin University is Australia’s eighth largest university with more than 53,000 students from more than 100 countries studying online and on-campus. With world-class teaching and research, Deakin produces sought-after graduates poised to make a real difference in the world.

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Who will you learn with?

Yamini Narayanan is a Senior Lecturer in International and Community Development at Deakin University, interested in South Asian urbanism; feminism, religion and development; & animals and development

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a common core understanding of key strands of development thinking and practice, and its application in real world situations
  • Describe and debate the basic tenets of human development, within the context of the social sciences.
  • Understand and articulate the relationships between individuals, organisations, and institutions and their various roles in designing and implementing community focused development.
  • Explore and interpret issues of power, social justice, sustainability and human development outcomes across a range of sectors and issues.
  • Synthesise and communicate complex ideas and practices, drawing on a range of information and data available, demonstrating critical understanding of various sources of information, as the basis of critical reasoning and analysis within humanities and social sciences.

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