131.701 Development and Underdevelopment (30 credits)

An interdisciplinary course that explores the historical origins and contemporary processes of international development. The main areas covered include: the origins and meaning of development; theories of development and underdevelopment; and contemporary approaches to development practice.

Details Details

  • Year: 2018
  • Mode: Distance
  • Semester: Semester one full semester
  • Location: N/A
  • Coordinator: Dr Maria Borovnik
  • Subject: Development Studies
  • College: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Online component Details

  • Online component: Partially Taught Online - As part of the course is taught online, Broadband access is required. In addition to accessing the Course Guide, students will be required to access core and supplementary digital study resources, contribute to discussion fora and complete online activities and assessment tasks. Core study resources that can be published in print will be supplied to the students who request them. Learn more about Stream, our online learning environment.

Requirements Requirements help

Note: You may enrol in a postgraduate course (that is a 700-, 800- or 900-level course) if you meet the prerequisites for that course and have been admitted to a qualification which lists the course in its schedule.

Special notes

  • Both Block and Contact Workshops are taught together


  • Start Date: Monday 26 February, 2018
  • End date: Sunday 24 June, 2018

Withdrawal dates Requirements help

The last day to withdraw from this course:

  • Without financial penalty: Monday 12 March, 2018
  • Without academic penalty: Friday 25 May, 2018

Contact workshops/block courses

Delivery mode Venue Start date End date Attendance
In Person Manawatu Campus Monday 12 March, 2018 Friday 16 March, 2018 Recommended

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Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the origins and definitions of development and underdevelopment.
  2. Critically engage with and reflect on contrasting development approaches.
  3. Investigate how contemporary ideas about development are offering new dimensions to our understanding of the issues and possible solutions.

Please note: Learning Outcomes are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.


During this course, the following assessments will contribute to your final mark.

Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting Note
1 Journal 1,2,3 20.0%
2 Synopsis 1,2,3 20.0%
3 Essay 2,3 20.0%
4 Invigilated Examination 1,2,3 40.0%

Please note: Assessment weightings are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.

* Specific dates for assessments will be finalised in information provided on Stream at the start of the Course.


It is recommended that textbooks are purchased no sooner than 7 weeks prior to the semester start date as textbooks can be subject to change.

  • The Companion To Development Studies
    Author: Desai, V. And Potter, R.B. (Eds)
    Edition: 2014
    Publisher: Arnold

  • Fifty Key Thinkers Of Development
    Author: Simon, D.
    Edition: 2006
    Publisher: London, New York: Routledge.

  • Theories Of Development
    Author: Peet, R. And Hartwick, E.
    ISBN: 9781462519576
    Edition: 2015
    Publisher: The Guilford Press

  • Theories Of Development
    Author: Peet, R. And Hartwick, E.
    Edition: 2009
    Publisher: The Guilford Press

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