A critical study of major rural and urban development issues and problems in developing countries.
The paper provides a wide-ranging introduction to development and change across the African continent. Environmental, political, economic and social patterns and processes are considered and future development strategies are critically evaluated.
|Paper title||Transformations in Developing Countries|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2023 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,141.35|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- GEOG 102 or 108 points
- GEOG 382
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Science
- The content of the paper assumes that students have undertaken at least one introductory paper at University that covers related topics.
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- Teaching staff
Course Coordinators : Professor JA (Tony) Binns and Professor Etienne Nel
- Paper Structure
Part 1 Introduction:
- Introduction to the course
- Africa's diversity
- Africa's historical record
Part 2 Rural Africa:
- Rural Livelihoods
- Wetlands and irrigation
Part 3 Urban Africa:
- Patterns and processes in African urbanisation
Part 4 Key Issues:
- Conflict and post-conflict
- Famine and famine relief
- Health and welfare
Part 5 Urban Africa:
- Development strategies
- Local economic development
- African Union and regional collaboration
- Future development priorities
Assessment is 60% internal (on-going during the semester) and 40% external (final examination).
- Teaching Arrangements
2 lectures per week and 5 x 50 minute tutorials scheduled over the 13 weeks of semester.
Binns, T., Dixon, A. and Nel, E. (2012) Africa: Diversity and Development. London, Routledge, ISBN: 978-0-415-41368-8.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Lifelong learning, Communication, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
- An understanding of the key concepts in development
- An appreciation of the physical and human diversity in Africa
- An understanding of the development challenges facing Africa in the 21st century
- An ability to evaluate development problems and processes in Africa using a wide range of primary and secondary materials.