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GEOG212 Transformations in Developing Countries

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
Paper code GEOG212
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,627.65

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Prerequisite
GEOG 102 or 108 points
Restriction
GEOG 382
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Eligibility
The content of the paper assumes that students have undertaken at least one introductory paper at University that covers related topics.
Contact
geography@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Course Coordinator: Professor JA (Tony) Binns

Paper Structure

Part 1 Introduction

  • Introduction to the course
  • Africa's diversity
  • Africa's historical record

Part 2 Rural Africa

  • Rural Livelihoods
  • Pastoralism
  • 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

Two 50 minute lectures per week

Five 50 minute tutorials run in scheduled weeks over the 13 weeks of semester

Textbooks
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.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9-16, 18-22
Thursday 13:00-13:50 9-16, 18-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Monday 11:00-11:50 10, 12, 14, 18, 21
T2 Monday 12:00-12:50 10, 12, 14, 18, 21
T3 Monday 13:00-13:50 10, 12, 14, 18, 21
T4 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 10, 12, 14, 18, 21
T5 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 10, 12, 14, 18, 21
T6 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 10, 12, 14, 18, 21
T7 Thursday 14:00-14:50 10, 12, 14, 18, 21
T8 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 10, 12, 14, 18, 21
T9 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 10, 12, 14, 18, 21
T10 Thursday 11:00-11:50 10, 12, 14, 18, 21