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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 Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,492.80

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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.
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: 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
Teaching Arrangements
The paper is taught through lectures and tutorials.
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.

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Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system