GEOS 3524/3924 Global Development and Livelihoods

Credit Points: 6
Coordinator: Prof Phil Hirsch
Teacher: Assoc Prof Bill Pritchard
Session: Semester 1
Classes: Two hour of lectures, two hours of practicals and one hour of tutorials per week.
Prerequisites: 24 credit points of Intermediate units of study including 6 credit points from one of the following units: GEOS 2123/2923, GEOS 2115/2915, GEOS 2121/2921, SOILS 2002, LWSC 2002.
Assessment: One 2 hr exam, 1 essay, 1 practical report and tutorial participation
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Delivery Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day

This unit of study provides students with grounding in core theories and frameworks used in Geography to account for the social, spatial and environmental unevenness in global development. During the first half of the semester, we focus on questions relating to who are the winners and losers from contemporary patterns of global economic change. This includes the analysis of relevant conceptual approaches to these questions (including comparative advantage, global value chain theory, regionalism, economic governance, development and post-development), plus 'hands-on' examination of the key institutions (such as the WTO and World Bank) and policy approaches that drive these changes. Then, in the second half of the semester, we adopt a livelihoods approach to assess these processes. In general, issues are tailored to themes being played out in Asia-Pacific countries. Students are expected to participate in a variety of practical class exercises throughout the semester. This unit provides an feeder-unit into the Asia-Pacific Field School.