Master of International Development Practice - 2018

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2018 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Arts.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Course code

A6006

Credit points

96

Abbreviated title

MInterDevPractice

CRICOS code

079175B

Managing faculty

Arts

Coordinator

Dr Samanthi J Gunawardana

Contact details

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) Web address: http://future.arts.monash.edu/midp/

Admission and fees

Australia

Course type

Specialist
Master by coursework

Standard duration

2 years FT, 4 years PT

This course normally takes 2 years full-time to complete but if you have relevant entry qualifications you may receive credit and be able to complete the course in 1.5 years or 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent.

Students have a maximum of 6 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

On-campus (Caulfield, Clayton)

Award

Master of International Development Practice

Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate in Arts

Graduate Diploma in Arts

Refer to 'Alternative exits' entry below for further requirements and details.

Description

Equitable and environmentally sustainable development remains a pressing global concern. Complex political, economic, cultural and ecological challenges contribute to extreme poverty, reduced health, environmental vulnerability and fragile governance affecting the well-being of millions of people worldwide. These multidimensional challenges require professionals with the practical skills and analytical capacity to help address economic, political and environmental vulnerabilities at the community, national and global levels.

The course offers a multi-disciplinary applied approach to the theory and practice of sustainable development. Delivered by specialists from the humanities and social sciences, medicine, business and economics, education and law, it delivers rigorous research training along with project management and leadership skills development within an interdisciplinary core curriculum.

You may choose to focus your electives in one of the following areas:

  • democracy, justice and governance
  • gender, conflict and security
  • crisis, change and management
  • sustainable resource management.

Opportunities for fieldwork, study abroad and internship engagement include options to engage in field-schools at sites of significant development practice such as South Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. Options to include language extension in individual programs are also available.

Graduate employment opportunities may include human rights advocacy, aid agencies in government and non-government sectors, the Fair Trade business sector, community organisations, and international institutions such as the United Nations and the World Bank.

Outcomes

These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://monash.edu/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a critical understanding of the political, economic, cultural and environmental challenges contributing to human inequalities
  2. articulate and apply knowledge of best practice within the broad realm of international development practice, policy, governance and research
  3. identify complex sustainable development challenges and debates across diverse cultural and geo-political contexts
  4. understand and critically appraise the range of organisations and institutions involved in international development, their working culture and funding processes
  5. demonstrate an ability to successfully apply theoretical learning in practical contexts
  6. demonstrate advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal
  7. demonstrate a thorough understanding of research methodology and ethics, and an ability to plan and conduct, an independent research project in one of the aspects represented in the program.

Structure

The course is structured in three parts. Part A. Foundations for international development practice, Part B. Core master's study and Part C. Advanced expertise. All students complete Part B. Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A or Part C or a combination of the two.

Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.

Part A. Foundations for international development practice (24 points)

These studies will introduce you to international development practice studies at an advanced undergraduate level. They are intended for students whose previous qualification is not in a cognate field.

Part B. Core master's core study (48 points)

These studies draw on best practices within the broad realm of international development theory, practice and research to address questions ranging from the causes of wealth disparity, and the growth of development thought and practice, to the impact of politics, economics, culture, history and natural resources on inequality.

Part C. Advanced expertise (24 points)

The focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to a portfolio of professional development. You have two options:

  • a program of coursework study where you select the units to suit your own interests. This option includes the opportunity to undertake an internship in the field.
  • a 24 point research thesis. Students wishing to use this master's course as a pathway to a higher degree by research should take this second option.

Students admitted to the course, who have a recognised honours degree in a cognate discipline including humanities or social sciences, will receive credit for Part C, however, should you wish to complete a 24 point research project as part of the course you should consult with the course coordinator.

Requirements

The course comprises 96 points structured into three parts: Part A. Foundations for international development practice (24 points), Part B. Core master's study (48 points) and Part C. Advanced expertise (24 points).

Depending on prior qualifications you may receive entry level credit (a form of block credit) which determines your point of entry to the course:

  • Students admitted at entry level 1 complete 96 points, comprising Part A, Part B and Part C.
  • Students admitted at entry level 2 complete 72 points, comprising Part B and Part C.
  • Students admitted at entry level 3 complete 48 points, comprising Part B.

Note: Students eligible for credit for prior studies may elect not to receive the credit and complete one of the higher credit-point options.

All students must complete a minimum of 48 credit points at level 5 and a maximum of 24 points at level 2 or 3 for entry point 1. Unless otherwise stated, units with codes beginning with 2 or 3 are 6 points, and units with codes beginning with 4 or 5 are 12 points.

Part A. Foundations for international development practice (24 points)

Students complete:

a. The following unit (12 points):

  • APG5100 Colab M: Mentoring for development practice and professional development

b. Two units (12 points) chosen from the following:

  • APG5060 Advanced academic skills (6 points)
  • APG5470 Managing multicultural teams (6 points)
  • APG5471 Leadership in intercultural environments (6 points)

Part B. Core master's study (48 points)

Students complete:

a. The following units (36 points):

  • APG5073 Conflict, security and development
  • APG5628 Deconstructing development
  • APG5805 Project planning and management in international development

b. One capstone unit (12 points) chosen from the following:

  • APG5044 Professional internship
  • APG5054 Research methods for development practice and change
  • APG5856 Research project

* Students may elect to take the research thesis as their capstone. This means they will only complete 12 points of electives in Part C (b).

Part C. Advanced expertise (24 points)

Students complete either a. or b. below:

a. The following unit:

  • APG5848 Research thesis (24 points) or APG5849 Research thesis A (12 points) and APG5850 Research thesis B (12 points)**

** Students admitted to the course at entry level 3 who wish to complete the 24 point research thesis should consult with the course coordinator.

b. Elective units (24 points) from the lists below including any capstone unit not already completed in Part B (b).

Electives

Democracy, justice and governance
  • APG5064 Gender, security and conflict
  • APG5069 Australia and Asia: Politics, Business, Media
  • APG5092 Human rights in global politics
  • APG5189 Monitoring and evaluation
  • APG5337 Governance and democratisation
  • APG5553 Field studies in sustainable development
  • LAW5304 Overview of international human rights law (6 points)
  • LAW5383 International refugee law and human rights (6 points)
  • LAW5418 Transitional justice (6 points)
  • MGF5760 International Institutions and organisations (6 points)
  • MGF5300 Governance (6 points)
  • MGF5370 Policy analysis (6 points)
  • MGF5730 International trade policy (6 points)
Gender, conflict and security
  • APG5045 Gender and development
  • APG5064 Gender, security and conflict
  • APG5140 Guiding principles for professionals engaged in disasters and humanitarian crises
  • APG5189 Monitoring and evaluation
  • APG5470 Managing multicultural teams (6 points)
  • APG5471 Leadership in intercultural environments (6points)
  • APG5553 Field studies in sustainable development
  • LAW5359 International human rights law and women (6 points)
  • MPH5248 Primary health care and global health (6 points)
  • MPH5250 Women's and children's health: A global perspective (6 points)
  • MPH5255 Health and human rights (6 points)
Crisis, change and management
  • APG5064 Gender, security and conflict
  • APG5140 Guiding principles for professionals engaged in disasters and humanitarian crises
  • APG5189 Monitoring and evaluation
  • APG5553 Field studies in sustainable development
  • ENS5510 Processes to influence change
  • ENS5520 Understanding human behaviour to influence change
  • ENS5530 Leading change for sustainable development
  • MPH5248 Primary health care and global health (6 points)
  • MPH5251 Communicable diseases control in developing countries (6 points)
  • MPH5254 Infectious diseases and global health (6 points)
  • MPH5260 Health policy and prevention in a global world (6 points)
Sustainable resource management
  • APG4554 Resource evaluation and management (6 points)
  • APG5067 Cultural economy and sustainable development
  • APG5189 Monitoring and evaluation
  • APG5229 Prosperity, poverty and sustainability in a globalised world (6 points)
  • APG5390 Contemporary tourism and development in emerging economies
  • APG5433 Corporate sustainability management (6 points)
  • APG5553 Field studies in sustainable development
  • APG5609 Sustainable tourism development and planning
  • APG5627 Research in political ecology (6 points)
  • APG4248 Field methods in anthropology and international development
  • ENS5010 Global challenges and sustainability
  • ENS5510 Processes to influence change
  • ENS5520 Understanding human behaviour to influence change
  • ENS5530 Leading change for sustainable development

Alternative exits

Students may exit this course early and apply to graduate with one of the following awards, provided they have satisfied the requirements indicated for that award during their enrolment in this master's course:

  • Graduate Certificate in Arts after successful completion of 24 credit points of study with a minimum of 18 credit points at level 4 or above
  • Graduate Diploma in Arts after successful completion of 48 credit points of study with a minimum of 36 credit points at level 4 or above.

Progression to further studies

Students entering at entry levels 1 and 2 can complete a research thesis (24 points) that will provide a pathway to a higher degree by research. Students entering at entry level 3 will normally already have an honours degree, however, students in this group who wish to complete a research thesis in international development practice should discuss the options with the course coordinator.