AIP211 - Politics of Poverty and Prosperity

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 3: Sam Balaton-Chrimes


Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

1 x 1-hour lecture per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

1 x 1-hour lecture per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


This unit asks urgent and important questions about why it is that some parts of the world are poor while others are rich. With human suffering, power and inequality as its central concerns, the unit covers key historical and contemporary processes that contribute to these dire social, political and economic problems. The unit is organized into three modules: colonialism, capitalism and development. It explores these ideas in historical and conceptual terms, and draws extensively on case studies from Africa and Latin America, with some case studies also from Asia. Assessment tasks allow students to develop a deep knowledge about a country of their choice.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Accurately define and explain colonialism, capitalism and development, including contestations around the conceptualization of these terms, in general and in an applied manner

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Critically analyse the impact of colonialism, capitalism and development on a country of the global South

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Understand and explain the contribution of post-colonial theory, international political economy and development theories to real-life practices of the private, public, or non-government sectors

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO8: Global citizenship


Effectively use data from international and national organisations to understand development challenges facing countries with which the student is unfamiliar.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Research exercise 300 words 10% Week 3
Assessment 2: Research and writing exercise 1000 words 25% Week 4
Assessment 3: Research and writing exercise 1000 words 25% Week 8
Assessment 4: Research and writing exercise 1000 words 25% Week 11
Assessment 5: Writing exercise 700 words 15% Week 12

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via AIP211
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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