Undergraduate Catalogue: Development Studies Course Descriptions

The following outlines of course content are correct at the time of writing, although the material (or the order in which it is covered) may be subject to change.

1. All courses are 3 credit hours each, unless otherwise indicated.

2. Normally, a course will not be run without a minimum enrolment of students.

DEV101: Colonialism and After

The historical problems and underlying questions relating to colonial era and its aftermath are considered, with particular reference to south-east Asia. Capitalism, from imperialist expansion through to modernity, and its effects on the indigenous populations are discussed, with reference to the evolution of the modern state. (Note: this may also be counted as a General Education course.)

DEV102: Understanding Development

This is an introductory course that seeks to understand the past and present theories of development, involving the approaches of several social science disciplines. (Note: this may also be counted as a General Education course.)

DEV201: Environment and Development

This course seeks to understand how people perceive and utilize the environment and how various processes involving the relationship between human beings and their surroundings either damage or protect the environment. The contribution of global governance at different levels, and of various interest groups, is also considered, with particular reference to their impact on North-South relations between states.

DEV202: Social Development 

This looks at key concepts in social development, as typified by coordination, competition, cooperation and culture; the impact of the feminist critique of development, together with the cost and benefit of development policies as they relate to gender issues; and what is involved in implementing a rights-based approach to development, together with the problem of cross-cultural interpretation of rights and how to determine whether the outcome is successful for poor and vulnerable groups.

DEV204: Aid and Development Projects 

This course deals with the nature of aid, and the factors which determine the forms that it takes; together with the importance and effectiveness of the 'aid project' in contemporary development work.

DEV205: Development Economics

This course provides students with an introduction to development economics, which includes economic performance and evolution of low-income countries. 

DEV301: Globalisation and Economic Development

This considers the impact of the world market economy on developing countries and their responses to the changing socioeconomic environment.

DEV302: Industrialisation and Industrial Policies

This looks at industrialisation and development: the role of the state, the market, transnational corporations and foreign direct investment; and the effects on the environment and the labour-force.

DEV303: Contemporary Development Planning

The aim of this course is to address contemporary planning issues

DEV304: Development Management

This considers various aspects of development management and the implementation of programmes and projects; and how development management differs from conventional business management or public administration.

DEV305: Utopian Societies and Other Alternative Development Strategies

This considers various alternatives to the standard thinking on development, including the role of NGOs; an extreme example, that of intentional, utopian communities is also examined.

DEV306: Development and the State

This consider the role of the state in development, in terms of the various forms of possible state intervention and their ideological underpinning; together with the impact of globalisation, humanitarian intervention, global governance, intellectual property rights, and the activities of NGOs.

DEV401: Field Research in Development

An introduction to the basics of doing field research in development.

DEV410: Field Study (6 credits)

This course provides internship training to students with an established and recognized local and/or international professional organization in Cambodia . The Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Chair of the Development Studies Department will make specific arrangements for the field placement, such that itselected to coincides with the studentís professional and academic interests. Students are expected to spend at least 16 hours a week (twice per week) at an assigned development organization under the auspices and guidance set forth by the College of Social Sciences and the University of Cambodia. To make use of the field study experience, students are required to submit one research paper (not to exceed 20 pages including references) focusing on a specific development issue (e.g., poverty and domestic violence) in relation to the context of Cambodia and the Asia-Pacific region upon completion of the internship program. 





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