Since 1945 national governments, multilateral agencies (such as the United Nations, the World Bank and USAID), and non-governmental organisations have pursued programs of social and economic change (referred to as 'development' or 'modernisation') for people mainly in Africa, Latin America and Asia. These programs are aimed explicitly at improving the welfare of people and relieving social problems such as poverty, disease, landlessness, economic 'backwardness', inequality and illiteracy. Keeping in step with the implementation of development programs, are studies about developmental issues, emanating from a range of disciplines including Anthropology, Economics, History, Law, Politics and Sociology. While some of these advocate certain developmental theories, policies and practices, several provide critical evaluations of developmental issues and programs. This course is designed to equip students with an appreciation and understanding of issues in social, economic and political development in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Students study the ways in which national governments, international agencies and non-government organisations have pursued programs of social and economic change in these developing areas. Students select subjects (listed below) from a range of disciplines, designed to provide students with an excellent grounding in historical, conceptual and practical issues of regional and world development. The degree equips graduates with a critical understanding of issues relevant for development work and future careers in humanitarian or government development organisations. Credit towards the degree may be awarded for approved subjects at overseas universities with which La Trobe University has an exchange or study abroad agreement. Prior approval must be obtained from the Convenor of International Development. Please note: LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject which students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester. The subject is designed to enhance the students' knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.