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Master Of Applied Anthropology & Participatory Development


Course Description

The Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (MAAPD) examines the application of anthropology’s critical methods and styles as well as social issues in development. The degree will provide you with an understanding of the principal ways in which critical social inquiry and participatory processes can be applied to the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development activities. The program and its specialisations are designed for people working in government, non-government organisations and as independent consultants.

MAAPD is available in the following five specialisations: gender and development, indigenous policy, humanitarian action, conflict and development and society and environment. As part of this degree you may also have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork or an internship.


Typical courses
• Introduction to Australian Indigenous Development
• Introduction to Australian Indigenous Policy
• Introduction to Gender and Development
• Issues in the Design and Evaluation of Development Projects and Programs
• Key Concepts in Anthropology of Development
• Law, Order and Conflict in the Pacific
• MAAPD Internship
• Migration, Refugees and Development
• Participatory Modeling for Development
• Resource Projects and Indigenous Peoples
• Social Impact Studies in Project Cycle
• Social Mapping and Community Politics

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a four year Bachelors degree either as Honours or a combined degree in a cognate area from an Australian tertiary institution or its international equivalent. Equivalence may be met by the completion of the Graduate Certificate in Development or Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Policy & Development. Relevant work experience of at least one year in a developing country, or two years in Australia working in the field of development or a related area, will be regarded as recognised prior learning to gain admission.

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