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Master of Development Practice


A global program The Master of Development Practice is a new two-year degree providing graduate-level students with the skills and knowledge to address the global development challenges of poverty alleviation, health, environmental conservation, climate change and agriculture. James Cook University is one of a network of universities worldwide to develop and offer this program, with generous funding from the US-based MacArthur Foundation. South East Asia and the Pacific are home to tens of millions of the world’s poorest people. From North Queensland in Australia, James Cook University leads this course, in collaboration with universities in Indonesia and the Philippines.

Students will benefit from a broad, multidisciplinary program that includes field experience in northern Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines or Papua New Guinea. Students will work in teams to tackle real-world problems , in their complex local contexts.

sustainable development practice. Graduates will have broad competence in development issues and will be able to influence policies and programs in developing countries. They will be equipped for

employment in international humanitarian, development and conservation organisations ranging from NGOs to government and inter-governmental bodies.

The MacArthur Foundation

The special challenges to sustainable development in tropical forest and coastal regions will be addressed through a focus on insular South East Asia and the Pacific. The course will equip students to address the root causes of extreme poverty, whilst preserving the environment for future generations. The Master of Development Practice is designed to produce a cohort of skilled development practitioners and effective advocates of

Asia Pacific region PHILIPPINES Cagayan de Oro MALAYSIA


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Themes and Case Studies The subjects and practical field-work will be taught in the context of the South East Asian and Pacific regions and based around the following themes. The emergence of democracy Almost all of the countries of the region are young, emerging democracies. The course will equip graduates with the competencies to strengthen the effectiveness of government and civil society organisations and to promote the case for sustainable and equitable resource management. Special issues of small islands A large proportion of the populations in our region live on small islands where poverty is especially acute. Artisanal fishing supports tens of millions of people in the region, however ocean acidification, coral reef bleaching, industrial over-fishing and climate change threaten these livelihoods.

Expanding extractive industries Driven by growing demand in India and China, mineral extraction will have major impacts on South East Asian landscapes. Mining opens up remote areas and often leads to ‘Dutch Disease’ - distorting investment and labour markets in ways that are not consistent with broader developmental objectives. Graduates will gain skills to meet the social and environmental challenges posed by these industries. Cultural and religious tensions The region has a high diversity of ethnic and religious groups and tensions exist amongst them. These tensions often manifest themselves around natural resource access. Skills, competence and tolerance in dealing with these tensions and mediating conflicts are scarce but vitally important qualities for development practitioners. The specific developmental challenges of Indigenous peoples will receive special attention.

Program highlights Destruction of tropical rainforests The region has rich rainforests supporting the livelihoods of millions of rural people. Conversion to agro-industries and pulp and bio-fuel plantations creates both threats and opportunities. Funding from (REDD) Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation could make forests valuable resources for rural people. Graduates will have the skills to deal with the inter-disciplinary nature of this opportunity of payment for environmental services.

The Master of Development Practice will be unique in its emphasis in the following areas. The Northern Australia experience Northern Australia experiences many development problems similar to those of its neighbours, including extractive industries and problems associated with remoteness, within an industrialised country context.

Teamwork and a cross-disciplinary approach Most graduate-level training within the region encourages students to work on individual projects within single disciplines. In reality the problems of the region require cross-sectoral teamwork. The program approaches this by awarding credits to students for team assignments in the field, in Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Global-local linkages All of the countries of the region engage with multi-lateral environmental, health and developmental processes, but often their negotiators are not well informed about the implications of decisions taken in these intergovernmental processes. Students will explore the potential impacts of development decisions on the lives of the poor and on the environment, and will have opportunities to participate in inter-government meetings in the region or take internships with international organisations. Evolving institutions and governance Institutional weaknesses and poor governance are major obstacles to sustainable development. Graduates of this program will fill the urgent need for skilled senior and middle-level managers and leaders in governmental, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organisations.

James Cook University – leading tropical research At James Cook University we recognise that knowledge has the power to change lives. We also acknowledge that a sustainable environment is central to our lives and our work. A defining feature of the University is our tropical location and research excellence in disciplines of relevance to the tropics. James Cook University’s strategic intent is to make a difference to life in the tropics worldwide. We embrace the principles of equity, access and inclusion. In 2009, both the Shanghai Jiao Tong listing of the world’s top universities and The Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings placed James Cook University in their top 500. The University is ranked in the top 100 institutions world wide for research in environment and ecology (Thomson Essential Science Indicators 2010).

Our main campus is located in Townsville, Australia’s largest tropical city and a major centre for extractive industries and marine resource management. The Master in Development Practice will be based in Cairns, home to JCU’s second campus and located between the waters and islands of the Great Barrier Reef and the ancient rainforests of the Wet Tropics region.

The Cairns campus offers modern teaching and research facilities to around 3,600 students.

Cairns is a cosmopolitan city of 160,000 and attracts two million visitors annually. It has one of the busiest international airports in Australia. World Heritage Regions Find out more about the World Heritage regions located adjacent to James Cook University: Wet Tropics World Heritage Area Management Authority Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Home to more than 30 research centres, including the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University is well placed to foster cross-disciplinary collaborations vital to this international development program.

Marine resource issues will be studied in the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

The rainforests of the “Wet Tropics” are the oldest surviving tropical rainforests on earth.

The Lesser bird of Paradise – Wendesi – in West Papua

Working in partnership

James Cook University works with the following partners to offer the Master in Development Practice degree

State University of Papua (UNIPA) Manokwari, West Papua, Indonesia UNIPA is the principal centre for education and research on natural resource issues in eastern Indonesia. At the heart of the ‘Coral Triangle’ the university has modern facilities and accommodation, and ready access to globally important coastal, marine and forest areas where poverty is acute. West Papua is of global biodiversity concern and is experiencing rapid and severe development pressures especially from industrial land conversion. The area has vast mineral wealth and valuable forests. Ethnic minorities in remote forest areas struggle to deal with the challenges of rapid development of their lands by outsiders. Other universities in Indonesia are expected to join the program in future years.

Xavier University Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao, the Philippines Xavier University is an emerging centre for development-related research in the southern Philippines. It is in an area that has many biophysical similarities to West Papua and northern Queensland, but is much more densely populated. The University hosts numerous research and outreach units with capacity in development-related aspects of public health, focusing on water and sanitation for rural and urban poor, sustainable agriculture and natural resources. The Governance and Leadership institute has capacity in conflict resolution and leadership training.

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) IUCN is a union of over 1500 governmental and non-governmental conservation organisations. The MDP will link to practical action in the field through close collaboration with IUCN’s global conservation and development network. IUCN has regional offices in Bangkok, Thailand and Suva, Fiji, and field activities in most of the countries of the region. MDP students will have opportunities to work with IUCN in its efforts to reconcile conservation and development conflict in the region.

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MDevPrac Cairns and field locations in northern Australia, the Philippines, Eastern Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. CRICOS course code: 072073J Delivery mode: on campus/block mode/field placements Duration: 2 years full-time or equivalent part-time (Teaching weeks/year: 33. Holiday weeks/year: 19) Credit points: 48 Course costs*: International Fees $30,000 per year (includes field trip expenses of $3000)

Entry requirements Applicants require an appropriate undergraduate degree. Preference will be given to those who can demonstrate experience in, and commitment to, international development practice. Note: All international student visa holders must maintain a full time enrolment which equates to 12 credit points per teaching period. English language entry requirements: IELTS 6.0 (no component lower than 5.5), TOEFL (paper-based) 550 (with a minimum Test of Written English score of 4.0), TOEFL (internet-based) 79 (minimum writing score of 19)

Course structure Students must successfully complete the core subjects plus six elective subjects. Any student who is unable to obtain a visa to travel to the offshore field work locations will have the option to conduct field work in Australia. Core subjects EV5011:03 Contemporary Issues in Development Practice EV5012:03 Tropical Landscapes and Livelihoods EV5013:03 Climate Change: the Science, Impacts and Solutions EC5205:03 Economic Growth and Regional Development PL5003:03 Governance, Democratisation and the State BZ5520:03 Agroecology LB5525:03 Conflict and Dispute Analysis TM5552:03 International Health Agencies and Development EV5910:03 Minor Project (Part 1 of 2) Field Assignment EV5920:03 Minor Project (Part 2 of 2) Field Assignment Elective subjects Students can choose from a stimulating range of electives in the following areas: t &OWJSPONFOUBMNBOBHFNFOU t &OWJSPONFOUBMDIBOHF t 1VCMJDIFBMUI t 4PDJBMTDJFODFT t .BOBHFNFOU t /BUVSBMTDJFODFT

Prof Jeffrey Sayer Conservation and development strategies and scenarios

Dr Surin Maisrikrod Political Science

Dr Agni Boedhihartono Livelihoods and cultural diversity – visual methods

Dr Jonathan Cornelius Agroforestry and novel crops

Prof Bill Laurence Conservation biology, forests and biodiversity

Prof Hurriyet Babacan Cultural diversity, health and well being, gender and social policy

Prof Paul Dirks Geology and Extractive Industries

Prof Steve Turton Climate Change impacts and adaptation

Dr Lisa Law Sustainable cities

Dr Alan Hauquitz Emerging health issues

Further information To find out more about the program and how to apply, please contact: Program Director Professor Jeffrey Sayer James Cook University PO Box 6811 Cairns QLD 4870 Australia Email: or Deputy Director Dr Agni Boedhihartono Email:

*All fees are quoted in Australian dollars and are subject to change on an annual basis. The information in this brochure is intended as a general guide and was correct at the time of printing. Prospective students should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and availability of courses. JCU reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirements without prior notice. ŠJames Cook University, February 2011 CRICOS Provider Number : 00117J

Cover photograph: coastal community in Cendrawasih Bay National Park, West Papua, Indonesia. Š Intu Boedhihartono

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