Building on the success of the inaugural Rethinking Development Symposium at James Cook University in 2017 that focused on ‘what’ we teach in Development Studies, a second symposium convened by Murdoch University will seek to explore ‘how’ we teach Development Studies. Join us in Perth on 22-24 June as we convene teachers, students and industry representatives to explore how we can improve ‘Pedagogy in Practice’ for Development Studies.
Keynote: Sisonke Msimang – More than words: The politics and practice of storytelling
The acts of storytelling and listening are key modalities in the oral history tradition for imparting knowledge. Storytelling is a universal human experience. Sharing stories can ignite possibilities, strengthen connections between people and give voice to the marginalised. Storytelling and listening are power tools for people to work collaboratively and inspire people to take action against social injustice. Sisonke is Program Director at the Centre for Stories.
- Teaching for Practice: Big employers speak. Our students want jobs, but do we know what big employers want? What the implications are for how we teach? What are the pathways into a career in international development?
- Teaching in Practice: International postgraduate students speak. What have our international students hoped for in their studies? What have been their experiences (honestly) and what did they value most?
- Creating a community of teaching practice. For example, how might we share teaching resources and components across institutions, in Australia and into developing countries?
- Field of Research (FOR) code for development studies, the development of an Antipodean Development Studies Association.
- Responding to the Teaching for Practice panels: is there a gap between what the development employers are seeking from development studies graduates and what the students are looking for in their degrees?
You can download the symposium program here.
A call for presentations for the symposium closed on 30 April.
Registration for the full two day program is now closed. If you missed out, please contact us.
The morning session on Friday June 22 is free and open for all – no need to register.
An information package for attendees including details of the venue, accomodation and transport options is available to download here.