Global Development Studies

Degree PlansCourses of InstructionCourse Lists

J.Crush, D.Da Costa, R.Day, K.Dubinsky, M.Epprecht, M.Hostetler, V.Jefremovas, P.Kumar, R.Lovelace, D.A.McDonald, S.Soederberg, M.Taylor

Departmental Notes
Subject Code    DEVS
Head of Department    M.Epprecht
Office    Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room B414
Department Administrator    B.Brousseau
Department Office    Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room B401
Telephone    613-533-3301
Fax    613-533-2986
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Chair of Undergraduate Studies    P. Kumar
Placement Coordinator    P.Kumar
Global Development Studies offers students critical insights into development theory and practice.  We explore contested meanings of ‘development’ and analyze the institutions that are integral to the apparatus of development at local and global levels.  We provide students with the analytical perspectives needed to understand how inequality is produced and reproduced, how resources are distributed, and how hierarchical relationships are maintained and challenged over time.  Our courses cover economic and political systems, cultural norms, physical environments, and status differences.  The nature of interactions between and within the countries of the North and the South extend to issues such as poverty, cultural imperialism, human rights, social policy, and trade relations.  Courses on Aboriginal communities in Canada further help students appreciate ‘development’ as a relationship rather than as a characteristic of particular places and people.

The Department offers Major, Medial and Minor courses of study. We are an interdisciplinary Department, working closely with the Departments of Geography, Economics, Environmental Studies, History, Political Studies, Sociology and Gender Studies as well as the Queen’s Aboriginal Council.  Students enter the program in second year and follow a set curriculum of core courses, with latitude in choosing option courses around specific regions of the world and development themes.

Advice to Students

Academic Counsellors
Department of Economics    H.Lloyd-Ellis
School of Environmental Studies    A.Goebel
Department of Geography    B. Donald
Department of History    I.Pande
Department of Political Studies    A.Lister
Department of Gender Studies    J. Tolmie

Special Study Opportunities

DEVS 305 Cuban Society and Culture
Cuban Culture and Society is a full 6.0-unit undergraduate course.  It is part of an exchange agreement between Queen's and the University of Havana.  The aim is to introduce students to some of the main events and highlights of Cuban society, history, politics and culture, with a focus on the period from the Cuban revolution (1959) to the present.  The course is approximately four weeks long, held in the Winter and Summer Terms, and is taught by an interdisciplinary team of faculty members.  The first two weeks consist of seminars at Queen's and follow a structured reading list.  The last two weeks of the course take place at the University of Havana in Cuba.  Enrolment in the DEVS 305/6.0 course is through an application process.   Application forms are available through the Global Development Studies Department,

Independent Work Study Abroad Program: DEVS 410/6.0 and DEVS 411/3.0
One of the most attractive features of the Development Studies program at Queen's is the opportunity it affords students to complete a placement in a development context and get hands-on field experience for credit.  Many of our students maintain that their placement is the highlight of their academic career.  Students have travelled to places such as Bangladesh, Bolivia, China, Costa Rica, Laos, Ghana; have worked with organizations such as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Oxfam, Shastri, Polaris Institute, World Bank, Canada World Youth, SOS Children's Village, Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity; and have been engaged with projects as diverse as AIDS education, land erosion prevention, human rights, and new immigrants to Canada.

The placement itself (18.0 units) usually takes place over the summer months following completion of the 3 year of study but requires pre-departure training in the Winter Term.   These units are not considered complete until the co-requisite Post-Placement Seminar (9.0 units) is completed in the following Fall Term.

Enrolment in the DEVS 410/6.0 and DEVS 411/3.0 program is through an application process.   Application forms are available through Global Development Studies Department,  Very limited funds are available through an application process to support internships but in general students are responsible for all costs.

Courses taken in the Queen’s Semester in Shanghai program offered through the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures are pre-approved for transfer into DEVS plans.