Development Studies has students explore issues of relevance to developing countries and aboriginal communities. It examines the role of economic and political systems, culture, gender relations, technology and physical environments as agents of change in countries in the South and the North and discusses their implications for North-South relations. Courses taught include issues such as poverty indicators, human rights, sexual health, social policy and trade relations.
Established in 1997, the Global Development Studies (DEVS) programme at Queen's offers major, medial and minor courses of study. DEVS is an interdisciplinary programme involving the departments of Geography, Economics, Environmental Studies, History, Political Studies, Sociology and Women's Studies as well as the Queen's Aboriginal Council. DEVS offers more than 20 of its own courses and draws on close to 150 existing courses in affiliated departments to round out its curriculum options. Students enter the programme in second year and can choose their courses in upper years around a specific region of the world and/or development theme.
Hands-on study is encouraged, especially at the fourth year level. Students have the option of a work/study placement with a development organization or an international exchange organized through a study-abroad programme. To date, DEVS students have traveled to such destinations as Bangladesh, Bolivia, China, Cuba, Ecuador, Guyana, India, Nepal, the Philippines, South Africa, Uganda, and Zanzibar. Our newest initiatives are a Study Abroad term at Fudan University, Shanghai, which includes both in-class courses and a work placement or field research practicum and a course at the University of Havana in Cuba.
The intensified interest in this field has become apparent at universities across the country, where burgeoning enrollment in Global Development Studies has become the rule. At Queen's we see students from virtually every discipline in the Faculty of Arts and Science apply to the programme and have students from other faculties taking DEVS courses.
No specific high school course is required to pursue a concentration in Global Development Studies.
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