Canada and the "Third World"

DEVS 100/6.0

Introduces basic theoretical concepts of development studies, the history of global inequality, and short histories of alternative development strategies. Case studies of Canada's ties to the so-called third world will include missionaries, military, business, and aid. Canadian colonialism over First Nations peoples will introduce basic issues in Aboriginal Studies.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of developmental thinking as an explanatory framework of development and underdevelopment in the "Third World";
  • Describe the usefulness of employing interdisciplinary approaches to better engage the problems of development and underdevelopment;
  • Explain the competing perspectives on development and how they are connected to particular periods, political interests and concerns; and
  • Identify key issues in contemporary development, including Canada's place in international development.


Section 1Introduction to the Course and the Idea of Development
Section 2Theories of Development: Modernization to Neo-Liberalism
Section 3Rethinking Development: Gender, Orientalism and Post Development
Section 4Legacies of Colonialism
Section 5Legacies of Colonialism in Canada
Section 6The Development Project
Section 7From Development to Globalization
Section 8Globalization in Practice
Section 9Globalization in Crisis
Section 10Canadian Foreign Policy and MNCs
Section 11Development Assistance, NGOs, and the Evolution of Canadian Foreign Aid Policy
Section 12Where do we go from here? Re Imagining Development


This course offers a comprehensive introduction to the field of development studies, the history of global inequality, and histories of alternative development strategies. Case studies of Canada's ties to the so-called “Third World” include missionaries, military, business, and aid. Canadian colonialism over First Nations peoples introduces basic issues in Aboriginal Studies.


Summer 2016
Course Dates: 
May 2 - July 22, 2016
Exam Dates: 
July 26 - 29, 2016


Mid-Term (take home)20%
Library Assignment4%
Research Paper Proposal10%
Final Research Paper20%
Final Exam (proctored)30%

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Final Examination

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.


Dr. Mark Hostetler (

Instructor message

Mark HostetlerI have been involved in teaching the on campus version of this course since it was first offered in 2006 and I very much look forward to guiding you through this online version. I have an interdisciplinary background including degrees in Political Science, Latin American Studies, and Geography culminating with a Ph.D. in Geography from York University. While my interests in Global Development Studies are broad my own research has focused on sustainable development at the community level, alternative development project monitoring and evaluation methodologies, and participatory research methods.

Time Commitment

To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend, on average, about 15 - 18 hours per week on the course.

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