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

Description

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.

Evaluation

Participation20%
Library Assignment 5%
Research Paper Proposal 10%
Proctored Mid-term20%
Final Resarch Paper20%
Take-home Final Exam25%

Topics

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.

Topics

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

Instructor

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 10-12 hours per week on the course.

Course Resources

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Dates/Deadlines

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2014-15 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $605.31; for a 6.0-unit course, $1210.62. See also Tuition and Payment.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point
A+4.30
A4.00
A-3.70
B+3.30
B3.00
B-2.70
C+2.30
C2.00
C-1.70
D+1.30
D1.00
D-0.70
F0.00

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