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Course Descriptions


 
101.1 211.1 Capstone
201.1 212.1 401.2
202.1 213.1
214.1
DEVSC - 101.1: Introduction to Development Studies

What is the so‐called Third World, Fourth World, Global South or “majority world”? Why are some countries so rich while others are poor? Why are there seemingly intractable pockets of poverty within otherwise wealthy communities? What is development, anyway, and how do we get there? Part One of this introductory course offers a comprehensive overview of the field of development studies. Acquire the initial tools necessary to engage with difficult questions about global development. Examine the core perspectives and debates in development theory and practice. Start by reviewing the main development theories from the post-World War II period and critically analysing their intellectual foundations and assumptions. Then explore the historical context of development from colonialism through to the current period of globalization, making use of case studies and examining the impacts that evolving theories have had on practice. 

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DEVSC - 201.1: Introduction to Health and Development (Core)

What are the key issues and actors related to health and development? Explore the many ways in which health is defined, measured and valued globally.  Examine the health impacts of globalization as manifested in the legacy of colonialism, the actions of Multi-National Corporations (MNCs), institutions like the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Trade Organization (WTO), and the policy choices of governments. Within this global context, explore the role of international actors in health and development, ranging from UN agencies (e.g., World Health Organization ), to NGOs (e.g., Red Cross, Médicins Sans Frontières) , to grassroots organizations and “venture philanthropy” (e.g., Product (Red) campaign), and individual volunteers.  Finally, explore some key topics in health and development, such as HIV/AIDS, gender, displaced peoples, and aboriginal communities.

What is the so‐called Third World, Fourth World, Global South or “majority world”? Why are some countries so rich while others are poor? Why are there seemingly intractable pockets of poverty within otherwise wealthy communities? What is development, anyway, and how do we get there? Part One of this introductory course offers a comprehensive overview of the field of development studies. Acquire the initial tools necessary to engage with difficult questions about global development. Examine the core perspectives and debates in development theory and practice. Start by reviewing the main development theories from the post-World War II period and critically analysing their intellectual foundations and assumptions. Then explore the historical context of development from colonialism through to the current period of globalization, making use of case studies and examining the impacts that evolving theories have had on practice. 

 

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DEVSC - 202.1: Introduction to Technology and Development (Core) 

Why do we believe that technology is a key component of what the 'developed' world can and should be 'giving' to the 'developing' world? Examine ways technology has been deployed in the history of development and its links to capitalism, colonialism, racism, and the state form. Study of the specific, everyday, taken-for-granted roles of engineers, using real-world examples from the state and corporate sides of development. Discuss the roles offered to engineers by NGOs such as Engineers Without Borders and the possibilities for engineers to work outside of the state-capitalist system. Critically examine concepts such as efficiency, sustainability, charity, and solidarity.

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DEVSC - 211.1: Globalization and Gender and Development (Elective)

This course will increase your awareness and understanding of the social relations of gender and of their transformation under neo-liberal policies. The first part of the course introduces key conceptual issues for understanding gender relations. The second part uses these concepts to examine the gendered impact of neo-liberal policies and development processes during the current period of globalization. Examine substantive issues such as feminization of poverty and labour, and the impact of migration, militarization, and privatization of services on women. Explore case studies from different cultural contexts, including Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Learn about the diverse expressions of women's resistances, struggles, and activism, including any influence and intervention from international aid and feminist agencies. Develop a sound understanding of conceptual issues around gender as well as a more practical understanding of gender planning, mobilization, and development.

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DEVSC - 212.1:  NGOs and Global Civil Society

Examine the rapidly expanding field of nongovernmental organizations from their early roots to their current roles. Explore the relations of power between NGOs, states, and communities. Discuss critically the impact of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization. Topics include the role of corporations and private companies, microfinance, infrastructure, and democratic movements.

 

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DEVSC - 213.1: Perspectives on Working and Volunteering in the Global South (Elective)

This course explores the current thinking around the role that volunteers, skilled professionals and development workers from the Global North play in relation to their counterparts in the Global South.  Through a survey of literature, films and popular publications on the subject, we consider some of the challenges and ethical issues that arise out of relationships that are usually based on good intentions yet sometimes have unintended or unanticipated outcomes.  By weaving together the literature on development-related issues and theory, international experiential learning models and global citizenship, we explore and reflect on some of the ethical challenges related to working and volunteering in the Global South. This course is designed to meet the needs of a diverse array of participants, including individuals who work or volunteer in the Global South, as well as those who are planning and preparing for an upcoming work or volunteer experience. 

 

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DEVSC - 214.1: Issues and Actors in Development (Elective)

This course allows you to deepen your understanding of the theoretical and conceptual perspectives covered in the introductory course. Explore the actions and motivations of the major players in the development field—multinational corporations, states, NGOs, and individuals. Apply the range of development perspective identified in our introductory course to evaluate current and future burning issues in development. Examine topics such as aboriginal rights, environmental justice, food security, and civil society efforts to resist various aspects of globalization. (exclusion DEVSC 102.1)

 

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Capstone Course Descriptions

DEVSC - 401.2: Advanced Seminar in Health and Development

This is an advanced course that builds on the foundations provided by the online portion of the program. The course format includes a variety of lectures, seminar-style discussions, and group activities lead by experts in Health and Development drawn from both inside and outside Queen’s. This course will provide a collegial, participant-centred setting so that you can learn from and interact with leading scholars and practitioners in the field. Timely and cutting-edge discussions and debates in the field will keep you engaged and challenged. This course will be tailored to the interests of the participants and the expertise of the instructors.

 

This course is accredited for MAINPRO M1 credits for Family Physicians and  MOC Group Learning Section 1 credits for specialists.

 

Knowledge Translation for Global Health Summer Institute
June 2 to June 6, 2014

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