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Queen's University
 

Global Development Studies Graduate Courses

Course Numbers
801 809/492 891
802 810 892
803/493 815 893
804/494 830 894
805/495 850 895
806/496 880 898
807/497 885 899
808/498 890
DEVS - 801*  The Political Economy of Development 

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the relationship between political economy and the ideas and practices of development.  The course grounds students in core theories, both classical and contemporary.  It then examines key themes and controversies to illustrate the relationships between political economy and development practice.

 

This is a mandatory course for all graduate students in Global Development Studies.

 

Three term hours; Fall. D. McDonald

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DEVS - 802*  The Cultural Politics of Development

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the cultural politics of development in historical and contemporary perspective.  The course focuses on narratives of development and their relationship to social and political movements in the South and North.  Themes include the ideas of tradition, modernity and progress; colonialism, nationalism and liberation; and the gendered and racialised politics of development.

 

This is a mandatory course for all graduate students in Global Development Studies.

 

Three term ‐ hours; Winter. D. Da Costa

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DEVS - 803*/493* Topics in International Development - African Renaissance 

2013-2014 Topic:  The 'African Renaissance' in Comparative Perspective 

  

This course critically assesses the premises and promises of the "African Renaissance" of democratic political transitions, accelerating rates of economic growth, and "demographic dividend."  It begins with a critical overview of the history of underdevelopment under colonial and neo-colonial conditions, including through unequal relations in the production of knowledge about Africa.  Students then examine a series of specific contemporary or proposed development strategies/tools including: public versus private service delivery, the future of colonial borders, the role of tourism, the nature of urbanization, gender and sexual rights, information technology, and Chinese aid/trade.

 

A mixed senior undergraduate/graduate level course with limited space for graduate students. Graduatestudents may not take more than three such mixed courses. Graduate enrolment opens after the undergraduate enrolment period (consult with department).

 

Three term - hours; Winter. M. Epprecht

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DEVS - 804*/494*  Topics in International Development -  Global Governance

2013-2014 Topic:  Global Governance and Development

 

Scope And Objectives:

Global governance is the sum of many ways individuals and institutions, public and private, manage their common affairs. It is the continuing process through which conflicting or diverse interests may be accommodated and cooperative action may be taken. It includes formal institutions…as well as informal arrangements that people and institutions have either agreed to or perceive to be in their interest.

Commission on Global Governance, Our Global Neighbourhood (1995)

 

The above definition of global governance has been widely employed by scholars, policymakers, journalists, and activists to describe how the world economy has been ‘managed’. Over the past decade, global governance has become so central to the understanding of our contemporary world that universities have begun to offer graduate degrees and certificate programmes in this field, e.g., http://globalgovernance.uwaterloo.ca/. There is even an academic journal dedicated to the study of global governance (i.e., www.acuns.org/globalgove) and numerous websites, e.g., www.glogov.org/

 

Like many fashionable terms in the social world, global governance has all too often escaped critical evaluation. Although there is no consensus on the meaning of this term, it seems to rest on at least two conventional wisdoms. First, globalization is an unstoppable, omnipotent, and neutral (desirable) force stemming from some sort of external source (such as the market). Second, there appear to be pre-existing and commonly shared values and norms across various cultural, political, economic, and social spaces. These sentiments on global governance run through the discourses of many powerful international organizations and fora, such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, the World Economic Summit, Group of Twenty (G20) Summits, Global Climate Summits, the United Nations Global Compact, and so forth – all of which have immediate impact on the daily lives of hundreds of millions of people in the global North and global South.

 

Despite its popularity and centrality to contemporary economic, environmental, social and political life, global governance remains under-theorized. For example, we might ask: Who benefits from global governance? Whose values are being promoted, and why? Who is to be governed, and why? What roles have (neoliberal) states and markets played in the construction and reproduction of global governance? Which interests and ‘spaces’ are excluded, and why? How are we to make sense of global governance in the larger, multi-disciplinary frame of global political economy? And, finally, how are we to understand the relevance of global governance with regard to North-South relations, i.e., questions of development?

 

A mixed senior undergraduate/graduate level course with limited space for graduate students. Graduatestudents may not take more than three such mixed courses.  Graduate enrolment opens after the undergraduate enrolment period (consult with department).

 

Three term - hours; Fall. S. Soederberg

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DEVS - 805*/495*  Topics in International Development - Race in Development

2013-2014 Topic:  Race in Development 

 

This course provides students with a critical historical perspective and the theoretical tools to analyze the integral role racial and ethnic differences play within capitalist development. From the colonial and postcolonial reproduction and contestation of domination, hierarchy, and inequality, to development’s recent turn to race, ethnicity, and culture as a means of inclusion, we explore the diverse ways such "differences" get deployed within development discourses and practices. The course is especially attentive to the ways in which race and ethnicity structure power, privilege, and knowledge production, and considers the implications this has for re-thinking development theory and practice.

 

A mixed senior undergraduate/graduate level course with limited space for graduate students. Graduate students may not take more than three such mixed courses. Graduate enrolment opens after the undergraduate enrolment period (consult with department).

 

Three term - hours; Winter. A.E. Da Costa

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DEVS - 806*/496  Topics in International Development - Climate Change and Development 

2013-2014 Topic:  Climate Change and Global Development

 

Over the past decade, the spectre of anthropogenic climate change has increasingly cast a shadow over debates in development studies.  It is widely accepted that climate change mitigation – the reduction of CO2 emissions – will not be rapid enough in timeframe or sufficient enough in scale to avoid significant global warming.  In its impact on hydroclimatic phenomena, climate change will have manifest social implications particularly in regions of the global South characterised by significant dependence on agriculture for livelihoods, insufficient physical infrastructure and overburdened public institutions.  In response, measures to promote climate change adaptation are seen as requiring immediate mainstreaming within national policymaking and international development initiatives to safeguard material wellbeing and social identity.  There is significant disagreement, however, on what successful adaptation involves, how it should be fostered and who should promote and finance it.  This course overviews these debates in both the academic and policy literature.  We examine the many projected impacts of climate change, their differentiated impact upon societies, and current public policy responses to them.  With a specific focus on questions of equity, we examine how vulnerability to climate change impacts is socially constructed and how such vulnerability manifests itself in different social spaces, from the rural to the urban.  As such, the course seeks to balance focus on the broad analytical questions surrounding vulnerability, resilience and adaptation with case studies drawn from a wide range of countries across the global South.

 

A mixed senior undergraduate/graduate level course with limited space for graduate students. Graduate students may not take more than three such mixed courses. Graduate enrolment opens after the undergraduate enrolment period (consult with department).

 

Three term - hours; Fall. M. Taylor

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DEVS - 807*/497*  Topics in International Development - Education and Development

2013-2014 Topic:  Education: A Contradictory Resource

 

Following international conferences in the 1990s, development research and governance institutions joined in the call for Education for All characterized by a massive institutional push to increase primary school enrolment in the developing world.  This course takes a critical and theoretical look at one of the most powerful and enduring ideas of development —that education is a first step to progress and freedom from poverty.  A range of social theorists such as Paul Willis, Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault, Paulo Freire, Martha Nussbaum, and Amartya Sen help explore whether schooling is an inevitable good, a tool for hegemonic domination, or a contradictory resource.  Rather than view education as an autonomous historical force we situate education in social and subjective power relations.  We read accounts of various contexts of schooling from working-class British schools,  Dalit schooled men in north India, postcolonial schooling, and educating development workers.  Each context and experience of schooling generates questions about the multiple ideological and practical purposes, uses, and outcomes of education—from learning to divide the world to producing the good citizen and worker. Understanding the significant role of education in reproducing inequality and imperialism is juxtaposed with explorations of philosophies and existing practices of critical, transformative pedagogies.

 

A mixed senior undergraduate/graduate level course with limited space for graduate students. Graduate students may not take more than three such mixed courses. Graduate enrolment opens after the undergraduate enrolment period (consult with department).

 

Three term - hours; Winter. D. Da Costa

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DEVS - 808*/498*  Topics in International Development  - Autonomy-Oriented Movements

2013-2014 Topic:  Autonomy-Oriented Social Movements in the Americas: Changing the World Without Taking Power?

 

This course will focus on the theory, strategy, and tactics that guide certain 'autonomy-oriented' movements for social change in the Americas, i.e., those that work within and against, as well as outside of, the dominant neoliberal order, to create sustainable alternatives to it.  It will include in-depth study of examples drawn from both settler and indigenous societies, as well as those working on the precarious boundaries between them.

 

In order to understand the specificity of autonomy-oriented movements, the course will begin with a quick overview of the colonization of the Americas, as well as a discussion of social movement theory, strategy, and tactics, using a rough periodization based on the dominant mode of social change advocated during each period: from revolution-oriented (modern marxism, anarchism, anarchist feminism 1850s-1950s) to reform oriented  ('new' social movements of the 1960s-1980s) to (autonomy-oriented) 'newest' social movements of the 1990s and 2000s.

We will draw primarily from autonomist marxist, postcolonial, anarchist, feminist, and indigenist theory and practice, with a particular focus on anarcha-indigenism, an emerging discourse that explores resonances and dissonances between the latter three traditions. Case studies will include the Zapatista autonomous zones, land reclamations by the Tyendinaga Mohawk and Six Nations at Caledonia, autonomous neighbourhoods in Argentina, and the unitierra 'campuses' in Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico.

 

We will explore various questions that have been raised by the theory and practice of these movements, such as: the debate over the efficacy of autonomy-oriented vs. counter-hegemonic strategies for social change; the need for 'unity' vs. 'plurality' in making another world possible; the centrality of some particular oppression, such as class, vs. a politics of anti-oppression; failures and successes in the formation of concrete solidarities across groups and movements; the viability/value of insurrectionary practices.

 

A mixed senior undergraduate/graduate level course with limited space for graduate students. Graduate students may not take more than three such mixed courses. Graduate enrolment opens after the undergraduate enrolment period (consult with department).

 

Three term - hours; Winter. R. Day

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DEVS - 809*/492*  Topics in International Development - Global Agro-Food System

2013-2014 Topic:  Development and the Global Agro-Food System

 

There can be little doubt that the current era is witnessing dramatic change in the global production and consumption of food.  In some respects this represents a continuation of previous trends.  In number of important ways, however, agricultural restructuring in the late twentieth century appears completely new.  Using a diverse disciplinary perspective, this course analyzes key aspects of contemporary changes in the global agro-food system.  Topics covered will range from industrialization and corporate control of food and farming, the geography of more ‘flexible’ forms of manufacturing and service provisions, feminization of agricultural labour, localized and place-based agriculture, non-agricultural uses of agro-food resources, food democracy and sovereignty to new landscapes of consumption, changing forms of political organisation and protests and the relationship between food and culture, specifically how communities and societies identify and express themselves through food.

 

A mixed senior undergraduate/graduate level course with limited space for graduate students. Graduate students may not take more than two such mixed courses. Graduate enrolment opens after the undergraduate enrolment period (consult with department).

 

Three term - hours; Fall. P. Kumar

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DEVS - 810*  Uneven Development: Global Divisions of Labour and Consumption

This course examines the formation and dynamics of global capitalism, its divisions of labour and consumption, the (re)production of global inequalities. Topics include classical and contemporary theories of uneven development; industrialisation; the creation of labour forces; global commodity chains; and the ecological contradictions of global development.

 

Not offered 2013 ‐ 2014.

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DEVS - 815*  The Global Political Economy of Finance and Development

An inquiry into the role and meaning of corporations (corporatization) in the areas of debt, the environment and development across the globe. Drawing on an interdisciplinary approach, we attempt to understand the complex nature of corporatization by examining the contradictions, relations of power, and social discipline of various structures and strategies in global capitalism.

 

Not offered 2013 ‐ 2014.

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DEVS - 830*  Encountering Rural Development: A Critical Reading

Through a critical reading of books and articles, both current and influential older texts, the course will examine the ‘enterprise’ of rural development, considering the themes and ideas that have engaged those who have created and implemented rural development projects around the world and that continue to inform development work, historically and in the present.

 

Not offered 2013 ‐ 2014.

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DEVS - 850*  Professional Seminar in Development Studies 

This course provides a forum to discuss practical, ethical and methodological issues in conducting development research and writing, including major research papers, thesis work, and grant applications.

 

All Global Development Studies MA students will be enrolled in this course.

 

Monthly meetings; FW terms. M. Taylor

 

 

 

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DEVS - 880*  Marketization of Debt, Nature and Development 

An inquiry into the role and meaning of corporations (corporatization) in the areas of debt, the environment and development across the globe.  Drawing on an interdisciplinary approach, we attempt to understand the complex nature of corporatization by examining the contradictions, relations of power, and social discipline of various structures and strategies in global capitalism.  Offered depending on availability of faculty.

 

Not offered 2013 - 2014.

 

 

 

 

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DEVS - 885*  Global Migration/Development

The course focuses on the relationship between globalization, international mobility and development in the “age of migration.” It will provide students with knowledge of the historiography and major theoretical perspectives on the nature of the relationship as well as an understanding of contemporary academic and policy debates on the role of migration in development.

 

Not offered 2013 ‐ 2014.

 

 

 

 

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DEVS - 890*  Directed Readings in Development Studies

Students whose proposed research lies outside the realm (thematic or regional) of regular course offerings may choose this option. In consultation with a willing supervisor, students must develop a unifying title, course description, and reading list of 2‐4 key texts for each of 5‐6 set topics leading toward an agreed upon set of assignments.

 

 

 

 

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DEVS - 891*  Fieldwork Preparation / De-Briefing

A summer-term elective for students in the two-year thesis stream. The course will enable students to devote more time in planning and pre‐departure preparation for their fieldwork by giving them course relief in the winter term. It will also provide an effective de‐briefing experience upon return, either in conjunction with the post activity reflection course for our senior undergraduates

(DEVS 411*) or through other public engagement such as guest lectures to undergraduate classes, or talks to extra‐curricular groups.

 

The course will be assessed on a Pass/Fail basis.

 

 

 

 

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DEVS - 892*  Special Topics in Global Development Studies - Field Research 

This course focuses on specific topics related to global development studies.  Special topics are offered under the guidance of a faculty member in an area of the instructor's expertise.

 

2013-2014 Topic:  Field Research

 

The course will introduce graduate students to qualitative field research through a combination of coursework and fieldwork. The course will cover research design, proposal writing, research ethics, qualitative research methods - concentrating on interviewing and observation, and data analysis, in order to provde students with a graps of important elements underlying successful fieldwork design, implementation and reporting.

 

Three term ‐ hours; Fall. V. Jefremovas 

 

 

 

 

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DEVS - 893*  Special Topics in Global Development Studies - the Aid Industry 

This course focuses on specific topics related to global development studies. Special topics are offered under the guidance of a faculty member in an area of the instructor’s expertise.

 

2013-2014 Topic:  Interrogating the Aid Industry and Corporate Power in Global Development

 

Despite the insightful contributions of political economy approaches to our understanding of development, critical explorations of global aidindustry, and the increasing and complex roles of (financial and non-financial) corporations, and (for-profit and non-profit) non-government organizations (NGOs) therein has been given far less attention.  This seminar fills this gap in our knowledge by studying the ever-shifting and multifaceted terrain of global aid industry by interrogating the nature and origins of power and contestation.  In doing so, we apply a wide variety of political economy lenses to examine key issues of the corporatization of the aid industry, including: the global aid regime and its emphasis on aid effectiveness, the rise of corporate social responsibility initiatives in development projects, the politics of global disaster and relief strategies, with particular focus on housing initiatives, and micro-lending and the financial inclusion agenda.

 

Also offered as POLS-891*.

 

Three term - hours; Winter. S. Soederberg.

 

 

 

 

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DEVS - 894*  Special Topics in Global Development Studies

This course focuses on specific topics related to global development studies. Special topics are offered under the guidance of a faculty member in an area of the instructor’s expertise.

 

Not offered 2013 ‐ 2014.

 

 

 

 

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DEVS - 895*  Special Topics in Global Development Studies

This course focuses on specific topics related to global development studies. Special topics are offered under the guidance of a faculty member in an area of the instructor’s expertise.

 

Not offered 2013 ‐ 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

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DEVS - 898*  Master's Research Paper

Students will complete a library‐based major research project (MRP) of 40‐60 pages. The MRP will deal with a specific interdisciplinary question directly relevant to Global Development Studies, which may be thematic or theoretical in nature or focus on peoples or places generally associated with the Global South in the context of relations with the Global North.

 

PREREQUISITE: Permission of Graduate Chair in consultation with a willing faculty supervisor, plus completion of two mandatory and four elective DEVS

or DEVS‐ eligible courses

 

 

 

 

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DEVS - 899*  Master's Thesis

Research leading to a dissertation of 70‐100 pages will usually involve the collection and analysis of primary data and be of publishable quality. Such data could include oral interviews, archival and other documentary sources, in some cases collected through field work.

 

PREREQUISITE: Permission of Graduate Chair in consultation with a willing faculty supervisor, plus completion of two mandatory and two elective DEVS or DEVS‐eligible courses.

 

 

 

 

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