Students are able to apply the development theory that they have studied by working with an agency involved in international development, either in Canada or abroad. A placement is normally 10-20 weeks, to be negotiated with the sponsoring agency. Placements can be completed at any point throughout the year. Many students choose to do placement over the summer month.
To meet the academic requirements of the course students are required to attend preparatory meetings, prepare a work-study proposal and a research paper on the placement. Assessments also include a daily journal, a final report and post-placement meetings and presentations as part of the re-entry learning experience. In addition to academic requirements, students are required to enroll in the Queen's emergency support programme and attend a pre-departure orientation.
The opportunity to study abroad is also an option for students in the programme. Students spend a term at a school that is located in Asia, Latin America, Africa or the successor states of the former Soviet Union. They may take courses that can be counted towards their DEVS and/or another disciplinary concentration (in the case of Medial students).
The academic requirements for the exchange itself (0.5 credit) include: researching and applying to universities, writing a proposal, carrying out a thorough risk assessment, attending a pre-departure orientation session, keeping a journal for the duration of the exchange and writing a report upon return.
NOTE: Students are normally responsible for all costs associated with participation in these courses. Students are also responsible for obtaining a Letter of Permission to study abroad through Queen's International Programmes Office, and for arranging for the transfer of credits from the host institution to Queen's upon their return.
Advising: Professor Paritosh Kumar is the Placement Coordinator for Work Study placements and Exchanges in Development Studies. Please contact him directly for an appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org (613) 533-2650. .