School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Global Development Studies

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 the political economy and development policies. This is a mandatory course for all graduate students in Global Development Studies.Three term-hours; Fall. S. Soederberg.

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; Fall. R. Day

DEVS-821*     Advanced Topics in Global Development Studies 1    
Provides a comprehensive seminar on a key topic in contemporary development studies. These graduate-level seminars are offered by regular faculty on topics related to their research. Consult the departmental homepage for further details of specific course offering each year. Not offered 2017-18.

DEVS-822*     Advanced Topics in Global Development Studies 2    
Provides a comprehensive seminar on a key topic in contemporary development studies. These are graduate-level seminars, offered by regular faculty on topics related to their research. Consult the departmental homepage for further details of specific course offering each year.

DEVS-823*     Advanced Topics in Global Development Studies 3    
Provides a comprehensive seminar on a key topic in contemporary development studies. These are graduate-level seminars, offered by regular faculty on topics related to their research. Consult the departmental homepage for further details of specific course offering each year.

DEVS-824*     Advanced Topics in Global Development Studies 4
Provides a comprehensive seminar on a key topic in contemporary development studies. These are graduate-level seminars, offered by regular faculty on topics    
related to their research. Consult the departmental homepage for further details of specific course offering each year. Not offered 2017-18.

DEVS-825*     Advanced Topics in Global Development Studies 5
Topic: Intersectional Indigenous Inquiry.
Description: TBA. Three term-hours; Winter. D. Robinson.

DEVS-826*     Advanced Topics in Global Development Studies 6    
Provides a comprehensive seminar on a key topic in contemporary development studies. These are graduate-level seminars, offered by regular faculty on topics related to their research. Consult the departmental homepage for further details of specific course offering each year.

DEVS-827*     Advanced Topics in Global Development Studies 7    
Provides a comprehensive seminar on a key topic in contemporary development studies. These are graduate-level seminars, offered by regular faculty on topics related to their research. Consult the departmental homepage for further details of specific course offering each year.

DEVS-828*     Advanced Topics in Global Development Studies 8    
Provides a comprehensive seminar on a key topic in contemporary development studies. These are graduate-level seminars, offered by regular faculty on topics related to their research. Consult the departmental homepage for further details of specific course offering each year.

DEVS-829*     Advanced Topics in Global Development Studies 9    
Provides a comprehensive seminar on a key topic in contemporary development studies. These are graduate-level seminars, offered by regular faculty on topics related to their research. Consult the departmental homepage for further details of specific course offering each year.

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 graduate students will be enrolled in this course. Monthly meetings; Fall-Winter. M.  Taylor.

DEVS-861* to DEVS-869* DEVS-861* to DEVS-869* are seminars offered by regular and visiting faculty on development topics related to their research interests. Consult the departmental homepage for further details of specific course offering each year. These are mixed senior undergraduate/graduate level courses 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).

DEVS-861*     Topics in Development Studies 1    
2017-2018 Topic: Development and the Global Agrofood System
Description: Using a diverse disciplinary perspective, this course analyzes key aspects of contemporary changes in the global agro-food system. Offered jointly with DEVS-492-002 with additional work required. Three term-hours; Fall. P. Kumar
PREREQUISITE: MA standing in Global Development Studies, or permission of the Department. EXCLUSION: DEVS-492-002

DEVS-862*     Topics in Development Studies 2    

2017-2018 Topic: Climate Change and Global Development
Description: This course draws from a range of academic disciplines including history, sociology and science studies to engage with the ethical, political and philosophical issues pertaining to contemporary responses to climate change. Offered jointly with DEVS-492-007 with additional work required. Three term-hours; Winter. M. Taylor.
PREREQUISITE: MA standing in Global Development Studies, or permission of the Department. EXCLUSION: DEVS-492-007

DEVS-863*     Topics in Development Studies 3    

2017-2018 Topic: The Global Insurrection
Description: People all over the world are taking to the streets in defiance of their governments, in actions that go beyond mere protest in intensity, duration, and effects upon the societies in which they occur. Although these insurrections only rarely result in ‘the people’ taking state power, as in the classical understanding of insurrection, they do point the way to new ways of organizing our lives, based on decision-making through assemblies, horizontal structures of power, and meeting basic needs without the ‘help’ of states and corporations. Offered jointly with DEVS-492-008 with additional work required. Three term-hours; Fall. R. Day
PREREQUISITE: MA standing in Global Development Studies, or permission of the Department. EXCLUSION: DEVS-492-008

DEVS-864*     Topics in Development Studies 4    

2017-2018 Topic:  Inequity and Diversity in North America
Description: This course explores power and inequality in North America by conversing with the theories and histories of global development and decolonization. We will explore a wide range of topics, including the legacies of settler-colonialism and slavery in contemporary society, how International Development institutions and actors have shaped popular knowledge about poverty in the Global North, and why since the 1960s some community organizers have turned to theories emerging from the Global South to change conditions of inequality that exist in the First World. Offered jointly with DEVS-492-015 with additional work required. Three term-hours. Winter. S. Rutherford
PREREQUISITE: MA standing in Global Development Studies, or permission of the Department. EXCLUSION: DEVS-492-015

DEVS-865*     Topics in Development Studies 5    

2017-2018 Topic: Nonprofit & Charitable Sector in Canada
Description: TBA.
Offered jointly with DEVS-492-014 with additional work required. Three term-hours; Fall. A. Saifer.
PREREQUISITE: MA standing in Global Development Studies, or permission of the Department. EXCLUSION: DEVS-492-014

DEVS-866*     Topics in Development Studies 6    

2017-2018 Topic: Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
Description: TBA
Offered jointly with DEVS-492-004 with additional work required. Three term-hours; Fall. M. Hostetler
PREREQUISITE: MA standing in Global Development Studies, or permission of the Department. EXCLUSION: DEVS-492-004

DEVS-867*     Topics in Development Studies 7    

2017-2018 Topic: Exploring Development: The Two India’s of the 21st Century
Description: TBA
Offered jointly with DEVS-492-013 with additional work required. Three term-hours; Winter. P. Kumar
PREREQUISITE: MA standing in Global Development Studies, or permission of the Department. EXCLUSION: DEVS-492-013      

DEVS-868*     Topics in International Development 8    

2017-2018 Topic: Gender Matters:  Development Issues in the Global South
Description: TBA
Offered jointly with DEVS-492-010 with additional work required. Three term-hours; Winter. R. Kukreja.
PREREQUISITE: MA standing in Global Development Studies, or permission of the Department. EXCLUSION: DEVS-492-010

DEVS-869*     Topics in International Development 9   
2017-2018 Topic: Global Governance
Description: Like many fashionable terms in academia and policymaking circles, global governance has all too often escaped critical evaluation. Situating this moving target in the wider context of global political economy, we interrogate the institutional, discursive and regulatory features of global governance by exploring a wide variety of contemporary themes and issues, such as global trade, global aid, global risk management, the rule of law, slum rehabilitation, planetary gentrification, corruption and tax havens, and so forth across varied levels of governance ranging from global institutions (World Trade Organisation, European Union, World Bank, World Economic Forum, UN-HABITAT) to national and municipal institutions. In so doing, we ask: who benefits from global governance? Whose values are being promoted, and why? And, finally, who and/or is to be governed, and why? Offered jointly with DEVS-492-006 with additional work required. Three term-hours. Winter. S. Soederberg.
PREREQUISITE: MA standing in Global Development Studies, or permission of the Department. EXCLUSIONS: DEVS-492-006, DEVS-864

DEVS-870* Topics in International Development 10
2017-2018 Topic: The ‘African Renaissance’ in Comparative Perspective
Description: TBA
Seminar offered by regular and visiting faculty on development topics related to their research interests. Consult the departmental homepage for further details of specific course offering each year. These are mixed senior undergraduate/graduate level courses 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).

DEVS-871* Topics in International Development 11
Seminar offered by regular and visiting faculty on development topics related to their research interests. Consult the departmental homepage for further details of specific course offering each year. These are mixed senior undergraduate/graduate level courses 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).

DEVS-872* Topics in International Development 12
Seminar offered by regular and visiting faculty on development topics related to their research interests. Consult the departmental homepage for further details of specific course offering each year. These are mixed senior undergraduate/graduate level courses 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).

DEVS-873* Topics in International Development 13
Seminar offered by regular and visiting faculty on development topics related to their research interests. Consult the departmental homepage for further details of specific course offering each year. These are mixed senior undergraduate/graduate level courses 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).

DEVS-890*     Directed Readings in Development Studies    
Students whose proposed research lies outside the realm (thematic or regional) of regular and cognate 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.

DEVS-891*     Graduate Work Placement in Development Studies    
Summer Term. PREREQUISITE: Successful application to convert from a one-year to a two-year (thesis option) MA in Global Development Studies, or permission of the Department.

DEVS-892*     Special Topics in Global Development Studies    
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.

DEVS-893*     Special Topics in Global Development Studies    
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.

DEVS-898*     Master's Research Paper    
Students will complete a library-based major research project (MRP) of 50-60 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 Grad Chair in consultation with a willing faculty supervisor, plus completion of two mandatory and four elective DEVS or DEVS- eligible courses. 

DEVS-899     Master's Thesis    
Research leading to a dissertation of 75-100 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 four elective DEVS or DEVS- eligible courses.