Canada and the "Third World"

DEVS 100/6.0


To achieve this, the course examines the core perspectives and debates in development thinking and practice mainly since 1950s. We start with analysis of the evolution of development theory and practice, contextualized historically. Using case studies from different parts of the world, we then examine the impacts that key theories about ‘creating development’ have had when put into practice.

The latter part of the course focuses specifically on various aspects of Canada’s relationship to the “Third World.”  Canada’s mixed record as a colonial power over First Nations peoples will also introduce students to basic issues in Aboriginal Studies. From this basis, we can reflect upon the complexities, ambiguities and contradictions found beneath popular stereotypes of Canadian “niceness” or support for “Third World” aspirations. What choices might Canadian citizens take to shape their relationship with the “Third World” in the future?

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.


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 4Global Legacies of Colonialism
Section 5Legacies of Colonialism in Canada
Section 6After Colonialism - The Development Project
Section 7From Development to Globalization
Section 8Globalization in Practice
Section 9Globalization in Crisis
Section 10Canadian Foreign Policy and Peacekeeping
Section 11Development Assistance, NGOs, and the Evolution of Canadian Foreign Aid Policy
Section 12Where do we go from here? Re Imagining Development


Fall/Winter 2022/2023
Course Dates
Delivery Mode


10% - Discussion Activities
5% - Theories of Development - Group Chart and Infographic
2.5% - Theories of Development - GRASP (Group Assessment of Self and Peers)

7.5 - Term Paper
25% - Proctored Midterm Exam
7% - Research Paper - Proposal
13% - Research Paper - Final

2.5% - Case Study - Group Report
2.5% - Case Study - GRASP (Group Assessment of Self and Peers)
25% - Proctored Final Exam

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Live Sessions

This course has required and optional live sessions (e.g. webinars, synchronous activities). Please consult the Timeline in the first week of class.


  1. You may choose to write your exam(s) online using Examity proctoring services where you will be charged the additional $100 exam fee; or
  2. You may choose to write your exam(s) in-person on Queen's campus in Kingston where you will NOT be charged the additional $100 exam fee.


Once the exam schedule has been finalized the exam date will be posted on your SOLUS account. The exam dates for each Term are listed on the Faculty of Arts and Science webpage under "Important Dates." Student exam schedules for the Fall Term are posted via SOLUS immediately prior to the Thanksgiving holiday; for the Winter Term they are posted on the Friday before Reading Week, and for the Summer Term they are individually noted on the Arts and Science Online syllabi. Students should delay finalizing any travel plans until after the examination schedule has been posted. Exams will not be moved or deferred to accommodate employment, travel/holiday plans or flight reservations.

Instructor Information

Professor Mark Hostetler (

Instructor Message

I 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.

Textbook and Materials

ASO reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.

Required Textbook

  • Canada and the Third World: Overlapping Histories, edited by Dubinsky, Mills, and Rutherford, ISBN 9781442606876.
  • International Development: Illusions and Realities, author Black, ISBN 9781771132398
  • Globalization: Buying and Selling the World, author Ellwood, ISBN 9781771132459

Time Commitment

To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend, on average, about 10 hours a week (240 hours total) on the course.


"The organization and set up of the course was phenomenal. I thought the course material, including the text, readings and videos, were excellent. The professor was extremely helpful and always went above and beyond."
- Course evaluation, DEVS 100: Canada and the "Third World" (2014)