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Culture & Development

DEVS 240/3.0

Provides students with a broad overview of debates relating to development and culture, including issues of religion, music, sport, art and literature, and how these interact with economic policy and political change.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

After completing DEVS 240, students will be better equipped to:

  • Identify, employ and analyze core analytic concepts pertaining to “culture” and “global development”
  • Recall and describe how and why development is contested idea and how cultural dimensions are tied to its deployment for political and economic purposes.
  • Identify and breakdown cultural biases within global development discourses
  • Demonstrate through examinations, discussion forms and written work, the relationship between material and representational inequalities that shape “development”
  • Analyze how culture is implicated in development policy and local political organizing
  • Communicate effectively about issues related to culture and global development through discussion, multimedia, and in academic writing

Topics

Module

Week

Topic

1. Introduction1What is Culture? What is Development? How do they matter together?
2. Culture and Development: Ideas and Practice2Colonialism, Culture, Orientalism, and "The West"
3Modernization Theory and the Invention of Poverty
4Globalization, Disjuncture, and Difference
5Hegemony and Cultural Policy
6Counter-Hegemony and Alternative Development
3. Culture and Development in Practice7Human Rights and Gender
8Working in Development
4. Topics in Culture and Development9Food
10Sport
11Religion and the Arts
12Course Summary and Exam Review

Description

This course explores the relationship between “culture” and “development” as concepts and practices and where they intersect. We examine how meanings of ‘the West,’ ‘civilized,’ ‘development,’ ‘modernization,’ ‘progress,’ ‘poverty,’ ‘tradition,’ ‘First World’ and ‘Third World’ are constructed and contested concepts. The course will exam how culture has been thought of historically within development ideas and practice as well as its contemporary manifestations.  Moreover we examine how colonial perceptions and practices still imbue much development discourse today and how might they be more effectively challenged.

The course focuses on key sites where culture has been deployed to promote development and how these interact with economic policy and political change. Topics include human rights, tourism, religion, food, music and sports. Students will be able to research a wide range of other cultural phenomena as it relates to development for their major research project.

Terms

Fall 2018
Course Dates: 
Sept 6 - Nov 30, 2018
Exam Dates: 
Dec 5 - 20, 2018

Evaluation

AssessmentComponentsWeight
Media and Reflection DiaryDiary and Reflection (2)2x5%
Discussion (2)2x5%
Search-and-SharePost and Discussion (2)2x5%
Research Term PaperProposal10%
Paper25%
Infographic5%
Proctored Final ExamIdentification Questions, Short Essays, and Long Essay30%

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Final Examination

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.

Instructor

Professor Scott Rutherford (ruthers@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend, on average, about 9 hours per week completing relevant readings, assignments, and course activities.

Course Resources

About SOLUS

SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About OnQ

onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the onQ site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

  • Laptop or Desktop computer purchased within the last 5 years. (mobile devices are not supported)
  • Windows Vista SP2/Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
  • Up to date versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Please note that Google Chrome is not recommended for use in our courses.
  • Most recent version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash

 See also Getting Started.

Dates/Deadlines

The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point
A+4.30
A4.00
A-3.70
B+3.30
B3.00
B-2.70
C+2.30
C2.00
C-1.70
D+1.30
D1.00
D-0.70
F0.00

GPA Calculators
Have your SOLUS grade report handy and then follow the link to the Arts and Science GPA calculators.

How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.

Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
Please follow this link to the FAQ's

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.