Culture and Development | Arts and Science ONLINE

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.

Please note: This course is typically offered in the fall and/or summer term

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





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
11Digital Culture
12Course Summary


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, digital culture, 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.

Please note: This course will have 1 hour of synchronous lecture per week (on Mondays at 5:30 pm EST). Attendance is optional as these lectures will be recorded and uploaded to the course in OnQ.



Fall 2022
Course Dates: 
Sept. 6 - Dec. 5, 2022


Critical Reflection ExercisePost2x10%
Search-and-SharePost and Comment (3)3x10%
Research Term PaperOutline5%

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Live Sessions

This course has optional live sessions (e.g. webinars, synchronous activities).


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Time Commitment

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

Course Resources


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:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


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

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

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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.

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks, if required, 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.