Global Engagement | Arts and Science Online

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Global Engagement

DEVS 280/3.0

This course explores current thinking around the motivations for, and ethical implications of, working with communities on issues of social justice, inequality, and sustainable development. Students will engage in self-reflexive practices and work collaboratively to create tools and action plans for ethical global engagement in the future.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, you will:

  1. Create learning and action plans to support the self-reflexive process of learning from experience in the field of global engagement
  2. Use critical reflection and self-reflexive practices to evaluate personal motivations for being globally engaged.
  3. Apply theories of race, gender and post-colonialism to critically assess the impact that global action and engagement may have on host communities and organizations.
  4. In collaboration with others, identify sector-specific ethical challenges encountered through global action and engagement and propose alternative courses of actions to a specific target audience.
  5. Use critical thinking and intercultural communication skills to challenge commonly held assumptions about the impacts of global engagement on host communities and host organizations.


This course explores the current thinking around the motivations for, and ethical implications of, working with communities on issues of social justice, inequality, and sustainable development. Through a survey of literature, films, and popular publications on the subject, we consider some of the challenges and ethical issues which arise out of relationships generally predicated on good intentions yet sometimes have unintended or unanticipated outcomes.

The course is designed to help you in your efforts to critically reflect on, and better understand, experiences with global action and engagement, while also preparing you for more ethical, mutually beneficial engagement in the future.

Throughout the course you'll:

  • consider how best to engage in global development work (locally and internationally),
  • participate in group discussions to draw connections between theory and practical experience,
  • work collaboratively to create an action plan that will leave you feeling confident in your approach to seeking out and participating in educational, professional or personal experiences that intersect with the complex world of global development.

Knowing that not everyone will have an experience they wish to unpack, nor be actively planning a future experience, course materials and assessments offer options throughout to tailor learning to meet your personal needs.


Fall 2019
Course Dates: 
Sept 5 - Nov 29, 2019
Exam Dates: 


5% - Self-Assessment Quizzes (x12)
25% - Learning Plan
10% - Online Discussion Forums
30% - Strategies for Building More Ethical Global Engagement - Group Project
30% - Action Plan for Future Global Engagement

**Evaluation Subject to Change**


Professor Kathryn Fizzell (

Time Commitment

You can expect to spend, on average, 10 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:

  • 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.


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

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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.