DEVS 100/6.0 Canada and the "Third World"
Introduces basic theoretical concepts of development studies, the history of global inequality, the role of local and transnational actors and institutions such as the World Bank, key debates in development policy, and short histories of alternative development strategies. Case studies of Canada's ties to the so-called "third world" will include missionaries, military, business, and aid. Canadian colonialism over First Nations peoples will introduce basic issues in Aboriginal Studies.
The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the theoretical perspectives and main issues that have informed current thinking in Global Development Studies. This includes discussions of the basic theoretical concepts of development studies, a history of global inequality and short histories of alternative development strategies. This course will explore these issues in the context of specific case studies highlighting the relationship between developing countries and Canada. These case studies cover a wide range of topics such as economics, paid work and global labour markets, education, gender, First Nations peoples, Canadian Aid policies, Foreign Policy and International Development. Each week, different theoretical perspectives are illustrated and discussed through reference to concrete empirical applications. The course aims to provide students with an understanding of conceptual issues of development studies as well as with a more practical and policy oriented understanding of development planning and implementation.
At the end of the course a successful student will be able to:
- Distinguish between various theories of development
- Have a clear grasp of the contested meaning of development
- Understand the implications for policy, academic work and social activism that different theories of development imply
- Explore the power relations-local, national and global-that shape the creation and further the propagation of different theories of development
- Produce critical analysis within a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approach.
- Summarize texts and debates and present them in written form
- Understand how to structure an argument
- Be able to present data and case studies in a variety of formats such as electronic posters, reports, maps, etc
Experiential Learning Opportunities
Examples of previous ELOs include Earthship Brighton, the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool and a visit to the offices of The International Aids Alliance, Brighton.