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Teaching Assistantship Vacancies – Department of Global Development Studies

The Department of Global Development Studies has Teaching Assistantships available in the following courses for 2020-2021 academic year.  TAships are filled according to Group Preferences set out in the Collective Agreement between Queen’s University and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC 901  Applications are due no later than Wednesday August 5, 2020:

DEVS 100/6.0    Canada and the "Third World" – Fall Term and Winter Term
Instructors: Scott Rutherford and Mark Hostetler
Introduces basic theoretical concepts of development studies, the history of global inequality, 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.

DEVS 105/3.0    Development Studies in Global Perspective - Winter Term
Instructor:  Marcus Taylor
To address complex global challenges from climate change to the corona virus requires students to consider the interrelationship between global economic integration, technological change, environmental sustainability, political systems and cultural diversity. To do so we must be willing to embrace new forms of knowledge and practice that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries. This introductory course to the field of global development studies provides the foundations for interdisciplinary study and action. It provides the thematic grounding and analytical tools to help engage pressing issues using multiple perspectives and a diversity of knowledges.

DEVS 220/3.0    Introduction to Indigenous Studies – Fall Term
Instructor: Ian Fanning
An introduction to Indigenous ways of knowing organized on a historical basis, from creation to present day, emphasizing Indigenous cultures and experiences in Canada. Students will critically examine colonialism. Indigenous perspectives will be introduced through lecture, reading and assignments, and from contributions from elders, members  of Indigenous communities and Indigenous scholars.

DEVS 221/3.0    Topics in Indigenous Human Ecology – Winter Term
Instructor: Ian Fanning
Indigenous Human Ecology re-evaluates conventional knowledge based on Indigenous knowledge, worldview, and culture. Introduction to an Indigenous perspective on contemporary issues. Lectures and discussion provide detailed examinations of topics such as contemporary issues in Indigenous healing, art, teaching and learning, socio-political life.

DEVS 230/3.0    The Global Political Economy of Development – Fall Term
Instructor: Susanne Soederberg
This course introduces students to important debates, concepts and themes in global development. Using a political economy perspective, we examine how different types of power relations are formed around the production, distribution and consumption of goods across local, national and international settings. We also examine how these power relations structure the institutions, processes and outcomes of ‘global development’.  The course proceeds historically starting with an examination of the ways in which post-colonial countries were integrated into the world economy in the decades following the Second World War. Subsequently, we use this as a basis to examine more contemporary issues including good governance, free trade, corporate social responsibility, and the role of NGOs.

DEVS 240/3.0    Culture and Development – Winter Term
Instructor: Ayca Tomac
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.

DEVS 250/3.0    Global Environmental Transformations – Winter Term
Instructor: Marcus Taylor
Examines  the  relationship  between  development  and  environmental  change  by  introducing  social  science perspectives  on  themes  including energy,  agriculture,  climate,  urbanisation  and  water.  With a focus on combining macro-¬‐ and micro-¬‐ analysis, the course reflects on the meaning of development in an era of global environmental transformation.

DEVS 260/3.0    Globalization Gender and Development – Fall Term
Instructor: Reena Kukreja
DEVS 260 Globalization, Gender, and Development is designed for those interested in undertaking a critical analysis of the gendered impact of the globalization process and development policies with a focus on women in the Global South.

DEVS 280/3.0    Global Engagement – Fall Term ONLINE
Instructor:  Kathryn Fizzell
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.

DEVS 293/3.0    Practice in Development/Winter Term
Instructor:  Bernadette Resurrección
In addition to the day-to-day challenges like communications concerns, safety issues, health issues, what are the practical skills a practitioner of international development should possess? This course will explore practical issues in international development with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Examples will be drawn from lived-experiences working and living in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America and will use case studies, gaming simulations and lectures to explore applied topics in international development. Topics include: Conducting Needs Assessment, Workshop/Training Development, Monitoring and Evaluation with a focus on measurement, formative evaluation and theory of change, an introduction to Program Planning, Intercultural Communications and Competence, Leadership, Program Funding including public/private partnerships and Entrepreneurialism

DEVS 300/3.0    Cross-Cultural Research Methods – Winter Term
Instructor: Mark Hostetler
A study of practical issues related to development research and program evaluation in development settings, using a case-study approach. Topics include information retrieval, cross-cultural research methods, basic data analysis, and results-based project evaluation.

DEVS 306/3.0    Cuban Culture and Society I– Winter Term
Instructor: Karen Dubinsky
This course introduces students to Cuban society and culture. The focus is on the period from the Cuban revolution (1959) to the present.  Students will examine some of the main events and highlights of Cuban history, politics and culture in this era. 

DEVS 340/3.0    Theories of Development – Fall Term
Instructor: Paritosh Kumar
Provides students with an overview of theories that underpin the development enterprise, and critiques of development, through the use of primary texts and critical appraisals.

DEVS 352/3.0    Technology and Development – Winter Term
Instructor: Diane Cordoba
An introduction to the socio-economic, cultural and political factors surrounding technology and its relationship to the development process in both advanced industrial societies and developing nations. Student project groups will focus on particular realms of technology in development and the interaction of politics and policy with technological choice and design, including appropriate, intermediate and sustainable technologies.

DEVS 353/3.0    Business and Development – Winter Term
Instructor: Susanne Soederberg
Over the past several decades, business – particularly large multinational corporations - have come to play an increasingly dominant role in global development. This course will interrogate the structures, processes and practices employed by corporations as they forge new partnerships with states, inter-governmental organizations (e.g., the United Nations), non-governmental organizations. In so doing, we will use lectures, tutorials and case studies to learn about the anatomy of corporate power (legal structure, governance and decision making processes) and how this power is brokered across the globe through themes such as: divestment campaigns, microcredit, and shelter loans for slum dwellers, corporate philanthropy, disaster management, the sustainable development goals, and corporate social responsibility.

DEVS 354/3.0    Cities and Urbanization in the South– Winter Term
Instructor: David McDonald
This course examines cities and urbanization in countries in the South, looking at similarities and differences between and across regions, and the extent to which these cities connect (or not) with urban areas in the North.

DEVS 358/3.0:  Non-Governmental Organisations, Policy Making, and Development Fall Term
Instructor:  Diana Córdoba
Non-governmental organization (NGOs) have become key actors in the world of development influencing both the decision-making process and policy implementation. This course aims to provide students with basic knowledge and skills in preparation for work in the NGOs’ sector and a critical overview of the major issues involved in their interventions. The first part of the course introduces students to critical theories and debates on NGOs’ governance, state-society relationships and democracy. Special attention is given to the role and effectiveness of NGOs to influence the decision-making process and to impact policy implementation. The second part of the course focuses on NGOs’ managerial practices and knowledges and the challenges and constraints associated with their growing dependency on external funding. Thus, students explore aspects such as NGOs’ organisational management, legitimacy and accountability, the way these organisations facilitate capacity development, and NGOs future opportunities. Using a case-based approach, in the third part of the course students analyze the structures, missions and intervention approaches in a variety of international NGO areas such as agricultural development, poverty reduction, climate change adaptation and mitigation, women’s rights, and humanitarian relief. Prerequisite Level 3 or above and registration in any DEVS plan.

DEVS 359/3.0    Migration, Refugees, and Development – Winter Term
Instructor: Reena Kukreja
In this course, students will examine forced and voluntary migration in the context of contemporary global, regional, and national political and economic changes. Here, they will undertake an investigation of the relationship between globalization, neoliberalism-induced displacements, climate change, conflict, and migration, with particular emphasis on the differential experiences of the migrants and displaced people around the world. They will learn about legal definitions and classifications of migrant populations including: asylum seekers, stateless populations, irregular migrant, economic migrant, refugees, and internally displaced persons (IDPs). The students will also analyse situations where people are forced to move for reasons of famine, poverty, environmental and development - induced displacement, war, or conflict. Underlying the analysis will be an intersectional approach that situates movements of people within matrixes of power such as gender, race, class, caste, ethnicity, location, and other social relations of differences. Lastly, state polices, and humanitarian responses will be studied in response to forced or voluntary movements of people.

DEVS 361/3.0    Policy Advocacy and Field Specific Skills – Winter Term ONLINE
Instructor: Robert Aucoin
The course prepares students for fieldwork in global development. It connects theory with practice through in-depth, skillsbased modules on economic literacy, results-based management (RBM), and policy advocacy. Students will apply core concepts and best practices to effective proposal writing, project management, and policy advocacy.

DEVS 363/3.0    Contemporary Southern Africa: Development Trends and Challenges – Fall Term
Instructor:  Marc Epprecht
This course first provides the historical and regional context necessary to understand urban southern Africa’s contemporary struggles, then examines strategies to address key development challenges and how they may be creating opportunities for new ways of thinking about citizenship in South Africa and the Global South more generally.

DEVS 392/3.0    The (De) Colonial Struggle – Fall Term
Instructor:  Celeste Pedri-Spade
This course will challenge students to critically examine the ways in which imperialism and colonialism has shaped the social, political, historical and economic landscapes of settler states, and the academy's entanglement in this process. The first part of this course focuses on the relational dynamics between the colonizer and the colonized, elucidating how this relationship has impacted historic and contemporary understandings of indigeneity and sovereignty. The latter part of the course addresses the various ways that both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples work towards decolonization through processes of ‘unlearning’ and represencing.

DEVS 393/3.0    Covid19 in the South – Fall Term
Instructor:  David McDonald
The effects of Covid-19 have been highly unequal around the world, with low-income communities in the Global South amongst the worst affected by its direct health impacts and its indirect social, economic and political fallout. Uneven access to health care facilities, lack of support for lost incomes, racialized discrimination, and authoritarian restrictions on movement are just a few examples of the ways in which Covid-19 has served to exacerbate global inequalities.  And yet, some governments and communities in the Global South have handled Covid-19 in remarkably positive ways, managing its spread and mitigating its effects. This course will provide a survey of how Covid-19 is unfolding in different regions/countries as well as examining a range of thematic issues such as migrant workers, access to clean water, impacts on official development assistance, and the gendered nature of the pandemic.

Teaching Assistantships are filled according to Group Preferences set out in the Collective Agreement between Queen’s University and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC 901

First Preference – Group A

Is for qualified graduate students registered as:

  • Students in a department or program in which the TAship will be offered; or
  • Students in an interdisciplinary program with TA budget resources, and for whom the TAship has been granted as part of the funding commitment offered by Queen’s University.

Second Preference – Group B

Is for qualified graduate students registered as:

  • Students in a department or program in which the TAship will be offered; or
  • Students in an interdisciplinary program with TA budget resources,

and for whom

  • the TAship will not form part of the funding commitment offered by Queen’s University; or
  • there is currently no funding commitment provided by Queen’s University.

Third Preference – Group C

Is for qualified graduate students who have previously held a TAship or TFship for Queen’s University.

Fourth Preference – Group D

Is for qualified graduate students who have not met the criteria as set out above in Group A, B, or C.


To apply, please forward required information as outlined below to Barbra Lalonde, Department Manager (    Applications are being accepted immediately and are due no later than Wednesday August 5, 2020.  Please ensure you indicate which applicant group you are in.

Group A Applicants
Please indicate:

  • course preference(s)

Groups B, C and D Applicants

Please indicate

  • course preference
  • curriculum vitae outlining academic accomplishments and relevant experience
  • unofficial transcript


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