Our program builds upon core courses that provide the foundations of research within development studies.
MA Candidates: MA students are enrolled in Political Economy of Development (DEVS 801) and Cultural Politics of Development (DEVS 802). These reflect the basic areas of expertise within the Department and provide students with two key pillars for understanding the field of development studies. MA candidates are required to select three courses in addition to the core courses of DEVS 801, DEVS 802, and DEVS 850
PhD Candidates: PhD students are enrolled in Political Economy of Development (DEVS 801), Cultural Politics of Development (DEVS 802) and Qualitative Research Methods and Fieldwork (DEVS 803). PhD candidates are required to select one course in addition to the core courses of DEVS 801, DEVS 802, DEVS 803, and DEVS 850. Accelerated PhD students are to review degree requirements with their supervisor and DEVS Graduate Chair.
All first year MA and PhD students are enrolled in Professional Seminar in Global Development Studies (DEVS 850/950), which provides a useful forum to meet as a group to discuss how best to move through the program. Meeting once a month across both fall and winter terms, the course provides a discussion forum addressing key themes concerning research, ethics, and debates within the discipline.
Please note that graduate students are not permitted to self-enroll in courses in the Student On-Line University System (SOLUS). The Academic Programs Assistant handles all course enrollments, drops and audits.