Department of Global Development Studies


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DEVS Course Offerings (2018-2019)


For information about our semester abroad program, directed reading courses, or thesis options please visit the DEVS main office located in Mackintosh-Corry Hall, B401 or send your questions to

For more detailed course information please visit the Faculty of Arts and Science website.  Please note that course information listed in the Arts and Science Course Calendar supersedes information listed within the DEVS website.  

DEVS 100AB/6.0:  Canada and the "Third World" (Fall/Winter)

Instructors:  David McDonald (Fall) and Karen Dubinsky (Winter)

Course Title: 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.

DEVS 220/3.0:  Introduction to Aboriginal Studies (Fall)

Instructor:  Rebecca Hall

Course Title: Introduction to Aboriginal Studies

An introduction to Aboriginal world view and culture organized on an historical basis, from Creation to 1969, emphasizing Aboriginal culture and experience in Canada. Aboriginal perspectives will be introduced through traditional teaching methods and contributions from elders and other community members. Syllabus (PDF 513KB)

NOTE: Also offered as a distance course in alternate years. Consult Continuing and Distance Studies at

DEVS 221/3.0: Topics in Aboriginal Studies (Winter)

Instructor: Michael Doxtater

Course Title: Topics in Aboriginal Studies

Re-evaluation of conventional knowledge based on aboriginal world view and culture and the introduction of a decolonized perspective on contemporary issues. Guest speakers will provide detailed examinations of specific topics such as current issues in Aboriginal spirituality, art, education and politics.

NOTE: Also offered as a distance course. Consult Continuing and Distance Studies at

LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P) PREREQUISITE Level 2 or above. DEVS 220/3.0 or permission of the Department of Global Development Studies.

DEVS 230/3.0: The Global Political Economy of Development (Fall)

Instructor:  Susanne Soederberg

Course Title: The Global Political Economy of Development

This course introduces students to important debates, concepts and themes in the global political economy of 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, and corporate social responsibility. No prior study of economics is needed for this course – we will be concerned with the real world of development, not abstract mathematical models.

NOTE: Also offered as a distance course. Consult Continuing and Distance Studies at

PREREQUISITE DEVS 100/6.0 (DEVS 100/6.0 can be taken concurrently in exceptional circumstances).

DEVS 240/3.0: Culture and Development (Winter)

Instructor:  Ayca Tomas

Course Title: Culture and Development

This course will explore how theories and practices of 'development' are entwined with different conceptions of culture. It starts by examining how the West constructed itself as the civilising force in the world and viewed the mass poverty of 'Third World' peoples as a product of their conservative traditions and cultural practices. The course will examine ways that colonial perceptions and practices still imbue development discourse today, and how they are being challenged. How have new social movements, art forms, and technologies opened up to engage with, resist and contest the current model of market driven development, and how does the latter incorporate or co-opt the critiques? Specific topics will include science, religion, sports, art and music. After completing the course, students should be able to demonstrate a critical awareness of everyday events in the Global South and among indigenous peoples as reported, for example, in the media or as performed through hip hop and the many other forms of resistance culture.

PREREQUISITES DEVS 100/6.0 and DEVS 230/3.0. (DEVS 100/6.0 can be taken concurrently in exceptional circumstances).

DEVS 250/3.0: Global Environmental Transformations (Winter)

Instructor:  Marcus Taylor

Course Title: Global Environmental Transformations

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.

PREREQUISITES:  Level two standing or above

DEVS 270/3.0: Cities, ‘Slums’ and Urbanization in the South (Fall)

Instructor:  David McDonald

Course Title: Cities, ‘Slums’ and Urbanization in the South

That is a city? How are they changing? Why are there so many ‘slums’ in the world? This course examines global urbanization, with a focus on cities in the South, which are expected to grow by 2.5 billion more people by 2050. Such rapid urban growth will create challenges and opportunities, with cities in the South having become engines of economic growth and social pluralization, acting as conduits for larger global transformations. From music to foreign investments to infrastructure development, cities are key sites of socio-economic and political change (and resistance) and will continue to grow in importance in the future.

The course looks at similarities and differences across regions, and the extent to which cities in the South connect (or not) with urban areas in the North. We begin with an historical and comparative overview of the meaning of urbanization, including an examination of the growth of informal settlements. This overview is followed by a discussion of the main theoretical frameworks used to understand urbanization and urban policy. From these conceptual lenses we move to more concrete debates about the emerging phenomenon of ‘global cities’, urban environmental justice, mega-events, migration and the privatization of city space and services. We conclude with a look at growing efforts to ‘reclaim’ the city, and alternatives to dominant urban development strategies.

PREREQUISITES DEVS 100/6.0 or permission of the department.

DEVS 293-001/3.0: Global Mental Health (Fall)

Instructor:  Maegan McConnell

Course Title:  Global Mental Health

This course is designed to expose students to the differences, barriers and global effects in global mental health. Students will develop an understanding of how mental health is affected by war, economics, socioeconomic status, politics, disease, poverty, policy and more. With both theoretical and real world examples and assignments, students will gain knowledge from multiple angles to better practice cultural sensitivity and critical thinking in their future careers.

DEVS 293-001/3.0:  Migration, Refugees, and Development (Winter)

Instructor:  Reena Kukreja

Course Title:  Migration, Refugees, and Development

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 300/3.0: Cross-Cultural Research Methods (Winter)

Instructor:  Mark Hostetler

Course Title: Cross-Cultural Research Methods

How do we go from an idea or question to designing a research project to answer it?  Students will learn how to prepare and design cross-cultural research projects for international development work, to understand and use selected methods from a critical perspective, to understand important elements underlying successful fieldwork and to learn to develop a development research proposal. We will cover research design, choosing the instruments, cross-checking and in-the-field analysis, entering the field, choosing the informants, analyzing the data and proposal writing.

PREREQUISITES DEVS 100/6.0 and DEVS 230/3.0 and DEVS 240/3.0 (DEVS 100/6.0 can be taken concurrently with DEVS 230/3.0 or DEVS 240/3.0 in exceptional circumstances).

DEVS 305/6.0: Cuban Culture and Society (Winter)

Instructors:  Karen Dubinsky and Susan Lord

Course Title: Cuban Culture and Society

This course is designed to introduce students to Cuban society and culture. The course will focus especially 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. Two weeks of this four-week intensive course will take place at Queen's and two weeks at the University of Havana.


  1. Students are expected to pay an ancillary fee for travel and accommodation while in Havana. Estimated cost $2750.
  2. Students must apply to take the course. Applications are available in the DEVS office in September 2017.
  3. Students are expected to attend a pre-departure orientation.
  4. Costs and application deadlines will be posted on the DEVS website.

DEVS 305, an interdisciplinary course 6.0 unit course which also counts towards degree requirements in the departments of Film and Media Studies, Sociology, Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and History, will be taught over Winter and part of Spring term.

PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above and registration in any Arts and Science Plan.

For more information see Global Development Studies department website:
See also Queen's Cuban Culture and Society course page on Facebook

DEVS 311/3.0: Labour and Global Development - Not offered 2018/19

Instructor:   Marcus Taylor

Course Title: Labour and Global Development

Explores the relationships between the production of goods, the lives and livelihoods of workers, and socio-economic development at local, national and global levels. Issues include: the international division of labour; global commodity chains; technological change; labour markets; informal sector; genders in production; unions and labour rights. 

PREREQUISITES DEVS 100/6.0 and DEVS 230/3.0.

DEVS 320/3.0: AIDS, Power, and Poverty (Fall)

Instructor:  Marc Epprecht

Course Title:  AIDS, Power, and Poverty

HIV/AIDS remains one of the most pressing development issues in the world today.  This course examines the cultural, political, economic, and other social factors that contribute to its transmission and intractability, and which help to explain the differential impact of the disease upon societies worldwide.  Particular attention is paid to the ways that specific social/sexual identities and practices arising from inequitable class, gender, race, and ethnic relations, affect the prevalence of HIV, the ability to contain its spread, and the human costs that it entails. 

PREREQUISITES    One of:  DEVS 100/6.0, DEVS 200/3.0, DEVS 210/3.0,  DEVS 220/3.0, DEVS 221/3.0, DEVS 230/3.0, HLTH 101/3.0; and third-year standing.

DEVS 330/3.0: Technology and Development (Winter)

Instructor:   Mark Hostetler

Course Title: Technology and Development

This course teams Arts and Science with Applied Science students to explore and analyse different theoretical and practical perspectives on technology and development. Students then apply their evolving collective understanding to the creation of a proposal for a technology related development project. Throughout the course, we introduce students to the socio-economic, cultural and political factors surrounding technology and its relationship to the development in both advanced industrial societies and developing nations. We focus in particular on the interaction of politics and policy with technological choice and design, critically exploring ideas including appropriate, intermediate and sustainable technologies.

PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above and (registration in any DEVS Plan or registration in any Applied Science Program), or permission of the Department.

DEVS 333/3.0: Business and Development (Winter)

Instructor:  Susanne Soederberg

Course Title:  Business and Development

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.

PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above and registration in any DEVS Plan, or permission of the Department.

DEVS 340/3.0: Theories of Development (Fall)

Instructor:  Paritosh Kumar

Course Title: Theories of Development

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. Syllabus

PREREQUISITES DEVS 100/6.0 and DEVS 230/3.0 and DEVS 240/3.0. (DEVS 100/6.0 can be taken concurrently with DEVS 230/3.0 or DEVS 240/3.0 in exceptional circumstances).

DEVS 392-002/3.0:  Dilemmas of Development in the Middle East (1960-present) (Winter)

Instructor:  Ayca Tomac

Course Title:  Dilemmas of Development in the Middle East (1960-present)

This course explores the peculiar development challenges faced by societies and states in the Middle East and North Africa [MENA] region from 1960 to the present.  It overviews major shifts and trends at the local, regional and global levels, such as the 1967 Israeli-Arab War, the 1979 Iranian Revolution, the Gulf War (s) of 1991 and 2003,  as well as the impact of the end of the Cold War and more recently ‘the Arab Spring’ of 2011.  Using a number of case studies, including that of the Republic of Turkey, the course situates the question of development in relationship to the promises of authoritarian-modernizing regimes and North-directed development strategies as well as with regard to specificities of a region that has and continues to witnessed major military conflicts and the wholesale destruction of communities and cities. It also points to mass migratory flows in the form of war refugees and economic migrants, especially to the Gulf. The course combines academic scholarship, grassroots perspectives and artistic expressions to better equip students with the tools to critically analyze and engage with the region and the overall dilemmas of development in this context.

PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above and registration in any DEVS Plan, or permission of the Department.

DEVS 392-001/3.0:  Global Conflict and Local Peacebuilding (Fall)

Instructor:  Thohahoken Michael Doxtater

Course Title:  Global Conflict and Local Peacebuilding

The Global Conflict and Local Peacebuilding seminar examines complex forces existing in human environments that resist stable social change. Indigenous environments exemplify those challenges to change. The learning community examines theories and practices for peacebuilding and mediating change that existed in human populations. We also examine issues facing individuals, groups and communities that include ongoing cycles of violence, historical unresolved grief, the transmission of intergenerational trauma, and systemic injustice. The learning community examines determinants of conflict, war, and disputes by navigating a complex landscape that includes race, gender, social capital, global economies, multiliteracies, and the commodification of violence

PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above and registration in any DEVS Plan, or permission of the Department.

DEVS 392-002/3.0: The Political Economy of Resource Extraction (Winter)

Instructor:  Rebecca Hall

Course Title:  The Political Economy of Resource Extraction

This course will analyze the political economy of resource extraction, with a focus on Canadian resource extraction, domestically and globally. From early settler colonialism to the present-day, resource extraction has played a central role in the development of Canadian politics, economics, and identity. Today, the majority of the world’s mining companies are Canadian.

Beyond Canada, resource extraction plays a central role in global processes of production. At present, modes of resource extraction are unsustainable, and threaten the well being of lands and communities across the globe. Extractive projects have been linked to colonial, racial and gender violence, and have been met with resistance by local groups – especially Indigenous groups – around the globe. This begs the question: what has made resource extraction what it is today, and how can we imagine alternative extractive futures?

The course begins with the question: “what counts as extraction?” Students will analyze different understandings of resource extraction; its role in economies and livelihoods; and its history (including the relationship between resource extraction and colonialism, imperialism, and migration). Next, students will examine contemporary issues in resource extraction, including gender and violence; Indigeneity and land-rights; and “responsible development”. The final section of the course will look to the future, assessing the boundaries of resource extraction (including extraction of data and the body); and, exploring alternative approaches and new possibilities in resource management and extraction.

PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above and registration in any DEVS Plan, or permission of the Department.

DEVS 392-003/3.0:  Protest, Policing, and Surveillance in the Canadian Context (Winter)

Instructor:  Miles Howe

Course Title:  Protest, Policing, and Surveillance in the Canadian Context

The intersection between protest – a constitutionally-entrenched right in Canada – and state police institutions is dynamic and rapidly evolving. With the rise of “big data” policing and the increasingly prevalent presence of pre-event surveillance, this course explores linear developments in protest theory and takes stock of the technological innovations that pervade the current protest policing climate. We also explore who and what constitutes a “threat” - and who escapes surveillance – within a protest context, how state policing institutions evaluate “risk”, and the implications upon individuals once such labels are affixed.

This course makes use of current theoretical literature, but also relies upon primary source, “backstory”, documents. In formulating their in-class assignments, students will learn to utilize the Access to Information Act (ATI) as a methodological tool. Adding ATI to their research toolbox gives students the opportunity to generate innovative, academic, work.

Evaluation within this course will be multi-dimensional. Students will be expected to consider – and critically analyze – varying theoretical standpoints. With such theoretical understandings in hand, students will learn to make use of ATI to access primary-source documents – and report back to the class on their findings and experiences at key stages of their research. A final research project will serve to demonstrate students' familiarity with ATI.

PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above and registration in any DEVS Plan, or permission of the Department.

DEVS 410/6.0: Work Placement in Development Studies (Summer)

Instructor:   Please contact DEVS Undergraduate Chair

Course Title: Work Placement in Development Studies

Provides students with first-hand experience working with an agency involved in international development, either in Canada or abroad. The placement will normally be for 10-20 weeks, to be negotiated with the sponsoring agency. Students are required to attend preparatory meetings, prepare a work-study proposal, a research paper on the placement and maintain a journal on a continuing basis while on their placement. In addition to academic requirements, students are required to enroll in the Queen's Emergency Support Program, attend pre-departure orientation and complete Queen's Off-Campus Activity Safety Policy (OCASP) requirements.

NOTE Students are normally responsible for all costs associated with participation in this course.

PREREQUISITES Level 3 or above and registration in the DEVS Major Plan and departmental approval in advance from the Head of Global Development Studies.

COREQUISITE DEVS 411/3.0 (Under special circumstances a student can substitute DEVS 502/3.0 (Directed Readings in Development Studies) for DEVS 411/3.0. Permission for the latter may be granted to students who have completed all other degree requirements, and who do not need to return to Queen's University campus following completion of their placement. Students must seek prior approval from the Placement Coordinator, Global Development Studies for this option).

EXCLUSION No more than 1 course from DEVS 410/6.0; DEVS 420/3.0; DEVS 432/6.0.

DEVS 411/3.0: Post Placement Seminar in Development Studies (Fall)

Instructor:   Paritosh Kumar

Course Title: Post Placement Seminar in Development Studies

Required for students who have successfully completed the course requirements for DEVS 410. The course will provide a forum for students to debrief and to critically examine their placement experience. Evaluation based on presentation, participation, journal synthesis and a final report.

PREREQUISITE DEVS 410/6.0 and Level 3 or above and registration in the DEVS Major Plan and departmental approval in advance from the Placement Coordinator, Global Development Studies.

ONE-WAY EXCLUSION May not be taken with or after DEVS 420/3.0; DEVS 421/3.0.

DEVS 420/3.0: Study Placement in Development Studies (Fall)

Instructor:   Please contact DEVS Undergraduate Assistant

Course Title: Study Placement in Development Studies

Participation in an organized educational or cultural exchange, either

i) one term of studies at a developing-country university, or

ii) an exchange program in a developing-country setting with an organization such as Canada World Youth or Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute for at least 6 weeks.

Students are required to prepare a work-study proposal, a risk assessment of their placement and attend a pre-departure orientation. Assessment will also be based on a journal and final report.

NOTE Students are normally responsible for all costs associated with this course.

PREREQUISITES Level 3 or above and registration in the DEVS Major or Medial Plan and departmental approval in advance from the Placement Coordinator, Global Development Studies.

EXCLUSION No more than 1 course from DEVS 410/6.0; DEVS 420/3.0;

EXCLUSION No more than 3.0 units from DEVS 420/3.0; DEVS 421/3.0.

DEVS 492-001/3.0: Development and the Global Agrofood System Development and the Global Agrofood System (Fall)

Instructor:  Paritosh Kumar

Course Title: Development and the Global Agrofood System

There can be little doubt that the current era is witnessing dramatic change in the global production and consumption of food. In some respects this represents that continuation of previous trends. However, in number of important ways agricultural restructuring in the late twentieth century appears completely new. Using a diverse disciplinary perspective, this course analyses key aspects of contemporary changes in the global agro-food system. Topics covered will range from industrialization and corporate control of food and farming, the geography of more ‘flexible’ forms of manufacturing and service provisions, feminization of agricultural labour, localized and place-based agriculture, non-agricultural uses of agro-food resources, financialization of food, food sovereignty to new landscapes of consumption, changing forms of political organization and protests and the relationship between food and culture, specifically how communities and societies identify and express themselves through food.

DEVS 492-006/3.0:  Indigenous Theory (Winter)

Instructor:  Robert Lovelace

Course Title: Indigenous Theory

In recent years the term indigenous has become popular in describing Aboriginal people in Canada. This course goes beyond the euphemistic and often politically expedient use of the term to explore the meaning of Indigeneity, the emerging scholarship in Indigenous theory, and the current processes of re-indigenization. Students will explore legal and cultural applications of indigenous identity through a variety of contemporary readings and classroom discussions. Areas of interest will be economics, law, social/cultural development, colonization and de-colonization, and predictive futures. While this course will explore Aboriginal identity in Canada as part of the study, the focus is much broader in examining global indigenous realities as well as an expanded theoretical foundation.

Assessment in this course will be based on an individual contract negotiated between the student and professor within the first three weeks of the course beginning. Students will be expected to read all course material, take part in all informed classroom discussions, produce high quality academic writing or other forms of professional presentations, and meet periodically with the instructor.

DEVS 492-002/3.0: Approaches to Sustainable Livelihood Development (Fall)

Instructor:  Mark Hostetler

Course Title: Approaches to Sustainable Livelihood Development

Sustainable livelihoods approaches have become increasingly important in the discussion of development over the past few decades. These approaches are concerned with understanding the various resources and strategies that people draw on to construct, improve and defend their livelihoods in ways they find meaningful. In this course, we will explore a variety of related theoretical perspectives including those focused on social (and other) capital, human capabilities, and agency. After reviewing these approaches, we will evaluate their efficacy for analysing a variety of rural, urban, and peri-urban development case studies. Based on our review of theory and its application to case studies, students will be tasked with developing their own framework for analysing livelihoods and identifying possible avenues for contributing to their enhancement.

DEVS 492-002/3.0: Development, Power and Inequality in the Global North (Winter)

Instructor:  Scott Rutherford

Course Title: Development, Power and Inequality in the Global North

This course examines how Global Development ideas and practices relate to historical and contemporary forms of inequality in the Global North, particularly Canada and the United States. We explore a wide range of topics, including the historical legacies and ongoing processes of settler-colonialism and slavery in contemporary North America, the role of Global Development institutions and actors in shaping popular knowledge about inequality in the Global North, and how marginalized communities in Canada and the United States have created new critical knowledge challenging the bounded categories of First and Third Worlds. Student centred learning is achieved through weekly discussion of academic and non-academic material, critical self-reflexive writing and a final term project delivered in audio or written format.

DEVS 492-005/3.0:  The Nonprofit and Charitable Sector in Canada (Winter)

Instructor:  Adam Saifer

Course Title: The Nonprofit and Charitable Sector in Canada

This seminar will introduce students to key debates surrounding the nonprofit and charitable sector as a community development agent in the Canadian context. Drawing on relevant theories of capitalism and the nation, we will explore topics such as the impact of neoliberal restructuring on the sector; the relationship between nonprofits and social movements; the political possibilities and limits of social enterprises and corporate social responsibility; elite charitable foundations and their influence; and international volunteerism. We will locate these issues within Canada's discursive and material context, examining them in relation to prominent mythologies of the nation, the Canadian energy sector, Canadian multiculturalism, Canadian settler-colonialism, and the work of Canadian international development NGOs.

DEVS 492-004/3.0:  Sustainable Development or Green Growth? (Fall)

Instructor:  Kyla Tienhaara

Course Title: Sustainable Development or Green Growth?

The concept of sustainable development that first emerged over 30 years ago remains ambiguous and difficult to operationalize. In the past decade, a number of possibly competing concepts of have risen to prominence in international discourse such as ‘green growth’. In this course, we will explore differences between sustainable development and green growth and consider whether either offers a viable path for economic development within planetary boundaries. Additionally, we will compare these mainstream models with some of the more radical proposals for development in the ‘Anthropocene’.

DEVS 492-003/3.0: Gender Matters: Exploring Contemporary Development Issues in the Global South (Winter)

Instructor:  Reena Kukreja

Course Title: Gender Matters: Exploring Contemporary Development Issues in the Global South

Despite the ‘global economic integration’ of countries from the Global South, processes of globalization and development polices have intensified gender inequality. The course examines three specific and inter-related polycrises of climate change, militarism, and economic dispossession vis-à-vis gender. The urgency to study these polycrises from a gendered lens is critical not only because of their vast scale but also because of their profoundly negative and long-lasting impact in reshaping gender identity, gender relations, survival strategies and livelihood patterns for women in the Global South. Additionally, the multiple intersections of patriarchy, race, class, ethnicity, and/or religion with these crises of climate change, militarism, and economic dispossession influence and shape gender responses. The course, while undertaking a feminist critique of these polycrises, discusses their gendered impact on women and girl children. It also deliberates on the grassroots and political mobilization, community participation, and resistance strategies undertaken in response to them.

Taught concurrently with DEVS 868.

DEVS 492-001/3.0:  The Two India’s of the 21st Century (Winter)

Instructor:  Paritosh Kumar

Course Title: The Two India’s of the 21st Century

India entered the twenty-first century with profound changes in its economy, politics and society. An authoritarian right-wing formation of the Hindu nationalist party came to dominate India’s political scene, dumping secular principles for a threatening religious posturing. In the sphere of foreign policy, India discarded its strong Southern commitment to a non-aligned foreign policy. The most noteworthy development, however, was in the economic sphere where the country quickly went from being one of the most insulated economics to adopting a neo-liberal model of integration into the world capitalist system. While India has experienced spectacular growth recently, it has also led to staggering inequalities, resource extraction, regional imbalances, rise of religious fundamentalism and large scale dispossession and dislocation of rural populations.

Using India as a case study, this course offers an analytical introduction to the historical and contemporary theories of development with a special emphasis on critical perspectives. Drawing upon an interdisciplinary set of readings in history, sociology, political science, geography and anthropology, we will pay careful attention to the ways a study constructs, employs or challenges the idea of “development”. This critical reading of development literature will also lead us to explore a range of regional issues in India including Dalit (lower caste) politics, poverty, resource extraction, agrarian change, industrial transformation, service-sector development, women’s movements, emergence and growth of religious conflicts, environmental politics and sustainability. We will use what we learn about the Indian situation to engage with a set of questions that have to do with the future not only of India, but indeed, the current path of development itself.

DEVS 492-004/3.0:  Global Governance (Winter)

Instructor:  Susanne Soederberg

Course Title: Global Governance

Like many fashionable terms in academia and policymaking circles, global governance has all too often escaped critical evaluation. Situating this moving target in the wider context of global political economy, we interrogate the institutional, discursive and regulatory features of global governance by exploring a wide variety of contemporary themes and issues, such as global political ecology (disasters), global displacement (refugees), global aid, global risk management, rule of law, slum rehabilitation, planetary urbanism, financial crises, corruption and tax havens, and so forth across varied levels of governance ranging from global institutions (European Union, World Bank, World Economic Forum, UN-HABITAT) to national and municipal institutions. In so doing, we ask: who benefits from global governance? Whose values are being promoted, and why? And, finally, who and/or is to be governed, and why?

DEVS 492-006:  Women and Environmental (In)justice (Fall)

Instructor:  Adrianne Lickers

Course Title: Women and Environmental (In)justice

This interdisciplinary course examines the history and contemporary issues of environmental racism from different feminist perspectives. We examine the environmental burdens faced by women and Indigenous communities locally and globally, and their leading role in the struggle for environmental justice. How and why are environmental issues experienced differently according to race, gender and class? How have different communities responded to environmental injustices? How is environmental justice related to food systems, social justice, and justice for Indigenous peoples?

DEVS 492-005/3.0:  Alliance Politics, Solidarity Movements in the Global Context  (Fall)

Instructor:  Ayca Tomac

Course Title: Alliance Politics, Solidarity Movements in the Global Context

This course provides an overview of a variety of dissident social movements from around the world with a specific focus on solidarity praxis. It situates itself in relation to both academic and "activist" perspectives on the interconnected power relations such as colonialism, nationalism, neoliberal capitalism and heteropatriarchy in the global context while tracing the dissident engagements with these power relations such as feminist, LGBTQ, socialist, anarchist and anti-colonial movements. Utilizing the critical scholarship on social movements, alliance politics and solidarity building, the course will focus on the relevance and significance of solidarity praxis while analyzing the intersections and interrelations of historical and current tendencies within the dissident movements. The course will equip students with tools to critically engage with the constructions of concepts like identity, "activism", collective action and street politics along with social movements such as indigenous resurgence, feminist, anti-heterosexist organizing and the so-called "Arab Spring", "Occupy" and "Gezi".

DEVS 492-003/3.0:  The ‘African Renaissance’ in Global Perspective (Fall)

Instructor:  Marc Epprecht

Course Title: The ‘African Renaissance’ in Global Perspective

This course will evaluate the premises and promises of the “African renaissance” (or “Africa rising” narrative) in relation to global trends, notably, climate change, the rise of China and South-South trade, and protectionism/xenophobia in the West. It begins with a critical overview of the history of underdevelopment under colonial and neo-colonial conditions, including through unequal relations in the production of knowledge about Africa. Students then examine a specific proposed “renaissance” strategy, critically assessing the debates and leading to mature reflection on “what next”? Topics include: aid versus trade, colonial borders/languages vs. indigenous cultures/languages, tourism, health, human rights, refugees/migration, social media, and much more. The major research essay will involve a case study of urban redevelopment in light of these global challenges.

DEVS 480/6.0:  Re-indigenizing People and Environments (Summer 2018)

Instructor:    Robert Lovelace

Course Title:  Re-indigenizing People and Environments

Six hundred years of colonial economics and resettlement have dominated this planet’s people and environments. Only in the last 100 years has there been a serious rethinking of the fundamental philosophies and institutions that are responsible for the greatest societal and ecological mutations our species has ever experienced. While intellectual work has made important theoretical and technological advances, there is a great divide between those who possess – and live according to – sustainable ecological knowledge, and those who are at best able to postulate dubious remedial actions. There is a great need to bridge this gap. Complementary lifeways, which balance cognitive, emotional and physical realities can inform intellectual, scientific, and artistic enquiry. In this course we attempt to strike that balance, through academic inquiry and visceral practical experience, in the classroom and on the land.

EXCLUSION No more than 3.0 units from DEVS 392 TOPIC ID 004; DEVS 480

DEVS 501/6.0: Honours Thesis in Development Studies

The course will involve a critical review of the literature on a clearly-defined topic relevant to development, a synthesis of ideas, and a final thesis under the supervision of a faculty member.

NOTE The student must identify a willing supervisor from DEVS or a cognate department and receive permission of the Department of Global Development Studies.

PREREQUISITES Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.50 and Level 4 and registration in the DEVS Major or Medial Plan.


DEVS 502/3.0: Directed Readings in Development Studies

This course enables a student or a group of students to explore a body of literature on a selected topic in development. The focus may be by theme, by region or by academic approach and can span the humanities, social sciences and environmental sciences. NOTE The students are responsible for approaching a professor with whom they wish to work and who is willing to undertake this project.

PREREQUISITES Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.50 and Level 4 and registration in the DEVS Major or Medial Plan.

502 Approval form (updated 4May2016 - PDF 7KB)

502 Course outline (updated 4May2016 - PDF 21KB)