The Department of Global Development Studies is excited to be offering two new experiential learning courses in the 2023 spring/summer term.  

DEVS 362/3.0: Globally Engaged Experiential Learning

This course builds on the theory studied and skills developed in DEVS 280 Global Engagement by facilitating an 80-hour experience related to global engagement.  Emphasis will be placed on applying strategies for building ethical relationships with host communities and host organizations studied in DEVS 280 to the specific contexts in which students will be volunteering or working.  

This course considers a globally engaged learning experience to be one that takes the form of a volunteer, practicum, internship, or work-related experience. It is designed to deepen a learner’s understanding of the social, political, cultural and economic forces that shape our understanding of development issues while also developing the practical and professional skills required for success in the field of global development.

Students must secure placement experiences that meet specific requirements and are expected to complete pre-departure documentation as well as other protocols, including covering all costs associated with the placements.

Prerequisite: DEVS 280 and [Level 2 or above OR registered in the Certificate in Global Action and Engagement (GAEN)] and a ‘Petition of Entry’

DEVS 380/6.0: Contemporary Food Systems

This purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of food systems, both historic and present day in order to bring insight to the many facts and myths that compete for credibility in our minds, our media and in government policy.

This course is an experiential learning course that combines an in-class component with a practical volunteer or workplace opportunity. In class, students will learn about the two major contemporary agricultural paradigms - industrial agriculture and agroecology as well as the major elements that make up a farm – the land, the farmer, the crops and livestock – considering both the industrial and agroecological models. Attention will also be given to some of the major topics in food systems and agriculture such as trade restrictions, environmental sustainability, indigenous agriculture, food sovereignty and development approaches. The practical experience involves a minimum of 7 hours per week at a local farm, food security organization or other placement relevant to the course content. Students will use their placement to gain practical, hands on experience within the agri-cultural community from which they can reflect and integrate into their classroom learning and then apply in future career situations.

Prerequisite: Level 3 or above OR permission of the department

For more information about enrolling in either DEVS 362 or DEVS 380, please contact the DEVS Academic Programs Assistant.

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