Department of Global Development Studies

DEPARTMENT OF

Global Development Studies

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DEVS Course Offerings 2020-2021 

(Spring Term Courses now included)

For information about our semester abroad program, directed reading courses, or thesis options please visit the DEVS main office located in Mackintosh-Corry Hall, B411 or send your questions to devs.student@queensu.ca.

Please note:

  • This timetable and information is correct as of July 15th. However, the situation with the Covid-19 pandemic will continue to evolve and new Provincial or University level guidelines may emerge at any point that could impact timetabling. We will communicate with you as we learn of any official updates.
  • Priority for course registration will be given to students registered in a DEVS Plan during the course selection period.  Students who meet the course pre-requisitites but who are not registered in a DEVS plan can only register in a DEVS course during open enrollment if space is available.

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:  Scott Rutherford and Mark Hostelter

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 100AB-700/6.0:  Canada and the "Third World" (ONLINE) (Fall/Winter)

Instructors:  Mark Hostetler and Scott Rutherford

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 105/3.0: Development Studies in Global Perspective (Winter)

Instructors:  Marcus Taylor

Course Title: Development Studies in Global Perspective

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 (ONLINE) (Fall)

Instructor:  Ian Fanning

Course Title: Introduction to Indigenous Studies

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 221-700/3.0:  Topics in Indigenous Human Ecology (ONLINE) (Winter)

Instructor:  Ian Fanning

Course Title: Topics in Indigenous Human Ecology

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. 

PREREQUISITE DEVS 220/3.0

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.

PREREQUISITE DEVS 100/6.0

DEVS 240-700/3.0: Culture and Development (ONLINE) (Winter)

Instructor:  Ayca Tomac

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 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 260/3.0: Globalization Gender and Development (Fall)

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.

NOTE: Also offered as a distance course. Consult Arts and Science Online at https://www.queensu.ca/artsci/programs-and-degrees/online-and-distance-courses

PREREQUISITES:  DEVS100 and (Level 2 or above or registration in the GAEN certificate) or permission of instructor

DEVS 280-700/3.0: Global Engagement ONLINE (Fall)

Instructor:  Kathryn Fizzell

Course Title: Global Engagement

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.

NOTE Only offered online. Consult Arts and Science Online.

PREREQUISITES [DEVS100 and (Level 2 or above or registration in the GAEN certificate)] or permission of instructor.

 

DEVS 293/3.0: Development in Practice (Winter)

Instructor:  Bernadette P. Resurrección

Course Title: Development in Practice

The history of international development policy and aid is complex, a mixture of hopeful altruism, negotiated agreement, diverse interests and difficult reality. Development policy and practice is a matter of framing: defining development problems such as persistent poverty, environmental insecurity and social inequality in much of the developing world often designing different approaches to mitigate and address such problems. Many of these problems over the last 50 years have remained or escalated. Thus, Development Studies is frequently linked, directly or indirectly, to policy – to action – which is the core area of work and responsibility of development practice and often the career trajectory of the development expert. Development in practice is about the workings of development; it is about the ‘doing’ and ‘planning’ of development, which is fraught with political stakes, interests and unexpected outcomes despite contemporary technocratic efforts to predict, manage and govern its conduct. It is the need to roadmap and govern development. Students will have the opportunity to understand a brief history and politics of development cooperation and aid that inform development agendas.

This course aims to provide a knowledge base on the ways with which development practice is concretely carried out through various methods of project design and intervention. It will also prepare students to engage with various actors and institutions within the architecture of development practice and politics while being reflective of their own positionality and vision for change in this world. They will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with current approaches being used to plan development projects and programs. They will come to know about complex global, national and local development institutions and networks of relationships between international development donors, national states, NGOs, professionals, and ‘recipient’ communities as they coalesce around, adapt or negotiate development agendas. Finally, they will also reflect on the role played by development professionals who advance such agendas and interface with so-called beneficiary groups.

Emerging insights from development practice over the years also shed light on the dynamic yet unequal terms of engagement and knowledge transfers between the Global North and Global South.

PREREQUISITES Prerequisite Level 2 or above and registration in any DEVS plan or permission of the department

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 306/3.0: Cuban Culture and Society I (Winter)

Instructors:  Karen Dubinsky

Course Title: Cuban Culture and Society I

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. This is a prerequisite for DEVS 307 Cuban Culture and Society II, held in Havana during the Spring Term.

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

For more information see Global Development Studies department website: https://www.queensu.ca/devs/undergraduate-program/international-study-program-cuba
See also Queen's Cuban Culture and Society course page on Facebook www.facebook.com/QueensCubanCultureAndSocietyCourse

DEVS 340/3.0: Theories of Development (Fall)

Instructor:  Paritosh Kumar

Course Title: Theories of Development

This course introduces students to various theories that attempt to explain what ‘development’ is, how it occurs (or why it does not occur) and to whose benefit. Despite the frequent use of the term ‘development’ in academic, policy and journalistic writings, there is little consensus on what it actually entails – or even if some discernable process exists at all. For example, while modernisation theory suggests that development is a sequence of structural changes that all societies eventually go through; post-development theories argue that the notion of ‘development’ is merely a rhetorical device that reproduces power relations between the West and the Rest. To begin to understand these debates – and the political issues at stake – we survey several broad areas of development theory including classical political economy, modernisation theory, dependency theory, neoclassicism, neoinstitutionalism, Marxism, post-colonialism, post-development, feminist theories and global political-ecology.

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 352/3.0: Technology and Development (Winter)

Instructor:   Diana Córdoba

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
EQUIVALENCY:  DEVS 330/3.0

DEVS 353/3.0: Business and Global Development (Winter)

Instructor:   Susanne Soederberg

Course Title: Business and Global 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.

EQUIVALENCY: DEVS 333/3.0

DEVS 354/3.0: Cities and Urbanization in the South (Winter)

Instructor:  David McDonald

Course Title:  Cities and Urbanization in the South

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.

NOTE: Priority will be given to students registered in a DEVS Plan during course selection.
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above and (DEVS 230/3.0 or DEVS 250/3.0)
EQUIVALENCY DEVS 270/3.0 AND DEVS 292/3.0 Topic: Urganization in the South

DEVS 358/3.0: NGOs and Development (Fall)

Instructor:  Diana Córdoba

Course Title: NGOs and Development

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, or permission of the Department.

DEVS 359/3.0:  Migration (Winter)

Instructor:  Reena Kukreja

Course Title: Migration

In this course, students will examine forced and voluntary migration in the context of contemporary global, regional, and national political and economic changes. 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.

PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above and registration in any DEVS plan
EXCLUSION: DEVS 293, TOPIC ID: 002* (*offered in 2018-2019)

DEVS 361-700/3.0: Project Planning and Policy Advocacy ONLINE  (Fall)

Instructors:  Robert Aucoin

Course Title: Project Planning and Policy Advocacy

The course prepares students for fieldwork in global development. It connects theory with practice through in‐depth, skills‐based 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.

NOTE Only offered online. Consult Arts and Science Online.
PREREQUISITE [(DEVS 240/3.0 or DEVS 280/3.0) and (Level 2 or above or registration in GAEN certificate)] or permission of instructor.

DEVS 363/3.0: Contemporary Southern Africa: Development Trends and Challenges (Winter)

Instructor:  Marc Epprecht

Course Title: Contemporary Southern Africa: Development Trends and Challenges

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.

NOTE:  DEVS 363 is the qualifying course for students who wish to attend the summer study program in South Africa.
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above

DEVS 392-001/3.0:  The (De)Colonial Struggle (Fall)

Instructor:  Celeste Pedri-Spade

Course Title:  The (De)Colonial Struggle

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.

NOTE: Priority will be given to students registered in a DEVS Plan during course selection.

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

DEVS 392-001/3.0:  Trade and Investment in the Global South (Spring)

Instructor:  Kyla Tienharra

Course Title: Trade and Investment in the Global South

As we enter the third decade of the 21st century, the future of globalization is highly uncertain. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of global supply chains for everything from medical equipment to basic food supplies and has led many to argue that countries need to be more self-sufficient. But even before the pandemic hit, there was trouble brewing. The turn to more mercantilist policies by President Trump brought the term “trade war” back into vogue and the “rules-based” order for trade and investment into crisis. In this course, students will examine this shifting landscape and what it means in a development context. Would the breakdown of the World Trade Organization (WTO) benefit or hurt countries in the Global South? What does the regionalization of trade rules mean for the “development agenda”? Students will also critically assess alternatives to the current system, with a focus on Fair Trade. Finally, the course will address the intersection between global trade and investment and the climate crisis.

NOTE: Priority will be given to students registered in a DEVS Plan during course selection.

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

DEVS 392-002/3.0:  Climate Change and Disaster Risk (Spring)

Instructor:  Bernadette Resurreccion

Course Title:  Climate Change and Disaster Risk

The world is experiencing incidences of extreme and slow onset climate change and intensifying disasters. Some groups and places are more vulnerable than others. Power inequalities determine and exacerbate people’s experiences and the effects of climate change in their lives and livelihoods, as well as increase their risks to disasters. These inequalities can also constrain and undermine efforts to adapt and mitigate climate change. They also pose barriers to reducing disaster risks. Those who are vulnerable and marginalized, with limited access to resources and assets, are already facing formidable barriers in responding to climate change and more frequent and intensifying disasters. Ignoring this challenge in institutional climate change and disaster risk response programs adds to the vulnerabilities of those already burdened disproportionately and could encourage new types of exclusions. Meeting the challenge requires that we transform our societies into fairer and more just organizations as we design responses to climate change and disaster risk reduction. In this course, we therefore focus on the social nature of climate change and disaster risk as we study their impacts and responses but also their political economic drivers.

NOTE: Priority will be given to students registered in a DEVS Plan during course selection.

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

DEVS 393-001/3.0: Covid19 in the Global South (Fall)

Instructor:  David McDonald

Course Title:  Covid19 in the Global South

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.

NOTE: Priority will be given to students registered in a DEVS Plan during course selection.

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: Political Ecology (Fall)

Instructor:  Diana Córdoba

Course Title: Political Ecology

The interdisciplinary field of Political ecology highlights the relevance of power and politics for shaping the relationship between humans and their environments. It first emerged in the 1970s and 1980s with the specific aim of challenging ‘apolitical’ accounts of human-environment relations that rely upon simplistic causal links between population growth, poverty, environmental degradation and social conflicts. In the first part of this course, we will explore core theoretical, conceptual, and methodological trends and debates in the field of political ecology. In the second part, we will cover a range of cases of environmental problems in various socio-ecological contexts including those concerned with forests, agriculture, water, fisheries and range lands. We will also look for inspiration through the transformative work of organizations, communities and movements crafting solutions to environmental problems. The overall goal of this course is thus to introduce students to important contexts and tools for analyzing the complexity of human systems and their relationships to the natural world and for contributing to solutions to environmental problems.

Prerequisite:  Level 4 and registration in DEVS MAJ or MED plan.

DEVS 492-002/3.0: Energy Democracy (Fall)

Instructor:  David McDonald

Course Title: Energy Democracy

Energy democracy is a relatively new concept that refers to a transformation of the ways in which we produce and consume energy that are more socially and economically just as well as environmentally sustainable. There are radically different visions for what this means in practice, however, with competing notions of what constitutes democratic engagement, who should own and operate energy facilities, what role new technologies should play, etc. This course will focus on electricity in particular, examining spaces of energy poverty and different strategies for improving electricity access and affordability while at the same time expanding democratic engagement and public ownership. The emphasis will be on renewable forms of electricity, comparing energy democracy struggles in the North and the South, with states and communities employing very different strategies to address local contexts while at the same time fighting global challenges such as climate change. Topics to be covered include the shifting roles of (renewable) electricity in global capitalism, the uneven impacts of disruptive technologies, debates over decentralization and decarbonization, and gendered differentials in electricity access.

Prerequisite:  Level 4 and registration in DEVS MAJ or MED plan.

DEVS 492-003/3.0:  The ‘African Renaissance’ in Crisis; Capitalism, Climate, and COVID-19 (Fall)

Instructor:  Marc Epprecht

Course Title: The ‘African Renaissance’ in Crisis; Capitalism, Climate, and COVID-19

The ‘African renaissance’ is an optimistic vision for sustainable development that marries cultural revival, new technologies and trading partners, and democratization with dynamic forms of local capitalism. Many impressive achievements were made throughout Africa through the 2000s. The Great Recession and growing scientific evidence of climate crisis, however, have since engendered deep reservations about the productivist and anthropocentric assumptions of economic growth. The COVID-19 pandemic has since shattered the model almost completely. This course will evaluate the impacts and implications of the overlapping crises of capitalism, climate and public health upon core tenets of the African renaissance vision. 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 development (or crisis mitigation initiative), critically assessing the debates around it 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, basic income guarantees, and much more. The major research essay will involve a case study of urban redevelopment in light of these global challenges.

Prerequisite:  Level 4 and registration in DEVS MAJ or MED plan.

DEVS 492-004/3.0:  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.

Prerequisite:  Level 4 and registration in DEVS MAJ or MED plan.

DEVS 492-005/3.0:  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.

Prerequisite: Level 4 and registration in DEVS MAJ or MED plan

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

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.

Prerequisite:  Level 4 and registration in DEVS MAJ or MED plan.

DEVS 492-007/3.0:  Visualizing Culture (Fall)

Instructor:  Celeste Pedri-Spade

Course Title: Visualizing Culture

This course addresses the study and interpretation of social organizations and cultures in everyday life using photography and film. Beginning with a critical analysis of how the visual entered social science research, this course will move towards contemporary approaches that highlight the embodied and sensory dimensions of the visual. Students will complete several image-based projects in order to gain necessary skills associated with visually conveying socio-cultural practice and lived experience. Note: All students must have access to the following technology/resources: - Photography and Video recorder (it can be your smartphone) - An application for editing/making short film (e.g. IMovie) - An application for editing photographs (not required but would be useful)

Prerequisite:  Level 4 and registration in DEVS MAJ or MED plan.

DEVS 492-001/3.0:  Migrants, Race and Work (Winter)

Instructor:  Reena Kukreja

Course Title:  Migrants, Race and Work

Through time and across borders, critical feminist theories and practices have sought to do far more than insert women higher in the echelons of global power structures: they have sought to dismantle these power structures, and to imagine and practice a different world. Grounded in the insights of critical feminist theory, this course will focus on sites of feminist struggle, examining both transnational continuities and differentiations in an unequal world. The first half of the course will be devoted to engagement with key theoretical texts in anti-racist and anti-colonial feminisms, Indigenous feminisms, queer feminisms, socialist feminisms and feminist political economy. In the second half of the course, students will apply these theories in the analysis of contemporary transnational feminist struggles (including, but not limited to, transnational care networks; state surveillance of intimate identities and labours; gender-based violence; reproductive rights; and, subsistence and ecological justice).

Prerequisite:  Level 4 and registration in DEVS MAJ or MED plan.

DEVS 492-002:  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?

Prerequisite:  Level 4 and registration in DEVS MAJ or MED plan

DEVS 492-003:  Politics of Development in the Changing Arctic (Winter)

Instructor:  Mark Stoller

Course Title:  Politics of Development in the Changing Arctic

 In this seminar we examine social, economic and political change in the Arctic, with an eye to historical and contemporary issues affecting the region. Emphasis will be placed on Inuit of Nunavut Territory, and how Inuit experience and respond to a variety of factors shaping life in the north. Subjects such as climate change, global investment in Arctic resources, and tourism will be examined alongside issues of food security, political rights, intergenerational knowledge transmission and more. Through discussions of these, we will gain understandings of how global dynamics of a changing Arctic affect Inuit who live there. Readings will include subjects in critical development, Indigenous studies, settler colonialism, and Arctic geography and history. Course materials will also draw from a variety of film and digital media from Inuit filmmakers and storytellers.

Prerequisite:  Level 4 and registration in DEVS MAJ or MED plan.

DEVS 492-004/3.0: Privatization and its Discontents (Winter)

Instructor:  David McDonald

Course Title: Privatization and its Discontents

This course reviews the theory and practice of public versus private provision of essential services such as water, electricity and health care, with a focus on countries in the South. Part One of the course examines neoclassical conceptions of ‘public’ and ‘private’ and the theoretical rationale for privatization. We explore the various ways that services are privatized and commercialized, including a discussion of how these various forms of privatization work in practice and the extent of privatization in countries in the South. Part Two examines alternative conceptualizations of publicness, reviews different critiques of privatization, and explores emerging public alternatives for service delivery, ranging from ‘the commons’ to remunicipalization, as well as the people and organizations driving these developments.

Prerequisite:  Level 4 and registration in DEVS MAJ or MED plan.

DEVS 492-005/3.0:  Sport, Justice and Development  (Winter)

Instructor:  Scott Rutherford

Course Title: Sport, Justice and Development

This course uses sport to examine broader questions related to the cultural politics of development. The course investigates how sport has been implicated in various processes that came to shape the development project’s cultural politics and its more recent iterations in the twenty first century. Students will be asked to consider how through sport we can explore questions of power and agency within development as well as debates surrounding using the culture of sport as an expedient tool to achieve social, economic and political objectives. Moreover, the course asks students to consider the role of sport as praxis to achieve more equitable futures.

Prerequisite:  Level 4 and registration in DEVS MAJ or MED plan.

DEVS 492-006/3.0:  Urban Political Ecology across the North South Divide (Winter)

Instructor:  Sarah Sharma

Course Title: Urban Political Ecology across the North South Divide

This course examines urban political ecology in the context of the rise of cities as key sites of governance in both the global North and South. Urban political ecology is a vital field that will introduce students to the politics and power structuring both narratives and realities on urbanization, with a particular focus on the nexus between humans and the environment. Further, students will problematize the dichotomy between urban centres in the global North being organized and productive, and cities in the global South as mismanaged and risky. Set up as a two-part dialogue that encourages students to engage critically with contemporary narratives on cities, it will first introduce the history and main theoretical debates of urban political ecology. This section of the course also analyses the rise of cities (and megacities) as key political, economic, geographical and social sites. Second, using these frameworks, students will engage with urbanization and key sub-themes of scalar governance, austerity and decentralization, climate change, racial capitalism and migration. By the end of the course, students will be able to understand key theoretical frameworks of urban political ecology and will further be able to analyze urban issues through these lenses. The course ultimately aims students with the tools to: 1) evaluate different scholarly interpretations of issues related to urban political ecology; 2) understand political, economic, geographical and social changes at the urban level as a result of historical shifts in global governance; and 3) have enhanced critical, communicative, and written skills through the preparation of class discussions, presentation of course materials, and production of course essays.

Prerequisite:  Level 4 and registration in DEVS MAJ or MED plan.

DEVS 492-007/3.0:  Alliance Politics, Solidarity Movements in the Global Context (Winter)

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".

Prerequisite: Level 4 and registration in DEVS MAJ or MED plan.

DEVS 492-008/3.0:  Communication and Development: Building Bridges (Winter)

Instructor:  Valerie Noftle

Course Title: Communication and Development: Building Bridges

This interactive seminar explores the essential, multifaceted role that communication plays in global development. We will examine bilateral and multilateral communication models with an emphasis on case study analysis with real-world applications. Topics include: Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and the role they play in addressing or exacerbating inequalities; the necessity and benefits of intercultural communication in global development; trust, perception and social structure as key components in understanding and building communication bridges in global development.

Prerequisite:  Level 4 and registration in DEVS MAJ or MED plan.

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.

DEVS 501 is a 6.0 unit full-year course designed to allow academically strong students to pursue in-depth research on a topic of interest with supervision by a faculty member who has expertise in this area. The following criteria apply:

  • The option is most suited for students who see pursuing an MA (and potentially a PhD) as a key element of their plans. The course provides a learning experience similar to undertaking graduate studies.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.3 (B+) or higher is required for consideration.
  • Students must have a core theme or research question that they want to work on: i.e. a subject matter that they are passionate about and are keen to research and write on at length!
  • Students must have a faculty member in mind to supervise and that faculty member must agree to supervise.  Please note, accepting a 501 student is entirely the prerogative of the faculty member and they are under no obligation to do so.  Most faculty members have a large amount of graduate supervision, so accepting DEVS 501 students is not always possible due to time constraints.  Many faculty will only agree to supervise a 501 student when they receive a request from an exceptional student who is passionate about a subject area directly related to the faculty member’s own expertise.

Should you meet these criteria and have a suitable faculty member willing to supervise a 501 thesis, please note the following:

The course is a full year course, meaning that it is a heavy workload (equivalent to the reading and writing involved in two 49X seminars). This course is not an easy option! You will need strong powers of self-organisation and self-discipline because writing a thesis is a difficult endeavour that demands a lot of time, energy and determination. The challenge of writing a thesis must seem exciting, rather than daunting to you! It’s not for everyone.

The topic of a DEVS 501 Honours Thesis can be on any key question related to the broad field of development studies. You should have a clear idea of what you want to work on before you approach a faculty member (and do make sure that they are suitable in terms of their expertise).

Should they agree to supervise you, there is an official DEVS 501 form available from the main office located in Macintosh-Corry Hall, Room B411 or by emailing the Undergraduate Assistant at devs.student@queensu.ca. You need to get both yourself and the supervisor sign it to be enrolled. This must be provided to the DEVS Undergraduate Assistant by the end of June prior to course registration. Due to Covid-19, forms will be accepted up to August 31, 2020.

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

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

EXCLUSION DEVS 450/3.0.

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.  Please note, accepting a DEVS 502 student is entirely the prerogative of the faculty member and they are under no obligation to do so.  Most faculty members have a large amount of graduate supervision, so accepting DEVS 502 students is not always possible due to time constraints. 

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)