Department of Global Development Studies


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DEVS-Eligible Courses

The most current lists of DEVS eligible courses are provided below. Students may take approved DEVS-Eligible courses in other departments and these courses can be used as option courses towards their DEVS degree.  Courses are selected according to their geographic, thematic and disciplinary relevance to the field of global development studies.

Please note that registration into DEVS eligible courses in other departments depends on students having met the appropriate requirements or permission of that department.  Due to enrollment pressure from their own students, many departments often reserve their courses for students in their own plan until after all the enrollment appointment times are over. DEVS students may have to wait until 'open enrollment' to get access to register in these courses.

Remember that course registration is first come - first served. Log in to SOLUS promptly on the correct date and TIME of your enrollment appointment. At your appointment time be sure to have reliable internet access, preferably on a computer and not on a phone. Have your courses picked out ahead of time, as well as a 'plan B' in case you do not get into your first choices.

The DEVS department is actively working to maximize access to a wide range of DEVS eligible courses, and working with cognate departments to find creative options for our students.  We welcome student feedback.

If you would like to request that a course from another department at Queen's be considered as a DEVS eligible, please email the course description to the Academic Programs Assistant at

DEVS-Eligible Courses 2020-2021 (PDF, 176 KB)

What Makes a Course DEVS Eligible

DEVS eligible courses are focused on North-South relations, in that they:

  1. address themes not only related to development (e.g. globalization, gender), but in the context of development as such (e.g. the effects of neoliberal globalization on ‘technology transfer’ from north to south, possibilities and perils of Canadian-financed microcredit schemes for rural women in Pakistan);  AND/OR
  2. include theoretical paradigms, writers, texts, that are generally seen as being part of the field of Development Studies, and which students would likely have encountered in courses in our department; AND/OR
  3. are focused on geographical areas and political identities upon which our program concentrates, such as the global south and Indigenous peoples.

Frequently Asked Questions About DEVS-Eligible and Language Courses