Department of Global Development Studies

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Questions about DEVS eligible courses

What is the difference between a DEVS option course and a DEVS eligible option course?

A DEVS course starts with the DEVS course code and I offered through the DEVS Department. DEVS students get priority registration in these courses. A DEVS eligible course is one offered by another Department that can be used as an option course towards your degree.

Which courses can be used for DEVS-eligible option courses?

Courses currently listed in the Arts and Science calendar as DEVS-eligible can be counted as DEVS-eligible in any given year. Unfortunately, the DEVS Undergraduate Chair cannot approve courses on an ad-hoc basis, even when they seem to have common themes with other courses that are on the list. This is due to pedagogical and resource implications of adding courses, in both DEVS and in the departments that are offering them.

What is the best way to plot out my courses to be sure I have enough DEVS and DEVS eligible to graduate on time?

The plan mapping worksheet is a great tool to keep track of the courses you need to graduate. If you need help planning your courses you can also contact the DEVS Undergraduate Assistant at devs.student@queensu.ca

How are courses added to and removed from the DEVS-eligible list?

The DEVS Curriculum Committee reviews requests for additions and deletions once a year, in the summer term, using the guidelines outlined below.

Students and faculty members can request that a course be added for the following academic year by submitting a request to the DEVS Undergraduate Assistant at devs.student@queensu.ca

What are the criteria for a course to be considered DEVS-eligible?

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

  • A. 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
  • B. 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
  • C. are focused on geographical areas and political identities upon which our program concentrates, i.e. the global south and indigenous peoples;

Why are there no Topics courses on the DEVS Eligible list?

The content in Topics courses can change from year to year and for this reason, they are not included on the DEVS eligible list. If you have questions about a Topics course, please contact the DEVS Undergraduate Assistant at devs.student@queensu.ca

Questions about DEVS language courses

How many DEVS Eligible Language courses do I need to take?

Majors take 6.00 units - two one term classes or one full year course

Medials take 3.00 units - one class

Minors don’t need any language courses but are allowed to take language courses as an elective if they have room. Language courses cannot be used in place of DEVS eligible.

Can I do 3.00 units in one language and 3.00 units in another if I’m a major and need 6.00 units of DEVS Eligible Language courses.

Yes it can be 3.00 units in one language and 3.00 units in a completely different language. Or 6.00 units of the SAME language provided they are all from the DEVS Eligible Language list.

Can first year courses be used as DEVS eligible Language Courses?

Yes language courses can be at any skill level from introductory to advanced courses, provided they are on the DEVS Eligible Language list.

Do the language course have to be done in second year?

We recommend doing your language courses in second year but the language courses just have to be finished by the time you graduate. If taking them in second year creates a problem with scheduling, they can be done in third or fourth year if necessary. Very careful course planning is imperative if you do not take them in second year. For assistance with course planning, please contact the DEVS undergraduate Assistant at devs.student@queensu.ca

Can I take extra language courses and count them as DEVS eligible?

No DEVS eligible LANGUAGE courses cannot be used as DEVS eligible, they are not interchangeable.

I got transfer credits from high school, can those be used as my DEVS Eligible language?

Provided the course has transferred to Queen’s and is on your Queen’s transcript as one of the DEVS eligible language course codes, then you can use it as your language courses. Please email the DEVS Undergraduate Assistant at devs.student@queensu.ca to see if your transferred language courses can be used.

Can I use a language course that I took at another university towards my DEVS eligible language courses?

Provided the course has transferred to Queen’s and is on your Queen’s transcript as one of the DEVS eligible language course codes, then you can use it as your language courses. Please email the DEVS Undergraduate Assistant at devs.student@queensu.ca to see if your transferred language courses can be used.

What are the criteria for a course to be considered DEVS-eligible?

DEVS-eligible courses are those on the DEVS-eligible language instruction course list.

The basic criteria are:

  1. Any course of study in which the primary focus is learning a living language is eligible.
  2. Any level of study is eligible.
  3. You can break up the units you need in any way that works for you – take 6.0 units in one language, 3.0 units in each of two different languages, etc.

I want to take Latin but I don’t see them on the DEVS Eligible Language List?

DEVS Eligible Language courses have to be done in a living language and for this reason languages such as Latin and Ancient Greek are not on the DEVS Eligible Language list.

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