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Course Description

The objective of the course is to provide an introduction to the study of international development as a contested and evolving effort to counteract global inequalities. Students will learn about the historical and political origins of the international development system, as well as the main development actors and institutions. The course will provide an introduction to foundational concepts within development studies, including poverty, inequality, human rights, foreign aid, and sustainable development.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Participate in debates about contemporary development challenges by evaluating ideas and perspectives from popular non-fiction books, documentaries, media, and other sources;
  2. Analyze the historical and political origins of the international development system;
  3. Describe key actors and institutions within international development and identify different perspectives about their roles;
  4. Outline how culture, gender, and other aspects of identity play a role in multiple issue areas across development studies; and
  5. Explain the practical and ethical challenges of working in intercultural contexts, and, by reflecting on cultural identities, develop intercultural skills.

Course Topics

  • What is Development?
  • European Colonialism
  • Colonizing Canada
  • Poverty and Inequality
  • Globalization
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Gender and Development
  • International Migration and Refugees
  • Civil Society and Development
  • Popular Presentations of Development
  • Voluntourism

Additional Requirements

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Equate(s): None

Restriction(s): None

Assessment

Assessment Item Weight Learning Outcomes
Weekly Discussions 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Quizzes 10% 2, 3, 4, 5
Book Club Presentation 15% 1, 2, 3, 4
Current Event Blog Post 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Analytical Book Review 20% 1, 2, 3, 4
Online Final Exam  25% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Total 100%  

 

Note:

Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the following:

  • Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. 
  • Zoom as a video communication tool.  A Webcam, a microphone to record video, and headphones/speakers to play back the recording are also needed. 

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Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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