Academic Calendar Fall 2017

Global Development Studies


English language proficiency requirements

Students registering in post-secondary level courses (numbered 100 to 499) will be required to meet the English language entrance proficiency requirements. Students in ELS or the University Foundations programs can register in those courses identified in the University Foundations program with lower levels of language proficiency.

Please note that not all courses are offered every semester.

GDS 100

3 credits

A World of Development

Prerequisite(s): None.

An introduction to the processes and practices of development in global and local contexts. Examples from around the world are used to illustrate both “natural” and planned development activities and their consequences. Students will learn to critically assess and apply various development approaches and methods.

Note: Field trips outside of class time may be required. Please refer to the department website for field trip scheduling information.

Note: This course is offered as GDS 100 and GEOG 109. Students may take only one of these for credit.

GDS 210

3 credits

Local Development Practicum

Prerequisite(s): 15 university-level credits and instructor’s permission; CMNS 155 recommended

This course provides a supervised experience in a development-related work situation, usually as a volunteer. Students will have an opportunity to practice skills and test knowledge gained in GDS core courses and to develop the skills, knowledge, and attitude necessary to work effectively in a development agency. There will be a monthly seminar in which work experiences will be presented, analyzed, and discussed. This course is valuable in helping students to prepare for subsequent internships (GDS 310 and 311).

GDS 220

3 credits

Anthropology of Globalization and Development

Prerequisite(s): None. One of GDS 100, ANTH 102, or LAS 100 are recommended.

An examination of the effects of globalization and development on local cultures, especially peasant and Indigenous societies, across the global South, with an emphasis on Latin America, and their reactions of resistance, accommodation, and transformation.

Note: This course is offered as ANTH 220 and GDS 220. Students may take only one of these for credit.

GDS 250

3 credits

Sociology of Development – The Global South

Prerequisite(s): None. Recommended: SOC 101, GDS 100, or any lower-level LAS course.

Examines the nature and development of the global South, its relationship to the global North, and major explanations of underdevelopment. Examples from around the world, particularly Latin America, are used to critically evaluate development issues (e.g. gender, environment, health, education, fair trade, etc.) and alternative development paths.

Note: This course is offered as SOC 250 and GDS 250. Students may take only one of these for credit.

GDS 310

6 credits

Canada Internship

Prerequisite(s): 60 university-level credits, instructor’s permission, and department head’s permission.

This course provides a Canadian experiential learning opportunity for students to apply their classroom learning in a workplace setting under the supervision of a vetted business, government agency, or NGO.

Note: This course is offered as GEOG 396, SOC 396 and GDS 310. Students may take only one of these for credit.

GDS 311

6 credits

International Internship

Prerequisite(s): 60 university-level credits, instructor’s permission, and department head’s permission.

This course provides an international experiential learning opportunity for students to apply their classroom learning in a workplace setting under the supervision of a vetted business, government agency, or NGO.

Note: This course is offered as GEOG 398, GDS 311, and SOC 398 Students may take only one of these for credit.

GDS 340

4 credits

Geographies of Poverty and Development

Prerequisite(s): 45 university-level credits.

This course uses an interdisciplinary framework to critically examine diverse approaches to implementing socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable development initiatives, in Canada and internationally, with emphases on the environment, food security, natural resources, climate change, and community participation.

Note: Field trips outside of class time will be required.

Note: This course is offered as GEOG 340 and GDS 340. Students may take only one of these for credit.

GDS 363

4 credits

Processes of Development and Underdevelopment: Latin America

Prerequisite(s): 45 credits, to include at least 6 credits of Sociology, Anthropology, LAS, or GDS. (SOC 250, ANTH 220, LAS 200 and GDS 100 are recommended.)

This course is an examination of theories and strategies of socioeconomic development and underdevelopment as applied to the Global South from 1945 until the present. Special attention will be paid to Latin America as the source of several development theories and the best example of the application of related development strategies.

Note: This course is offered as SOC 363, ANTH 363, LAS 363 and GDS 363. Students may take only one of these for credit.

GDS 400

4 credits

Global Development Seminar

Prerequisite(s): GDS 310 or 311

This is the capstone course for the Global Development Studies program. It brings together GDS students to present, analyze, and compare different field experiences and to see how various activities fit together in the pursuit of development. Student-selected development issues are subjected to critical discussion. Students work toward an understanding of their personal values in relation to the practice of development.

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