International Development Studies
Courses Available - Winter 2017
DEVELOPMENT THEORY FOR PRACTISE
IDS-4111-050 (3) Thursday 6:00-9:00pm
This honours seminar takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of theories that have shaped the practice of development. It examines trends in development theory, types of theory that are useful to development practitioners, and the process through which selected theories were adapted for use by development organizations. This seminar focuses on the use of development-related theory in non-profit organizations and, secondarily, in multilateral organizations.
Prerequisites: IDS-2110, IDS-3101, and IDS-3111 or permission of instructor.
Other requirements: Honours form required.
PARTICIPATORY LOCAL DEVELOPMENT
IDS-2110-002 (3) Tuesday/Thursday 10:00-11:15am
Poverty, inequality, gender discrimination, top-down decision making, inadequate technology, and conflict all prevent communities from meeting their development goals. This course prepares students to facilitate local development through participatory approaches that build community and capacity at a local level. Approaches examined include participatory assessments, microfinance, community-supported agriculture, and indigenous natural resource management.
HUMANITARIAN AID AND CONFLICT
IDS/CRS-3901-050 (3) Monday 6:00-9:00pm
This course focuses on the problems of providing assistance in complex emergencies, where armed conflict has generated crises requiring a humanitarian response. It covers the nature of contemporary armed conflict, the actors involved in responding to complex emergencies, and the many dimensions of humanitarian aid and intervention. Through analysis of aid's impacts on the conflict and its effectiveness at meeting human needs, the course explores models of humanitarian assistance that minimize negative impacts.
Prerequisites: CRS-1200 or IDS-1100 and 45 credit hours of university credit, or permission of the instructor.
CONFLICT AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE OTHER
CRS/IDS-4910-001 (3) Tuesday/Thursday, 4:00-5:15pm
This seminar addresses a central question raised in post-colonial theory about the way humans construct and maintain an understanding of the Other. We ask the question, "Have scholars found the idea of the Other useful as a synthesizing concept?" This problem-based, interdisciplinary seminar considers particular sites of struggle in cultural, social, and individual contexts. Finally, we ask about the implications of this inquiry for our cultural, social, and individual circumstances.
Prerequisites: CRS-1200 and CRS-2210, and CRS-3220 or IDS-1100, and IDS-2110 and IDS-3111.
Other requirements: Permission of the instructor.
For information on how to register for this course please see Registration Process and Procedures.