International Development Studies (IDEV)

IDEV*1000  Understanding Development and Global Inequalities  Summer, Fall, and Winter  (LEC: 3)  [0.50]  

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.

Offering(s): Also offered through Distance Education format.  
Department(s): Dean's Office, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
IDEV*2000  The Development Landscape: Actors and Institutions  Fall Only  (LEC: 3)  [0.50]  

This course examines the local and global context within which inclusive and sustainable development takes place. It explores why particular economic, social, political and institutional structures are in place and the implications of those structures for inclusive and sustainable development. Key issues will include global institutions, religion, the global economy, natural and physical environment, gender, urbanization, power structures, aid architecture, nature of non-governmental organizations, local and international business, governance and fragility, and corruption.

Prerequisite(s): IDEV*1000 or POLS*1150  
Department(s): Dean's Office, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
IDEV*2100  Research in International Development  Fall Only  (LEC: 3)  [0.50]  

This course explores the ethical dimensions of conducting research and producing knowledge in a context of inclusive and sustainable development. Students will explore the cultural, methodological and ethical challenges of conducting research in vulnerable communities, using concepts of positionality, difference, identity and intersectionality to understand the ways in which they might engage in a mutually-respectful process of research and engagement. The course provides a broad survey of research methods including documentary, observational, qualitative, and quantitative approaches, exploring their key characteristics, strengths and weaknesses and ethical implications of producing knowledge for development.

Prerequisite(s): IDEV*1000  
Department(s): Dean's Office, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
IDEV*2200  Policy, Economy and Society  Fall Only  (LEC: 3)  [0.50]  

This course focuses on the analysis of the major development and social justice policy problems facing societies across the globe by applying systematic principles and approaches to the study of the economy and its interconnectedness to society. Examples of policy problems that will be examined include poverty, inequality, environmental sustainability, work and employment, and technology and innovation, amongst others. Throughout the course, students engage in the handling and analysis of data that is necessary for the analysis of policy problems.

Prerequisite(s): GEOG*1220 or IDEV*1000  
Department(s): Dean's Office, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
IDEV*2300  Theoretical Perspectives on Development  Winter Only  (LEC: 3)  [0.50]  

This course will explore alternative theoretical perspectives on inclusive and sustainable development, drawing from an interdisciplinary lens of economics, sociology, geography and political science, amongst others. Students will examine how theoretical perspectives have changed over time and how they differ according to alternative disciplinary and philosophical perspectives. How dominant theoretical perspectives on development at any point in time influence policy and practice aimed at bringing about inclusive and sustainable development will also be explored.

Prerequisite(s): IDEV*2200 or (ECON*1050, ECON*1100)  
Department(s): Dean's Office, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
IDEV*2400  Development, Social Justice and Human Rights  Winter Only  (LEC: 3)  [0.50]  

This course will explore the nature of social justice and links to concepts and practice of human rights. It examines how development can be seen in terms of the advancement of social justice. Students will identify and critically assess alternative approaches to promoting social justice within a development context and the related actions by actors locally and globally. It will explore the related ethical issues associated with development policy and practice. Key topics will include poverty, hunger, power, gender, race, and class.

Prerequisite(s): IDEV*1000 or JLS*1000  
Department(s): Dean's Office, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
IDEV*3000  Poverty and Inequality  Fall Only  (LEC: 3)  [0.50]  

This course explores the nature and determinants of poverty and inequality at the local and global levels and the interrelationship between these. It examines the patterns and dynamics of poverty and inequality, for example over time and geographically. In so doing, it explores the nature and practical application of alternative approaches to their assessment and measurement. Students will reflect on and critically assess diverse approaches to reducing poverty and inequality locally and globally.

Prerequisite(s): 7.50 credits including 1.00 credit in IDEV courses at the 2000 level  
Department(s): Dean's Office, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
IDEV*3100  Achieving Sustainable Development  Winter Only  (LEC: 3)  [0.50]  

This course explores the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability and the interrelationships and trade-offs between sustainability and inclusive development. Alternative approaches for assessing and measuring sustainability will be covered. The course enables students to reflect and critically assess diverse approaches to promoting inclusive development that is sustainable locally to globally. Key issues might include climate change, urbanization, trade, extractive industries, conservation and eco-tourism, pollution, resource depletion, and water and sanitation.

Prerequisite(s): 7.50 credits including 1.00 credits in IDEV courses at the 2000 level  
Department(s): Dean's Office, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
IDEV*3200  Individual Work/Study in International Development  Summer, Fall, and Winter  (LEC: 3)  [0.50]  

This course is intended for students who seek to combine work and study in development with their academic course work. It may be used in connection with internships or work at international development agencies or other appropriate businesses and organizations (in Canada and abroad), for research and/or experience in a developing country, or for other practica or programs. Any faculty member at the University of Guelph with appropriate expertise may supervise the work/study project. In each case, the student and faculty member will agree on an outline of the work/study project and evaluation criteria. In all cases the project will involve a writing component.

Prerequisite(s): 10.00 credits  
Restriction(s): Instructor consent required. Written approval of the faculty advisor for International Development.  
Department(s): Dean's Office, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
IDEV*3300  Engaging in Development Practice  Fall and Winter  (LEC: 3)  [0.50]  

This course provides an opportunity for students to engage with development practitioners in a real-world context. Students will implement a community engagement project determined in consultation with a community partner. The focus of engagement opportunities will be on the analysis of a development issue and defining related policy and/or practice options. The course explores the challenges associated with engaging with development practitioners in the real world and equips students with the necessary skills for successful engagement.

Prerequisite(s): 7.50 credits including 1.00 credit in IDEV courses at the 2000 level  
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in BAH.IDS.  
Department(s): Dean's Office, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
IDEV*3400  Managing and Evaluating Change in Development  Winter Only  (LEC: 3)  [0.50]  

This course explores the key practical skills required by those engaged in the implementation of development policy and practice including logical frameworks, theories of change, impact assessment, and project management. It aims to equip students with an understanding of the nature of these techniques, and how and where they are employed. The strengths and weaknesses of these techniques and their implications for development policy and practice are explored.

Prerequisite(s): 7.50 credits including 1.00 credit in IDEV courses at the 2000 level  
Department(s): Dean's Office, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
IDEV*3500  Field Course in Development Studies  Summer Only  (LEC: 3)  [1.00]  

This course examines development within the context of an international or Canadian location, with the location varying each year. The course is comprised of an on-campus teaching component followed by a field trip during the summer semester. Topics may include poverty, food security, global migration, sustainable development, gender, community engagement. Information on the location and cost of the field school is available in the fall semester from the department with applications in January, prior to each summer offering.

Prerequisite(s): 7.50 credits  
Restriction(s): A cumulative average of 70%. Instructor consent required.  
Department(s): Dean's Office, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
IDEV*4000  Development in Action  Fall and Winter  (LEC: 3)  [1.00]  

This capstone course for the Major in International Development Studies course equips students to analyze complex issues in inclusive and sustainable development by applying and integrating the diverse theoretical and empirical concepts, approaches and ideas taught throughout their studies in International Development. Students will reflect on their personal positions and perspectives on development and drawing on their engagement experience. The course shows how different perspectives on sustainable and inclusive development can influence understanding and proposed solutions to development issues.

Prerequisite(s): 14.00 credits including IDEV*2400, IDEV*3000, IDEV*3100, IDEV*3300  
Restriction(s): Registration in BA.IDS major. Minimum of 68% overall cumulative average. Instructor consent required.  
Department(s): Dean's Office, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
IDEV*4100  Thesis in International Development Studies I  Summer, Fall, and Winter  (LEC: 3)  [0.50]  

Supervised by a faculty member, students will undertake a literature review and plan, develop and write a research proposal. The topic of thesis will be selected in consultation with the supervisory faculty member prior to registration for the course. Students are advised to contact the IDS Academic Advisor for further information.

Offering(s): First offering - Fall 2022 Restriction(s): Registration in BA.IDS with a minimum average of 80% in all IDS major course attempts. Instructor consent required.  
Prerequisite(s): 14.00 credits including IDEV*3000, IDEV*3100  
Department(s): Dean's Office, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
IDEV*4150  Thesis in International Development Studies II  Summer, Fall, and Winter  (LEC: 3)  [0.50]  

Students conduct, write and present an undergraduate thesis under the supervision of a faculty member.

Offering(s): First offering - Winter 2023  
Prerequisite(s): IDEV*4100  
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in BAH.IDS. Instructor consent required.  
Department(s): Dean's Office, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
IDEV*4190  Regional Context  Summer, Fall, and Winter  (LEC: 1.5)  [0.25]  

In this course students will learn about a region that they intend to study further in an advanced work/study project (IDEV*4200). It may be offered as a reading course or as a seminar.

Prerequisite(s): 10.00 credits including IDEV*2010 or IDEV*2500  
Restriction(s): Instructor consent required. Written approval of the faculty advisor for International Development.  
Department(s): Dean's Office, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
IDEV*4200  Advanced Work/Study in International Development  Summer, Fall, and Winter  (LEC: 3)  [0.75]  

Individual work/study option at an advanced level. See IDEV*3200 for course description.

Prerequisite(s): IDEV*4190  
Restriction(s): Instructor consent required. Written approval of the faculty advisor for International Development.  
Department(s): Dean's Office, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
IDEV*4500  International Development Seminar  Fall and Winter  (LEC: 3)  [1.00]  

This course brings together students in international development in their final year of study to examine key debates and to integrate knowledge from different areas of emphasis in the specialization. Students draw from a variety of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary perspectives in lectures, text-based seminars and in reaction to guest speakers. In addition, students develop and present research projects which focus theoretical insight on practical concerns.

Prerequisite(s): 15.00 credits  
Restriction(s): Registration in BA.IDS major. Minimum of 68% overall cumulative average.  
Department(s): Dean's Office, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
IDEV*4600  Advocating and Effecting Change in Development Policy and Practice  Summer, Fall, and Winter  (LEC: 3)  [0.50]  

This course aims to equip students with the knowledge and understanding needed to advocate for, and bring about, change in policy and practice that impact inclusive and sustainable development within government, civil society organizations and the private sector. The course examines the actions and processes through which changes in policy and practice take place, and the barriers that need to be overcome in order to effect such changes. These might include formal legal, political and administrative engagement, use of social media, protest, civil disobedience, etc. The course predominantly involves the in-depth analysis of successes and failures of advocacy and activism efforts at bringing about changes that have positive development impacts.

Offering(s): First Offering - Fall 2022.  
Prerequisite(s): 14.00 credits including IDEV*2400, IDEV*3000, IDEV*3100, IDEV*3300  
Department(s): Dean's Office, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph