Core Courses

*The core courses are designed to be taken consecutively


AP/SOSC 1430/9 9.00 Introduction to International Development Studies

(Formerly Introduction to Development Studies)

*For students enrolled in the program prior to FW 2014-15, this 9-credit course fulfills General Education requirements as well as the IDS major requirement. All 9 credits count toward the 120 credits required for the Honours BA degree, but only 6 credits from this course will go toward the IDS major.

Effective 2014-15, students enrolled in the program, are required to take SOSC 1430 9.00 AND a Social Science general education course. Six of the nine credits from SOSC 1430 will count toward the program's requirements and the remaining three credits will count toward electives/courses outside the major.

Course Director: TBA

This foundation course introduces students to the field of International Development Studies. It adopts an interdisciplinary approach to study the theory and practice of development, and draws from the works of historians, sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists, and economists to introduce relevant concepts and theories of development. The course examines various approaches to development and explores their theoretical and cultural assumptions, and their concrete application in diverse historical and social contexts. The course helps students understand the processes that created underdevelopment, the forces that contribute to the persistence of this condition, and the struggles for equitable and sustainable development in the current global system. As part of the Foundations Program, this course has been especially designed to help students develop specific academic skills in 20 the areas of critical thinking, reading and writing, and to challenge them to apply these skills to the field of international development studies.

AP/SOSC 2800 6.00 Development in Comparative & Historical Perspective

Course Director: M. Mekouar

This course offers a critical overview of the state of development studies for students who have some background in International Development. Its primary objective is to familiarize students with the present and past development theories, discourses/perspectives and issues. Besides, it makes an effort to analyze the role of key international organizations, such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, in constructing the ‘global framework for development’.

In reviewing a range of theories of and approaches to development – from modernization, and neo-Marxist theories of dependency to neo-liberal, post-modern, post-Marxist and feminist perspectives, the course provides a forum for students to examine, discuss, and debate the current changes in development studies and to apply various theories and approaches to the analysis of contemporary development issues. Students will have the opportunity to explore how the focus of development shifted from ‘economic growth’ to the improvement in the human conditions.

Note: Students must complete AP/SOSC 1430 9.00 prior to enrolment in AP/SOSC 2800 6.00

AP/SOSC 3800 6.00 Development Studies Research Methods

Course Director: TBA

This course introduces class-members to the principle research methods and techniques used primarily in International Development. Since development research and policy agendas are undergoing considerable evolution and change, it focuses on the more practical issues and problems of researching development policies, programs, and projects. In addition to introducing research methods commonly used in the Social Sciences, this course aims to aid students in learning about applied research methods and evaluation practices, both qualitative and quantitative. It places the notion of impact assessment in the broader context of international development exploring key methods, techniques, and practices that are widely used by both development agencies and practitioners.

Prerequisite: AP/SOSC 2800 6.00. Students must complete AP/SOSC 2800 6.00 prior to enrolment in AP/SOSC 3800 6.00

AP/SOSC 4600 6.00 Advanced Seminar in Development Studies

Course Director: M. Mekouar

The aim of this seminar is to give students some specialized knowledge about the present discourses/perspectives in development, some contemporary development issues/challenges, and the potential of various agents in addressing these issues/challenges. The focus of the course is on globalization that most directly sets the current context of international development. In addition to identifying the trends in the contemporary phase of global economic restructuring, this course provides informative and useful insights into the construction of a ‘homogeneous world’ through cultural and political globalizations. It also explores various debates on globalization and takes a critical look at the differential impacts of globalization on countries and communities in the world. One of the primary objectives of this course is to present a comparative discussion of differences and commonalities among mainstream, critical, post-modern, and post-structuralist analyses of development which have appeared over the last two decades. It opens up the possibility for new ways of thinking about the problems of and prospects for development in the twenty-first century. This course also examines the contemporary agenda of international development within the changing structures of the global political economy.

Prerequisite: AP/SOSC 2800 6.00 and AP/SOSC 3800 6.00. Students must complete AP/SOSC 2800 6.00 and AP/SOSC 3800 6.00 prior to enrolment in AP/SOSC 4600 6.00