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INDEV 00s


INDEV 10 SEM 0.00Course ID: 013449
International Development Seminar
INDEV 10 is a non-credit, no-fee seminar series on current topics in International Development. Each session may feature a guest speaker or a field placement information session. Except where otherwise noted INDEV 10 seminars are open to all INDEV students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Participation is not mandatory but encouraged.
Prereq: International Development students only

INDEV 100s


INDEV 100 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 012674
Introduction to International Development
Students obtain an overview of the multi-dimensional and transdisciplinary nature of development. Themes include theories and strategies of development; history of development; relevance of context (culture, economics, and politics); the impact of law and international regulatory bodies; environmental influences; urbanization; the factors of health, literacy and violence; development agencies. Reference is made to particular development problems in specific developing countries.

INDEV 101 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 014370
Issues in International Development
This course examines key issues in international development. International Development involves the search for sustainable and equitable solutions to poverty primarily but not only in the Global South. The causes and consequences of poverty are many and varied: environmental degradation; insufficient food production; inequitable access to land and related resources; poor governance; civil war and other types of conflict. The impacts of poverty manifest differently depending on culture, technology, geo-political factors and globalization.
Prereq: INDEV 100

INDEV 200s


INDEV 200 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 012675
The Political Economy of Development
This course develops students' understanding of how the complex interplay of international economic and political economy factors influence development initiatives and outcomes. The relation of trade, aid, and international institutions (WTO, IMF, World Bank) on development activity is examined using case studies. Different economic views will be examined.
Prereq: INDEV 101

INDEV 202 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012676
Accounting for Development Organizations
Students will obtain a fundamental understanding of financial and management concepts, and an appreciation of the measurement issues and monetary impact of business decisions on communities, society and the environment. Topics include financial statement reporting and analysis, cost analysis, triple bottom-line reporting, corporate social responsibility including the Global Sullivan Principles, and green accounting.
Prereq: INDEV 101

INDEV 212 WSP 0.50Course ID: 012677
Problem-solving for Development
Students will obtain an understanding of the fundamental features of creative thinking, decision-making and problem-solving from both a descriptive and a normative point of view. Techniques for analyzing problem-solving and decision-making by individuals and groups with particular attention to the impact of cultural difference among individuals and within teams. Techniques for improving problem-solving and decision-making in a community development context will be considered. Effective negotiation in different cultural contexts will be studied.
Prereq: INDEV 101

INDEV 262 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015434
Introduction to Global Emerging Cities
This course focuses on the dynamics of growth and change in global emerging cities, with a focus on the urban transition underway in cities, with emphasis on Asia and Africa. Current urban challenges (e.g. social inequality, uneven development, climate change) are discussed, as well as opportunities for innovative planning and sustainable urban development.
(Cross-listed with PLAN 262)

INDEV 275 LAB,LEC,SEM,TUT 0.50Course ID: 013191
Special Topics in International Development
This course allows for additions to the program on a short-term basis, and for the development of future permanent courses.
[Note: Field trip fee may be required]
Department Consent Required

INDEV 300s


INDEV 300 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012678
Culture and Ethics
This course surveys a variety of competing ethical positions that have been, and continue to be, adopted by different cultures around the world. Can two competing ethical viewpoints both be right? If not, then what grounds should we adopt to decide between them, and under what circumstances? How can we negotiate the difficulties that such differences pose for our practical judgment and moral theorizing? Students will engage these questions by reading texts in philosophical ethics and meta-ethics, and by applying what they have learned in case studies of ethical differences among cultures.
Prereq: INDEV 200
(Cross-listed with PHIL 227)

INDEV 302 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012679
Development Agents
This course examines the nature, variety and inter-relationships of and among organizations, institutions, agencies and individuals involved in contemporary development activity. The many and various legal, political and financial factors that affect the organization and operation of development agents are studied with respect to implications for business model, management skills, governance oversight and public policy.
Prereq: INDEV 200

INDEV 304 LAB,LEC 0.50Course ID: 012680
Language Conversation for Development Field Work
This is a special intensive language course designed to develop a working verbal fluency in the language of the student's field assignment.
Prereq: INDEV 200; International Development students only

INDEV 308 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012682
Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
This course uses the case study method to examine the challenges of starting, funding and operating an early-stage social change venture in a developing country. The focus is on ventures that address urbanization and poverty. Students explore the complexities of managing and sustaining growth, the role of governing boards, and the role of private sector partnerships and resources. Innovative public/private partnerships are examined. The challenges and opportunities associated with engaging diverse partners with differing agendas are considered from the perspective of the entrepreneur, investor/donor, local community leaders and legal counsel.
Prereq: INDEV 200 or Environment & Business students

INDEV 375 LAB,LEC,SEM,TUT 0.50Course ID: 013192
Special Topics in International Development
This course allows for additions to the program on a short-term basis, and for the development of future permanent courses.
[Note: Field trip fee may be required]
Department Consent Required

INDEV 387 LEC 0.50Course ID: 013860
Global Cities in Global Development
More than half of the world's population resides in urban areas, with the bulk of this growth taking place in the mega-cities of the global South. Many cities in the world are now truly 'global' in their reach and orientation: New York, Shanghai, Mexico City, Johannesburg. Thus, urbanization presents key developmental challenges that face the world's urban population, and highlights the search for sustainable solutions in select cities.
Prereq: INDEV 200

INDEV 388 LAB 0.50Course ID: 013930
Key Issues in Urban Development
This course focuses on key developmental issues facing Third World cities such as housing, water supply and sanitation, energy, food security, migration and demographic change, and so on. The course also explores the links between North and South as well as comparative local issues facing new immigrants to Canada.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: INDEV 387

INDEV 400s


INDEV 401 PRA 1.50Course ID: 012684
International Development Placement 1
INDEV 401 and 402 comprise an 8 month internship abroad with a development project, organization or institute. INDEV 402 immediately follows INDEV 401. Students are expected to fulfil work duties, language milestones and academic assignments. The culmination of both courses is a professional service report based on projects and the wider work undertaken by the student and their organization during their placement.
[Note: Students are responsible for all travel and subsistence costs associated with their international placement]
Prereq: Level at least 4A International Development students

INDEV 402 PRA 1.50Course ID: 012685
International Development Placement 2
INDEV 401 and 402 comprise an 8 month internship abroad with a development project, organization or institute. INDEV 402 immediately follows INDEV 401. Students are expected to fulfil work duties, language milestones and academic assignments. The culmination of both courses is a professional service report based on projects and the wider work undertaken by the student and their organization during their placement.
[Note: Students are responsible for all travel and subsistence costs associated with their international placement] [Note: The INDEV capstone event is a mandatory component of this course. The event is scheduled during the last week of April and first week of May.]
Prereq: INDEV 401

INDEV 404 SEM 0.50Course ID: 014686
International Development Theory
This course emphasizes both theoretical and conceptual frameworks, techniques, practices and methods for analysis of development, focusing in particular on the historical and spatial trajectory of international development through an examination of seminal texts.
Prereq: Level at least 4A

INDEV 474 SEM 0.50Course ID: 013448
Special Topics in International Development
From time to time, courses of special topics may be offered at the fourth-year level, for program enrichment.
Prereq: Level at least 4A; International Development students only

INDEV 475 SEM 0.50Course ID: 014685
Contemporary Development Issues
This course considers contemporary development issues and strategies, including environment, conflict/post-conflict and transition countries, gender, globalization, human rights, culture and religion, and current thinking, many of which are addressed by perspectives from academia, the NGO sector and development agencies.
Prereq: Level at least 4A

INDEV 476 SEM 0.50Course ID: 014684
Contemporary Issues in Development Practice
This course focuses on contemporary development issues - environment, gender, migration, climate change, democracy, to name several. It also highlights the ways and means for students to respond to one or more of these issues, particularly as they relate to their field placements.
Prereq: Level at least 4A; International Development students only

INDEV 490A ESS 0.50Course ID: 014687
Honours Thesis: Project Preparation
The Honours Thesis/Project provides students with an opportunity to pursue a specific research topic or applied project of their choosing relating to the study of International Development. The paper will be prepared over two semesters. 490A involves the guided preparation of a research/project proposal.
Prereq: Level at least 4A; International Development students only

INDEV 490B ESS 1.00Course ID: 014688
Honours Thesis: Project Completion
The Honours Thesis/Project provides students with an opportunity to pursue a specific research topic or applied project of their choosing relating to the study of International Development. The paper will be prepared over two semesters. 490B involves the formal completion of the thesis/project.
Prereq: INDEV 490A