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University of Calgary Calendar 2010-2011 COURSES OF INSTRUCTION Course Descriptions D Development Studies DEST
Development Studies DEST

Instruction offered by the Faculty of Arts.

Junior Course
Development Studies 201       Introduction to Development Studies
An interdisciplinary course focusing on development in both a northern and international context. Explores factors that shape development processes; introduces concepts and issues such as poverty; colonialism and self-determination; human ecology and sustainable development; and appropriate technology. Examines the origins, purposes, and performance of contemporary national and international institutions and their effect on people in different geographical and socio-economic contexts.
Course Hours:
H(2-1)
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Senior Courses
Development Studies 375       Gender and Development
Examines development from the critical perspective of the key role played by gender in development. Case studies from Canadian and international contexts will provide illustrative material for analyzing the issues that emanate from the gendered nature of development processes and practices.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Development Studies 201 or Women's Studies 201 or consent of the Assistant Dean (Student Affairs).
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Development Studies 393       Theories and Applications of Development
A study of development theories and applications through northern and international case studies. Examines practical manifestations of those theories and approaches in development planning, implementation, and praxis including Modernization theory; dependency theory; basic needs approach; neo-liberalism; the staple thesis; globalization; women in development; gender and development.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Development Studies 201 or 391 or consent of the Assistant Dean (Student Affairs).
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Development Studies 400       Field School
A field course for the on-site interdisciplinary study of a country or region with regard to issues of development from variety of perspectives, e.g., cultural, economic, environmental, geographical, historical and political perspectives. For further information students should contact the Faculty of Arts, Development Studies Program Director.
Course Hours:
F(9-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Program Coordinator.
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Development Studies 401       Special Topics in Development Studies
An examination of selected topics in Development Studies. See Schedule of Classes for current topic(s).
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Development Studies 403       Sustainability and Human Ecology in the Circumpolar Arctic
The history of northern development and resource management in Canada with emphasis on specific case studies involving sustainability and human ecology in the Circumpolar Arctic. The role of traditional environmental knowledge and its significance to northern development will be examined. Participatory research methodologies may be introduced.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Development Studies 393 or consent of the Faculty.
Antirequisite(s):
Northern Planning and Development 401 and 405.
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Development Studies 405       Environment and Development
Students will critically engage with sustainability through study of the intersections between environment and development, such as planning and development, management, and implementation, the political economy of environment, and political ecology. Topics may include political and economic systems, resource depletion, industrial agriculture, biodiversity, gender, hazards, traditional knowledge, and resistance.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Development Studies 393 or consent of the Faculty.
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Development Studies 485       International and Intercultural Communication
Examines cross-cultural communication at the personal, organizational, societal, and international levels. Discusses the concept of "Globalization" and its implications for communication among different cultures; analyses various theoretical perspectives underlying intercultural communication; explores issues of power, identity and influence; examines intercultural encounters in the context of specific diversified settings; and helps students develop intercultural communication competence.
Course Hours:
H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Completion of at least eight full-course equivalents.
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Development Studies 501       Research in Selected Topics
Supervised individual study of a special topic.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs).
Notes:
Students should contact the Office of the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs) at least two weeks prior to the first day of classes to arrange an independent study course.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Development Studies 591       Critical Perspectives on Development Practice and Research
An interdisciplinary consideration of selected issues and methodologies in development, which will provide students with the critical perspective and skills needed to conceptualize, design, implement and effectively manage community development projects and programs.
Course Hours:
H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Development Studies 375 and 393.
Notes:
Restricted to students registered in the Development Studies Major program.
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