DEVS 401: Theories of Development
This seminar takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of theories that have shaped the conceptualization and practice of development around the world. The seminar focuses on current versions of general development theories such as: modernization, structuralism, Marxism, dependency theory, neoclassical and neoliberal theory, alternative development, and post-development. Examples of current theories that focus on key development issues are also covered. Prerequisite: DEVS 201, 202. Three credits.
DEVS 405: Community-Based Development: Strategies and Practice
The seminar is an examination of community-based development. It explores and evaluates strategies, practices and tchniques used to strengthen people's capacity to build sustainable livelihoods, and examines the role of different agencies (e.g. local citizens, government, non government organizations, and the private sector) in stimulating development at the community level. The course will include development strategies used in the Global South and practices used in Canada, especially Atlantic Canada. Prerequisite: DEVS 201, 202. Three credits.
DEVS 457 / BSAD 457: Community Enterprise Development
This course explores the relationship between entrepreneurship, innovation, and community-based economic development in a rural context. The course uses a multidisciplinary perspective to examine the impact of socio-economic factors on a community's capacity for stimulating entrepreneurship and economic development. Studients will gain practical experience in stimulating enterprise in response to negative economic circumstances. Prerequisite: BSAD 356. Three credits.
DEVS 490: Thesis
Students will work under the supervision of a faculty member who guides the selection of a thesis topic, use of resources, research methodology, and quality of analysis. Restricted to honours students. Six credits.
DEVS 499: Directed Study
Students will work with a course instructor on a topic which is not available through other course offerings. Prerequisites: DEVS 201, 202 and six additional credits in core development studies courses. See section 3.5. Three credits.