Introduction to International Studies Development (IS 211.3)

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IS 211 01 September 2019 Matthew Mitchell
IS 211 01 September 2018
IS 211 01 September 2017
IS 211 01 September 2016


International Development is one of the cornerstones of the International Studies programme. In a world that is increasingly interconnected and interdependent, it is imperative to understand the conditions under which a majority of the world lives, how these conditions have come to be, what is being done to address concerns of inherent inequity and poverty, and the importance of doing so. This means engaging in the issues of colonialism, globalisation, gender, debt, trade, democracy, sustainable development, migration, health, education, and the emerging powers to name but a few. To make sense of such a diverse and complex set of issues, the course has three primary objectives: first, to contextualise international development into its historical setting; second, to introduce the theories which seek to understand and explain international development; third, to apply these theoretical constructs to specific issues and cases of international development. This course is intended to not only provide an introduction to International Development but also highlight the importance of this subject to both understanding the world as it is, the problems that we face, and the means to address to them.

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18 credit units at the 100-level including at least 12 credit units from ANTH, ECON, GEOG, HIST, POLS, RLST, RUSS, SOC, SPAN, UKR, WGST.


Students who have taken IS 200.6 may not take this course for credit.

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