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  • Objectives
    International Development Studies is an interdisciplinary program involving the study of inequality, social change and justice in a global context. The IDS program is structured around two broad axes: development theory/practice, and the global/local. Areas of teaching expertise among the core faculty in IDS include development theory, gender, culture, human security, rural development, migration, participatory development and global citizenship.
  • Entry requirements
    The Honours degree is intended for students who plan to proceed to graduate work and for others who want the experience of an intensive research project, the Honours essay.
  • Academic title
    Bachelor of Arts Honours in International Development Studies
  • Course description
    Departmental requirements
    •     COMR 1000X/Y.06, 1070.03/1300.03; ECON 1101.03/1102.03; ERTH 1030.03/1060.03; ERTH 1040.03, 1050.03; GEOG 1030.03/1060.03; HIST 1004X/Y.06, 1501.03, 1502.03, 1862X/Y.06; PHIL 1000X/Y; POLI 1010.03, 1015.03, 1020.03, 1025.03, 1030.03. 1035.03, 1100X/Y.06, 1103X/Y.06; RUSN 1020.03, 1070.03; ENVS 1000X/Y.06; SOSA 1000X/Y.06, 1050X/Y.06, 1100X/Y.06.
    •     or completion of King's Foundation Year Program

    Advanced Classes Required

    •     INTD 2001.03/2002.03
    •     INTD 3001.03/3002.03
    •     The equivalent of one full credit in each of two IDS disciplines at or above the 2000 level (see list in section IV, page 173).
    •     The equivalent of two additional full credits from IDS offerings (including approved classes from other disciplines) at or above the 3000 level, other than INTD 3001.03/3002.03.

    In total, a minimum of six (6) and a maximum of nine (9 full) IDS credits are required. In meeting these requirements, the students must complete two full credits in IDS approved courses from departments outside of IDS.

    NOTE: A minimum of the equivalent of three (3) full-credit classes must be at the 3000-level or above.

    Students must complete the requirements for the BA with major in International Development Studies and fulfill the following additional requirements:
    •     Admission to programs is based on academic performance. Applicants normally should have achieved an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.30 (B+) or better and B+/A- in IDS courses and, in the case of a combined degree, the second major subject, to be considered for admission.
    •     Honours students must take INTD 4021 or 4012: Honours Thesis Course.
    •     Honours students must also take INTD 4022 or 4011: Advanced Seminar.
    •     Deadline for Honours Applications is April 30th of the year the student will begin the Honours Program. Application forms for the Honours Program are available at the Registrar's Office and can be submitted to the Honours Advisor/Departmental Chair in IDS.

    • INTD 2001.03: Introduction to Development I.
    • INTD 2002.03: Introduction to Development II.
    • INTD 3001.03: Seminar in Development III: Development Theory.
    • INTD 4011.03: Advanced Seminar in Development Theory A.
    • INTD 4012.03: Honours Thesis Course B.
    • INTD 4021.03: Honours Thesis Course A.
    • INTD 4022.03: Advanced Seminar in Development Theory B.
    • B. Additional IDS Courses
    • INTD 3045.03: Indian Society: Change and Continuity.
    • INTD 3103.03: Participatory Development: Methods and Practice.
    • INTD 3108.03: Experiential Learning: Canada.
    • INTD 3109.03: Experiential Learning: Abroad.
    • INTD 3110.03: Migration and Development.
    • INTD 3111.03: Popular Culture and Development.
    • INTD 3112.03: Development and Democracy in India.
    • INTD 3113.03: Philosophy of Development.
    • INTD 3114.03: Environment and Development.
    • INTD 3125.03: The French-Speaking World.
    • INTD 3150.03: Aspects de la francophonie/Aspects of the Francophone World.
    • C. The Cuba Semester Program - Offered in the Winter Semester only
    • INTD 3301.03: Spanish Language and Grammar: The Cuban Dialect.
    • INTD 3302.03: Social Development in Cuba.
    • INTD 3303.03: The Political Economy of Cuba.
    • INTD 3304.03: Sustainable Development in Cuba.
    • INTD 3306.06: Field Research Practicum.
    • INTD 3310.06: Cuban Culture and Society.
    • INTD 4001.03/4002.03/4003.06/4100.06: Special Topics in International Development Studies.
    • INTD 4004.03: Topics in Cuban Development.
    • INTD 4211.03: Gender and Development: Theory, Concepts and Methods.
    • INTD 4320.03: Empowerment, Gender and Development.
    • INTD 4321.03: Engendering Globalization.
    DS Approved Classes from Other Units

    NOTE: Classes marked * are not offered every year so please consult the current timetable, in addition to the calendars, when registering.

    1. Biology
    The importance of an understanding of biology for informed contribution to sustainable development cannot be over-emphasized.
    •     BIOL 3060.03: Environmental Ecology
    •     BIOL 3061.03: Communities and Ecosystems
    •     BIOL 3068.03: Agroecosystems
    •     BIOL 3220.03: Plants and Civilization
    •     BIOL 3601.03: Nature Conservation
    •     BIOL 4065.03: Sustainability and Global Change
    •     BIOL 4160.03: Political Ecology

    2. Earth Sciences
    Geology lies behind many of the environmental problems facing humanity today - while energy and mineral resources provide an underpinning of many of the development plans of Third World nations.
    •     ERTH 2410.03: Environmental and Resource Geology
    •     ERTH 3410.03: Environmental Geology

    3. Economics
    A grasp of economic frameworks whereby societies allocate resources (human resources and capital) is a prerequisite for understanding development plans and national prospects, development projects and foreign aid, and the constraints and possibilities for sustainable development.
    •     *ECON 2239.03: European Economy- History
    •     ECON 2334.03: Globalization and Economic Development: Current Debates
    •     ECON 2336.03: Regional Development
    •     *ECON 3317.03: Poverty and Inequality
    •     *ECON 3330.03: International Trade
    •     ECON 3331.03: International Finance
    •     ECON 3332.03: Resource Economics
    •     *ECON 3333.03: Theories of Economic Development
    •     ECON 3335.03: Environmental Economics

    4. English, French and Spanish
    Language skills are obviously important for effective communication for those wishing to pursue international development studies; but through the study of languages and literature, important insights about culture and development experience are also to be gleaned. The IDS program encourages students minimally to study one additional (relevant) language to English.
    •     *ENGL 2212.03: World Literature in English: Fiction
    •     *ENGL 2213.03: World Literature in English: Poetry
    •     ENGL 2221X/Y.06: Fictions of Development
    •     ENGL 3085X/Y.06: Post Colonial Literature
    •     ENGL 3086.03: Post-Colonial Literatures


    •     FREN 3125.03: Le Monde francophone/The French-Speaking World
    •     FREN 3150.03: Aspects de la francophonie/Aspects of the Francophone World
    •     FREN 3175.03: Topical Issues in Francophone/Th?mes de la francophonie
    Please note: Some courses in the French Department's Senegal Semester Abroad Program are likely to be eligible for IDS credit. Consult the undergraduate advisor to determine eligibility.

    •     *SPAN 2069.03: Central America to 1979
    •     *SPAN 2070.03: Area Studies on Mexico and Central America
    •     *SPAN 2109.03: Cuba from Colonial Times to 1961
    •     *SPAN 2110.03: The Cuban Cultural Revolution
    •     *SPAN 2130.03: Latin American Dictators in the Novel
    •     SPAN 2200.03: La Civilizati?n de Hispanom?rica
    •     *SPAN 2230.03: Contemporary Latin American Prose, Part I
    •     *SPAN 2240.03: Contemporary Latin American Prose, Part II
    •     *SPAN 3050X/Y.06: Culture and Society of the Dominican
    •     *SPAN 3070.03: Contemporary Latin American History
    •     SPAN 3301.03/3302.03/3303.03/3304.03/3306.06:
    The Cuba Program at FLACSO (Facultad Latino Americ?na de Ciencias Sociales Programma Cuba), The University of Havana
    •     SPAN 3310.06: Cuban Culture & Society
    •     SPAN 3340.06: Mexican Culture
    •     SPAN 3420.06: Art/Folklore Dominican Republic
    •     SPAN 3440.03: Latin American
    •     SPAN 3460.03: Dominican History
    •     SPAN 3480.03: Dominican Culture
    •     SPAN 3810.03: Seminario de cine latinoamericano.
    •     SPAN 3815.03: Survey of Hispanic American Film

    5. Environmental Studies

    Most environmental scientists have primary expertise in a particular discipline and work cooperatively with specialists from other disciplines to solve environmental problems. Dalhousie now offers a minor in both environmental studies and science. However, current programs that also provide courses emphasizing environmental subjects include Earth Sciences (geology and hydrogeology), marine biology and POLI 3585.03.
    •     ENVS 3000.03: Environmental Science Internship
    •     ENVS 3200.03: Introduction to Environmental Law
    •     ENVS 3210.03: Environmental Law II: Natural Justice and Unnatural Acts
    •     ENVS 3400.03: Environmental and Ecosystem Health
    •     ENVS 3501.03: Environmental Problem Solving I
    •     ENVS 3502.03: Environmental Problem Solving II: The Campus as a Living Laboratory.
    •     ERTH 2410.03: Environmental and Resource Geology
    •     ERTH 3410.03: Enhanced Environmental Geology
    •     PHIL 2480.03: Environmental Ethics
    •     PHIL 2485.03: Technology and the Environment
    •     POLI 3537X/Y.06: Management and Conservation of Marine Resources
    •     POLI 3585.03: Politics of the Environment
    •     POLI 3589.03: Politics of the Sea

    6. Gender and Women's Studies
    It is important to recognize the implications of gender issues and to be sensitive to how these are viewed in different cultural circumstances. Hence, students are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one of the following GWST classes.
    •     GWST 2053.03: Women and Islam
    •     GWST 2200X/Y.06: Fictions of Development
    •     GWST 2400X/Y.06: Work and Occupations in a Changing World
    •     GWST 2800X/Y.06: Comparative Perspectives on Gender
    •     GWST 3006.03: Comparative Perspectives on Gender and Work
    •     GWST 3168.03: Issues in Latin American Society
    •     GWST 3310.03: Gender and Development in Africa
    •     GWST 4211.03: Gender and Development: Theory, Concepts and Methods
    •     GWST 4320.03: Empowerment, Gender, and Development

    7. History
    Just as people need to know who they are and how they arrived there, groups, races, classes, states and nations need a sense of their own past as part of their culture and to guide their future development choices.
    •     HIST 2006.03: The Atlantic World, 1450-1650: European Colonization of the Americas
    •     HIST 2007.03: The Atlantic World, 1650-1800: European Empires in the Americas
    •     HIST 2020X/Y.06: Imperial and Soviet Russia
    •     HIST 2021.03: Soviet Russia
    •     HIST 2271.03: Atlantic Canada to Confederation
    •     HIST 2272.03: Atlantic Canada since Confederation
    •     HIST 2381.03: Latin America
    •     HIST 2382.03: Central America to 1979
    •     HIST 2383.03: Area Studies on Mexico and Central America
    •     HIST 2384.03: Cuba from Colonial Times
    •     HIST 2385.03: The Cuban Cultural Revolution
    •     HIST 2386.03: Colonial Latin America
    •     HIST 2387.03: Latin America since Independence
    •     HIST 2425.03: Africa Before 1900
    •     HIST 2426.03: Africa Since 1900
    •     HIST 2502.03: The Ottoman Empire and Its Legacy in the Middle East, 1750-1923.
    •     HIST 2503.03: From Cordoba to Jakarta: Islamic Civilization in a Global perspective (seventeenth - eighteenth centuries)
    •     HIST 2504.03: Modern History of Turkey, Iran, Israel, and the Arab-Speaking lands (nineteenth-twentieth centuries)
    •     HIST 2510.03: Modern History of South Asia
    •     HIST 2712.03: Freedom Fighters or Terrorists?
    •     HIST 3090.03: Russian Society
    •     *HIST 3092.03: Russian Topics
    •     HIST 3390.03: Latin America: Revolution and Repression.
    •     HIST 3393.03: Indigenous Movements in Latin America
    •     *HIST 3430.03: The Making of Colonial Africa, c. 1850-1930
    •     HIST 3431.03: Struggles in the City: Labour, Migration and Urban Live in Colonial Africa.
    •     *HIST 3435.03: The Rise and Fall of African Slavery
    •     *HIST 3451.03: Southern Africa to 1860
    •     *HIST 3452.03: Southern Africa since 1860
    •     *HIST 3461.03: Gender and Development in Africa
    •     HIST 3462.03: Distortion or Development - African Economic History.
    •     HIST 3470.03: Wars and Revolutions in Nineteenth Century Africa
    •     HIST 3471.03: Wars and Revolution in Twentieth Century Africa
    •     HIST 3500.03: Topics in Global History
    •     HIST 3509.03: Caliphs and Khans: Islamic Civilization in the ?bbasid and Mongal Age (750-1400)
    •     HIST 3510.03: Sultans and Shahs: Politics and Religion in the Islamic Gunpowder Age (1500-1800)
    •     HIST 3512.03: Modern History of Iran, Central Asia, and the Caucasus
    •     HIST 3513.03: From Cairo to Cape Town: Religious Revival, Identity and Colonialism in Muslim Africa.
    •     HIST 4271.03: The Fisheries of Atlantic Canada's Society and Ecology in Historical Perspective
    •     HIST 4300.03: Topics in Latin American History
    •     *HIST 4320.03: Empowerment, Gender, and Development
    •     HIST 4400.03: Topics in African History
    •     HIST 4475.03: African Intellectuals and the Modern Experience
    •     HIST 4510.03: Topics in Islamic and Middle East History.

    8. Philosophy

    Issues in International Development are fundamentally concerned with principles of ethics and justice. Philosophy provides students with the necessary foundation to think about these principles and apply them to international issues in an informed way.
    •     PHIL 2081.03: Ethics in the World of Business
    •     *PHIL 2475.03: Justice in Global Perspective
    •     PHIL 2480.03: Environmental Ethics
    •     PHIL 2485.03: Technology and the Environment
    •     PHIL 3470.03: Human Rights: Philosophical Issues

    9. Political Science
    Political Science is critical for individuals who want to know more about the values, laws, institutions and policy mechanisms that govern their lives in society, and, as well, the differences between their systems of government and those in other countries.
    •     *POLI 2300X/Y.06: Comparative Politics
    •     POLI 2520.03: World Politics
    •     POLI 2530.03: Foreign Policy in Theory and Practice
    •     *POLI 3302.03: Comparative Development Administration
    •     POLI 3303.03: Human Rights: Political Issues
    •     POLI 3311.03: Sport and Politics
    •     POLI 3315.03: African Politics
    •     POLI 3317.03: Politics in Southern Africa
    •     POLI 3350.03: Governance and Globalization
    •     *POLI 3360.03: Politics in Latin America
    •     POLI 3403.03: Human Rights: Philosophical Issues
    •     *POLI 3525.03: Comparative Foreign Policy Simulation
    •     POLI 3531.03: The UN in World Politics
    •     POLI 3535.03: The New International Division of Labour
    •     *POLI 3537X/Y.06: Management and Conservation of Marine Resources (summer only)
    •     POLI 3540.03: Foreign Policies of Third World States
    •     *POLI 3550.03: Japanese Foreign Policy
    •     POLI 3560.03: Human Development/Security at the Start of the Twenty-first Century
    •     POLI 3581.03: Diplomacy and Negotiation
    •     *POLI 3585.03: Politics of the Environment
    •     POLI 3587.03: International Political Economy
    •     POLI 3596.03: Explaining Global Conflict and Violence
    •     POLI 4636.03: Nationalism and Statecraft
    •     POLI 4656.03: Oil, Natural Gas and Government: The Political Economy of Regulation
    •     POLI 4656.03: Oil, Natural Gas and Government: The Political Economy of Regulation

    10. Religious Studies

    Understanding religion and its influences on human behaviour involves grasping both the meaning of faith in the lives of participants and the critical analysis of outside observers. It has important implications for international cultures and development questions.
    •     *RELS 2001.03: Judaism
    •     *RELS 2002.03: Christianity
    •     *RELS 2003.03: Islam
    •     *RELS 2011.03: Hinduism
    •     *RELS 2012.03: Chinese and Japanese Religions
    •     *RELS 2013.03: Buddhism
    •     *RELS 2053.03: Women and Islam
    •     *RELS 3004.03: Religion and International Development
    •     *RELS 3014.03: Comparative Mysticism
    •     *RELS 3015.03: Myths, Symbols and Rites

    11. Russian
    Russia and the Soviet Union have been important players on the world stage for many centuries. The history and current situation of this region has had profound importance for the development of both Europe and Asia, as well as the developing regions. The study of this region is increasingly important to development theory, practice and planning.
    •     RUSN 2021X/Y.06: Imperial and Soviet Russia
    •     RUSN 2022.03: Imperial Russia
    •     RUSN 2023.03: Soviet Russia
    •     RUSN 2061.03: Russian Modernism
    •     RUSN 2062.03: Literature of Revolution - The 1920's in Russian Literature
    •     RUSN 2070.03: Russian Literature and Culture since Stalin's Death
    •     RUSN 3090.03: Russian Society Today
    •     RUSN 3092.03: Russian Topics
    •     RUSN 3096.03: The History of Ideas in Russia - From Official Nationality to Solzhenitsyn's Neo-Slavophilism

    12. Sociology and Social Anthropology

    Sociology provides a context within which students learn to think critically about their social environment. Social Anthropology aims at generalizations by comparing structures and processes in major institutions within societies (kinship, political, economic and religious) as well as between societies.
    •     SOSA 2001X/Y.06: Ethnography in a Global Context
    •     SOSA 2040X/Y.06: Social Inequality
    •     SOSA 2100X/Y.06: Environment and Culture
    •     SOSA 2161X/Y.06: Work and Occupations in a Changing World
    •     *SOSA 2190X/Y.06: Comparative Perspectives on Gender
    •     SOSA 2291X/Y.06: Goblins, Ghosts, Gods, Gurus
    •     *SOSA 2400X/Y.06: Health and Illness Across Cultures
    •     SOSA 2401X/Y.06: Food and Eating Across Cultures
    •     SOSA 3006.03: Comparative Perspectives on Gender and Work
    •     SOSA 3014.03: Rethinking Culture and Class
    •     SOSA 3015.03: Popular Memory
    •     SOSA 3060.03: Social Change and Development
    •     SOSA 3143.03: Health, Illness and the World
    •     SOSA 3149.03: Childhood/Cross-Cultural Perspectives
    •     SOSA 3165.03: Peoples and Cultures of the World: Selected Area Studies
    •     SOSA 3168.03: Issues/Latin American Society
    •     SOSA 3169.03: Southern Africa: Comparative Societies and Institutions
    •     SOSA 3185.03: Issues in the Study of Native Peoples of North America
    •     SOSA 3190.03: Social Movements
    •     *SOSA 3206.03: Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Race
    •     *SOSA 3211.03: Continuity and Change in Rural Societies
    •     SOSA 3214.03: The Anthropology of Globalization
    •     SOSA 3215.03: Migration and Identity
    •     SOSA 3225.03: Culture, Rights & Power
    •     SOSA 3228.03: Belief Systems: Symbols, Myth and Meaning
    •     *SOSA 3231.03: Psychological Anthropology
    •     SOSA 3310.03: Indian Society: Change and Continuity
    •     SOSA 4003.03: Contemporary Perspectives in Ethnography
    •     SOSA 4004.03: Issues in Work, Industry and Development
    •     SOSA 4005.03: Issues in Social Injustice and Social Inequality
    •     SOSA 4210.03: Tourism and Development

    13. Theatre         
    •     THEA 4932.03: Cross-Cultural Theatres

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