Our program builds upon two core courses that provide the foundations of research within development studies.
All MA students take DEVS 801 Political Economy of Development (fall term, instructor D. McDonald) and DEVS 802 Cultural Politics of Development (winter term, instructor R. Day). These reflect the basic areas of expertise within the Department and provide students with two key pillars for understanding the field of development studies.
MA students also take DEVS 850 Professional Seminar in Global Development Studies, which provides a useful forum to meet as a group to discuss how best to move through the program. Meeting once a month across both fall and winter terms, the course provides a discussion forum addressing key themes concerning research, ethics, and debates within the discipline.
In 2015-2016, the Department offers two additional elective MA-level course: DEVS 821 Qualitative Research Methods and Field Work (winter term, instructor V. Jefremovas), which provides a comprehensive guide for students on how to plan and conduct research in the field and DEVS 865, Indigenous & Settler Affect: Unsettling~Writing~Feeling (winter term, D. Robinson).
MA students may also enrol in up to three DEVS 862 courses, which are mixed senior undergraduate/MA-level seminars. 2015-2016 topics including global health, climate change, debt and development, food security, rural development, and privatization.
MA students can also select from a wide range of courses offered in cognate (related) departments (e.g., History, Politics, Sociology, Geography, Gender Studies, and Environmental Studies) and may take up to two courses offered outside of DEVS.
Students may request the option to take a Reading Course(DEVS 890). This course enables a student or a group of students to explore a body of literature on a selected topic in development. The focus may be by theme, by region or by academic approach and can span the humanities, social sciences and environmental sciences. The student or students are responsible for approaching a faculty member with whom they wish to work and who is willing to undertake this project. The reading list, course schedule and course assignments will be agreed upon by the student/students and professor, but there is an expectation that a minimum of one substantive written assignment will be required.
Course-based stream students will take six half-credit graduate courses in their first two semesters, choosing the three mandatory core courses (DEVS 801, DEVS 802 and DEVS 850) and three other courses that provide in-depth disciplinary material related to their project topic.
MA students considering applying to convert to the thesis-based stream should consult with the graduate coordinator and their supervisor on designing their coursework program. Students in the thesis stream will take four half-credit graduate courses including DEVS 801 and DEVS 802. DEVS 850 may not be included as one of the four courses.