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FINAL DEST 201(F2016) COURSE OUTLINE .doc - DEST 201...

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DEST 201 – LECTURE 01 FALL 2016 DEVELOPMENT STUDIES (DEST)201 - L 01 - FALL 2016 INTRODUCTION TO DEVELOPMENT STUDIES LECTURES: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 11:00 - 12:15, KNB 126 Instructor: Dr. Apentiik Office Location: ES 844 Phone Number: 403-220-4857 E-Mail: [email protected] Office Hours: Wednesday 1:00-2:00 or by appointment Web Page: http://ucalgary.ca/rapentii/ Teaching Assistant: TBA Office Location: TBA E-Mail: TBA Office Hours: TBA ADDITIONAL INFORMATION : Use of Email Due to a high volume of daily e-mail messages, students are advised to meet me during office hours or make an appointment in the case of an issue that requires urgent attention. Please note that e-mail messages can be sent to the wrong address, accidentally deleted, buried or disappear into cyberspace. All questions and requests should therefore be made in person, especially if they concern extensions and other serious or urgent matters. I normally reply within 72 hours during regular business hours. Questions of general interest can and will be addressed in class. Students are advised to use their ucalgary accounts in all communication on issues related to this course, including with peers, and me. COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is designed to provide students with a strong foundation and understanding of the major theoretical and methodological debates and approaches that have informed global development thinking, policy and practice over the past sixty years. The emphasis will be to examine the historical context in which different theoretical approaches to development have emerged and their current practical implications for both the “developed” and “developing” countries. Drawing from national and international case studies, the course will examine the meanings of the term “development” and the historical processes behind the emergence of major global complex issues such as poverty, inequality, and injustice. Students will have the unique opportunity to critically reflect and analyze how certain parts of the world came to be classified as “underdeveloped” and in need of “development” solutions. Students are strongly urged to use this opportunity to ‘think outside the box’, open their minds to the possibility that no single theoretical position has all the answers and consider new ways of conceptualizing and addressing developmental problems around the world. OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE The objectives of this course are to provide students with the tools and theoretical framework for understanding, critically analyzing and assessing various concepts and practical issues and debates relating to development, in both international and local contexts from an interdisciplinary perspective.
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