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Development Policy and Power

Development Policy and Power: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​Lead Faculty

University of Toronto Scarborough

Participating Degree Programs

Anthropology—MA, MSc
Environmental Science—MEnvSc
Geography—MA
Political Science—MA
Public Health Sciences—MPH
Sociology—MA
Social Justice Education—MA, MEd

Supporting Unit

Centre for Critical Development Studies

Overview

The Collaborative Specialization in Development Policy and Power is designed to provide master's students with a critical and historicized understanding of the nature of some of the main policy debates within the field of development. The understandings include the changing evolution of power dynamics within particular development policy domains over time at the global, national, and local levels of analysis, the role of the power struggles over development policy making and implementation that ensue from these power dynamics, and the ways in which these power struggles pose severe challenges to the institutionalization of policy domains that are equitable and rights oriented.

Students will be immersed in thematic discussions around development policy fields such as: trade and financialization; agriculture and land struggles; environmental protection; health inequity; displacement, immigration, and citizenship; aid, taxation, and (illicit) financial flows; race, indigenous, and gender struggles; political economy of knowledge production, governance, and the exercise of state power; resistance and popular mobilization; and neoliberal globalization and corporate power writ large.

The graduate programs listed above participate in the Collaborative Specialization in Development Policy and Power at the University of Toronto. The collaborating graduate units contribute courses and provide facilities and supervision for master's-level research.

Upon successful completion of the master's degree requirements of the participating home graduate unit and the collaborative specialization, students receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Development Policy and Power” on their transcript and parchment.

Contact and Address

Web: www.utsc.utoronto.ca/ccds
Email: ccds-cs-ma@utsc.utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 208-2898
Fax: (416) 287-7283

Collaborative Specialization in Development Policy and Power
Centre for Critical Development Studies
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4
Canada

Development Policy and Power: Master's Level

Admission Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Meet the admission requirements of both the home graduate unit and the collaborative specialization.

  • Be enrolled in, or applying to, a participating master's degree program.

  • Submit a copy of the CV and reference letters submitted at the time of applying to their home graduate unit.

  • Submit a one-page essay describing why and how their interests coincide with the Collaborative Specialization in Development Policy and Power.

Optional Preparation

  • The Centre for Critical Development Studies will provide students interested in the collaborative specialization with a list of key background readings. Students with no critical development studies exposure through their undergraduate studies, a placement or internship, or relevant work experience are strongly encouraged to review all the material identified in the list. Students with a critical development background are encouraged to review the texts they have not been exposed to.

 

Specialization Requirements

Anthropology; Geography; Political Science (Political Economy of International Development and Political Science Fields); Public Health (Health Promotion Field); Social Justice Education (MA; MEd Option II, III); Sociology (Research Paper Option)

  • Students must meet all the respective degree requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and the participating graduate unit.

  • Students must meet the requirements of the collaborative specialization as follows:

    • IDS 1000H (0.5 full-course equivalent [FCE]): a core course meeting every other week throughout the academic year involving a mix of classes covering a substantive theme.

    • Participate regularly and actively in the Development Policy and Power Seminar Series SRM 3333H.

    • The major research paper, thesis, or practicum placement in the participating degree program will be on a topic in critical development studies, approved by the collaborative specialization committee.

  • ​Collaborative specialization courses may be taken as electives for the purpose of satisfying home program requirements.

 

Specialization Requirements

Social Justice Education (MEd Option IV)

  • Students must meet all the respective degree requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and the participating graduate unit.

  • Students must meet the requirements of the collaborative specialization as follows:

    • IDS 1000H (0.5 full-course equivalent [FCE]): a core course meeting every other week throughout the academic year involving a mix of classes covering a substantive theme.

    • Participate regularly and actively in the Development Policy and Power Seminar Series SRM 3333H.

    • 1.0 elective FCE related to development policy and power.

  • Collaborative specialization courses may be taken as electives for the purpose of satisfying home program requirements.

 

Specialization Requirements

Sociology (Coursework-Only Option)

  • Students must meet all the respective degree requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and the participating graduate unit.

  • Students must meet the requirements of the collaborative specialization as follows:

    • IDS 1000H (0.5 full-course equivalent [FCE]): a core course meeting every other week throughout the academic year involving a mix of classes covering a substantive theme.

    • Participate regularly and actively in the Development Policy and Power Seminar Series SRM 3333H.

    • 0.5 elective FCE related to development policy and power.

  • Collaborative specialization courses may be taken as electives for the purpose of satisfying home program requirements.

 

Specialization Requirements

MEnvSc (Research Paper Option)

  • Students must meet all the respective degree requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and the participating graduate unit.

  • Students must meet the requirements of the collaborative specialization as follows:

    • IDS 1000H (0.5 full-course equivalent [FCE]): a core course meeting every other week throughout the academic year involving a mix of classes covering a substantive theme. This course must be taken in addition to the 5.5 FCEs required for the MEnvSc program.

    • Participate regularly and actively in the Development Policy and Power Seminar Series SRM 3333H.

    • The major research paper in the participating degree program will be on a topic in critical development studies, approved by the collaborative specialization committee.

  • Collaborative specialization courses may be taken as electives for the purpose of satisfying home program requirements.

 

Specialization Requirements

MEnvSc (Internship Option)

  • Students must meet all the respective degree requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and the participating graduate unit.

  • Students must meet the requirements of the collaborative specialization as follows:

    • IDS 1000H (0.5 full-course equivalent [FCE]): a core course meeting every other week throughout the academic year involving a mix of classes covering a substantive theme. This course must be taken in addition to the 5.5 FCEs required for the MEnvSc program.

    • Participate regularly and actively in the Development Policy and Power Seminar Series SRM 3333H.

    • 1.5 elective FCEs from the following: EES 1122H, EES 1134H, EES 1135H, EES 3002H.

  • Collaborative specialization courses may be taken as electives for the purpose of satisfying home program requirements.

Development Policy and Power: Courses

Core Courses

​IDS 1000H
​Development Policy and Power
​SRM 3333H
Master's Seminar Series

Elective Courses by Graduate Unit

These courses may have prerequisites and enrolment limits and may not be offered every year. Students may take courses not listed here with approval of the collaboration specialization director.

Anthropology

​ANT 6019H
Anthropology of Neoliberalism
​ANT 7002H
Medical Anthropology II

Comparative, International and Development Education

CIE 1001H
Introduction to Comparative, International, and Development Education
​CIE 1006H
Transnational Perspectives on Democracy, Human Rights, and Democratic Education in an Era of Globalization

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

CTL 1060H
Education and Social Development

Geography and Planning

GGR 1807H
Special Topics: Geographies of Postcoloniality and Development, Exploring the 'Infrastructure Turn'
JPG 1426H
Natural Resources, Differences, and Conflict
JPG 1429H
Political Ecology of Food and Agriculture
JPG 1502H
Global Urbanism and Cities of the Global South
JPG 1520H
Contested Geographies of Class Formation
​JPG 1706H
Violence and Security

Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

LHA 1104H
Social Action Education: Community Development, Social Services, and Social Movements

Physical and Environmental Sciences

EES 1122H
Global Environmental Security and Sustainable Development
EES 1134H
Climate Change Policy
EES 1135H
Environmental Change and Human Health
EES 3002H
Conservation Policy

Political Science

POL 2205H
Topics in International Politics I
POL 2212H
Human Rights Politics and International Relations
POL 2226H
Ethics and International Relations
POL 2322H
Topics in Comparative Politics II
POL 2345H
Politics of Growth in Developing Countries
POL 2351H
Contentious Politics
POL 2361H
Globalization and Indigenous Politics
POL 2391H
Topics in International Politics III
POL 2392H
Topics in International Politics IV
POL 2405H
Topics in Latin American Politics
POL 2418H
Topics in Middle East Politics
POL 2408H
Political Economy of International Development

Public Health Sciences

CHL 5113H
Migration and Health
CHL 5702H
History of International Health
CHL 8001H
Selected Topics in Public Health Issues

Social Justice Education

SJE 1909H
Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice 1
SJE 1954H
Marginality and the Politics of Resistance

Sociology

SOC 6008H
Network Analysis I
SOC 6009H
Ethnicity I
SOC 6101H
Sociological Theory II
SOC 6119H
Gender Relations II
SOC 6210H
Political Sociology III