International Development Studies Program

International Development Studies (IDST)

Program Website: https://smu.ca/academics/departments/international-development-studies.html

Program Email: ids@smu.ca

Graduate courses are available to students registered in the Master’s degree program. Other students must have approval of the IDS Undergraduate Coordinator. For information on graduate programs see the Graduate Academic Calendar.

International Development Studies is an interdisciplinary degree program which uses the concepts and research of many university disciplines to explain the startling and disturbing differences in human living conditions among the world’s social groups, especially those found in what is commonly called the developing world.

Using the techniques and theories of social sciences and humanities disciplines, International Development Studies conducts research, assesses explanations, and engages in real world practices which seek to further our understanding and betterment of human living conditions in all countries throughout the world, but especially countries in the so-called developing world. International Development Studies has a strong orientation towards empirical research, fieldwork, and other forms of primary data acquisition and practice. However, there is also an important emphasis on creating useful understandings and explanations which help us make sense of the current human condition around the globe.

A degree in international development studies may be combined with a degree in another discipline recognized by the International Development Studies Program. Joint majors, and minors, may be arranged through consultation with the University department involved and the Coordinator of International Development Studies Program, or his or her designate.

Students interested in IDS, including students contemplating IDS as a possible major, are encouraged to speak with the IDS Undergraduate Coordinator or a Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Advisor.

The International Development Studies Program strongly recommends that students in IDS gain competency in a second language relevant to their studies. Students are especially referred to the Certificates offered by the Department of Modern Languages. For example, students wishing to focus on the Latin America region should note that a number of courses leading towards the Certificate of Spanish Language and Hispanic Culture may also be counted towards IDST program.

In addition to the general and basic requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree set out by the Faculty of Arts, students taking a degree within the International Development Studies Program must fulfill the following requirements:

The Major Program
Students should fulfill the BA Breadth Requirements outlined on p. 42. As part of the breadth requirements, IDS students should also take at least one of the following ANTH 1202, ECON 1201, ECON 1202, POLI 1201, POLI 1220, SOCI 1210, or SJCS 1211.

The equivalent of forty-eight (48) credit hours approved for the Program, as follows:

Group A: A total of 30 IDS credits hours:

Group B: A total of 18 approved IDS-related electives:

  • ECON 1202 Principles of Economics: Macro
  • POLI 3314 Politics of Developing Areas
  • 6 credit hours of IDS approved courses in SOCI/ANTH/HIST
  • 6 additional credit hours of approved IDS-related elective courses

The Minor Program
The equivalent of twenty-four (24) credit hours approved for the program as follows:

Group A: 12 IDS credit hours:

  • IDST 2301 Introduction to IDS: Perspectives
  • IDST 2302 Introduction to IDS: Policies and Practice
  • 6 IDS credit hours of electives at the 2000 level or above

Group B: 12 IDS credit hours in related electives such as:

  • ECON 1202 Principles of Economics: Macro
  • POLI 3314 Politics of Developing Areas
  • 3 credit hours of IDS approved SOCI/ANTH/HIST electives at the 2000 level or above
  • One other approved IDS elective at the 2000 level or above


The Concentration Program

A concentration in International Development Studies in partial fulfillment of the B.A. Degree, is the same as the requirements for the IDS Minor Program.

The Honours Program

a. To obtain an honours degree in International Development Studies, a student must first be admitted to the honours program and must then complete all requirements pertinent to the IDS honours program.

Students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate student advisor to arrange a course schedule adequate to the demands of completing the required honours thesis. More specifically:

(i) To be admitted to the program, a student must satisfy pertinent Faculty of Arts requirements for entry into an honours program, must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, and must have secured a supervisor. The Undergraduate Coordinator can help facilitate the matching of a student with a potential supervisor;

(ii) To graduate from the program, a student must satisfy the pertinent Faculty of Arts requirements, and must complete the equivalent of sixty-six (66) credit hours in the IDS honours program as outlined in (b) below; and

(iii) To graduate from the program, a student must also receive a minimum grade of B+ (3.30) in IDST 4500 (the Honours Seminar). Students should note that the Honours Seminar is a full year course; September entry only.

b. For the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in International Development Studies, all students must complete no fewer than sixty-six (66) credit hours, as follows:

Group A: 42 IDS credit hours as follows:

  • IDST 2301 Introduction to IDS: Perspectives
  • IDST 2302 Introduction to IDS: Policies and Practice
  • IDST 3401 Seminar in IDS: Conceptual Foundations
  • IDST 3402 Seminar in IDS: Contemporary Issues
  • IDST 3424 Research Methodology
  • IDST 4500 Honours Seminar in IDS
  • 6 IDS credit hours at the 4000 level
  • 9 IDS credit hours at the 2000 level or above
  • 3 IDS credit hours in area course at the 4000 level
  • 3 IDS credit hours in Honours Thesis Research

Group B: 23 credit hours in approved IDS-related electives such as:

  • ECON 1201 Principles of Economics: Micro
  • ECON 1202 Principles of Economics: Macro
  • POLI 3314 Politics of Developing Areas
  • 6 credit hours in approved IDS-related courses in SOCI/ANTH/HIST
  • 9 credit hours of approved IDS-related electives

Students must consult with a Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Advisor or the IDS Undergraduate Coordinator regarding approval for courses not in the list of approved courses appearing below;

A typical schedule of courses for an IDS Major would be:

Year 1

  • ENGL 1205 Introduction to Literature
  • Six (6) credit hours from one or two of the following: PHIL 1200 (no other philosophy course satisfies this requirement); Mathematics [including MGSC 1205; MGSC 1206; and CISY 1225]
  • Nine (9) credit hours from at least two of the following Humanities: Classics, History, Religious Studies, English [other than ENGL 1205], Philosophy (other than PHIL 1200), and Modern Languages courses on literature and culture
  • Twelve (12) credit hours from first year courses in the following social sciences: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Linguistics, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology, with a maximum of six (6) credits in any one area. At least one should be from ANTH 1202, ECON 1201, ECON 1202, POLI 1201, POLI 1220, SJCS 1211.

Year 2 

  • IDST 2301 Introduction to International Development Studies: Perspectives
  • IDST 2302 Introduction to International Development Studies: Policies and Practice
  • ECON 1202 Principles of Economics: Macro
  • 3 credit hours in IDS or IDS approved courses at the 2000-level or above
  • 9 credit hours in Arts at the 2000 level or above
  • 9 credit hours of electives

Year 3

  • IDST 3401 Seminar in Development Studies: Conceptual Foundations
  • IDST 3402 Seminar in Development Studies: Contemporary Issues
  • IDST 3424 Research Methodology
  • 6 credit hours IDS approved ANTH, SOCI or HIST courses at the 2000 level or above
  • POLI 3314 Politics of Developing Areas
  • 9 credit hours in Arts at the 2000 level or above
  • 3 credit hours of electives

Year 4

  • 6 credit hours in IDS approved electives at the 2000 level or above
  • 6 credit hours in IDS or IDS approved electives at the 4000 level
  • 9 credit hours in Arts at the 2000 level or above
  • 6 credit hours of IDS electives at the 4000 level
  • 3 credit hours of IDS “area course” electives at the 4000 level 

IDS Courses

IDS offers each year its own electives, which appear in the timetable (IDST). IDS majors, minors and honours students should consider these courses first.

IDST 2301 Introduction to Development Studies: Perspectives
IDST 2302 Introduction to Development Studies: Policies and Practice
IDST 2401 Fair Trade and Free Trade
IDST 2460 Development Practice (2nd year) *
IDST 3401 Seminar in Development Studies: Conceptual Foundations
IDST 3402 Seminar in Development Studies: Contemporary Issues
IDST 3424 Research Methodology
IDST 3460 Development Practice (3rd year) *
IDST 4460 Development Practice (4th year) *
IDST 4462 Sub-Saharan Africa: Contemporary Development Issues
IDST 4463 Latin American: Contemporary Development Issues
IDST 4465 Labour and Development
IDST 4466 Urbanization and Development
IDST 4470 Environment and Development
IDST 4500 Honours Seminar II
*Contact the IDS Coordinator to register for the Development Practice course.

Approved Elective IDS-Related Courses

The courses below form a partial list of IDS approved courses for majors, minors and honours students in IDS.
Other courses may be eligible for IDS credit – please consult the IDS Undergraduate Coordinator. Please note that not all courses below are offered every year, and some courses may have prerequisites.


Anthropology
ANTH 2301 Anthropology of Childhood
ANTH 2311 Ethnology: Melanesia
ANTH 2326 Contemporary East Asia
ANTH 2392 Linguistic Anthropology
ANTH 2401 Anthropology of Work
ANTH 3201 The Anthropology of Food

Asian Studies
ASNT 3300 Multidisciplinary Study of Asia
ASNT 4400 Seminar in Asian Studies

Economics
ECON 3310 Development Economics
ECON 3315 Comparative Economic Systems
ECON 3340 Human Resource Economics
ECON 3341 Labour Economics
ECON 3363 Environmental Economics
ECON 4410 Issues in Economic Development

Education
EDUC 4473 Comparative International Perspectives on Innovations in Education: Reforms
EDUC 4474 Comparative International Perspectives on Innovations in Education: Alternatives
EDUC 4476 Education and Development I
EDUC 4477 Education and Development II
EDUC 4518 Introduction to International Comparative Education: Perspectives
EDUC 4528 Introduction to International Comparative Education: Policies

Entrepreneurship
ENTR 2494 Creative Destruction and Innovation: Theories and Concepts

Geography and Environmental Studies
GEOG 3350 Sub-Saharan Africa
GEOG 3321 Economic Globalization
GEOG 3351 Demography and Migration
GEOG 3380 Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation
GEOG 4100 International Field Course

History
HIST 2250 Soccer: A History of Brazil
HIST 2440 Revolutions in Latin America
HIST 3480 Afro-Brazilian History
HIST 4530 Forced and Free Migration in Latin America

Political Science
POLI 1230 Law and Politics
POLI 1250 Politics and Globalization
POLI 1260 Politics and Development: People, Ideas and Goods
POLI 2383 International Relations I: Actors, Structures, Processes
POLI 3314 Politics of Developing Areas
POLI 3321 International Organization
POLI 3322 Global Political Economy
POLI 4402 Model United Nations
POLI 4493 Global Social Movements

Religious Studies
RELS 2326 South Asian Religious Traditions
RELS 2347 Ecology and Religion
RELS 3010 Vietnamese Religious Traditions
RELS 3220 African Diaspora Religions
RELS 3312 Liberation Theology
RELS 3373 Islam in South Asia
RELS 3353 Aboriginal Peoples, Religion and Justice
RELS 4150 Religion and Globalization

Sociology
SOCI 1210 Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 3423 Sociology of Ethnic Conflict
SOCI 3431 Women, Migration and Identity
SOCI 4210 Forced Migration and Refugees
SOCI 4382 Gender and International Migration
SOCI 4422 Women, Gender and Development
SOCI 4620 Immigration Law and Policy Practicum

Spanish
SPAN 3314 Development and Dystopias in Latin America
SPAN 4400 Postraumatic Literature in Latin America