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Special Topics Spring Courses

South-Asian Development Issues

IDS 2186-001

The forces of globalization and political economy shape the development process in the world, which has become unique and special in South Asia due to enormous climate change in the Himalayas. This course will explore the processes, policies, and practices of development in South Asia with particular emphasis on India and Nepal. It provides an overview of the social, economic, cultural, political, historical, geographical, and ecological contexts for comparative analyses of various development interventions made in the Himalayan region. In the process of examining the theoretical frameworks and empirical insights, the course focuses on the problems and debates over the issues of economic liberalization, democracy and human rights, economic growth and social inequality, poverty, food security and agrarian change, ethnic diversity and social movement, migration and remittances, and climate change, development, and sustainability.

*This course can be used towards the 'regional course' requirement for the Honours IDS major



Practitioner Perspectives on Forced Migration: Roots, Causes, and Intersectionality

CRS 2281-001 / HR 2650-001

This courses analyzes the complicated relationships between identity and forced migration, in terms of both the causes of forced migration, and how refugees are perceived and treated in Canada. The course will analyze a variety of government responses, such as removal, prosecution, rejection, protection, or integration, as well as community responses, including advocacy efforts. This Special Topics course is offered in conjunction with the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies conference, May 11–14, and conference participation will be a portion of the course.

*Instructors: Loly Rico and Francisco Rico-Martinez

Practicing Land-Based Reconciliation: Shoal Lake and Winnipeg

CRS 2281-002

This course will be grounded in a local-level analysis of the historical and social conditions imposed upon Shoal Lake 40 (SL40) through years of colonial practices. Drawing on historical documentation as well as the emergent literature on reconciliatory theory and practice, students will be challenged to explore ways through which injustices may be transformed into decolonizing relationships. This course will culminate with a 10-day field school at Shoal Lake in which storytelling and land-based experiental education, including a canoeing course, will serve as a basis for putting reconciliation into practice. The course will meet on campus Mondays and Wednesday, May 2–30, and June 13–27. The field course will run May 31–June 10. Students must receive permission of instructor to register.

•Additional fees may apply

View the Spring 2016 Timetables listing all Conflict Resolution Studies and International Development Studies courses