Zachary Seguin

INDEV Courses

INDEV 10 – International Development Seminar

INDEV 10 is a non-credit, no-fee seminar series on current topics in International Development. Each session may feature a guest speaker or a field placement information session. Except where otherwise noted INDEV 10 seminars are open to all INDEV students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Participation is not mandatory but encouraged.

INDEV 100 – Introduction to International Development

Students obtain an overview of the multi-dimensional and transdisciplinary nature of development. Themes include theories and strategies of development; history of development; relevance of context (culture, economics, and politics); the impact of law and international regulatory bodies; environmental influences; urbanization; the factors of health, literacy and violence; development agencies. Reference is made to particular development problems in specific developing countries.

INDEV 101 – Issues in International Development

This course examines key issues in international development. International Development involves the search for sustainable and equitable solutions to poverty primarily but not only in the Global South. The causes and consequences of poverty are many and varied: environmental degradation; insufficient food production; inequitable access to land and related resources; poor governance; civil war and other types of conflict. The impacts of poverty manifest differently depending on culture, technology, geo-political factors and globalization.

INDEV 200 – The Political Economy of Development

This course develops students' understanding of how the complex interplay of international economic and political economy factors influence development initiatives and outcomes. The relation of trade, aid, and international institutions (WTO, IMF, World Bank) on development activity is examined using case studies. Different economic views will be examined.

INDEV 202 – Accounting for Development Organizations

Students will obtain a fundamental understanding of financial and management concepts, and an appreciation of the measurement issues and monetary impact of business decisions on communities, society and the environment. Topics include financial statement reporting and analysis, cost analysis, triple bottom-line reporting, corporate social responsibility including the Global Sullivan Principles, and green accounting.

INDEV 212 – Problem-solving for Development

Students will obtain an understanding of the fundamental features of creative thinking, decision-making and problem-solving from both a descriptive and a normative point of view. Techniques for analyzing problem-solving and decision-making by individuals and groups with particular attention to the impact of cultural difference among individuals and within teams. Techniques for improving problem-solving and decision-making in a community development context will be considered. Effective negotiation in different cultural contexts will be studied.

INDEV 262 – Introduction to Global Emerging Cities

This course focuses on the dynamics of growth and change in global emerging cities, with a focus on the urban transition underway in cities, with emphasis on Asia and Africa. Current urban challenges (e.g. social inequality, uneven development, climate change) are discussed, as well as opportunities for innovative planning and sustainable urban development.

INDEV 275 – Special Topics in International Development

This course allows for additions to the program on a short-term basis, and for the development of future permanent courses.

INDEV 300 – Culture and Ethics

This course surveys a variety of competing ethical positions that have been, and continue to be, adopted by different cultures around the world. Can two competing ethical viewpoints both be right? If not, then what grounds should we adopt to decide between them, and under what circumstances? How can we negotiate the difficulties that such differences pose for our practical judgment and moral theorizing? Students will engage these questions by reading texts in philosophical ethics and meta-ethics, and by applying what they have learned in case studies of ethical differences among cultures.

INDEV 302 – Development Agents

This course examines the nature, variety and inter-relationships of and among organizations, institutions, agencies and individuals involved in contemporary development activity. The many and various legal, political and financial factors that affect the organization and operation of development agents are studied with respect to implications for business model, management skills, governance oversight and public policy.

INDEV 303 – Marketing and Communication for Development Agents

This course teaches the principles of marketing relevant to development organizations. Fundamentals include dealing with the media, raising funds, reporting to investors/funding agencies, and crisis management.

INDEV 304 – Language Conversation for Development Field Work

This is a special intensive language course designed to develop a working verbal fluency in the language of the student's field assignment.

INDEV 308 – Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship

This course uses the case study method to examine the challenges of starting, funding and operating an early-stage social change venture in a developing country. The focus is on ventures that address urbanization and poverty. Students explore the complexities of managing and sustaining growth, the role of governing boards, and the role of private sector partnerships and resources. Innovative public/private partnerships are examined. The challenges and opportunities associated with engaging diverse partners with differing agendas are considered from the perspective of the entrepreneur, investor/donor, local community leaders and legal counsel.

INDEV 375 – Special Topics in International Development

This course allows for additions to the program on a short-term basis, and for the development of future permanent courses.

INDEV 387 – Global Cities in Global Development

More than half of the world's population resides in urban areas, with the bulk of this growth taking place in the mega-cities of the global South. Many cities in the world are now truly 'global' in their reach and orientation: New York, Shanghai, Mexico City, Johannesburg. Thus, urbanization presents key developmental challenges that face the world's urban population, and highlights the search for sustainable solutions in select cities.

INDEV 388 – Key Issues in Urban Development

This course focuses on key developmental issues facing Third World cities such as housing, water supply and sanitation, energy, food security, migration and demographic change, and so on. The course also explores the links between North and South as well as comparative local issues facing new immigrants to Canada.

INDEV 401 – International Development Placement 1

INDEV 401 and 402 comprise an 8 month internship abroad with a development project, organization or institute. INDEV 402 immediately follows INDEV 401. Students are expected to fulfil work duties, language milestones and academic assignments. The culmination of both courses is a professional service report based on projects and the wider work undertaken by the student and their organization during their placement.

INDEV 402 – International Development Placement 2

INDEV 401 and 402 comprise an 8 month internship abroad with a development project, organization or institute. INDEV 402 immediately follows INDEV 401. Students are expected to fulfil work duties, language milestones and academic assignments. The culmination of both courses is a professional service report based on projects and the wider work undertaken by the student and their organization during their placement.

INDEV 403 – Advanced Marketing and Communication for Development Agents

This course allows students to put into practice the principles of marketing relevant to development organizations. Students will engage in fund raising activities relevant to their field placements.

INDEV 404 – International Development Theory

This course emphasizes both theoretical and conceptual frameworks, techniques, practices and methods for analysis of development, focusing in particular on the historical and spatial trajectory of international development through an examination of seminal texts.

INDEV 474 – Special Topics in International Development

From time to time, courses of special topics may be offered at the fourth-year level, for program enrichment.

INDEV 475 – Contemporary Development Issues

This course considers contemporary development issues and strategies, including environment, conflict/post-conflict and transition countries, gender, globalization, human rights, culture and religion, and current thinking, many of which are addressed by perspectives from academia, the NGO sector and development agencies.

INDEV 476 – Contemporary Issues in Development Practice

This course focuses on contemporary development issues - environment, gender, migration, climate change, democracy, to name several. It also highlights the ways and means for students to respond to one or more of these issues, particularly as they relate to their field placements.

INDEV 490A – Honours Thesis: Project Preparation

The Honours Thesis/Project provides students with an opportunity to pursue a specific research topic or applied project of their choosing relating to the study of International Development. The paper will be prepared over two semesters. 490A involves the guided preparation of a research/project proposal.

INDEV 490B – Honours Thesis: Project Completion

The Honours Thesis/Project provides students with an opportunity to pursue a specific research topic or applied project of their choosing relating to the study of International Development. The paper will be prepared over two semesters. 490B involves the formal completion of the thesis/project.

INDEV 601 – Foundations of Sustainable Development Practice

This is an e-course delivered through the Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, for all members of the Master of Development Practice international network. It is a multidisciplinary, survey course in which students explore the connection between energy, health and poverty and the implications for sustainable development, the role of science, technology and policy, and the 'energy ladder.' Students will learn about the barriers to sustainable development and discuss cost-effective, culturally appropriate solutions.

INDEV 602 – International Development: Theories and Practice

This course emphasizes both theoretical and conceptual frameworks, techniques, practices and methods for analysis of development, focusing in particular on the development - environment interface and questions of sustainability.

INDEV 603 – Global Health

This course explores aspects of the distribution, diffusion, determinants and delivery of health and health care in a global context. Building on foundational skills (i.e. basic understandings of epidemiology; the social determinants of health) the course will review a range of case studies (e.g. infectious disease; water; access to care; global environmental change) from a variety of regions around the world. Students will gain an appreciation for the complexity of the issues, as well as science-policy bridging.

INDEV 604 – Sustainable Cities

This course surveys the dominant trends in human settlement since the industrial revolution. Emphasis is placed on selected problems (e.g., provision of basic services such as water supply and sanitation, waste disposal, expanding ecological footprints) faced by cities of various sizes (from mid-sized to mega), the resources available to deal with them, and the new approached to sustainability.

INDEV 605 – Economics for Sustainable Development

This course introduces students to the history, theories and practices of development economics. Select issues such as trade, (Public and private) capital flows, transnational corporations, technological change and innovation, agricultural and industrial policy and production, poverty and reduction, structural adjustment, etc. are treated, as are recent developments in globalization and global economic governance.

INDEV 606 – Energy Sustainability

Renewable and non-renewable energy supply systems are compared using economic and environmental measures. Consumption trends, conservation options and choices are considered at the household, community and global scales. Projects are used to demonstrate the economic and environmental challenges in the design of sustainable energy systems. *eligible for MES.

INDEV 607 – Methods for Sustainable Development Practice: A Systems Approach

The course is aimed at enhancing skills useful for development practice. From a systems perspective, students will learn to conceptualize problems using real cases and to analyze them both at the level of structure and dynamics. Problem solving will rely on analytical, heuristic and normative categories and will include learning select methods focusing on sustainability coupled with socio-ecological systems.

INDEV 608 – Water and Security

The course will provide students with comprehensive background knowledge relevant to the increasingly important policy challenge of 'water security'. The course will explore how the multiple levels of water security - human, community, state, international, global - require broad but considered policy inputs. Emphasis will be placed on the interdependencies of difference sectors (climate security, food security, energy security) that interact within a 'web' of water security.

INDEV 609 – Sustainability Concepts, Applications and Key Debates

The course introduces the students to a spectrum of sustainability concepts, approaches, and key debates, setting the stage for practical engagement with development. The emphasis is on gaining clarity on the notion of sustainability and global environment change since its translation into practice will often imply confronting a number of decisions to be taken. A number of concepts, debates and proposals for the planet¿s sustainable future will be presented, evaluated and discussed on the basis of empirical findings and case studies.

INDEV 611 – Field Placement

The student spends 4 months in the field, working with a local community partner on a particular development challenge. Ideally, placement will be tailored to the student's specialization, while also providing a setting in which integrative planning and management is required.

INDEV 612 – Introduction to Water Resources

This course presents a broad survey of water resources processes and issues. How much water does the world need to support growing human populations? What factors influence water quality, droughts, floods, and waterborne diseases? What are the potential effects of climate change on the world's water resources? This course presents a thorough introduction to the complex world of water resources. The fundamentals of the science of water, aquatic ecology, geomorphology and hydrology, chemistry, and biology of lakes, rivers, and wetlands are covered. Major disease issues, worldwide water quality and quantity problems, and potential solutions are examined.

INDEV 613 – Water, Human Security and Development

Whereas "water is life" is a frequently invoked truism, the fact that 1.1 billion people lack access to a safe supply of drinking water and 2.4 billion lack access to adequate sanitation suggests that the wrong kind of water may also bring both misery and death. This course surveys the role of water in human security and development. It locates water use in history and articulates the links between water and human security through a mix of cases and issues from around the world.

INDEV 614 – Integrated Water Resources Management

The purpose of this course is to investigate the major issues involved in water and related (e.g. land) resource management in both local (case study) and global (global governance) contexts. Students will develop an integrated approach to the analysis and management of water resources, appreciate the relevance of an integrated approach through a consideration of selected resource management issues and problems, and apply an integrated approach to the analysis of specific water resource problems.

INDEV 615 – Transboundary Water Governance

There are approximately 265 river basins shared between and among states. More than 40 percent of the world's population resides in a transboundary river basin. While many speculate that wars of the future will be about water, many other suggest that water forms the basis for long-term inter-state cooperation. This course describes and interrogates the adequacy of existing bilateral, regional and global laws, institutions and policies designed to organize the governance and management of transboundary waters in the world today.

INDEV 616 – Urban Food Security

This course focuses on the pressing issue of providing sustainable food sources for the world's fast growing urban population. Drawing on research from around the world, and with a particular focus on the world's largest cities, and their poorest residents, this seminar explores the ways and means of achieving sustainable urban food security.