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Development Studies

DVST 210 Introduction to Community Development (3) A

This course offers an introduction to community development theory and practice with a focus on real world experience and theory applications (both domestic and international), and the corresponding impact on local communities. Definitions, principles and approaches to community development will be discussed, with an emphasis on holistic transformation of individuals and communities from a Christian perspective. This course will also review best practices and relevant issues in the field of community development including poverty, employment, homelessness, literacy, health, environment, gender, and business development.

 

DVST 261 Global Business Practices (3) O

This course provides a survey of business practices in various regions around the world, comparing and contrasting social and cultural differences that impact business interactions and cross-cultural communication.

Prerequisite: Completion of 30 credits or permission of the department

Note: This course is cross-listed as BUS 261

 

DVST 299 Special Topics in Development Studies (3) O

Special studies in Development Studies, as announced.

Prerequisite: Permission of the department

 

DVST 301 Intermediate Domestic Community Development (3) B

This course provides a multi-disciplinary overview of domestic community development. It will address theories and strategies of domestic community development in a variety of domestic contexts, as well as the causes and consequences of poverty and lack of development in a Canadian context such as low-income employment; lack of community engagement; inequitable access to financial services and resources; poor health and education; and hopelessness, among others. In particular, issues such as not addressing poverty and its impact on local economies, collective impact strategies, as well as engaging with non-traditional partners such as businesses and social enterprises will also be explored. Opportunities will also be provided to interact and collaborate with local community development organizations.

Prerequisite: DVST 210

Note: This course is cross-listed as BUS 301

 

DVST 302 Intermediate International Community Development (3) B

This course provides a multi-disciplinary overview of international community development. It will address theories and strategies of community development using a variety of contexts in the developing world, as well as the causes and consequences of poverty such as: environmental degradation; insufficient food production; inequitable access to land and related resources; injustice; poor governance; civil war and other types of conflict.

Prerequisite: DVST 210

Note: This course is cross-listed as BUS 302

 

DVST 304 Development Studies Travel Study (3) A

This educational travel study offers cross-cultural, experience-based learning opportunities for students and development workers to see first-hand how international development impacts individuals and communities in various regions around the world. The focus of the course varies each year, covering aspects of community and economic development in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Prerequisite: Completion of 30 credits

 

DVST 305 Management of Non-Profit Organizations (3) B

This course is designed to provide current and future nonprofit managers and leaders with an overview of a range of nonprofit management concerns and practices. Course projects and discussions expand students’ management skills, analytical tools, and knowledge. Students take the perspectives of nonprofit managers, volunteers, board members, policy makers, donors, and clients. This course is built on the assumption that students learn more if they are actively engaged with the material. Exercises and discussions allow students to test knowledge, formulate ideas and strategies, respond to management dilemmas, and get immediate feedback from classmates and the instructor.

Prerequisite: Completion of 30 credits or permission of the department

Note: This course is cross-listed as BUS 305

 

DVST 306 Basic Skills and Practice for Working with Individuals who are Vulnerable and Homeless (3) B

This course will focus on basic skills and practice when working with individuals who are vulnerable and/or experiencing homelessness. It will explore the challenges faced by individuals who are vulnerable and homeless, such as lack of education and job skills, poor mental and physical health, and addictions. It will also address the importance of case management, its components, and effectiveness. The course is meant to prepare students interested in working with at-risk persons in this population to provide competent and client-centered help.

Prerequisite: PS 121 or SO 121

Note: This course is cross-listed as BUS 306

 

DVST 307 Sustainable Development Goals in Context (3) O

An exploration of the global Sustainable Development Goals and their historical development, their national application, and their integration into Albertan business, government, and civil society. The course will move from a broad theoretical understanding of a United Nations framework to an applied survey of how such goals and indicators can be applied to improve society through collaboration and innovation. Instruction will consist of lectures, experienced guest speakers and co-lecturers, reflective discussion, and case studies.

Prerequisite: BUS 100, DVST 210 or permission of the department

Note: This course is cross-listed as BUS 307

 

DVST 309 Community Development for Local Congregations (3) O

An introduction to how local congregations can apply the theory and practice of community development to engage their local community and be catalysts for change. Definitions, principles and practices of community development will be discussed, with special emphases on poverty reduction and holistic community transformation from a Christian perspective. Special emphasis will be on poverty and the role of congregations in local poverty reduction.

Prerequisite: BUS 100 or DVST 210 or permission of the department

 

DVST 323 Responsible and Impact Investing (3) O

This course develops an understanding of the rationale, principles and financial instruments for responsible and impact investment. Substantial parts of the course consider the regulatory enablers and barriers to both impact investing and responsible investing, the challenges involved in expanding these areas, analysis of alternative instruments, and the measurement of social return on investment.

Co-requisite: BUS 220

Note: This course is cross-listed as BUS 323

 

DVST 350 Poverty in Western Society (3) B

This course will provide an overview of the origins and understanding of poverty in western society from both a theoretical and theological standpoint. This will include a review of the sources of vulnerability that contribute to poverty and the psycho-social impacts of poverty on vulnerable populations and the broader society. Strategic approaches to poverty reduction will be explored along with the respective roles of the church, state and civil society in preventing, alleviating and reducing poverty.

Prerequisite: Completion of 60 credits or permission of the department

Note: This course is cross-listed as BHS 350

 

DVST 351 Corporate Social Responsibility and Shared Value Creation (3) B

Businesses are facing increasing stakeholder pressure to respond to societal expectations that businesses should operate in a more environmentally friendly and socially responsible manner. This course examines corporate social responsibility (CSR) and shared value creation (SVC) from multiple perspectives. It focuses both on identifying the tensions between business and societal goals, addressing the major social responsibilities of business in the context of globalization, and on creating value through CSR and SVC strategies. Through the use of case studies and guest lecturers from CSR/SVC industry leaders, students will be exposed to issues across various industries and countries and will be expected to develop solutions for responsible management practices.

Prerequisite: One of the following: BUS 100, BUS 305, DVST 305

Note: This course is cross-listed as BUS 351

 

DVST 360 Sociology of Development (3) B

This course provides a sociological analysis of development. Beginning with a critical review of competing theoretical perspectives and empirical evidence, the course examines the diverse trajectories of industrialization and economic development across nations of different political and economic systems. This course further explores key international events that have rearranged the world and shaped global stratification. Among these events are: the end of the cold war, globalization of trade and production, shifting relations among capitalist powers, the debt crisis, aid, migration, gender and development, culture, political mobilization, and revolutionary movements. By critically engaging the core issues in the field of development, students will apply their theoretical understanding to empirical examples. The aim of the course is to enable students to develop the ability to critically analyze “doing development” in a global context.

Prerequisite: Completion of 60 credits or permission of the department

Note: This course is cross-listed as SO 360

 

DVST 362 International Microfinance (3) O

This course will investigate the emerging field of microfinance – the provision of small loans and financial services to the poor – and its impact on addressing poverty in developing countries. Students will develop an understanding of a range of topics in the field, including the role of credit in microenterprises, lending models, sustainability and best practice for microfinance institutions (MFIs), cultural factors and regional issues. The course offers a unique mix of theory and practice as students will have the opportunity to work on projects relating to current issues and microfinance programs in various regions

of the world.

Prerequisite: One of the following: BUS 100, BUS 305, DVST 305

Note: This course is cross-listed as BUS 362

 

DVST 381 Societal and Social Marketing (3) O

The course provides an overview of public relations theories and practical methods of gaining publicity, as well as the nature of social marketing. On the public relations (PR) front it covers fundamentals of strategic communication, organizational image-making, techniques of effective outreach, and communicating with the internal stakeholders and external publics. On the social marketing front, the course also examines how traditional marketing and public relations approaches can be used to mobilize and/or change public opinion in order to affect a variety of social causes in areas such as health, education, politics, environment, etc.

Prerequisite: One of the following: BUS 280, BUS 305, DVST 305

Note: This course is cross-listed as BUS 381

 

DVST 390 New Ventures and Social Entrepreneurship (3) A

This course is a study of the nature and background of entrepreneurship and the process involved from idea to opportunity to new business venture. Students are expected to study the environment in which entrepreneurship flourishes from both the perspective of the entrepreneur and of the economic system. The generation of ideas and opportunities is discussed. Students will transform an opportunity into a formal business plan. The course concludes with an examination of the process of implementation of the business plan and the management of the new business.

Prerequisite: Completion of 30 credits

Note: This course is cross-listed as BUS 390

 

DVST 399 Special Topics in Development Studies (3) O

Special studies in Development Studies, as announced.

Prerequisite: Permission of the department

 

DVST 402 Human Trafficking (3) B

This course will critically examine and contextualize the prevalent global crime of human trafficking and consider effective modes of prevention and response. It will examine the history, roots, and development of various forms of human trafficking internationally and domestically using several frameworks. In addition, it considers a variety of responses such as addressing related social and development issues, legal responses and system reform.

Prerequisite: 3 credits in Sociology or Development Studies at the 200-level

Note: This course is cross-listed as SO 402

 

DVST 404 Development Studies Educational Travel Study (3) A

This educational travel study offers cross-cultural, experience-based learning opportunities for students and development workers to see first-hand how international development impacts individuals and communities in various regions around the world. The focus of the course varies each year, covering aspects of community and economic development in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Prerequisite: Completion of 30 credits

 

DVST 405 Special Topics in Development Studies (3) O

Special studies in Development Studies, as announced.

Prerequisite: Permission of the department