Global Studies (GLST) 395

Global Development Strategies (Revision 3)

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Revision 3 is closed for registrations, replaced by current version

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None. A previous course in development is recommended.

Precluded Course: GLST 395 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under three different disciplines—GLST 395, POEC 395 and INTR 395. GLST 395 may not be taken for credit by students who have obtained credit for POEC 395 or INTR 395.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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GLST 395 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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What is development? What are the historical and political origins of the idea of ‘development’? How has the idea of development affected political and economic processes of the ‘developing world’? Global Development Strategies, a three-credit, senior-level course provides an overview of theories of development and their indigenous critiques. It is focused on the regions that comprise the Global South, including Latin America and the Caribbean; Africa and the Middle East; and South and Southeast Asia. Together these regions comprise eighty percent of the world’s population, and historically their participation in the world economy significantly predates the Industrial Revolution. Therefore, this course is conceptualized as the interdisciplinary study of the challenges and successes of peoples in a world continually shaped by several types, stages, and layers of global and local interactions.


The course consists of the following seven units.

  • Unit 1: Introduction: The Construction of the Third World from Western (or European) Perspectives
  • Unit 2: Development Strategies in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Unit 3: Development Strategies in Africa and the Middle East
  • Unit 4: Development Strategies in Southeast and East Asia
  • Unit 5: Development Strategies in India and China: Emergent Global Leaders?
  • Unit 6: Development Strategies in the Post-Communist World
  • Unit 7: Conclusion: Re-assessing Development in an Era of Globalization


To receive credit for GLST 395, you must complete all of the assignments, achieve a mark of 50 percent or better on the final examination and the research essay, and obtain a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 per cent) or better. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

TME 1 TME 2 Research Essay Final Exam Total
20% 20% 30% 30% 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Mike Mason. Development and Disorder: A History of the Third World Since 1945. Toronto: Between the Lines, 1997.

Howard J. Wiarda. Political Development in Emerging Nations: Is There Still a Third World? Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2004.

Other materials

The course materials include a student manual.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the GLST 395 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least "C-" (60 percent) on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 3, March 19, 2008.

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