Course Number and Title: CAS390H1F: Politics of Development in Asia: Imaginaries and Practices

Course description: This course seeks to study development as a powerful project of the human imagination rooted the promises of modernization—for example sanitation, health, urban infrastructure, economic efficiency and ‘structural adjustment,’ among others. At the same time, development is also addressed here as an array of concrete practices enacted in a range of spaces from households to government bureaucracies; practices that make those developmentalist imaginaries everyday realities. This course thus approaches development as a terrain for managing bodies and economies and as a politics of imagining community, self, and culture. In so doing, it attends to both the application of policy and its implications. Asia, a potent imaginary that fuels master narratives of the global future (innovation, financial prowess) and development’s failures (extreme poverty, lack of sanitation, income disparities), is addressed here through a range of on-the-ground studies as well as contributions to critical theories of development.

Estimated course enrolment: 50
Estimated TA support: n/a
Schedule: Mondays 10:00am – 12:00pm
Sessional dates: September 1 to December 31, 2017

Salary: Sessional Lecture I (SL I): $7,359.07; Sessional Lecturer I Long Term (SL I LT): $7,498.50; Sessional Lecturer II (SL II): $7,823.85; Sessional Lecturer III (SL III): $8,185.35.

Please note that should rates stipulated in the collective agreement vary from rates stated in this posting, the rates stated in the collective agreement shall prevail.

Qualifications: Completed PhD in the disciplines of Anthropology, Sociology, Asian Studies, or related fields, as well as current knowledge of research in these areas required. A strong scholarly background in disciplines relevant to the course is required. Applicants should have a strong commitment to teaching.

Description of duties: Develop syllabus, plan and present weekly lectures, create and mark all assignments and tests, maintain Blackboard site for the course, provide office hours for academic counselling of students.

Closing date: May 2, 2017

All individuals interested in this position must submit a Curriculum Vitae and the CUPE 3902 Unit 3 application form, available at Prior syllabi may be submitted as part of the application package. Please submit materials to:

Program Administrator, Contemporary Asian Studies Program
Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
1 Devonshire Place, room 228N
Toronto, ON, M5S 3K7
Phone: 416-946-8832

Please note: Undergraduate or graduate students and postdoctoral fellows of the University of Toronto are covered by the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 collective agreement rather than the Unit 3 collective agreement, and should not apply for positions posted under the Unit 3 collective agreement.

Preference in hiring is given to qualified individuals advanced to the rank of Sessional Lecturer II or Sessional Lecturer III in accordance with Article 14:12.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 3 Collective Agreement.

Deadline: May 2, 2017