Global Studies

Global Studies is a multidisciplinary department concerned with the study of the issues, people, and events that shape today's increasingly globalized world. The department offers a four-year BA in a single or combined honours program. We cultivate an environment that fosters high academic achievement, while also preparing students for a range of professional careers after graduation.

Global Studies is organized along three key areas of inquiry: "comparative development," "peace and conflict," and "globalization and cultures." In addition to progressively developing their knowledge in one or more of these areas, Global Studies students are also challenged to apply a multidisciplinary range of theoretical and methodological tools to think in critical, ethical, and creative ways.  Students are also required to develop a degree of second language competency, and are encouraged - through the innovative Global Studies Experience (GSE) program - to complement classroom learning with experiential learning through an international volunteer placement.

Honours BA, Option and Minor:

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Full-Time Faculty

Course Offerings
Course #TitleCredits
GS101 Introduction to Global Studies 0.5
GS201 Theories in Global Studies 0.5
GS202 Methods in Global Studies 0.5
GS211 Theories of Development 0.5
GS212 Practices of Development 0.5
GS221 Globalization and Cultures: The Cosmopolitan Village? 0.5
GS222 Contemporary Western Societies: Globalization and Cultures 0.5
GS231 War and Conflict: An Introduction 0.5
GS232 Peace and Conflict Transformation: An Introduction 0.5
GS300 Global Studies Fieldwork 0.5
GS302 Global Studies: A Case Study 0.5
GS305 The Individualized World 0.5
GS310 Field Course in Global Studies 0.5
GS311 Neoliberalism and its Critics 0.5
GS323 Global Migrations, Refugees and Diasporas 0.5
GS325 Islam Culture and Society 0.5
GS327 Tourists, Tourism and the Globe 0.5
GS331 Contemporary Global Conflicts and the Search for Peace [1] 0.5
GS335 Peacebuilding in the Shadow of War 0.5
GS340 Special Topics in Global Studies 0.5
GS342 Civil Society, Social Movements and Globalization 0.5
GS350 Directed Studies 0.5
GS351 Nature, Culture and Development 0.5
GS361 Disasters and Development 0.5
GS398 Global Studies in Practice 0.5
GS399 Post-Field Placement 0.5
GS400 Seminar in Global Studies 1.5
GS405 Special Topics in Global Studies 0.5
GS410 Senior Field course in Global Studies 0.5
GS411 Global Justice 0.5
GS421 Ethical Encounters 0.5
GS422 Dialogue and Critique in an Age of Terror 0.5
GS431 Narratives Of/About Violence 0.5
GS435 Disarming Conflicts 0.5
GS441 Ecological Citizenship 0.5
GS450 Directed Studies 1.0
GS451 City Worlds 0.5
GS461 Global humanitarianism: The paradoxes of giving 0.5

Senate/Editorial Changes

  1. Editorial Revision May 1, 2013: GS331 exclusion deleted; effective January 1, 2013.