Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2015/2016
Canadian Excellence

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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Faculty

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 [1] 0.5
GS212 Practices of Development 0.5
GS220 Being Human: Cultural Analysis in a Global Age [2] 0.5
GS221 Globalization and Cultures: The Cosmopolitan Village? 0.5
GS222 Contemporary Western Societies: Globalization and Cultures 0.5
GS224 World Religions in Cultural Context [3] 1.0
GS231 War, Culture and Conflict [4] 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 Religion, Culture and Society [5] 0.5
GS327 Tourists, Tourism and the Globe 0.5
GS331 Contemporary Global Conflicts and the Search for Peace: A Case Study Approach [6] 0.5
GS333 War, Memory and Popular Culture [7] 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 [8] 0.5
GS355 Indigenous Peoples in Global Context [9] 0.5
GS361 Disasters and Development [10] 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 [11] 1.0
GS411 Global Justice 0.5
GS412 Africa in a Changing World [12] 0.5
GS421 Ethical Encounters 0.5
GS422 Dialogue and Critique in an Age of Terror 0.5
GS425 The Global Lives of Natural Resources [13] 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
GS453 Human Rights in Global Context [14] 0.5
GS461 Global humanitarianism: The paradoxes of giving 0.5
 

Senate/Editorial Changes

  1. Senate Revision May 28, 2015: GS211 Description and prerequisite change; effective September 1, 2015.

  2. Senate Addition May 28, 2015: GS220 New course; effective September 1, 2015

  3. Senate Addition May 28, 2015: GS224 New cross-listing with RE212; effective September 1, 2015

  4. Senate Revision May 28, 2015: GS231 Title, description, prerequisite and exclusion change; effective September 1, 2015.

  5. Senate Revision May 28, 2015: GS325 Title and description change; effective September 1, 2015.

  6. Senate Revision May 28, 2015: GS331 Title and description change; effective September 1, 2015.

  7. Senate Addition May 28, 2015: GS333 New course; effective September 1, 2015

  8. Editorial Revision July 3, 2015: GS351 Exclusion deleted; effective January 1, 2015. 

  9. Senate Addition May 28, 2015: GS355 New course; effective September 1, 2015

  10. Editorial Revision January 20, 2016: GS361 Exclusion deleted; effective May 1, 2015.

  11. Senate Revision May 28, 2015: GS410 Credit weight change; effective September 1, 2015.

  12. Senate Addition May 28, 2015: GS412 New course; effective September 1, 2015

  13. Senate Addition May 28, 2015: GS425 New course; effective September 1, 2015

  14. Senate Addition May 28, 2015: GS453 New course; effective September 1, 2015