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 Arts Global Experience (AGX)  program - to complement classroom learning with experiential learning through an international volunteer placement.

Honours BA, Combined Honours BA, Specialization, Option and Minor:

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Course Offerings
Course #TitleCredits
GS101 Introduction to Global Studies 0.5
GS102 Mapping Global Studies: Culture, Conflict, Development 0.5
GS201 Theories in Global Studies 0.5
GS202 Methods in Global Studies 0.5
GS211 Actors and Approaches in International Development 0.5
GS212 Issues in International Development 0.5
GS220 Being Human in a Global Age 0.5
GS221 The Cosmopolitan Village? 0.5
GS222 Contemporary Western Societies 0.5
GS223 World Religions in Global Perspective 0.5
GS231 War, Culture and Conflict 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
GS311 The Global Economy 0.5
GS312 Special Topics in International Development 0.5
GS321 Special Topics in Culture and Globalization 0.5
GS323 Global Migrations, Refugees and Diasporas 0.5
GS325 Religion, Culture and Society 0.5
GS327 Tourists, Tourism and the Globe 0.5
GS331 Contemporary Case Studies in Peace and Conflict 0.5
GS332 Gandhi: Non-Violence and the Struggle for Freedom 0.5
GS333 War, Memory and Popular Culture 0.5
GS335 Peacebuilding in the Shadow of War 0.5
GS337 Peace Education 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
GS352 UN Sustainable Development Goals 0.5
GS353 Education and International Development 0.5
GS355 Indigenous Peoples in Global Context 0.5
GS357 Gender and Sexualities in Global Context 0.5
GS361 Disasters and Development 0.5
GS364 Social Innovation in the City 1.0
GS366 Religion and Violence 0.5
GS388 Field Course in Global Studies 0.5
GS391 Global Experience Pre-Placement 0.25
GS392 Global Experience Placement 0.5
GS393 Global Experience Extended Placement 1.0
GS394 Global Experience Post-Placement 0.25
GS396 Semester Abroad: Pre-departure Learning 0.25
GS397 Semester Abroad: On-exchange experience 0.25
GS400 Seminar in Global Studies 1.5
GS405 Special Topics in Global Studies 0.5
GS411 Global Justice 0.5
GS412 Africa in a Changing World 0.5
GS413 Globalization Unhinged 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 0.5
GS431 Narratives Of/About Violence 0.5
GS434 Armed Conflict and International Humanitarian Law 0.5
GS435 Disarming Conflicts 0.5
GS450 Directed Studies 1.0
GS451 City Worlds 0.5
GS453 Human Rights in Global Context 0.5
GS461 Global humanitarianism: Between Gift and Power 0.5
GS488 Senior Field course in Global Studies 1.0