Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2017/2018
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Honours BA Global Studies with Concentrations

Global Studies majors (either single or combined) may pursue a maximum of two concentrations in each of the department's three thematic streams (peace and conflict studies; international development studies; globalization and culture).

Concentration consists of 3.0 credits, including 1.0 credit from required courses (or from a short list of core' courses in the case of the Concentration in Globalization and Culture) and 2.0 credits from elective courses.

To graduate with any of these concentrations, students are required to achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 7.0 (B-) in the GS major, including all courses contributing to the requirements of the concentration. All GS majors are eligible to apply for any of the concentrations beginning in Year 2 of their program. Students wishing to have any one of the concentrations added to their honours major must complete and submit the appropriate program selection form. After a student's eligibility has been confirmed, the concentration will be added to their program.

Globalization and Culture

The Concentration in Globalization and Culture provides GS majors with a thematic specialization in the field of globalization and culture. Completion will result in a "Globalization and Culture Concentration" on student transcripts.

Core Courses (1.0 credit, drawn from any two of the following four courses):
GS220 - Being Human: Cultural Analysis in a Global Age
GS221 - The Cosmopolitan Village?
GS222 - Contemporary Western Societies
GS224* - World Religions in Global Context (cross-listed with RE212*)

Electives (2.0 credits):
GS305 - The Individualized World
GS323 - Global Migrations, Refugees and Diasporas
GS325 - Religion, Culture and Society
GS327 - Tourists, Tourism and the Globe
GS331 - Contemporary Global Conflicts and the Search for Peace: A Case Study Approach
GS333 - War, Memory and Popular Culture
GS351 - Nature, Culture and Development
GS355 - Indigenous Peoples in Global Context
GS357 - Gender and Sexualities in Global Context
GS421 - Ethical Encounters
GS422 - Dialogue and Critique in an Age of Terror
GS425 - The Global Lives of Natural Resources
GS431 - Narratives Of/About Violence
GS451 - City Worlds
GS453 - Human Rights in Global Context 

 
International Development Studies

The Concentration in International Development Studies provides GS majors with a thematic specialization in the field of international development studies. Completion will result in an "International Development Studies Concentration" on student transcripts.

Required Courses (1.0 credit):
GS211 - Actors and Approaches in International Development
GS212 - Issues in International Development

Electives (2.0 credits):
GS311 - The Global Economy
GS323 - Global Migrations, Refugees and Diasporas
GS342 - Civil Society, Social Movements and Globalization
GS351 - Nature, Culture and Development
GS355 - Indigenous Peoples in Global Context
GS361 - Disasters and Development 
GS411 - Global Justice 
GS412 - Africa in a Changing World 
GS425 - The Global Lives of Natural Resources 
GS441 - Ecological Citizenship 
GS451 - City Worlds
GS453 - Human Rights in Global Context 
GS461 - Global humanitarianism: Between Gift and Power 

 
Peace and Conflict Studies

The Concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies provides GS majors with a thematic specialization in the field of peace and conflict studies. Completion will result in a "Peace and Conflict Studies Concentration" on student transcripts.

Required Courses (1.0 credit):
GS231 - War, Culture and Conflict
GS232 - Peace and Conflict Transformation: An Introduction

Electives (2.0 credits):
GS331 - Contemporary Global Conflicts and the Search for Peace: A Case Study Approach
GS333 - War, Memory and Popular Culture
GS335 - Peacebuilding in the Shadow of War
GS355 - Indigenous Peoples in Global Context
GS422 - Dialogue and Critique in an Age of Terror
GS431 - Narratives Of/About Violence
GS435 - Disarming Conflicts
GS453 - Human Rights in Global Context