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October 23, 2014
Canadian Excellence

International Development Option

Some of the most pressing issues of today are linked to development, or a lack thereof, or development which is unsustainable. Increasing globalization has created an environment that now links states, business corporations, and non-governmental organizations in unprecedented ways.

By taking the International Development Option you are preparing for a career which will provide the opportunity to make a massive difference in the lives of many people around the world. The program allows students to combine a breadth of interdisciplinary knowledge in the field of international development with their disciplinary specialization, such as Leadership, Health Studies or Law and Society. It will contribute to developing professionals who are prepared to compete in our rapidly globalizing world, and who are committed to its development and prosperity. 


The International Development Option provides students with a firm grasp of development, global governance, and the institutions of the global economy, enhancing their capacity to implement programs and policies in NGOs, public organizations, education avenues and international organizations. It is also appropriate for those students who wish to acquire knowledge, skills and abilities to prepare for an overseas work assignment in any field.

Program Requirements

Required courses:

Development Theories, Strategies, and Issues
Economic Globalization
Global Issues, Global Governance: The United Nations in the 21st Century Understanding International Organizations


2.0 credits from the following:

Disease and Society
Introduction to Microeconomics
Introduction to Macroeconomics
Economic Development

Introduction to Global Studies

Introduction to Human Rights

The Making of the Third World: Historical Origins and Development

The Aftermath of Violence

Social Documentary

Organizations and Social Change

Non-governmental Organizations

Multicultural Competence

Power and Governance in Organizations

Co-operative Organizations


Gender, Race, and Transnationalism