Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2011/2012
Canadian Excellence

International Development Option

The International Development Option is only available at the Brantford Campus. The option consists of 4.0 credits. Students completing the option must complete the requirements of the Contemporary Studies (CT) major (minimum 5.0 CT credits as outlined in the Contemporary Studies section).

Program requirements:
For graduation, students must have a minimum GPA of 6.0 computed on all 4.0 credits.

Required Courses: (2.0 credits)
CT266/OL266 - Economic Globalization
HR301/OL301 - Development Theories, Strategies and Issues
HR328 - The United Nations in the 21st Century
OL327 - Understanding International Organizations

Elective Courses: (2.0 credits)
2.0 additional credits chosen from the following: In choosing from the following list of elective courses, students should be aware that some of these courses have prerequisites and not all will be offered at the Brantford Campus. Although these prerequisites may be waived by the program or department administering the course, it is the responsibility of the student to make such arrangements.

CC325/HR325 - Crimes Against Humanity
CC326/HR326 - Transitional Justice
CT203/HS203 - Disease and Society
CT260/HR260 - Introduction to Human Rights
EC120 - Introduction to Microeconomics
EC140 - Introduction to Macroeconomics
EC207 - Economic Development
GS101 - Introduction to Global Studies
HI329* - The Making of the Third World: Historical Origins and Development
HR321/JN321 - Journalism, Human Rights and International Development
HR329/HS329 - Global Health and Social Justice
HR350/OL350 - Multicultural Competence
HR392 - International Internship/Field Placement
JN327/MX327 - Social Documentary
OL260 - Organizations and Social Change
OL325 - Non-Governmental Organizations
OL370 - Power and Governance in Organizations
OL410 - Co-operative Organizations
WS304 - Women, Migration and Diaspora


The Brantford Campus offers only two general degrees: a BA without a designation, and a BA in Contemporary Studies. No further designation (major, option or minor) is awarded with these degrees.

Students admitted prior to September 2007, who have not allowed an 18-month lapse in course registration and are in good standing in their program/major, may follow the progression regulations that were in effect at the time of their registration in a general major. These regulations allow students to combine general Contemporary Studies with other majors, options or minors.

Leadership and International Development Stream

Students completing the Honours BA Leadership Program may specialize in International Development. This stream consists of 4.0 credits, as outlined in the requirements for the International Development Option. In addition, students also complete the required courses for the Honours BA in Leadership (6.5 credits) and the requirements of the Contemporary Studies Major (5.0 credits) as outlined in the Contemporary Studies section.