Diploma in International Development

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Diploma in International Development

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      PgCert

    • Duration:

      2 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      C$ 4,255 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      C$ 24,000

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    A diploma in International Development from Okanagan College will teach you a great deal about political deficiency, racial, gender and other forms of discrimination, environmental degradation, poverty, lack or financial and economic transparency and outright corruption. It will give you a distinctly multidisciplinary perspective on these issues and others facing international development efforts, and will teach you how to analyse these issues in a modern, global context. 

    This program has two distinct streams, each leading to a different specialty. 

    The International Development Governance stream will see you becoming familiar with the challenges that governance specialists face in this context. You’ll also have the opportunity to further specialise in Sustainable International Development, Environment and International Development or Women and International Development. 

    The International Development Management stream is much more commercially focused, and features Business as well as Arts content. 

    Note that all Arts content credits are transferrable into Baccalaureate level programs at Okanagan, though business credits must be approved individually. 

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This program is typically delivered over 2 years of full time study. 

    Core Modules Include:

    • Economics of Developing Countries
    • Global Political Economy
    • Global Politics
    • Introduction to Politics
    • Principles of Macroeconomics
    • Principles of Microeconomics
    • The Politics of Human Rights
    • Understanding International Development

    International Development Governance Modules Include:

    • Comparative Government
    • Contemporary World from 1900 to World War II
    • Contemporary World from World War II to the Present
    • Engaging in International Development
    • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
    • History of Western Civilization 1789 to the Present
    • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    • One of the following:
    • Poverty and Inequality
    • Religion and Politics
    • Warfare and Terrorism Since 1945
    • Women and Politics
    • Women and the Economy

    International Development Management Modules Include:

    • Business Law
    • Computer Applications 
    • Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
    • Critical Writing and Reading: Narrative
    • Critical Writing and Reading: Poetry and Drama
    • Critical Writing and Reading: Short Fiction and the Novel
    • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
    • Financial Accounting 
    • Financial Management
    • Human Resources Management
    • Management Principles
    • Managerial Economics
    • Marketing
    • Organizational Behaviour
    • Poverty and Inequality
    • Professional Writing 
    • University Writing
    • Women and the Economy

    Learning And Teaching

    Okanagan College’s academic programs are delivered primarily through lectures, skills workshops, seminar classes and distance or blended learning. In addition to learning in the classroom and the field, though, you’ll have access to the Learning Centres at Kelowna, Salmon Arm and Revelstoke. The Learning Centres offer many different kinds of academic support to students at all levels, including study support, writing workshops, computer and printer access and referral to other student services.

    Career Possibilities

    Many of the students who graduate from Okanagan College’s Diploma programs transfer into baccalaureate level degree programs, such as a degree in international development, political science, international business management or the social sciences. 

    Other students go directly into the job market, taking meaningful roles with public and not for profit sector employers, or volunteering at organisations like CUSO, Kelowna Community Resources, Projects Abroad, the Uniterra Student Volunteering program or Volinspire.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a Diploma in International Development. 

    You should already have good written and verbal communication skills, as well as a secondary level education behind you to prepare you for this program academically.  

    All classes are taught in English unless otherwise noted. A BC secondary education including an English grade of 60% or the international equivalent is required. 

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