International Development BA

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International Development BA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      C$ 3,557 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      C$ 12,662

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    International Development is a field which allows you to examine the social, political and economic changes that are defining the modern world. A BA Degree in International Development from the University of Guelph will allow you to take your place among the people who are attempting to define, influence and improve the way International Development unfolds on the world stage.

    In addition to a general grounding in the subject, you’ll be able to select form among 7 concentrations, each of which has its own selection of core and elective modules. These include:

    • Economics and Business Development
    • Environment and Development
    • Gender and Development
    • Historical Perspectives in Development
    • Latin American Studies
    • Political Economy and Administrative Change
    • Rural and Agricultural Development

    This degree program can be taken as a 4 year Major, a 4 year Honours Program, or a 4 year program with an additional year in an Honours or Major Co-op.

    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 degree program is typically delivered over 4 years of full time study.

    Core Curriculum Modules Include:

    • Achieving Sustainable Development
    • Advocating and Effecting Change in Development Policy and Practice
    • Development in Action
    • Development, Social Justice and Human Rights
    • Engaging in Development Practice
    • Introductory Macroeconomics
    • Introductory Microeconomics
    • Managing and Evaluating Change in Development
    • Poverty and Inequality
    • Research in International Development
    • The Development Landscape: Actors and Institutions
    • Theoretical Perspectives on Development
    • Understanding Development and Global Inequalities

    Between 4 and 7 areas of emphasis are offered each year. As an example, the curriculum for one of these areas is outlined below.

    Agriculture and Food Security Modules Include:

    • Plant Agriculture for International Development
    • Poverty, Food & Hunger
    • Field Course in International Agriculture
    • Topics in the Anthropology of Health
    • Eating Sustainably in Ontario
    • Food and International Development
    • World Agriculture, Food Security and Economic Development
    • Food Systems: Issues in Security and Sustainability
    • Food History
    • Thesis in International Development Studies I & II
    • Sociology of Food

    Learning And Teaching

    University of Guelph relies in many standard teaching methods to convey the content above. These will almost certainly include formal lectures, interactive tutorials and skills sessions as well as seminar style classes. It is also a major research university, and you will be able to contribute to these programs in later years.

    The International Development program in particular includes fieldwork and study abroad options, as well as a grounding in important research and testing techniques.

    Career Possibilities

    Many U of G International Development students have gone on to higher level studies, and eventually to responsible, policy-making posts in the public, private and not for profit sectors. Some have become Economic Development Officers, International Development Practitioners, International policy Analysts and Corporate Social Responsibility Managers. You’ll also have gained a wide range of general skills which could easily lead to a career in politics or in a completely unrelated field.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 4 year BA degree.

    Applicants must typically have completed a secondary school education or the international equivalent.  The specifics vary and can be found here:

    All classes are taught in English unless otherwise noted, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test.

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