Global and International Studies BA

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Global and International Studies BA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    Global and International Studies is a multidisciplinary, holistic approach to understanding the world, and all of the political, economic and cultural groups on it. As the world continues to globalise rapidly, it brings both amazing opportunities and unforeseen challenges. 

    A student of Global and International Studies will be well placed to become international problem solvers, global level policy specialists and more effective global citizens. They typically find prosperous careers in government, business or the not for profit sector. Your studies will begin with world languages, and then become more specialised.

    The University of Northern British Columbia’s Global and International Studies program offers several separate degree pathways:

    • A Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Global and International Studies
    • A Joint Major in Economics and Global & International Studies (BA)
    • A Joint Major in Global & International Studies and Political Science (BA)
    • A Joint Major in Economics and Mathematics (BSc)
    • A Minor in Global and International Studies

    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.  

    Global and International Studies Modules Include:

    • Aboriginal People in Canada
    • Aboriginal Perspectives on Land and Resource Management
    • An introduction to Environmental History
    • Changing Arctic: Human and Environmental Systems
    • Circumpolar Ethnography
    • Comparative Aboriginal State Relations
    • Comparative Literature
    • Comparative Study of Indigenous Peoples of the World
    • Cultural Geography
    • Cultural Studies
    • Environmental and Professional Ethics
    • Environmental Anthropology
    • Environmental Economics and Environmental Policy
    • Environmental Justice
    • First Nations and Indigenous Geographies
    • First Nations Religion and Philosophy
    • Gender and Environment
    • Geographies of Culture, Rights and Power
    • Human Adaptability
    • Human Ecology
    • Indigenous Environmental Philosophy
    • Indigenous Tourism and Recreation
    • International Dimensions of Recreation and Tourism
    • International Perspective
    • Lands and Environments of the Circumpolar North 1 & 2
    • Peoples and Cultures of the Circumpolar World 1 & 2
    • Political Ecology: Environmental Knowledge and Decision-Making
    • Religion, Ideology, and Belief Systems
    • Society, Policy and Administration
    • Society, Policy and Administration of Natural Resources
    • Tenure, Conflict and Resource Geography
    • Trade and the Environment
    • Sufficient Electives to fill out the 120 credit hour degree requirement

    Learning And Teaching

    UNBC uses many different learning and teaching methods, depending on the subject of each module. These can include lectures and seminars, professional skills workshops and special events. Some modules may be available as distance learning or blended learning programs. 

    UNBC’s Global and International Studies program requires you to become proficient in at least one new language and to become conversant with global cultural, political and social issues including sustainability and development.

    Career Possibilities

    This degree will prepare you for many different careers in the public, private or not for profit sectors. Some students will seek out Master’s level programs in Economics, International Development or Political Science, or will enter into business programs such as an MBA. Others will seek immediate employment. If you do seek work straight away, you might become a federal, provincial or municipal government employee, an academic researcher, or a development specialist.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 4 year BA degree.

    Applicants must typically have completed a secondary school program with a grade average of at least 65%, or the international equivalent.  

    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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