International Studies BA

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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

    International Studies is a complex, interdisciplinary field. It looks at the things that connect the environment, politics, culture, society and individuals, as well as the many ways these can all come into conflict with each other. It is a way of exploring the processes which operate on the global, national and local levels to connect different countries, peoples, groups and organisations. 

    You will be introduced to a host of global issues and taught how to use the principles of history, world geography, cultural studies, political science and economics to develop a truly cross-cultural perspective on them. 

    In addition to gaining a solid all around knowledge of international issues and policies, you’ll be able to specialise your studies. You could develop a specialisation in a particular region, such as in Latin American Studies, European Studies, Asian Studies, etc., or you could focus on particular issues, like International Development or International Affairs. 

    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.

    International Studies Modules Include:

    • Advanced Topics in Asian Studies
    • Advanced Topics in European Studies
    • Advanced Topics In International Affairs
    • Advanced Topics in International Development
    • Capstone International Studies Seminar
    • Contemporary Issues in International Affairs
    • Feeding the World and Cooling the Planet
    • Foundations of Human Rights
    • Global and Local Environmental Struggles
    • Global and Local Mining
    • Global Governance: International Organizations
    • Global Indigenous Peoples Indigenous Human Rights
    • Globalization and Human Rights
    • Globalization: Its Dynamics and Consequences
    • History of the Mexico-US Border Jilin Study Abroad
    • Indigenous Peoples in Global Context
    • International Development and Poverty
    • International organizations and NGOs: Conflict and Cooperation I & II
    • Internships in International Studies
    • Introduction to Asian Studies
    • Introduction to European Studies
    • Introduction to International Studies
    • Local Lives in a Global Political Economy
    • Mega-Development & Alternatives 
    • Non-Governmental Organizations Crossing Borders
    • Pacific Perspectives: The History of Canada’s Relations with Asia International Human Rights
    • Social Movements and Alternatives to Global Capital
    • Topics: Africa Through Film
    • United States Presidential Inauguration 

    Learning And Teaching

    The University of Regina relies on many standard teaching methods to convey the content described above. These will almost certainly include formal lectures, interactive tutorials and skills sessions as well as seminar style classes. 

    You will also have access to the university’s co-operative education programs, which deliver working experience as well as knowledge. Remember that U of R is also a major research university, and you will be able to contribute to these programs in later years.

    Career Possibilities

    Many U of R International Studies graduates have gone on to higher level degree programs, and eventually to responsible, policy-making posts in the public, private and not for profit sectors. Some have forged successful careers in the diplomatic services, human rights advocacy, immigration support, international aid, international development, international trade, or as advisors to multinational corporations. You’ll also have gained a wide range of general skills which could easily lead to a career in politics. 

    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. This should include English, Maths and Science content.

    Though French Immersion programs are available, all classes are taught in English unless otherwise noted. International students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test. 

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