The development studies program is managed by the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology
Development Studies is about social, economic and political change. You will examine issues such as poverty, hunger, environment and governance - here in Canada and around the globe. Through courses, research, and experiential learning, you will also study community development, sustainable and participatory development, colonialism, cultural beliefs, social justice, corruption and human rights. These issues are both universal and culturally situated, so we study them at local, national and international levels.
We study a wide range of topics including culture, gender, communication, anthropology, geography, political science, economics, philosophy, history, religion, science and technology, which provides a broader perspective on societal problems.
You will discover the cultures, traditions and experiences of many communities and regions not just through academic learning but through exposure to other cultures. There is the opprotunity to participate in overseas field studies courses, learn intercultural communication and language skills, as well as research skills useful for solving development issues. Classroom learning is also enhanced by opportunities for students to carry out community development projects with local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and social agencies.
In addition to learning about other cultures, the program contributes to your understanding of being a Canadian and a global citizen. The program is shaped by Canada's traditions of international citizenship and its leadership in development assistance. We explore Canadian values of governance and democracy, diversity, and environmental awareness, including those which pre-date European contact with North America.
Development Studies and other liberal arts degrees open doors to a wide range of professions and careers. Development Studies graduates have gone on to careers in the following areas and types of institutions:
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