Is the School for International Studies for you?
Do you see yourself in a world that extends beyond the Lower Mainland, working and having an impact in Africa, Latin America, Asia, Europe, or the Middle East? International Studies may be perfect for you. We are scholars and teachers who work on real world issues, who seek to bridge the gap between what goes on in the university and what goes on in the places we study. Mostly, we work on regions facing significant challenges, whether it be long-standing conflicts, a lack of stable institutions that can protect and enforce human rights, or institutions that maintain or deepen economic inequality and poverty. We believe that Canadians have a role to play in resolving these issues, not as members of the so-called “developed” world, but as partners with individuals, grass-roots organizations, and communities across the planet in undertaking the work of peacebuilding and human development.
Established in 2006, the School for International Studies offers interdisciplinary research and teaching on international affairs. Our courses draw from the disciplines of Economics, Comparative Politics and International Relations, History, Sociology and Anthropology, to explore interconnected areas of peace and security; international development; human rights and international law; and governance and civil society.
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You will choose from one of three specialized concentrations of study.
International Security and Conflict
International politics including the causes, patterns and consequences of wars within and between states, terrorism, and possible ways of resolving conflicts and building peace and security.
Comparative World Politics, Culture and Society
Sociology and politics of different regions of the world; themes such as religion and politics, nationalism and globalism, patterns of democratization and authoritarian rule around the world.
International Development, Economic and Environmental Issues
Causes and consequences of disparities in wealth and poverty, global economy, development strategies and policies, and environmental issues.