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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

International Development Studies (Co-op) (IDS:C)

Interdisciplinary Program

International Development Studies, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences

The program in International Development Studies (IDS) explores the nature and impacts of economic and social development, in Canada and across the globe, from an interdisciplinary perspective. It equips students with the theoretical understanding and analytical and practical skills needed to bring about positive and inclusive change in the world. Students completing a degree in IDS have the skills to tackle complex global problems as needed to promote social justice as citizens and in careers across the public and private sectors and in civil society organizations.

The IDS program provides students with the opportunity to engage with international development practitioners in Canada and internationally. Furthermore, they are equipped with the skills needed for effective engagement whilst as students and in their life beyond university.

Students select an area of emphasis that enables them to explore an issue of particular interest using the skills they develop in the core part of the program. This area of emphasis is selected by the end of the 4th academic semester of study.

International Development Studies students are encouraged to learn another language and to participate in relevant learning experiences beyond the IDS program, including study, work or volunteering in Canada and internationally. In addition to the required core courses and the chosen area of emphasis, students are encouraged to take electives that complement their degree and enhance their analytical and communication skills. See the GIDS website for more information on these opportunities or talk to your academic advisor.

Students with a minimum cumulative average of 80% in courses that constitute the IDS major may complete a thesis (IDEV*4190 and IDEV*4150) under the supervision of an ID-affiliated faculty member.

Program Requirements

The Co-op program in International Development is a four and a half year program, including four work terms. Students must complete a Fall, Winter and Summer work term, and must follow the academic work schedule as outlined below (also found on the Co-operative Education website: https://www.recruitguelph.ca/cecs/). Please refer to the Co-operative Education program policy with respect to adjusting this schedule.

International Development Academic and Co-op Work Term Schedule
Year Fall Winter Summer
1 Academic Semester 1 Academic Semester 2 Off
2 Academic Semester 3

COOP*1100

Academic Semester 4

COOP*1000 Work Term I

3 COOP*2000 Work Term II Academic Semester 5 Academic Semester 6
4 Academic Semester 7 COOP*3000 Work Term III COOP*4000 Work Term IV
5 Academic Semester 8 N/A N/A

To be eligible to continue in the Co-op program, students must meet a minimum 70% cumulative average requirement after second semester, as well as meet all work term requirements. Please refer to the Co-operative Education program policy with respect to work term performance grading, work term report grading and program completion requirements.

For additional program information students should consult with their Co-op Co-ordinator and Co-op Faculty Advisor, listed on the Co-operative Educationweb site.

Credit Summary (21.50 Total Credits)*

8.00 - Required Core Courses

2.50 - Credits in one of four areas of emphasis

9.50 - Electives

1.50 - Co-op Work Terms

Note: A minimum of three Co-op work terms including a Summer, Fall, and Winter are necessary to complete the Co-op requirement. *A fourth Co-op work term is optional and if completed, the total number of credits will equal 22.00

The recommended program sequence is outlined below.

Major (Honours Program)

A minimum of 10.50 credits is required, including:

  • 8.00 core course requirements

  • 2.50 credits in one of four areas of emphasis

Agriculture and Food (Area of Emphasis)
Semester 1 - Fall
ECON*1050 [0.50] Introductory Microeconomics
IDEV*1000 [0.50] Understanding Development and Global Inequalities
1.50 electives or restricted electives
Semester 2 - Winter
ECON*1100 [0.50] Introductory Macroeconomics
FARE*1300 [0.50] Poverty, Food & Hunger
1.50 electives or restricted electives
Summer Semester

No academic semester or work term.

Semester 3 - Fall
AGR*2150 [0.50] Plant Agriculture for International Development
COOP*1100 [0.00] Introduction to Co-operative Education
IDEV*2000 [0.50] The Development Landscape: Actors and Institutions
IDEV*2100 [0.50] Research in International Development
1.00 electives or restricted electives
Semester 4 - Summer
IDEV*2300 [0.50] Theoretical Perspectives on Development
IDEV*2400 [0.50] Development, Social Justice and Human Rights
1.50 electives or restricted electives
Summer Semester
COOP*1000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term I
Fall Semester
COOP*2000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term II
Semester 5 - Winter
IDEV*3100 [0.50] Achieving Sustainable Development
2.00 electives or restricted electives
Semester 6 - Summer
IDEV*3300 [0.50] Engaging in Development Practice
IDEV*3400 [0.50] Managing and Evaluating Change in Development
1.50 electives or restricted electives
Semester 7 - Fall
IDEV*3000 [0.50] Poverty and Inequality
2.00 electives or restricted electives
Winter Semester
COOP*3000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term III
Summer Semester
COOP*4000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term IV
Semester 8 - Fall
IDEV*4000 [1.00] Development in Action
IDEV*4600 [0.50] Advocating and Effecting Change in Development Policy and Practice
1.00 electives or restricted electives
Restricted Electives

1.00 credits from the following (core):

ECON*2650 [0.50] Introductory Development Economics
GEOG*3050 [0.50] Development and the City
POLS*3320 [0.50] Politics of Aid & Development
POLS*3790 [0.50] International Political Economy
SOAN*3680 [0.50] Perspectives on Development

1.50 credits from the following (Area of Emphasis):

AGR*2500 [0.50] Field Course in International Agriculture
ANTH*4550 [0.50] Topics in the Anthropology of Health
ENVS*2130 [0.50] Eating Sustainably in Ontario
FARE*3250 [0.50] Food and International Development
FARE*4210 [0.50] World Agriculture, Food Security and Economic Development
GEOG*3320 [0.50] Food Systems: Issues in Security and Sustainability
HIST*3240 [0.50] Food History
IDEV*4100 [0.50] Thesis in International Development Studies I
IDEV*4150 [0.50] Thesis in International Development Studies II
SOC*4420 [0.50] Sociology of Food
Development in the Canadian Context (Area of Emphasis)
Semester 1 - Fall
ECON*1050 [0.50] Introductory Microeconomics
IDEV*1000 [0.50] Understanding Development and Global Inequalities
1.50 electives or restricted electives
Semester 2 - Winter
ECON*1100 [0.50] Introductory Macroeconomics
2.00 electives or restricted electives
Summer Semester

No academic semester or work term.

Semester 3 - Fall
COOP*1100 [0.00] Introduction to Co-operative Education
IDEV*2000 [0.50] The Development Landscape: Actors and Institutions
IDEV*2100 [0.50] Research in International Development
POLS*2300 [0.50] Canadian Government and Politics
1.00 electives or restricted electives
Semester 4 - Summer
ANTH*2660 [0.50] Contemporary Indigenous Peoples in Canada
IDEV*2300 [0.50] Theoretical Perspectives on Development
IDEV*2400 [0.50] Development, Social Justice and Human Rights
1.00 electives or restricted electives
Summer Semester
COOP*1000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term I
Fall Semester
COOP*2000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term II
Semester 5 - Winter
IDEV*3100 [0.50] Achieving Sustainable Development
2.00 electives or restricted electives
Semester 6 - Summer
IDEV*3300 [0.50] Engaging in Development Practice
IDEV*3400 [0.50] Managing and Evaluating Change in Development
1.50 electives or restricted electives
Semester 7 - Fall
IDEV*3000 [0.50] Poverty and Inequality
2.00 electives or restricted electives
Winter Semester
COOP*3000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term III
Summer Semester
COOP*4000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term IV
Semester 8 - Fall
IDEV*4000 [1.00] Development in Action
IDEV*4600 [0.50] Advocating and Effecting Change in Development Policy and Practice
1.00 electives or restricted electives
Restricted Electives

1.00 credits from the following (core):

ECON*2650 [0.50] Introductory Development Economics
GEOG*3050 [0.50] Development and the City
POLS*3320 [0.50] Politics of Aid & Development
POLS*3790 [0.50] International Political Economy
SOAN*3680 [0.50] Perspectives on Development

1.50 credits from the following (Area of Emphasis):

GEOG*2510 [0.50] Canada: A Regional Synthesis
HIST*2090 [0.50] Indigenous Peoples of the Americas
HIST*3390 [0.50] Governments and Indigenous Spaces
HIST*3660 [0.50] Canadian Social History
IDEV*4100 [0.50] Thesis in International Development Studies I
IDEV*4150 [0.50] Thesis in International Development Studies II
POLS*3140 [0.50] Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
SOAN*4210 [0.50] Indigenous-Settler Relations in Canadian Society
SOAN*4220 [0.50] Gender and Change in Rural Canada
SOAN*4260 [0.50] Migration, Inequality and Social Change
Development in Fragile Contexts (Area of Emphasis)
Semester 1 - Fall
ECON*1050 [0.50] Introductory Microeconomics
IDEV*1000 [0.50] Understanding Development and Global Inequalities
1.50 electives or restricted electives
Semester 2 - Winter
ECON*1100 [0.50] Introductory Macroeconomics
2.00 electives or restricted electives
Summer Semester

No academic semester or work term.

Semester 3 - Fall
COOP*1100 [0.00] Introduction to Co-operative Education
IDEV*2000 [0.50] The Development Landscape: Actors and Institutions
IDEV*2100 [0.50] Research in International Development
1.50 electives or restricted electives
Semester 4 - Summer
IDEV*2300 [0.50] Theoretical Perspectives on Development
IDEV*2400 [0.50] Development, Social Justice and Human Rights
1.50 electives or restricted electives
Summer Semester
COOP*1000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term I
Fall Semester
COOP*2000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term II
Semester 5 - Winter
IDEV*3100 [0.50] Achieving Sustainable Development
2.00 electives or restricted electives
Semester 6 - Summer
IDEV*3300 [0.50] Engaging in Development Practice
IDEV*3400 [0.50] Managing and Evaluating Change in Development
1.50 electives or restricted electives
Semester 7 - Fall
IDEV*3000 [0.50] Poverty and Inequality
POLS*3490 [0.50] Conflict and Conflict Resolution
1.50 electives or restricted electives
Winter Semester
COOP*3000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term III
Summer Semester
COOP*4000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term IV
Semester 8 - Fall
IDEV*4000 [1.00] Development in Action
IDEV*4600 [0.50] Advocating and Effecting Change in Development Policy and Practice
1.00 electives or restricted electives
Restricted Electives

1.00 credits from the following (core):

ECON*2650 [0.50] Introductory Development Economics
GEOG*3050 [0.50] Development and the City
POLS*3320 [0.50] Politics of Aid & Development
POLS*3790 [0.50] International Political Economy
SOAN*3680 [0.50] Perspectives on Development

One of:

POLS*2100 [0.50] Comparative Politics
POLS*2200 [0.50] International Relations

1.50 credits from the following (Area of Emphasis):

ANTH*4440 [0.50] Culture, Rights and Development
HIST*3270 [0.50] Revolution in the Modern World
IDEV*4100 [0.50] Thesis in International Development Studies I
IDEV*4150 [0.50] Thesis in International Development Studies II
POLS*3000 [0.50] Politics of Africa
POLS*3060 [0.50] Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
POLS*3080 [0.50] Politics of Latin America
POLS*4340 [1.00] Nationalism, State-building and Identity
SOAN*3130 [0.50] Protest, Resistance, and Collective Action
SOAN*4260 [0.50] Migration, Inequality and Social Change
Environment and Sustainable Development (Area of Emphasis)
Semester 1 - Fall
ECON*1050 [0.50] Introductory Microeconomics
IDEV*1000 [0.50] Understanding Development and Global Inequalities
1.50 electives or restricted electives
Semester 2 - Winter
ECON*1100 [0.50] Introductory Macroeconomics
2.00 electives or restricted electives
Summer Semester

No academic semester or work term.

Semester 3 - Fall
COOP*1100 [0.00] Introduction to Co-operative Education
GEOG*2030 [0.50] Environment and Development
IDEV*2000 [0.50] The Development Landscape: Actors and Institutions
IDEV*2100 [0.50] Research in International Development
SOC*2280 [0.50] Society and Environment
0.50 electives or restricted electives
Semester 4 - Summer
IDEV*2300 [0.50] Theoretical Perspectives on Development
IDEV*2400 [0.50] Development, Social Justice and Human Rights
1.50 electives or restricted electives
Summer Semester
COOP*1000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term I
Fall Semester
COOP*2000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term II
Semester 5 - Winter
IDEV*3100 [0.50] Achieving Sustainable Development
2.00 electives or restricted electives
Semester 6 - Summer
IDEV*3300 [0.50] Engaging in Development Practice
IDEV*3400 [0.50] Managing and Evaluating Change in Development
1.50 electives or restricted electives
Semester 7 - Fall
IDEV*3000 [0.50] Poverty and Inequality
2.00 electives or restricted electives
Winter Semester
COOP*3000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term III
Summer Semester
COOP*4000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term IV
Semester 8 - Fall
IDEV*4000 [1.00] Development in Action
IDEV*4600 [0.50] Advocating and Effecting Change in Development Policy and Practice
1.00 electives or restricted electives
Restricted Electives

1.00 credits from the following (core):

ECON*2650 [0.50] Introductory Development Economics
GEOG*3050 [0.50] Development and the City
POLS*3320 [0.50] Politics of Aid & Development
POLS*3790 [0.50] International Political Economy
SOAN*3680 [0.50] Perspectives on Development

1.50 credits from the following (Area of Emphasis):

ECON*2100 [0.50] Economic Growth and Environmental Quality
ENVS*2120 [0.50] Introduction to Environmental Stewardship
FARE*2700 [0.50] Survey of Natural Resource Economics
GEOG*3020 [0.50] Global Environmental Change
GEOG*3090 [0.50] Gender and Environment
HIST*3460 [0.50] Natural Disasters in Global History
IDEV*4100 [0.50] Thesis in International Development Studies I
IDEV*4150 [0.50] Thesis in International Development Studies II
POLS*3370 [0.50] Environmental Politics and Governance
SOAN*4250 [0.50] Energy and Society
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