Course outlines for the BGInS core courses being offered in the current term can be found on the Course Outlines page.
The BGInS core courses are a mandatory 4.5 credit sequence spread over the four years of the Honours degree (General students take 4.0 credits over three years). The core course sequence is designed to give all students in the program a common foundation in global and international studies. After completing these courses, students will have an understanding of the world we live in from a wide variety of disciplinary perspectives. In addition, the core courses are designed to encourage inter-disciplinary dialogue, challenging students to think outside the usual disciplinary boundaries. Finally, the core courses serve as an introduction to the various themes and issues in global and international studies which students can examine in more depth in the 17 Specializations.
In the first year, Global History provides a background and context for the contemporary global order. International Law and Politics introduces the international state system and the challenges of international co-operation, while Ethnography, Globalization and Culture examines the intersection of globalization processes with social and cultural diversity.
In the second year, Ethics and Globalization introduces students to debates on global ethical issues and challenges them to think about their role as an ethical global actor. Global Literatures introduces students to the global dynamics of the contemporary literary imagination, while Globalization and International Economic Issues examines the workings of the global economy.
In the third year, Places, Boundaries, Movements and Global Environmental Change examines the relationship between individual places and global social and environmental changes. Finally, Global and International Theory is an advanced analysis of global and international theory from a variety of theoretical perspectives, many of which will have been introduced in earlier core courses.
In the fourth year, Honours students take an Honours Seminar in Global and International Studies. A variety of seminars will be offered each year, each focusing on a different theme or issue; students are required to choose one. All these seminars require integration of knowledge across different areas of emphasis in global and international studies; a major research paper is also required.
Click here for the entire BGInS core course sequence.