The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University is proud to offer a wide array of fields of study and these are described below. Led by expert faculty in the area, these fields provide students with specialized interdisciplinary training and skills which provide further expertise for jobs in the public, private or non-governmental sector, or to take further postgraduate or professional degrees.
Students who wish to obtain the Field designation are required to complete the minimum number of field courses as outlined by their program requirements, and their required economics field course.
International Economic Policy (IEP)
IEP provides a foundation in basic international economic theory and examines policy questions and applications to institutional arrangements in areas of trade, foreign direct investment, finance, international economic law, and other international economic relations.
Conflict Analysis and Conflict Resolution (CON)
CON examines the causes and dynamics of interstate and intrastate peace and conflict, explores theoretical and practical dimensions of the prevention, management and resolution of international and civil wars, disputes and crises.
International Development Policy (IDP)
IDP examines the difficulties faced by poor and developing countries and the policy responses that have emerged at the international level, including development assistance, international institutions and regional cooperation.
Security and Defence Policy (SDP)
SDP examines the core theories, concepts, challenges and controversies in security and defence studies in the context of applied policy issues such as national security, defence policy, civil-military relations, foreign policy, and proliferation of weapons.
Health, Displacement and Humanitarian Policy (HDHP)
HDHP examines global health challenges and humanitarian crises, including refugees and displacement, analyses how these issues impact socio-economic development and security and assesses international responses.
Intelligence and International Affairs (IIA)
IIA examines the function, limits and impact of intelligence collection and analysis in foreign and international security policy, using both theoretical and practical approaches.
International Organizations and Global public Policy (IOGP)
IOGP examines the role of states and other policy actors in addressing global policy problems. Global governance for policy problems encompasses international law, the formal UN system of international organizations as well as more ad hoc approaches with a greater role for nonstate actors. Specific policy issues analyzed include the environment and public health.
Diplomacy and Foreign Policy (DFP)
DFP examines the theory, legal framework and practice of diplomacy and foreign policy, and analyzes the statecraft of Canada and major world powers, as well as regional inter-state relations.