International studies is a multidisciplinary field that arms you with a deeper understanding of how governments, law, politics, business, civil society, culture, science, and the environment relate on the international stage. Throughout your degree, you will study the relations between countries, regions, international organizations, and transnational networks.

Interested in international development? You can also explore disparities between countries and regions. This program will teach you the methods that non-governmental and international organizations use to find solutions to international problems.


Our prestigious International Studies curriculum — the country’s first — has a strong reputation both in Canada and around the world. With 20 percent of the students from outside of Canada, Glendon’s multicultural and multilingual campus is an ideal setting for this programme. Students develop a strong understanding of international society. They also have the opportunity to participate in an exchange programme with global universities like Université de Paris-Sorbonne, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and more than 50 other universities around the world. Our award-winning International Studies Symposium — a student-led project — offers the chance to take part in an in-depth study of a country or region, organize an international conference, and, in some instances, also visit the chosen country for a field study.

The Department’s programme is designed to develop a systematic understanding of the problems and potentialities of international society with special reference to its theoretical, strategic, legal, economic, and cultural dimensions. It takes an innovative three-pillar approach, giving students the option to concentrate on a specific aspect of international studies: culture and international civil society, resources and well-being, or order and society. When combined, they greatly strengthen the student’s capacity for a more genuine interdisciplinary and multicultural analysis of international relations and global issues. The capstone seminar plays a key role in this effort by linking theoretical and methodological issues with research activities and internship experiences.

Our programme of study thus equips students with appropriate analytical tools and also challenges them to think constructively on how to create a more peaceful, humane, and just world order. Due consideration is paid to the role Canada with its francophone and anglophone cultures can play in this process. Particularly significant, in this era of globalization, is the programme’s emphasis on a broad interdisciplinary and multicultural conception of international society. Students are also encouraged to acquire proficiency in foreign languages as well as relevant international experience through inter-university exchanges and professional internships.

To summarize, the main objectives of the programme are:

  • To provide a systematic and sophisticated understanding of the problems, paradoxes, and potentialities of international society.
  • To equip students professionally with the tools of analysis, competing methodologies, languages, and the burgeoning literature in the field of International Studies.
  • To challenge everyone to think and plan constructively towards the creation of a better, more secure, more peaceful, humane, and just world order.
  • To develop a thorough knowledge of Canadian concerns, both domestic and international, and to consider future roles for Canadian participation in international life.
  • To develop students’ perception of both francophone and anglophone cultures in their global context.


Sarah Peek

With a degree in International Studies, Sarah Peek is now pursuing graduate studies in public administration and public policy.
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Many of our graduates have gone on to pursue graduate-level studies, and to prominent positions in the Canadian Foreign Service, law, journalism, business, and international organizations such as the United Nations.

International Studies Alumna (BA ’01) Karen Foss was given a Bryden Award in 2013 for her accomplishments.



Professor Stanislav Kirschbaum is an expert in the politics of Central Europe with a particular interest in Slovakia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.


Kiera’s passion for big picture-thinking and world issues made an iBA in International Studies a great fit. A bilingual, multidisciplinary approach to understanding global systems has opened doors for her in research, tourism, nonprofits and media in Canada and abroad.  Read more about her travel-study balance on her blog ››


Sarah’s interests in culture, law, and history are what led her to Glendon’s International Studies. Pursuing these interests in a bilingual and multidisciplinary program has worked out well, and she has been able to take courses that also relate to her Minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. Sarah recently got back from her semester on exchange, which she has written about on her blog.   Follow her academic journey here››


International Studies is available as a bilingual or trilingual international Bachelor of Arts.

Our annual award-winning International Symposium attracts high-profile guests from around the world. This year the focus is on Argentina. More ››

Prepare for the reality of the work force and gain practical experience in the international environment through a professional internship. More ››

To stimulate research activities at the undergraduate level, the best student essays are selected each year and assembled as “The Glendon Journal of International Studies” More ››

The annual John Holmes Memorial Lecture at Glendon honours the late John W. Holmes, O.C., Canadian diplomat, writer, administrator, and professor of International Relations at Glendon. More ››

The Edward R. and Caroline Appathurai Scholarships in International Studies were established in memory of Professor Edward Appathurai. More ››

Get involved in one or more of our many student clubs to complement your in-class experience, including theInternational Studies Student Association and the United Nations Club.

The annual Jean-Gabriel Castel lecture was created in 2004 to honour Professor Jean-Gabriel Castel, an internationally acknowledged jurist. More ››


Open Your Mind: A Q&A With Refugee and Migration Researcher Christina Clark-Kazak

International Studies program featured by the NATO Association of Canada

Deconstruct the ‘Country of Contrasts’ at Glendon’s 21st International Studies Symposium on Iceland

France Honours Department Chair Professor Stanislav Kirschbaum

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iBA Trilingual: YGH (Upper-year entry)

The 2000-level courses are core courses for the bachelor’s and specialized degrees and are open to incoming first-year students.  Those with a course number in the 2000’s are normally open to first-, second-, and third-year students.  These “introductory courses” are ordinarily offered every year, with most available in both English and French.

The 3000-level courses (those with a course-number in the 3000’s) are normally open to second-, third-, and fourth-year students.  Most of these courses are offered in alternating years, and alternate in the language of instruction.  This enables students to plan an individual programme of studies that extends for two or even three years ahead.

The upper-level 4000 courses are limited to students in their third or fourth year.  Many require specific courses in International Studies as a prerequisite.  The honours thesis (ILST 4000) and Individualized Studies (ILST 4100) are available only to fourth-year International Studies majors who have a strong academic record and can find an instructor willing to supervise their project. The Internship (ILST 4300) and Annual International Studies Symposium (ILST 4510) require a separate application through the department to enrol as spaces are limited.

Many International Studies courses are “cross-listed” either as courses in the programme of another department (e.g. Political Science or Sociology) or as courses in the multidisciplinary programme in General Education (namely Humanities or Social Science). A student may take such courses either as courses in International Studies or as courses in the other subject.

About two-thirds of the course offerings in International Studies are taught in English with the other third in French. Written assignments and examinations may, on the other hand, be submitted in either official language in all International Studies courses.

The curriculum in International Studies offers an in-depth and balanced approach.


  • Specialized Honours BA/iBA
  • Honours BA/iBA
  • Honours Double Major BA/iBA
  • Honours Major/Minor BA/iBA


Access detailed programme requirements below:

International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2017-2018
International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2016-2017

International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2015-2016
International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2014-2015
International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2013-2014

International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2012-2013
International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2011-2012

Some courses are cross-listed or offered through other departments.


AS/POLS 3260 6.0 War and peace in the Middle East
AS/POLS 3280 3.0 Canada and world affairs
AS/POLS 3515 3.0 China and the world
AS/POLS 3590 3.0 Japan and world order
AS/POLS 4000 3.0 International migration and the global economy
AS/POLS 4000 3.0 International migration and territoriality
AS/POLS 4210 3.0 Peace research
AS/POLS 4225 3.0 Canada and the Americas
AS/POLS 4255 6.0 Issues in international human rights
AS/POLS 4280 3.0 Soviet and Post-Soviet Foreign Policies
AS/POLS 4291 3.0 Capital and Power in the Global Economy
AS/POLS 4440 3.0 Human rights in Europe and Canada: a comparative perspective
AS/POLS 4520 3.0 Nationalism, communism and imperialism

AS/SOSC 1130 9.0 International migration
AS/SOSC 2430 6.0 Peoples and cultures of South-East Asia
AS/SOSC 2600 9.0 Introduction to the study of religion
AS/SOSC 3480 6.0 Culture, democracy and development in Africa
AS/SOSC 4310 3.0 Issue in international communications

AK/ADMS 3960 3.0 International business

AK/SOSC 3480 6.0 Violence and pacifism in the Western world
AK/SOSC 3510 6.0 Globalization: wealth, poverty and the new world order

AK/STS 1010 6.0 Introduction to science and technology studies
AK/STS 2010 6.0 History of modern science
AK/STS 3730 6.0 Science, religion and ethics
AK/STS 3740 6.0 Controversies in environmental science

ENVS 2100 3.0 Foundations of nature, technology and society
ENVS 2200 3.0 Foundations of human settlements and population
ENVS 2300 6.0 Foundations of Environment Politics: Development, Globalization and Justice
ENVS 3000 3.0 Environmental ethics
ENVS 3120 3.0 Environmental history
ENVS 3310 3.0 Environment and development
ENVS 3340 3.0 Global environment politics
ENVS 4311 3.0 Global justice and the environment

LAW 2290 3.0 International trade regulation
LAW 2340 3.0 Public internatinal law
LAW 2440 3.0 International criminal law
LAW 2890 3.0 International business transactions
LAW 3001 3.0 Law and international development
LAW 3100 3.0 International trade licensing and investment
LAW 3440 4.0 International human rights law
LAW 4050 2.0 International banking and finance
LAW 5150 3.0 International aspect of income taxation
LAW 5930 3.0 Advanced public international law

Some courses not listed may be recognized by the Department of International Studies with departmental approval only.

For course descriptions and most recent course offerings, please see refer to the respective Departments or Faculties.

Fall/Winter 2017-2018

Some courses are cross-listed or offered through other departments. Click to view a full list of all courses offered at Glendon for the Fall/Winter 2017-2018.


2017-2018 (PDF) Courses
2015-2016 (PDF)
2014-2015 (PDF)
2013-2014 (PDF)
2012-2013 (PDF)


Kirschbaum, Stanislav
Professor and Chairman

Ali-Hassan, Hossam
Coburn, Elaine
Dossou-Yovo, Angelo
Karoui, Aymen
Chapdelaine-Feliciali, Clara


Course Directors

Bargain, Alban
Barutciski, Michael
Dreher, Sabine
Fonseca, Marco
Ntoubandi, Faustin
Shadwick, Martin


Stanislav J. Kirschbaum, FRSC/MSRC
Office: York Hall 338
Telephone: 416-736-2100 ext. 88327

Administrative Secretary
Doreen Lo Choy
Office: York Hall 207
Telephone: 416-487-6704