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International Development Studies First Year

Are you interested in international or local peace and justice issues? International Development Studies (IDS) is a program that challenges students to explore the causes and consequences of processes that can promote or exclude individuals, communities and nations. Senior students also benefit from a practicum where they will apply theory and skills to real-world situations.

In your first year, you’ll take Introduction to International Development Studies. In this course, you’ll be encouraged to think about how you can be an agent of change as you begin to study key development issues in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, as well as local/Canadian issues. You’ll explore what has been done in the name of development by looking at topics like poverty, gender, and the environment. And you’ll learn how to pose and answer questions about current development challenges, and think about how to make change at the global, national, and community levels.

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“With great and friendly faculty and staff, Menno Simons College has become the home away from home for many students. It is a place where you can learn in small class sizes and take part in great discussions. As a student I have learned to never shy away from asking questions and try to contribute to the rich discussions that we have in classes. My classes at MSC have always been different, they are mostly based on cooperation and group discussions, and this has made conversations rich and fun!”

Shafagh Daneshfar, IDS student

"I chose to study International Development alongside Economics because I discovered how it allowed me to see the same concepts in two totally different ways. Now I not only have two sets of vocabulary to draw from, I am also better equipped to help bridge communication gaps and to promote synergy between the fields. As companies are increasingly pressured to use "sustainable" methods and pursue "social responsibility" nowadays, the tools developed in MSC's IDS courses are a strong asset for both business and development-minded students."

Celine Brandt, IDS graduate (3-yr BA)