Why Study Here?

Are you interested in engaging with some of the most pressing problems facing the world?

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Making a just, sustainable, and equitable world:

The Department of International Development Studies is your place. Dalhousie’s IDS department is one of top development studies programs in Canada and is considered by Maclean's to be a standout program at Dalhousie.

The philosopher Slavoj Žižek said that we are living in the “end times” threatened by “four horsemen”: ecological degradation, imbalances in the capitalist system, biogenetic revolution, and severe social and economic inequities.

While this might feel apocalyptic, it is a call to action. The IDS’ approach understands that to meet the world’s most difficult challenges, one’s vision must be inter-disciplinary and global.

Dalhousie IDS brings distinct kinds of expertise together: politicsculturehealthenvironmentgender, sexualityrace and sport. Our program offers a rarely-seen geographical diversity. Our professors work in CanadaAfricaAsia, and Latin America. It has a special niche when it comes to specific regions/countries like CubaBoliviaSouth AsiaSub-Saharan Africa and even research netherworlds like North Korea.

The IDS’ approach understands that to meet the world’s most difficult challenges, one’s vision must be inter-disciplinary and global.

This diversity comes through in our teaching as well. Moreover, IDS offers a unique blend of theory and practice. It focuses on experiential learning as much it does on philosophical/theoretical discussions. It has pioneered courses like ‘Development and Activism’ which has been nationally acclaimed, as well our course “Halifax and the World” explores the linkages between the local and the global.                                   

The department gives students an opportunity to be a part of the longest-running Canadian development studies study abroad program in Cuba. Many students’ lives have been changed through this amazing experience. A study abroad opportunity is similarly available in India, Ecuador, and Ghana.

Studying at Dalhousie IDS gives a sense of intercultural realtions and being a global citizen. The department has welcomed Cuban and African students to study in Halifax, and faciliated IDS students to do internships in Africa.

European students have been regular visitors in the MA classes through the Erasmus Mundus program. The same program offers scholarship opportunities to Dalhousie students to pursue a multi-university MA degree in Europe.

Truly, Dalhousie IDS is a wonderful academic experience for students, an experience further enhanced, as many student testimonies attest, by the close-knit community, our excellent IDS support staff, and exciting learning opportunities.