International Development
Program Intro

How should Christian approach complex issues of development and justice?

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Systematic issues of injustice, poverty, inequality and conflict are increasingly apparent in our world today. How can you make a difference? Redeemer's International Development program focuses on a holistic and sustainable transformation of communities through aid and global development. By considering global issues from the perspectives of history, business, economics, literature, and philosophy give students an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving, making solid and data-driven arguments, and analyzing systems with empathy and creativity.

International Development is a Bachelor of Arts degree program. It is offered as an honours major.

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Right from the start, small class sizes allow for meaningful class discussion, lead by professors who are actively researching and experienced practitioners in the field.

First-year courses approach topics of history, politics, and international studies in a way that is both broad and deep, giving an overview of the people, organizations, and policies that are currently working towards bettering our world.

International Development The Core

The Core Curriculum is a set of 10 courses that every student takes. The courses are woven through every major and get you to think deeply and broadly about what you’re studying. Think about it this way…

  • Politicians have a deeper sense of compassion when they ground themselves in the narrative of Scripture.
  • Researchers can communicate their findings more clearly when they know how to write persuasively.
  • Relief workers treat people fairly when they have considered the meaning of justice.

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In the Classroom

Takes courses that do practical case studies like Human Rights and International Justice; research and look at existing Christian approaches to important global issues in Current Issues in Politics & International Studies; and consider the foundations, history and theories of Christian political thought in Irenaeus to Grotius: Christian Political Thought.

Beyond Campus

Off-campus study programs such as the Laurentian Leadership Program, Au Sable, the Crandall-Oxford Study Programme, and SPIN, provide you with opportunities to travel and learn about the world through hands-on and interactive experiences.

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After Redeemer

Alumni of Redeemer’s international development program are making a positive impact in our society and in our communities.

Kyla DeHaan '16

strives to empower others to actively respond to world hunger through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Ed Bosveld '92

works on the Immigration and Refugee Board interpreting Canadian and international law in order that he might grant protection to those at risk of persecution.

Politics and International Studies
Find out where a degree in International Development takes you!
Redeemer’s International Development Program provides you with the knowledge and relevant skills to set you on the path to a fulfilling career.
Roles open to me
with this degree:
  • Civil servant
  • Community development/ liaison officer
  • Foreign service officer
  • Human rights advocate
  • International aid worker
  • Journalist
  • Legislative assistant
  • Lobbyist
  • Policy analyst
  • Researcher
With continuing
education I can be:
  • Business consultant
  • Customs inspector
  • Immigration/border officer
  • Intelligence analyst
  • International aid director
  • Lawyer
  • Pastor
  • Political scientist
  • Teacher
  • Trade negotiator
Related jobs in other fields:
  • Armed forces personnel
  • Communications coordinator
  • Legal assistant
  • Market researcher
  • Media strategist
  • Nonprofit administrator
  • Refugee settlement organizer • Risk assessor
  • Tourism agent
Technical skills:
  • Assessing the merits of alternative theories and arguments
  • Explaining how organizations work and how and why certain outcomes arise from large institutions
  • Explaining current events in terms of systems and institutions, and how prior history gives shape to present day problems
  • Interpreting complex political or legal documentsFormulating political research questions and answering them with research
  • Understanding and evaluating scholarly books and articles
  • Understanding power and how and why decisions are made
  • Writing persuasive reports and papers
Transferable skills:
  • Conducting research based and assessing the credibility of claims
  • Listening and reading carefully and empathetically
  • Making persuasive, evidence-based arguments in speech and in writing
  • Seeing people and information in a larger context
  • Speaking persuasively and confidently in meetings
  • Summarizing complex topics concisely and accurately
  • Understanding and appreciating cultural differences
  • Weighing conflicting arguments and choosing logically between them
  • Writing clearly and correctly
Discover current trends, wages and job in Canada for the Politics and International Studies field.
Explore your career ideas. Find out what Redeemer alumni have done with their degree.
Professional Organizations:
Connect with these organizations to learn more about your career.
  • Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD)
  • Canadian Association for the Study of International Development
  • Canadian Political Science Association
  • Canadian Association for Global Health (CAGH)
  • Cooperation Canada
  • Economic Developers Association of Canada
  • International Studies Association
  • The Canadian International Council
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International Development
Redeemer’s International Development Program provides you with the knowledge and relevant skills to set you on the path to a fulfilling career.
Alumni can go on
to careers as...
  • Research assistants
  • Human rights advocates
  • NGO staffers
  • Business development analysts
  • International trade researchers
  • Government relation specialists
  • Foreign affairs officers
Alumni can do further
studies to earn...
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
  • Master of International Affairs
  • Master of Global Affairs
  • Master of Global Public Policy
Want to know more about Redeemer’s International Development program?
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International Development

The 40 Hottest Days of the Year

A student’s journey as a global mobilizer intern and teacher in Iraq.

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Seeking Global Justice

A fourth-year international development student is already putting her Redeemer education to work for a community in Africa.

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Ethics, Politics and Higher Ed

Brittany Lorenz ’14 is making her mark on the capital, working and teaching in Ottawa’s political sector.

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Intentional About Community

Jake Bakker '18 is starting his career with a combination of business and missions in Central America.

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A Semester Spent in Jordan

Redeemer International Studies program student Jessica Banninga shares about her experience studying abroad in Jordan.

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A Tangible Response to World Hunger

Alumna Kyla DeHaan strives to empower others to actively respond to world hunger through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

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Administering justice

Alumni working in law

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A year of international internships

Alumna Ashley Muller has spent her years since graduation joining peacebuilding and sustainability initiatives in the UK and in Switzerland

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