Global Law and Social Justice

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Program Details

A key feature of the late-twentieth and early-twenty first centuries is the emergence of law as a technology for governing global identities and for framing global issues. Legal recognition and law reform are increasingly relied upon as instruments to both imagine and manage global issues and identities. This specialization focuses attention on this critical facet of globalization. You will learn about the institutional structures, objectives, and history of global law, covering topics such as immigration, trade, human rights and armed conflict.

Language Requirement

The BGInS program features a second-language requirement that can be taken, for example in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and/or American Sign Language. Students may also take other languages at other institutions of higher education with prior approval.

International Experience Requirement

The BGInS program features an international experience requirement as an integral part of the program. The options for fulfilling this requirement include: studying abroad under one of Carleton’s international exchange agreements, undertaking an international internship, completing a Carleton University course abroad, or taking our international group project course at Carleton.

Work Experience

A Co-op option is available. Co-op is the opportunity to get a head start on a career. Co-op work terms allow for the development of key employability skills, exploration of career options and graduation with tangible, workplace experience.

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Career Outcomes

Explore your passions, refine new skills and discover the career that’s right for you.

The critical skills gained from BGInS will prepare you for a wide variety of careers.

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Sample Courses

GINS 1010 - International Law and Politics

Introduction to the evolution of the international system, including the rise of the state, sovereignty, and the challenge of international cooperation. The role of international law in addressing global issues such as human rights, security and trade.

HRSJ 3504 - Public Health and Human Rights

Through a social-scientific analysis of AIDS, this course explores HIV/AIDS as a case study for understanding the politics of public health. Students will critically interrogate the authority of science and explore avenues for democratizing biomedicine and public health policy in various national and policy contexts.

Visit the Undergraduate Calendar to view a comprehensive list of course offerings for this program and discover the exciting things Carleton students are learning in the classroom!

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At Carleton University, I co-founded an association with fellow Afghans to support Afghan students and celebrate the university's diverse and inclusive environment. Additionally, I participated as a panellist at the inaugural and subsequent annual conferences of Afghan Scholars at Risk. The first conference, held at Carleton University, focused on the intergenerational diaspora and its impact on Afghan scholars, students and activists' placements. At the second conference, hosted by the University of British Columbia, I served as a panellist discussing Mentorship: Fostering Connections Across Generations and Borders. Currently, I serve as a Participant Success Manager at the GLOCAL Foundation of Canada. In this capacity, I engage with national organizations and political figures, facilitating connections with youth. I also recruit and mentor volunteers, assisting them in developing essential skills for their academic and future career pursuits. I am deeply passionate about my work and enthusiastic about the opportunities that lie ahead.

Madina, Global and International Studies student
Madina
Global and International Studies student