Globalization and the Environment

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Program Details

Are you interested in global environmental issues like climate change? This specialization looks at global processes and their impact on the environment, focusing attention on the emergence of the environment as a key theme of globalization. You will have the opportunity to develop an integrated understanding of global environmental issues, processes, patterns and solutions, as well as a skill set for conducting a critical analysis of current approaches to these issues and methods to implement and effect change. You will examine global biophysical systems and human-environment interactions, and you can also choose areas of interest within the specialization (such as human geography, urban networks, global environmental politics, sustainability or environmental change).

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 1000 - Global History

Introduction to political, social, cultural, economic and military developments in global and international history.

GINS 3020 - Places, Boundaries, Movements and Global Environmental Change

Examination of the relationship between individual places and global social and environmental processes. The changing nature of regions, states and political boundaries in the context of political and economic globalization and international migration. Social science perspectives on climate change vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation.

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