• Application Deadline: 
    March 1
  • Profile Code: 
  • DEC in: 
    Social Science
  • Program Length: 
    2 years

Make lifelong friendships and be part of a small and engaged community of scholars and activists working for environmental and social justice. The North-South Studies Profile challenges students academically and gives them an overview of social science disciplines related to international development. The heart of the experience is a three-week trip to a community in the Global South in the second year. While living with a local host family, students conduct field research, attend conferences, participate in community projects and learn by working alongside youth, women, labour and community organizations. As eyewitnesses to various struggles in the Global South and in Canada, graduates leave with a life-changing perspective and a sense of purpose.

By helping me understand and advance issues I care about, this profile motivated me to be a good student and an engaged global citizen.
— Laura K.

What you will learn?

The North-South Studies Profile is part of the Social Science Program, and encompasses the knowledge and skills of that program. Its distinctiveness comes from the particular themes, topics and lens of analysis related to international development.

Students in North-South Studies learn:

  • To develop academic skills: writing, critical thinking, systems thinking, communication skills
  • To research (search, find, collect, analyze, interpret and evaluate information)
  • To conduct field research
  • To develop Spanish communication skills
  • To develop soft skills acquired through service (experiential learning): empathy, relationship building, openness to the world
  • To feel a sense of global social responsibility
  • To integrate experiential knowledge into your studies
  • To be resilient in the face of challenges
  • To adapt to new situations

Where will this program lead you?

The North-South Studies Profile is especially designed for students interested in pursuing university studies in International Development, Social Justice, Community Development, Global and International Studies and International Relations. Following university, graduates may pursue careers in social work, law, journalism, human rights, policy analysis, community outreach work, fundraising, donor relations and advocacy.

When you complete the North-South Studies Profile, you receive a DEC in Social Science. A DEC in Social Science offers solid preparation for a wide variety of university degrees in the Social Sciences as well as in fields such as Arts, Education and Law.

What else you should know?

  • While the three-week field trip in second year is a key experience, local community service can be arranged to accommodate students who cannot travel
  • Students raise awareness about justice issues and participate in fundraising activities on campus
  • North-South Studies students have access to a communal space shared with New School. The eighth-floor space includes a lounge, kitchen, classrooms and teachers’ offices
  • Cinema Politica is an annual documentary film festival organized by North-South Studies to give students a chance to view relevant documentaries

What do you need to get in?

  • A Diploma of Secondary Studies (DES) or academic background judged equivalent to the DES
  • Sec IV Mathematics - Cultural, Social & Technical option 563-414

Application Deadline

March 1

Last Modified: October 7, 2020