Diaspora & Transnational Studies

Diaspora & Transnational Studies

“Where is home? Need it be in one place? Is it always attached to territory? Diaspora and transnational studies examines the historical and contemporary movements of peoples and the complex problems of identity and experience to which these movements give rise as well as the creative possibilities that flow from movement. The program is comparative and interdisciplinary, drawing from the social sciences, history, religion and the arts. Students are required to take two linked half-courses that offer an introduction to a broad array of themes and disciplinary methodologies. The program offers a wide selection of additional courses, giving students the opportunity to learn about a range of diasporic communities as well as key debates in the field. Students will complete the program with 1.0 credit 400 level capstone course (or two linked half-courses).

With the critical analytical skills, cultural sensitivity and broader outlook of life acquired in the program, graduates thrive in government ministries and offices (eg public policy, foreign ministry, citizenship and immigration, social sevices, labour), human rights, media industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), teaching and other fields.