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Conflict Studies and Human Rights


Honours in Conflict Studies and Human Rights

Course Sequence | CO-OP | French Immersion

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The international community has, for several decades, sought to prevent and end conflict while helping to build sustainable peace. Where has it succeeded and how, and why has it failed elsewhere?
Our program explores the causes and consequences of the many armed conflicts that persist around the world and brings you to reflect objectively on issues such as human rights, war, peace, international security and much more.
If you’re interested in human rights, in understanding the conditions for peace, and in deconstructing the complexities of conflict, this program is a perfect fit!

General admission requirements

Province Prerequisites Admission averages
Ontario English or Français 4U 75%-79%
Quebec – CEGEP English (603) or Français (601) 65%-69%
Quebec – Secondary V English or Français 84%
Ambassador of Azerbaijan with a group of student

The Ambassador of Azerbaijan visits Professor Zürcher’s 4th year class on Intractable Conflict & Difficult Peace, a hands-on class in which students have to develop and present their own peace plans for countries who share a history of conflict.

Program highlights

  • The only program in Canada that combines conflict and human rights in this multidisciplinary way.
  • We encourage critical perspectives, debate, and in-depth research into the causes of conflicts and the role of rights in resolving them.
  • Because of our location in the nation’s capital and thanks to the scope of expertise our researchers and professor bring to the table, students frequently have the opportunity to meet guests and keynote speakers from embassies, government and around the world.
  • Some courses are taught by professors from the Faculty of Law and, as such, the program is a great first undergraduate degree to pursue if you plan on eventually going to Law School or if you wish to go on to doing graduate studies (an MA or PhD).

Potential Careers

  • Development officer in peace-building initiatives
  • Departmental assistant in international relations
  • International development officer
  • Program or project officer
  • Security and defence policy analyst
  • Conflict resolution worker
  • Foreign-service officer

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International opportunities

This program provides students with international opportunities as of their third year of study.

Omra Masstan


“This exceptional program deals with current issues and real-world problems. It helps students cultivate a critical mindset with regards to international matters unfolding right now. I find it’s an ideal happy medium between two important disciplines: politics and law. The program is exciting, engaging and can lead to so many careers. My classmates are equally motivated and my professors are fascinating!”

Omra Masstan, student

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