IDS is an interdisciplinary field of study, based in Social Sciences, that introduces students to the broad and inter-connected range of issues and approaches within the field of critical development studies. IDS provides students with a critical understanding of development theories for addressing problems of power, inequality and oppression and prepares students who are interested in engaging themselves in the pursuit of social justice and driven to solve social and environmental problems.
The Co-op option gives students an overseas work experience in the field of international development. Students are also encouraged to complement their IDS program with a major or minor in anthropology, environmental sciences, environmental studies, economics, geography, health studies, history, political science, public policy, sociology or women’s and gender studies.
Common employment destinations include:
Popular further education opportunities include:
The databases below provide you with details about job prospects, nature of work, educational requirements, working conditions, pay and related career paths:
Attend our workshop Discover Your Skills and Career Options, meet with a Career Counsellor, and use our resources to get to know your skills, values, personality and interests.
Use the advice on our tip sheets for gathering info:
Gain exposure to your options in the world of work and make connections while you’re a student via campus events and programs listed on cln.utoronto.ca and ccr.utoronto.ca:
Apply for Work Study jobs in CLN in Fall and Spring! You might also find work via SCSU. Find networking opportunities, internship programs and entry-level jobs via websites like TalentEgg and CharityVillage. As an upper year student (14+ credits), attend UTSC’s Get Hired Conference and participate in Jobs for Grads. As a graduate, explore internships and other trainee programs like CareerEdge.
Explore Professional Associations and get involved: volunteer for their events and conferences, and get to know people in your industry of interest. These are your future mentors, supervisors and colleagues!
Please note: This document is a starting point for your further research into career options in this field of study. For more information on this program and course requirements, please visit the International Development Studies departmental website.