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Interdisciplinarity—it's in our DNA

 

Our interdisciplinary approach is our key differentiators—and a key requisite for understanding international affairs. At HEI, we combine four core disciplines: law, economics, management, and political science.

 

Interdisciplinary TRAINING in international studies

Partnerships with six Université Laval faculties make it possible for us to offer interdisciplinary programs. Most of our courses are offered through the following faculties: Business Administration; Agriculture and Food Sciences; Law; Forestry, Geography and Geomatics; Arts and Human Sciences; Social Sciences.

Master’s in International Studies

  • Up to seven prerequisite undergraduate courses in law, economics, and political science, depending on the concentration
  • Required coursework from three or more areas, depending on the student’s chosen concentration (international relations, international development, or international business and investment), with at least one course taken in each of these areas: international law, economics, and political science
  • Multidisciplinary seminars, developed by HEI, exploring international issues through the prism of two or three combined disciplines
  • To complete the professional master’s, a paper on a topic that incorporates material from two disciplines
  • For a research master’s, a thesis synthesizing two disciplines, supervised by two professors, one from each field

PhD in International Studies

  • Doctoral coursework involving two disciplines and including a multidisciplinary methods course
  • Interdisciplinary seminars, developed by HEI, exploring international issues through the prism of two or three combined disciplines
  • PhD students are supervised by two researchers, with the director and co-director coming from two different areas among the four core disciplines—law, management, political science, or economics
  • A dissertation combining two of the four core disciplines—law, management, political science, or economics

 

Interdisciplinary RESEARCH

Most HEI member researchers are from Université Laval’s six partner faculties.

HEI research groups bring together professionals from many scientific disciplines.

Études internationales, the quarterly scholarly journal, features articles in political science, law, economics and other fields related to international relations, development, and business and trade.

 

Other interdisciplinary ACTIVITIES

Our summer schools provide intensive, week-long training that examines international issues from many different perspectives. Themes are presented by speakers (scientists and practitioners) from numerous disciplines and fields.

HEI scientific events attract speakers from a host of disciplines that touch upon international relations, law, management, development, etc.

HEI students take part in numerous extracurricular projects, most of which are for credit. In the course of these projects, they put their knowledge in different fields to work—for example, in international law, international relations, economics, or international development management.

 

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