Social Sciences

142 International Relations and Development

Last update: May 4/21

Case Studies

SDG Toolkit for Canadian Colleges and Institutes This is a Canadian created resource(CC BY-NC-SA)

This guide identifies emerging practices in post-secondary settings across Canada that integrate the SDGs explicitly and curates a selection of these into an Open Educational Resource (OER) toolkit and guide to the SDGs for Canadian colleges and institutes.


This is a Canadian created resourceIDRC Books (CC BY)

IDRC (International Development Research Centre) is committed to improving lives and livelihoods by supporting research that addresses critical international development issues. One of the important ways that IDRC and our grantees help to bring about positive change is through our book publishing program, where we share our research results and findings with other researchers, policymakers, and communities globally.

Explore our book collection from the last 25 years below, all free for digital download. Hundreds more IDRC books, published from the 1970s to the 1990s, are available through the IDRC Digital Library.

E-International Relations (Various CC licences)

The world’s leading open access website for students and scholars of international politics, featuring high quality scholarly content and student-facing resources. The website was established in November 2007. In addition to maintaining the website, we produce a range of open access books.


Global Studies Quarterly (CC BY)

The International Studies Association’s fully open access journal. The journal publishes original and innovative scholarship within the topics, subfields, and approaches in international studies. Work published in GSQ offers significant theoretical, epistemological, empirical, or normative contributions to the field.


Immigrant and Refugee Families, 2nd Ed: Global Perspectives on Displacement and Resettlement Experiences (CC BY-NC)

This book offers an interdisciplinary perspective on immigrant and refugee families’ challenges and resilience across multiple domains, including economic, political, health, and human rights. This new edition has been revised and updated from the original 2016 edition.

International Relations (CC BY)

As a ‘Day 0’ beginner’s guide, this textbook condenses the most important information into the smallest space and present concepts in an accessible way. The chapters build up the foundations for understanding how the world works and then explore the key global issues that concern the discipline – taking readers from no knowledge to competency.

International Relations Theory (CC BY)

This book is designed as a foundational entry point to International Relations theory. Each chapter sets out the basics of a theory whilst also applying it to a real-world event or issue, creating a lively, readable and relevant guide that will help students to see not only what theories are – but why they matter.

Language and Culture in Context: A Primer on Intercultural Communication (CC BY-NC); also see posting in the Open Textbook Library

This text introduces some of the key concepts in intercultural communication as traditionally presented in (North American) courses and textbooks, namely the study of differences between cultures, as represented in the works and theories of Edward Hall and Geert Hofstede. Common to these approaches is the prominence of context, leading to a view of human interactions as dynamic and changeable, given the complexity of language and culture, as human agents interact with their environments.

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