The list of courses below contains information about required courses, and recommended elective courses. Subject to approval by the Program Director, students may take global governance-related courses offered by other graduate programs at UW and Laurier.

Required Courses

Global Governance Core

GGOV 600 (UW) Global Governance and Globalization

This course provides an overview of current scholarly debates relating to the interdisciplinary study of global governance in the context of globalization. It examines competing perspectives on globalization and global governance, and explores the sources and consequences of global power and authority, as well as the key actors, institutions, regimes, and norms of global governance. This course is open only to students in the MA program in Global Governance. |  Fall 2024

History Requirements

To fulfill the program’s History requirement, students must take one of the following courses, or a comparable graduate level History course.

GGOV 605 Global Governance in Historical Perspective

This course examines the various ways global actors have identified and tried to solve global problems in the twentieth century. We will study the interactions between international organizations, state actors, non-governmental organizations, and informal interest groups as they have confronted global issues such as war, immigration, international trade, human rights, and environmental and health crises. | Fall 2024

GGOV 645 Indigenous Rights and Claims: A Global Perspective

This course examines the historical and political background of Indigenous rights in comparative and global perspective. It will consider the patterns of Indigenous-Newcomer relations, the nature and origins of treaties, and Indigenous protests against external incursions into traditional territories. The course will focus on developments around the world in the period after World War II, and will examine such themes as the emergence of Indigenous rights movements, the origins and status of legal claims, political accommodations and international efforts to address Indigenous aspirations. Particular attention will be paid to the development of international Indigenous organizations, coordinated protests and challenges to national governments, and the engagement of international organizations (i.e., through the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples). | Winter 2025 (Also a Global Justice and Human Rights elective)

Economics Requirements

To fulfill the program’s Economics requirement, students must take one of the following courses, or a comparable graduate-level Political Economy/Economics course.

GGOV 610 Governance of Global Economy

A survey of the theoretical and public policy debates relating to regulation of the global economy, examined through case studies ranging from international banking an intellectual property rights, to labour and environmental standards and the control of illicit economic activity. |  Winter 2025

IP622 – Power and Policy in the Global Economy

This course covers the politics of international economic relations. It focuses on the ways in which power, interests, institutions and ideas shape policy-making in the global political economy, and on the various kinds of actors that take part in the process. Topics covered include trade, regional integration, money and finance, foreign direct investment, development aid, natural resources and energy, agriculture, and the illicit/criminal side of the global economy. |  Winter 2025

GGOV 616 Theories of Political Economy

An advanced examination of theoretical approaches to the study of political economy. The course explores both historical and contemporary approaches and how they inform political economy research. |  Fall 2024

Field Courses

Global Environmental Governance

GGOV 620 Global Environmental Governance

This course examines the ways in which environmental challenges are being addressed by means of 'global governance' - that is, international organizations and institutions intended to deal with these environmental challenges. Concepts are investigated both to help analyze the relative strengths and weaknesses of existing structures and to suggest ways in which alternative forms of global governance might advance sustainability. Specific organizations and other actors presently active in global environmental governance are given particular attention, as is the management of selected global environmental challenges. |  Fall 2024

GGOV 621 Governing Global Food and Agriculture Systems

This course examines the international rules and organizations that have emerged to govern the increasingly global system of food and agriculture. Specific themes to be covered include governance issues related to the rise of global food corporations, agricultural trade liberalization and the WTO, food aid distribution, international agricultural assistance, the global agro-chemical industry, and agricultural biotechnology. |  Winter 2025

Global Justice and Human Rights

GGOV 640 Human Rights in a Globalized World

The course is a study of international and local responses to human rights abuses in the contexts of economic globalization and proliferation of armed violence. It examines major debates on international human rights. It also deals with specific human rights situations in the developing/transitional countries. Topics include: universalism and cultural relativism, global economic justice, rights to food and health, women's and children's rights, the rights of displaced civilians, human rights and R2P, prospects for transitional justice. | Fall 2024

GGOV 664 Law, Tech and Society

The course provides a comprehensive introduction to the intersections between technological innovations, law, and the regulation of social life. Emphasis is placed on how socio-technical and legal orders condition information environments, and, by extension, inform power relations and social inequalities. Focus is also placed on a range of empirical contexts to reveal how social harms are both produced and regulated through a nexus of technology, legal rules, and social relations. | Winter 2025

Global Social Governance

GV 740 Global Governance of Borders & Human Mobility

This course explores the global governance and management of borders and border-crossings, including human mobility and migration. Students will learn about state and non-state cooperation and struggles over sovereignty, issues related to access to human rights associated with border governance and enforcement, cross-border governance arrangements, and social justice movements related to inclusion and exclusion at the border. | Fall 2024

GGOV 644 International Migration: Practice, Theory & Regulation

This course explores theoretical perspectives on migration and critically examines how states deter or facilitate migration flows, including irregular immigration, refugees and asylum seekers, and low and high-skilled labourers. A multidisciplinary approach allows students to investigate the ubiquitous rise of border controls as a state tool to control migration, and how their implementation intersects with gender, race, class and nationality. | Winter 2025

Multilateral Institutions and Diplomacy

*GGOV 650 International Organizations and Global Governance

This course serves as a survey of the international relations (IR) subfield of international organizations (IO) but focuses principally on formal, inter-governmental organizations (IGOs). We examine the growing literature on international organizations and discuss their impact on global governance, considering their formation, design, relevance, impact and agency. We apply this knowledge to the study of several highly institutionalized issue areas. |  Winter 2025

GGOV 654 International Relations Theory

This course examines the major theories of International Relations (IR) and the current state of the field. It addresses the major IR theories, how they inform advanced research, and how they relate to the conduct of world politics. |  Fall 2024

GGOV 660 Public International Law

This survey course will provide students with a systematic introduction to the international legal system. Topics to be covered include: the origins and nature of the international legal system; the formation, sources and application of international law; the law of treaties; international legal personality; the institutional framework of international law; the relationship between international law and national law; the relationship between states and territory; the law of the sea; state jurisdiction; jurisdictional immunities of states; state responsibility; and a selection of substantive international legal topics including, as time permits, international trade, international investment, the use of force by states, and/or international humanitarian law. |  Fall 2024

*denotes the core course for its field

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