Course Offerings

Course Offerings2019-08-30T15:34:37-05:00

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.
Instructor: Dr. David Welch  |  Fall 2019 and Winter 2020

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History Requirement

HIST 605 Global Governance in Historical Perspective (0.50) SEM

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.
Instructor: Dr. Kate Bruce-Lockhart | Winter 2020

HIST 607 Human Rights in Historical Perspective I (0.50) SEM

The course will examine developments in human rights, primarily during the twentieth century. Weekly discussions based on assigned readings will offer students an opportunity to explore such questions as: What are “human rights” and how are they different from any other rights? Where do human rights come from? Why do they change over time, and by whom and by what means are changes effected? Is there a role for the historian in explaining this process, and can the lessons of history be applied to public policy and to continuing human rights issues? The focus for our study is the formation and evolution of international human rights, but with attention paid to Canadian events to assess the relationship between domestic and global human rights innovations.
Instructor: Dr. James Walker | Winter 2020

HIST 612 Indigenous Rights and Claims: A Global Perspective (0.50) SEM

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).
Instructor: Dr. Susan Roy | Fall 2019

Economics Requirement

(to fulfill the program’s Economics requirement, students must take at least one of the following courses)

GV 731 (Laurier) Governance of the 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.
Instructor: Dr. Derek Hall  |  Winter 2020

IP 652 (Laurier) Global Health and Policy

A comprehensive flexible global health policy is needed in 2019 more than ever. The outbreaks of new diseases, including Ebola and Zika may not be as under control as many believe or hope. There will be other zoonotic events to come (this is when a disease is transmitted from a non-human species to humans and then spreads). Antibiotic resistance is on the rise, and is already affecting some of the best equipped health facilities in the developing world. In addition the global burden of disease is changing with ever more non-communicable diseases causing misery and death.
Instructor: Dr. Alan Whiteside |  Fall 2019

Field Courses

Conflict and Security

GV 733 (Laurier) Security Ontology

This is a seminar in the ontology of security. Security is a contested concept, and in this course we ask what it is and how best to pursue it. What do we mean by security? What are we trying to protect? From what? Why? How do we do it? We begin by considering the concept of security in the abstract, and we then proceed to explore various specific conceptions. Along the way we encounter both traditional and non-traditional approaches to security.
Instructor: Dr. Simon Dalby |  Fall 2019

Global Environmental Governance

GV 780P (Laurier) Global Environment in a Disrupted World

Traditional notions of environmental policy and practical measures to tackle pollution and resource regulations are clearly inadequate to deal with the accelerating changes in a world that is increasingly disrupted, both directly by economic development, and indirectly by climate change and the current global extinction event. This course will offer a forum to examine scholarly and policy responses to this predicament and probe potential answers as to how to tackle the governance issues posed by these new planetary circumstances.
Instructor: Dr. Simon Dalby  |  Fall 2019

Global Justice and Human Rights

GG 693 (Laurier) Political Geographies of Violence

This course explores political geographies of violence with a particular emphasis on the issue of human security. Political geography is, at its core, the relationship between politics and space. Political geographers have long studied conflicts between nation states over territory, borders, and resources. Within the field of geography and beyond, however, there is little agreement on what, exactly, constitutes violence; and even less so on how framings of human security can enhance our understanding of the causes and effects of violence. We will explore these very questions by asking what constitutes violence across a variety of scales and locations, from local to transnational, from embodied fears and small scale acts of violence to state based projects and conflicts. The course will be largely centered on close readings of the texts assigned. These are drawn from an interdisciplinary set of scholars. We will explore what insights geographical concepts such as scale and territory lend to understandings of violence and human security. We will draw on ideas in other disciplines to enhance our understanding of the relationships between violence, power, and spatial relationship.
Instructor: Dr. Alison Mountz | Winter 2020

Global Social Governance

*GV 735 (Laurier) Global Social Governance

This course examines the prospects for the supranational governance of social issues including the political and philosophical underpinnings of transnational social policy cooperation as well as examining specific issue areas such as global health policy and cross-national migration.
Instructor: Dr. Colleen Loomis  | Fall 2019

GGOV 644 (UW) International Migration

(Cross-listed with SOC 784)
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.
Instructor: Dr. Suzan Ilcan  |  Winter 2020

Multilateral Institutions and Diplomacy

*GGOV 650 (UW) International Organizations and Global Governance

(Cross-listed with PSCI 657)
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.
Instructor: Dr. Andrew Cooper  |  Fall 2019

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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 municipal law; the relationship between states and territory; 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.
Instructor: Dr. Neil Craik  |  Winter 2020

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