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. Hongying Wang  |  Fall 2020

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 | Fall 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 | Winter 2021

Economics Requirement

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

Global Governance (GGOV) 610 Governance of Global Economy (0.50) SEM

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. Eric Helleiner Fall 2020

IP622 (Laurier) 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.
Instructor: Dr. Derek Hall |  Winter 2021

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 2020

Global Environmental Governance

Global Governance (GGOV) 620 Advanced Topics in Global Environmental Governance (0.50) SEM

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.
Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Clapp  |  Fall 2020

IP613 (Laurier) Special Topics in International Environmental Policy (0.50)

This special topics course focuses on selected issues relating to international environmental policy. Possible topics include environmental planning and management, social and environmental sustainability, environmental monitoring and assessment, and water management.
Instructor: Dr. Simon Dalby  |  Winter 2021

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 2021

Global Governance (GGOV) 634 Gender and Global Politics (0.50) SEM

Does looking at the world through the lens of gender change how we see the state, sovereignty, diplomacy, security, trade, migration, globalization, governance, and other foundational concepts in global politics? We review feminist theories of politics, with a particular focus on international relations and global governance; examine how gender shapes the roles and experiences of women and men in global politics; and discuss how to do feminist research.
Instructor: Dr. Veronica Kitchen | Winter 2021

Global Social Governance

Global Governance (GGOV) 642 Global Social Governance (0.50) SEM

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. Gerry Boychuk | Winter 2021

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 2021

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 2020

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 2021

*denotes the core course for its field