MAGG COURSES

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.
Instructor: Dr. Hongying Wang  |  Fall 2022

History Requirements

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

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 2022

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 2023

HIST 660 Transnational and Global History: Old Problems and New Directions (0.50) SEM

This course examines transnational and global historical processes, focusing on temporal and geographic scales of analysis outside of traditional national histories, and promotes linking the local and the global. It looks at global forces influencing particular societies and encourages students to place themselves outside conventional local, regional, and national boundaries, and will critically consider a number of the metanarratives that have informed and continue to inform historiography, particularly idea such as modernity, progress, and the ongoing preoccupation with the 'rise of the west'. Given these questions, and the almost endless scope of a course that purports to take the world as its focal point, weekly seminars will begin with a discussion of the possibilities offered by as well as the limits to transnational/global/world history, the various interpretative frameworks in use and their proponents as well as the challenges that transnational/global/world history poses. We will then focus on particular case studies or themes so as to promote discussion that is as much historiographical as it is historical. Such themes/case studies may include: feminism and imperialism, famine and climate change, disease and ecology, military technology and governmentally, global trade and the rise of consumer society(s), colonial knowledge and shifting ideas of race.
Instructor: Dr. Doug Peers | Fall 2022

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 (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  |  Winter 2023

PSCI 690 Theories of Political Economy (0.50) SEM

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.
Instructor: Dr. Heather Whiteside |  Fall 2022

Field Courses

Conflict and Security

SOC 785 Cities and Security (0.50) SEM

An examination of the urban aspects of security, surveillance, war and terrorism. Particular attention will be given to the contemporary embrace of resilience as a rationality of urban security. Additional themes include the militarization of policing, the role of 'big data' in the intensification of urban surveillance, and the relationship between security and urban environments.
Instructor: Dr. Philip Boyle | Winter 2023

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.
Instructor: Dr. Andrea Collins  |  Fall 2022

GGOV 622 Complexity and Global Governance (0.50) SEM

The course is an advanced seminar consisting of two major components: 1. An introduction to key concepts, theories, and empirical findings in complexity science, and 2. A review of the implications of our emerging knowledge about complex systems in three governance domains - energy, climate, and security. The first component surveys the major branches of thought about complexity in physics, biology, ecology, geography, information theory, technology studies, and economics. The second component highlights practical applications of complexity science in global governance, emphasizing research findings with clear policy implications. The course includes some exposure to computational methods of modeling complex phenomena and visualizing complex data. Assignments include three short integrative reports and a major paper.
Instructor: Dr. Michael Lawrence  |  Fall 2022

GGOV 628 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. Angela Carter  |  Winter 2023

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.
Instructor: Dr. Andrew Thompson | Fall 2022

GG 693 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 2023

Global Social 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 2023

GV 740 International Migration

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. Alison Mountz | Fall 2022

Multilateral Institutions and Diplomacy

*GV 734 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.
Instructor: Dr. Alistair Edgar  |  Fall 2022

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