Course Offerings

Course Offerings2018-11-21T15:44:28+00:00

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 2018

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History Requirement

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 2018

Economics Requirement
(to fulfill the program’s Economics requirement, students must take at least one of the following three 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  |  Fall 2018

GGOV 618 (UW) Politics of International Trade

This advanced undergraduate/graduate political economy seminar proposes an examination of the political underpinnings of international trade, taking a national, regional and multilateral perspective. The material discussed is both theoretical and applied with special attention to key institutional arrangements – including interest groups, domestic institutions and international intergovernmental organizations – important to trade policy making.
Instructor: Dr. John Ravenhill |  Winter 2019

GGOV 663 (UW) China and Global Governance

This course examines the evolution of Chinese involvement in global governance across different issue areas. We discuss Chinese perspectives on the existing governance mechanisms, and China’s role in preserving or changing these mechanisms. We will also explore how China’s involvement in global governance has shaped its domestic institutions.
Instructor: Dr. Hongying Wang |  Winter 2019

Field Courses

Conflict and Security

GGOV 630 (UW) 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. Thomas Homer-Dixon |  Winter 2019

GGOV 633 (UW) Managing Nuclear Risk

This seminar will begin with an examination of history’s closest call to a major nuclear war: The Cuban missile crisis of October 1962 and research on the crisis over the past 25 years. Students will have online access to declassified documents, oral testimony and scholarly analysis of the crisis from all over the world. The seminar will then shift gears to an in-depth consideration of the degree to which the lessons of the missile crisis illuminate the evolving Iranian nuclear crisis. Each student will work with the instructors throughout the semester to identify a suitable topic for an original research paper which may be primarily historical, or policy oriented, or a hybrid of the two. The seminar is open to any student with a strong interest in these topics, regardless of departmental affiliation.
Instructor: Dr. James Blight and Dr. janet Lang | Winter 2019

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Global Environmental Governance

GGOV 620 (UW) 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. Jennifer Clapp  |  Winter 2019

GGOV 622 (UW) 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 abut 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. Thomas Homer-Dixon | Winter 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 2019

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. Rianne Mahon  | Fall 2018

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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 2019

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 2018

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