PhD COURSES

Required Courses

Global Governance Core

GGOV 700 (UW) / GV 710 (Laurier) Global Governance

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 Ph.D. in Global Governance program. | Fall 2024

Economics Core

ECON 637 (UW) / GV 730 (Laurier) Economic Analysis and Global Governance

This course demonstrates the usefulness of economic analysis to the study of global governance. Topics include the economic analysis of international trade, foreign direct investment, and international finance. Students with more advanced economics background (as a minimum, at least one economics course above the 100 level that focused on international economics or an equivalent applied course such as development economics, environmental economics) are recommended to replace 637 with one of a list of courses, including internationally oriented economics courses, some of the PSCI international political economy courses, or Faulty of Environment courses that include significant international political economy content. | Winter 2025

History Core

HIST 703 (UW) / GV 720 (Laurier) The History of Global Governance

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. |  Winter 2025

Research Methods

GGOV 701 (UW) / GV 701 (Laurier) Research Methods

The course exposes students to various methodological approaches and debates among them in order to help students develop the ability to professionally assess academic work as well as to prepare their own dissertation research. The course examines such topics as statistical methods for the social sciences, issues in methods and methodology, case selection, critical assessment and proposal writing. This course is open only to students in the Ph.D. in Global Governance program. |  Fall 2024

Field Courses

Note: the terms below reflect the 2023-24 schedule. The 2024-25 field course schedule will be posted soon.

Conflict and Security

SOC 785 Cities and Security

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. | Winter 2024

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 2023

*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 2024

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 2023

HIST 612 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 2024

Sociology (SOC) 721 Law, Tech, & 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 2024

Global Political Economy

*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 2024

*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 2024

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. | Fall 2023

Global Social Governance

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 2024

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 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 2023

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