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.
Instructor: Dr. David Welch |  Fall 2021

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.
Instructor: Dr. Randall Wigle  |  Winter 2022

History Core

HIST 605 (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.
Instructor: Dr. Dan Gorman  |  Winter 2022

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.
Instructor: Dr. Colleen Loomis  |  Fall 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 2021

Sociology (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 2022

Global Environmental Governance

Global Governance (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. Andrea Collins  |  Fall 2021

GV 732 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. Simon Dalby  |  Winter 2022

Global Justice and Human Rights

RE693a Religions and Cultures in Global Context

A focused analysis of the academic study of religions and cultures in global contexts provides a common grounding in influential theoretical, methodological and historical issues, scholarly debates, and current disputes about the genealogy of the field of religious, cultural and global studies. Since students in the incoming cohort to the modified MA program in Religion, Culture and Global Justice have academic backgrounds in various disciplines, the aim of this core requirement is to develop theoretical and methodological foundations for graduate study of religion and culture and to investigate “global justice” as a specific subset of global studies. Graduate seminar participants will gain awareness of how these fields of study have been developed and defined by exploring various approaches to the academic study of religion (as thematized within the broader category of “culture”) and the field of global justice.
Instructor: Dr. Ali Hassan Zaidi  |  Fall 2021

Global Political Economy

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

(Cross listed with PSCI 688)
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 2021

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.
Instructor: Dr. Derek Hall | 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 2022

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 2022

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 2021

GGOV 660 Public International Law

(Cross-listed with SUSM-660)
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 2022

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