Global Governance Course Offerings (PhD)

Required Courses

Global Governance Core

GGOV 700 (UW) / GV 710 (Laurier) Global Governance 2017 Syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Rianne Mahon
Fall 2017
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.

Economics Core

ECON 637 (UW) / GV 730 (Laurier) Economic Analysis and Global Governance
Instructor: Dr. Randall Wigle
Winter 2018
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.

History Core

HIST 605 (UW) / GV 720 (Laurier) The History of Global Governance
Instructor: Dr. Daniel Gorman
Winter 2018
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.

Research Methods

GGOV 701 (UW) / GV 701 (Laurier) Research Methods
Instructor: Dr. Jasmin Habib
Fall 2017
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.

Field Courses

Conflict and Security

GGOV 733 (Laurier) Security Ontology
Instructor: Dr. Simon Dalby
Fall 2017    
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.

GGOV 633 (UW) Managing Nuclear Risk
Instructor: Dr. James Blight and Dr. janet Lang
Winter 2018
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 ccess 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 insdtructors 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.

PSCI 655 (UW) Ethnic Conflict and Conflict Resolution
Instructor: Dr. John Jaworsky
Winter 2018
This course examines the causes of ethnic conflict but focuses in particular on the strategies which states use to manage or resolve such conflicts. The review of state strategies is comprehensive in nature, and includes approaches which are morally unacceptable as well as approaches which many consider morally desirable.


Global Environmental Governance

GGOV 620 (UW) Global Environmental Governance
Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Clapp
Winter 2018
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.


Global Justice and Human Rights

Winter 2018 course to be posted soon.

Global Political Economy

GGOV 610 (UW) Governance of Global Economy
Instructor: Dr. Eric Helleiner
Winter 2018    
(Cross-listed with PACS 630, 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.

Global Social Governance

*GV 735 (Laurier) Global Social Governance 2017 Syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Rianne Mahon
Fall 2017 
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.

GGOV 644 (UW) International Migration
Instructor: Dr. Suzan Ilcan
Fall 2017
(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.

GGOV 662 (UW) Global Development Governance
Instructor: Dr. Suzan Ilcan
Winter 2018    
(Cross-listed with SOC 781)

The course explores theoretical perspectives on the global governance of development, with critical attention to how processes of global development shape local environments and their inhabitants, challenge notions of state sovereignty and territory, and engender diverse responses to regimes of control. Cross-disciplinary perspectives will enable students to engage with a wide range of sociological, ethnographic, and political analyses of development through case studies and themes.

Multilateral Institutions and Diplomacy

*GGOV 650 (UW) International Organizations and Global Governance  2015 Syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Andrew Cooper
Fall 2017
(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.

*denotes the core course for its field