The MGA courses

Academic Year 2021-2022

First Year

First year courses are required core courses. They cannot be substituted for any other courses.

These courses are open only to MGA students. Students from other departments will not be admitted.

Fall Required Courses

GLA1011H - Global Innovation Policy

Term: Fall Required Courses
Day & Time: Wednesday 10:00am-1pm (LEC0102) & 2-5pm (LEC0101)
Instructor(s): Dan Breznitz , Darius Ornston

Description:

This course provides an introduction to cross-national study of the role of the state in industrial development, innovation, and business-government relations. The emphasis is on providing a broad base of the competing theoretical perspectives with particular attention to the different ways in which state and markets interact in rapid-innovation-based industries. Special consideration is given to the role of Science and Technology Industrial Policies, Innovation, and Economic Development. Centering our attention on politics the seminar examines the nature and extent of government in business and business in government.

GLA1014H - Global Development

Term: Fall Required Courses
Day & Time: Thursday 10:00am-1:00pm (LEC0101) & 2:00pm-5:00pm (LEC0102)
Instructor(s): Wilson Prichard

Description:

This course introduces the key challenges that shape development policy at the international level. The course comprises three main components: first, an introduction to the main approaches to international development, covering economic (growth), political (governance) and social (civil society) perspectives; second, an overview of the primary international actors shaping development policy and outcomes, with a focus on the management and impact of foreign aid; and, third, detailed discussion of selected key issues, likely including economic liberalization, resource rents, conflict and post-conflict reconstruction, social development and participatory development. By the end of the course students will have a detailed knowledge of the most important contemporary debates in the field along with the analytical tools to engage with a broader range of development issues in practical work.

GLA1010H - Microeconomics for Global Affairs

Term: Fall Required Courses
Day & Time: Monday 9:00-12:00 pm (LEC0101) & 2:00-5:00pm (LEC0102) (LEC0103- intermediate section)
Instructor(s): Rajshri Jayaraman , Stephan Heblich

Description:

The aim of this course is to introduce you to basic concepts in microeconomics, which will allow you to think systematically about economic issues. This course won’t turn you into an economist, but it will allow you to understand economic phenomenon from a microeconomic perspective, using a conceptually sound, empirically driven approach. This foundational course in microeconomics will give you the basis on which to make evidence-based policy decisions by understanding how economic incentives work.

*An intermediate section is available for students who have an advanced background in economics.

GLA1003H - Global Security

Term: Fall Required Courses
Day & Time: Wednesday 10:00am-1:00pm (LEC0101) & Thursday 2:00pm-5:00pm (LEC0102)
Instructor(s): Timothy Sayle , Lynette Ong

Description:

Analyses the global security architecture, grand strategy, and contemporary and emerging security challenges. Topics may include the evolution of contemporary national security doctrines, the implications of shifting loci of power for global security, the role and limits of multilateral security arrangements, the role of intelligence and intelligence failure, and threat assessments of emerging or ongoing security problems such as nuclear proliferation, terrorism, and insurgency.

Fall Electives

GLA2034H - Decision Making and Strategic Thinking in the Global System

*This course is open to MGA & MPP students only.

Term: Fall Electives
Day & Time: Tuesday 9:00-12:00pm
Instructor(s): Janice Stein , Peter Loewen

Description:

This core elective  introduces students to scholarship on the psychology of decision making and the analytics of strategic thinking. Drawing from the literature on public policy making, behavioral economics, and strategic analysis, the seminar will develop the analytical tools and the practical leadership skills students need to navigate the intersection among the global economy, global institutions, and global civil society. Students are required to analyze and craft strategies to address global public policy problems in the context of the three sectors.

Winter/Spring Required Courses

GLA1001H - Macroeconomics: Markets, Institutions, and Growth

Term: Winter/Spring Required Courses
Day & Time: Tuesday 11:00am-1:00pm (LEC0101) & 2-5pm (LEC0102)
Instructor(s): Rafael Gomez  , Irem Sacakli

Description:

Introduction to the key concepts of international trade and international finance, with attention to contemporary issues and policy. Empirically assesses alternative trade theories, and examines international commercial policy, international finance and macroeconomics, as well as their relationship to broader global issues. The course is designed to utilize understanding of international trade and international finance to help students think through real world events and design policy responses. The supplementary readings thus deal with key world issues in order to illustrate the more abstract material and to engage with global economic policy challenges.

 

GLA1012H - Statistics for Global Affairs

Term: Winter/Spring Required Courses
Day & Time: Wednesday 11:00am-1:00pm (LEC0101) & 2:00-4:00pm (LEC0102)
Instructor(s): Victor Yu

Description:

This course introduces quantitative methods to conduct research for policy purposes. The course introduces statistical concepts with a focus on applications that go from descriptive and inferential statistics to regression analysis and explores research design, case studies in the context of observational and experimental studies. Students will come away with a good grasp of the concepts such as correlation, causation, randomization and the use of data to evaluate policy choices and outcomes.

GLA1006H - International Legal Challenges

Term: Winter/Spring Required Courses
Day & Time: Thursday 10:00am-1:00pm (LEC0101)
Instructor(s): Sarah Beamish

Description:

This course introduces students to public international law and its relationship with global affairs and public policy. The course will present foundational information such as the history and sources of international law, international legal personality and key actors in international law, questions of jurisdiction, the relationship between international and domestic law, and the settlement of international legal disputes. It will then consider key topics in international law such as the protection of human rights and the environment, the laws of war, international criminal law, and economic and trade law, considering both the content of the law and its application in selected case studies. This course will draw on a range of views about the nature, impacts, limits, legitimacy, and future of international law, and illuminate the ways that international law shapes and is shaped by politics and power. Students will consider both dominant/”mainstream” voices and ideas in the field, and insights and critiques of those who have often been at its margins, including Indigenous and feminist perspectives.

Winter/Spring Electives

GLA2029H - Sustainability in the World: A Living Lab Course

*This course is open to MGA and MPP students only.

Term: Winter/Spring Electives
Day & Time: Friday 10:00am-12:00pm (LEC0101) & 1:00-3:00pm (LEC0102)
Instructor(s): John Robinson

Description:

Sustainability is a growing priority for public sector, private sector and civil society organizations all over the world. Many are developing strong sustainability goals and targets. The purpose of this course is to have students engage with practitioners in such organizations, to create ‘living lab’ activities whereby the students help these practitioners to achieve sustainability objectives. Students will be organized in groups, each of which will undertake an applied research project on some aspect of sustainability relevant to their ‘client’ organization, working in close partnership with staff at organizations in the City of Toronto, or at the University of Toronto. Students will develop the skills needed to produce information relevant to real-world problem-solving across disciplines and fields of study, working with non-academic partners.

GLA2027H - Ethics and Global Affairs

*This course is open to MGA students only.

Term: Winter/Spring Electives
Day & Time: Friday 10:00am-12:00pm
Instructor(s): Daniel Munro

Description:

Examination of ethics and moral reasoning applied to the study of global affairs. Current debates in moral philosophy and how they help us to better understand contemporary controversies in global affairs. Examination of a number of current policy debates, such as issues of justice in social and environmental policy, the use of military intervention in international affairs, and the accommodations of religious and ethnic differences in liberal democracies.

Second Year

*This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Choice of 6 (3.0 FCE) elective courses plus the required Capstone course (GLA2000H).

MGA students have priority in these courses. Limited space available to non-MGA students in select courses only.

Equipped with core competencies—both theoretical and practical—in the global architecture, MGA students are required to specialize in one of the program’s emphases. To do so, they must complete at least 1.5 FCEs in that emphasis (see details on the SGS Calendar). Emphasis specializations will be listed on the student’s transcript upon completion of the program.

MGA’s Policy on Non-Departmental Enrollment in Elective Courses (updated May 31, 2021)

Non-departmental students may request to enroll in any MGA elective unless it is specified that it is open to MGA students only. Students in the MPP, CERES MA, CESA programs have priority access to MGA elective courses. Students from these programs may request enrollment starting August 26, 2021. All other students may request enrollment beginning September 7, 2021 for fall courses and November 22, 2021 for winter courses.

Students who are interested in enrolling an MGA elective may submit an SGS Add Drop Course Form listing the courses they would like to enroll in to the MGA Program Office via email to mga@utoronto.ca. Students will be sent a confirmation e-mail if their enrollment is successful. Please note that all courses will run from September 12, 2021 – December 3, 2021 for the fall term, and January 10, 2022 – April 8, 2022 for the winter. In both cases, some assignments and exams may require students to be physically present on campus for the subsequent weeks.

Please contact the MGA Program Office if you have any questions mga@utoronto.ca

Fall

GLA2036H - Bilateral Diplomacy: Canada-Japan and US-Japan Relations

Emphases: Markets, Global Security, Global Policy and Asia
Term: Fall
Day & Time: Tuesday 6:30-9:00pm
Instructor(s): Phillip Lipscy
Room: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

How do governments conduct bilateral diplomacy? We will explore this topic by examining the real-world diplomacy of Canada and the United States vis-a-vis Japan. We will review the academic literature on foreign policy making and the specific context of these bilateral relationships. We will then engage directly with practitioners at the forefront of foreign policy making in Canada, Japan, and the United States, exploring contemporary policy challenges and how the respective governments seek to resolve them. Students will work on collaborative group projects designed in consultation with practitioners to provide value to immediate policy making priorities. Students may need to be available outside of the designated class time occasionally for online meetings with counterparts abroad.

 

GLA2006H - The Political Economy of Money and Finance

* Open to MGA students who have completed:
Microeconomics for Global Affairs (GLA1010H), Macroeconomics: Markets, Institutions, and Growth (GLA1001H), Statistics for Global Affairs (GLA1012H)

Emphases: Markets
Term: Fall
Day & Time: Wednesday 2:00-4:00pm
Instructor(s): Mark Manger
Room: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

The course introduces students to international monetary and financial relations over the last century, and focuses on the issues of financial power, cooperation, conflict and institutions in the world economy. Topics covered are the politics of exchange rate adjustment, the role of the IMF, the political economy of financial crises, and the domestic and international political implications of global monetary developments. Case studies are used to link theory, policy and practice. For students in the Global Markets stream, this course complements GLA2001H by focusing on “the view from politics” as opposed to “the view from the markets.”

 

GLA2095H - MGA Reading Course

Term: Fall, Winter/Spring

Description:

This course provides students an opportunity to pursue in depth analysis and independent research through one-on-one interaction with a faculty member. Students must find an appropriate supervisor and obtain the approval of the MGA Director before enrolling. Supervisors must be appointed as a graduate faculty member (full or associate) in the School of Graduate Studies. They can be from other departments other than the Munk School but they must possess the relevant expertise and knowledge to supervise the course.

How to register: Student must complete a SGS Reading and Research Form and return it to the MGA Program Coordinator. *This course is open to MGA students only.

Emphases: Depends on paper topic. Students must submit a copy of their paper proposal to the MGA Director to have it assessed for an emphasis.

GLA2024H - Intelligence and Cybersecurity in Global Politics

Emphases: Global Security, The Digital World
Term: Fall
Day & Time: Wednesday 4:00-6:00pm
Room: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

Information technology is ubiquitous. It powers the global economy, improves government administration, enhances military power, and connects modern civil society. For the same reasons, technology creates new opportunities to leverage these same networks for espionage, subversion, and disruption. While the technology is new, practices of deception and counterintelligence are very old. This course examines the problems of cybersecurity through the lens of intelligence. Students will be introduced to enduring concepts from the world of intelligence and learn to apply them through a series of case studies of modern cyber conflict.

GLA2060H - Topics in Development I: Conflicts and Socioeconomic Development: Causes, Consequences and Responses

Emphases: Human Rights and Global Justice
Term: Fall
Day & Time: Tuesday 1:00-3:00pm
Instructor(s): Paola Salardi
Room: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

The goal of this course is to introduce you to current debates and issues related to civil wars and political violence and their linkages with socioeconomic development.  The course will draw on a combination of theory and empirics, using detailed country specific and cross-country empirical evidence to critically understand the emergence of conflict and its consequences primarily, but not exclusively, from the perspective of economists and economic research. The course is divided into three parts.  The first part will cover core debates on conflict, primarily from the perspective of economists.  We will begin by understanding how conflict and violence are conceptualized and measured, and then turn attention to the causes and consequences of conflict.  We will look carefully at the causes and triggers of conflict and at the consequences of conflict for people’s lives, focusing on education, health, and labour outcomes, and on social capital and political participation, at both the macro- and micro-levels. We will also focus on responses to violence and conflict, looking at how individuals cope with conflict.  During the second part of the course we will explore several topics related to conflict and violence and in particular we will look into (i) how violence and conflict affect institutions at the local level; (ii) gender-based violence and women empowerment in post-conflict settings; (iii) urban violence; (iv) the war on drugs, and (v) characteristics, roots and organization of terrorism.  This second part of the course will consist of student-lead classes, in which you (with my guidance) will be the main actors in explaining and exploring these topical and contemporary issues. Finally, the last part of the course will focus on the research methods applied by economists and other disciplines to investigate conflict, on how to assess the quality and implications of conflict research and on how to run research in conflict-affected areas.

GLA2050H (TRN409N) - Selected Topics in International Studies: Canadian Foreign and Defence Policy Since the End of the Cold War

Emphases: Global Security
Term: Fall
Day & Time: Monday 12:00-2:00pm
Instructor(s): Jack Cunningham

Description:

This course covers changes to Canada’s defence policy and military posture since the late 1980s. Early sessions will address Canada’s Cold War stance, the Mulroney government’s response to the winding down of East-West hostilities, and Canadian involvement in the First Gulf War. Subsequent classes will discuss the impact of the defence spending reductions of the 1990s, the Chretien government’s 1994 Defence White Paper, and the debate over the role of the Canadian military and the military instrument more broadly, in the post-Cold War international environment.

*Please note this course is capped at 5 MGA students. This is a joint course with Trinity College. It is only open to MGA students.

 

GLA2067H - Topics in Justice II: Illicit Trade in Drugs

Emphases: Global Security, Human Rights and Global Justice
Term: Fall
Day & Time: Wednesday 1:00-3:00pm
Instructor(s): Benoît Gomis
Room: Transit House, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

This courses focuses on the illicit trade in legal and illegal drugs (e.g. opioids, cannabis, tobacco). After an overview of key characteristics, trends, factors, and impacts of illicit trade worldwide, students will learn methods to research illicit trade and estimate the size of illicit markets, and explore challenges associated with illicit trade data overall. Following this introduction, the course will assess to what extent illicit markets are inherently violent, and explore the links between illicit trade and terrorism. Case studies will include the impact of legalization/regulation on the illicit cannabis trade, the complicity of the tobacco industry in the illicit tobacco trade, and the opioid crisis in the U.S. and Canada. Finally, the course will tackle policy options against the illicit trade, in particular the international drug control regime and the WHO FCTC Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, as well as their implementations at country-level.

 

GLA2014H - Innovation and Economic Development

*This course is open to MGA students who have completed GLA1011H Global Innovation.

Emphases: Innovation Policy
Term: Fall
Day & Time: Thursday 10:00am-Noon
Instructor(s): Shiri Breznitz
Room: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

This seminar challenges you to open your mind and ask crucial questions regarding to innovation and economic development in the global economy. This course provides an introduction to the complex relationships between innovation, technology, and policy. During the course students will acquire improved understanding and critical insight about:

  • Different perspectives on the meaning of economic development and the interpretation of economic development problems.
  • An understanding of globalization and its impact on innovation and economic growth.
  • Context of national and international trends, including issues of competitiveness, technological change, and globalization that influence economic development.
  • New strategies and themes for economic development, including those which focus on knowledge, technological innovation, and creativity.
  • Key aspects of the literature and debates about innovation and local economic development policy and practice, including perspectives of scholars and practitioners.

 

GLA2062H - Topics in Development III: Public-Private Solutions to Global Inequality

Emphases: Global Development
Term: Fall
Day & Time: Tuesday 4:00-6:00pm
Instructor(s): Arturo Franco
Room: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

In recent decades, inequality has emerged as a global concern and one of the defining issues of our time. This course explores the ways government, international financial and multilateral organizations, private sector and social sector leaders are shaping the future of economic inclusion.

A key objective of this course is to identify and develop opportunities for intersectoral collaboration. Students will be outlining strategies, policies and actions that different sectors can take to move their communities and economies towards equity and prosperity.

The course practicum is designed to follow the Built For All framework, developed by the Center for Inclusive Growth. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to work on a group-based “pitch” to an active board member of the Mastercard Impact Fund.

GLA2023H - Justice Reforms in a Global Context

Emphases: Human Rights and Global Justice
Term: Fall
Day & Time: Monday 1:00-4:00pm
Instructor(s): Todd Foglesong
Room: Transit House, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

The course investigates the politics of justice reform in global context in two ways: first, by examining the indicators of justice that are used by local and national governments, civil society organizations, and international institutions to induce reform, manage staff, and otherwise “govern” operations in justice; second, by “commensurating” change in systems of justice and governance across a range of cities, countries and institutions. The course is a problem-solving practicum: students will work in teams to compare the structure of problems in different settings and propose solutions to challenges in the measurement of some ailment in a foreign justice system.

 

GLA2081H - Topics in Innovation II: Technology Policy

* Open to MGA and MPP students who have completed:
Microeconomics for Global Affairs (GLA1010H)
Statistics for Global Affairs (GLA1012H)
Microeconomics for Policy Analysis (PPG 1002H)
Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis (PPG 1004H)

Emphases: Innovation Policy
Term: Fall
Day & Time: Tuesday 9:00am-Noon
Instructor(s): Stephan Heblich

Description:

Technological advances in field such as digitization, genetics, or biotechnology that took place over the past thirty years have opened enormous opportunities for companies and society as a whole. However, these benefits are not free of cost. Automation and artificial intelligence promise higher productivity but this may come at the expense of job losses, lower wages, and changes to the nature of work itself. The uncertainty inherent to these changes presents a great challenge for policy makers, business leaders, and workers. This course will discuss some of these challenges and explore ways how policy makers could address them.

ERE1170H - Conflicts and Para-States in European Union’s Backyard

*This course is offered through the Centre for European and Eurasian Studies program and has limited spaces for MGA students.

Emphases: Global Policy in Europe and Eurasia
Term: Fall
Day & Time: Thursday 1:00-3:00pm
Room: Transit House, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

This course examines conflicts and para-states in the European Union’s (EU) backyard. As EU enlargement continues, the European Commission has confirmed that it will be importing any bilateral conflicts into the Union. Albania, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia are already candidates to join the EU. Bosnia and Kosovo are potential candidates. Despite more than twenty years since the wars ended, a plethora of regional disputes and domestic shortcoming plague the Europeanization project. The first six classes examine bilateral and domestic challenges in the potential EU member states of the so-called Western Balkans. The starting point of the Balkans module is the origins of the wars and the peace treaties that followed. The second module examines para-states in countries that are under the umbrella of the EU’s European Neighborhood Policy and the Eastern Partnership. It examines the origins of largely separatist wars, the role of the EU, Russia and the United States and the paths to something more than the ceasefires that are now in place. The course emphasizes intensive reading along with feature films and documentaries. Students will be expected to completely familiar with the historical and contemporary contexts along with the peace treaties that shape the region.

ERE1179H - Illiberalism in East-Central Europe

*This course is offered through the Centre for European and Eurasian Studies program and has limited spaces for MGA students.

Emphases: Global Policy in Europe and Eurasia
Term: Fall
Day & Time: Wednesday 10:00am-Noon
Room: Online

Description:

“Illiberal democracy” is the term used by Viktor Orbán, the Prime Minister of Hungary, for his vision of a conservative, nationalist society. We will be studying how East Central Europe has been thrust into the forefront of the illiberal rebellion now taking place throughout the Euro-Atlantic world. The course covers the “Visegrád Alliance” of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. The former East Germany will also be frequently discussed as a post-socialist area with many of the characteristics of its eastern neighbors. The varied course topics deal with where illiberalism in the area comes from, how it feels, and why we should care.

GLA2011H - Citizenship and Globalization

Emphases: Human Rights and Global Justice
Term: Fall
Day & Time: Wednesday 11:00am-1:00pm
Instructor(s): Ayelet Shachar
Room: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

Who belongs to a political community, and according to what criteria? This course will explore questions of citizenship and belonging that have become hot-button political issues in recent years in Canada, the United States, across Europe, and increasingly, in other parts of the world. We will survey key debates and topics such as admission requirements, steps to naturalization, the rights of non-members, civic integration tests, identity-based claims for exemption and accommodation, cultural diversity, barriers to full membership, citizenship and global inequality, dual nationality, the commodification of citizenship, and the surge of populist nationalism and anti-immigrant sentiment. We will place these developments in a broader theoretical, comparative, and international context. Emphasis will also be given to the impact of globalization on new regimes of migration control, the political economy of refugee responsibility sharing arrangements, the rise of supranational and non-territorial conceptions of membership, and the future of borders in a post-pandemic world.

GLA2015H - The Political Economy of the Welfare State

Emphases: Markets, Global Policy in Europe and Eurasia
Term: Fall
Day & Time: Tuesday 10:00am-Noon
Instructor(s): Darius Ornston
Room: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

This class explores how communities can design effective and equitable social policies. The course opens by addressing several common misconceptions about the welfare state, including the connection between economic competition and social protection, the relationship between social spending and inequality, and the role of the state. The second part of the course examines the politics of reform in three broad areas: Old people (pensions and health care), young people (housing and labor markets), and identity (gender and immigration). The course concludes by exploring new approaches to social protection, including non-state alternatives. By the end of the course, students should be able to develop a politically feasible, economically competitive strategy to reform social policy in a community of interest.

GLA2064H - Topics in Security II: Researching Terrorism

Emphases: Global Security
Term: Fall
Day & Time: Wednesday 10:00am-Noon
Instructor(s): Benoît Gomis
Room: Transit House, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

Focuses on key opportunities and challenges in researching terrorism and terrorism financing. After an analysis of the practice of terrorism research and some of the main pitfalls associated with it, students learn how to access information about terrorism, approach the issue of terrorism financing, build and use databases of terrorist attacks, evaluate counterterrorism policies, and write about terrorism and counterterrorism. These skills are essential for relevant careers in think tanks, academia, government, the media, NGOs, IGOs, and the private sector.

 

GLA2097H - Topics in Global Affairs VI: The EU, the U.K., and Brexit

*This course has 10 spots for CERES students and 10 spots for MGA students.

Emphases: Global Policy in Europe and Eurasia
Term: Fall
Day & Time: Thursday 10:00am-Noon
Room: Transit House, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

The aim of this course is to give students a thorough understanding of how and why the EU came into existence, how it became a world power, how it takes decisions and why the United Kingdom first hesitated to join, then joined and subsequently – having spent fifty years reforming the EU in its own image – chose to leave again. A glimpse into future scenarios will look at the potential impact of this development, particularly with regard to relations between the EU and North America. Through a series of lectures, student research presentations, film showings and discussions with visiting speakers, course participants will be encouraged to ask questions and seek answers to the major strategic implications of the EU’s emergence and its role in the world today.

GLA2056H - The Populist Radical Right

Emphases: Global Security, Global Policy in Europe and Eurasia
Term: Fall
Day & Time: Tuesday 11:00am-1:00pm
Instructor(s): Andres Kasekamp
Room: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

A comparative examination of the emergence and upsurge of populist radical right parties in contemporary Europe. The course will begin with historical context, definitions and typologies, before exploring topics including ideology and issues; leaders, members and voters; political parties, organizations and subcultures; transnational influences and networking; patterns of response by mainstream parties and radical right parties in public office. This course will analyze several country cases in detail, including France, Austria, the Netherlands, Italy, Denmark, Hungary, Finland and Estonia. A basic knowledge of recent European history and comparative politics is required.

 

*Please note this course has 10 spots for MGA students and 10 spots for CERES students.

 

GLA2090H - Topics in Global Affairs I: Governing With and Without the State: Achieving Global Governance Progress in Agenda 2030

Emphases: Innovation Policy, Global Policy and Asia
Term: Fall
Day & Time: Thursday 12:00-2:00pm
Instructor(s): Alan Alexandroff
Room: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

This course explores the making of policy at the international level. It targets global policy commitments in Agenda 2030 and asks the primary question: “How can progress be made in the face of the current global governance architecture?” The Global Order faces rising great power tensions, increasing fragmentation and the rise of many new actors. And, of course there is the dramatic efforts by the U.S. administration to undermine multilateralism and the global institutions that were critical to building a rules-based multilateral order.

We start by examining the many global order challenges: US leadership is fading and more generally nationalism has seen dramatic resurgence in country after country. But the architectural reshaping goes far beyond this.  Power is increasingly dispersed to actors seldom seen acting at the international level. Today’s actors in global governance are not just states and intergovernmental organizations. Slowly subnational actors from provinces and states to cities and even neighborhoods have come to advance global policy making.  Moreover, a host of non-state actors (NSAs) have joined as well: NGOs, research facilities, criminal organizations, private corporations, investment coalitions.

If you were called on to achieve any of the Agenda 2030 goals: “gender equality”, “zero hunger”, “climate action”, how would you do it? You will be called on to map the question and propose a way forward to the great challenges of global governance facing the Global Order today.

 

 

GLA2061H - Topics in Development II: Global Development Education Policy Workshop

Emphases: Global Development
Term: Fall
Day & Time: Monday 12:00-2:00pm
Instructor(s): Rie Kijima
Room: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

Global Development Education Policy Workshop introduces students to the relevance of education in the context of international development. The learning goals are two-fold. First, students will gain a critical understanding of actors and factors that shape the global architecture of education by closely examining trends in education reforms, the role of aid agencies, and the politics of policy-making. Second, students will deepen their understanding of issues in education, ranging from early childhood development to higher education. Students will also understand the complexity of educational policies that focus on teachers, gender equality, quality of learning, and education in conflict and crisis contexts. This course is highly interactive; students are expected to engage in group discussions and work collaboratively in small groups. Students will conduct a country case study by focusing on a particular education reform and will present their findings at the end of the course.

 

ASI4900H - Special Topics: Politics of China and Emerging Democracies in Asia

*This course is offered through the Collaborative Master's Specialization in Contemporary East and South East Asian Studies Program and has limited spaces.

Emphases: Global Policy and Asia
Term: Fall
Day & Time: Tuesday 10:00am-Noon
Instructor(s): Lynette Ong

Description:

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the underlying forces driving the political landscape in China and other Asian countries. We begin with the question why China has defied the modernization theory with the persistence of authoritarian regime. What are the nature of political institutions and state-society relations that explain this persistent outcome in China? We then examine the polities of South Korea, Taiwan and emerging Asian democracies to study the underlying patterns of state and societal forces that led to regime changes. This course seeks to understand the similarities and explain the differences of the hodgepodge of autocratic and democratic regimes in Asia, and ask “why” and “why not”. Students should be prepared to read course materials and engage in class discussion.

 

Winter/Spring

GLA2067H - Topics in Justice II: Environmental Justice in Practice

Emphases: Human Rights and Global Justice
Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Thursday 3:00-5:00pm
Instructor(s): Teresa Kramarz
Room: Transit House, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

This course examines the theory and practice of environmental justice.  It uses case studies to investigate a broad range of issues including environmental racism, community vulnerability and resilience to extractive industries, environmental accountability, nature conservation and social exclusion, and the displacement effects of a poorly governed, global shift to renewable energy.

GLA2095H - MGA Reading Course

Term: Fall, Winter/Spring

Description:

This course provides students an opportunity to pursue in depth analysis and independent research through one-on-one interaction with a faculty member. Students must find an appropriate supervisor and obtain the approval of the MGA Director before enrolling. Supervisors must be appointed as a graduate faculty member (full or associate) in the School of Graduate Studies. They can be from other departments other than the Munk School but they must possess the relevant expertise and knowledge to supervise the course.

How to register: Student must complete a SGS Reading and Research Form and return it to the MGA Program Coordinator. *This course is open to MGA students only.

Emphases: Depends on paper topic. Students must submit a copy of their paper proposal to the MGA Director to have it assessed for an emphasis.

GLA2001H - Global Capital Markets

*Priority for enrollment in this course is given to MGA and MPP students.

Emphases: Markets
Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Tuesday 5-7pm
Instructor(s): Alan Alexandroff
Room: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

This course will examine the intersection of the global political economy and investment strategies as the current global economic realignment takes place. It analyzes new players, new structures, and new opportunities as the global economy restructures and examines how strategies are built. Students will analyze cases and prepare two memoranda and a group project. Students will also learn the practical skills required to develop investment strategies.

 

GLA2888H/GLA2887H - MGA Research Paper/Final Research and Analysis

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Monday 10:00am-Noon
Instructor(s): Rie Kijima
Room: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

This course provides MGA students with the opportunity to research and write an independent research paper on a selected topic or problem in global affairs. The course will be delivered through regularly scheduled workshops and class sessions. Students who wish to pursue this research paper course must obtain prior approval of the MGA Director or designate, and a faculty member must be available and willing to supervise the research and paper.

*This course is open to MGA students only.

Emphases: Depends on research paper topic. Students must submit a copy of their research paper proposal to the MGA Director to have it assessed for an emphasis.

(GLA2887H) The course supports students in the dual degree programs (MPP/MGA, MIA/MGA, MPA/MGA) to develop their research question and arguments, review relevant research, choose an appropriate methodology for analysis, and present first empirical findings in preparation for their respective final ppers. MPP/MGA students will work on preparing for their Grand Oral (GLA800H). MIA/MGA students will prepare for their final master’s thesis (GLA2889Y). MPA/MGA students will prepare for their policy paper (GLA2890Y).

GLA2060H - Topics in Development I: Chinese Politics Beyond the Headlines

Emphases: Global Development, Global Policy and Asia
Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Thursday 2:00-4:00pm
Instructor(s): Diana Fu
Room: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

This course covers a range of topics in contemporary Chinese politics and society. It challenges students to probe beyond the news headlines to understand the politics of a major authoritarian power. No prior knowledge of China required.

ERE1161H - The Search for Security in Europe since 1945

*This course is offered through the Centre for European and Eurasian Studies program and has limited spaces for MGA students.

Emphases: Global Policy in Europe and Eurasia
Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Monday 10:00am-Noon

Description:

This course uses a historical lens to consider international security problems – and solutions – in Europe since the end of the Second World War. Students will examine the national, bilateral, and multilateral security institutions that developed on both sides of the Iron Curtain, and the fate of these institutions after the end of the Cold War. (For instance: The Brussels Pact, WEU, NATO, Warsaw Treaty Organization, CSCE/OSCE, etc.)  It will include consideration of how European countries adjusted their diplomatic, defence, and other security policies in the wake of the collapse of European empires abroad, and in the shadow of both the United States and the Soviet Union. Students will be encouraged to consider the various political, social, economic and other sources of thinking about security in Europe from the second half of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. The course will serve as a useful foundation for students interested in an MRP related to European diplomacy, defence, or security issues.

GLA2093H - Topics in Global Affairs IV:Seeing Taiwan

Emphases: Global Policy and Asia
Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Tuesdays 3:00-5:00pm
Instructor(s): Sida Liu
Room: Transit House, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

This course uses Taiwan as a site to examine some of the most pressing contemporary and historical issues. They include state-building, environmental politics, colonialism and empire, the politics of memory, innovation and urbanism, as well as visual culture. In so doing, students do not only acquire a body of knowledge about Taiwan and its dynamic global connections; they also develop interdisciplinary skills to improve their understanding of major global issues.

GLA2010H - Geopolitics of Cyberspace

*This course has limited space. Non-departmental enrollment may be restricted depending on space.

Emphases: Global Security, The Digital World
Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Wednesday 10:00am-Noon
Instructor(s): Ronald Deibert
Room: Transit House, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

The constantly evolving digital electronic telecommunications environment that surrounds us is having dramatic and far-reaching impacts on our lives, social relationships, and systems of political authority. While they have not eliminated the perennial quest for power, security and competitive advantage among actors on the world stage, they are profoundly changing the context and the character of these contests. Individuals, organizations, corporations and states are all seeking ways to control information and information systems to pursue political objectives in the midst of a rapidly evolving technological environment.

This course is an intensive examination of the newly evolving terrain of global digital‐electronic‐telecommunications through the lens of the research of the Citizen Lab. For over 15 years, the Citizen Lab (https://citizenlab.ca/) — an interdisciplinary research laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto (which the instructor founded and currently directs) — has investigated issues at the intersection of information and communication technologies, human rights, and global security. We use a “mixed methods” approach to research combining practices from political science, law, computer science, and area studies. We see ourselves as a kind of “early warning system,” looking over the horizon, or peering beneath the covers of the technological systems that surround us, to expose abuses of power, violations of human rights, or other threats to privacy and security.

After setting the stage with some general readings on background and context, we turn to several modules organized as detailed examinations of the Citizen Lab’s mixed methods research on information controls, including analyzing Internet censorship and surveillance, investigating targeted digital espionage, uncovering privacy and security risks of mobile applications, disinformation operations, and the role of the private sector in information controls. We conclude with an exploration of threat modeling and how each of you can increase your own digital hygiene.

The goals of the class are two-fold: first, we aim to familiarize you with the unique approach, methods, and outputs of the Citizen Lab. The Citizen Lab is a very unusual research organization. Our publications routinely make world news, and we have exposed the wrong-doings of very powerful states and companies. (Perhaps not surprisingly, these efforts have had significant repercussions, which we will discuss); second, we also aim to better equip you with the tools to help you navigate this complex, evolving terrain. You do not need to be a computer scientist or software engineer to take this course, nor will you learn how to become one. But we hope that by the end of the course you will have a better understanding of how digital-electronic-telecommunications are organized and are evolving, and more importantly how they impact your life, rights, and security.

 

GLA2050H - Selected Topics in International Studies: War and its Theorists

Emphases: Global Security
Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Monday 2:00-4:00pm
Instructor(s): Jack Cunningham

Description:

This course examines the emergence and impact on the international system of nuclear weapons. We will discuss the decisions by various states to acquire or develop nuclear weapons (or not); the evolution of nuclear strategy; and the development of nuclear arms control and disarmament and nonproliferation as central concerns in world politics. We will also examine the dynamics of key nuclear crises such as the Cuban Missile Crisis. Students will be exposed to primary documents and the relevant scholarly literature, and by the end of the course should be able to discuss nuclear issues in their broader context.

 

*Please note this course is capped at 5 MGA students.

 

GLA2018H - Innovation and the City

Emphases: Innovation Policy
Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Thursday 10:00am-Noon
Instructor(s): Darius Ornston
Room: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

One of the ironies of globalization is that the forces that were supposed to make distance less relevant have concentrated innovative activity within regions. As a result, some of the most important policy and business decisions are made locally. This course explores how municipal actors can navigate the opportunities, and challenges, associated with globalization. After explaining why innovation is concentrated in cities, the course debates why some cities are more innovative than others. To this end, the course discusses the role of size, government policy, human capital, social capital, branding and other issues. Two additional questions frame the analysis. How can municipal actors, who lack the fiscal resources and regulatory tools of a nation-state, promote innovation? And if innovative activity is concentrated in a handful of large cities, what options are available to smaller communities? By the end of the course, students are expected to develop a strategy to promote innovation in Toronto (or another community).

GLA2021H - Innovation Scorecards: The Art and Science of Measuring Innovation and Influencing Public Debate

Emphases: Innovation Policy
Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Thursday 4-6:30pm
Instructor(s): Daniel Munro

Description:
  • How do we know if a society is innovative?
  • What is the role of policy in shaping innovation performance?
  • How can innovation measurement shape public and policy debate?

This seminar will focus on answering these three questions in a hands-on, experiential way. To learn about innovation and inclusive growth policy and performance, we will work as a team to design, develop and use a data-driven, cross-national, web-based Inclusive Innovation Scorecard.  The seminar is divided to three modules. First, we will discuss the role and importance of innovation and innovation policy to economic growth, competitiveness, and (in)equality. Second, we will design and build the Innovation Policy Lab Inclusive Innovation Scorecard to help decision-makers and researchers in the public, private and academic sectors track and improve Canada’s inclusive innovation performance. We will discuss the purposes and pitfalls of scorecards (including measurement challenges, communicating insights, and the use and misuse of results); collect, analyze and discuss data and metrics for possible inclusion in the scorecard; explore different approaches to weighing indicators and ranking jurisdictions; and discuss effective ways to present the results. During the third part of the course, we will consider how innovation policy shapes innovation performance and, in turn, the implications of scorecard results for innovation policy. We will work in small teams to write white papers that analyze results from specific indictor categories and/or focus on the overall performance of specific regions/countries.  Teams that produce high quality papers will have opportunities to share their analyses with policy-makers through policy briefings and/or through media channels (e.g., short commentaries, interviews). Those events will be orchestrated by the IPL and our partners during the late spring and early summer after the end of the seminar in conjunction with official unveiling of the scorecard and the accompanying white papers.  By the end of the course, students will have an advanced understanding of innovation data and its role in innovation policy and analysis; deep expertise in one or more innovation metrics and/or jurisdictions; and hands-on experience in writing innovation policy analyses and communicating results with peers and external decision-makers.

 

 

JSE1708H - Sustainability and the Western Mind

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Tuesday 10am-Noon & Thursday 10am-Noon
Instructor(s): John Robinson
Room: Transit House, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

This course will examine how attitudes towards human nature and non-human nature have changed over the period from Mesolithic times until the present in Western society. By reading and discussing historical arguments and contemporary documents we will attempt to uncover the underlying assumptions about the world that were characteristic of different periods in the history of Western culture. The underlying question is whether contemporary concerns about sustainability require fundamental changes in the way we conceive of ourselves and our environment.

 

GLA2025H - Global Economic Policy Lab

* Open to MGA students who have completed:
Microeconomics for Global Affairs (GLA1010H), Macroeconomics: Markets, Institutions, and Growth (GLA1001H), Statistics for Global Affairs (GLA1012H)

Emphases: Markets
Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Wednesday 10:00am - Noon
Instructor(s): Mark Manger
Room: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

This lab analyzes current global economic policy challenges. Students write weekly short research notes similar to those produced by research departments and firms in the financial sector, and present their findings in class. Topics are current trade and monetary policy, financial regulation, economic forecasts, and market developments as they feed back into policy making. Following revisions, select research notes are published on the lab website. Students also write an end-of-term longer research note that offers more detailed analysis. The course is aimed at students who seek future employment as economic and policy analysts in the public and private sector.

 

GLA2052H - The Digital Platform Economy

Emphases: The Digital World
Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Monday 2:00-4:00pm
Instructor(s): Shauna Brail
Room: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

This course examines the emergence and evolution of the digital platform economy. The course will focus on building students’ knowledge about: the role that digitization plays in shaping economic activity and innovation at a global scale; the roots of the digital platform economy, including why and how it emerged as a global phenomenon; the role that governments, regulation and policy play in managing digital platform firms and activities; and the global and local challenges that have resulted from the continued evolution of digital platform economy activities. Case studies will include examination of platforms focused on labour, mobility, retail and short-term rentals. By the end of the course, students will be able to analyze and assess the global and local implications associated with digital platform economy activities, trends and future prospects for continued change.

GLA2066H - Topics in Justice I: Comparative Migration Law and Policy

Emphases: Human Rights and Global Justice
Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Tuesday 2-4pm
Instructor(s): Ayelet Shachar
Room: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

From legal battles over the US-Mexico border, to heated debates about the citizenship oath in Canada, to the “refugee crisis” in Europe and the rise of populist nationalism, questions about immigration have been high on the agenda. Moving beyond the traditional country-specific lens, this course explores key developments in migration law and policy from a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective. We will discuss the main types and categories of migration, the growing influence of bilateral and multilateral instruments in regulating mobility, changing conceptions of the border, emerging patterns of policy diffusion and interjurisdictional learning, and the turn to AI in immigration decision making. We will also explore the dynamic relationships between countries of origin, transit, and destination, evaluate different modes of citizenship acquisition, contrast competing logics and processes of naturalization, and examine political anxieties surrounding questions of membership and belonging.

GLA2000H - Capstone Seminar

This is a required course for MGA students. It is closed to non-MGA students.

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Wednesday Afternoons
Instructor(s): Shiri Breznitz , Mark Manger , Benoît Gomis , Todd Foglesong , Evelyne Guindon

Description:

The Capstone course will rely on clients –representing the private sector, an international organization, a non-governmental organization, or government — and students will work in teams to tackle a current issue confronting these clients and their organizations. Students will learn to analyze these problems across dimensions of global economy and markets, global institutions, and global civil society. Throughout the course, students will engage in activities designed to assist global problem-solvers, while also looking for opportunities to defend and advance their clients’ organizational interests.

For more information on the Capstone and to view past clients click here.

*Please note: Information on the Capstone projects to be released later this year. Students will have the opportunity to indicate their preferences from among a selection of projects. Capstone does not count towards MGA emphasis specializations.

GLA2012H - The Political Economy of Trade

Emphases: Global Markets
Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Tuesday 10:00am-Noon
Instructor(s): Darius Ornston
Room: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

This course covers the politics of trade, from the domestic policy-making process to the institutions that govern the global economy. Tracing the history of the international economy, the course introduces students to several, competing theoretical approaches to trade. The second part of the course applies this knowledge to a range of current issues, including dispute resolution, regional integration, investment, innovation, environmental regulation, labor standards and economic development.

ERE1195H - Ukrainian History and Politics

*This course is offered through the Centre for European and Eurasian Studies program and has limited spaces for MGA students.

Emphases: Global Policy in Europe and Eurasia
Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Monday 2:00-4:00pm

Description:

The course will introduce students to Ukrainian history and politics.  It will cover Ukraine’s pre-Soviet, Soviet, and post-Soviet politics, with special attention to the country’s current political challenges, including the ongoing conflict with Russia and Russian-backed separatists, as well as Ukraine’s ambitious anti-corruption reforms.  There will also be some coverage of social issues such as economic development, social welfare, and migration, as well as Ukraine’s cultural achievements.

ASI4900HS - Comparative Regional Studies of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

*This course is offered through the Collaborative Master's Specialization in Contemporary East and South East Asian Studies Program and has limited spaces.

Emphases: Global Policy and Asia
Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Thursday 8:00-10:00am
Room: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

This course considers how China’s enormous Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has generated cultural, political, social, and economic transformations across Asian and Eurasian contexts. The course is open to senior undergraduate and early graduate students, and it will be include students from three institutes participating in The Belt and Road in Global Perspective project: i) Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, and the Asian Institute, both at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto; ii) the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore; and iii) Political Science and International Relations Department, Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan).