The MGA courses

Academic Year 2020-2021

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 Term

GLA1012H - Statistics for Global Affairs

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Wednesday 9am-12pm (LEC90101) & Wednesday 2-5pm (LEC90102) & Friday 9:00-11:00am (TUT90101)
Instructor(s): Paola Salardi
Room: Online

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.

GLA1003H - Global Security

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Thursday 11am-1pm (LEC90101) & 7-9pm (LEC90102)
Instructor(s): Jon R. Lindsay
Room: Online

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.

GLA1005H/PPG1005H (Joint Course with the MPP Program) - Decision Making and Strategic Thinking in the Global System

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Tuesday 9:00-11:00am (LEC90101)
Instructor(s): Janice Stein , Peter Loewen
Room: Online

Description:

This seminar 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.

GLA1010H - Microeconomics for Global Affairs

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Monday 9:00-11:00 am (LEC90101) & Wednesday 7-9pm (TUT90101) & Thursday 9-11am (LEC90102)
Instructor(s): Rajshri Jayaraman
Room: Online

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.

Winter/Spring Term

GLA1014H - Global Development

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Thursday 10:00am-1:00pm (LEC90101) & 2:00pm-5:00pm (LEC90102)
Instructor(s): Wilson Prichard
Room: Online

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.

GLA1009H - Financial Management for Global Organizations

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Monday 9am-Noon (LEC90101)
Instructor(s): Vince Pranjivan
Room: Online

Description:

An introduction to financial planning and budgeting, financial analysis, and financial management in the corporate and public sector from the perspective of the chief financial officer (CFO). The course first introduces basic principles of accounting for students without a background in Finance. It then considers topics in corporate finance such as working capital management and capital budgeting in the context of floating exchange rates, different regulatory environments and global capital markets. Special attention is given to the estimating cost of capital (and by extension, of valuing stocks and bonds) in global financial markets as it pertains to investment and budgeting decisions.

GLA1001H - Macroeconomics: Markets, Institutions, and Growth

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Monday 2:00-4:00pm (LEC90101) & 4:00-5:00pm (TUT90101) , Tuesday (LEC90102) 9:00-11:00am & 11:00am-12:00pm (TUT90102)
Instructor(s): Gustavo Indart
Room: Online

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.

 

GLA1006H - International Legal Challenges

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Tuesday 1:00-4:00pm (LEC90101)
Instructor(s): Sarah Beamish
Room: Online

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.

GLA1011H - Global Innovation Policy

*Students enrolled in GLA1011H LEC90101 on Wednesdays 10:30am-1pm MUST enroll in GLA1014H LEC90101 on Thursdays 10am-1pm.

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Wednesday 10:30am-1pm (LEC90101) & Thursday 10:30am-1pm (LEC90102)
Instructor(s): Dan Breznitz
Room: Online

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.

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.

Optional – Equipped with core competencies—both theoretical and practical—in the global architecture, students may choose 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). Students may use courses taken in other departments towards their chosen emphasis with the approval of the MGA Program Director. Verification of completion of an emphasis will be at the discretion of the MGA Program Director. Students must formally request that the emphasis be listed on their transcript.

MGA’s Policy on Non-Departmental Enrollment in Elective Courses (updated July 7, 2020)

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 and CERES MA program have priority access to MGA elective courses. MPP and CERES students may request enrollment starting Thursday, September 3, 2020. All other students may request enrollment the week of September 14, 2020.

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 17, 2020 – December 9, 2020 for the fall term, and January 11, 2021 – April 9, 2021 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

Full Year Term

JCR1000Y - Global Challenges

Term: Full Year
Day & Time: Fridays 9am-Noon
Instructor(s): Joseph Wong
Room: Online

Description:

In order to create sustainable solutions to the world’s most important challenges, global development professionals must reach beyond the traditional boundaries of their field of expertise combining scientific/technological, business, and social ideas in an approach known as integrated innovation. In this project-based course, students from various disciplines (engineering, management, health and social sciences) will work together – using participatory methods with an international partner – to address a locally relevant challenge. Students will be expected to integrate their knowledge and experience of global issues in order to identify technical requirements in the context of existing social frameworks (ethical, cultural), as well as the appropriate business and policy systems required to deliver the product to end users. This will be achieved through regular team meetings with stakeholders and with faculty consultants from each discipline. The course will model real life and lead to innovative solutions to major global challenges.

*This course is open to MGA, Rotman MBA, and Engineering students only.

Emphases: Innovation/Development

Fall Term

GLA2888H - MGA Research Paper

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Monday 9:30am-Noon
Instructor(s): Scott Aquanno
Room: Online

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.

GLA2092H - Topics in Global Affairs III: The Populist Radical Right in Europe

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Tuesday 11:00am-1:00pm
Instructor(s): Andres Kasekamp
Room: In-Person/Online

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.

Emphases: Security

GLA2067H - Topics in Justice II: Illicit Trade in Drugs

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Friday 10:30am-1pm
Instructor(s): Benoît Gomis
Room: Online

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.

Emphases: Justice/Security

GLA2068H - Topics in Justice III: Police Violence in Global Affairs

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Thursday 1:00-3:30pm
Instructor(s): Todd Foglesong , Ron Levi

Description:

This course examines police violence around the world and the ways local and national governments, as well as non-governmental organizations, respond to concerns about such violence. Students will analyze a range of analytical schemes for making sense of torture, brutality, and the use of lethal force by law enforcement agencies in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Brazil, France, Israel, Canada, the US, and the UK.  We will compare the practices for counting and classifying such violence; review the testimony of victims and witnesses of police violence; consider aspirations for reform, including social movement claims to revamp our very ideas of policing; analyze policies that are thought to govern the use of force by police; and interview officials who are responsible for investigating incidents of police violence in a range of cities. We will also consider whether police violence is linked with other forms of civic exclusion, and whether it affects skepticism about other justice institutions. Course work will include drafting memos that answer two practical questions:  first, what advice might we have to offer for the new Washington State Task Force on police use of lethal force? Second, should Global Affairs Canada see this as being within its remit, and should it work with police departments in different parts of the world to assess and address police violence?

GLA2063H - Topics in Security I: Pathways into Global Security

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Tuesday 12:00-2:00pm
Instructor(s): Benoît Gomis
Room: Online

Description:

This course provides an introduction into the professional world of global security. Drawing on guest speaker presentations, short lectures by the instructor, and classroom exercises, it will help students gain a better understanding of relevant sub-fields, organizations, and roles within the global security field. Weekly discussions with guest speakers will deliver insights on their background, current and previous responsibilities, organizations they’ve worked in and how they operate, and key lessons they learnt throughout their career. Guest speakers will include mid- to senior-level staff from international government organizations, defence, foreign, development, and interior ministries, law enforcement and intelligence agencies, NGOs, training institutes, media, academia, and the private sector. The course will identify and examine some of the main skills relevant for careers in global security, including investigative research, writing, networking, public speaking, fundraising, job search, teaching, conflict management, and time management.

Emphases: Security

GLA2093H - Topics in Global Affairs IV: Government Relations

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Tuesdays 6-8pm
Instructor(s): Marc Dupont
Room: Online

Description:

As Government continues to play a key role in the global economy, firms need to engage public officials and ensure that their business interests are taken into account by policymakers. This course examines the practice of government relations in Canada and in other jurisdictions such as the US, the EU and China. Through case studies in international trade, taxation and regulatory affairs, students will learn about the process of lobbying and strategically communicating with governments. We will also be paying close attention to the recent rise of populism and protectionism globally and how it can impact the practice of government relations. Students will also draft advocacy plans and develop the ability to make clear and robust policy recommendations to C-suite executives and members of the board of directors. An interest in politics, public policy and an aptitude for cross-cultural fluency will be helpful for this class.

*Note that course enrollment is by application only.  An email will be sent out to MGA students in August.

Emphases: Markets

GLA2097H - Topics in Global Affairs VI: Bilateral Diplomacy: Canada-Japan and US-Japan Relations

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Monday 6:30-9:00pm
Instructor(s): Phillip Lipscy
Room: Online

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.

Emphases: Markets/Security

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.

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

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Wednesday 12:00-2:00pm
Instructor(s): Alan Alexandroff
Room: Online

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.

*There are 5 spots reserved for MPP students.

Emphases: Innovation/Development

GLA2071H - Topics in Markets III: Environmental Economics

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Tuesdays 9:00am-Noon
Instructor(s): Stephan Heblich
Room: Online

Description:

Environmental concerns have become increasingly prominent as a matter for public debate and policy. Sustainable development, pollution, climate change and the exploitation of renewable and non-renewable resources are fundamentally resource allocation problems on which economics has much to say. This unit will address these real-world environmental problems by building on microeconomic theory and quantitative methods from previous units. We will use these tools to examine how economic choices and activity affect the natural environment. We will also be looking at methods of environmental valuation and at policy instruments designed to improve (or slow down the degradation of) the environment.

Emphases: Markets

GLA2006H - The Political Economy of Money and Finance

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Wednesday 2-4:30pm
Instructor(s): Mark Manger
Room: Online

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.”

Emphases: Markets

GLA2062H - Topics in Development III: Gender, Conflict and Crisis

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Monday 5:00-7:00pm
Instructor(s): Megan Dersnah
Room: Online

Description:

This course takes a gender-based approach to understanding the challenges, priorities and politics within protracted crises and fragile contexts. It looks at the unique experiences of women and men, girls and boys in crisis settings, including attention to sexual and gender-based violence, toxic and positive masculinities, and the particular needs of children and youth. It focuses on practical global responses to address protracted crises, including the Canadian Feminist International Assistance Policy, as well as highlighting the challenges inherent in these responses.

Emphases: Development/Security

GLA2060H - Topics in Development I: Global Development Education Policy Workshop

Streams: Development
Term: Fall
Day & Time: Tuesday 9:30am-Noon
Instructor(s): Rie Kijima
Room: Online

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.

Emphases: Development

GLA2030H - Grand Strategy and Global Threats

Streams: Global Institutions
Term: Fall
Day & Time: Wednesday 5:00-7:00pm
Instructor(s): Jon R. Lindsay
Room: Online

Description:

Grand strategy is national policy for integrating all instruments of power—diplomatic, informational, military, and economic—to advance national security interests. Even small states and non-state actors have grand strategies, even if they don’t write about them as such, and even when they are poorly thought out or even counterproductive. Grand strategies attempt to clarify national priorities and threats, and they attempt to link military (and non-military) means to political ends. To understand why nations adopt the security policies that they do, and why they succeed or fail, it is important to understand the political sources of grand strategy. These include geography, the balance of power, technological innovation, domestic institutions, trade patterns, and complex interactions across these factors.

This course proceeds in two parts. The first is a reading seminar exploring the history and future of three grand challenges—political transformation, technological disruption, and ecological crisis. We will read and discuss several books in their entirety spanning a diverse set of regions and perspectives, from state formation in ancient China to the potential for interplanetary expansion. The second part gives students the opportunity to analyze the grand strategies of different countries to assess their response to the challenges. This term will focus on the United States, China, Russia, and Iran. Students will have the opportunity to explore all three challenges by focusing on a different country each time. We will also discuss implications for Canadian grand strategy in the final session.

Emphases: Security

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

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Wednesday 2-4pm
Instructor(s): Jack Cunningham
Room: Online

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.

Emphases: Security

GLA2098H - Topics in Global Affairs VII: Impact and Implications of Covid-19

This course will feature a different guest lecturer each week. This course is open to all Munk School graduate students and fourth year undergrad students in a Munk School program.

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Thursday 6-7pm
Room: Online

Description:

This seminar takes you around the globe to learn and understand how different countries reacted to the covid-19 pandemic. Reviewing how each country approached testing, hospitalization, social distancing, and other important issues will allow you to grasp how different countries still are in today’s globalized world.  Through the semester, you will be able to both compare and delve into each of the cases. Moreover, particular subjects such as inequality, race, global challenges, Taxation, higher education, and global production chains will receive a more in depth analysis.

GLA2014H - Innovation and Economic Development

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Wednesday 10:00am-Noon
Instructor(s): Shiri Breznitz
Room: Online

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.

Emphases: Innovation

Winter/Spring Term

GLA2064H - Topics in Security II: Researching Terrorism

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Friday 10:30am-1pm
Instructor(s): Benoît Gomis
Room: Online

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.

Emphases: Security

GLA2081H - Topics in Innovation II: Technology Policy

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Tuesday 10am-Noon
Room: Online

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.

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

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Thursday 2-4pm
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.

Emphases: Security

GLA2001H - Global Capital Markets

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Tuesday 5-7pm
Instructor(s): Alan Alexandroff

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.

*There are 5 spots reserved for MPP students.

Emphases: 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.

GLA2066H - Topics in Justice I: Justice Reforms

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Monday 1:00-3:30pm
Instructor(s): Todd Foglesong

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.

Emphases: Justice

GLA2000H - Capstone Seminar

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

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Wednesdays 1-4pm (Justice, Markets, Development, Education Policy, Innovation, Sustainability) 1-3 (Security)
Instructor(s): Shiri Breznitz , Mark Manger , John Robinson , Benoît Gomis , Rajshri Jayaraman , Todd Foglesong , Rie Kijima

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.

*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 any emphases.

GLA2080H - Topics in Innovation I: The Ethics of Innovation: Ideas, Interests, Institutions

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Wednesday 10:00am-Noon
Instructor(s): Daniel Munro

Description:

Technology and innovation are pervasive through our economies and societies and have profound effects on health, wealth and well-being. Technological innovation has transformed the ways we work, learn, organize and socialize – in beneficial, harmful and ambiguous ways. Our attitudes towards technology are shaped by the nature and extent to which we believe they benefit or harm our economic, social, and cultural interests and values. But we do not share the same values or interests, nor do we believe that the distribution of benefits and harm from innovation are always equitable or fair. In this course we will reflect on the ethics of technology and innovation. How should we decide if an innovation is good or bad (or neither)? What is a fair distribution of the benefits and risks of innovation? Who gets to decide? How do ideas, interests, and institutions shape our ethical reflection and the possibilities for governing innovation? Our discussion will combine theoretical reflection with concrete examples, including facial recognition, biotechnology, neurotechnology, social media and communications technologies, and other new and emerging innovations.

Emphases: Innovation

GLA2061H - Topics in Development II: Politics of China and Democracy in Asia

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Tuesday 12:00-2:00pm
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.

Emphases: Markets/Development

GLA2010H - Geopolitics of Cyberspace

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Wednesday 9:30am-Noon
Instructor(s): Ronald Deibert
Room: Online

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.

NOTE: This course will be offered online only for the Winter 2021 term.

Emphases: Security

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

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Wednesday 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.

*Please note this course is closed to non-MGA students.

Emphases: Innovation

GLA2062H - Topics in Development III: Health and Education

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Monday 9:30am-Noon
Instructor(s): Rajshri Jayaraman

Description:

This course covers topics in economic development related to health and education. We will begin by discussing why health and education are important for economic well-being, and exploring how the (developing) world fares in terms of human capital attainment. We will go on to examine what the main barriers to good health and educational achievement are in poor- and middle-income countries; and investigate what types of policy interventions may serve to lower these barriers.

 

This course is not going to be technical. However, we will use (informal) economic models to structure our thinking and we will weigh the evidence based on statistically sound methods. If you hate economics or data, then this course is not for you. If you care about poverty and inequality, and want to understand evidence-based health and policy design in developing countries, then this is the elective for you.

Emphases: Development

GLA2068H - Topics in Justice III: Activist Campaigns in Global Politics

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Tuesday 2:00-4:00pm
Instructor(s): David Zarnett

Description:

From the abolition of the slave trade and the ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to the banning of landmines and signing of treaties to combat climate change, activists, NGOs and social movements have played an important role in shaping state behaviour and making global politics more just.  But with meagre financial resources and no military capacity in a world dominated by powerful states, how are these non-state actors able to effect any change at all? To answer this question, this course examines the politics and practice of justice-focused activism. It draws on an extensive literature in psychology, sociology and political science about the conditions under which activism succeeds and fails. Students will examine historical and contemporary activist campaigns, and learn how to build their own.  Through this course, students will develop a historical, theoretical and evidence-based understanding of how global activism works, and an appreciation of the many complexities and trade-offs involved in developing and responding to activist campaigns.

Emphases: Justice

JSE1708H - Sustainability and the Western Mind

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Tuesday 10am-Noon & Thursday 10am-Noon
Instructor(s): John Robinson
Room: Online

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.

Emphases: None

GLA2025H - Global Economic Policy Lab

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Wednesday 10:00am - Noon
Instructor(s): Mark Manger
Room: Online

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.

Emphases: Markets