The MGA courses

Academic Year 2019-2020

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.

The Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy is collaborating with DataCamp.

Fall Term

GLA1012H - Statistics for Global Affairs

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Wednesday 9am-12pm (LEC0101) & Wednesday 2-5pm (LEC0102) & Friday 1-3pm (TUT0102) & Friday 3-5pm (TUT0101)
Instructor(s): Paola Salardi
Room: OI5170

Description:

This course introduces qualitative and quantitative methods to conduct research for policy purposes. The course discusses research design, case studies, observational and experimental studies, and introduces statistical concepts with a focus on applications. Students will come away with a good grasp of the ideas behind case studies, sampling, bias, causation, correlation and randomization, and the use of data to evaluate policy choices and outcomes.

GLA1003H - Global Security

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Thursday 10am-1pm (LEC0101) & 3-6pm (LEC0102)
Instructor(s): Jon R. Lindsay
Room: CG160, EM119

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 - Decision Making and Strategic Thinking in the Global System

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Tuesday 9-11:30am (LEC0101) & Tuesdays 12:00pm-2:30pm (LEC0102)
Instructor(s): Janice Stein
Room: TBA

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.

GLA1006H - International Legal Challenges

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Monday 2pm-5pm
Room: OI2212

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.

GLA1010H - Microeconomics for Global Affairs

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Monday 9-12:00pm (LEC0101) & Friday 9-12:00pm (LEC0102) & Tuesday 3pm-5pm (TUT0101) & Tuesday 5pm-7pm (TUT0102)
Room: OI2212

Description:

This course covers the principles of microeconomics, with an emphasis on global affairs. In addition to the principles and techniques of microeconomics and models of economic behaviour, this course provides case studies of topics such as international trade, capital markets, international development, and tradeoffs in economic policy, in the context of global affairs.

Winter/Spring Term

GLA1014H - Global Development

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Thursday 10:00am-1:00pm (LEC0101) & 2:00pm-5:00pm (LEC0102)
Instructor(s): Wilson Prichard
Room: OI2214, OI5250

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

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

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Friday 9am-Noon & 1-4pm (MGA1 students) | Thursday 9am-Noon & 1-4pm (MGA2 students)

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 10am-1pm (LEC0101) & Monday 2-5pm (LEC0102)
Instructor(s): Gustavo Indart
Room: SS1071

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.

Each week will consist of two blocks of two hours. The first block will be used for lectures, the second for tutorials and tests.

GLA1011H - Global Innovation Policy

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Wednesday 10:30am-1pm (LEC0101/LEC0102)
Instructor(s): Dan Breznitz , Darius Ornston
Room: OI2212, SK720

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.

Summer Term

GLA1007H - Global Internship

Term: Summer

Description:

Students must complete an internship in the summer between the first and second year of study. Students will secure an appropriate internship related to one of the program’s three sectors (global institutions, global markets, or global civil society). The internship allows students to apply their knowledge to significant global problems from the vantage point of one of the program’s three sectors, and provides an opportunity to develop and enhance skills, and build networks, in areas of professional interest. A report on the internship will be required and will be graded pass/fail. A faculty member, in consultation with relevant teaching faculty in the program, will grade the report. Internships may be paid or unpaid.

Second Year

*This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Choice of 5 (2.5 FCE) elective courses (MGA students in year two only). Second year students are required to complete GLA2000H (Capstone Seminar) and GLA1009H (Financial Management for Global Organizations) at the times specified below.

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 5, 2019)

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 Tuesday, September 3, 2019. All other students may request enrollment the week of September 15, 2019.

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 or in person. Students will be sent a confirmation e-mail if their enrollment is successful. Please note that all courses will run from September 16, 2019 – November 29, 2019 for the fall term, and January 13, 2020 – March 27, 2020 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: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

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.

Fall Term

GLA2012H - The Political Economy of Trade

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Monday Noon-2:30pm
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.

GLA2024H - Intelligence and Covert Action

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Wednesday 9:30am-Noon
Instructor(s): Jon R. Lindsay
Room: Transit House, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

Twenty-first century threats blur the boundaries between military and civilian affairs and between peace and war. Policymakers rely on intelligence to navigate a complex strategic environment, and they sometimes look to covert action to accomplish their objectives. Complex and ubiquitous information infrastructure—cyberspace—enables many new deceptive threats and opportunities for many types of actors. Yet while technologies continue to change, there is also some continuity in logic and practice of intelligence. This course examines the role of deception in statecraft and conflict. In particular, it is designed to explore the role of emerging technologies in the 21st century in the context of more traditional intelligence and covert/special operations. Topics include collection tradecraft, the intelligence process, counterintelligence, covert action, and the ethics of state secrecy. In seminars, group research projects, and a crisis simulation, contemporary and traditional cases will be examined side by side to systematically explore the continuities and novelties of political and military deception in the cyber age.

GLA2006H - The Political Economy of Money and Finance

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Wednesday 2-4:30pm
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 affiliated with the Munk School. Students must find an appropriate supervisor and obtain the approval of the MGA Director before enrolling

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.

GLA2888H - MGA Research Paper

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

GLA2096H - Global Migration Governance: State Sovereignty, Geopolitics, and Migrant Rights

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Tuesday 3pm-5:30pm
Room: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

This course takes an in-depth look at the quest for global migration governance: an issue area that has eschewed attempts to build international regimes and is often characterized by zero-sum state policies and reactive migration controls. Our seminar will ask when and how states with often competing and conflicting interests can cooperate over international migration, unpack the connections between domestic politics and interstate behavior, and ask how the seemingly inherent tensions between state interests and the need for global migration governance affect normative commitments to the rights of migrants, and vice versa. Substantively, we will examine the politics of the international refugee regime, regional migration regimes, human smuggling and trafficking, externalized and securitized migration controls, the negotiation of the Global Refugee and Migration Compacts as a means of addressing the global refugee crisis, and the nexuses between migration and development, security, and terrorism. The course will include guest lectures from policymakers and service-providers. Students should be prepared to lead discussions, produce a substantive research project with policy recommendations, and deliver their recommendations in a final presentation.

GLA2015H - Economic Competitiveness and Social Protection

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Wednesday 10am-12:30pm
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 systems of social protection without sacrificing economic competitiveness. The course opens by addressing several misconceptions about the welfare state, including the connection between economic competition and social protection, the relationship between social spending and inequality, and the private provision of social protection. The second part of the course examines the politics of reform in four critical areas: Pensions, health care, unemployment, and childcare/maternity policy. The course concludes by exploring three contemporary challenges: Immigration and the welfare state, the politics of social protection in the Global South, and the challenge of designing global social safety nets. By the end of the course, students are expected to develop a politically feasible, economically competitive strategy to reform social policy in a community of interest.

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

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.

GLA2014H - Innovation and Economic Development

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Wednesday 1:30-4pm
Instructor(s): Shiri Breznitz
Room: Transit House, 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.

GLA2098H - Topics in Global Affairs: Risk and Risk Governance

*This course is open to MGA students only.

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Tuesdays 6pm-8:30pm
Instructor(s): Mike Durland
Room: Transit House, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

This course provides a multidisciplinary perspective on risk and risk governance. Students will be introduced to an array of perspectives on risk including probabilistic, economic, behavioural, social and cultural perspectives. Students will be introduced to a risk governance methodology introduced by the International Risk Governance Council which deploys a multidisciplinary approach to pre-assessment, appraisal, risk evaluation, concern evaluation, risk management and communication. We will apply this methodology to a variety of contemporary risk concerns. We will study the deficits that often arise when adopting risk management methodologies that may impact the objectivity of risk governance. Finally, the course will consider the unique challenges inherent in assessing emerging risks and systemic risks.

GLA2093H - Topics in Global Affairs IV: Government Relations

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Tuesdays 6:30-9pm
Room: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

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

GLA2002H - Issues in Development Policy and Practice: Tax and Development

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Tuesday 9am-Noon
Instructor(s): Wilson Prichard
Room: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

This course interrogates the key tensions and challenges in the field of development through an in-depth exploration of one sub-field: tax and development.  Key debates and issues in development are frequently presented in relatively broad terms.  Doing so captures key challenges and trade-offs, but often offers few answers or ways forward. This course seeks to provide a more focused investigation of these key development debates and issues, through an applied deep dive into the field of tax and development.  Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the rapidly emerging sub-field of tax and development – part of the broader ‘financing for development’ agenda – while using this sub-field to understand broader development debates as they occur in practice.   Key overarching topics will include, among others: (a) the roles of capacity, policy, institutions and politics in shaping outcomes, (b) linking the local, national and international in understanding and addressing development challenges, (c) the financing for development agenda, local ownership and donor coordination, (d) linking research, evidence and practice in development, (e) effective design and implementation of reform programs, (f) pathologies of aid programs and delivery, and (g) ‘doing development’ in a changing global context.  The course will draw on the instructor’s active involvement in research, policy formulation and implementation for tax and development programs, and will aim to design key assignments that feed directly into ongoing policy, research and reform processes.

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

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Tuesday Noon-2:30pm
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

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Wednesday 4:30-7pm
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.

*There are 5 spots reserved for MPP students.

GLA2091H - Seeing Taiwan

Term: Fall
Day & Time: TBA
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.

GLA2064H - Topics in Security II: Researching Terrorism

Term: Fall
Day & Time: Friday 10:30am-1:00pm
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.

Winter/Spring Term

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

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.

GLA2025H - Global Economic Policy Lab

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Wednesday 10am-12:30pm
Instructor(s): Mark Manger
Room: Transit House, 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.

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 affiliated with the Munk School. Students must find an appropriate supervisor and obtain the approval of the MGA Director before enrolling

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.

GLA2001H - Global Capital Markets

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Wednesday 6:30-9pm
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.

*There are 5 spots reserved for MPP students.

GLA2010H - Geopolitics of Cyberspace

*Please note this course is open to MGA students only. Non-departmental students may seek enrollment in Department of Political Science's offering of this course POL2240H http://politics.utoronto.ca/graduate/courses/fallwinter-timetable/?id=2709

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Wednesday 9:30am-Noon
Room: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

New information and communication technologies, such as the Internet, are widely believed to be transforming world politics. While these transformations have brought about important challenges to state power and authority, they have not eliminated power politics and the quest for security and competitive advantage among actors on the world stage. Today, states and non-state actors alike are seeking ways to exploit information and information systems to pursue political objectives. The control of information has long been widely seen as a source of political power, and is manifest today in competition over both the media and the messages of the global communications environment. From the filtering and interception of Internet traffic to the circulation of home-made videos by militant Islamists, a new geopolitics of information and communication technologies is underway.

The Geopolitics of Cyberspace course is an intensive examination of the ways in which states and non-state actors are contesting the newly evolving terrain of global digital-electronic-telecommunications. Topics covered include Internet censorship and surveillance, information warfare, computer network attacks, hacktivism, and governance of global communications. The course is organized as a series of intensive modules. One feature of the class will be a hands-on” analysis of censorship circumvention and network interrogation techniques at the Citizen Lab (http://www.citizenlab.org/).

GLA2061H - Gender, Conflict and Crisis

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Monday 4:30-7pm
Room: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

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.

GLA1009H - Financial Management for Global Organizations

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

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Friday 9am-Noon & 1-4pm (MGA1 students) | Thursday 9am-Noon & 1-4pm (MGA2 students)

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.

GLA2066H - Topics in Justice I: Crime and Justice in Global Affairs: Solutionology 101

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Monday 1-3:30pm
Instructor(s): Todd Foglesong
Room: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Description:

This course examines the industry of solutions for three scourges in justice — violence against women (especially rape); homicide (including police shootings), and corruption on a grand scale.  We will try to answer four broad questions.  First, what is the relationship between the purported scale of these problems and the scope of imagined fixes?  How do campaigns that promise to “end” or “eliminate” such scourges design and deliver the right-sized solutions?  Second, do the solutions that are being tested, marketed, and sometimes scaled-up by international organizations reinforce or displace local or national knowledge, ambition, power?  In short, who wins and loses, who measures and who matters?  Third, how do the ideas, institutions, interests, and individuals in this industry differ from those found in health and the environment, or trade and national security?  Is the field of justice today truly distinct from commerce and education and taxation and counter-terrorism?  Fourth, how do you want to interact with this field?  Do you plan to be an observer or participant, a supporter or detractor of one or another idea and institution?  What kinds of skills, ethics, thoughts, and interactions would help you relate to a global enterprise in justice?

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.

GLA2018H - Innovation and the City

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Monday 10am-12:30pm
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

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Wednesday 4-6:30pm
Room: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

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.

*Enrollment is by application only.  Please note this course is closed to non-MGA students.

JSE1708H - The Development of Sustainability Thought

Term: Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Tuesday 10am-Noon & Thursday 10am-Noon
Instructor(s): John Robinson
Room: B019, 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.