In Munk One, you will enrol in three classes: two small, discussion-based seminars and one global affairs research lab.

Munk One courses earn you 2.0 credits of the usual 5.0 credit load in your first year. Most students choose the rest of their courses based on the programs of study they intend to pursue, such as medicine, psychology, political science, computer science, physics or commerce.

Munk One students intending to pursue Peace, Conflict and Justice, and Contemporary Asian Studies programs (undergraduate programs run through the Munk School of Global Affairs), are also eligible to count some of their Munk One coursework toward their degree requirements.


Global Innovation I: Innovating for the Global (MUN101H1)

Two generations ago we put a man on the moon. We’ve since experienced an information technology revolution. Virtual reality has become a lived reality. Medical technologies are better, smarter, faster and more effective. Physical infrastructures are modern and cheap to implement. Consequently, people live longer. Fewer children die each year. Work and labour have been revolutionized. Simply put, innovation and invention have transformed the world – or much of it, anyway.

The truth: this transformation has not been global in scope. We have iPads. Hundreds of millions do not have clean water. This seminar course examines this tension. It is about invention, innovation, growth, development and doing better.

Read the 2016-2017 course syllabus by clicking here.

Global Innovation II: Governing Global Public Goods (MUN102H1)

What are global public goods and how can we address the challenge of providing them sustainably to all? How do we co-operate for the public good without sacrificing our individual goals and why do certain areas of our lives, such as the Internet, seem to produce public goods without any formal mechanisms of co-operation?

This seminar introduces different propositions from sociology, political science, economics, philosophy and history to help us understand the roles of government, market and communities in building global solutions.

Read the 2015-2016 course syllabus by clicking here.

Global Problem-Solving: Research Methods & Lab Opportunities (MUN105Y1)

No white coats or test tubes in this lab! Instead, you will learn how to conduct analytically rigorous social science research and improve your insights into a complex global problem. Then, you will devise an innovative solution to address it.

You will work hands-on in one of five labs dealing with some of the most intractable global problems of our time in the areas of the environment, health, digital governance, security and the gap between rich and poor. Over the course of the academic year, you learn to conduct social science research and narrow the scope of a complex challenge into a manageable research problem and develop a viable, compelling and implementable solution to that problem.

At the end of the year, you get to pitch your solution to a jury of global affairs experts. The winning lab team has the opportunity to travel to a symposium or global organization to pursue their solution.

Read the 2015-2016 course syllabus by clicking here.

YOUR LABS (based on 2015-16)

Environmental Governance Lab: How can sustainable development be achieved for all while addressing global climate change?

Digital Governance Lab: How can the global convergence of information and communications technologies work for everyone?

International Political Economy Lab: How can ethical market economies be encouraged to help reduce the gap between rich and poor?

Global Health Lab: How can the threat of new and reemerging diseases and immune microorganisms be reduced?

Security Lab: How can shared values and new security strategies reduce ethnic conflicts, terrorism, and the use of weapons of mass destruction?

Applications Are closed.


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