Fall/Winter Timetable

JPD2232H1F L0101

Global Governance


This course offers a theoretical and thematic exploration of changing forms of global governance. The approach is historical, locating specific “international regimes” within broad periods: the rise of colonial empires and the Westphalian interstate system in the 16th-18th centuries; the rise of free trade under British hegemony in the mid-19th century; the League of Nations-centered system of 1919-1939; the rise of post World War II institutions, including the UN system; the crises of the 1970s, which led to new projects for global governance, including the G8; and the emergence of post cold war globalization, which offered new opportunities and dangers, not only for changing inter-state power, but possibly even for a new era based on something other than sovereign territorial states. Students may choose any issue for their papers from climate change, health and infectious diseases, crime and human rights, to refugees to food security and economic and security affairs. Conceptually, we explore regime stability and change, hegemony, explicit and implicit regulation, including inter-state relations but also gender, race, and other social categories, as well as private economic powers and social movements as they operate inter- or transnationally. We include exploration of how issue areas emerge and also how they merge, e.g., how energy and health intersect with climate change or biological diversity.


see course website{http://www.library.utoronto.ca/ir/jpd2232s.html}
for list of readings. Until mid-August, these will be last year’s readings. Be sure to look at that time for the updated list.

Format and Requirements

One 5,000 word essay (worth 50%), one seminar presentation and ongoing participation (worth 30%) and weekly one page summaries and questions based on the weekly readings (20%). The last are to be emailed in at the beginning of the day of each class. The seminar presentation is to be 45 minutes in length, with a reading list handed out several weeks in advance (so that the materials may be assembled in the libraries).