Fall 2019 - IS 409 D100

Special Topics I (4)

Global Security Governance

Class Number: 7980

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
    HCC 7210, Vancouver

  • Instructor:

    Nicole Jackson
    1 778 782-8424
  • Prerequisites:

    45 units.



Specific details of courses to be offered will be published prior to enrollment each term.


This course focuses on how states and organizations engage within the new global security architecture.  Taking the examples of Russia, Canada, and NATO we will examine how norms are debated and agendas and programs are introduced on a variety of security issues. The topics that will be examined in the Fall of 2019 include the following: hybrid wars (especially disinformation and cyber threats) and outerspace security.

This is a workshop format seminar course in which students will be required to actively participate each class. There will be mini and major oral presentations.


This course aims to familiarize students with the academic literatures on foreign policy analysis and aspects of global governance and it will help them to identify and evaluate links between the two. Students will learn to critically assess the roles of global security agents (or “global governors”) and analyze whether and how norms, diplomacy, power and cooperation have evolved.


  • Participation (including critical reading outlines and major oral presentations) 40%
  • Research Essay (including proposal and first draft) 60%


Participation, including critical reading outlines and major oral presentations (40 percent); research essay, including proposal and first draft (60 percent). The research essay will be 25 pages. Graduate students will have extra requirements. Students will hand in a first draft of their paper which will be constructively critiqued by the group before handing in the final version.



Recommended/Background Books (General)

Patrick Cottrell: The Evolution and Legitimacy of International Security Institutions, CUP, 2016

Ed Andrew Cooper, Global Governance and Diplomacy. Worlds Apart? Palgrave, 2008

Chris Hill, The National Interest in Question: Foreign Policy in Multicultural Societies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).

Chris Hill, The Changing Politics of Foreign Policy, 2002

Kjell Engelbrekt, High Table Diplomacy, Reshaping International Security Institutions, 2016

Bruce D Jones, The Risk Pivot; Great Powers, International Security and the Energy Revolution, 2014

Fredrik Bynander, Stefano Guzzini Eds, Rethinking Foreign Policy, Routledge 2013

Knud Erik Jørgensen, Werner Link, Gunther Hellmann Theorizing Foreign Policy in a Globalized World, Palgrave, 2015

Ed Christopher Daase, Rethinking Security Governance, The Problem of Unintended Consequences, 2010

Ed Scott Jasper, Conflict and Cooperation in the Commons, 2012

Shahar Hameiri and Lee Jones Governing borderless threats: non traditional security , CUP 2015

Abraham Denmark et.al, Contested Commons; The Future of American Power Center for New American Security, 2010

Ed James Sperling, Handbook of Governance and Security, 2014

Deborah Avent and Oliver Westerwinter, The New Power Politics; Networks and Transnational Security Governance, OUP, 2016.

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