Fall 2022 - IS 402 D100

Global Security Governance (4)

Class Number: 5134

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    HCC 3122, Vancouver

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units.



Examines how states engage with the global security architecture to address a range of contemporary security challenges. Taking a comparative perspective, we investigate key actors’ involvement with regional and international institutions such as the UN, NATO, and the EU. Issues may include disinformation, cybersecurity, outer space security, trafficking, and terrorism. Students who have taken IS 409 with this topic may not take this course for further credit.


This course focuses on whether, how and why states and organizations engage/do not engage within a fledgling global security architecture. We will examine how norms are debated and agendas and programs are introduced or not on a variety of security issues. The topics that will be examined in the Fall of 2021 will include the following: disinformation and cyber threats, hybrid conflicts, human trafficking, and outerspace security.


This course aims to familiarize students with the academic literatures on foreign policy analysis and aspects of global governance (and the lack thereof). It will help them to identify and evaluate links between the two. Students will learn to critically assess the evolving, declining and emerging roles of global security agents (or “global governors”) and analyze when, how and why norms, diplomacy, power and cooperation evolve over time.


  • 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 20-25 pages. Students will hand in a first draft of their paper which will be constructively critiqued by the group before handing in the final version.

Students will be required to submit their written assignments to Turnitin.com in order to receive credit for the assignments and for the course.

The School for International Studies strictly enforces the University's policies regarding plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty. Information about these policies can be found at: http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/teaching.html.



Readings for the course, journal articles and otherwise, will be made available via the SFU Library, Canvas or otherwise online. The recommended/illustrative readings below are not for purchase.


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 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.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html