Spring 2024 - IS 842 G100

Global Security Governance (4)

Class Number: 5194

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Thu, 8:30–11:20 a.m.

  • Instructor:

    Nicole Jackson
    1 778 782-8424



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 with credit for IS 808 under the title "Global Security Governance" may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for IS 402 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 Spring 2024 will include the following:  disinformation, cyber and so-called hybrid conflicts and wars.


This course aims to familiarize students with the academic literatures on foreign policy analysis and aspects of global security 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 40%
  • Research essay, including proposal and first draft 60%


The research essay will be 20-25 pages. Graduate students will have extra requirements (their papers will be 5-10 pages longer and will have extra short assignments and extra readings). Students will hand in a first draft of their paper which will be constructively critiqued by the group before handing in the final version.



Illustrative Books (These are not for purchase: Readings for the course, journal articles and otherwise, will be made available via the SFU library, SFU Canvas or otherwise online)

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.


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.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

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