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University of Ottawa - Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

API-5106: Globalization and Governance

Calendar Description: Influence of globalization on national and international governance as well as on the formulation of public policy across a range of policy fields. Topics include the multiple dimensions of globalization, the impact of globalization on international institutions, the internationalization of domestic public policy, the challenges and opportunities of globalization for policymakers, case studies in several policy fields (e.g. health, crime, trade and finance).

General Course Objective from Syllabus:  In this course, we consider the moral justifications for and implications of public policy decisions, at the domestic and international levels. As students of public policy, and if we are seeking to be responsible public actors, we must be careful to understand the moral implications of the policy choices that we make. This course intends to provide students with the critical thinking skills essential to understanding the moral challenges posed by public policy-making, and the moral responsibilities we have as decision-makers in the public sphere. 

Specific Course Objectives from Syllabus: Traditionally, domestic politics has been viewed as the domain of “government” – in contrast to the relatively “ungoverned” realm of international affairs. This distinction provided a rationale for treating international relations as a separate field of study. It also informed the development of national bureaucracies in which the management of international relations fell to a specialized diplomatic service, leaving most departments and agencies to concentrate on foreign affairs.

Since the end of World War II, however, and particularly since the end of the Cold War, globalization has been eroding the boundary between domestic and international or global affairs. On one hand, the globalization of commerce, markets, investment, production, technology, information, communities, criminal networks, pollution and infectious disease has given rise to a growing array of regulatory structures at the international or global level which, in various ways, perform “governance” functions that have historically been associated with the role of the state. At the same time, many traditionally domestic policy areas – from social welfare to environmental policies – are now subject to global pressures and influences.

The purpose of this course is to investigate both of these trends – and, in so doing, to provide students in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs with a greater understanding of the growing interconnection between the domestic and the international or global policy realm.

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Critically analyse the various conceptualizations of globalization and global governance
  • Account for the main political, economic and cultural processes of globalization and global governance
  • Identify and critically analyse specific experiences of globalization and global governance

Faculty: Michael Williams

Source: Syllabus downloaded from, 19 January 2014.

Teaching Topics Addressed in this Course, Organized by Public Management Subject



Commentary by the Atlas editors: The class titles in the Syllabus suggest a number of the potential topics to be developed for the Atlas:

  • Global Orders – Past, Present and Future
  • Transgovernmentalism
  • Transnational Activism
  • Social Policy
  • Democratization, Development and Global Governance
  • Private-Public Governance
  • Security and Risk
  • Stateless Governance and a Globalized World
  • Borders and Boundaries

Page created by: Ian Clark on 19 January 2014. The content presented on this page, except in the Commentary, is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.



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