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Global Governance, Politics, and Security

Concentrations in Global Governance or Global Security

While core courses provide the analytical ‘big picture’ and help students find the right concentration, it is the coursework in their field of concentration that gives them a long-term advantage in their career. GGPS students hone their expertise in Global Governance or Global Security by selecting courses from an extensive list of electives and approved concentration courses. 

Global Governance 

Practitioners of global governance have expertise in the practices, processes and institutions designed to help governments and other actors collaborate in grappling with today's complex global and regional problems. To this end, students choosing this concentration take courses in functional fields such as human rights, peace & security, global health, environmental governance or international development. Additionally, students can choose concentration courses that foster organizational and diplomatic skills as well as expertise in regional and global institutions. We offer courses on International Organizations; The United Nations System; International Law and Global Order; The European Union; ASEAN; Corporate Social Responsibility; Governance, Development and Corruption; Statebuilding; Inter-cultural Leadership; NGO Management; and Leadership in Global Organizations.  

Global Security 

A concentration in global security focuses on explaining why actors come into conflict and assessing the tools policymakers use to analyze, prevent, manage and resolve those conflicts. Historically, the study of global security would involve taking classes that examine the balance of power, intelligence gathering, perceptions of threat, and the process of alliance formation. These issues remain important after the Cold War, but the field also addresses new threats as well as examines how these 'new' and 'old' security challenges intersect in complex ways. Private and public sector organizations focused on global security now give considerable attention to the issue of internal conflicts—civil wars and ethnic conflicts, non-state threats such as terrorism and foreign fighters, and new threats like cyberattacks. Further, students may take classes that examine objects of security other than the state, such as human security, a discourse that provides a more central place for questions of human rights, poverty, and human survival. Ultimately, a global security concentration prepares students to conduct analyses and design programs and policies that respond to threats and challenges in a changing world by promoting an understanding of the field characterized by intellectual flexibility and a willingness to continually re-invent itself. 

Global Governance

Flags of many different nations blowing in the wind

Sample Governance Courses

Global Security

Map of East Asia with pins and string connecting countries

Sample Security Courses

Many of these courses are offered by GGPS-affiliated faculty such as Boaz Atzili, one of the country's leading experts on border stability and violent conflict. Other courses are taught by faculty from other SIS programs, many of whom are established practitioners or prominent researchers in fields such as regional studies, human rights, peace and conflict resolution, U.S. foreign policy, corporate social responsibility, global environmental politics and international communication. Drawing from these possible courses, our students develop an individualized curriculum that meets their personal passions and professional and intellectual needs. While some students prefer to become well-rounded global security or governance specialists, others have sought to tailor their concentration by seeking out courses on topics such as human rights governance, regional governance in Asia, transnational crime and security and development.