TRN151Y1: Global Governance


Much attention is paid to when our public policies change. Very rarely do we critically analyze the quality of our policies and the dialogic process by which we improve our policy responses to shared global challenges. This seminar course considers when we are successful at improving the quality of our policies, enabling us to better address some of our most serious and complex global problems. We begin by establishing what we mean by global governance and provide you with the analytical tools to study global policy learning. We then discuss how international institutions and the roles of states and private not-for profit and for-profit sector agencies are shifting. We examine the successes and failures of these policy relationships across a wide range of policy case studies. We conclude by drawing out the implications of these developments for creating secure, vibrant, healthy and peaceful societies.

Breadth Requirement: 0.5 FCE 2) Thought, Belief and Behaviour + 0.5 FCE 3) Society and Its Institutions


Evaluations include:

  • Weekly active and respectful seminar engagement
  • A critical book review
  • Reflective analysis
  • An advanced policy research brief
  • Presentation of research findings
  • Online discussion posts

Note: Assignments may vary from year to year.


This course will allow students to develop a rich understanding of several key policy issues that are being faced by governments and other organizations. Through readings and discussions, they will be able to understand why policy issues exist and even have the opportunity to address them by drafting their own policy briefs. Students will also be able to develop presentation skills when presenting their policy briefs at the end of the Winter term.


How should I prepare for this course?

You are not expected to come into this course with any prior knowledge of the course material! However, it could be beneficial to do some passive research into current events and major issues as they may be brought up in class!

What is the workload like for this class?

TRN151Y1 will have weekly readings about a different global governance issue and students are expected to discuss the themes of the readings in class. There are also a few papers scattered throughout the year, culminating in a final policy presentation.



Prof. Joy FitzgibbonJoy Fitzgibbon, PhD

Associate Director, Trinity One Program


Joy Fitzgibbon received her PhD from the University of Toronto. She serves as Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Margaret MacMillan Trinity One Program at Trinity College and is a Fellow of College. Joy’s research is interdisciplinary and focuses on global governance, international security, and global health policy. She is preparing a book manuscript, Preventing “Stupid” Deaths: A Comparative Analysis of Policy Failures in Pandemic Response that explores solutions to governance dilemmas in managing global pandemics.

In the Trinity One program, she is exploring new modalities of pedagogy that enable us to learn, live and serve our communities in integrated and sustainable ways.

Interesting fact: She’s a marathon runner (2010 Marathon de Paris, Paris, France) and a vocal singer (Grade 8 Vocal Music University of Western Ontario; Grade 2 Theory Royal Conservatory of Music).


Contact Us:

Sharon Reid
Margaret MacMillan Trinity One Program Coordinator (Acting)


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