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The Centre offers Honours Specialization, Specialization, Major, and Minor modules in each of three streams: Globalization Studies; Global Development Studies; and Global Culture Studies.

Each module includes courses in analysis, research methods, and topics of specific interest to its particular stream of study, but students have considerable freedom to take Global Studies courses from across the range of the Centre's offerings and from other academic departments.
  • Mission and Goals

  • The Centre for Global Studies is an academic unit unique to Huron University College in the University of Western Ontario community. The Centre's faculty and students are dedicated to excellence in interdisciplinary study of the practices, organisations, contexts, and ideas through which people are increasingly establishing complex forms of interrelation, struggle, and communication with one another on global scales. Students in our degree programs learn in specific topics engaged with the breadth of global concerns explored in the Centre. We commit ourselves to providing students in each degree program with challenging and stimulating courses which encourage their development of critical and linguistic skills in thinking, research, and writing. Our courses broaden and deepen students' knowledge of global issues and teach students how to teach themselves about the world(s) in which they live. We offer students community experiential learning opportunities through which they may recognise their responsibilities as learners and scholars, become aware of the social contexts in which they learn, and better understand the relations between theory, practice, and power.

    Throughout the course of study in a Globalization Studies module, students will encounter and critically evaluate the dominant disciplinary approaches to understanding globalization drawn from Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, and Critical Globalization Studies. Students are required to apply these models in their course work, which emphasizes independent research on cases of particular interest to the student.

    Global Development Studies students investigate theories of development; they consider the roles played by international institutions and organizations in managing development; and they train in research methods and perspectives appropriate to the practical analysis and address of development issues. Particular emphasis is placed on aiding students to understand how they themselves may participate in the work to overcome global inequalities, at home and abroad. To this end, special efforts are made to give students opportunities to learn through community–based placements, where they may work with local and internationally–based organisations acting on development problems.

    The fundamental objective of degree modules in Global Culture Studies is to assist students in developing sufficient understanding and skills for them to successfully subject to critical analyses the global social, political, cultural and legal networks in which they themselves already live. To this end, the core courses leading to degrees in Global Culture Studies emphasise serious and direct engagement with contemporary critical theory and philosophy in relation to the range of topics generally available in Global Studies. The final goal of Global Culture Studies is to help students recognise their own social responsibilities as scholars, so that they may appreciate the force of their own cultures of understanding in global affairs and so that they may generate critical stances to their own thinking, learning, and actions in the world.
  • Approved Arts and Social Science Courses for Global Studies Modules

  • Global Studies degree modules at the levels of Honours Specialization, Specialization, and Major all require students to have completed some courses in fields of study outside of the Centre for Global Studies' offerings. This is to ensure that Global Studies students have direct exposure to the questions and approaches of other scholarly perspectives, while continuing to examine content of direct relevance to their respective streams of study. These courses should appear on the lists of Approved Arts and Social Sciences Courses provided for degree modules in each stream of study in Global Studies. Other courses may be used with permission from the Director of CGS.

    Approved Arts and Social Science Courses for Globalization Studies

    Anthropology 2203F/G Indigenous peoples, Globalization and the Environment
    Anthropology 2211F/G Cultures of the Caribbean
    Anthropology 2212F/G Cultures of the Pacific
    Anthropology 2216F/G Cultures of Latin America
    Anthropology 2218F/G Contemporary First Nation Issues in Canada
    Anthropology 2219F/G Cultures of the Middle East
    Anthropology 2532F/G Indigenous Women & Globalisation
    Anthropology 2281F/G Anthropology of Development
    Anthropology 2283F/G Refugees and the Displaced
    Anthropology 3305F/G History, Territory and the Politics of Identity
    English 2361E World Literature Written in English
    Film Studies 2242F/G National Cinemas: Special Topics
    French 2421E Francophone Cultures and Civilization
    Geography 2420A/B Economic Geography
    Geography 2460F/G Urban Development
    Geography 2151A/B Global Change: Issues and Impacts
    History 2303F/G The Crucible of the Modern World: The United States and the International Community, 1935-the present
    History 2501F/G History of Latin America
    History 2609E Modern South Asia
    History 2701E Patterns and Perspectives in World History
    History 2702E Ten Days that Shook the World
    History 2705E International Relations, 1648-Present
    History 2811F/G Contacts: Indigenous and European People
    Interdisciplinary Studies 2210F/G
    Interdisciplinary Studies 4410F/G
    Philosophy 2812F/G Cultures, Values and Human Rights
    Philosophy 2801F/G Contemporary Political Philosophy
    Philosophy 2820F/G Philosophy of War and Peace
    Philosophy 3720F/G Normative Ethics
    Philosophy 3820F/G Globalization and theories of justice
    Political Science 2219E The Politics of Human Rights
    Political Science 2235E The Politics of the Environment
    Political Science 2280E The Government and Politics of China
    Political Science 2257 Global Political Economy
    Political Science 3379F/G Global Environmental Politics
    Political Science 3386F/G The Globalization of Neoliberalism
    Political Science 3388E International Human Rights
    Religious Studies 2243F/G Liberation Theologies
    Sociology 2239* Social Inequality
    Sociology 2264F/G Social Movements
    Women's Studies 2200E Advanced Interdisciplinary Survey of Women's Studies

    Approved Arts and Social Science Courses for Global Development Studies

    Anthropology 2203F/G Indigenous peoples, Globalization and the Environment
    Anthropology 2281F/G The Anthropology of Development
    Anthropology 2283F/G Refugees and the Displaced
    Geography 2151A/B Global Change: Issues and Impacts
    Geography 2450F/G Introduction to Resource and environmental management
    Geography 3441F/G Conservation and Development
    Geography 3442F/G Geographies of Development
    Politics 2219E Politics of Human Rights
    Politics 2257 Global Political Economy
    Politics 3379F/G Global Environmental Politics
    Politics 3386F/G The Globalization of Neoliberalism
    Politics 3388E International Human Rights

    Approved Arts and Social Science Courses for Global Culture Studies

    Anthropology 2203F/G Indigenous peoples, Globalization and the Environment
    Anthropology 2219F/G Cultures of the Middle East
    Anthropology 2255E Feminist Perspectives in Anthropology
    Anthropology 2266F/G Anthropology of Space and Place
    Anthropology 2282F/G The Anthropology of Migration
    Anthropology 2283F/G Refugees and the Displaced
    Anthropology 3305F/G History, Territory and the Politics of Identity
    Anthropology 4412F/G Language and Power
    English 2200F/G History of Theory and Criticism
    English 2210F/G Contemporary Theory and Criticism
    English 2235A/B Literary Theory: From Plato to the New Criticism
    English 2236F/G Literary Theory: Since New Criticism
    English 2240F/G Feminist Literary Theory
    English 2250F/G Introduction to Cultural Studies
    English 2260F/G National and Global Perspectives on Cultural Studies
    English 2261F/G Studies in the Construction, Performance, and Representation of Identities
    English 2362F/G Post-Colonial Writing (Survey)
    English 2363F/G Topics in World Literature Written in English
    English 3884E Postcolonial Literature
    English 3885E Topics in Postcolonial Literature
    English 3888E Advanced Studies in THeory and Criticism
    English 3889E Advanced Studies in Cultural Studies
    Film Studies 2251E World Cinema
    First Nations Studies 2203F/G Indigenous Peoples, Globalization, and the Environment
    First Nations Studies 4402F/G Indigenous Cultures and Globalization
    French 3701F/G Topics in Literary Theory and Criticism
    French 3702F/G Topics in Literary Theory and Criticism
    Geography 2060A/B World Cities
    Geography 2410A/B Social Geography
    Geography 3411A/B Cultural Geography
    Geography 3412F/G Geography of Gender
    Geography 3415A/B Geographic Perspectives on Law and Society
    History 2701E Patterns and Perspectives in World History
    History 2702E Ten Days that Shook the World
    History 2811F/G Contacts: Indigenous and European People
    History 3611E Empire, Conflict, and Diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific
    History 3701E Slavery and Abolition in the Atlantic World
    History 3703E Delhi and London: Imperial Cities
    Philosophy 2810F/G Global Justice and Human Rights
    Philosophy 2812F/G Cultures, Values, and Human Rights
    Philosophy 2820 Philosophy of War and Peace
    Philosophy 3820F/G Globalization and Theories of Justice
    Political Science 2204E Socialist Revolution in Theory and Practice
    Political Science 2219E The Politics of Human Rights
    Political Science 2231E International Relations
    Politics 2257 Global Political Economy
    Political Science 3201F/G Issues in International Law
    Political Science 3203F/G Critical Approaches to Global Security
    Political Science 3306F/G Political Authority and Resistance
    Political Science 3346E International Justice
    Political Science 3368E City-Regions in a Global Age
    Political Science 3379F/G Global Environmental Politics
    Political Science 3386F/G The Globalization of Neoliberalism
    Political Science 3388E International Human Rights
    Political Science 3398F/G First Nations Political and Legal Issues
    Political Science 4200F/G Political Theory and Modernity
    Political Science 4404F/G Globalization and National Sovereignty
    Political Science 4410F/G Power, Politics and Subjects
    Political Science 4427F/G Transnational Justice
    Social Justice and Peace Studies 2200E Perspectives on Social Justice and Peace
    Social Justice and Peace Studies 4402E Contemporary Global Issues in Social Justice and Peace
    Sociology 2208F/G Multiculturalism and Citizenship
    Sociology 2239 Social Inequality
    Sociology 2270A/B Foundations of Social Theory
    Sociology 2271A/B Survey of Contemporary Theory
    Sociology 2281A/B International Migration in a Globalized World
    Sociology 3341F/G The Social Construction of Gender
    Sociology 3363F/G Sociology of Terrorism
    Sociology 4401F/G Everyday Life
    Sociology 4410F/G Globalization, Democracy and Change
    Women's Studies 2200E Advanced Interdisciplinary Survey of Women's Studies
    Women's Studies 2256E Feminist Theory and Practice in the Arts and Humanities
    Women's Studies 2257E Feminist Theory and Practice in the Social Sciences
    Women's Studies 3350F/G Feminism Across Borders
  • Language Requirement for Global Studies Modules

  • Students graduating with an Honors Specialization or Specialization must satisfy the Centre for Global Studies language requirement in one of the following ways:

    2.0 language courses with progression from one level to the next (e.g. 1030 level to 2000 level or 2000 level to 3000 level) in a language other than English, or
    2.0 language courses in two different languages (other than English) at any level, or
    By demonstrating fluency in a language other than English

    Students are permitted to use language courses at the 2000 level or above to meet module requirements where appropriate.
  • Community-Based Learning in Global Studies

  • The Centre for Global Studies celebrates the benefits of experiential learning opportunities, where students learn about and directly engage global issues through participation in community contexts. Such exercises may involve: students taking placements with local community groups; students participating in community development projects locally or internationally; students exploring problems in volunteering; and students participating in courses driven by engagement with and challenges directed from persons working in non–academic vocations of interest to Global Studies. Faculty in the Centre for Global Studies direct students to these kinds of opportunities as they arise through non–university programs. However there are also university–based experiential learning opportunities offered regularly through the Centre for Global Studies and Huron University College more broadly.

    Community–based learning opportunities available through the Centre for Global Studies include:

    CGS 3201F/G – Think Global, Act Local

    CGS 3202F/G - Seminar in Global Studies

    Community–based learning opportunities directly relevant to Global Studies available at Huron University College more broadly include:

    Huron in Honduras

    World University Service of Canada (WUSC)


    For more information on community–based learning opportunities at Huron University College, please review the Community–based Learning section of the website.

  • Internships, Collaboration and Solidarity Opportunities

  • Below are a list of resources and organizations for CGS students interested in opportunities to complement their global studies courses and interests.

    Specialized Internships
    Canada World Youth (Link)
    Carter Centre (International Internships) (Link)
    CIDA International Youth Internship Program (Link)
    Coady International Institute (Link)
    CUSO/VSO Canada (Link)
    Clinton Foundation (Internships) (Link)
    United Nations Volunteers (Link)

    Solidarity and Collaborative Programs
    Canada World Youth
    Canadian Roots Exchange
    Heartlinks (solidarity trips to Peru, based in London, Ontario)
    Rights Action (solidarity/educational delegations)
    Christian Peacemaker Teams (volunteer in a delegation)
    Canadian Network on Cuba (solidarity labour brigades)
  • After Graduation

  • Graduates from Globalization Studies modules are well equipped to continue their studies in interdisciplinary or discipline specific graduate programs which stress independent research into the impacts of social, political and economic phenomena at a human scale. Students with an interest in pursuing careers defined by their interests in social justice work, advocacy, policy analysis and community development are also well prepared by Globalization Studies degrees.

    An honours specialization in Global Culture Studies prepares students particularly well for graduate study in interdisciplinary Master's (MA) programs concerning social, political, and cultural theory. Depending on the specific range of courses they select in their undergraduate studies, students with degrees in Global Culture Studies may also prepared themselves well for MA programs in International Studies, Social Justice, Gender, Politics, Globalisation Studies, Human Rights, Nationalism and Ethnicities, Migration Studies, and Cultural Studies, as well as the study of Law.

    The objective of Global Development Studies is to provide students with sufficient critical awareness of the conditions underlying contemporary global inequalities so that they themselves may understand best how to become positive agents of global change. Students with degrees in Global Development Studies are particularly well prepared for work with organizations engaging local and global problems of poverty, social justice, sustainable development, gender equality, and the enhancement of civil society projects. They are also fully prepared for further study in graduate degree programs in development studies, along with graduate study across the social sciences.
  • Faculty Members: A Closer Look

  • Dr. M. Franke
    Dr. W. Russell
    Dr. L. Savino
    Dr. A. Vainio-Mattila
    Sessional and Part-time Faculty


    Mark F. N. Franke
    Associate Professor, Centre for Global Studies,
    Director of CGS

    Email: mfranke@huron.uwo.ca 
    Office Location: HUC A206
    Office Phone: (519) 438-7224 ext. 242

    BA History, BA Philosophy, MA Contemporary Social and Political Thought (University of Victoria), PhD Political Science, (Johns Hopkins University)

    Course Repertoire
    Introduction to Problems in Knowing the World (1021F/G)
    Discourses of Global Studies (2003F/G)
    Contemporary Critical Theory in Global Studies (3005F/G)
    Human Displacement and Refugees (3512F/G)
    Global Cultures of Gendering (3515F/G)
    Law in Global Relations and Languages of Power (3523F/G)
    Postcolonial Global Studies (3524F/G)
    Identity/Difference (4011F/G)
    Ethics and Rights (4012F/G)
    Place and Movement (4013F/G)
    Postcolonial Critique (4018F/G)

    Research Interests
    International Human Rights Theory, Law, and Protection
    Political Ontology, in Relation to Theories of Space, Time, and Identity
    Problems of Territoriality, Change, and Movement
    Philosophy of Politics and Aesthetics
    Refugee Studies
    Postcolonial Studies
    Gender Studies
    Global Ethics


    Global Limits: Immanuel Kant, International Relations, and Critique of World Politics (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001)

    Journal Articles and Book Chapters
    "A Critique of the Universalisability of Critical Human Rights Theory:  The Displacement of Immanuel Kant," Human Rights Review, Vol. 14, No. 4 (December 2013), pp. 367-385.

    "The Unbearable Rightfulness of Being Human: Citizenship, Displacement, and the Right to Not Have Rights," Citizenship Studies, Vol. 15, No. 1 (February 2011), pp. 39-56.

    "Responsible Politics of the Neutral: Rethinking International Humanitarianism in the Red Cross Movement via the Philosophy of Roland Barthes," Journal of International Political Theory, Vol. 6, No. 2 (October 2010), pp. 142-160.

    "Epistemic Virtue in the Assessment of Claims to Refugee Status," with Jill Rusin, The Global Studies Journal Vol. 3, No. 2 (Fall 2010), pp. 185-194.

    "Self-Understanding and the Refugee Claimant," with Jill Rusin, International Journal of the Humanities Vol. 8, No. 3 (Fall 2010), pp. 187-198.

    "The Political Stakes of Indigenous Diplomacies: Questions of Difference," in J. Marshall Beier, ed., Indigenous Diplomacies (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, December 2009), pp. 47-60.

    "Political Exclusion of Refugees in the Ethics of International Relations" in Patrick Hayden, ed., Ashgate Research Companion to Ethics and International Relations (Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, September 2009), pp. 309-327.

    "Refugee Registration as Foreclosure of the Freedom to Move: the Virtualisation of Refugees' Rights in Maps of International Protection," Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Vol. 27, No. 2 (April 2009), pp. 352-369.

    "The Displacement of the Rights of Displaced Persons: An Irreconciliation of Human Rights Between Place and Movement," Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 7, No. 3 (July-September 2008), pp. 262-281.

    "Self-Determination Versus the Determination of Self: A Critical Reading of the Colonial Ethics Inherent to the United Nations' Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples," Journal of Global Ethics Vol. 3, No. 3 (2007), pp. 359-379.

    "Refusing an Ethical Approach to World Politics in Favour of Political Ethics," European Journal of International Relations Vol. 6, No. 3 (September 2000), pp. 307-333.

    "Immanuel Kant and the (Im)Possibility of International Relations Theory," Alternatives: Social Transformation and Humane Governance Vol. 21, No. 3 (July-September, 1995), pp. 279-322.

    Wendy Russell
    Assistant Professor, Centre for Global Studies

    Email: wrussell@huron.uwo.ca 
    Office Location: HUC V128 
    Office Phone: (519) 438-7224 ext. 226

    B.A. Linguistics and English, M.A. Symbolic Anthropology (U.W.O), PhD Anthropology (McMaster)

    Course Repertoire:
    Introduction to Globalization (CGS 1022F/G)
    Critique of Capitalism (CGS 2004F/G)
    Applied Methodologies in Collaborative Research (CGS 3001F/G)
    Think Global/Act Local (CGS 3201F/G )
    Global Studies Participatory Project (CGS 3203F/G)
    Global Studies Participatory Project (CGS 3204E)
    Global Studies Internship (CGS 3205E)
    Indigenous Peoples and Development in Global Perspective (CGS 3509F/G)
    Small Scale Economies (CGS 3513F/G)
    Global Resistance Movements (CGS 3514F/G)
    Decoloniality (CGS3517F/G)
    Community in Global Modernity (CGS 3525F/G)
    Honors Seminar: Power and Resistance (CGS 4015F/G)
    Honors Seminar: Globalization (CGS 4016F/G)
    Research Interests:
    Place-based Autonomies
    Economic Autonomies
    Land-Based Livelihoods
    Resource Frontiers
    Resistance Movements

    Lucas Savino
    Assistant Professor, Centre for Global Studies

    Email: lsavino2@uwo.ca
    Office Location: HUC A208
    Office Phone: (519) 438-7224 ext. 256

    BA International Relations (Catholic University of Cordoba), M.A. Political Science (University of Windsor), PhD Political Science (University of Western Ontario)

    Course Repertoire
    Introduction to Globalization (1022F/G)
    Problems of Global Development (2002F/G)
    Participatory Research Methodologies (3002F/G)
    Indigenous Peoples and Development in Global Perspective (3509F/G)
    Small Scale Economies (3513F/G)
    Global Resistance Movements (3514F/G)
    Poverty (4010F/G)

    Research Interests
    indigenous peoples movements
    indigenous mobilisations in Latin American Politics
    global development in state formation
    neo-liberal globalisation

    Arja Vainio-Mattila   (on leave in 2014-2015)
    Associate Professor, Centre for Global Studies

    B.Sc. Anthropology and Geography (University College London), M. Phil. Geography (School of Oriental and African Studies), PhD Geography (University of Turku)

    Sessional and Part-time Faculty 

    Cheryl Dudgeon: B.A. English (Waterloo), L.L.B. (University of Western Ontario), M.A. English (Yale University), L.L.M. International Human Rights Law (University of Essex), PhD Candidate English (Western University). email: cdudgeon@uwo.ca

    Kate Grantham: B.A. Human Rights and Women's Studies (Carleton University), M.A. and PhD Candidate Women's Studies and Feminist Research (University of Western Ontario). email: kgranth@uwo.ca

    Dr. Jennifer Mustapha:  B.A. Political Science (University of Manitoba), MA and PhD Political Science (McMaster University).  email:  jmustap@uwo.ca

    David Thorsen-Cavers: B.A. Anthropology (Wilfrid Laurier University), M.A. Symbolic Anthropology (Western University), PhD Anthropology (York University). email dthorsen@huron.uwo.ca