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Centre for Global Studies

The only academic unit of its kind in Canada, Huron’s Centre for Global Studies provides a truly interdisciplinary experience for engagement with the world. The Centre for Global Studies nurtures Leaders with Heart by encouraging them to think critically about how we are situated in the world and how we can most effectively engage the prominent issues of inequality and opportunities for social innovation. 

Our challenging courses prepare graduates for careers and fields of study that demand the critical understanding of influencing global change, social justice and equality.

Centre for Global Studies Brochure
 

Alumni Stories

Rigorous interdisciplinary study in the Centre for Global Studies prepares students for graduate and professional study, and for careers defined by addressing complex challenges. Our graduates embark on post-grad journeys that require critical thinking, engaging respectfully with others, and strong communications skills. We are honoured to share some of their stories here.

  • Huron students are motivated by our Liberal Arts perspectives, and we're going to take them in different directions to create a better world
    Annika Lui
    Venture for Canada Fellow
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Program Options

The educational aim of the Centre for Global Studies is to develop recognition of how each of us is caught up and active within networks of complex relations and interrelations with one another, on social, material, cultural, legal, political, historical, and conceptual registers that function on world–wide scales. The Centre for Global Studies provides opportunities to confront the responsibilities that are part of such relations and develop, with one another, appropriate understandings of and actions toward global engagements.

Honors Specialization
Specialization
Major
Minor

Actively explore the characteristic forces of globalization—mobility, integration and change—from the vantage point of human experience. Students in Globalization Studies modules are challenged to Learn analyse the new opportunities and new risks attendant to globalization in the context of day-to-day life. The key themes addressed in the Globalization Studies modules cluster around how globalization is shaped by human action. 
Learn more about the following program offerings in Globalization Studies:

Honors Specialization
Major
Specialization
Minor
Combined HBA

 

The Honors Specialization in Global Gender Studies allows students to examine how processes of globalization, formations of global culture, and practices and problems of global development are organised by and are organising of gendered divisions and identities.  Students investigate how gender is established and experienced, on world-wide scales, in terms of differences, inequalities, privilege, violence, and relations of power.  And they study ways in which current gendered relations between persons, on political, social, cultural, and economic registers, may be thoughtfully interrogated, critically analysed, and constructively challenged.

This program is formed through a unique partnership between Huron’s Centre for Global Studies and Western’s Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, and it is comprised from a set of courses drawn equally from both.  In this program of study, students learn to recognise gender and gendering as a set of problems in the world;  they study theories of gender and approaches to developing a focus on gender in their analyses of human interrelations;  and they develop considerable depth of study into specific problems of gender in contemporary global dynamics.

Students elaborate on this core focus by complicating the study of gender, in the contexts of globalization, global culture, and global development, with interrelated investigations into women’s studies, sexuality, queer studies, feminism, and studies in masculinity.  Students should expect to explore these themes and approaches to research and analysis in terms of such topics as:  global health;  intersections of race, class, and sexuality;  cultural resistance;  poverty;  law and social change;  transnational social movements;  humanitarian interventions;  divisions of labour and capitalism;  human rights politics;  and nationalisms, ethnicities, and family structures.

Honours Specialization
Specialization

Learn to critically analyze problems of poverty, exploring how the economic disadvantages suffered by some communities develop in relation to the advantages enjoyed by others. Given the interdisciplinary character of Global Development Studies, students are strongly encouraged to situate and analyse global poverty in relation to differences arising across a broad range of economic, social, political, environmental, and cultural factors.

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. 
 

Learn more about the following program offerings in Global Development Studies:

Honors Specialization
Major
Specialization
Minor
Combined HBA
 

Examine how the networks through which people interact are caught within and typically interpreted through specific and often conflicting ways of making sense of the world and one’s place in it. Moreover, students investigate the social and political actions that make these forms of global culture possible. 

Global Culture Studies students pursue theoretical and critical analyses into how the people of the world divide themselves in terms of their social and cultural identities; geographical spaces and places; and values and ideals. 

Learn more about the following program offerings in Global Culture Studies:

Honors Specialization
Major
Specialization
Minor
Combined HBA

Examine the practices and principles of health promotion, environmental factors and health, and health issues in marginalized populations. This collaborative program with Western’s Health Studies department is excellent preparation for careers in humanitarianism and community development.

Gain unique, responsible, and timely approaches to the critical study and support of persons’ and peoples’ rights within a global context, while learning how to resist the study of rights in a contained or determined sense.

Learn more about the following program offerings in Global Health Studies:

Honors Specialization
Specialization
 

The modules designed for the program in Global Rights Studies provide students with unique, responsible, and timely approaches to the critical study and support of persons’ and peoples’ rights within a global context.  They are both prepared in recognition of the fact that most universalist principles, laws, and approaches to protect rights, paradoxically and typically, are exclusionary in character.  These proposed modules resist the study of rights in a contained or determined sense, as is the case when conceived in the form of “human rights.”  From this position, these modules offer students opportunities to study how the rights of persons, particularly those of individuals and groups who experience marginalisation or exclusion in rights protection and respect for their rights claims, face contested politics of claiming and asserting autonomy, rights, and self–determination on world–wide bases.  It is a program of study into the inevitable struggle for the right to rights.

Learn more about the following program offerings in Global Rights Studies:

Honors Specialization
Specialization

Professors

Academic programs offered by the Centre for Global Studies are directed and taught by faculty members with richly interdisciplinary academic training who develop and pursue research programs with fundamentally critical orientations.  Learning with Centre for Global Studies Professors, students enjoy strong mentorship in how they may effectively engage the world and gain insights into their social responsibilities on global scales.

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  • I challenge students to aspire to rigorous, honest, and effective engagement with the complexity of life in a globally interconnected world
    Wendy Russell, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Centre for Global Studies
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  • My teaching aims to model the methods and principles of critical inquiry, radical democracy, and social equality. I see learning as a collaborative process that emerges through careful and committed questioning, observation and dialogue
    Katherine Lawless, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Centre for Global Studies
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  • I approach teaching as an opportunity to create conditions that foster collective forms of learning and celebrate anti-oppressive ways of knowing in a global context
    Lucas Savino, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Centre for Global Studies
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  • I approach teaching as the cultivation of events in which we may confront the responsibilities we have as knowers, embrace the value of dis- and re-orientations in our learning, and become highly skilled in ethical scholarly practices
    Mark F. N. Franke, PhD
    Director & Associate Professor, Centre for Global Studies
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Centre For Global Studies Department

Full Time Faculty 

Part-time Faculty 

Master's Programs for Centre Global Studies Graduates

MA Programs in Environmental Studies
MA Programs in Globalization
MA Programs in Social Justice Studies
MA Programs in Migration Studies
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CGS Courses

Below, you'll find examples of the courses currently available to CGS students, as well as those that have been offered in the past. As you'll see, these courses change, flux and evolve on a regular basis. Each year, our CGS department looks at what their students want and need to learn, and they adjust their teachings accordingly to represent the changing global landscape and better ready their students to be bright Leaders with Heart within their local and international communities.

These courses ensure students are sufficiently versed in the skills, problems, and ideas related to research and analysis in the respective streams of study. This is a fancy way of saying your CGS professors are going to prepare you for advanced study and careers related to the topics covered in these rich and extraordinarily unique courses.

2018-2019 Courses

The 1000-level courses offered in the Centre for Global Studies each provide rich and engaging introductions to relations, inequalities, systems, identities, and divisions around which the experiences of global life are currently formed and organized. They also introduce to students intellectual and methodological problems and issues that one must face in doing the interdisciplinary scholarly work of Global Studies.

Course Instructor Course Outline
CGS 1021F - Introduction to Global Culture Lawless View course outline
CGS 1021G - Introduction to Global Culture Puppe View course outline
CGS 1022F - Introduction to Globalization Russell View course outline
CGS 1022G - Introduction to Globalization Savino     View course outline
CGS 1023F - Introduction to Global Development Shrimal View course outline
CGS 1023G - Introduction to Global Development McBurney View course outline


Each stream of study is grounded in a 2000–level course in which students will engage specific global problems, issues, themes, and relations that will orient and prepare them well for advanced study in that particular stream.  Each of these foundation courses invites students to study ways in which key concerns in these respective streams of study are formed and how these formations challenge us as scholars.  Strong emphasis is placed in these courses on developing analytical skills and knowledge crucial to success within the specific stream of study in which they are required.

Course Instructor Course Outline
CGS 2002F - Problems of Global Development Savino     View course outline
CGS 2002G - Problems of Global Development Gaudet View course outline
CGS 2003G - Discourses of Global Studies Franke     View course outline
CGS 2004F - Critique of Capitalism Russell View course outline
CGS 2004G - Critique of Capitalism Lawless View course outline

 

These courses ensure that students are sufficiently versed in skills, problems, and ideas related to research and analysis in the respective streams of study so that they are well prepared for advanced and graduate study and vocations related to their specific fields of interest.

Course Instructor Course Outline
CGS 3001F - Collaborative & Participatory Research Methods Shrimali View course outline
CGS 3001G - Collaborative & Participatory Research Methods Shrimali View course outline
CGS 3006F - Critical & Anti-Oppressive Research Methods Savino View course outline
CGS 3203G - Global Studies Participatory Project  Savino  View course outline
CGS 3512F - Engaging in Global Human Displacement Franke View course outline
CGS 3516F - Economies of Development McBurney View course outline
CGS 3519G - Global Inequalities Based on Sexual Difference  Gaudet View course outline
CGS 3520G - Overcoming Management Paradigms in Global Development  McBurney View course outline
CGS 3521F - Non-State Spaces in Transition Franke View course outline
CGS 3525G - Community in Global Modernity Lawless View course outline
CGS 3527G - Globalized Capitalist Agriculture  Shrimali View course outline
CGS 3529G - Global Governmentality  Franke View course outline
CGS 3530F - Ungovernable Life Russell View course outline
CGS 3531F - Global Energy Regimes Lawless View course outline

 

Course 

Instructor 

 
CGS 4016F – Honors Seminar: Globalization Lawless View course outline
CGS 4018G – Honors Seminar: Post Colonial Critique Savino View course outline
2017-2018 Courses
Course Instructor Course Outline

CGS 1021F/G – Introduction to Global Culture

Franke/Lawless Fall outline/Winter outline
CGS 1022F/G – Introduction to Globalization Russell/Pendakis

Fall outline/Winter outline

CGS 1023F/G – Introduction to Global Development

Shrimali/Savino Fall outline/Winter outline

 

Course 

Instructor 

 
CGS 2002F/G – Problems of Global Development Savino/Gaudet View course outline
CGS 2003G – Discourses of Global Studies Franke View course outline
CGS 2004F/G – Critique of Capitalism Lawless/Russell View course outline

 

Course 

Instructor 

 
CGS 3001F/G – Collaborative and Participatory Research Methods Russell/Shrimali View course outline
CGS 3005G – Theorizing Subjectivity and Power Lawless View course outline
CGS 3006F – Critical and Anti-Oppressive Methodologies Savino View course outline
CGS 3203G – Global Studies Participatory Project Savino View course outline
CGS 3513G – Non-Hegemonic Economic Forms and Global Capitalism Russell View course outline
CGS 3515G – Global Cultures of Gendering and Orientation Franke View course outline
CGS 3516F – Economies of Development McBurney View course outline
CGS 3517G – Decoloniality Puppe View course outline
CGS 3518F – Non-State Peoples and State Formations Pendakis View course outline
CGS 3519F – Global Inequalities Based on Sexual Differences Gaudet View course outline
CGS 3520G – Overcoming Management Paradigms in Global Development Okonkwo View course outline
CGS 3522F – Global Mobilities Lawless View course outline
CGS 3523G  – Law in Global Relations and Languages of Power Franke View course outline
CGS 3526F – Challenging Regimes of Global Citizenship and Internationalization Sadaf View course outline

 

Course 

Instructor 

 
CGS 4010G – Honors Seminar: Poverty Savino View course outline
CGS 4015F – Honors Seminar: Power and Resistance Russell View course outline
CGS 4017G – Honors Seminar: Narrating Culture Lawless View course outline

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

Solidarity and Collaborative Programs

Careers

Graduates of the Centre for Global Studies are well prepared for rewarding careers and community engagement. Alumni have gone on to a wide range of pursuits, from development work abroad, to grassroots not-for-profits, to entrepreneurship. Our grads go on to things such as:

Where will a degree in Global Studies take you?
  • Interdisciplinary graduate school programs in: Global Development; Social, Political and Cultural Theory; International Affairs; Migration; Media & Film; Journalism
  • Disciplinary graduate school programs in: Anthropology; Economics; English; Geography; History; Linguistics
  • Law
  • Business school
  • Social entrepreneurship 
  • Local, national and international Non-Governmental Organizations
  • International Development
  • Civil service
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  • class of
    2009
    Angela Salamanca

    After graduating from Huron, I discovered my passion for education and worked at a non-profit named Canadian Roots Exchange as a program coordinator.

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  • class of
    2005
    Allison Lindner

    I moved from Guyana, South America to study at Huron. After graduation, I settled in the UK, where I studied law. Since then, I have held a number of legal research positions in both public and private international law.

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  • class of
    2014
    Tapiwa Nyandoro

    I arrived at Huron in 2009, just 4 years after my family had immigrated to Canada from Zimbabwe. From the outset of my Huron experience I was drawn to the study of Economics given that our family was forced to immigrate due to the rapid decline of the Zimbabwean economy at the time.

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  • class of
    2014
    Victoria Bodnar

    Coordinator, Resident Attraction and Retention, Municipality of Chatham-Kent 

    I couldn’t be happier I joined CGS. The staff, faculty and students challenged me to grow professionally and personally. Now, I am very pleased to apply my education to support my local community in ways that directly benefit those around me. 
     

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  • class of
    2014
    Richard Bloomfield

    Director, Urban Roots London

    The Global studies program is filled with professors who genuinely care for your academic and personal advancement well beyond the duration of the program, which is yet another reason why Huron continues to shape my future. 

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Find a Mentor

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Key Contacts

Geoff Read, PhD

Dean, Arts and Social Sciences & Associate Professor, History
519.438.7224 ext. 222
gread4huron.uwo.ca
A106

Mark Franke, PhD

Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Global Studies
519.438.7224 ext.242
mfrankehuron.uwo.ca
A209

Sherry Wells-Foster, MA

Coordinator, Dean's Office
519.438.7224 ext. 281
sherry.fosteruwo.ca
A106

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.                  Monday - Friday

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