GSPIA Summer School

From Global to National Security: Emerging Trends and Challenges
Sunday, 13 August 2017 - 8:00 am to Saturday, 19 August 2017 - 5:00 pm
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Wesley Ward
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This intensive, week-long summer course will seek to introduce students to an understanding of some of the key challenges facing the global system from security threats. It will address the ways in which those challenges are presented and analyse the efforts to counter them domestically, in a Canadian context.

Among the topics to be covered will be the following:

The global and Canadian security environments

Terrorism and Counter-terrorism

Espionage and its impacts

The Canadian intelligence and security system

Cyber aggression and cyber security

Security and democracy

The Future of security and insecurity

The course will be led by Professor Wark, one of Canada’s leading experts on security and intelligence issues. Invited guest experts will join the course for selected topics.

Students will also have an opportunity to develop applied skills through the presentation of a contemporary threat assessment brief. A panel of practitioners will be convened to provide feedback on the threat assessment exercise.

The learning environment is a unique feature of the summer program course. There will be an emphasis on seminar style presentations and discussions to maximize student engagement. The course is available to graduate students seeking University credit towards their degrees, as well as to senior undergraduates who are entering their final year of studies.  The course is also open to professionals and interested members of the public who can join for the entire week or choose to study specific topics.

An initial pool of spaces for graduate and undergraduate students from the University of Ottawa will be available on a first come, first serve basis. This pool will be kept open until Monday, July 17. The final deadline for admission is Monday, July 31.

Interested participants seeking more information about the course may contact Professor Wark at  For registration inquiries please contact France Prud’Homme at