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Governance, Leadership and Ethics

Students who will thrive in Huron’s new Major in Governance, Leadership & Ethics (GLE) recognize we live and work in an increasingly complex, interdependent and uncertain world. They understand, or are determined to understand, the need for new decision-making models and the influences of different leadership styles. They are keen to participate in civic affairs and contribute to the well-being of their local and global communities.

GLE is designed to help students fully grasp the challenges of contemporary governance and develop the know-how for leadership that is inclusive, accountable and effective. The goal of GLE is to develop Leaders with Heart who are able to meet the growing demand for ethical and transformative leadership in the private, public and non-profit sectors.



Leaders with Heart need to know how to conduct their teams and themselves in ways that protect and promote positive values. There are huge differences between people in positions of power who take it, rather than earning the admiration and cooperation of their follows. Learn how Governance, Leadership & Ethics has helped Huron graduates to lead others more successfully toward their goals – in community, corporate, government and other various sectors.

If you want to Lead with Heart like these strategic individuals, considering studying within this program to refine your understanding of how to motivate others in ways that command respect.

  • Volunteering is essential for developing a compassionate heart and a realistic worldview.
    Ailin Chant
    Fourth year, Major, Governance, Leadership, & Ethics, Minor, Health Sciences
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Huron’s GLE Major integrates teaching, research and community-based learning (CBL) into the analysis of organizational behaviour, civic engagement and social responsibility in decision making.

Students majoring in GLE are required to take three courses:

– Governance
– Introduction to Ethics and Value Theory
– Leadership

After successfully completing these courses, they may choose from selected courses from three groupings:

– The Governance Group
– The Leadership Group
– The Ethics Group

Learn more about the Governance, Leadership & Ethics major.


You know professors are dedicated to their students’ learning when faculty members across multiple departments come together to create a unique interdisciplinary learning experience that intersects a wide variety of programs, while also incorporating intensive research and community engagement opportunities.

During your pursuit of a Governance, Leadership & Ethics specialization, you will work with a faculty advisor to develop individual research-learning opportunities and connect with community-based and professional organizations for experiences where theory meets practice.

Learn more about professors who are going to help you fully grasp the ever-changing challenges facing our world’s Leaders – within and beyond the classroom.

Governance, Leaderships & Ethics Department


Environmental Science


  • Our students will be called to serve in a rapidly changing and complex world. Collaborative leadership and ethical governance are increasingly crucial to ensuring the common good. Rather than “trading off” the economy, environment, and community, we need to find ways to work together for sustainable, inclusive development.
    Neil Bradford, PhD
    Coordinator and Professor - Governance Leadership and Ethics (GLE); Professor, Political Science
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  • The two greatest influences on Dr. Irwin’s personal approach to teaching are John Dewey and his focus on community, democracy and the engaged citizen, and Paulo Freire and his advocacy of critical pedagogy as a means of understanding how hegemony works, how oppression occurs and using education to resist oppression and engage agency.
    Bill Irwin, PhD
    Chair, Associate Professor, Management and Organizational Studies, Professor, Governance, Leadership and Ethics
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  • Huron’s academic program equips undergraduate students with essential tools: how to think, how to lead, how to make ethical decisions, how to drive change, and how to address fundamental inequities in our world. No matter the career path ahead for the students, these tools will make them more effective leaders in their chosen fields — and better citizens.
    Kathryn Graham, PhD
    Assistant Professor, MOS, Political Science, Governance, Leadership and Ethics
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Governance, Leadership and Ethics Course Intro

Huron’s new Major in Governance, Leadership & Ethics (GLE) is designed to fully grasp the challenges of contemporary governance and develop the know-how for leadership that is inclusive, accountable and effective. The goal of GLE is to develop students who are able to meet the growing demand for ethical and transformative Leadership with Heart in the private, public and non-profit sectors.


GLE Minor in Environmental Stewardship

The GLE’s Minor in Environmental Stewardship brings together different disciplinary perspectives on climate change and sustainability, examining governance, leadership and ethical issues arising over time at scales from the global to the local. Environmental Stewardship is a term that has deep historical roots and is now beginning to be used widely again in natural resources management and conservation, and urban governance and community sustainability practices. The GLE Environmental Stewardship Minor provides learning opportunities to integrate theory and practice, exploring the scientific and Indigenous knowledge systems, as well as the spiritual and ethical principles, and public policy frameworks, that inform environmental stewardship in the 21st century.

Admission Requirements

Completion of First Year with an average of 60%.

Module 4.0 Courses

0.5 Course GLE2004F/G Environmental Stewardship

1.0 Courses: GLE 2001F/G Introduction to Governance; GLE 2002 F/G: Introduction to Ethics and Value Theory; GLE 2003F/G Introduction to Leadership,

2.5 Courses*:

GLE 3004F/G Environmental Stewardship

GGB 3001F/G Nature and Technology

CGS 3531F/G Global Energy Regimes

HIS 4202F/G Confronting Colonialism: Land, Literacies and Learning in Indigenous North America

PHIL 3850F/G Climate Justice

POLS 3379E Global Environmental Politics

*(Up to 1.0 other courses may be substituted with permission from the Coordinator.)

Special Topics Courses for Fall/Winter 2022 – 2023

The Governance, Leadership & Ethics program is pleased to offer two new, and exciting courses for the Fall/Winter 2022 – 2023 Academic year:

GLE 3003F – Special Topics in Leadership:  Historical Leaders (Fall 2022)

Historical Leaders:  This course provides an in-depth exploration of principled leadership as an ethical foundation for governance from a historical perspective. Through a series of case studies profiling historical leaders in politics, government, business, non-governmental organizations, and social movements, we will consider questions of ethical leadership and governance, innovative forms of leadership, the tension between principles and power, and the role of leaders, followers and constituents within a variety of organizations.

Faculty:  D. David Blocker, Assistant Professor

GLE 3001G- Selected Topics in Governance:  Policing, Community and Governance (Winter 2023)

This course focuses on the contemporary issues that underscore the challenging world of present-day policing. Some topics to be examined include international models of policing to trace the development of modern police response strategies in Canada; the organization and structure of policing in Canada; police community roles; police reform strategies in the wake of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Movement; and evidence-based policing etc. Students will explore the theoretical foundations of contemporary policing and the application of that research into practice through case studies, research articles and talks by police practitioners.

Faculty: Dr. Hina Jawaid Kalyal, Research Planner Analyst, London Police Service, London, ON

GLE 2004G-Environmental Stewardship (Winter 2023)

This new course responds to strong interest among GLE students for in-depth study of environmental stewardship, an urgent topic in meeting the 21st century challenge of climate change and sustainability. The course adopts an integrative approach situating environmental stewardship in relation to complex social and economic realities, examining the ways in which cooperation and connection are crucial to ecological preservation and solving global challenges. Students are introduced to stewardship frameworks such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and their local implementation in cities and communities, including London Ontario. The course is delivered through case studies, group activities, and community-based projects that bridge theory and practice. Students are encouraged to contribute to course content and delivery in blog posts and other forms of knowledge sharing.

Faculty:  Dr. Andrea Boyer, Assistant Professor, Dr. Luis Brito Patricio, Assistant Professor


Introduces students to the theories and models of contemporary governance and explores their implementation in organizational settings across the public, private and community sectors.

Courses 2022/2023

GLE 2001F Introduction to Governance   Graham / Helmer   550

GLE 2004G – Environmental Stewardship    Brito Patricio  550

GLE 3001G– Gov Topics- Policing, Community and Governance  Kalyal   550

Courses 2021/2022

GLE 2001F – Introduction to GovernanceBradford550
GLE 3001G – Governance TopicsBrito Patricio550

Introduces students to principled leadership as a foundation for decision making and evaluation, taking into account power, influence, follower-ship, roles and citizenship.

Courses 2022/2023

GLE 2003G – Introduction to Leadership    Irwin / Graham   550 / 551

GLE 2004G – Environmental Stewardship     Brito Patricio  550

GLE 3003F – Leadership Topics – Historical Leaders     Blocker   550

Courses 2021/2022

GLE 2003G – Introduction to LeadershipIrwin / Graham550 / 551
GLE 3003F – Leadership TopicsBlocker550


A central intellectual theme in GLE studies explores questions about the common good or public interest and how these ideals are contested and constructed through governance and leadership. Today’s societal “grand challenges”, from climate change to income inequality and systemic discrimination, all require collaborative solutions that combine the resources of public, private and nonprofit sectors. However, complex ethical issues arise through collective action as the various stakeholders represent different values, interests, and constituencies. GLE students explore enduring conflicts among rights, obligations, and community, and investigate how such tensions might be directed toward achieving collective well-being.

Courses 2022/2023

GLE 2004G – Environmental Stewardship  DSouza / Brito Patricio  550

PHILOSOPHY 2700F – Intro to Ethics & Value Theory   Marsh / Doyle  550/551

PHILOSOPHY 2700G -Intro to Ethics & Value Theory   Marsh / Doyle  550/551

The Capstone Course (4th year)

Offers students a range of opportunities to integrate and develop their learning experiences, including a thesis, major research papers, reading course or a community-based consultancy with a written report.

Courses 2022/2023

GLE 4001E – Capstone Course   Trudell / Baldwin / Wright   550

Courses 2021/2022

GLE 4001E – Capstone Course   Bradford / Baldwin    550

Environmental Studies

An overview of the science underlying key environmental issues (e.g. climate change, loss of biodiversity and ecosystem function, air and water pollution, and resource use) and how each issue impacts environmental sustainability from the local to global scale.

Courses 2022-2023

ENVIROSCI 1021F – Enviro Science & Sustainability  Vogel  550

ENVIROSCI 1021G – Enviro Science & Sustainability Hollingshead / DSousa  550/551

GLE 2004G – Environmental Stewardship  Boyer / Brito Patricio  550


Courses 2021-2022

ENVIROSCI 1021F – Enviro Science & Sustainability    Butnari  550

ENVIROSCI 1021G -Enviro Science & Sustainability  Vogel/Hollingshead  550/551

Courses 2020-2021

ENVIROSCI 1021F   Enviro Science & Sustainability  Sass 550

ENVIROSCI 1021G Enviro Science & Sustainability  Hollingshead/Sass  550/551

Courses 2019-2020

ENVIROSCI 1021F– Enviro Science & Sustainability  Sass  550

ENVIROSCI 1021G– Enviro Science & Sustainability  Hollingshead  550

Courses 2018-2019

ENVIROSCI 1021F– Enviro Science & Sustainability  Sass   550

ENVIROSCI 1021G– Enviro Science & Sustainability  Hollingshead  550

Governance, Leadership and Ethics Careers

Graduates from Huron’s GLE program will be prepared for leadership roles in government, business and the non-profit sector. GLE graduates will also be prepared to pursue advanced study in graduate studies in the social sciences or at professional schools in business or law.

Where will a degree in Governance, Leadership and Ethics take you?
  • Civil service
  • Government/International agency advisors
  • Policy researchers/consultants
  • Journalism
  • Media
  • Film
  • Business
  • Advocates/Volunteers in community organizations

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