This micro-credential program will explore how the regulatory environment of trading networks redesigns borders functionally and changes customs policies and practices.


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Program description

This program explores the regulatory environment of trading networks looking at how these networks functionally redesign borders and the ways in which they influence customs policies and practices. Professionals from the Canada Border Services Agency, the Pacific North West Economic Region, and the World Customs Organization, as well as leading academics in the field of border studies will lead a curated syllabus of workshopped discussions, presentations, required readings, and practicum sessions. Learners will develop a comprehensive understanding of the reality of 21st century borders and the context of trade flows in a globalizing world. 

Program features

  • Flexible learning format: you can choose to attend the sessions online or in person.  
  • Learn from industry professionals and leading academics.
  • Opportunity to put theory into practice by developing a policy paper.

Program outcomes

Upon completion learners will be able to:

  • Describe the physical and economic geography of Canadian borders, including different modes of transportation.
  • Describe challenges and opportunities arising from sectoral and regional diversity in goods and services exports in historical and contemporary perspectives.
  • Explain the interaction of bordering policies with the political economy of Canada’s trade and investment policies in the context of international activities and market flows.
  • Evaluate the major political, economic, social, and technological forces, as well as international trends that have shaped custom mandates, roles, and policies in the Canadian context.
  • Understand the role data science and information technology play in the risk and regulation of cross-border trade and travel.
  • Describe the interconnectivity of energy networks and borders in the EU.
  • Understand the mathematization of borders – i.e. the set of rankings, scoring, and computation practices related to borders and the national and international institutions that use and disseminate them.

Program schedule

The full program schedule including session descriptions is now available. View schedule  

Who is the program for?

Recently, issues related to migration, border control, and trade have entered mainstream discourse due to increased focus on nationalism and the COVID-19 pandemic. This program provides a new opportunity to engage with specialists on current issues pertaining to trade and customs. The program will appeal to students and academics interested in border studies; trade and customs; and public policy, as well as professionals working in related sectors and interested community members.

What else do I need to know?

You have the option of attending sessions either online via UVic’s Zoom platform or in person on campus at the University of Victoria. You will receive detailed information by email prior to the course start date. The instructions will include: how to access the online course components available through the Brightspace course site, how to join online sessions or where to go for in-person sessions if you are attending on campus.

Application and fees

There is no application necessary for this program. Simply register for the one course below, and upon successful completion, you will receive a professional development certificate.

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