THE SOCIETY

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS SOCIETY

The International Relations Society (often called the IR Society or the IRS) is the University of Toronto’s course union for students enrolled in the International Relations Programme. It offers unmatched opportunities for students to strengthen their skills learnt in class, generates constructive and significant discourse on international affairs, and facilitates meaningful interactions between world leaders, policy makers, professors and students.

WHAT DO WE DO?

The Society hosts an annual conference that brings together leading international scholars, academics and authorities on public policy and the private sector. The conference – devoted each year to a unique and relevant theme – is the highlight of a yearlong conversation amongst student members of the Society, faculty, and world leaders. Ongoing events, including seminar-based discussions, special lectures, luncheons, and roundtable discussions, engage students by exploring issues and personalities central to their studies.

SOCIETY STRUCTURE

With respect to its structure, the Society is proud to have Professor Mairi MacDonald, Director of the International Relations Programme, as its faculty mentor.  Students from within the programme elect the executive council; student leaders with specialties in various fields are appointed to augment the council’s operational capacity.

For more information, please feel free to read through the 2012-2013 IR Society Constitution, along with the IR Society Report to Trinity College Corporation – April 2010.

WHY BECOME INVOLVED?

Becoming involved in the International Relations Society will increase the value, and your own enjoyment, of your academic degree.  Social events and speaker series, roundtable discussions and insightful lectures will bring a real-world perspective to your schooling. You will also become part of an outstanding academic community, allowing you to develop valuable interpersonal connections that compliment your academics, and serve you well in your future endeavors.

Be part of the conversation.