The International Relations Society is the University of Toronto’s course union for students enrolled in the International Relations Programme. It offers inimitable opportunities for students to strengthen their skills learnt in class and to foster opportunities for discussion, debate, discourse and interactions between world leaders, policy makers, professors and students. Be part of the conversation.
Each year, the society hosts a conference that brings together significant voices in international affairs and public policy. Indeed, this conference is the highlight of a yearlong conversation amongst students, faculty and world leaders facilities by the society. Ongoing events – including seminar-based discussions, special lectures, luncheons, and roundtable discussions – engage students with the issues and personalities central to their programme.
The programme is proud to have Prof Mairi MacDonald, Director of the International Relations Programme, as faculty mentor. Students from within the programme elect the society’s leadership; appointed student leaders with specialities in various fields related to the programme’s activities augment its full executive council.
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 and provide a strong academic community outside the classroom, which will serve to equip you with interpersonal connections to compliment your academics and serve you well in your future endeavors.
Please be part of the conversation.
Download the IR Society Constitution (2010/2011)
Conference – The International Relations Society hosts an annual conference on a topic of significance in international relations and Canadian foreign policy. Past conferences include: Canada in the World (January 2008) and The Path to Peace in Afghanistan (March 2009)
Mentorship – The International Relations Society provides students entering the program with enrichment activities, mentorship opportunities with upper-year students and access to resources for academic success.
Internships and Professional Development - The International Relations Society hosts professional development seminars and posts resources for students interested in internships with the Canadian government, think tanks and corporations.
Speaker Series – The International Relations Society hosts speakers for informal discussions and presentations. We host roughly two events per month.
Socials – We host social events for students in the International Relations Programme throughout academic terms.
For more information on the Society’s yearly programming click here.
See what upcoming events the Society has planned byclicking here.