Fourth Year Seminars in International Relations
Course enrolment for students entering their fourth year of study will commence shortly on ROSI (rosi.utoronto.ca); individual start times are now available online. Please find below information on three fourth year seminars unique to the International Relations Program. If you have any questions specific to the courses, kindly forward them to email@example.com. Any other questions regarding the fourth year seminar experience may be sent to the International Relations Society student executive – our e-mail address is found below.
TRN 410Y, Selected Topics in International Studies: Canada’s National Security in a Global World (Thurs 10-12)
This course is a unique opportunity. This year, and this year only, it will be taught by Dr Linda Goldthorp, who will be on leave from the Department of National Defence in Ottawa. Dr. Goldthorp has long experience dealing with security issues for the government of Canada. In addition, she has a PhD (in history) from the University of Toronto, and is a graduate of the International Relations Program.
TRN 411Y, Selected Topics in International Studies: Decolonization in Africa, 1945-1994 (Tues 4-6)
This successful course from 2010-11 returns under Dr. Mairi MacDonald. The seminar considers the end of colonial rule and rise of independent states in Africa during the period 1945-1994. It will focus on the causes and consequences of decolonization, the effects of the cold war on this historical process, and the continuities underlying economic and humanitarian interactions between new African nations and the international community.
TRN 419Y, Comparative American, British and Canadian Foreign Policy (Thurs 10-12)
This course will as usual be taught by the award-winning Professor Arne Kislenko. This year, replacing Professor Bothwell, who is on leave, his partner will be Dr. Julie Gilmour, who in a previous year co-taught it with Professor Bothwell.
Dr. Mairi S. MacDonald holds a PhD in history from the University of Toronto. Her thesis was entitled “The Challenge of Guinean Independence, 1958-1971.” It considered the impact of Guinea’s independence on the international community’s changing conception of what an African state might be, as well as the Guinean leadership’s use of “independence” as a means of rallying support, gaining and exercising control within the new nation. Before obtaining her PhD, Dr. MacDonald was a lawyer and consultant for a number of years. Among other projects, she was involved in international development efforts in francophone sub-Saharan Africa.