Course enrollment for students entering second, third, or fourth year has begun. Individual start times are now available on ROSI. Please find below information on first year seminars (2) for students enrolled in the Trinity One: International Relations Stream, and fourth year seminars (3) unique to the International Relations Program. If you have any questions about the courses specifically, kindly forward them to Any other questions regarding the seminar experience may be sent to the International Relations Society student executive at

TRN 150Y: National Versus International

The international system today faces extraordinary challenges. Understanding these challenges requires looking at the past. This seminar course briefly reviews the origins and development of the international system from the 17th century through the age of empires and the great wars of the 20th century. It then concentrates on the clash of nationalism with internationalism in the world since 1945, looking at such issues as what drives nationalism and what alternatives there are to it. We will study ideas and ideologies as well as institutions.

TRN 151Y: Global Governance

Terrorism, the proliferation of arms (including weapons of mass destruction), environmental degradation, globalization, technological change, and the rise of non-state actors all pose challenges to statecraft and the management of global order. This seminar course explores the changing dynamics of global politics and the responses to them by states (and others). Topics will include an examination of new forms of international collaboration that have developed in the wake of crises in the years following the Second World War (1939–45).

TRN 410Y: Selected Topics in International Studies: Canada’s National Security in a Global World

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

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.

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.

TRN 419Y: Comparative American, British and Canadian Foreign Policy

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.