International Relations Courses

 

 

 

International Relations Specialists and International Relations Majors are encouraged to design their programs of study to complement their required core courses with options that deepen their knowledge of one or more regions and the languages spoken in them, as well as relevant theoretical and methodological approaches and topics.

*New: Students entering both the IR Specialist and IR Major program in 2014-15, please note the changes to required second year and third year courses marked in red below.

The following table summarizes the requirements and suggested sequence of required core courses in the IR Specialist and IR Major programs.

 

IR Specialist

IR Major

First Year:
(requirements for program admission):

ECO 100Y1 Introduction to Economics OR

ECO 105Y1 Principles of Economics for Non-Specialists

1.0 FCE*

1.0 FCE*

HIS 103Y1 Statecraft and Strategy: An Introduction to the History of International Relations OR

Trin One IR Stream (TRN 150Y1/151Y1) OR

Vic One Pearson Stream (two of VIC 181H1, 183H1, 184H1, 185H1)

1.0 FCE

1.0 FCE

One introductory modern language course OR MAT133Y1/137Y1

1.0 FCE

 

Second Year:
 

POL 208Y1 Introduction to International Relations

1.0 FCE

1.0 FCE

ECO 230Y1 International Economic Institutions and Policy

1.0 FCE (can substitute ECO 364H1+ECO 365H1)

1.0 FCE

TRN 250Y1 Ordering International Relations in an Age of Empire

1.0 FCE

1.0 FCE

Third Year:
 

HIS 311Y1 Canadian International Relations OR

HIS 344Y1 Conflict and Co-operation in the International System since 1945

1.0 FCE

1.0 FCE

POL 312Y1 Canadian Foreign Policy OR

POL 326Y1 U.S. Foreign Policy OR

POL 340Y1 International Law

1.0 FCE

1.0 FCE

ECO 342Y1 Twentieth Century Economic History

1.0 FCE

(Can be counted instead of ECO 230Y1)

Fourth Year:
 

TRN 410H1 Selected Topics in International Studies: International History, 1989-2007

 

0.5 FCE

TRN 411Y1 Selected Topics in International Studies: Decolonization in Africa, 1945-1994 OR

TRN419Y1 Comparative American, British and Canadian Foreign Policy

1.0 FCE

 

One additional option from Options Group 1

1.0 FCE

 

Second, Third or Fourth Year:
 

Two additional options from Options Group 2

2.0 FCEs

 

Total Required Courses for Program

13.0 FCEs

7.5 FCEs

*FCE = Full-course Equivalent

 

Options

The International Relations Programs takes advantage of the broad range of courses offered by the Departments of Economics, Political Science and History as well as other departments within the Faculty of Arts & Science to enable students in the Specialist program to complement their required core courses by choosing options.

Please note that the Departments may not offer all optional courses every year. Consult the current Faculty of Arts & Science Timetable and Calendar for availability and prerequisites. In the event of inconsistencies, the Calendar should be considered correct.

Options Group 1 (Specialists must select at least 1.0 FCE from this group, usually in fourth year)

  • ECO 419H1 International Macroeconomics
  • ECO 429H1 History of Economic Thought
  • ECO 459H1 International Trade Regulation
  • HIS 401H1 History of the Cold War
  • HIS 405Y1 Canadian Foreign Relations
  • HIS 445H1 Nationalism
  • HIS 451H1 WWII in East Central Europe
  • HIS 453H1 Problems of National  Survival in Eastern Europe since 1848
  • HIS 457H1 The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire
  • HIS 458H1 Topics in Russian and Soviet Foreign Policy
  • HIS 462H1 Canadian Intelligence and National Security, 1945-present
  • HIS 465Y1 Gender and International Relations
  • HIS 473Y1 The United States and Asia since 1945
  • HIS 479H1 US Foreign Policy since World War II
  • HIS 488H1 The Secret War 1939-1945
  • HIS 498H1 Independent Studies
  • POL 410H1 Topics in Comparative Politics III
  • POL 411H1 International Political Economy of Finance
  • POL 412H1 Human Rights, Democracy and International Politics
  • POL 413H1 Global Environmental Politics
  • POL 414H1 Politics of Independent Ukraine
  • POL 415H1 Topics in Ukrainian and Post-Soviet Politics
  • POL 417Y1 Global South in International Politics
  • POL 441H1 Topics in Asian Politics
  • POL 442H1 Topics in Latin American Politics
  • POL 456Y1 The G8, G20 and Global Governance
  • POL 459Y1 The Military Instrument of Foreign Policy
  • POL 466H1 Topics in International Politics III
  • POL 469H1 Ethics and International Relations
  • POL 481H1 The Geopolitics of Information and Communication Technologies
  • POL 486H1/Y1 Topics in International Politics I
  • POL 487H1/Y1 Topics in International Politics II
  • POL 496H1 Independent Studies
  • TRN 409Y1 Selected Topics in International Studies
  • TRN 409H1F Selected Topics in International Studies: Contemporary Canadian Defence Policy since the end of the Cold War
  • TRN 409H1S Selected Topics in International Studies: Nuclear Weapons in World Politics
  • TRN 421Y1 The Practice and Institutions of Diplomacy
     
  • VIC 476H1 Capstone in Foreign Policy
 

Options Group 2 (Specialists must select at least 2.0 FCEs from this group in their second, third or fourth year)

  • ANT 452H1 Anthropology and Human Rights
  • ECO 200Y1 Microeconomic Theory
  • ECO 202Y1 Macroeconomic Theory and Policy
  • ECO 303Y1 The Economic History of Modern Europe to 1914
  • ECO 324Y1 Economic Development
  • EUR 200Y1 Europe: Nation State to Supranational Union
  • GGR 439H1 Global Political Geography
  • HIS 241H1 Europe in the Nineteenth Century, 1815-1914
  • HIS 242H1 Europe in the 20th Century
  • HIS 250H1 History of Russia, 860-1991
  • HIS 251Y1 History of East Central Europe
  • HIS 271Y1 American History since 1607
  • HIS 304H1 Topics in Middle East History
  • HIS 334H1 East Central Europe and the Great Powers in the "Short 20th Century", 1914-1991
  • HIS 338H1 The Holocaust to 1942
  • HIS 343Y1 History of Modern Espionage
  • HIS 361H1 The Holocaust, from 1942
  • HIS 376H1 The United States: Now - and Then
  • HIS 377H1 Twentieth Century American Foreign Relations
  • JMC 301Y1 State and Society in 20th Century China
  • LAS 200Y1 Latin America: History, Civilization, Culture
  • NMC 378H1 Modern Arab History
  • POL 101Y1 Democracy, Dictatorship, War and Peace, An Introduction
  • POL 201Y1 Politics of Development: Issues and Controversies
  • POL 318H1 Canada and the Global Challenge Since 9/11, Part I: NAFTA
  • POL 323Y1 Might and Right among Nations
  • POL 324H1 Politics of Europe and the European Union
  • POL 341H1 Canada and the Global Challenge Since 9/11, Part II: The WTO
  • POL 343Y1 Politics of Global Governance
  • POL 370H1 International Political Economy
  • POL 376Y1 Transforming Global Politics: Comparative and Chinese Perspectives
     
  • SLA 380H1 Language, Politics, Identity