Trinity One International Relations Stream


The IR stream introduces and examines some of the most challenging international issues of our time. Students tackle issues in areas that range from the history of national sovereignty to current debates on intervention, as well as questions related to war and peace, and issues in global social and economic policies. Recent courses have included: the outbreak of the world wars, counter-terrorism, drone warfare, human rights, poverty and inequality, public health, global crime and global environmental degradation.

The University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs is located at Trinity College and offers access to seminars, speaker series, conferences, symposia, and roundtables.

While the International Relations stream is a good option for students interested in further study in International Relations, many students have also gone on to academic pursuits in History, Political Science, Economics, and many other fields in the humanities and social sciences.




Students in the International Relations stream enroll in two Trinity One seminar credits in their first year.


TRN150Y - National Versus International

The international system today faces extraordinary challenges. Understanding these challenges requires understanding 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 the institutions that make up the current geopolitical world.

Breadth Requirement: 3) Society and Its Institutions


TRN151Y - 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.

Breadth Requirement: 3) Society and Its Institutions



Many students in the IR stream consider going on to the University of Toronto's undergraduate IR major or specialist program, hosted by Trinity College. Trinity One IR stream courses can be counted towards the prerequisites for entry into the IR program as well as the the requirements for completing the major or specialist.

Many students also use the strong grounding in history provided by the IR stream to pursue programs in History. Students interested in the political issues often seek out programs in Political Science or Peace, Conflict, and Justice.

The University of Toronto's Ethics, Society, and Law (ES&L) undergraduate major program, hosted by Trinity College is also one possible destination for students from the IR stream of Trinity One.  The seminars taken in the IR stream can count towards the entry requirements for ES&L.