TRN409H1

TRN409H1: Selected Topics in International Studies

These fourth-year seminars introduce students to advanced study of international relations focused on specific themes as determined by the course instructor. For the 2022-2023 academic year, there are five sections of TRN409H1.

 


TRN409H1-F: LEC0101: Selected Topics in International Studies – Canadian Defence Policy since the Cold War

Course Description

This course covers the evolution of Canadian defence policy since the close of the Cold War in the late 1980s. It addresses the efforts of successive governments to adjust to the changed post-Cold War security environment. Early sessions will cover the Cold War legacy and efforts to adapt such practices as peacekeeping to new circumstances. Later sessions will cover such challenges as Ballistic Missile Defence, Arctic security, reforming defence procurement, cyber warfare, the mission in Afghanistan, and current threats to European security. Since this is a seminar course, students will be graded on class participation as well as their written work.

2022-2023 Course Instructor

Prof. Jack Cunningham

Jack Cunningham is a Fellow and Assistant Professor at Trinity College, where he is Program Coordinator of the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History and teaches in the International Relations Program. He holds a BA in English and an MA in History from the University of Calgary, and a PhD in History from the University of Toronto. He has published on the recent conflict in Afghanistan, the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and Canadian nuclear history, among other topics. He is a former editor of International Journal, Canada’s principal journal of foreign affairs.

Jack Cunningham

 


TRN409H1-S: LEC0101: Selected Topics in International Studies – War and its Theorists

Course Description

This course covers the evolution of warfare as a constant in human history, and the ways in which it was understood by major theorists and writers. Early sessions discuss the heroic myth of the warrior as exemplified in the works of Homer, and Thucydides and the realist analysis of war and peace. Subsequent classes explore the early modern “Military Revolution”, Clausewitz, Mahan and seapower, and the British poets of World War One, as well as early airpower theorists, theorists of guerrilla warfare, and the early nuclear strategists. Since this is a seminar course, students will be graded on their class participation as well as their written work.

2022-2023 Course Instructor

Prof. Jack Cunningham

Jack Cunningham is a Fellow and Assistant Professor at Trinity College, where he is Program Coordinator of the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History and teaches in the International Relations Program. He holds a BA in English and an MA in History from the University of Calgary, and a PhD in History from the University of Toronto. He has published on the recent conflict in Afghanistan, the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and Canadian nuclear history, among other topics. He is a former editor of International Journal, Canada’s principal journal of foreign affairs.

Jack Cunningham

 


TRN409H1-S: LEC0201: Selected Topics in International Studies – Canada and Asia in Revolution, 1945 to Present Time

Course Description

This course examines the fascinating history of Canada’s relations with Asia since 1945.  Together we will explore key themes regarding diplomacy, trade, human rights, development and immigration during a period of great political, economic and social change.  While the main focus will be on official relations, we also will consider the role of business, military, cultural and other non-state actors. Course readings include scholarly books and articles as well as biographies, memoirs and primary documents.  Since this is a seminar course, students will be assessed on their participation, presentations and written work.  They will be expected to engage intelligently and critically with the course material, thereby deepening their understanding of Canada’s role in this increasingly important region.

2022-2023 Course Instructor

Prof. John Meehan

Professor John Meehan is the Director of the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History at Trinity College. A historian by training, Dr. John Meehan has a BA in History and Russian Studies from McGill University, a diploma in Theology from Magdalen College, Oxford, an MA in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in History from the University of Toronto. His publications include The Dominion and the Rising Sun: Canada Encounters Japan, 1929-1941 (winner of the Prime Minister’s Award in Japan) and Chasing the Dragon in Shanghai: Canada’s Early Relations with China, 1858-1952. A former President of Campion College (U of Regina) and the University of Sudbury, he has taught and published on Canadian foreign relations, Asia Pacific studies and relations with Indigenous peoples.

John Meehan

TRN409H1-S: LEC0301: Selected Topics in International Studies – Multilateralism and Global Diplomacy

Course Description

In this course we explore the multilateral system through a range of challenging policy issues such as disarmament, climate change, global health, justice and accountability, trade and other issues with guest diplomats who have led and continue to lead the negotiations. Are the institutions of multilateralism and global governance that were created in a different historical time and context still fit for purpose? Are the rules, norms and practices of the institutions still essential and still practical? Students will develop skills in policy advocacy and deepen their understanding of diplomacy in a global context.

2022-2023 Course Instructor

Rosemary McCarney

Rosemary McCarney BA, LLB, MBA, is the James Coutts Visiting Scholar in International Relations at Trinity College and the Diplomat in Residence at Massey College. She is the past Ambassador of Canada to the United Nations in Geneva and to the Conference on Disarmament. Her career spans every sector of the economy from high tech to not for profit. She has lived and worked in over 100 countries. She has taught law and international relations in the US and Canada and is an award-winning children’s book author.  

Rosemary McCarney

 


TRN409H1-S: LEC0401: Selected Topics in International Studies – Global Health Security Policy

Course Description

Policy formation is a key part of global health. Although the COVID-19 pandemic is not without historical context, policy formation to protect, prevent and prepare in this pandemic continues to challenge national governments as well as multilateral institutions. Policy making in crises, especially a still unfolding and unpredictable one such as this pandemic, offers important lessons for students and scholars of international relations. COVID-19 has unmasked vulnerabilities and weaknesses in our global governance systems and in leadership. It has made clear major failings in social consensus and equity. It has resurfaced tensions in state sovereignty and nationalism. Who gets to make health policy that impacts billions of lives and knows no borders? Is global health a global public good? What are the new institutions needed to make this the last pandemic? How do we sort human rights and public health mandates? How does scientific evidence recover in a world of disinformation and misinformation? 2022-2023 will offer a real time lens on these questions and the global solutions being negotiated.

Rosemary McCarney

Rosemary McCarney BA, LLB, MBA, is the James Coutts Visiting Scholar in International Relations at Trinity College and the Diplomat in Residence at Massey College. She is the past Ambassador of Canada to the United Nations in Geneva and to the Conference on Disarmament. Her career spans every sector of the economy from high tech to not for profit. She has lived and worked in over 100 countries. She has taught law and international relations in the US and Canada and is an award-winning children’s book author.  

Rosemary McCarney
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