Fall/Winter Timetable

POL2800H1S L0101

Special Topics

Topics in Canadian History: Historical Foundations of Canadian Foreign Policy after the Cold War


This course will begin on January 31, 2011 and end on February 17, 2011

In this course, students will have the opportunity to examine episodes in the recent history of Canadian foreign policy in greater depth than in wider-ranging surveys, as well as to draw upon the experience and insights of former policymakers. One instructor is a former Minister of Foreign Affairs and of National Defence, another is a onetime MP involved in foreign policy, and we intend to bring in other former policymakers as guests. Each individual seminar topic has its inherent interest, but they are also grouped thematically, to shed light on wider trends and themes in Canadian foreign policy after the end of the Cold War (the Human Security agenda; the Arctic; interventions abroad). Readings will include published works, draft chapters from a memoir in progress by the Hon. Bill Graham, and some documentary materials. Students will be evaluated on the basis of a major research paper (80%) and seminar participation (20%).