Fall/Winter Timetable

POL486H1F L0101

Graduate Course Code: POL2205H1F L0101

Topics in International Politics I



The focus of this seminar will be peace-building. When did it emerge as a concept? What does it mean or involve? What role can and do states, international organizations, and nongovernmental organizations play in building an enduring peace? What is the appropriate balance between top-down and bottom-up approaches? Cases to be examined will include, among others, Uganda, El Salvador, South Africa, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Somalia.


Taisier Ali and Robert Matthews, eds., Durable Peace: Challenges for Peace-building in Africa; Elisabeth King, Robert Matthews and Ian Spears, eds, “A New Agenda for Peace, International Journal, Vol 67, Issue 2.

Format and Requirements

Book review (30%), essay (50%) and participation in the seminar (20%).


POL208H1 or POL208Y1 or POL209H5 or POLB80H3