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Updated for Winter 2021.

ANZO-2600. Animals for Sport and Entertainment
Building on Animals and Humans in Society (ANZO-1600), this course will focus on many of the issues, controversies, and paradoxes, which are inherent to human relationships with animals as companions, for human entertainment, and animals in sports. Students will be expected to engage in meaningful discussions and readings, both verbally and through their own writing, applying different perspectives (ie. historical, sociological, cultural, etc.) to relevant topics. Potential topics for this class include: animal fighting as entertainment (cockfighting, dog fighting, bullbaiting, etc.); zoos and aquaria; circuses and rodeos; pedigree dogs and dog shows; and racing (greyhounds and horses). (Prerequisite: ANZO-1600 or ANZO-1600). (Can be taken as either a Social Science or Arts option).

ANZO-2610. Animals and the Law
This course, for undergraduate non-law majors, focuses on the role of law in human-animal interactions and the balancing of competing interests within traditional areas of law. Students will explore and debate the major issues surrounding animal welfare, rights, and protection, including the legal status of animals as living property, and the evolving societal beliefs and values surrounding these issues. The course will primarily focus on examining and comparing the laws of Canada and the United States, although laws and constitutions of other countries, as well as international law, will also be considered.(Prerequisite: ANZO-1600). (Can be taken as either a Social Science or Arts option).

MACS-2150. Survey of ARt History: Rnaissance to Modern
History of art from Italian Renaissance to the twentieth century, with emphasis on the influence of social and philosophical ideas.

CMAF-1010. Introduction to Media and Society 
An introduction to fundamental concepts, methods and techniques used to create short narrative films. In-class workshops and experiential learning exercises provide students with foundational skills in story development, scriptwriting, visual language, directing, cinematography, sound recording and overall production training. (Also offered as CNMA-1120). 

CMAF-1400. Introduction to Film Studies 
Cinematic meaning and impact are studied through film techniques and processes as well as one or more of the following approaches: realism, formalism, auteur, genre, race, or gender. Films will be critically analyzed within their cultural, historical, political and/or socio-economic contexts. (2 lecture hours per week. In addition, students are required to watch a feature-length film each week on their own time.)

CMAF-2250. Media Literacy
A critical exploration of how the media contribute to the social construction of reality. Students will develop the skills and conceptual frameworks necessary to interpret and investigate the contemporary media environment with a particular focus on examples derived from Canadian informational/news sources and popular culture. Topics may include: media coverage of social and political issues, political economy of media/culture industries, media and democracy, media representation and stereotypes. (Prerequisite: CMAF-1010.)

DRAM-2100. Speech Communication to Inform 
A beginning course designed to help the student to develop poise and confidence in communicating information. (2 lecture hours and 1 laboratory hour per week.) (Not available on an Audit basis.) (Prerequisite: CMAF 1010.) (Also offered as CMAF 2100).

ENGL-1001. Composition
An introduction to the fundamentals of effective writing, including attention to rhetorical concepts of audience, purpose, context, planning, logical development, organization, format, and style. (Arts elective only; does not count for credit in English.).


HIST-1140. Europe Encounters the World: The Age of Discovery, 15th-18th Century
This course looks at the different forms of contact between Europeans and the rest of the world during their first period of imperial expansion (15th-18th Century). Special attention will be paid to the discovery, conquest and settlement of India, Asia, and the Americas, as well as the relationship of Europeans with native populations of these continents.

HIST-1240. The World in the Twentieth Century, 1945-Present
An overview of the major events and movements during the second half of the ‘short’ twentieth century. The course will broadly explore the world-wide impact of the Cold War, communism, decolonization, globalization, terrorism, etc. The geographical focus of the material will var

HIST-2100. Islamic History: Formative Period 600-1000
This is a survey course that examines the development of a distinctive Islamic civilization over the course of four centuries in southern Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and portions of Central Asia. The lectures will emphasize the following themes: 1) the formation of Islamic civilization as a long-term and gradual process engaged in by the conquering Arab Muslims and their conquered subjects; 2)the diversity of expressions of Islamic culture and religious practices; and 3) the important role played by historical memory in the formation of Islamic culture.

HIST-2430. Canada from Early European Contacts to the Origins of Confederation, 1600-1867
An overview of the development of the Canadian federation. Areas may include competing visions of the Canadian “nation”, relations with Aboriginal peoples, industrialization and social change, and shifts in politics and political culture. (3 lecture hours or 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour a week.)

HIST-2470. Aboriginal Peoples in Canadian History: Mid-Nineteenth Century to the Present
Aboriginal peoples and their impact on the history of Canada since 1850. Areas will include relations with the state, cultural, land and resource issues, and politics and protest movements.
(2 lecture, 1 lab hour per week.)

HIST-2610. The History of America, 1877 to the Present 
The social, economic, and political history of the United States since Reconstruction. Topics may include urbanization and immigration, Progressive reform, women’s suffrage, the Great Depression, the World Wars, McCarthyism, civil rights and women’s liberation, the Vietnam War, and the end of the Cold War (3 lecture hours or 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour a week.)

HIST-2870. History of Crime 
Examines the ways in which crime and criminal justice were shaped by the societies in which they occurred and the ways in which they changed as these societies changed.


GART-1510. Effective Writing II
A continuation of GART-1500 aimed at developing and refining writing skills for communicating ideas in academic and other contexts. Topics may include grammar, essay writing conventions, research skills, scholarly citations, editing and revising, academic learning, and critical thinking. This is a hybrid course. (Prerequisite: GART-1500.)

GART-1210. An Introduction into Indigenous Topics
This course introduces students to Indigenous histories, perspectives, and modern realities through an Indigenous lens. The role of colonization is introduced as Indigenous relationships on Turtle Island changed as a result of contact and colonization. This survey course provides a learning opportunity for students to engage in Indigenous pedagogy and worldview as they learn how history impacts the contemporary lives of Indigenous people. Through exploring relationships, this course engages critical reading, writing and thinking skills through course lectures and seminar activities. The history of relations assists in understanding how colonization’s policies and statutory documents thereafter affected Indigenous peoples, such as the Royal Proclamation, Treaties, the Indian Act, the British North America Act (1867), and the Constitution Act (1982). Today, these colonial-state governance documents are a significant part of Indigenous-Crown and Indigenous-settler relations. (2 lecture hours and 1 tutorial hour per week.) (Also offered as SOSC-1210.)

GART-2040. Health-Care Ethics through the Life-Span 
Explores ethical issues of general interest which arise during the life-span, from conception until death, including methods to prevent contraception, methods to aid in reproduction, medical treatment for children, organ transplantation, research on human subjects, foregoing life-sustaining treatment, advance directives, assisted suicide, and euthanasia. This course is not directed specifically to health professionals.

GART-2090. Ethics in the Professions
Examines what constitutes a profession, its legitimacy, and its authority from society. The responsibilities of professionals to their clients, professions, and society are mapped. Codes of ethics and other statements of ethical standards, conflict of interest, and the roles of regulatory bodies and governments are examined and related to practice through relevant case studies.

ARAB-3620. Modern Arabic Poetry in Translation
This course will introduce students to modern Arabic poetry, its language, style, and themes. It will also highlight the influence of western poetic movements and schools on Arab poets.

ASIA-2640. Special Topics in Chinese Literature
This course covers the development of modern Chinese literature in English translation. Classic works and literary characters will be classified and analyzed. Students will compare different writing genres and integrate them with the socio-cultural background of modern Chinese writers. Students will be expected to present their own perspectives through written papers and oral presentations. (Three lecture hours per week.)

GRST-1200. Introduction to Roman Civilization 
An introduction to the cultural values and achievements of the ancient Romans. Topics will include geography, history, mythology and religion, language and literature, art and daily life. (Recommended for prospective Greek and Roman Studies majors.)

INCS-1200. Introduction to Languae and Linguistics 
An introduction to the scientific study of language, including language structure, sound systems, semantics, language origins, language families and language classification, (Required of all Modern Languages majors and recommended in the first year of study.)

INCS-2030. Culture and Ideas: From the French Revolution to the Present 
An interdisciplinary, team-taught survey course focussing on major issues and achievements in Europe and North America in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries, including development in the visual arts, music, architecture, philosophy, religion, literature and science.

INCS-2370. German, Italian, and Spanish Literacy Traditions 
A study of the forms and structures of German, Italian and Spanish literature (in English translation) including a survey of genres, styles and rhetorical figures.


The courses that comprise this Minor are open to non-Education university students, and do not lead to a Bachelor of Education.  Students must be in third semester standing or higher. 

EDUC-4050. Instructional Technologies
This course has been designed to provide students with an introduction to theoretical and practical issues pertaining to the use of informational and instructional technologies in learning organizations. Students will examine and critique the context of the field of instructional technologies and learn to apply current instructional technologies and media to instructional design and practice and the enhancement of learning opportunities. Basic concepts in educational technology, major developments, the present status of informational and instructional technologies, key principles of educational technology as an approach and tool for teaching and learning, and the development of appropriate educational technologies in terms of a learning organization’s goals will also be examined. Technological literacy will be emphasized throughout while exploring computer applications, the utilization of converging digital technologies, and the use of the internet and web resources.

EDUC-4100. Learning-Centred Teaching: Planning, Delivery, Assessment, and Evaluation
Students will learn about principles and theories of learning-centred practices. Specifically, students will critically examine and synthesize the findings of current research and scholarly texts on teaching and learning to develop a critical personal understanding of learning-centred practices that are applicable to a wide range of diverse workplace contexts. Through assigned readings and texts, students will acquire, integrate, and apply knowledge pertaining to planning, instructional delivery, and the assessment and evaluation of learning. Self-, peer-, and teacher-evaluated assignments will provide students with opportunities to integrate research and practice and to facilitate the development of particular skills, notably, interpersonal communication skills, planning, facilitation and organization of learning, critical thinking, inquiry learning, and reflection. 

EDUC 4800. Experiential Learning Field Placement
This course has been designed to provide students with an experiential learning opportunity with which to connect theoretical and practical issues in a field-based learning environment. Under the guidance of the course instructor and the partners in the field, students will engage in a collaborative process leading to the production of a final paper on an issue or topic of inquiry of relevance to the partners in the field. This course will present students with authentic assessment tasks that situate their on-going inquiries in a context that enables them to apply and further critique what has been previously learned. Students will engage in matters pertaining to learning and learners applicable to research, needs assessment, program review, and policy development, as appropriate. The final project will be grounded in the field experience, and will show evidence of knowledge, skills of inquiry, reflection and problem-solving acquired through the other courses. This course will be taken following completion of the other course-work in the minor option. (Prerequisites: EDUC 4000, EDUC 4050, EDUC 4100, EDUC 4150, EDUC 4200).

PHIL-1100. Introduction to Western Philisophy
An introduction to philosophy through the study of major figures and movements in the Western philosophical tradition. The figures and themes selected for any given year will be chosen by the instructor.

PHIL-1120. Philosophy and Human Nature
What is human nature? How do we think of ourselves as human beings? The course will examine several of the principal theories of human nature that have been put forward in Western philosophy.

PHIL-1290. Contemporary Moral Issues
A critical examination of philosophical arguments about controversial moral issues. Readings will be chosen by the instructor on issues connected with one or several areas such as: biomedical ethics, euthanasia, suicide, environmental ethics, the treatment of animals, war and violence, pornography, censorship. Some non-Western Philosophical sources may be used.

PHIL-1600 - Reasoning Skills
An explanation of, and practice in, the basic knowledge, skills and attitudes which are essential components of reasoning well. Topics include: the role of language; evaluating sources (including from the internet); analyzing, evaluating and diagramming arguments; inference strength; writing an extended piece of reasoning. (Antirequisite: PHIL-1620.) (1.5 lecture, 1.5 lab hour per week)

PHIL-2210. Introduction to Ethics 
A survey of the main contending theoretical positions on such basic questions of ethics as: Are all moral values and norms subjective or objective, relative or absolute? What makes right actions right? What is the good life for human beings?

PHIL-2250. Ethics of Life, Death, and Health Care 
The course will focus on the ethical issues arising from human mortality and vulnerability to sickness. Problems to be explored will vary from year to year and may include: the relation between mortality and the value of life, the ethics of life-extension, the legitimacy of suicide, physician assisted or not, the ethics of human reproduction, allocating scarce medical resources in an ageing population, and the ethics of genetic engineering.

PHIL-2270. Environmental Ethics 
What ethical obligations do we have to the non-human environment? The course examines various answers to that question. Topics may include: animal rights, the moral status of non-human life, the intrinsic value of ecosystems, the importance of wilderness, deep ecology, eco-feminism, economic development, environmentalism, and politics.

PHIL-2280. Technology, Human Values, and the Environment 
An exploration of the philosophically important ethical concepts of human nature, freedom, progress, the good life, moral responsibility, and the environment as these relate to advances in technology. Topics may include: pollution, mass production, the commodification of nature, new technologies (e.g., biotechnology, nanotechnology).

PHIL-2760. Early Modern Philosophy 
The course will examine the development and major problems of rationalist and empiricist philosophy during the historical period of the rise of modern natural science. It will emphasize the metaphysical and epistemological changes introduced into Western philosophy during this period. Thinkers studied will include Descartes and Hume. Other thinkers examined may include one or more of Bacon, Locke, Berkeley, Spinoza, and Leibniz.

POLS-1000. Introduction to Canadian Government and Politics
An introduction to the politics and government of Canada. The course will focus on political culture, the constitution, federalism, the executive, parliament, public service, courts, political parties, interest groups, and elections. (3 lecture hours or 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour a week.)

POLS-1300. Compartive Politics in a Changing World
Introduces students to issues such as democracy, authoritarianism, nationalism, political culture, and how political power is organized. The course focuses on the democratic states of the west, but also examines non democratic states such as China and the transitional democracies of Eastern Europe. (3 lecture hours or 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour a week.)

POLS-1600. Introduction to International Relations
An examination of competing perspectives on international relations and of such critical themes as: power; security; war; imperialism; nationalism; interdependence; development and underdevelopment; human rights; environmental concerns; and the quest for a new world order. (3 lecture hours or 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour a week.)

POLS-2015. From University to Work 
This course draws on resources from across the university, community partners, online platforms, and in academic literature, to provide students with opportunities for career development. Students will gain strategies for job search, resume preparation, networking, online profiles, career planning, and interviews. Students will create and conduct informational interviews and debate critical issues in the labour market for university students and graduates.

POLS-2120. Environmental Policy and Politics 
The course examines the domestic and international context of environmental policy-making in Canada. Topics examined may include global warming, Great Lakes pollution, and endangered species.

POLS-2330. Politics of the Developing World 
An examination of the politics of developing areas, with a focus on economic and political development, ethnic conflict and the role of overseas development assistance in building government institutions. In given years, emphasis may be on Africa, Asia or Latin America and the Caribbean.

PSYC-1150. Introduction to Psychology as a Behavioural Science
Introduction to selected areas in psychology including learning, perception, physiological psychology, emotion, and motivation.

PSYC-1160. Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science
Introduction to selected areas in psychology including developmental, social, personality, and clinical.

PSYC-2330. Developmental Psychology: The Child 
The study of normal child development from conception to puberty, including physical, cognitive, and social development within the child's family, school, and cultural contexts. Specific topics include temperament, language development, intelligence testing, personality development, and parenting styles. (Prereqs: PSYC-1150 and PSYC-1160).

PSYC-2240. Developmental Psychology: Adolescence 
The study of normal adolescent development from puberty to early adulthood. Topics include physical changes at puberty, cognitive and social development, and the impact of adolescent development within various contexts, including families, peer groups, and schools. (Prereqs: PSYC-1150 and PSYC-1160).

PSYC-2250. Developmental Psychology: Adulthood and Aging 
The study of adult development including stages in adulthood, problems of aging, and issues related to death and dying. (Prereqs: PSYC-1150 and PSYC-1160).


SACR-1000. Understanding Social Life - W
Understanding society through the exploration of contemporary social issues. (SACR 1000 is intended as a course for students who are not majors or minoring in Sociology, Criminology, Anthropology, and Family and Social Relations programs.) (Students who complete SACR 1000 may subsequently enrol in SACR 1100 for credit.)


SJST-1000. Social Justice in Action
Students investigate the local and global origins of a contemporary social problem through the eyes of social justice activists. Students will assess the strengths and limitations of strategies and theoretical frameworks for social change and use this knowledge to create social action messages that raise public awareness, influence government or corporate policy, or positively change attitudes and behaviours. (3 lecture hours per week) (Also offered as Disability Studies DISB 1000)

SJST-1400. Queer Activism
Students engage with LGBTQ+ activism, past and present. Students investigate how queer communities are created and sustained through protest, alliance-building, symbols, and memes. (Also offered as WGST 1400).

WGST-1000 - Women in Canadian Society 
This course illustrates and account for the position of women in Canadian society. We explore how gender identities are informed by the process of social construction which privileges some women while disadvantaging others.

WGST-1200. Gal Pals: Women and Friendship
This course examines a diverse range of women’s friendships. Through discussion, reading, and films we will explore topics such as the meaning of friendship for women, how women’s friendships have been portrayed in literature and film, the link between friendship and social activism for women, and the political meanings of women’s friendship in cultures resistant to woman centered consciousness. (Can be taken for Social Science or Arts credit.)

WGST-1400. Queer Activism 
This course examines a broad cross-section of historical and contemporary representations of western women in popular culture, and visual media – photographs, film and video, the fine arts, and advertising. The student will be introduced to feminist and gender-related theories of representation. (Can be taken for Social Science or Arts credit.)