GRMN 2610: German Culture and Civilization II

An interdisciplinary introduction to political, social, and cultural developments in Germanic lands from 1815 onward. (Taught in English. No prerequisites. May be repeated more than once if content changes.)

GRMN 2600: German Culture and Civilization I

An interdisciplinary introduction to political, social, and cultural developments in Germanic lands before 1815. (Taught in English. New prerequisites. May be repeated more than once if content changes.)

GRMN 1020: Intensive German for Beginners

This intensive, language training course combines the content of two courses into a single term. Students will obtain credit for two courses. Note: 6 hours of class time per week. (Only for students with no prior knowledge of German.)

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 1500: Effective Writing I

A foundational course aimed at developing effective writing skills for communicating ideas in academic and other contexts. Topics may include grammar, paragraph writing conventions, academic learning, and critical thinking. This is a hybrid course.

GART 1200: Understanding the Contemporary World

This course will explore current political, cultural and social contexts. The perceived gulf between the “ivory tower” and the “real world” will be bridged each week as we analyze major current issues with attention to popular culture. (Restricted to year 1 FAHSS majors.) (3 lecture/1 tutorial hours a week.) (6.0 credit course.)

FILM 1100: Film Production I

A study of the art and craft of film production through lectures and hands-on exercises. A survey of the stages of production, key artistic roles, and concepts of visualization and cinematic storytelling. (2 lecture hours and 1 laboratory hour per week.)

HIST 1230: The World in the 20th Century, 1914-1945

An overview of the major events and movements during the first half of the ‘short’ 20th century. The course will broadly explore the global impact of the world wars, communism, fascism, colonialism, the Great Depression, etc. The geographical focus of the material will vary with the instructor. (3 lecture hours or 2 lecture hours, 1 […]

HIST 1130: Europe Encounters the World: Facing Islam, 8th-15th Century

This course looks at the different forms of contact between Europeans and the rest of the world during the Middle Ages, focusing on conflict and coexistence with Islam. It will consider exchanges between civilizations, whether of an economic, cultural, artistic or spiritual nature. Topics include: Muslim Spain, the Crusades, the Ottoman Empire and Venice.

HIST 1030: Past to Preset: Understanding History

This course is specifically designed for first-semester history majors, to introduce them to the history department, different kinds of historical inquiry, and the basics of historical research. Further, it is designed to create a cohort of the new history majors, both through participating in this class together and by working in small groups.

GRST 2000: Topics in Classical Culture

A thematic examination of a single social historical topic in Greco-Roman antiquity. Topics may vary from year to year. (May be repeated for credit if content changes.)

GRST 1100: Introduction to Greek Civilization

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

ITLN 1020: Intensive Italian for Beginners

This intensive language-training course combined the content of two courses into a single term. Students will obtain credit for two courses. Note: 6 hours of class time per week. (Only for students with no prior knowledge of Italian)

HIST 3030: Schools of Historical Thought

This course is specifically designed to introduce third year history students to a case study in historiography. Each time it is taught, the instructor ‘s specialization will be the theme, and he or she will outline the various historiographical approaches to that theme.

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 vary with the instructor. (3 lecture hours or 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour […]

MUSC 2850: Foundations of Music Learning and Teaching

An introduction to the philosophical, sociological, and historical foundations of teaching music. The nature and value of music education will be examined through discourse and reflective thought, with an emphasis on developing critical thinking skills and building a framework for a personal philosophy of music education. (Prerequisite: enrolment in the B.Mus., B.A. (Music) degrees, or […]

MUSC 2220: Basic Skills I

Intensive drills in ear training, sight singing, dictation, and basic keyboard. (Admission by examination or consent of the instructor.) (Should be taken concurrently with MUSC 1120) (1.50 credit hour course.) 

POLS 1300: Comparitive 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.)

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 1300: Philosophy and Popular Culture

A philosophical inquiry into one or more of the more important contemporary cultural forms and phenomena. Topics may vary and may include popular music, television, virtual reality, sexual roles and stereotypes, or other topics.

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 1120: Philosophy of Human Nature

What is human nature? How do we think of ourselves as human beings? The focus of the course will be theories of human nature that have been put forward in Western philosophy. Some non-Western Philosophical sources may be used.

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 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.)

VSAR 1060: Studio Practice and Ideas/Image

An introduction to the fundamental skills and critical concepts of visual perception and production common to all areas of two-dimensional image making. Basic principles of composition and design, light and pigment-based colour theory, as these apply to painting, photo-based processes, and print production. Their use and application will be explored within the contemporary art context. […]

SWRK 1170: Meeting Human Needs through Social Welfare

This course examines the historical, philosophical and political aspects of the development and delivery of the Canadian social welfare system. Special attention will be focused on ways to identify and assess the needs of, and services to, vulnerable populations within the context of social and cultural diversity.

SWRK 1180: Meeting Human Needs through Social Work

This course examines the ways in which social workers in generalist practice intervene to meet the needs of clients within the Canadian social welfare system. Attention will be paid to the development of an understanding of generalist social work practice within an ecological and systems perspective. This course provides an introduction to social work processes. […]

VABE 1190: Introduction to Architecture I

An Introduction to Architecture is offered to first-year VABE students to create awareness of the profession of architecture. The course looks at: the history of the profession; how architecture is practised; how the profession is changing; current issues with the architectural profession; and ethical concerns facing a practitioner today. The course gives students a broad-based […]

VSAR 1050: Studio Practice and Ideas/Space

An investigation of the principles, vocabulary and concepts of space-based art, including but not limited to sculpture and installation. Using traditional and contemporary materials, processes and practices, students will gain knowledge and experience through the exploration of the creative possibilities of three-dimensional space.

SACR 1100: Foundations of Social Life

This course will introduce students to the key concepts, theories, and methods appropriate to Sociology and Criminology. Focus will be on application of issues important to studying social life using multiple perspectives while exercising the sociological imagination. Topics may include discussion of culture, gender, social stratification, race and ethnicity, family, and crime and deviance.

WORK 1000: Labour and Social Movements in Canadian Society

An interdisciplinary introduction to the study of labour and social movements with an emphasis on understanding current developments and issues and the roles of labour in promoting change in the social, economic, political, and environmental conditions of workers, women, gays and lesbians, minorities, students, and the poor.

WGST 1300: Imagining Women

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 either Social Science or Arts credit.)

VABE 1100: Architectural Design I

An introduction to the fundamental skills and critical concepts of visual perception and production common to all areas of two-dimensional image-making. Basic principles of composition and design, light and pigment-based colour theory, as these apply to painting, photo-based processes, and print production. Their use and application will be will be explored within the contemporary art […]

SPAN 1020: Intensive Spanish for Beginners

This intensive language-training course combines the content of two courses into a single term. Students will obtain credit for two courses. Note: 6 hours of class time per week. (Only for students with no prior knowledge of Spanish.) (Antirequisites: SPAN 1010.)

VSAR 1080: Studio Practice and Ideas/Time Based

An investigation of the principles, vocabulary and concepts of time-based arts including digital media. Students will gain knowledge of the creative possibilities of emerging technologies and will develop a basic understanding of methods, tools and techniques of time-based media.

WORK 1500: Working for a Living

This course uses the students’ own experiences of work to examine the economic, social, and psychological significance of paid and unpaid work in Canadian society, the tasks and values assigned to various kinds of work, and the relationship between work and living standards.

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 […]

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.

FILM 1900: Film Business and Professional Practice I

A study and practice of behavioural skills such as active listening, conflict resolution, running effective meetings, addressing ethics, etc., relevant to the film industry. A team environment will be used as we study interpersonal dynamics as they relate to roles in film production.

ENGL 1002: Writing about Literature

An introduction to analyzing and writing about literary texts, focusing on the major genres (poetry, drama, and narrative prose), the use of literary terms, and frequent writing assignments in practical criticism. (Not available on an audit basis.) (Restricted to majors in English and IAS only.)

FREN 1410: Introduction to Literary Studies

An introduction to the analysis of literary genres: poetry, drama, and prose fiction. (Prerequisite: Grade 12 “U” French or Francais, or equivalent) (Note: FREN 1410 is a prerequisite course for all literature courses in French Studies.)

FREN 1210: French Language Training I

A study of norms and functions of the French verb system, nouns, pronouns, and modifiers. Oral practice, pronunciation and composition. (Prerequisite: Grade 12 “U” French or Francais, or equivalent.) (Antirequisite: any previous 2000-level French language training courses.)

ENGL 1003: Early British Literature

A survey of representative texts to 1750: The Medieval, Renaissance, seventeenth-century and eighteenth-century periods. (Restricted to majors in English and IAS only.) Credit cannot be obtained for both ENGL-1003 and ENGL-2109.

DRAM 1600: Introduction to Drama in Education and Community I

An introduction to the principles, theories and applications of Drama in Education and Community with an emphasis on creativity, storytelling, and the developmental aspects of play. (Restricted to Drama in Education and Community majors or consent of instructor.)

DRAM 1300: Theatre History I

Critical approaches to the main elements of Greek and Roman theatre, medieval western and Asian theatre, Italian, Spanish and English Renaissance Theatre (Open to non-Dramatic Art majors.)

DRAM 1260: Mocement for the Actor I

An introduction to the study and practice of movement for the actor. (Corequisites: DRAM 1200, DRAM 1280.) (Restricted to B.F.A. Acting students only.) (Laboratory hours by arrangement.)

DRAM 1200: Voice for the Actor I

An introduction to the study and practice of voice and speech for the theatre. (Corequisites: DRAM 1260, DRAM 1280) (Restricted to B.F.A. Acting students only.) (Laboratory hours by arrangement.)

DRAM 1170: Drawing for Theatrical Design

Introductory course in the theory and practice of drawing for the theatre with practical, historical and aesthetic aspects. This is a skills development course that involves the exploration of a variety of concepts, techniques and media used for visual expression. Emphasis is placed on observation, spacial relationships and effective visual communication in a two-dimensional format. […]

DRAM 1000: Introduction to Theatre and Performance Studies I

Introduction to the Process of Theatre and Performance Studies. Several of the following topics will be covered: play and performance analysis; genre and style; alternative articulations of performance; theories and process of production design; a survey of technical practices; and communication and collaboration. Introduction to Theatre and Performance Studies is a two-part sequence, required for […]

DISB/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 […]

CMAF 1010: Introduction to Media and Society

An overview of major themes, concepts and issues that inform the field of Canadian communication studies. Topics may include: the political, economic, historical, and cultural contexts of communication; new media; policy issues and concerns; representation; the role of media in the social construction of reality and the broad interaction between media and society. (2 lecture […]

ARSC 1000: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Arts and Science

This course examines how various academic disciplines contribute to integrative understanding. The course examines the history of interdisciplinary studies and different models of integration. Students will develop skills in interdisciplinary research and problem solving, in oral and written communication, and in the synthesis of diverse perspectives. (Open only to students in the I.A.S. program).

AERO 1970: Practicum in Professional Development, Pilot Training

Supervised practicum in professional development in pilot training. Introduction to leadership training, and aviation theory and practice. Includes a three-day leadership training session held just prior to the Fall term. Completion of year one of pilot training plus submission of satisfactory portfolio entries to the supervising instructor required. (Marked on a pass/fail basis. Two-semester course. […]

ANZO 1600: Animals and Humans in Society

This course will explore and consider the different types of relationships between animals and humans in contemporary society from a variety of physical, social, and psychological perspectives. Topics may include companion animals, animal rights and welfare, animals and food and entertainment, human animal violence, and animal-assisted therapy. (Can be taken for either Social Science or […]

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