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Elective Courses

Fall 2020

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Fall 2020 Elective Courses
Course Code Course Name Section Room Number Day Start Time End Time Instructor  
AHSS1020 Human Security & World Disorder 01  

Thursday

6:05 PM 8:45 PM Gil Gaspar click to expandmore info icon
This course examines an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human security. Drawing on resources from psychology, philosophy, history and political science, students examine the policies and procedures used to address security issues in the 20th century and evaluate their applicability in facing future challenges. In this process, students study key concepts in the works of such thinkers as Freud, Nietzsche, Hobbes, Marx, Arendt, Rawls and Bourdieu.
AHSS1040 Currents in 20th Century Global History DE01 Online Distance     Altinkas Evren click to expandmore info icon
This course introduces students to the main currents of twentieth century global history with a particular emphasis on Asia, Africa and Latin America. It focuses on themes of hegemony and resistance; great power imperialism and nationalist resistance; post-colonial struggles against foreign domination; challenges to global economic and political structures; race and gender hierarchies; and technological and environmental movements.
AHSS1120 Intro Psychology: Principles 01   Wednesday 6:05 PM 8:45 PM Peter Papadogiannis click to expandmore info icon
This course provides an introduction to the experimental study of the evolving nature of human and animal behaviour. Particular emphasis is placed on linking the biological, behavioural and cognitive scientific findings that describe the life long processes involved in learning, perception, memory, thinking, consciousness, motivation and emotion.
AHSS1170 Lifespan Development DE01 Online Distance     Michael Mueller click to expandmore info icon
This is an interdisciplinary course drawing on psychology, sociology and human biology in providing an overview of how human development unfolds across the life cycle. It will provide students with repeated opportunities to explore implication and applications for both work and family settings, and for enhancing their own self-understanding. This course will be conducted exclusively over the web and will bring students into close interactive contact with their instructor and with the other students in the class.

Offering(s): Offered through Distance Education format only.

Restriction(s): AHSS*2040, FCSS*2030, FCSS*3100, PSYC*1130 not available to students registered in B.A. Sc.(PSYC) and B.A.Sc.(FCSS)
AHSS1220 Teaching Drama to Children 01   Monday 8:00 AM 10:40 AM Sharon Reid click to expandmore info icon
Beginning with a discussion of what constitutes "drama", the course explores drama as a site of learning for young children. Students evaluate the role of the teacher in working with children at various stages of development, and the materials and organization that are necessary for establishing a successful drama program in the classroom.
AHSS1240 Introduction to Indigenous Studies 01   Wednesday 01:30 PM 04:10 PM Christine Zupo click to expandmore info icon
This course will provide an introduction of human settlement in Canada with an emphasis on the factors (past and current) that affect children, their families and communities. Students will gain an understanding of the traditional perspectives of child development, family structure and parenting roles. Students will gain an insight into the role of children in Indigenous communities and explore current Indigenous community initiatives that maintain and promote cultures and identities.
AHSS1280 Art & Architecture 01   Thursday 11:40 AM 2:20 PM Candace Iron click to expandmore info icon
This course introduces students to the history of art and architecture from the earliest human communities to the present as well as classic and contemporary works from Eastern and Western civilizations, including works which draw on religious, mythological, and political themes. The course offers an introduction to interpreting art and architecture within particular contexts as well as introduction to why selected works are considered to be of universal importance.
AHSS1340 American Sign Language 01   Thursday 5:10 PM 7:50 PM Christopher Welsh click to expandmore info icon
This course introduces students to the foundations of American Sign Language, its grammatical structure, and vocabulary. Students practice the body movements, and hand and facial gestures that comprise the language, with emphasis on everyday communication. Students will learn about the history of signing generally and American Sign Language in particular. The course will also cover Deaf culture and history.
AHSS1370 Food Studies 01   Friday 10:45 AM 1:25 PM Sarah Duni click to expandmore info icon
This interdisciplinary course examines the culture of food in human society through fields that include anthropology, gender studies, religion, and economics. The course begins with foraging societies and moves through to today with the Green Revolution and industrial agriculture. Students will learn how trade and immigration have transferred cuisines around the world, creating fusions of foods from different cultures. As food is key to identity, both communal and personal, students will also have an opportunity to reflect on the role of food in their own lives as it moves from farm to table.
AHSS1380 Happiness and the Good Life 01   Friday 11:40 AM 2:20 PM Andrew Muncaster click to expandmore info icon
This course will look at happiness in our lives in both the short-term and the long-term, with a special concentration on finding purpose and meaning in the human condition. The last two decades have seen an explosion of happiness research, and we will look at the science behind the habits that make happiness possible and see how to put those habits into practice. Students will reflect on those elements that typically nurture a good life: family and friendship, accomplishment and creativity, etc. This interdisciplinary course draws on psychology, economics, literature, and philosophy, among other subjects.
AHSS1390 Cinema of Horror 01   Monday 1:30 PM 4:10 PM Leah Zeidler click to expandmore info icon
This course travels through the history of horror films, from classics to contemporary. Students will explore the cultural aspects of horror movies and why specific films have resonated at specific historical moments. From the psychological to the supernatural, different horror genres are surveyed. Parts of movies will be screened in class and we will study filmmaking as a craft.
AHSS1400 Women in Contemporary Canada DE01 Online Distance     Natalie Evans click to expandmore info icon
Through a historical lens, this course introduces some of the central issues for women in Canada today. We will look at the history of women’s movements and changes in public policy, at triumphs and continuing challenges, from the end of World War II to now. The course examines the shifts in gender roles and expectations, and how these shifts have affected the economy and culture. We will also consider topics such as sexuality, family, gendered violence, and activism. As Canada has become home to landed immigrants, but is founded on Indigenous territories that predate European arrival, there will be a special focus on diverse populations: immigrant and Indigenous.
AHSS1410 Spanish Language & Culture 01   Thursday 3:20 PM 6:00 PM Martha Batiz click to expandmore info icon
This course introduces students to the language and culture of Hispanic societies. Students will learn basic Spanish grammar and vocabulary. Since culture and language are inextricably linked, students will also gain cultural literacy which will include historical, social and economic developments in the Spanish-speaking world.
AHSS1420 French Language & Culture 01   Tuesday 6:05 PM 8:45 PM Eden Hambleton click to expandmore info icon
This course introduces students to the language and culture of Francophone societies. Students will learn basic French grammar and vocabulary. Since culture and language are inextricably linked, students will also gain cultural literacy which will include historical, social and economic developments in the French-speaking world.
AHSS1430 Human Impact on the Environment 01   Monday 3:20 PM 6:00 PM Luana Sciullo click to expandmore info icon
This course provides foundational understanding in the social dimensions of environmental issues and how some of the world’s most pressing environmental issues - climate change, biodiversity loss, water pollution, and so on - have their roots in social structures and human decisions. This course takes an interdisciplinary approach by integrating environmental science and the study of biophysical processes with social science and the study of social institutions, human behaviour, and technological change.
AHSS1440 Linguistics (*New Course) DE01 Online Distance     Rosario Gomez click to expandmore info icon
This course provides an introduction to the discipline of Linguistics. Students will learn the basic concepts and methods used by linguists in the scientific study of human language. While many key aspects will be illustrated using evidence derived primarily from English, we will discuss evidence from a variety of languages in order to better demonstrate the richness of linguistic diversity. Students will become familiar with how linguists approach and analyze language in primary fields of linguistic analysis such as morphology (word structure), syntax (phrases and sentences), semantics (meaning), phonetics (types of sound), and phonology (rules of phonetic processes), and language in society, and writing.
AHSS1450 Emerging Technologies (*New Course) 01   Wednesday 6:05 PM 8:45 PM Akil Annamunthodo click to expandmore info icon
This course explores emerging technologies and the influence future developments will have on the relationship between people and technology. Moreover, it will examine the implications on organizations, industry sectors and societies. Students will be introduced to trending, high-potential technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, smart cities, quantum computing, and the internet of things. In addition to understanding the way these technologies can be applied to their field of study, students will examine challenges related to security, privacy, law and ethics.
AHSS1490 History of India & South Asia (*New Course) 01   Monday 11:40 AM 2:20 PM Jesse Palsetia click to expandmore info icon
Today, approximately one in every four humans lives in South Asia, a region where civilization dates back some nine thousand years. This course explores the history of India and South Asia from the earliest human settlements on the Indian subcontinent to the present day. The course addresses the development of Indian society from tribe to state to civil society and analyzes the political organization and the significant socio-religious movements that emerged in ancient and medieval Indian civilization. In particular, the course stresses the nature of cultural contacts and exchanges, and the development of a composite culture and civilization in the region. The course will also examine European and British imperialism in India; Indian reactions to imperialism; socio-religious movements; the birth of nationalism and the nation-state in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka; civil society and social issues in a developing nation; regionalism; foreign policy; and India's place in the 21st century.
AHSS2000 Creative Writing 01   Wednesday 5:10 PM 7:50 PM Sahar Golshan click to expandmore info icon

In this course, students will have the opportunity to explore and develop their skills in the fundamentals of writing fiction and expand their understanding of writing from a writer’s perspective. Through lectures, readings and in-class exercises, students will learn about aspects of the art of narrative and incorporate crucial elements of storytelling into their own work in order to create original, compelling narrative. Through group workshopping and peer feedback, they will gain insight into the effectiveness of their own writing.

Prerequisite(s):    2.00 credits

AHSS2000 Creative Writing 02   Tuesday 11:40 PM 2:20 PM Eufemia Fantetti click to expandmore info icon

In this course, students will have the opportunity to explore and develop their skills in the fundamentals of writing fiction and expand their understanding of writing from a writer’s perspective. Through lectures, readings and in-class exercises, students will learn about aspects of the art of narrative and incorporate crucial elements of storytelling into their own work in order to create original, compelling narrative. Through group workshopping and peer feedback, they will gain insight into the effectiveness of their own writing.

Prerequisite(s):    2.00 credits

AHSS2100 Propaganda 01   Wednesday 11:40 AM 2:20 PM Jery Chomyn click to expandmore info icon

In this course, students will explore the theme of media as a weapon in war and peace. Through assigned readings, films and group discussions, students will be expected to acquire an understanding of the ethics of media use and manipulation. We will consider the development of media propaganda and how it was used during war and peace from antiquity to the present. Special attention will be paid to World War II. Students will examine and reflect on the historical use of propaganda and the modern application of the same techniques.


Prerequisite(s):    2.00 credits

AHSS2150 City Life 01   Tuesday 12:35 PM 3:15 PM Mark Lede click to expandmore info icon
This course examines how it feels to live in cities as well as how different cities afford different experiences among their citizens. Students are expected to do a comparative analysis of different cities and to reflect on their own experience of the city.
AHSS2210 Classical Mythology DE01 Online Distance     Shane Hubbard click to expandmore info icon
An examination of the nature and function of myth in Classical Antiquity, this course shows how the narrative and symbolic structure of myths orders individual and communal experience. The myths that have influenced Western civilization receive special emphasis.

Offering(s): Offered through Distance Education format only.
AHSS2240 Contemporary Canadian Issues DE01 Online Distance     Gregory Klages click to expandmore info icon
This course is a study of selected issues in modern Canadian history. The subjects investigated such as first nations people, the environment, the state and the family will vary with the expertise of the instructor.

Offering(s): Offered through Distance Education format only.

Prerequisite(s): 5.00 credits
AHSS2260 War and Society DE01 Online Distance     Susan Nance click to expandmore info icon
Concentrating on developments following the introduction of gunpowder, the course will consider the evolution of military strategy and tactics, the impact of technology on warfare, and the relationship between war and civilian populations.

Offering(s):    Offered through Distance Education format only.
AHSS2310 Leadership & Motivation DE02 Online Distance     Mathhew LaGrone click to expandmore info icon
This course presents leadership theories and research findings, teaches students to apply leadership theories and concepts, emphasizes the development of leadership skills, and examines the importance of communication and the communication process. In addition, the major theories of human motivation are studied in order to provide the student insight into the processes that activate human behaviour.

Restriction(s): Not available to students registered in B.A.Sc. (ECS) or B.B.A.
AHSS2320 Religion and Society DE01 Online Distance     Ted Smith click to expandmore info icon
This course surveys the major trends in religious beliefs and practices and their social impact since the Reformation. The focus of the course is on the British Isles and North America with some discussion of developments in Continental Europe.

Offering(s): Offered through Distance Education format only.
AHSS2330 Hockey and Canadian Nation DE01 Online Distance     Jason Wilson click to expandmore info icon
Hockey has had a significant social, economic, political and cultural impact on the Canadian nation. This course will enable students see how the national game has reflected prevailing Canadian attitudes toward many issues including national identity, societal norms and values, war and militarism, masculinity and femininity, professionalism and amateurism, class, race, memory and mythmaking.

Offering(s): Offered through Distance Education format only.
AHSS2350 Immigration and Identity in Canada 01   Tuesday 8:00 AM 10:40 AM Nadine Hunt click to expandmore info icon
This course examines the historical movement of peoples into Canada since the late eighteenth century. Attempting to explore modern Canadian identity and notions of hybrid and hyphenated identity, the course will focus on the arrival and settlement of a range of different nationalities and ethnic groups into Canada.
AHSS2360 Judaism, Christianity & Islam 02   Tuesday 11:40 AM 2:20 PM Danielle LaGrone click to expandmore info icon
This course introduces students to the comparative study of religion in history and the interaction of religion with general social and cultural traits over time. A focus on the cultural roots of these three specific traditions will account for their spread across social and national boundaries. This course will provide students with a deep understanding of the social impact of religion in general and of these religions in particular. The course will also analyze the relations among the three through an examination of the historical roots of areas of co-operation and of conflict.
AHSS2370 Science of Career Success 01   Thursday 8:55 AM 11:35 AM Jonathan Hood click to expandmore info icon

Combining social-science research and practical competencies, this course aims to enhance lifelong student accomplishment by focusing on skills necessary to flourish in a fast-changing, globalized world and economy. Students will cultivate essential employability skills such as teamwork, emotional intelligence, interpersonal communication, and self-marketing, to set short and long-term career and professional goals and develop strategies to achieve them.


Prerequisite(s): 4.00 credits

AHSS2380 Introduction to Education 01   Monday 4:15 PM 6:55 PM Mahwish Choudhry click to expandmore info icon

This course introduces students to the philosophical, historical, scientific, and cultural foundations of education and learning. We will focus on questions around the very idea of education, its historical trajectories, scientific theories of learning, and the diverse manifestations of education and educational theory around the world. This course may include topics such as motivation, pedagogy and access. Students will also have an opportunity to reflect upon their own past, current, and future education.


Prerequisite(s): 4.00 credits

Restriction(s): Not available to students registered in B.A.Sc. (ECS) program.

AHSS2410 Religious Traditions of Asia DE01 Online Distance     Danielle LaGrone click to expandmore info icon
This course introduces students to some of the major religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto) that originated in Asia. Students will study the history, sacred texts, practices, and beliefs of these traditions within the political and cultural contexts of India, Tibet, China, and Japan. The course also considers the cultural influence and philosophical salience of these religions in contemporary North America. Students will also learn the methodology of the academic approach to religion.
AHSS3200 Desire & Discontent 01   Thursday 10:45 AM 1:25 PM John Elias click to expandmore info icon
This interdisciplinary course examines the insights of philosophy, psychoanalysis, and psychology in the attempt to understand the human cycle of desire and discontent. Focusing on experiences of passion, acquisitiveness, success, and their attendant emotions of happiness, despair, guilt, hope, shame, regret and anger, this course examines the role which desire and discontent play in motivating human behaviour and shaping personality.

Prerequisite(s): 5.00 credits
PSYC2180 Psychology of Exercise 01   Wednesday 3:20 PM 6:00 PM Peter Papadogiannis click to expandmore info icon
This course investigates the psychosocial influences and consequences of exercise. Students will examine exercise behaviour, explore intervention approaches aimed at modifying exercise behaviour, and study the impact of exercise on various mental health states such as stress, anxiety, depression, emotional well-being, self-concept/self-esteem, and health-related quality of life.
SCMA2050 The Science of Healthy Living DE01 Online Distance     Andrea Olynyk click to expandmore info icon
This course examines the scientific bases for practices that are consistent with improving, maintaining or enhancing healthy living. Evidence-based population health research is discussed as the mechanism for identifying factors that influence health in population or sub-population groups. The scientific method for developing hypotheses and theories is explored as it relates to recommendations for psychological wellness, healthy eating, active living and healthy weights. The evidence for lifestyle risk factors as contributors to the development of chronic disease is discussed. Assignments evaluate the scientific evidence for popular diets and alternative health care practices.

Restriction(s): KIN*1010