Elective Courses

Winter 2017

Click on a course to view its description.

Course Code Course Name Section Room Number Day Start Time End Time Instructor  
AHSS 1020 Human Security & World Disorder 01 126 Tuesday 6:05 PM 8:45 PM Gil Gaspar more 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.
AHSS 1040 Currents in 20th Century Global History DE Online       Neville Panthaki more 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.
AHSS 1100 The Examined Life 01 121 Wednesday 11:40 AM 2:20 PM Karun Pathak more info icon
Students are introduced to the art of philosophical reasoning and reflection through a diverse selection of writing drawn from philosophy, religion, art, science and meditation. Students explore their intellectual legacy to find their own unique perspectives. The course encourages students to appreciate the connections between philosophy and other modes of intellectual inquiry.
AHSS 1110 Introduction Psychology: Dynamics 01 122 Tuesday 6:05 PM 8:45 PM Peter Papadogiannis more info icon
Students are introduced to the discipline of psychology’s basic concepts, theories, research methods, and practices in four sub-areas --Developmental, Personality, Abnormal, and Social Psychology. Psychology developed as a social and behavioural science, as well as a profession. Its research findings are applicable in such contexts as education, early childhood settings, social work, the justice system, and the work place.
AHSS 1170 Lifespan Development (Distance) DE Online       Michael Mueller more 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, PSYC*1130, not available to students registered in B.A. Sc.(PSYC).
AHSS 1220 Teaching Drama to Children 01 225 Monday 8:00 AM 10:40 AM Sharon Ried more 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.
AHSS 1230 Introduction to Classical Culture DE Online       John Walsh more info icon
This course offers a wide-ranging look at essential features of Greek and of Roman culture and society. Considerable emphasis will be given to the classical views of the human condition.
AHSS 1250 Critical Thinking 01 324 Monday 8:00 AM 10:40 AM Imola Ilyes more info icon
In this course, students will be challenged to think about thinking and to recognize faulty reasoning and to support reliable conclusions in their own arguments.
AHSS 1260 Modern & Contemporary Philosophy 03 124 Tuesday 8:00 AM 10:40 AM Jonathan Salem-Wiseman more info icon
Philosophy can be defined as the "love of wisdom." More specifically, philosophy is the rational and critical inquiry into the fundamental questions of human existence: Does life have a meaning or is it simply absurd? Does God exist or is belief in God merely a myth? In this course, we will take a historical approach to the central issues of philosophy by examining such questions as: What is the nature of reality (metaphysics)? What can we know (epistemology)? Do good and evil exist (ethics)? What is beauty (aesthetics)? Through the investigation of these timeless questions, we will participate in "the great conversation" that has shaped the world in which we live. This course continues the historical approach to the central problems of philosophy. Students will study the modern and more contemporary philosophers who have influenced our understanding of modernity. Beginning with Descartes, the Utilitarians will be studied. The course will also examine Nietzsche’s critique of conventional morality and rationalistic philosophy.
AHSS 1280 Art & Architecture 01 124 Tuesday 1:40 PM 4:10 PM Wendy O'Brien more 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.
AHSS 1300 Sociology of the Everyday 01 122 Friday 2:25 PM 5:05 PM Mark Lede more info icon
This course investigates the social practices through which common-sense understandings are woven into the fabric of daily life. Drawing on sociological theories of everyday life as well as social and philosophical inquiries into the character of the body, time, space, work, death and intimacy, students reflect upon how they as social actors constitute the world and establish its order and sensibility through routine and ongoing practices that are otherwise taken for granted.
AHSS 1350 Intercultural Communication 01 126 Thursday 9:50 AM 12:30 PM Nitin Deckha more info icon
This course introduces the foundational theoretical frameworks of intercultural communication studies. Students will discover, explore, and analyze cultural values and their function in order to develop essential tools to communicate and behave effectively and appropriately in intercultural situations and to see themselves as cultural beings. Theoretical models and case studies will be used to assist students in the development of their understanding and appreciation of the multifaceted nature of intercultural situations.
AHSS 1410 Spanish Language & Culture 01 126 Monday 4:15 PM 6:55 PM Lee L'Clerc more 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. Offering(s): Also offered through Distance Education format.
AHSS 1420 French Language & Culture 01 324 Monday 4:15 PM 6:55 PM Evguenia Timoshenk more 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. Offering(s): Also offered through Distance Education format.
AHSS 2140 Money Markets & Democracy DE Online       Arthur Younger more info icon
This course provides an introduction to the currency, bond, and equity markets and poses the question: do these markets, on balance, negatively or positively influence the social structure, economy, and politics of nations? Students are expected to explore are evaluate whether the capital markets in their current form, serve the public interest.
AHSS 2150 City Life 01 124 Thursday 2:25 PM 5:05 PM Mark Lede more 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.
AHSS 2160 Scientific Achievements/20th Century 01 124 Tuesday 4:15 PM 6:55 PM Ian Slater more info icon
Throughout the 20th century, our previous scientific understanding was supplemented by the integrative approaches of ecology, systems and complexity theory. These breakthroughs in our knowledge are explored in a manner accessible and interesting to all students, even those with minimal scientific backgrounds. Emphasis is placed on a descriptive and numerical understanding of the themes and their implications to thought, society, and our daily lives, rather than developing specific science skills.
AHSS 2210 Classical Mythology DE Online       John Walsh more 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.
AHSS 2220 Canada: A Regional Synthesis 01 126 Wednesday 8:55 AM 11:35 AM Ewa Dabrowska more info icon
This course is designed to provide a better understanding of the nature and basis of Canadian regionalism. The first section of the course stresses the biophysical base and the inequality of the natural resource endowment. The historical geographic approach and the systematic overviews of contemporary Canada stress respectively the development and nature of the Canadian space-economy. The final section on regions, regionalism and nationalism provides an overview of the heartland-hinterland dichotomy and centrifugal and centripetal forces operative in the nation.
AHSS 2240 Contemporary Canadian Issues DE Online       Gregory Klages more 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. Prerequisite(s): 5.00 credits
AHSS 2250 Politics: An Introduction 01 126 Tuesday 3:20 PM 6:00 PM Tina Virmani more info icon
This course is an introductory exploration of the forces determining the conduct of governments. After outlining the essence of government and the sources of its authority, the course examines the different forms of government. Also analyzed are the factors shaping public policy, such as interest groups, political parties, media, elections, and the courts. In this course, students will also consider the military, political, and economic facets of international relations. Prerequisite(s): 2.50 credits
AHSS 2260 War & Society DE Online       Susan Nance more 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.
AHSS 2280 Popular Music 01 122 Wednesday 6:05 PM 8:45 PM Shannon Carter more info icon
Popular music is an important mode of cultural expression world wide. This course is primarily concerned with popular music in the United States and Britain. Issues such as the relation of popular music to race, class and gender will be addressed, in addition to considerations of the impact of technological change on the transmission of popular music. Students need not have formal training in music to take the course.
AHSS 2310 Leadership and Motiviation 01 324 Tuesday 1:30 PM 4:10 PM Daniel Yepes-Velez more 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. (EDS) or B.B.A.
AHSS 2320 Religion & Society DE Online       Ted Smith more 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.
AHSS 2330 Hockey and Canadian Nation DE Online       Jason Wilson more 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.
AHSS 2350 Immigration and Identity in Canada 01 124 Monday 5:10 PM 7:50 PM Nadine Hunt more 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.
AHSS 2360 Judaism, Christianity & Islam 01 420 Thursday 10:45 AM 1:25 PM Matthew LeGrone more 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.
AHSS 2410 Religious Traditions of Asia DE Online       Matthew LaGrone more 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.
AHSS 2450 Europe from the Renaissance to the Present 01 122 Thursday 10:45 AM 1:25 PM Kevin James more info icon
This course presents a broad survey of European history from the 15th century to today, beginning with the Renaissance through the creation of the modern nation-state to the present. It focuses on seminal events such as the Industrial and French Revolutions, World Wars I and II, and the creation of the European Union. Additionally, the course introduces students to some of the key modern political ideologies that originated in Europe but have had lasting consequences for the entire world. Students will also study influential European cultural and intellectual traditions. Prerequisite(s): 2.00 credits
AHSS 3200 Desire & Discontent 01 126 Monday 8:00 AM 10:40 AM John Elias more 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
AHSS 3210 Betrayal & Contemporary Fiction 01 324 Wednesday 4:15 PM 6:55 PM Mel Solman more info icon
This course examines the representation of betrayal in selected contemporary novels and short stories. Students study not only themes of betrayal in fiction but also examine, through additional readings in literary criticism, how betrayal is also a characteristic and device of contemporary narrative form. Prerequisite(s): 5.00 credits
AHSS 3230 Trends In Gender Issues 01 324 Tuesday 10:45 AM 1:25 PM Lisa Boucher more info icon
This interdisciplinary course explores contemporary issues and theoretical approaches concerning women and gender. Through an examination of popular cultural, literary and academic sources, this course will acquaint students with the main current trends in women's studies. The philosophical tensions concerning gender equality and difference, "Third World" feminism, "Black" feminism, rights-based feminism, and post-modernism provide context for consideration of specific issues such as violence against women, prostitution, and reproductive rights. Prerequisite(s): 5.00 credits.
SCMA 1050 Astronomy: Discovering Our Place in the Universe 01 411 Friday 8:00 AM 10:40 AM Mauricio Argote-Cortes more info icon
Using both historical and contemporary data, students examine the planets, the life cycle of stars, the nature of galaxies, and the origin and future of the cosmos. An understanding of the scientific process, from raw data to the formulation of physical laws, provides an underlying thread to the course. Students describe and explain the evolution of astronomical knowledge, and apply their understanding through direct observation.
SCMA 1090 Foundations of Social Science 01 121 Monday 3:20 PM 6:00 PM Robert Kotoviets more info icon
This course introduces students to the philosophical and historical foundations of the social sciences. Through class discussions and lectures students will be encouraged to question and analyze the "taken for granted" elements basic to the development of the social sciences. The theses of the course are that "social science" is one of many ways of "making sense" of our experience and that this "sense making" exercise must be based upon an understanding and integration of theories in all of the social sciences.
SCMA 2050 The Science of Healthy Living DE Online       Andrea Olynyk more 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): Not an elective for Kinesiology students.