Winter 2023 course options

Courses are first come, first served—there are no waiting lists for courses that are full! We strongly advise you to register in your General Education course as soon as possible. This list of courses does not update when courses are full. When completing your registration you may need to try several courses before you find one that still has room for you to register.


The following courses are: Online / Virtual
Unscheduled / No Scheduled Hours / Asynchronous
3hrs per week (3hr online) | 3 credits each


Please note: Course options are subject to change without notice due to changes in planning. Please double-check course lists prior to completing your registration to ensure specific courses are still offered.

Global Pop Culture

Degree Level: Upper

What discipline examines cars, khakis, non-fat lattes, viral videos and zombie-infested medieval fantasies as correlated events? Popular Culture Studies is the answer, and if the question seems more like a set-up for an old joke, that too falls under the scope of the discipline -- jokes as survivors of folk culture. Our diverse nationalities and backgrounds notwithstanding, we are surrounded by the same products of popular culture, from video games and Reality TV to Twitter, fan-fiction-turned-bestsellers, superhero franchises, and the transient royalty of pop music. We depart from a Starbucks in Country A, and arrive in a far-and-away Starbucks in Country B. In any mall anywhere, we will eventually find the food-court since mall architecture is standard. In addition to the world's six thousand languages, most people speak Smartphone and Facebook fluently. Our goal is to examine twelve such products or phenomena of popular culture as assemblages of distinct lifestyles and spaces, in their aesthetic, economic and ideological relations to commodification, visualisation, technology and entertainment. Ultimately, the study of Popular Culture illuminates the construction of everyday life -- the medium we live in as global citizens.

A Global Slapshot of Hockey Culture

Degree Level: Upper

For over 100 years, Canadians have thought of hockey as "our game." But is it? This course will begin with an examination of hockey's surprisingly complex roots before exploring the growth of the sport in a variety of countries and its link to national identity, including (and especially) our own. From hockey at the grassroots level all the way to the Olympic and World stages, how does the sport serve to define an ever-changing global community?

Reading the Child

Degree Level: Intro

This course offers an introduction to literature written for children and young adults, with a particular focus on the ways in which the stories of one's youth contribute to the construction of both individual and communal identity. Students will analyze texts from a variety of mediums, genres, and cultures. Required readings include picture books, myths and fairy tales, as well as excerpts from longer works (including graphic novels). Students will demonstrate critical appreciation of the meaning, style, theme, and appeal of each selection.


Degree Level: Intro

Want to improve your golf game? Make your car drive faster and be more fuel efficient? Want the colour of your clothes to be more vibrant? Due to the advancements in nanotechnology all of this can now be achieved. Nanomaterials have unique chemical and physical properties that can be utilized to make things lighter, faster, and more durable. This course will introduce different nanomaterials and discuss the difference between nanosize and bulk objects. This course will also illustrate the advancements over the past few centuries in nanotechnology and explore their current and potential applications. discrimination.


Degree Level: Upper

What is anarchism? Often misrepresented as being equated with chaos, vandalism and terror, anarchism instead is a political philosophy with a particular view of human nature and particular visions around political, economic, and social organization. It began in the 19th century in response to slavery, authoritarianism and capital exploitation, and has over its history had supporters around the world. Direct expressions of anarchist ideas have re-emerged in recent years, through the sharing economy, the Occupy movement, popular culture depictions (e.g. Mr. Robot, Rage Against the Machine), and the development of cryptocurrencies. Today, anarchism is often focused on corporate capitalism, environmental sustainability, indigenous rights, and sexual freedom. This course will explore the diversity of anarchist ideas, anarchist critiques of political power and hierarchy, and review concrete examples of anarchism in practice.

Miskâsowin and ethics

Degree Level: Intro

Framed within the Truth and Reconciliation process underway in Canada, this course utilizes the Cree concept of Miskâsowin to convey the responsibility one has to understand oneself in relation to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples. The interconnectedness of the truth of Indigenous people's experiences and the call for creating ethical relationships through Miskâsowin are integral to this course. Concepts of equity (inequity), justice (injustice), and intent vs impact as they relate to the determinants of well-being are discussed within Indigenous understandings of wholism, interconnectedness, and relationships. Relevance of Miskâsowin to accountability and responsibility offer a pathway of reciprocity in relationships with all one’s relations.