Winter 2023 Courses

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.

 

How to register


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.

 

Band 1 - Thursdays 10:00am-12:00pm  - Diploma Band 1 (+1hr unscheduled online)

Location: 1001 Fanshawe College Blvd. London, Ontario

ENGL-1047-60P
Children's Literature Intro

This course offers an introduction to literature for children from toddlers to young adults, including traditional classics and modern favourites. Required readings will include picture books, nursery rhymes, fairy tales, and excerpts from longer works. The focus will be on the critical appreciation of the meaning, theme, style, and appeal of each selection. The course will end in a culminating final project; please note there is no final exam.

FILM-1023-60P
Bollywood to Hollywood

This course will examine the emergence of Bollywood as a global phenomenon. Throughout the term, we will watch some of the most iconic Bollywood and Hollywood films of the last 20 years and explore their cultural intersections. In particular, the course will focus on the impact of globalization on these films and consider the increasing crossover appeal of Bollywood stars.

INDS-1081-60P
Personal Wellness

This course introduces students to the concept of wellness. Students develop strategies for a healthy lifestyle in all aspect of their lives. Through traditional lectures and learning activities, they learn through both individual and group processes. They investigate wellness as it applies to mindfulness, self-responsibility, social/emotional development, stress-management, physical activity, spirituality, substance abuse, nutrition, and complementary health. This course provides the opportunity for students to evaluate their present lifestyle, identify successes, and develop areas requiring personal growth.

INDS-1095-60P
History of Rock & Roll: 70's/80's/90's

This course examines the social, cultural, and musical history of rock and roll in the 70's, 80's, and early 90's. It examines the fragmentation of rock and roll which took place in the 70's and 80's when rock no longer dominated the pop charts. It also examines in detail how punk affected the evolution of rock and roll.

PHIL-1024-60P
Searching for Reality

What exists, and how can we know it? Metaphysics and epistemology are the two branches of philosophy devoted to asking these questions, and this course is a historical examination of these two areas in Western philosophy. Each historical era will be viewed through the lens of a guiding question that frames metaphysical and epistemological investigation. Along the way we will discuss classical philosophical issues such as free will, the existence of God, the nature of consciousness, and the limits of science.

PSYC-1126-60P
The Psychology of Social Intelligence

Do you think you're socially intelligent? This course will help you better understand what social intelligence is, and how to apply it in your life. We will examine the components of social intelligence, including empathy and social cognition. We will discuss relevant processes in the nervous system, as well as developmental factors associated with social intelligence. We will also explore emotional intelligence, interpersonal skills, and conflict management. This course will examine why some people experience difficulties with social interaction, including people with severe social anxiety and antisocial personality disorder. Last, we will examine how social intelligence is affected by technology, and how it is relevant to human health and well-being. This course will provide students with an overall understanding of social intelligence, and how it is relevant to their programs of study and future professions.

Band 2 - Wednesdays 1:00pm-3:00pm  - Diploma Band 2 (+1hr unscheduled online)

Location: 1001 Fanshawe College Blvd. London, Ontario

ENVR-1038-60PT
Climate Change, Adaptation & Innovation

To mitigate the impacts of the climate crisis, we must minimize the human activities driving climate change and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. Communities must also implement resilient strategies to adapt to the changing climate and impacts already being felt around the world. Covering emerging, innovative solutions in energy, food, agriculture, land use, industry, transportation, buildings, carbon sinks, health, and education, this course invites students to explore creative responses to address climate change and its impacts locally and beyond. All of humanity is predicted to be impacted by climate change, albeit not equally. In this course, students will be encouraged to explore why climate change disproportionally impacts vulnerable communities and how multiple intersecting identity factors influence how individuals are affected by the changing climate. While we have faced, and will continue to face, many challenges to mitigate and adapt to the changing climate, our successes will not only benefit the planet, but our society and economy as well.

HIST-1054-60PT
The History of Medicine

This course offers a survey of the history of medicine from antiquity to the present day and introduces students to the most significant characters and cases in medical history. Students will gain an understanding of the social, economic, and political impact of outbreaks such as the plague, small pox, and AIDS as well as significant medical advancements in the conceptualization of disease, health, and medical care. Topics include: Greek, Roman, and Renaissance medicine, the development of anatomy and psychiatry, and modern epidemics.

INDG-3004-60PT
Contemporary Knowledge

By examining current realities that are defining the evolution of Indigenous Knowledge, students will gain a foundational capacity for participating in the future growth of this knowledge. Beginning with some of the original agreements that local Indigenous groups made with Europeans, to present-day decisions affecting urban and rural Indigenous populations, students will gain the ability to navigate current power structures. Major themes include: identity development within the constructs of European legislation, efforts for language revitalization, responsibility for environmental protection, local band council operations and the ethics of preserving Indigenous knowledge. Students will engage directly with local Indigenous decision-makers, Elders, and knowledgeable guest speakers and be encouraged to determine ways for appropriately managing resolutions. Please note that this course incorporates mandatory experiential learning activities. Students will be required to participate in activities that occur outside of the regularly scheduled lecture hours and/or on weekends. This applies to in-class sections of this course only.

INDS-1060-60PT
Robots, Cyborgs & Androids in Fiction

From early notions of clockwork humans to contemporary concerns about the possibilities of cloning and artificial intelligence, the idea of mechanically enhanced or replicated human beings has continually challenged the ways we think about what it means to be human. This course looks at how our hopes and fears of technologically reproducing and enhancing humans have been explored in fiction-short stories, films, and a play-from the 19th century to the present.

INDS-1126-60PT
From Slavery to Freedom: An Intro to Black Studies

Want to know more about the history, culture, key figures and leaders, and major struggles of the black experience in North America? Can you see the overt oppression of the black subject that started 400 years ago still operating covertly today? How does popular culture (sports, music, film) combat or, more troublingly, reinforce the oppression of the black person? This introductory course will explore key moments in black studies including the slave trade, the middle passage, the black military experience, the civil rights and black power movements, the blues, jazz, and hip-hop, blaxploitation, and the black is beautiful movement. Throughout the semester you will discover if you are simply not-racist or are actively anti-racist, whether you believe in Martin Luther King's non-violence or Malcolm X's militant resistance, and whether the cycle of oppression has begun to be resolved or if we are simply seeing a disturbing continuation of that oppression, a move from the plantation to the penitentiary.

PSYC-1047-60PT
Human Sexuality

This course will introduce students to human sexuality with a focus on practical information for everyday living. The course will include a broad knowledge base about sexuality by exploring the biological, social, psychological and historical aspects. The course will encourage an understanding of the various influences on the development of ones sexual knowledge, attitudes, relationships and behaviours.

Band 3 - Mondays 1:00pm-3:00pm  - Diploma Band 3 (+1hr unscheduled online)

Location: 1001 Fanshawe College Blvd. London, Ontario

ENGL-1063-60PT
Themes in Science Fiction & Fantasy

This course introduces students to the tropes and conventions of science fiction and fantasy, exploring such themes as "progress," Otherness, the ethics of bioengineering, the conflict between good and evil, fate and free will, and the quest. Students will explore the history of the two genres, including various subgenres such as first contact stories, cyberpunk, dystopian literature, portal fantasy, high and low fantasy, and urban fantasy.

FILM-1020-60PT
Film Genres: Intro

This course is designed to develop a critical approach to the medium of film by looking specifically at the genres that have developed over the 20th Century; to examine individual creative expression in the films of important directors from Hollywood, with emphasis on cinematic history and theory; to develop the ability to identify technical aspects of film and to discern mediocre and excellent use of film making technique.

HIST-1051-60PT
Modern History: 1945-Present

This course surveys the significant political, economic, cultural, and diplomatic developments that define the modern period, from 1945 to the present day. While maintaining a predominantly North American perspective, this course introduces students to the major world events that define the latter half of the twentieth century.

INDS-1058-60PT
Foodonomics: Starving for the Truth

How can we have an epidemic of obesity when most of the world is starving? How can the very thing that's supposed to bring us strength and longevity make us ill? The answer is simple: Food is big business. In this course we discuss foodonomics or the business of food. We examine what we really know about the food we eat, the way food defines cultures and traditions, the plight of the local farmer, and controversies such as bioengineered and drug crops. We also discuss the validity of the organic and buy local movements, the positive and negative effects of globalization, and how and why our food is making us sick. Finally, we examine the true power of agriculture and why some are starved while others are stuffed.

INDS-1111-60PT
Weeding Through Cannabis in Canada

Since its legalization on October 17th 2018, there has been a great deal of public interest in recreational & medicinal cannabis use. After decades of prohibition, there are many questions that need to be answered: What are the benefits of cannabis use? The risks? Why was it illegal in the first place? Although cannabis has been used by humans for thousands of years, it feels like we are just beginning to understand its effects. This introductory course surveys the history and culture of cannabis production and prohibition, through current understandings of its medical, sociocultural, psychological, and spiritual aspects.

PSYC-1124-60PT
The Dark History of Psychology

This course explores the dark side of the history of psychology, while focusing on some of the roles psychology and psychiatry have played in the oppression of certain groups. Through a variety of teaching methods, students will learn about lobotomies, inhumane experiments, deplorable conditions of Victorian asylums and other macabre phenomena to develop a general knowledge base about psychological theories, diagnoses, and treatments that have at times been harmful or even horrific. Through a critical lens, this course will encourage an understanding of the various influences on psychological theory and practice throughout the field's sometimes grisly history.

Band 4 - Tuesdays 4:00pm-6:00pm  - Diploma Band 4 (+1hr unscheduled online)

Location: 1001 Fanshawe College Blvd. London, Ontario

ENGL-1064-60PT
Rebels, Misfits & Criminals

From Shakespeare's Richard III to the cult hit The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, rebels of all kinds have inspired our imaginations. This course examines representations of the rebel, misfit, and criminal in literature and film ranging from poetry of the Beat Generation, to the Civil Rights speeches of Malcolm X, to the music lyrics of Bob Dylan. Themes of the rebel and criminal as romantic outlaw and/or social innovator are explored, drawing on traditions of psychoanalysis, sociological deviance theories, and cultural criticism.

INDS-1033-60PT
Video Game Theory

This course will analyze the cultural and artistic significance of video games, and also the ways gaming reflects our larger relationships with technology. This course aims to discuss the relationship between video games and other media; gamers and the gaming community; and the important sociological, cultural, industrial, and economic issues that surround gaming.
Note: Students in the Video Game Design and Development program (VGD) or Animation (ANI) cannot take this course as their General Education elective.

POLI-1022-60PT
Rights & Freedoms

Freedom of speech; freedom of religion; freedom from discrimination. Where do those rights come from? And what happens when your freedoms begin to restrict mine? This course will investigate the important role that constitutions play in democratic society. Current examples will be explored to study how laws can be made, changed, and struck down by the courts.

PSYC-1055-60PT
Positive Psychology

This course explores the nature of well-being, happiness and the good life. Course content includes a sampling of psychological theories, research and measures of personal strengths that impact well-being. We will examine ways to enhance appreciation of life through mindfulness, gratitude, creativity and flow and apply these experiences in a personal way. Students in this course should expect to learn and participate in personal gratitude and growth, prosocial behaviours and savouring experiences.

SOCI-1073-60PT
Building Sustainable Societies

The world's population has recently surpassed seven billion, and communities worldwide are facing numerous social, environmental, and economic problems. While gloomy headlines dominate environmental news, there are solutions. Building sustainable societies looks at current problems like urban sprawl, pollution, climate change, and suggests ways to reverse unsustainable trends. From growing food and gardens to developing more efficient transportation, to reducing waste and developing green buildings, sustainable societies move beyond diagnosing the problems to finding solutions. A key part of the course is to give students the insight and confidence to encourage sustainability in their own lives and communities.

Band 5 - Fridays 12:00pm-2:00pm  - Diploma Band 5 (+1hr unscheduled online)

Location: 1001 Fanshawe College Blvd. London, Ontario

ANTH-1005-60PT
The Story of Us

Where did humans come from? What is our relationship with the rest of the animal world? How did we become a species that walks upright, and has an unusually large brain? Why are we so diverse today? These are the sorts of questions asked by physical anthropologists, as they seek to understand 'what it means to be human'. This course will introduce this discipline, and assist students in gaining an understanding of: human inheritance; an appreciation of human diversity; primatology; the origins of humanity; and the development of early human culture.

ENGL-1058-60PT
Short, Short Fiction

Think you don't have time to read for pleasure? Think again! This course examines short, short stories that are under 1000 words, yet still manage to pack in complex plots, characters, narrators, settings, themes, and language. Short short fiction is both quick and easy to read and requires an enormous amount of skill. In this class we will explore how to create successful short short fiction and evaluate stories based on common elements. Students will also have the chance to write their very own short short story.

FILM-1007-60PT
Hollywood: The Viewer's Perspective

This course explores film from an audience perspective by analyzing both how and why our culture watches movies. The course examines the Hollywood formula and its appealing offer of comfort, closure, and familiarity to viewers. In addition, the degree to which cinematic rules can be bent and/or broken before an audience loses interest is a primary focus of the course. Focusing on four categories of film theory - Character Identification, the Male Gaze, Narrative, and Historical Context- this course examines the way mainstream film has influenced patterns of spectatorship, and promotes critical analysis of contemporary media.

PSYC-1067-60PT
A Culture of Addictions

As an introductory and interdisciplinary survey of the role of addiction in human cultures, this course is designed to expose students to how narcotic as well as non-narcotic-related addiction manifest themselves within various individual and institutional practices. In particular, students will explore the major biological, psychological and social/cultural theories applied to addiction. Focus is given to the nature of drug use, conceptions of 'the addict,' how drugs impact the brain, the impact on family, and consequences for changing social drug behaviors. This course also explores current theoretical and practical treatment approaches and education and prevention strategies. Emphasis will be given to special issues and hot topics in drug addiction, including youth, women, media portrayal of drug use and current debates on the war on drugs. Finally, understanding common perspectives on treatment and prevention strategies related to drug dependence and education will be studied.

PSYC-1122-60PT
Psychology of a Liar

In this course, we discuss the many ways we deceive others, the reasons we choose to tell lies, the benefits and consequences of our deceptive acts, and the behaviours that reveal our deceptions. We examine why some people are better liars than others, the morality of lying, and how we define the truth. Finally, we debate the role of deception and whether it is a necessary part of our lives.

Band 6 - Wednesdays 11:00am-1:00pm  - Diploma Band 6 (+1hr unscheduled online)

Location: 1001 Fanshawe College Blvd. London, Ontario

HIST-1037-60PT
A History of the World in 15 Machines

This course examines the history of technology by surveying some of the most significant inventions in human history. Students learn not only about the machines themselves, but also about the inventors responsible for their creation. Topics include the invention of the printing press, telescope, plow, cotton gin, automobile, and computer. By placing these inventions in their historical contexts, students gain an understanding of the social, economic, and political impact of each invention.

INDG-1012-60PT
Minobiimaadzawin: Good Life

Minobiimaadzawin (Good Life) is a goal that all people seek throughout their lives. Prior to contact, this concept was taught from the onset of life and was an important aspect of indigenous culture. In this course, students will learn directly from North American (NA) Original Peoples instructors regarding life practices exploring the many methods of self-care. There will be experiential learning opportunities that will enhance student understanding of well-being along with contemporary methods of well-being to balance their learning experience. These learning experiences will take place within the contemporary learning setting as well as in a natural environment. Students will learn how the NA Original People's way of learning took place throughout their lives and how it relates to all four components of their self: spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical well-being.

INDS-1040-60PT
Conspiracy Theories

This course explores the psychological and historical circumstances that have helped popularize conspiracy theories. Through an analysis of issues like the "fake" moon landing, "flat earth," 9/11 Truth, as well as various other conspiracies (some not-so-crazy, some very outlandish!), our course develops a philosophy of clear, rational thinking and then applies it to our contemporary world, asking difficult questions about how to explain, justify, and rationalize the stories we believe. Above all else, this course is about engaging intelligently, logically, and skeptically with stories presented to us, and it does so by teaching strategies for living skeptically with both the world and, more importantly, with ourselves.

POLI-1024-60PT
American Politics

This course will provide an introduction to the American political system. Beginning that helped transform America into the global superpower it is today. Topics of study include elections, foreign policy, and the bill of rights. Special attention will be given to contemporary political issues and conflicts.

 

PSYC-1094-60PT
Bring Your A Game: Psychology of Sport

Have you ever wondered why the USA Olympic hockey team was more upset when they received a silver medal than the team who won the bronze? How do athletes maximize performance potential and what are the unwritten rules of retaliation and fighting in sport? This course delves into the principles of psychology that drive emotion, motivation, expectation, self-worth, and relationships of athletes and explores the different aspects of Sport Psychology.

SOCI-1083-60PT
Women & Violence

Women and Violence will explore the understandings, forms and impacts of violence against women in a Canadian context. This course will provide an overview of both the theory and practice of anti-violence work and the controversies and debates - among both scholars and practitioners - that continue to surround this issue. Some of the themes covered in this course include: prevalence, forms, and understandings of violence against women; the intersectionality of gender, race, class and sexuality; the role of media; masculinities and violence; and politico-legal and socio-cultural approaches to address violence against women.

Airport Campus - Tuesdays 8:00am-10:00am  - Diploma Airport (+1hr unscheduled online)

Location: 1000 Air Ontario Dr. London, Ontario

FILM-1004-60PT
Film Genres-Epic Films

This course is designed to develop a critical approach to the medium of film and epic films, to examine individual creative expression in the films of important directors within the genre, to develop the ability to identify technical aspects of film, and to discern mediocre and excellent use of filmmaking technique. Students will be required to watch one weekly film outside of class hours. Evaluation will be based on in-class quizzes as well as two essays and a final test. Some of the films which we will study include Collateral, Gladiator, Dances with Wolves, and Marvel's The Avengers.

INDS-1124-60PT
The Secret History of Aliens & UFO

It has been over seventy years since U.S. pilot Kenneth Arnold encountered what he described as a string of nine shiny unidentified flying objects flying past Mount Rainier in Washington State, at speeds exceeding 1,930 km/h. Subsequent to the sighting, the press of his day called these unidentified flying objects 'flying saucers.' In response, the general public became captivated with the idea, setting off a wave of reported UFO and extraterrestrial encounters that have persisted up until the present and its recent promises of Governmental Disclosure. Since those early day in the late 1940s, aliens have burned a deep imprint into the collective psyche of our culture at large. This course will examine the forgotten historical and cultural precursors to the phenomenon, the history of its more popular elements, and the many more obscure and repressed beliefs and aspects of the wider genre that remain unknown to the larger public.

Downtown Campus - Thursdays 11:00am - 1:00pm  - Diploma Downtown (+1hr unscheduled online)

Location: ### Dundas St. London, Ontario

ENGL-1047-61PT
Children's Literature Intro

This course offers an introduction to literature for children from toddlers to young adults, including traditional classics and modern favourites. Required readings will include picture books, nursery rhymes, fairy tales, and excerpts from longer works. The focus will be on the critical appreciation of the meaning, theme, style, and appeal of each selection. The course will end in a culminating final project; please note there is no final exam.

INDS-1022-60PT
Global Citizenship

This course will help students understand the interconnectivity of global and local issues. An interdisciplinary and thematic approach will introduce students to the roles, responsibilities, and impact that individuals can have within their local, national, and international communities. The course will define 'citizenship' and 'global citizenship', as well as use ethical reasoning as a mechanism for analyzing thematic topics. We will examine topics such as health, race/diversity, nationalism, wealth and poverty, technology, migration, global economics, conflict and the environment. Finally, the course will conclude with a discussion of areas of action for global citizens, including work, study and travel.

INDS-1082-60PT
Science of Music

This course explores some of the ways in which our understanding of music has been shaped through science, from research into how humans perceive musical sound to how our perception of music has changed alongside technological developments. Musical examples will be used to illustrate the connections between science and music. No prior background in music or ability to read music is required.

INDS-1094-60PT
Popular Culture

This course explores a variety of themes found in the discourse of popular culture, critical theory, and visual communication such as the role of consumer society and the corporation, the cultural influence of T.V. and film, the creation of mythic characters, the politics of advertising, the construction of identity, the advent of cyber-cultures and technology, and the power of visual imagery. In addition, students learn to analyze and evaluate representations of race, gender, class and sexuality across various cultural mediums. The course uses articles, essays, book excerpts, and other media, which deal with current issues, ideas, and trends relating to contemporary culture.

Online - All - Asynchronous & Unscheduled (3hr unscheduled online)

ANTH-1010-40PT
The Human Condition

People are fascinating! It is the goal of cultural anthropologists to increase our understanding of humanity, especially the diversity and complexity of human life and cultures. This course introduces students to the study and research methods of cultural anthropology. Students will study small-scale, prestate societies, including bands and tribes. Examining the consequences of globalization for the inhabitants of the underdeveloped world will comprise a significant portion of this course. Students will investigate how anthropological principles and knowledge can be applied towards the solution of global problems.

ENGL-1030-40PT
Mystery & Suspense

This course surveys the development of the mystery and suspense genre through a variety of short stories, television episodes, and films. We focus on historical context, characteristics and dominant themes of popular mystery and suspense genres from the late 19th century to modern day in exploring the enduring appeal of this genre. In addition to completing quizzes, students will also engage in creative assignments and write analytically about some of the texts in this course.

ENGL-1067-40PT
Murder & Mayhem

From Shakespeare's Macbeth and Poe's Tell-Tale Heart to Natural Born Killers, American Psycho, and The Dark Knight, literature and film have frequently explored the notion of the dark side or primitive instincts within us all. Often satirical, occasionally literal, such artistic expressions of our baser natures seem to hold universal appeal. The works studied in this course feature either a crazed killer or an innocent person drawn into a world of mayhem by the madness of society. We will discuss questions like, what circumstances or events lead human beings to abandon the conventional rules of civilization and to follow a more twisted path and how is art particularly well suited to reveal the psychology of misbehaviour?

ENVR-1038-40PT
Climate Change, Adaptation & Innovation

To mitigate the impacts of the climate crisis, we must minimize the human activities driving climate change and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. Communities must also implement resilient strategies to adapt to the changing climate and impacts already being felt around the world. Covering emerging, innovative solutions in energy, food, agriculture, land use, industry, transportation, buildings, carbon sinks, health, and education, this course invites students to explore creative responses to address climate change and its impacts locally and beyond. All of humanity is predicted to be impacted by climate change, albeit not equally. In this course, students will be encouraged to explore why climate change disproportionally impacts vulnerable communities and how multiple intersecting identity factors influence how individuals are affected by the changing climate. While we have faced, and will continue to face, many challenges to mitigate and adapt to the changing climate, our successes will not only benefit the planet, but our society and economy as well.

FILM-1003-40PT
Film Genres - War

This is a course for movie lovers who want to study the various depictions of war on the silver screen. An analysis of different filmmaking techniques will show how audience interpretation is shaped by a director. We will also study the ways in which real life history can be rewritten by Hollywood. Students will be required to watch one weekly film outside of class hours. Some of the films which we will study are Inglourious Basterds, The Hurt Locker, The Dark Knight, and Braveheart.

GEOG-1007-40PT
Environmental Geography-Intro

This geography and sustainability course is designed to offer students an introduction to issues of environmental science and human activities that affect the wellbeing of the planet as a whole. Current and problematic issues will be explored through time and across space using case studies from both Canadian and global locations. The course will examine these issues from environmental, economic, and social perspectives in an attempt to better understand them and to recommend individual lifestyle choices to encourage positive change. Specific subjects to be investigated will include ecosystems and biodiversity, climate change, renewable energy resources, air and water pollution, food production, globalization, recycling and waste, and sustainable cities.

HIST-1034-40PT
Rebellions & Revolutions

"A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past". This course introduces students to the forces that propel historical change by examining some of the significant political and cultural upheavals in the last two centuries. Using case studies, students will examine how these fateful events and ideas have signaled important shifts in our history and culture.

HIST-1052-40PT
The Ancient World

This course focuses on the history of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Near East, Greece and Rome. Emphasis is placed on the growth and decline of ancient societies, as well as on their contributions to the development of social and cultural traditions, many of which have survived into the modern world.

INDG-1022-40PT
Indigenous Women

Centering the voices and stories of Indigenous women, this course examines their historical and contemporary experiences within pre-colonial, colonial, and decolonizing contexts and a lens towards the future. Key topics include: Indigenous women’s identity, colonization as gender-based discrimination and violence impacting Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit individuals, human rights violations, resistance to colonial impositions, reclaiming identity and culture, constructing de-colonial identities, and action for change in communities. An important aspect examined is reconciliation and the role of Settler peoples to act in response to listening and learning from Indigenous women as to what can bring about justice.

INDS-1028-40PT
Science in the News

Science is everywhere in the news: global warming, pandemics, mental health, the possibility of life on Mars and even new technology like gene editing. These are only a few of the current scientific topics that we find trending on social media. Science is vital in helping us understand the problems we face in our modern world, as well as assisting us to create solutions that lead to a better future! In addition to examining vital issues, we will also cover some fun and unusual topics in science: tiny robots built using frog cells, rats that are trained to drive cars and even people who can remember exactly what they ate for breakfast 30 years ago! Also, a unique feature of the course is that some topics will be based on events and discoveries that are happening and developing the very week we are learning about them! This course is aimed at a general audience and no knowledge of science will be assumed. We will use videos, podcasts, articles, blogs and social media to learn about our amazing world (and beyond!).

INDS-1033-40PT
Video Game Theory

This course will analyze the cultural and artistic significance of video games, and also the ways gaming reflects our larger relationships with technology. This course aims to discuss the relationship between video games and other media; gamers and the gaming community; and the important sociological, cultural, industrial, and economic issues that surround gaming.

Note: Students in the Video Game Design and Development program (VGD) or Animation (ANI) cannot take this course as their General Education elective.

INDS-1050-40PT
Roots of Terrorism

This online course will introduce students to issues related to modern terrorism, and it will explore the use of terrorism as an agent of political change through the 20th century, including a detailed examination of the definition of terrorism. Topics to be considered will include the ongoing struggles in the Middle East and ramifications of these struggles in the West. The use of terrorism in South America, the United States and Canada will be examined, as well as the relationship between religion and terrorism.

INDS-1059-40PT
Myth, Folktale, & Fairy Tale

This course will examine a selection of myths and legends from Ancient Greece, Continental Europe, and Britain. We will look at how these stories have evolved over time from sacred tales to secular stories. The course will also explore the important role that folktales and fairy tales have played in shaping the culture of the people who told these stories. Our goals will be to discover connections among the stories, seek out similar themes and characters across cultures and time periods, and explain the enduring popularity of these stories to this day.

INDS-1061-40PT

Technology & Culture

Does technology make our lives easier? When we gain benefits from new innovations, is there always something lost? Should we draw a line on how far we want technology to go? This course will help answer these questions through an exploration of technological innovations that change the way we live both at home and at work. From the plow and the steam engine to the personal computer and the smartphone, technology always changes the people who use it in both expected and unexpected ways. In this course, well look at the technological impact of early machine innovations, industrial inventions, broadcast technologies, and digital communications.
 

 

INDS-1066-40PT
Technologies of Torture

The brazen bull, the rack, tongue clips, electro-shock weapons: all technologies of torture, ancient or modern, deadly or not, attest to the dark side of human creativity. Since recorded history, those in power have examined the human body and mind in order to discover the most effective methods of violating both. In this course, we will compare past technologies of torture to present ones in an attempt to shed light on crucial transformations in the manipulation of power. We will also be exploring representations of torture in diverse cultural productions (literature, film, television, and other contemporary media) in order to open up a critical debate over the interplay between technology, torture, and power.

INDS-1075-40PT
Digital Identity

What is the cultural impact of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter? How important is having an online identity? In this course, students will engage with issues of new media integration and take up questions of online identity. While the digital realm is often complicated and chaotic, this course explores the space(s) that subjectivity takes up and in turn reflects onto broader issues of identity. Beginning with theories originating in the late 19th century, students will consider the online world in and outside of the classroom both on a personal and on a social level. This course aims to help students critically reflect on the ever shrinking line between online and offline identity and its impact on culture at large.

INDS-1077-40PT
Queer As Folk

How does one define sexual desire and/or gender identity, particularly when it differs from that of the majority? This interdisciplinary course will introduce students to the field of sexuality studies specifically, representations of LGBT culture through the lens of literature, film, art, news media, advertising, and television, as well as changing conceptions of gender identity throughout history, and contemporary legal and political issues. Students of all orientations and gender identities will have the opportunity to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the multifaceted nature of the society within which we live.

INDS-1081-40PT
Personal Wellness

This course introduces students to the concept of wellness. Students develop strategies for a healthy lifestyle in all aspect of their lives. Through traditional lectures and learning activities, they learn through both individual and group processes. They investigate wellness as it applies to mindfulness, self-responsibility, social/emotional development, stress-management, physical activity, spirituality, substance abuse, nutrition, and complementary health. This course provides the opportunity for students to evaluate their present lifestyle, identify successes, and develop areas requiring personal growth.

INDS-1088-40PT
The Ever-Changing Workplace

It sometimes seems like the terms "job" and "career" mean the same thing. In fact, they have very different meanings. In this course students will learn the difference between both, culminating in a journey that lasts a lifetime! Students will participate in self-reflection and careers and skills exploration. Furthermore, students will gain an understanding regarding key issues around the new world of work, diversity, communication and workplace expectations and etiquette. This course will give students the opportunity to explore the sociological trends, as well as historical shifts, regarding employment standards and evolution of workplace communication.

INDS-1092-40PT
It's About Time

Many people find themselves obsessed with something they can't actually explain - Time! There have been great movies and TV shows with time as a focus of the story - but where did the writers get their ideas? This course will help students develop an understanding of time by looking at some of those stories (anything from The Time Machine to the time loop-comedy Groundhog Day) while exploring the scientific (does time exist), philosophical (how time progresses) and psychological (objective vs. subjective experiences) theories of time shaping those stories. Students will also be introduced to various time management strategies in order to spend the time they have effectively.

INDS-1093-40PT
The Global Drug Trade

This course examines addictive substances as a global commodity, tracing their impact on issues of race, empire, and inequality. Beginning with the opium wars of the nineteenth century and concluding with narco violence in present-day Mexico, students will gain an understanding of the various impacts of the drug trade on the modern world. Beyond simple issues of criminality and policing, transnational flows of licit and illicit drugs shape how societies interact with one another and reveal persistent power imbalances. During the course, students will be introduced to an extensive and surprising cast of characters - from imperial administrators to Colombian drug lords; CIA agents to Central American villagers; mafia dons to pharmaceutical sales reps.

INDS-1105-40PT
Technology & War

From chariots thousands of years ago to drones today, humans have always used technology to gain an edge over their opponents in battle. This course will survey some of the major innovations and developments, such as the introduction of iron, the use of gunpowder, or the invention of the airplane, and examine how various peoples have employed military technology from Antiquity to the present.

INDS-1107-40PT
Hip-Hop Music & Culture

What began as a grassroots cultural movement at society's margins in the 1970's, quickly became a powerful force by the 80's and 90's. Hip-Hop refers to a variety of complex elements that inspire everything from music to dance, movies, fashion, advertising & sports. Influenced by jazz and blues, poetry, jailhouse toasts & West African beats, this course will explore Hip-Hop as an art form, a business, a myth, an attitude and a moral force.

INDS-1109-40PT
Fake News

In this engaging and innovative course, students will learn to identify, track, and interpret the online phenomena of 'fake news.' These practical internet skills will help us answer the difficult questions raised by 'fake news.' Is there a difference between 'fake news' and propaganda? Is 'fake news' a new phenomenon, or simply an amplification of existing media trends? Have we entered what some people have called a 'post-truth' era? What critical thinking skills do we need to navigate this new media landscape? Students will be asked to research and reflect on these questions, provide examples, and produce their own online content.

INDS-1110-40PT
Stranger Things

What lies on the outer recesses of the scientifically known universe? Throughout human history, people have engaged in a wide array of strange and incredulous beliefs and practices. They have sought to find hidden realms, special powers, and concealed entities that evade our day-to-day perceptions and expectations. This course will examine the historical origins, practices, and beliefs of such strange things. Topics covered will include inter-dimensional beings and aliens, cryptozoology, monster hunting, the many expressions of extrasensory perception, psi powers, out of body experiences and dreams, divination practices such as tarot and astrology, ghost-hunting, séances, and many other occult magical beliefs and practices.

INDS-1128-40PT
Surveillance & Society

In an increasingly datafied world filled with technologies designed to track, measure, and report our movements, interactions, and behaviour, societies still know very little about the dangers of surveillance on daily life. Examining how surveillance is conducted for governance, prediction, entertainment, security, and profit purposes, this course explores the interdisciplinary field of Surveillance Studies to critically analyze the factors responsible for the emergence of surveillance itself. Students will study the political, social, cultural, legal, and ethical dimensions of surveillance, as well as the primary theories and methods used by researchers in the field. The course explores a variety of surveillance topics and issues, including COVID-19, policing, online schooling, sport & athletics, immigration, Indigeneity, facial recognition, biometrics, smart cities, and more.

PHIL-1009-40PT
Ethics & Society

What is the right thing to do? Although this turns out to be a remarkably difficult question to answer, it is the central focus of this course, and we will try to come at it from two different directions. On the one hand, we will consider a number of ethical theories that attempt to give a general, theoretical underpinning for morality. On the other hand, we will approach the question of the right thing to do from the context of particular moral problems that confront modern society such as world poverty, euthanasia, and the freedom of speech. If you want to be better prepared to debate ethical topics by understanding the issues behind them, then this course is for you.

PHIL-1013-40PT
Philosophy & Humour

In this course, students will discover that there is no single or universal theory that can adequately explain the impact humour has on society, culture, or politics. Granted, there are many competing theories that examine the relationship between humour, satire, and laughter. Attempts to adequately understand each one are as old as philosophy itself. In fact, the absence of a single unifying theory underlines the attention that we should give to each of the various theories that view the importance of humour-as-criticism. Once we examine the role of humour as a critical response to social situations, students will be able to answer the quintessential postmodern question: Can we be both humorous and politically correct?

POLI-1018-40PT
Pirates, Smuggling & Undergrnd Economies

Not just confined to legend and cinema, modern-day pirates pose increasing problems for world leaders. Human trafficking, information piracy, corporate fraud, and weapons smuggling drain precious resources from governments. As international law struggles to keep up, kleptocratic dictators and white collar criminals continue to amass illicit fortunes. This course looks at various types of piracy, its impact on government and individuals, and possible solutions to combat piracy at all levels.

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Human Relations

To a very large degree, the satisfaction we experience in life is greatly influenced by the quality of our interpersonal relationships. There are numerous personal and social factors that play a role in shaping our thoughts, feelings and behaviour with others. As such, this course is designed to examine some of the fundamental variables underlying the dynamics of human relations. The particular topics of interest will include culture, socialization, personality, the self-concept, perception, emotions and communication factors. At the end of this course, the successful student will have learned the skills and knowledge essential for both personal and career development.

Note: Students in the Manufacturing Engineering Technician program (MEN) cannot take this course as their General Education elective.

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Positive Psychology

This course explores the nature of well-being, happiness and the good life. Course content includes a sampling of psychological theories, research and measures of personal strengths that impact well-being. We will examine ways to enhance appreciation of life through mindfulness, gratitude, creativity and flow and apply these experiences in a personal way. Students in this course should expect to learn and participate in personal gratitude and growth, prosocial behaviours and savouring experiences.

PSYC-1067-40PT
A Culture of Addictions

As an introductory and interdisciplinary survey of the role of addiction in human cultures, this course is designed to expose students to how narcotic as well as non-narcotic-related addiction manifest themselves within various individual and institutional practices. In particular, students will explore the major biological, psychological and social/cultural theories applied to addiction. Focus is given to the nature of drug use, conceptions of 'the addict,' how drugs impact the brain, the impact on family, and consequences for changing social drug behaviors. This course also explores current theoretical and practical treatment approaches and education and prevention strategies. Emphasis will be given to special issues and hot topics in drug addiction, including youth, women, media portrayal of drug use and current debates on the war on drugs. Finally, understanding common perspectives on treatment and prevention strategies related to drug dependence and education will be studied.

PSYC-1079-40PT
Forensic Psychology

How have TV dramas, movies, and documentaries such as CSI and "Making a Murderer" influenced the jury and our understanding of criminals? What characteristics make up a psychopath? Why is there an overwhelming number of lone wolf terrorists in North America, and how is this affecting our safety? In this course, we will examine the many violent expressions of power, revenge, terror, greed, and loyalty, as well as the biological and environmental contributions. We will examine sexual sadists, serial killers, and mass murder cases such as Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo, James Holmes, Ed Gein, Charles Manson, and Mark Lepine. Topics discussed in this course include multiple murder in popular culture, psychopathy, criminal responsibility, sexual sadism, terrorism, eyewitness memory, and psychological profiling. Finally, we will debate sentencing and punishment from across the world.

PSYC-1095-40PT
The Psychology of Willpower

January 1st is often the first day that many people fail at their well-intentioned New-Year's resolutions. Why is it so hard to change, whether it be diet, exercise, smoking or any other habit? This course is an examination of the elusive power that each one of us possess: Willpower. Psychological research and theory related to cognitive and social influences on intention, self-control, behaviour change, and willpower are the topics of interest for this course. Application of course material to real-life will take the form of students attempting to change a habit in their life and report on the success or failure of the attempted change relating it back to the theories learned in class.

PSYC-1100-40PT
Altered States of Consciousness

The average adult will spend about 600 hours each year dreaming and have more than 100,000 dreams over a typical lifetime. We will spend 25 years of our lives sleeping. Have you ever wondered how consciousness changes while we sleep and dream? Why do some people dream in colour while others dream in black and white? How do hypnosis and medication and drugs alter consciousness? This course will familiarize students with some of the main issues in consciousness. Topics covered will include daydreaming, sleep, dreams, psychedelics, hypnosis, trance and meditation, and death. This is a theory-and research-based course into the world of consciousness, including various theories such as clinical and cognition.

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Unravelling Youth

In this course we unravel the mystery of youth. We focus on critical issues including the development of personality, sexuality, morality, and identity. From a psychology perspective, we discuss how cognitive, emotional, physical, and social changes affect youth both positively and negatively. We examine the factors that can lead to social and behavioral problems, such as aggression, eating disorders, addictions, anxiety, and depression. This course provides valuable information that is applicable to careers in developmental psychology, social work, and other human services dealing with youth. It also provides information for those interested in their own development or in the development of the youth in their lives. This course provides an excellent opportunity to gain insight and to reflect back upon ones own experiences as a youth in Canada.

PSYC-1121-40PT
Psychology of Music

A song plays on the radio. Do you turn up the volume or change the station? That depends on the effect that song has on you. Music can profoundly influence humans, animals, and even plants. In this course we examine the psychological effects of music. We discuss our interpretations of music and the role of music in emotions, learning, consciousness, therapy, and health. We debate the purpose of music, whether music makes us smarter, how music changes our behaviour, and the effects of violent and provocative musical expression. Finally, we examine why one person's music is another person's noise.

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Art of Intelligence

This course introduces students to the various forms and theories of intelligence. Topics include creativity, emotional intelligence, non-verbal intelligence, social intelligence, mindfulness, learning disabilities and exceptionalities. This course comprehensively examines the role of intelligence for personal and professional success, as well as the application of both verbal and non-verbal forms.

PSYC-1127-40PT
Defining Normal

If you have ever wondered, "Am I normal?", you are not alone! This question can dominate our thoughts, our feelings, and even our behaviours. But, why are we so interested in being "normal"; and what does "normal" even mean? In this course we define normal and explore the historic and current perspectives of normalcy. We will apply psychological theories and principles to behaviours, feelings, and thoughts to identify the advantages and disadvantages of being normal. With a focus on abilities and skills, mental health, creativity, stress management, and interpersonal interactions, we will challenge the goal of being normal. By the end of the course, you may begin to ask, "Why be normal, when I can be the best me?".

RELG-1003-40PT
World Religions-Intro

This course seeks to explore some of the world's major religious traditions. We will look at the historical, social and cultural legacies of these faith-based traditions with an eye toward understanding how religion has helped to define our world. This introductory course will address many world religions including but not limited to Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. No religious affiliation is presumed. Moreover, the fundamental assumption for the course is that it is possible to learn about and from a variety of different religious traditions without seeking to make students adherents of a single religious tradition or adherents of the notion that all religious traditions are basically the same.

SOCI-1008-40PT
Sociology of Deviance

This introductory level course will involve students in the study of deviant behaviour in its many forms. The course will focus on understanding examples of deviance in both contemporary and recent historical contexts. It will seek to identify deviant careers along with measures of social control that focus on issues of class, age, race, gender, and physical and mental characteristics of targeted groups. Students will be introduced to key theoretical concepts such as labelling and formal and informal control to reflect on their own involvement in processes that lead to the formation of deviant identities.

SOCI-1048-40PT
The Meaning of Sex

Although we often think of sex and sexuality as natural processes, social influences also affect sexual attitudes and behaviours. This course will examine sexuality from a sociological perspective, examining how interactions, culture, and institutions affect this important dimension of human life. Ranging in topics as diverse as sexualized media to prostitution, the course will examine the impact of sexual culture, norms, and institutions in the modern world.

SOCI-1083-40PT
Women & Violence

Women and Violence will explore the understandings, forms and impacts of violence against women in a Canadian context. This course will provide an overview of both the theory and practice of anti-violence work and the controversies and debates - among both scholars and practitioners - that continue to surround this issue. Some of the themes covered in this course include: prevalence, forms, and understandings of violence against women; the intersectionality of gender, race, class and sexuality; the role of media; masculinities and violence; and politico-legal and socio-cultural approaches to address violence against women.

SOCI-1093-40PT
Homicide

This 'Homicide' course will provide students with definitions of homicide and theoretical explanations from both the sociological and criminological traditions. Homicide can be described as the killing of one person by another. Society generally describes this act as murder. Homicide rates in Canada are reasonably low; however, certain individuals and groups are disproportionately at risk for this violent event. Through a criminology lens, this course aims to understand the relationship between social factors and crime. It combines theoretical perspectives with case studies to uncover who is at risk of being a homicide victim and how their life chances are impacted by social structures and inequality. Throughout the course, we will critically examine concepts including stereotypes, discrimination, rehabilitation, restorative, and social justice.

SOSC-1012-40PT
Discovering the Social Sciences

This course connects the exciting world of social science to our everyday experiences. By highlighting discipline-specific tools and concepts used by anthropologists, psychologists, and sociologists, students gain insight into how people function and how relationships develop between individuals, society, and the global world. Discussions focus on current and controversial topics that deal with individual, social, and global concerns, allowing us to understand the origins and consequences for some of life's most pressing issues. This interdisciplinary approach leads to a better understanding of social science and gives students the foundation for future learning in all areas of study.