Summer 1 Compressed:
May 7 to June 22, 2018.
Online course descriptions
ENGL-1047-40: Children's Literature
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.
ENGL-1055-40: Vampires & Wizards
This course examines the evolution of literary representations of vampires and wizards by different cultures and communities over time. We will explore the themes of coming of age and the fear of the dark, as well as issues of sexuality, violence, boundary crossing and taboos, power dynamics, and the quest for immortality. Required readings will include short stories, poems, and excerpts from longer works; viewings will include films and TV episodes. The course will end in a culminating final project; please note there is no final exam.
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.
POLI-1020-40: The White House: Corridors of Power
The race for the White House is one of the most intense political contests in the world – and few thought the current occupant stood any chance of winning the presidency. The Oval Office is the locus of power in American politics and the US President is often considered the most powerful man in the world. But is he? This course will explore the myths and men that reside within the walls of the West Wing, where every year is an election year.
PSYC-1077-40: Psychology of Evil
Evil has been a focus of study since time immemorial. Recently psychologists have attempted to examine and explain why certain people act in destructive and horrific ways toward others. This course is an examination of the darker side of human behaviour and how psychology attempts to define and understand evil. Topics discussed in this course include discovering how we decide if an action is evil or not, psychopaths and why they commit evil, how big business can unknowingly (or knowingly) commit evil, and how people can be convinced to kill their neighbour (genocide).
SOCI-1073-40: 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.
Summer 2 Compressed:
July 2 to August 24, 2018.
Online course descriptions
HIST-1037-40: 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.
INDS-1059-40: 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.
PSYC-1067-40: 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.
May 7 to August 24, 2018.
Online course descriptions
INDS-1053-40: Disease in Culture
From the black plague to the apocalyptic zombie invasion to the SARS and H1N1 epidemics, we have used disease to understand our relationships to society and to others. This course investigates the cultural paranoia of infection in visual and media culture. We study novels and films such as Blindness, Dawn of the Dead, and 28 Days Later, as well as recent media responses to the World Health Organization and the borders of disease. We confront questions such as: How do the ethics of quarantine translate into racial intolerance? Is the fear of contagion related to possession? Are we judged by the diseases we contract, or by how we handle ourselves in times of widespread infection and crisis?
PSYC-1062-40: The Mating Game
This course is a primer on Love, Sex and Marriage. Practically everyone is interested in love, sex and romance, without which humankind would perish. The student is introduced to theories and knowledge about human mating relationships. Topics include mate preferences, attraction & courtship, sex appeal, online relationship development and cyber-flirting, marriage (love-based, arranged, same-sex, monogamous, polygamous, and polyamorous), conflict, sexual jealousy, intimate partner violence, cyber-stalking, as well as theories on love, sex, gender, personality and belief systems.