Diploma Band 1:

Wednesdays, 3 to 5 p.m. plus 1 hour online.

Location: Main campus

ENGL-1058-60: Short, Short Fiction

Think you don't have time to read for pleasure? Think again! This course examines short, short stories that are under 1,000 words, yet still manage to pack in complex plots, characters, narrators, settings, themes and language. Although short, short fiction is quick and easy to read (from 1 minute to 15 minutes), the form requires an enormous amount of skill, so we will explore what it takes to create successful short, short fiction, and evaluate stories based on common elements.

FILM-1003-60: Film Genre - 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 Inglorious Bastards, The Hurt Locker, The Dark Knight, and Braveheart.

INDS-1061-60: 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, we'll look at the technological impact of early machine innovations, industrial inventions, broadcast technologies and digital communications.

INDS-1084-60: Soccer and the Globe

This course traces the origins of the world's dominant sport of soccer and the history of how it has become a global phenomenon. Its history will be taught within the context of historical events as well as topical issues such as racism, violence and sexual equality.

PHIL-1013-60: Philosophy of 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?

PSYC-1055-60: 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 intervention techniques used in understanding the positive, adaptive, creative and emotionally fulfilling elements of human behaviour.

PSYC-1079-60: 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.

SOCI-1050-60: Sociology of Sport

In this course we will examine the place of sport in modern societies, with particular attention to Canada. We will explore sport's relation to other social institutions such as the media, education, and government; we will examine sport in relation to aspects of social difference and inequality such as gender, race, class, and age; and finally, we will study sport and social processes such as socialization and deviance.