Diploma Band 2:

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

Location: Main campus

ANTH-1005-60: 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-1060-60: Canadian Short Stories

Step off the beaten path and find the mystery hidden beneath the mundane world in these fascinating Canadian short stories. As described by Alice Munro, people's lives are simultaneously, dull, simple, amazing and unfathomably-deep caves paved with kitchen linoleum. Come and explore the perversions hiding in the wheat fields and rusty breezes of the prairies, the haunted forests and caverns of rural Ontario, and the towering skyscrapers of the big city.

FILM-1009-60: Film Genres: Comedy

This course is for movie lovers who want to study the presentation of comedy on the silver screen. An analysis of different approaches to humour will show how audience interpretation is shaped by various directors. We will also study the ways in which comedy reflects the social tastes and anxieties of our times. Students will be required to watch one weekly film outside of class hours. Some of the films which we will study are Horrible Bosses, 21 Jump Street, Bridesmaids and Groundhog Day.

INDS-1013-60: Perspectives on Hockey

For many Canadians, hockey is more than a sport, it is a passion. Through hockey literature (fiction and non-fiction), multimedia presentations (radio and television broadcasts, feature films, and documentaries) and discussion, students will gain an understanding of how hockey has shaped Canadian culture, and how politics, economics, the media and society have shaped a national passion.

INDS-1077-60: 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-1081-60: 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.

POLI-1016-60: Sport & Public Policy

Sports play a vital role in society.  They help promote a particular values system, shape national identity, and contribute to economic development.   This course will provide each student with an understanding of the relationship between sports, the economy, and the political system.

PSYC-1047-60: 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 one's sexual knowledge, attitudes, relationships and behaviours.

PSYC-1067-60: 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-1078-60: Digging Up Death

The intention of this course is to broaden your knowledge of death by examining topics including: historical/cultural practices, near death experiences, suicide, the undead and violent death and by calling on experiences, insights and knowledge from many perspectives.