Wednesdays 2 to 4 p.m. plus 1 hour online.
**1 course = 3 General Education Credits**
Band 2 course descriptions
ENGL-1030-60 Mystery and Crime Stories
This course surveys the development of the mystery and suspense genre through a variety of short stories, novels, and films. We will focus on the conventions of popular mystery storytelling, the development of key themes, and explore the enduring appeal of this genre. Students will hone their own reading and writing skills in this course through their choices from a menu of optional assignments, including film reviews, creative writing, and short essays.
ENGL-1047-60 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.
INDS-1050-60 Roots of Terrorism
This 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-1063-60 Stay Tuned: Rise of TV Culture
This is a course for television lovers and haters alike. Through studying the evolution of TV from a passing fad to a cultural necessity, we will look at the ways in which television has hard-wired itself into the circuitry of our daily lives. In this course, we'll examine the varied history of television shows from sitcoms to dramas and from reality TV to news parody. An investigation into the strength of TV's cultural impact will help us attempt to answer the ultimate question: Do we program television, or does television program us?
INDS-1065-60 Music and the Brain
This course will explore the relationship between music, evolution and the brain. This will be accomplished through exploring the fundamental ways that music, particularly songs, have acted as an evolutionary tool, in shaping the development of the human brain, but also human nature, behaviour and civilization. Six types of songs that shaped human nature - friendship, joy, comfort, religion, knowledge and love- will be examined as well as their specific functions. Students will analyze and evaluate a broad variety of musical compositions and written sources.
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.
INDS-1086-60 Cuba: Revolution, Resilience & Salsa
In this course, students will examine the culture, mystery and controversy that are embodied in Cuba. Beginning with Cuba's first encounters with imperialism and her struggle for independence, we will study events of pivotal importance in Cuba's development: the revolution; alliance with the Soviet Union and the Bay of Pigs invasion; the infamous blockade; life in Cuba today. From education to health care to politics to agriculture to the arts, every aspect of life in the revolutionary republic in which Canadians love to vacation will be explored. Finally, we will ponder Cuba's role in the world today, some of her greatest challenges and issues, and what we in Canada might conclude about our unique neighbour to the south.
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-1067-61 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.
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.
SOCI-1051-60 Sociology of Fame
Formerly contained within the sphere of entertainment, the influence of celebrities is increasing in all aspects of social life, on a global scale. The glorification of famous people imbues them with a unique form of social status with significant power to shape trends and agendas. When young people are surveyed, they consistently state that fame and fortune are the most valued life goals of their generation. Next to seeking stardom, their ideal job is to be a personal assistant to a very famous music or movie star. For better or worse, celebrity worship is an increasingly pervasive social phenomenon. In this course, students will examine the impact of fame on collective human behaviour, identities, and consciousness. By focusing on questions such as who gets fame and for what?, this course will attempt to shed light on the popularity and attraction of stars like Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, and Kim Kardashian. In doing so, students will explore the kinds of statements this obsession with the stars make about our society.