Thursdays 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. plus 1 hour online
**1 course = 3 General Education Credits**
HUMA-7020-60 Intro to Classical Studies
This course offers a comprehensive examination of the politics, culture, and society of Ancient Greece, and pays particular attention to those elements which continue to shape western art, philosophy, and culture. Granted, Ancient Greece is considered the birthplace of democracy and philosophy. Yet, Athens was also a slave society, with the moral, social and economic foundations that allowed it to prosper. How was that possible? How clearly do we understand the ancient past? Are we selectively fascinated by only certain aspects, while ignoring others altogether?
HUMA-7046-60 Women in Film
Many of us can name a favourite actress or a favourite female movie character who seems to epitomize everything we value about women. At the same time, most of us could quickly list films where female characters play supportive or decorative functions and behave in disappointingly stereotypical ways. In either case, women in film are often unrealistically perfect. In addition to examining female actors and characters, this course explores films that question gender norms and reflect on changing
perceptions concerning the role of women in society and culture. We also examine what happens when women are not in front of, but behind the camera, as directors, script writers, or cinematographers. The course covers both positive and negative examples of how women are depicted on the silver screen, in films made by male, as well as female directors.
SOSC-7002-60 Perspectives on Sport
In this course we will examine the vital place of sport in modern societies. We will explore sports 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. We will also look at how sports help promote a particular system of values, shape national identity, and contribute to economic development. This part of the course provides students with an understanding of the relationship between sports, the economy, and the political system. Students explore both government approaches to sports and political issues related to sports in society.
SOSC-7027-60 Theories of Beauty
When filmmaker Sam Mendes, and more than a decade later, his colleague Paolo Sorrentino fascinated audiences in their unique ways-the former with his slow, quiet, by now iconic shots of a plastic bag eddying in the electric air in American Beauty, and the latter, with the shot of a centenarian saint who oddly looks like a flamingo in The Great Beauty-both artists were hinting at the two chief characteristics of beauty: its elusiveness and unpredictability. Indeed, associated with the good, the harmonious, and the sublime just as easily as with the grotesque, the mundane and the plain ugly, the sense of beauty remains one of the defining yet utterly baffling categories of human experience. In this course, we will be tracing the historical evolution of the ideas of beauty in Western societies from classical antiquity to the present day, in an attempt to understand the manifold motivations that lead us to gasp and declare something-potentially anything-beautiful.
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GBLC-7015-40 Environment and Culture
The goal of this readings-based course is to provide students with a framework for understanding their local, national, and global environments, and especially the environmental problems and crises we presently face as people living in Canada and in the world at large. We will examine the interrelations of non-human nature, technology, and culture by studying such issues as Canada's tar sands and other oil sources that make our cars run, our daily cup of Tim Hortons coffee, the genetically-modified popcorn and French Fries we love, and how our actions affect local and global environments. We will also examine past environmental collapses and survivals to learn for the future and research communities engaged in environmental activism today.
HUMA-7028-40 Fantasy Genres
Why do critics refuse to take the fantasy genre seriously-despite the fact that fantasy movies, novels, games, etc. rake in millions of dollars every year? Fantasy encompasses a variety of traditions, time periods, cultures, themes, and conventions. This course will examine excerpts from novels, contemporary films, and video games and will investigate the social, political, and intellectual agendas of fantasy authors, creators, and readers.
HUMA-7030-40 Alienation and Society
This course uses literature, film, and theory on topics such as war, race, gender, and class to examine the concept of alienation and its consequences for both individuals and society. From World War One poetry to David Fincher's Fight Club, the western world has long been fascinated with the experience of alienation and the lure of the alienated character. How does a person come to feel so isolated from his or her society? What motivates outsider figures to behave in the ways they do? Through studying diverse genres from different time periods, students will be exposed to a variety of representations on the theme while developing and enhancing their skills in critical analysis, essay writing, and digital presentation.
HUMA-7047-40 Generation X
The cohort of individuals born between the early 1960s and the early 1980s to parents of the baby boom generation has, for better or worse, come to be collectively known as Generation X, a label appropriated from the title of Douglas Coupland's 1991 novel, Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. Portrayed at the time in the media as being made up of cynical and directionless slackers whose reliance on irony defined their approach to navigating the final decades of the 20th century, Generation X was also the first truly global generation and mainstreamed the concepts of diversity, intersectionality, political correctness, and anti-corporate activism in ways that would later influence the Millennial generation that followed. Generation X witnessed the emergence of MTV, the home computer, the AIDS epidemic, and economic neoliberalism, and gave us hip-hop, grunge, and the slacker archetype. This course investigates the social, economic, cultural, and artistic dimensions of Generation X through an examination of fictional and non-fictional texts of the period.
PHYS-7007-40 Honey I Shrunk the … Nanomaterials
This course will introduce nanomaterials, illustrating the advancements over the past few centuries in nanotechnology, and explore their current and potential applications.
SOSC-7007-40 Human Mind
Thinking is central to our everyday lives, yet we often take for granted the various mental processes that we depend on to solve tasks, interact with people, reflect on ourselves and our world, and to make plans and decisions. This course provides an overview of the human mind and various cognitive phenomena. Topics will include attention, perception, memory, consciousness, language, problem solving and decision making. Applications of cognitive phenomena to everyday life will be highlighted throughout the course.
SOSC-7028-40 (Un)Necessary Illusions
Are all humans created equally? Are all people in our society treated equally? What is social inequality? Why are some people given special advantages in relation to others? This course will examine the ways that we think about our social world and the connection between those thoughts and the structure of inequality in our society. Specifically, this course will shed light on many of the illusions that we hold about gender, sex, sexuality, race and class. I will argue that deception is a necessary reality in our society.