Degree electives course list

Registration opens: December 14, 2020
Registration closes: January 26, 2021

Browse all degree breadth elective courses offered this term.

Please note: offerings vary from term to term and not all electives are suitable for all programs. For more information regarding limitations on taking a course for your program, please contact Jen Matthews.

Delivery approaches for the winter 2021 term

Remote: Remote courses have the benefit of both face-to-face with the course professor (over Zoom) and online learning. Students will be scheduled into a set-meeting time (minimum of 1 hour) to meet online as a class. The remaining course hours will be completed online, with students setting their own academic schedules to meet course deadlines.

Online: Online courses do not have any set meeting times (asynchronous). Students set their own academic schedules to meet the course deadlines. The professor will give written feedback and guidance on course work.

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Winter 2021 degree breadth electives

Spanish Language and Culture II

Theme
Global cultures
Course Code
SPAN72010 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This high beginner course reinforces students' knowledge of the Spanish language and reinforces the cultural variety in the Spanish speaking world. Students will develop academic and professional listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. This course will be taught mostly in Spanish with English used to facilitate learning in Spanish.

An Introduction to Philosophy

Theme
Humanities
Course Code
PHIL71100 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Description
The purpose of this course is to introduce some of the main problems of philosophy, including: Are ethical principles relative? Are all persons really at heart egoistic? Does God exist? What is good? What is evil? How can truth be established? Are there causal determinants of choice? What is real? Are ethical and artistic judgments subjective? What kind of society promotes the best life? What is the purpose and meaning of life? The answers to these questions are not obvious. Wars have been fought and continue to be fought over these questions. One might make the case for seeing the history of human cultures as an ongoing attempt to answer these questions. This course you will help students to inquire into complex problems and begin to formulate their own philosophy. Students will learn effective methods of inquiry, analysis, and criticism. The study of philosophy develops one's ability to think carefully and critically. The objective of this course is to enable students to be reflective about the beliefs that they or their society have developed. The ability to think reflectively does not develop independently from the ability to read critically and perceptively or the ability to express ourselves. Thus, in this course we will seek to advance our reading comprehension as well as our communication skills, both oral and written.

Classical Mythology

Theme
Humanities
Course Code
CLSC73030 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This course provides students with an exciting exploration of the universe of mythological thinking from Mediterranean prehistoric times through the Classical Greco-Roman tradition down to its reception in the present day. Emphasis will be placed on ancient literary and visual narratives conveying messages on universal human themes such as creation and fertility, friendship and trust, love and sexuality, heroism and violence, death and the afterlife. Students will explore the historical meaning and cultural significance of some of the most popular symbols, archetypal images, and compelling mythical narratives in their authentic contexts through discoveries in archaeology, ancient history, religious studies, cultural anthropology, psychology, and natural sciences. Examining the Classical canon of mythological thinking, the course aims at a deep understanding of the universal appeal of myth to contemporary society, along with enduring insights into the way we conceptualize and explain our human condition, social and the natural environment through art, literature, and scholarly study.

Essentials Of Canadian History

Theme
Humanities
Course Code
HIST71230 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This course is a study of recurrent themes in public affairs within the historical context of development of Canada from Confederation to the present. It is designed to increase the student's understanding of how our past conditions our present and to develop an appreciation of the forces which will shape our future.

Postmodern Identity in Popular Culture: Avatars, Humans, and Vampires

Theme
Humanities
Course Code
ENGL71040 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Description
The stories we tell and the stories we make popular say much about who we think we are: what makes us human, what makes us individuals, and what gives us value. Postmodern narratives demonstrate an interesting shift in the ideas about what it means to be human. Students in this course will learn to describe postmodernism, understand a variety of psychological and sociological theories about identity, and recognize changes to how humans value themselves and their qualities. Within this postmodern historical context, students will analyze how human identity is constructed and presented in narratives. The narratives chosen will provide a survey of different media, from short stories to graphic novels to film and television. In each medium, fictional identities such as gaming avatars, ghosts, vampires, and werewolves will provide clues to the puzzle of what it means to be human.

Science, Technology and Society

Theme
Social Sciences
Course Code
SOC71045 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This theme-based course aims to provide an understanding of the historical, social, economic and political context within which scientific and technological advancement takes place. Innovation is a social product, often an expression of current ideas or a response to a social need. Conversely, technological and scientific innovation can transform the structure of society, its value system, and institutions. Through a series of lectures and student-centered activities, this course will assess the impact, benefits, consequences and implications of the inter-relationship between science, technology and society.

Introduction to French Language and Culture

Theme
Global cultures
Course Code
FREN71020 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This beginner course introduces students to standard French as well as Canadian French nuances. It is designed for students to develop basic French skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will also study French culture in various contexts around the world. This course will be taught in both English and French to facilitate learning in French.

Introduction to the German Language and Culture I

Theme
Global cultures
Course Code
GERM71010 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This beginner course introduces students to German and the cultural variety in the German speaking world. Students will develop listening, speaking, reading and writing. This course will be taught in German and English to facilitate learning in German.

Essentials Of Canadian History

Theme
Humanities
Course Code
HIST71230 (Section 2)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This course is a study of recurrent themes in public affairs within the historical context of development of Canada from Confederation to the present. It is designed to increase the student's understanding of how our past conditions our present and to develop an appreciation of the forces which will shape our future.

French Language and Culture II

Theme
Global cultures
Course Code
FREN72020 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This high beginner course builds on the Introduction to the French Language and Culture. The course is designed to further enhance beginner level language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will also explore numerous facets of French Canadian culture. This course will be taught mostly in French with English used to facilitate learning in French.

German Language and Culture II 

Theme
Global cultures
Course Code
GERM72010 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This course reinforces students’ knowledge of the German language and the cultural variety in the German speaking world. Students will develop academic and professional listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. This course will be taught mostly in German with English used to facilitate learning in German.

Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture

Theme
Global cultures
Course Code
CHIN71000 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This beginner course introduces students to Chinese language and culture. Students will develop reading, listening, speaking, writing and culture awareness. Students will also learn the fundamentals of Chinese character writing. This course will be taught in both Chinese and English to facilitate learning of Chinese.

Chinese Language and Culture II

Theme
Global cultures
Course Code
CHIN72000 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This high beginner course reinforces student’s knowledge of the Pinyin system, which will allow them to express themselves more freely. Students will develop academic and professional listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. This course will be taught mostly in English to facilitate learning of Chinese.

French Language III

Theme
Global cultures
Course Code
FREN73020 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This intermediate course builds on French Language and Culture II. Students will continue to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills with a focus on academic and professional communication within the French language and workplace cultural context. This course will be taught in French.

Spanish Language III

Theme
Global cultures
Course Code
SPAN73010 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This intermediate course builds on Spanish Language and Culture II. Students will continue to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills with a focus on academic and professional communication within the Spanish language and workplace cultural context. This course will be taught in Spanish.

Canadian Multiculturalism

Theme
Global cultures
Course Code
SOC73140 (Section 1)
Delivery
Online
Description
This course examines the ethnic and multicultural diversity of Canadian society including a historical look at immigration and how the Canadian government has treated its inhabitants. Integral to the course is an overview of the emergence of Canada as a model of cultural pluralism. Students will also explore how Canada and more specifically Ontario, has attempted to protect the rights of its citizens. In addition, attention is paid to the challenges that are faced by newcomers and Aboriginal people. This course also provides an opportunity for students to look at a variety of different world religions and to share their own experiences.

First Nations Experience 

Theme
Global cultures
Course Code
INDS71000 (Section 1)
Delivery
Online
Description
This course will explore Canada's First Nations people's relationships with land, resources, cultures, and each other, as well as historical and contemporary relationships between Aboriginal people and settler governments in Canada. The course will provide a study of Indigenous cultures, colonialism, cultural and political re-emergence, and the importance of the wampum belt. The Truth and Reconciliation Report, UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal people, and the Ipperwash Inquiry will serve as core learning tools. Supporting the maintenance and revitalization of traditional Indigenous values, languages, cultural identity and spirituality will be highlighted.

Introduction to the Spanish Language and Culture

Theme
Global cultures
Course Code
SPAN71010 (Section 1)
Delivery
Online
Description
This beginner course introduces students to Spanish and the cultural variety in the Spanish speaking world. Students will develop listening, speaking, reading and writing. This course will be taught in Spanish and English to facilitate learning in Spanish.

Introduction to Media Studies

Theme
Social Sciences
Course Code
MDIA72280 (Section 1)
Delivery
Online
Description
This course provides an introductory overview of the role of the major news/information media within a democratic society and their impact upon the ability of its citizens to make informed decisions. It considers the historical context of journalism in Canada, the major influences affecting the function of the news media and their evolution in a digital age. The course is also designed to enable the student to recognize bias in the news and evaluate news as a social construction.

Psychology: Basic Processes Of Behaviour

Theme
Social Sciences
Course Code
PSYC71240 (Section 1)
Delivery
Online
Description
Psychology is the scientific study of human thought processes, emotions and behaviour. Topics of interest to psychologists include all aspects of everyday life, from simple to complex thought processes to behaviours that might surprise us. This course introduces students to the basic processes of human behaviour. The course begins with a brief history of psychology and its emergence as a science. Areas of study include: the biological bases of behaviour; memory consciousness; social psychology; emotion; personality and psychological disorders and their treatment.

All degree breadth electives

Below is the complete list of breadth electives offered at Conestoga.

Level 1

Course codeCourse title
CHIN71000
Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture
ENGL71010
Science Fiction
​ENGL71020
​World Literature
FREN71020Introduction to French Language and Culture
GERM71010Introduction to the German Language and Culture I
INDS71000First Nations Experience
PHIL71100An Introduction to Philosophy
SCIE71000Introduction to Natural Sciences
SCIE71010Archaeology
SOC71045Science, Technology and Society
SOC71250Introduction to Sociology
SPAN71010Introduction to the Spanish Language and Culture

Level 2

Course codeCourse title
CHIN72000Chinese Language and Culture II
PHIL72700Critical and Creative Thinking Skills
ENGL72200Desire in Literature
FREN72020French Language and Culture II
​GERM72010
​German Language and Culture II
MDIA72280Introduction to Media Studies
PHIL72900Principles of Ethical Reasoning
PSYC72240Psychology: Dynamics of Human Behaviour
PHIL72130Quest for Meaning
SPAN72010Spanish Language and Culture II
ENGL72050The Use of Laughter: Comedy and Satire

Level 3

Course codeCourse title
​SOC73140
​Canadian Multiculturalism
CLSC73030Classical Mythology
SOC73180Conflict Management
PSYC73010Cyberpsychology: The Self and Others in a Wired World
FREN73020French Language III
GERM73010German Language and Culture III
POLS72100Political Structures and Issues
RELS73100Religions of the World: Eastern Traditions
RELS73200Religions of the World: Western Traditions
RSCH73000Understanding Research
SPAN73010Spanish Language III
PHIL73000Thinking Through Zombies 

Level 4

Course codeCourse title
FREN74020French Language IV
SCIE74020Assessing Emerging Technologies
SOC74020Urban and Community Planning
SPAN74010Spanish Language IV