Diploma electives course list

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

Browse all diploma General Education 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.

Winter 2021 Diploma General Education Electives

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 diploma electives

The Pleasure and Purpose of Music 

Theme
Arts in Society
Course Code
LIBS1480 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Description
How does John Williams unify the Star Wars films through music? Why does the sitar music of Ravi Shankar put people in a trance? What is it about African drum music that makes people want to dance? The goal of this course is to enable students to understand the materials of music and music in four main social contexts throughout history: music in sacred spaces, music for the stage and screen, music among friends and music in public places. Musical developments will be explored from ancient to modern times. Through interactive activities and discussions, students will discover how music can both bring us pleasure and have purpose in our lives.

Issues in Canadian Politics

Theme
Civic Life
Course Code
LIBS1420 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of politics within the Canadian context. Students will examine and discuss our political institutions, processes and issues in order to better understand the problems faced by citizens of a functioning democracy.

Multiculturalism: Canadian Diversity Project

Theme
Civic Life
Course Code
LIBS1580 (Section 13)
Delivery
Hy-Flex
Description
In this course students will critically identify and examine issues of diversity in Canada. Students will examine and appraise past, present, and future issues of the Canadian multicultural and diversity project. Students will develop an understanding of the impact of colonialism on the Indigenous Peoples, the immigration policies of a developing country, the legal and social impacts of the Canadian Multicultural Act and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the struggle for identity maintenance in French Quebec and among Indigenous Peoples. This course will examine the experience of new Canadians and the challenges of developing a national identity. Issues of emerging concepts such as 'the global citizen' will also be examined.

Political Science

Theme
Civic Life
Course Code
LIBS1360 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This course will teach the basic principles and vocabulary of political science and public administration. It will introduce students to the intellectual frameworks, and will emphasize the development of critical thinking and understanding of the link between politics and operational government. The role and functioning of political institutions and the processes of participation in Canada will be examined, together with the organizational arrangements of government and the bureaucracy.

Concepts of Gender

Theme
Personal Understanding
Course Code
LIBS1055 (Section 6)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This course will familiarize students with the key contemporary and historical issues and concepts of gender diversity. These issues will be examined from an inter-disciplinary perspective. Students will examine the intersection between gender & sexuality and such realities as social class, age, race, ethnicity, health status and colonialism. Gender and sexuality based power differences will be a theme throughout the course.

Student Success for Higher Learning

Theme
Personal Understanding
Course Code
LIBS1540 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This course enables students to know and believe in themselves by taking advantage of resources and opportunities that will support their success in college. Students will identify their unique learning styles and develop strategies for achieving their academic, career and personal goals for reaching personal satisfaction.

Introduction to Astronomy

Theme
Science and Technology
Course Code
LIBS1170 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Description
In this course, the student will acquire a basic understanding of the universe, what it is made of, and the inter-relationships between galaxies, stars, and planets. The course begins with a brief overview of astronomy including discussions on the motion of stars and planets, the cycles of the moon, the history of astronomy, and an introduction to telescopes. In the next section of this course, students learn about our solar system with an emphasis on comparative planetology, and will take part in discussions of life on other planets. The course continues with a deeper understanding of stars: what they are made of, how they are formed, and how they evolve. In the final part, students will take a look at the nature of galaxies, cosmology, and current ideas regarding space and time.

Oceans

Theme
Science and Technology
Course Code
LIBS1035 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This course will help students to appreciate the interactions that occur between various natural processes in the oceans on a planetary scale. The students will develop an enhanced awareness of how the oceans influence humans’ everyday life. They will better understand the processes that shape and transform the components of the Earth systems from planetary and regional prospective.

French Culture and Language II

Theme
Social and Cultural Understanding
Course Code
FREN1010 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This course builds on concepts and structures introduced in French Culture and Language I. Students will continue to explore the integrated facets of francophone culture and language with a focus on culture outside Canada. Students will attain a better understanding of the contributions of French culture within the social and global environment while continuing to build basic linguistic aspects of the French language. The cultural components of the course will be taught in English with basic French vocabulary and language skills introduced throughout the units. Cultural components comprise 60% of the course with language functions comprising 40%.

German Culture and Language

Theme
Social and Cultural Understanding
Course Code
GERM1000 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Description
Explores the integrated facets of German culture and language. Students will attain an understanding of the contributions of German culture within the social and global environment, while building basic linguistic aspects of the German language.  Cultural components comprise 60% of the course, with language functions comprising 40%.

The Pleasure and Purpose of Music

Theme
Arts in Society
Course Code
LIBS1480 (Section 4)
Delivery
Remote
Description
How does John Williams unify the Star Wars films through music? Why does the sitar music of Ravi Shankar put people in a trance? What is it about African drum music that makes people want to dance? The goal of this course is to enable students to understand the materials of music and music in four main social contexts throughout history: music in sacred spaces, music for the stage and screen, music among friends and music in public places. Musical developments will be explored from ancient to modern times. Through interactive activities and discussions, students will discover how music can both bring us pleasure and have purpose in our lives.

Issues in Canadian Politics

Theme
Civic Life
Course Code
LIBS1420 (Section 4)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of politics within the Canadian context. Students will examine and discuss our political institutions, processes and issues in order to better understand the problems faced by citizens of a functioning democracy.

Concepts of Gender

Theme
Personal Understanding
Course Code
LIBS1055 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This course will familiarize students with the key contemporary and historical issues and concepts of gender diversity. These issues will be examined from an inter-disciplinary perspective. Students will examine the intersection between gender & sexuality and such realities as social class, age, race, ethnicity, health status and colonialism. Gender and sexuality based power differences will be a theme throughout the course.

Evil and Humanity

Theme
Personal Understanding
Course Code
LIBS1770 (Section 4)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This course provides an introduction to the theme of evil and humanity. Course participants will evaluate and compare perspectives on, and responses to, the existence and symbols of evil in our society. Students will have the opportunity to engage in debate and compare ideas in a range of international religious, cultural, and philosophical traditions. In this course, we explore the question of evil through texts, film, and Internet sources ranging from biblical to modern times. Exploring the dark side of life, crime, transgression, and nightmarish systems through the lens of a number of theoretical perspectives, we engage with questions essential to humanity, including the nature of human beings, the basis for moral conventions, individual and collective responsibility, and goodness versus happiness. Students will reflect on how contemporary human-made atrocities challenge us to craft adequate moral, political, and juridical responses.

Introduction to Astronomy

Theme
Science and Technology
Course Code
LIBS1170 (Section 4)
Delivery
Remote
Description
In this course, the student will acquire a basic understanding of the universe, what it is made of, and the inter-relationships between galaxies, stars, and planets. The course begins with a brief overview of astronomy including discussions on the motion of stars and planets, the cycles of the moon, the history of astronomy, and an introduction to telescopes. In the next section of this course, students learn about our solar system with an emphasis on comparative planetology, and will take part in discussions of life on other planets. The course continues with a deeper understanding of stars: what they are made of, how they are formed, and how they evolve. In the final part, students will take a look at the nature of galaxies, cosmology, and current ideas regarding space and time.

Oceans

Theme
Science and Technology
Course Code
LIBS1035 (Section 4)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This course will help students to appreciate the interactions that occur between various natural processes in the oceans on a planetary scale. The students will develop an enhanced awareness of how the oceans influence humans’ everyday life. They will better understand the processes that shape and transform the components of the Earth systems from planetary and regional prospective.

German Culture and Language

Theme
Social and Cultural Understanding
Course Code
GERM1000 (Section 4)
Delivery
Remote
Description
Explores the integrated facets of German culture and language. Students will attain an understanding of the contributions of German culture within the social and global environment, while building basic linguistic aspects of the German language.  Cultural components comprise 60% of the course, with language functions comprising 40%.

Creative Writing

Theme
Arts in Society
Course Code
LIBS1630 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This course will encourage creative thinking and help students to develop their creative writing skills. We will be reading, writing and critiquing different styles of poetry, fiction, narrative articles for newspapers and magazines, plays and oral storytelling. The student will develop a portfolio for each section of the course and present his/her work to the class. As well, students will prepare one poem, article or short story for publication.

Viewing Philosophy Through Film

Theme
Arts in Society
Course Code
LIBS1660 (Section 2)
Delivery
Remote
Description
In this course we will learn about philosophy by watching and discussing great works of cinema. What can the screen upon which moving images are projected teach us about science, the question of God, the pursuit of knowledge, ethics, reality, violence, love, hope, evil, nothingness, absurdity and ourselves as human beings? Students who complete this course will have a good working knowledge of the history of philosophy. Reading selections may vary from year to year. 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.

Issues in Canadian Politics

Theme
Civic Life
Course Code
LIBS1420 (Section 2)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of politics within the Canadian context. Students will examine and discuss our political institutions, processes and issues in order to better understand the problems faced by citizens of a functioning democracy.

Concepts of Gender

Theme
Personal Understanding
Course Code
LIBS1055 (Section 2)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This course will familiarize students with the key contemporary and historical issues and concepts of gender diversity. These issues will be examined from an inter-disciplinary perspective. Students will examine the intersection between gender & sexuality and such realities as social class, age, race, ethnicity, health status and colonialism. Gender and sexuality based power differences will be a theme throughout the course.

Evil and Humanity

Theme
Personal Understanding
Course Code
LIBS1770 (Section 2)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This course provides an introduction to the theme of evil and humanity. Course participants will evaluate and compare perspectives on, and responses to, the existence and symbols of evil in our society. Students will have the opportunity to engage in debate and compare ideas in a range of international religious, cultural, and philosophical traditions. In this course, we explore the question of evil through texts, film, and Internet sources ranging from biblical to modern times. Exploring the dark side of life, crime, transgression, and nightmarish systems through the lens of a number of theoretical perspectives, we engage with questions essential to humanity, including the nature of human beings, the basis for moral conventions, individual and collective responsibility, and goodness versus happiness. Students will reflect on how contemporary human-made atrocities challenge us to craft adequate moral, political, and juridical responses.

Student Success for Higher Learning

Theme
Personal Understanding
Course Code
LIBS1540 (Section 2)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This course enables students to know and believe in themselves by taking advantage of resources and opportunities that will support their success in college. Students will identify their unique learning styles and develop strategies for achieving their academic, career and personal goals for reaching personal satisfaction.

Introduction to Astronomy

Theme
Science and Technology
Course Code
LIBS1170 (Section 2)
Delivery
Remote
Description
In this course, the student will acquire a basic understanding of the universe, what it is made of, and the inter-relationships between galaxies, stars, and planets. The course begins with a brief overview of astronomy including discussions on the motion of stars and planets, the cycles of the moon, the history of astronomy, and an introduction to telescopes. In the next section of this course, students learn about our solar system with an emphasis on comparative planetology, and will take part in discussions of life on other planets. The course continues with a deeper understanding of stars: what they are made of, how they are formed, and how they evolve. In the final part, students will take a look at the nature of galaxies, cosmology, and current ideas regarding space and time.

Oceans

Theme
Science and Technology
Course Code
LIBS1035 (Section 2)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This course will help students to appreciate the interactions that occur between various natural processes in the oceans on a planetary scale. The students will develop an enhanced awareness of how the oceans influence humans’ everyday life. They will better understand the processes that shape and transform the components of the Earth systems from planetary and regional prospective.

Restless Planet: Understanding Natural Disasters

Theme
Science and Technology
Course Code
LIBS1990 (Section 1)
Delivery
Hy-Flex
Description
In this course, students will examine the dynamic interrelationships between physical (geological, atmospheric and hydrological) processes that cause various natural disasters, including earthquakes, tsunami, volcanoes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, landslides, wildfires, and weather related hazards. The main emphasis is to provide the students the tools to apply scientific concepts to our everyday experiences of natural disasters. Through scientific inquiry and active learning, such as case studies, interactive lectures, and assignments, the students will learn to analyze and evaluate the impact of the natural disasters on human population (environmental, socio-economic, political, cultural.)

The Pleasure and Purpose of Music

Theme
Arts in Society
Course Code
LIBS1480 (Section 5)
Delivery
Remote
Description
How does John Williams unify the Star Wars films through music? Why does the sitar music of Ravi Shankar put people in a trance? What is it about African drum music that makes people want to dance? The goal of this course is to enable students to understand the materials of music and music in four main social contexts throughout history: music in sacred spaces, music for the stage and screen, music among friends and music in public places. Musical developments will be explored from ancient to modern times. Through interactive activities and discussions, students will discover how music can both bring us pleasure and have purpose in our lives.

Viewing Philosophy Through Film

Theme
Arts in Society
Course Code
LIBS1660 (Section 5)
Delivery
Remote
Description
In this course we will learn about philosophy by watching and discussing great works of cinema. What can the screen upon which moving images are projected teach us about science, the question of God, the pursuit of knowledge, ethics, reality, violence, love, hope, evil, nothingness, absurdity and ourselves as human beings? Students who complete this course will have a good working knowledge of the history of philosophy. Reading selections may vary from year to year. 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.

Issues in Canadian Politics

Theme
Civic Life
Course Code
LIBS1420 (Section 5)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of politics within the Canadian context. Students will examine and discuss our political institutions, processes and issues in order to better understand the problems faced by citizens of a functioning democracy.

Student Success for Higher Learning

Theme
Personal Understanding
Course Code
LIBS1540 (Section 5)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This course enables students to know and believe in themselves by taking advantage of resources and opportunities that will support their success in college. Students will identify their unique learning styles and develop strategies for achieving their academic, career and personal goals for reaching personal satisfaction.

Introduction to Astronomy

Theme
Science and Technology
Course Code
LIBS1170 (Section 5)
Delivery
Remote
Description
In this course, the student will acquire a basic understanding of the universe, what it is made of, and the inter-relationships between galaxies, stars, and planets. The course begins with a brief overview of astronomy including discussions on the motion of stars and planets, the cycles of the moon, the history of astronomy, and an introduction to telescopes. In the next section of this course, students learn about our solar system with an emphasis on comparative planetology, and will take part in discussions of life on other planets. The course continues with a deeper understanding of stars: what they are made of, how they are formed, and how they evolve. In the final part, students will take a look at the nature of galaxies, cosmology, and current ideas regarding space and time.

Oceans

Theme
Science and Technology
Course Code
LIBS1035 (Section 5)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This course will help students to appreciate the interactions that occur between various natural processes in the oceans on a planetary scale. The students will develop an enhanced awareness of how the oceans influence humans’ everyday life. They will better understand the processes that shape and transform the components of the Earth systems from planetary and regional prospective.

Anishinaabe 13 Moons: Awakening the Spiral

Theme
Social and Cultural Understanding
Course Code
LIBS1075 (Section 5)
Delivery
Remote
Description
Explore a year of Anishinaabe life by being exposed to various cultural activities practiced throughout a thirteen moon cycle. Anishinaabe is the name of an indigenous people who thrived throughout the woodlands of present day Canada and includes the Ojibway, Mississaugas, and Odawa. By honouring the earth, fire, wind, and water the Anishinaabe lived harmoniously with all of creation. Customary teachings including storytelling, maple sugar making, fishing, wild harvesting, planting, fasting, and sweat lodge ceremonies. These activities are known collectively as “the way of a good life." Awaken the spiral within and learn the four pillars of the Anishinaabe worldview.

German Culture and Language

Theme
Social and Cultural Understanding
Course Code
GERM1000 (Section 5)
Delivery
Remote
Description
Explores the integrated facets of German culture and language. Students will attain an understanding of the contributions of German culture within the social and global environment, while building basic linguistic aspects of the German language. Cultural components comprise 60% of the course, with language functions comprising 40%.

Creative Writing

Theme
Arts in Society
Course Code
LIBS1630 (Section 2)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This course will encourage creative thinking and help students to develop their creative writing skills. We will be reading, writing and critiquing different styles of poetry, fiction, narrative articles for newspapers and magazines, plays and oral storytelling. The student will develop a portfolio for each section of the course and present his/her work to the class. As well, students will prepare one poem, article or short story for publication.

The Art of Rock (A Social History of Rock & Roll)

Theme
Arts in Society
Course Code
LIBS1900 (Section 3)
Delivery
Remote
Description
The goal of this course is to take rock seriously as a musical form (where it came from, what formal structures it follows and how different styles evolved). We will explore the roots of rock and roll in the '50's and recognize how important the folk tradition, surfing music, the British invasion and protest music were to the '60's. We will also review the role of glitter rock, disco and punk in the '70s and appreciate new wave music, charity rock, music videos and the politics of censorship in the '80's. Finally we will discuss how hip hop, alternative, grunge, raves and the renewed interest in heavy metal and swing music and the success of counter culture festivals like Lollapalooza and Lilith Fair characterized the '90's.

The Pleasure and Purpose of Music

Theme
Arts in Society
Course Code
LIBS1480 (Section 3)
Delivery
Remote
Description
How does John Williams unify the Star Wars films through music? Why does the sitar music of Ravi Shankar put people in a trance? What is it about African drum music that makes people want to dance? The goal of this course is to enable students to understand the materials of music and music in four main social contexts throughout history: music in sacred spaces, music for the stage and screen, music among friends and music in public places. Musical developments will be explored from ancient to modern times. Through interactive activities and discussions, students will discover how music can both bring us pleasure and have purpose in our lives.

Viewing Philosophy Through Film

Theme
Arts in Society
Course Code
LIBS1660 (Section 3)
Delivery
Remote
Description
In this course we will learn about philosophy by watching and discussing great works of cinema. What can the screen upon which moving images are projected teach us about science, the question of God, the pursuit of knowledge, ethics, reality, violence, love, hope, evil, nothingness, absurdity and ourselves as human beings? Students who complete this course will have a good working knowledge of the history of philosophy. Reading selections may vary from year to year. 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.

Issues in Canadian Politics

Theme
Civic Life
Course Code
LIBS1420 (Section 3)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of politics within the Canadian context. Students will examine and discuss our political institutions, processes and issues in order to better understand the problems faced by citizens of a functioning democracy.

Concepts of Gender

Theme
Personal Understanding
Course Code
LIBS1055 (Section 3)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This course will familiarize students with the key contemporary and historical issues and concepts of gender diversity. These issues will be examined from an inter-disciplinary perspective. Students will examine the intersection between gender & sexuality and such realities as social class, age, race, ethnicity, health status and colonialism. Gender and sexuality based power differences will be a theme throughout the course.

Evil and Humanity

Theme
Personal Understanding
Course Code
LIBS1770 (Section 3)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This course provides an introduction to the theme of evil and humanity. Course participants will evaluate and compare perspectives on, and responses to, the existence and symbols of evil in our society. Students will have the opportunity to engage in debate and compare ideas in a range of international religious, cultural, and philosophical traditions. In this course, we explore the question of evil through texts, film, and Internet sources ranging from biblical to modern times. Exploring the dark side of life, crime, transgression, and nightmarish systems through the lens of a number of theoretical perspectives, we engage with questions essential to humanity, including the nature of human beings, the basis for moral conventions, individual and collective responsibility, and goodness versus happiness. Students will reflect on how contemporary human-made atrocities challenge us to craft adequate moral, political, and juridical responses.

Introduction to Astronomy

Theme
Science and Technology
Course Code
LIBS1170 (Section 3)
Delivery
Remote
Description
In this course, the student will acquire a basic understanding of the universe, what it is made of, and the inter-relationships between galaxies, stars, and planets. The course begins with a brief overview of astronomy including discussions on the motion of stars and planets, the cycles of the moon, the history of astronomy, and an introduction to telescopes. In the next section of this course, students learn about our solar system with an emphasis on comparative planetology, and will take part in discussions of life on other planets. The course continues with a deeper understanding of stars: what they are made of, how they are formed, and how they evolve. In the final part, students will take a look at the nature of galaxies, cosmology, and current ideas regarding space and time.

Oceans

Theme
Science and Technology
Course Code
LIBS1035 (Section 3)
Delivery
Remote
Description
This course will help students to appreciate the interactions that occur between various natural processes in the oceans on a planetary scale. The students will develop an enhanced awareness of how the oceans influence humans’ everyday life. They will better understand the processes that shape and transform the components of the Earth systems from planetary and regional prospective.

Anishinaabe 13 Moons: Awakening the Spiral

Theme
Social and Cultural Understanding
Course Code
LIBS1075 (Section 3)
Delivery
Remote
Description
Explore a year of Anishinaabe life by being exposed to various cultural activities practiced throughout a thirteen moon cycle. Anishinaabe is the name of an indigenous people who thrived throughout the woodlands of present day Canada and includes the Ojibway, Mississaugas, and Odawa. By honouring the earth, fire, wind, and water the Anishinaabe lived harmoniously with all of creation. Customary teachings including storytelling, maple sugar making, fishing, wild harvesting, planting, fasting, and sweat lodge ceremonies. These activities are known collectively as “the way of a good life." Awaken the spiral within and learn the four pillars of the Anishinaabe worldview.

German Culture and Language

Theme
Social and Cultural Understanding
Course Code
GERM1000 (Section 3)
Delivery
Remote
Description
Explores the integrated facets of German culture and language. Students will attain an understanding of the contributions of German culture within the social and global environment, while building basic linguistic aspects of the German language.  Cultural components comprise 60% of the course, with language functions comprising 40%.

Identity in Popular Culture: From Avatars to Vampires

Theme
Arts in Society
Course Code
LIBS1940 (Section 3, 4)
Delivery
Online
Description
Do you sometimes feel more at home battling strangers’ avatars in a war zone than walking down the halls of your own school Or do you ever wonder why humans have suddenly decided that predatory monsters like vampires might make good lovers? Useful answers to these questions require a clear understanding of human identity. Over time, our ideas about identity have undergone many changes in terms of human nature and value.

Identity in Popular Culture: From Avatars to Vampires (COMPRESSED 7wks)

Theme
Arts in Society
Course Code
LIBS1940 (Section 5)
Delivery
Online
Description
***Please note this section is compressed to 7 weeks (March 15 to May 1). Do you sometimes feel more at home battling strangers’ avatars in a war zone than walking down the halls of your own school Or do you ever wonder why humans have suddenly decided that predatory monsters like vampires might make good lovers? Useful answers to these questions require a clear understanding of human identity. Over time, our ideas about identity have undergone many changes in terms of human nature and value.

Essentials of Canadian History

Theme
Civic Life
Course Code
LIBS1160 (Section 11)
Delivery
Online (COMPRESSED 7wks)
Description
***Please note this section is compressed to 7 weeks (March 15 to May 1). This course is a study of some of the major themes of Canadian history from Confederation to the present. It is designed to increase the student’s understanding of how our past influences and engages with the present, and how we are shaping our future.

Multiculturalism: Canadian Diversity Project

Theme
Civic Life
Course Code
LIBS1580 (Section 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15)
Delivery
Online
Description
In this course students will critically identify and examine issues of diversity in Canada. Students will examine and appraise past, present, and future issues of the Canadian multicultural and diversity project. Students will develop an understanding of the impact of colonialism on the Indigenous Peoples, the immigration policies of a developing country, the legal and social impacts of the Canadian Multicultural Act and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the struggle for identity maintenance in French Quebec and among Indigenous Peoples. This course will examine the experience of new Canadians and the challenges of developing a national identity. Issues of emerging concepts such as 'the global citizen' will also be examined.

Cyberpsychology: Self and Others in a Wired World

Theme
Personal Understanding
Course Code
LIBS1970 (Section 8, 11)
Delivery
Online
Description
Cyberpsychology is the study of what happens to the human psyche, human emotions, behaviours, 'selves' and group dynamics when engaging with online technologies. Students will be introduced to theories and research concerning online technologies and how online technology change us, and influences our attitudes and behaviour. Topics related to this concept include; beliefs about the self, identity formation, self-presentation, social comparison, and interpersonal relationships (friendship and romantic relationship). Emphasis will be placed on the application of social psychological principles to our understanding of behaviour in online settings, with particular emphasis on development of the self.

Cyberpsychology: Self and Others in a Wired World (COMPRESSED 7wks)

Theme
Personal Understanding
Course Code
LIBS1970 (Section 12)
Delivery
Online
Description
***This section is compressed to 7 weeks (January 18 to March 6). Cyberpsychology is the study of what happens to the human psyche, human emotions, behaviours, 'selves' and group dynamics when engaging with online technologies. Students will be introduced to theories and research concerning online technologies and how online technology change us, and influences our attitudes and behaviour. Topics related to this concept include; beliefs about the self, identity formation, self-presentation, social comparison, and interpersonal relationships (friendship and romantic relationship). Emphasis will be placed on the application of social psychological principles to our understanding of behaviour in online settings, with particular emphasis on development of the self.

Blood From a Stone: Social and Environmental Consequences of Mining (COMPRESSED 7wks)

Theme
Science and Technology
Course Code
LIBS1135 (Section 9)
Delivery
Online
Description
***Please note this section is compressed to 7 weeks (March 15 to May 1). This course will focus on the basic geological and chemical science behind mining, and also explore the social and environmental consequences of mining jewels (for example, diamonds), rare earth (Uranium, Colton), and fossil fuels. We will learn about the chemicals and elements needed to make a range of products, from diamond rings to cellphones. We will learn about geological / mining systems, as well as the legal, cultural, professional and ethical implications of mining.

Cults & Terrorism

Theme
Social and Cultural Understanding
Course Code
LIBS1103 (Section 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
Delivery
Online
Description
In this course, students will explore the historical evolution and social impact of cults and terrorist groups. Students will learn ways to identify and define cults. Using discussions and active learning approaches, students will examine what motivates cults and terrorist groups with a specific lens towards violent activity. The impact of media and globalization will also be discussed. Students will advance their social and cultural understanding and gain awareness of the place of cults in contemporary society. Students in this course will discuss the validity of historical evidence and research historical interpretations of events using relevant and recent sources.

Cults & Terrorism (COMPRESSED 7wks)

Theme
Social and Cultural Understanding
Course Code
LIBS1103 (Section 12)
Delivery
Online
Description
***Please note this section is compressed to 7 weeks (March 15 to May 1). In this course, students will explore the historical evolution and social impact of cults and terrorist groups. Students will learn ways to identify and define cults. Using discussions and active learning approaches, students will examine what motivates cults and terrorist groups with a specific lens towards violent activity. The impact of media and globalization will also be discussed.

French Culture and Language I

Theme
Social and Cultural Understanding
Course Code
FREN1000 (Section 7, 8, 9)
Delivery
Online
Description
This introductory course explores the integrated facets of francophone culture and language with a focus on Canada. Students will attain an understanding of the contributions of French Canadian culture within the social and global environment while building basic linguistic aspects of the French language. The cultural components of the course will be taught in English with basic French vocabulary and language skills introduced throughout the units. Cultural components comprise 60% of the course, with language functions comprising 40%.

Introduction to Anthropology

Theme
Social and Cultural Understanding
Course Code
LIBS1040 (Section 6)
Delivery
Online
Description
This course is a general introduction to anthropology. The objective is to introduce students to the sub-disciplines of archaeological, linguistic, biological and cultural anthropology. The course will explore evolutionary theory, biological diversity of humans, language and compare different world cultures. Through activities, assignments, and discussions the student will explore the unique perspective of the field of anthropology in the social sciences, develop an appreciation for cultural studies, and recognize the importance of cultural relativity in understanding cultural practices and worldviews.

Introduction to The Social Sciences

Theme
Social and Cultural Understanding
Course Code
LIBS1520 (Section 6, 8, 9, 13)
Delivery
Online
Description
In order to live responsibly and to reach ones potential as an individual, and as a citizen of society, there is a need to understand the patterns of human relationships that underlie the orderly interactions of a society’s various structural units. Informed people have knowledge of the meaning of civic life in relation to diverse communities at the local, national and global level. This course will teach the basic principles and vocabulary of the social science disciplines: economics, sociology, and politics. It will introduce students to the intellectual frameworks of these disciplines and will emphasize the development of critical thinking by focusing on inequalities in contemporary Canadian society. Students will be provided with an understanding of the meaning of freedoms, rights, and participation in community and public life, in addition to a working knowledge of the structure and function of various levels of governments in Canada. The course will contribute to the development of citizens who are conscious of the diversity, complexity, and richness of the human experience, who are able to establish meaning through this consciousness, and, who, as a result, are able to contribute thoughtfully, creatively, and positively to the society in which they live and work.

Introduction to The Social Sciences (COMPRESSED 7wks)

Theme
Social and Cultural Understanding
Course Code
LIBS1520 (Section 10)
Delivery
Online
Description
***Please note this section is compressed to 7 weeks (March 15 to May 1). In order to live responsibly and to reach ones potential as an individual, and as a citizen of society, there is a need to understand the patterns of human relationships that underlie the orderly interactions of a society’s various structural units. Informed people have knowledge of the meaning of civic life in relation to diverse communities at the local, national and global level. This course will teach the basic principles and vocabulary of the social science disciplines: economics, sociology, and politics. It will introduce students to the intellectual frameworks of these disciplines and will emphasize the development of critical thinking by focusing on inequalities in contemporary Canadian society. Students will be provided with an understanding of the meaning of freedoms, rights, and participation in community and public life, in addition to a working knowledge of the structure and function of various levels of governments in Canada. The course will contribute to the development of citizens who are conscious of the diversity, complexity, and richness of the human experience, who are able to establish meaning through this consciousness, and, who, as a result, are able to contribute thoughtfully, creatively, and positively to the society in which they live and work.

Psychology Today: The Human Connection

Theme
Social and Cultural Understanding
Course Code
LIBS1085 (Section 6, 9, 11)
Delivery
Online
Description
Why are cell phones so addictive? Are humans actually getting smarter with access to more information or are we just becoming “pancake people” or superficial consumers of information? Are people becoming more narcissistic? Why is being in love so powerful and how does it affect our brain? Why do people commit school shootings and other atrocities? Will we eventually be able to upload our consciousness? Does using social media cause depression? Or are we becoming lonelier as we become more connected? Why are people so influenced by trends in the media? Psychology can help start answering all of these questions. Psychology is the scientific study of human thoughts, emotions and behaviours. Topics of interest to psychologists include all aspects of everyday life, from simple to complex thoughts to behaviours that might surprise us. This course introduces students to the human psyche by drawing on some of the hot topics in psychology today. This course is structured around themes pulled from media and research, and will delve into psychological explanations of these phenomena. Topics will explore what psychology is and does; the brain; cyberpsychology and technology; intelligence; interpersonal relationships and interactions; parenting, personality; consciousness; social psychology and psychological disorders.

Psychology Today: The Human Connection (COMPRESSED 7wks)

Theme
Social and Cultural Understanding
Course Code
LIBS1085 (Section 10)
Delivery
Online
Description
***Please note this section is compressed to 7 weeks (March 15 to May 1). Why are cell phones so addictive? Are humans actually getting smarter with access to more information or are we just becoming “pancake people” or superficial consumers of information? Are people becoming more narcissistic? Why is being in love so powerful and how does it affect our brain? Why do people commit school shootings and other atrocities? Will we eventually be able to upload our consciousness? Does using social media cause depression? Or are we becoming lonelier as we become more connected? Why are people so influenced by trends in the media? Psychology can help start answering all of these questions. Psychology is the scientific study of human thoughts, emotions and behaviours. Topics of interest to psychologists include all aspects of everyday life, from simple to complex thoughts to behaviours that might surprise us. This course introduces students to the human psyche by drawing on some of the hot topics in psychology today. This course is structured around themes pulled from media and research, and will delve into psychological explanations of these phenomena. Topics will explore what psychology is and does; the brain; cyberpsychology and technology; intelligence; interpersonal relationships and interactions; parenting, personality; consciousness; social psychology and psychological disorders.

Spanish Culture and Language I

Theme
Social and Cultural Understanding
Course Code
SPAN1000 (Section 6, 7)
Delivery
Online
Description
This introductory course explores the integrated facets of Spanish culture and language with a focus on Latin America. Students will attain an understanding of the contributions of Spanish culture within the social and global environment, while building basic linguistic aspects of the Spanish language. The cultural components of the course will be taught in English with basic Spanish vocabulary and language skills introduced throughout the units. Cultural components comprise 60% of the course, with language functions comprising 40%.

The Middle Ages & The Modern World: Facts and Fiction

Theme
Social and Cultural Understanding
Course Code
LIBS1870 (Section 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16)
Delivery
Online
Description
The course will provide students with an introduction to the impact that major cultural traditions of the Middle Ages have had on the modern world. The course will include myths, narratives, images, and other forms of representation from a variety of Western European national and religious traditions. Topics may include the study of kings, warriors, saints, knights, mystics, mythological heroes, and exotic beasts such as dragons.  It will also include examinations of medieval-themed material in modern popular culture, including fictional writing, movies, video games, businesses and historic sites.

Children's Literature Across Cultures

Theme
Arts in Society
Course Code
LIBS1015 (Section 1, 2, 3, 4)
Delivery
Online
Description
Children across the globe engage with stories as a way of learning about the world and their place within it. What can stories aimed at children tell us about ourselves and our social, political, and cultural world? What can these stories reveal about the values our society wishes to see in its children? How do changing perceptions of childhood shape the kinds of books (stories, plays, poems, and so on) that children’s authors produce? This course aims to answer these questions by introducing students to some of the major patterns and themes found in Children’s Literature written in English, with a focus on international texts. Topics to be explored may include family structures, friendship (and other social relationships such as insider/outsider, allies, stranger, or even enemy), community, identity, self-image, adventure, tradition, and the difficult but necessary process of growing up.

Identity in Popular Culture: From Avatars to Vampires

Theme
Arts in Society
Course Code
LIBS1940 (Section 1, 2)
Delivery
Online
Description
Do you sometimes feel more at home battling strangers’ avatars in a war zone than walking down the halls of your own school Or do you ever wonder why humans have suddenly decided that predatory monsters like vampires might make good lovers? Useful answers to these questions require a clear understanding of human identity. Over time, our ideas about identity have undergone many changes in terms of human nature and value.

Essentials of Canadian History

Theme
Civic Life
Course Code
LIBS1160 (Section 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Delivery
Online
Description
This course is a study of some of the major themes of Canadian history from Confederation to the present. It is designed to increase the student’s understanding of how our past influences and engages with the present, and how we are shaping our future.

Multiculturalism: Canadian Diversity Project

Theme
Civic Life
Course Code
LIBS1580 (Section 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 12)
Delivery
Online
Description
In this course students will critically identify and examine issues of diversity in Canada. Students will examine and appraise past, present, and future issues of the Canadian multicultural and diversity project. Students will develop an understanding of the impact of colonialism on the Indigenous Peoples, the immigration policies of a developing country, the legal and social impacts of the Canadian Multicultural Act and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the struggle for identity maintenance in French Quebec and among Indigenous Peoples. This course will examine the experience of new Canadians and the challenges of developing a national identity. Issues of emerging concepts such as 'the global citizen' will also be examined.

Cyberpsychology: Self and Others in a Wired World

Theme
Personal Understanding
Course Code
LIBS1970 (Section 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
Delivery
Online
Description
Cyberpsychology is the study of what happens to the human psyche, human emotions, behaviours, 'selves' and group dynamics when engaging with online technologies. Students will be introduced to theories and research concerning online technologies and how online technology change us, and influences our attitudes and behaviour. Topics related to this concept include: beliefs about the self, identity formation, self-presentation, social comparison, and interpersonal relationships (friendship and romantic relationship). Emphasis will be placed on the application of social psychological principles to our understanding of behaviour in online settings, with particular emphasis on development of the self.

Blood From a Stone: Social and Environmental Consequences of Mining 

Theme
Science and Technology
Course Code
LIBS1135 (Section 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Delivery
Online
Description
This course will focus on the basic geological and chemical science behind mining, and also explore the social and environmental consequences of mining jewels (for example, diamonds), rare earth (Uranium, Colton), and fossil fuels. We will learn about the chemicals and elements needed to make a range of products, from diamond rings to cellphones. We will learn about geological / mining systems, as well as the legal, cultural, professional and ethical implications of mining.

Cults & Terrorism

Theme
Social and Cultural Understanding
Course Code
LIBS1103 (Section 1, 2, 3, 4)
Delivery
Online
Description
In this course, students will explore the historical evolution and social impact of cults and terrorist groups. Students will learn ways to identify and define cults. Using discussions and active learning approaches, students will examine what motivates cults and terrorist groups with a specific lens towards violent activity. The impact of media and globalization will also be discussed. Students will advance their social and cultural understanding and gain awareness of the place of cults in contemporary society. Students in this course will discuss the validity of historical evidence and research historical interpretations of events using relevant and recent sources.

French Culture and Language I

Theme
Social and Cultural Understanding
Course Code
FREN1000 (Section 1, 2, 3, 5)
Delivery
Online
Description
This introductory course explores the integrated facets of francophone culture and language with a focus on Canada. Students will attain an understanding of the contributions of French Canadian culture within the social and global environment while building basic linguistic aspects of the French language. The cultural components of the course will be taught in English with basic French vocabulary and language skills introduced throughout the units. Cultural components comprise 60% of the course, with language functions comprising 40%.

Introduction to Anthropology

Theme
Social and Cultural Understanding
Course Code
LIBS1040 (Section 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Delivery
Online
Description
This course is a general introduction to anthropology. The objective is to introduce students to the sub-disciplines of archaeological, linguistic, biological and cultural anthropology. The course will explore evolutionary theory, biological diversity of humans, language and compare different world cultures. Through activities, assignments, and discussions the student will explore the unique perspective of the field of anthropology in the social sciences, develop an appreciation for cultural studies, and recognize the importance of cultural relativity in understanding cultural practices and worldviews.

Introduction to The Social Sciences

Theme
Social and Cultural Understanding
Course Code
LIBS1520 (Section 1, 4, 5, 12)
Delivery
Online
Description
In order to live responsibly and to reach ones potential as an individual, and as a citizen of society, there is a need to understand the patterns of human relationships that underlie the orderly interactions of a society’s various structural units. Informed people have knowledge of the meaning of civic life in relation to diverse communities at the local, national and global level. This course will teach the basic principles and vocabulary of the social science disciplines: economics, sociology, and politics. It will introduce students to the intellectual frameworks of these disciplines and will emphasize the development of critical thinking by focusing on inequalities in contemporary Canadian society. Students will be provided with an understanding of the meaning of freedoms, rights, and participation in community and public life, in addition to a working knowledge of the structure and function of various levels of governments in Canada. The course will contribute to the development of citizens who are conscious of the diversity, complexity, and richness of the human experience, who are able to establish meaning through this consciousness, and, who, as a result, are able to contribute thoughtfully, creatively, and positively to the society in which they live and work.

Psychology Today: The Human Connection

Theme
Social and Cultural Understanding
Course Code
LIBS1085 (Section 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Delivery
Online
Description
Why are cell phones so addictive? Are humans actually getting smarter with access to more information or are we just becoming “pancake people” or superficial consumers of information? Are people becoming more narcissistic? Why is being in love so powerful and how does it affect our brain? Why do people commit school shootings and other atrocities? Will we eventually be able to upload our consciousness? Does using social media cause depression? Or are we becoming lonelier as we become more connected? Why are people so influenced by trends in the media? Psychology can help start answering all of these questions. Psychology is the scientific study of human thoughts, emotions and behaviours. Topics of interest to psychologists include all aspects of everyday life, from simple to complex thoughts to behaviours that might surprise us. This course introduces students to the human psyche by drawing on some of the hot topics in psychology today. This course is structured around themes pulled from media and research, and will delve into psychological explanations of these phenomena. Topics will explore what psychology is and does; the brain; cyberpsychology and technology; intelligence; interpersonal relationships and interactions; parenting, personality; consciousness; social psychology and psychological disorders.

Spanish Culture and Language I

Theme
Social and Cultural Understanding
Course Code
SPAN1000 (Section 1, 2, 3, 4)
Delivery
Online
Description
This introductory course explores the integrated facets of Spanish culture and language with a focus on Latin America. Students will attain an understanding of the contributions of Spanish culture within the social and global environment, while building basic linguistic aspects of the Spanish language. The cultural components of the course will be taught in English with basic Spanish vocabulary and language skills introduced throughout the units. Cultural components comprise 60% of the course, with language functions comprising 40%.

The Middle Ages & The Modern World: Facts and Fiction

Theme
Social and Cultural Understanding
Course Code
LIBS1870 (Section 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 16)
Delivery
Online
Description
The course will provide students with an introduction to the impact that major cultural traditions of the Middle Ages have had on the modern world. The course will include myths, narratives, images, and other forms of representation from a variety of Western European national and religious traditions. Topics may include the study of kings, warriors, saints, knights, mystics, mythological heroes, and exotic beasts such as dragons. It will also include examinations of medieval-themed material in modern popular culture, including fictional writing, movies, video games, businesses and historic sites.