University College Courses
Contemporary Québec from social, economic and political perspectives.
An exploration of modern Québec culture as expressed in literature and the performing arts. Through a selection of internationally-known entertainers, we examine form, artistic innovation, communication of information and knowledge and spectatorship. Novels and plays provide key elements such as tradition and historical context.
The course will explore the structures and processes of Asian communities in Canada. Historical development of various Asian communities will be explored. Other topics include ethnic economy, ethnic media, ethnic churches, and ethnic voluntary organizations in Asian communities. Experts in related topics are invited to present their research findings. Non-sociology students may seek departmental permission to enrol.
A study of the variety of voices in Canadian fiction. Issues such as marginalization and the formulation of the Canadian canon are discussed.
An introduction to Canadian Studies organized in modules around the major themes - The Canadian Cultural Experience; Canada in International Perspective; Pluralism and Ethnicity in Canada; the Regional Structure of Canada; the Social Structure of Canada; and the Canadian Environment; in addition to a First Nations’ Perspective on Canada. The approach is interdisciplinary so that each module will draw upon Social Science and Humanities perspectives within these themes.
An exploration of the encounter between culture and mass communication in Canadian society. The course includes a consideration of the major institutions affecting culture such as the CBC, the NFB, and the granting bodies, and largely focuses on particular instances and case studies in the arts and media. Emphasis is placed on the changing role of nationalism, and the relationship between political concerns and Canadian culture.
A multidisciplinary examination of the emergence of new approaches to identity and community that go beyond official bilingualism and multiculturalism. To include cultural/literary works as well as historical and social scientific analyses illuminating relations between cultural and racial communities in post 1960’s Canada, with an emphasis on Toronto.
A survey of some of the main issues surrounding the politics of aboriginal self-government in Canada. Proceeding historically, the course examines the legal and political conditions that have fuelled the call for self-government. (Offered in alternate years)
The idea of wilderness permeates narratives of Canadian national identity, while policy-makers seek to manage and contain natural areas. This course compares and contrasts historical and contemporary wilderness narratives in literature, painting and film with policies in areas such as conservation, urban planning, land claims and tourism. (Offered by University College and the Geography Department.)
An investigation of major issues confronting Canadians today such as: Towards a Sustainable Canada; A Political Vision of Canada; Canada in the Mirror of Aboriginal Writers; The Future of Health Care in Canada; Genetics in Canada’s Past; Canadian Culture vs. the Culture of Consumerism; The Status of Women in Canada - post second wave. Students are encouraged to examine the issues not only from their disciplinary perspective but also from alternative perspectives drawn from other Social Science and Humanities traditions.
Students select an appropriate research topic and, in consultation with the Program Director, make arrangements with a suitable supervisor. Research projects must be approved by the supervisor preferably by April of the preceding academic year. Students meet periodically during the year in seminar to participate in peer evaluations of: statement of research, literature review, methods of analysis, and to share reports of progress in research.
An upper level seminar. Topics vary from year to year depending on instructor.
An introduction to the problems, theories and research strategies central to the interdisciplinary field focussing on the nature and organization of the human mind and other cognitive systems. Interrelations among the philosophical, psychological, linguistic and computer science aspects of the field are emphasized. (Offered by University College and the Department of Philosophy)
An advanced seminar in cognitive science; topics include object perception, intention & planning, problem solving & creativity, distributed cognition, emotions, and cognitive poetics.
Methods and Statistics in Health Studies
Health care is increasingly contentious with ageing population, advancements in medical technology, government fiscal restraints. How to achieve best health care given limited resources, and ensure fair, equal, accessible health care. Overview of current policy issues and its relationship to social inequality, gender, and race, provide analytical tools for understanding.
This course develops the students’ understanding of individual behaviour towards physical activity, sport and play. While the focus is on the individual participant, the course also examines the basic psychological theories underlying behaviour.
Opportunities for physical activity are profoundly affected by the social structures of Canadian society and persistent inequalities. This course enables students to study the effects of class, gender, race, and sexuality upon opportunities, programs and practices and the means by which social equity might be more effectively pursued.
This issue-oriented course will extend students’ understanding of the broad definitions of health and its determinants, and population-based strategies of health promotion in Canada. Topics include: variations in health status as affected by population patterns, class, gender, ethnicity, employment, and family composition; the major causes of morbidity and mortality; the concept of “community health”, and the opportunities and constraints facing public policy.
Individual field placement with a health research or administration professional, in which the student applies theory and skills to a specific project. Culminates in an oral and written report.
This course aims to provide an understanding of the basic concepts and methods in epidemiology. The emphasis will be on descriptive methods and study design
Introduction to the statistical techniques; descriptive and graphical methods, estimation, tests of hypotheses, one- and two-sample procedures, simple linear regression, one-way analysis of variance; methods for comparing proportions (both paired and independent) and ranks.
Designing, conducting, and evaluating survey research; emphasis on the identification and control of error and the maximization of variance in measurement.
Nature of inquiry; paradigms of research; quantitative and qualitative methods; participatory methods; need analysis; secondary data.
A course that provides a context for current health issues, focuses on breadth of learning and interconnections, and uses specific examples to illustrate common themes. In this course the student will learn about the determinants of health and disease, the disciplines that study them, and the process of applying this knowledge to the improvement of health of populations.
Cultural dimensions of health and illness and their significance for health professionals; cross-cultural communication; assessment of clients from culturally diverse backgrounds; delivery of culturally sensitive health care.
Major theoretical assessment and intervention issues in health/illness-related behaviours; focus on both communities and individuals.
This course will provide students with a comprehensive overview of tobacco and tobacco-related issues from a public health perspective. The course focuses on patterns and determinants of tobacco use, the health and social impact of tobacco use and treatment, and prevention of tobacco use. Topics will include epidemiology, nicotine addiction, genetic factors, determinants, health effects, social and economic impacts, treatment issues, prevention, and program and policy issues. Students will be exposed to experts in the field who bring real world experience in tobacco control in addition to academic expertise.
Overview of health promotion: social-psychological factors, methods and strategies; role of the health promoter and relationship to other health and social service workers; models of health and illness; strategies of health promotion; social psychological theories on health attitudes and behaviour; values and ethics in health promotion.
Theoretical basis and application of strategies to promote health; communications theory; principles of community organization and development; theories and strategies of individual and social change; use of media.
Examination of concepts and approaches for health behaviour change at both individual and organizational levels. Specific topics include: theories of health behaviour acquisition, processes of change, motivation and resistance, brief interventions, organizational analysis and quality management, and use of information technology. Emphasis on both knowledge and practical skills development.
This course introduces learners to a variety of methods, with an emphasis on survey methods for assessing and using customer feedback in health care organizations. Topics include preparing an organization for a survey, methods for disseminating results, and examining how people use data to improve.
Introduction to, and review of the fundamental principles of information systems and management science theory. Examines the power and limitations of management science techniques, comparing topics on both statistics and operations research.
Formulation and implementation of public policy using studies focused on theoretical concepts; comparisons of policy alternatives.
Principles of marketing and their application to the management of health service organizations. Stresses a customer-focus orientation, re-examination of usual strategic issues, and the relationship between marketing and quality management.
A course intended to widen the horizons and learning opportunities of future health system managers through international and intercultural learning, and to provide a learning environment for understanding different ways of approaching issues and problems related to health sciences management.
Comparative examination of the health systems of the OECD countries with a focus on components, processes and outcomes including system principles, structures, financing, human resources, technology, culture, level of centralization, and quality.
This course provides students with an overview of contemporary topics in health psychology: psychological theory, research and skills relevant to the promotion and maintenance of optimal health and the prevention and treatment of illness and physical injury. The first half of the course will cover theoretical frameworks for understanding health behaviour, motivation, and psycho-social factors that influence health attitudes and behaviour. In the second half, topics germane to clinical health psychology and multi-disciplinary settings will be explored. Emphasis on the role of health psychology and exercise wellness behaviour, and on professional issues and ethical practices for physical and health education students.
This course draws upon communications theory, political economy, semiology and sociology to examine the ways in which meanings about physical activity are produced, distributed, and consumed through the media. Topics include: the social marketing of health, advertising and the “body politic”, media advocacy, sports and fitness marketing, and the production of sport as a media event.
This course examines the body as a terrain of complex cultural politics. Drawing upon a variety of sources, especially post-modern theory, cultural anthropology, and philosophy, it will consider the ways in which the “body” has been conceptualized and the ways in which discourses on bodies have led to important political struggles, particularly in the social construction of health and sickness.
The ancient Greeks and Romans were intensely interested in sport, physical education, and the maintenance of physical strength and health. The Renaissance revived this interest and transformed physical pursuits from marginal activities into structured components of the social system. Our contemporary concepts of sport, health, and physical culture were first formulated at that time. The readings (in English translation) will be taken from original ancient and early-modern documents.
A review of the full range of theories explaining the nature and causes of conflict and possibilities for its resolution; provides students with a set of theoretical tools for effective analysis of interpersonal, civil, and international conflict.
An in-depth exploration of selected issues introduced in UNI260Y1. Topics may include: negotiation theory; ethnic and group-identity conflict; feminist perspectives on peace and war; mathematical modelling of arms races and war; decision-making theory and conflict; environmental change and conflict; and traditional perspectives on statecraft.
A colloquium (fall session) and research seminar (winter session) on the changing meanings of security. Concepts to be considered, and to be applied in research, range from the unconventional (feminist theorizing, the GAIA hypothesis) to the familiar (collective security, deterrence). (Offered by University College and the Department of Political Science)
An interdisciplinary examination of sexuality across cultures and periods. How are sexualities represented? How are they suppressed or celebrated? How and why are they labelled as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, or perverse? Do sexualities change with ethnicity, class, and gender?
Investigates the development of theoretical frameworks for the interpretation of sexuality and its diversities. Areas covered may include pre-modern understandings of sexuality, psychoanalytic theory, historical, medical, political, and post-structuralist theories. Examines how sexuality is organized and interrelated with other social relations such as gender, race, and class.
An overview of the points where sexuality and law intersect, through surveying ways of thinking about how law interprets, regulates and defines sexuality, and how communities and groups oppressed on the basis of sexuality, fare under the law in Canada and elsewhere.
Topics vary from year to year depending on instructor.
A study of the interaction of mathematics with other fields of inquiry: how mathematics influences, and is influenced by, the evolution of science and culture. Art, music, and literature, as well as the more traditionally related areas of the natural and social sciences may be considered. (Offered every three years)
A study of games, puzzles and problems focusing on the deeper principles they illustrate. Concentration is on problems arising out of number theory and geometry, with emphasis on the process of mathematical reasoning. Technical requirements are kept to a minimum. A foundation is provided for a continuing lay interest in mathematics. (Offered every three years)
An in-depth study of the life, times and work of several mathematicians who have been particularly influential. Examples may include Newton, Euler, Gauss, Kowalewski, Hilbert, Hardy, Ramanujan, Gödel, Erdös, Coxeter, Grothendieck. (Offered every three years)
A general, non-mathematical introduction to many of the most interesting concepts of modern Physics. It focuses on basic changes in our view of the universe that are needed to accommodate important discoveries of 20th-century Physics, and introduces some of the striking parallels to ideas of Eastern mysticism. Topics include space-time, relativity, curvature of space, quantum physics, chaos, quarks and big bang cosmology. (Given by the Department of Physics and University College)
Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project. See page 40 for details.
An opportunity to pursue at the 300-level an independent course of study not otherwise available within the Faculty. A written proposal, co-signed by the instructor, must be submitted on the appropriate proposal form for approval by the Vice-Principal of University College prior to registration.
An opportunity to pursue at the 400-level an independent course of study not otherwise available within the Faculty. A written proposal, co-signed by the instructor, must be submitted on the appropriate proposal form for approval by the Vice-Principal of University College prior to registration.
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