XI. Course Descriptions

Arts, Humanities, Social Science

AHSS*1000 Microeconomics F (3-0) [0.50]
Microeconomics introduces students to the ideas of how society and individuals use limited resources to meet their needs. It focuses on the individual and the firm within the Canadian economy to develop competencies in understanding current events through the application of microeconomic theories including supply, demand, prices, wages, unemployment, markets, competition and monopoly. It examines the concept of market failure and the need for government intervention to achieve social and political goals. This course provides the foundation for further study of the accumulative effects of these elements in macroeconomics.
AHSS*1010 Macroeconomics W (3-0) [0.50]
Macroeconomics is the study of the operation of the economy as a whole. This course, building beyond the concepts and theories of microeconomics provides the theoretical constructs that are essential to understanding the total Canadian production and spending. It develops competencies in understanding current economic events through assignments and case studies, which examine how governments may manipulate fiscal and monetary policy to control the economy and achieve economic goals and the concerns of interest rates, unemployment, inflation and the exchange rate of the Canadian dollar.
Prerequisite(s): AHSS*1000
AHSS*1020 Human Security and World Disorder W (3-0) [0.50]
This course examines an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human security. Drawing on resources from psychology, philosophy, history and political science, students examine the policies and procedures used to address security issues in the 20th century and evaluate their applicability in facing future challenges. In this process, students study key concepts in the works of such thinkers as Freud, Nietzsche, Hobbes, Marx, Arendt, Rawls and Bourdieu.
AHSS*1030 Introduction to Organizational Behaviour W (3-0) [0.50]
This course in Organization Behaviour examines and analyzes organizations as open systems and focuses on key variables including organizational culture, the external environment, organizational structure, motivation, group dynamics, leadership, change management and communication. The student will demonstrate increased competency by applying their knowledge and skills to contemporary business situations through case studies and other activities.
AHSS*1040 Currents in Twentieth Century Global History F (3-0) [0.50]
This course introduces students to the main currents of twentieth century global history with a particular emphasis on Asia, Africa and Latin America. It focuses on themes of hegemony and resistance; great power imperialism and nationalist resistance; post-colonial struggles against foreign domination; challenges to global economic and political structures; race and gender hierarchies; and technological and environmental movements.
AHSS*1050 Sociology of Consumption F (3-0) [0.50]
This course analyses the consumption of goods and services that is both the driver of our economy and a daily personal activity. Patterns of consumption vary according. Patterns of consumption vary according to class, ethnicity, and gender, and this course examines these differences in detail. The possibility of resistance to prevailing trends and the question of ecological constraints on consumption are probed as alternatives to the dominant mythology of the market. The growth of consumer culture is examined from a variety of classical and contemporary perspectives, including thinkers such as Marx, Weber, Veblen, Simmel, Adorno, Galbraith, and Bourdieu.
AHSS*1060 Mass Communication F (3-0) [0.50]
This course examines the theories and practices of the mass media and its impact on society. It examines the purposes of the mass media in a democratic society by comparing the works of various theorists such as, Marshall McLuhan, Noam Chomsky, and Neil Postman. This course is a study of traditional media –newspapers, magazines, television, radio, film – and the rapidly growing new media.
AHSS*1070 Film Study W (3-0) [0.50]
This is an introductory survey of the cinema as a form of 20th Century art. It analyzes the basic elements of movies – shots, angles, camera movements, editing and composition – and explores the language of film through viewing and analysis of notable examples from various decades and genres. Propaganda and documentaries are also studied, along with the ways popular cinema can deal with ideologically oppressed groups.
AHSS*1080 Ethical Issues W (3-0) [0.50]
Through a case study approach, this course examines ethical theories to contemporary moral issues faced by professionals working in media industries. It examines which, if any, limits should be placed on the media and its influence on society.
AHSS*1090 Communication, Technology and Culture W (3-0) [0.50]
By adopting an interdisciplinary approach that draws upon resources from literature, philosophy, sociology, and media studies, this course examines the inter-dependence of communications, technology and culture. Integrating practical lab assignments with theory, students will reflect on the ways in which the new media is changing how we view the world and see ourselves.
AHSS*1100 The Examined Life W (3-0) [0.50]
Students are introduced to the art of philosophical reasoning and reflection through a diverse selection of writing drawn from philosophy, religion, art, science and meditation. Students explore their intellectual legacy to find their own unique perspectives. The course encourages students to appreciate the connections between philosophy and other modes of intellectual inquiry.
AHSS*1110 Introductory Psychology: Dynamics F (3-0) [0.50]
Students are introduced to the discipline of psychology’s basic concepts, theories, research methods, and practices in four sub-areas --Developmental, Personality, Abnormal, and Social Psychology. Psychology developed as a social and behavioural science, as well as a profession. Its research findings are applicable in such contexts as education, early childhood settings, social work, the justice system, and the work place.
AHSS*1120 Introductory Psychology: Principles F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This course provides an introduction to the experimental study of the evolving nature of human and animal behaviour. Particular emphasis is placed on linking the biological, behavioural and cognitive scientific findings that describe the life long processes involved in learning, perception, memory, thinking, consciousness, motivation and emotion.
AHSS*1130 Principles of Sociology F (3-0) [0.50]
Sociology is the systematic study of the groups, cultures and societies, which constitute collective human life. It examines patterns of social organization, and the resulting influences and constraints within which we all operate. This course introduces students to the major theories, perspectives and topics in sociology. Major sociological theories are explored and applied to the analysis of economic power, cultural values, family, religion, gender, ethnicity, class, age, and race.
AHSS*1140 Public Sector Management W (3-0) [0.50]
The changing nature of public sector management in Canada is the key focus of this course. By the end of World War Two, governments were playing a far more important role in society than ever before. However, in the 1970s and 1980s, the traditional public service came under attack for its size, its lack of innovation, and widespread inefficiencies. The rhetoric of public management grew. Students become acquainted with a number of the ideas associated with public management including alternative service delivery (ASD), privatization, contracting out, and the infusion of other management techniques from the private sector into the public service.
AHSS*1150 Introduction to Law F (3-0) [0.50]
Students analyze the elements of offences, classify offences, and identify possible defences in criminal cases. They also examine the rights and obligations of citizens involving areas of civil law. Students learn to recognize the responsibilities and limitations of citizens and police officers in light of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. They develop legal research and analysis skills to locate, interpret and apply statute and case law.
AHSS*1160 Crime and Criminal Justice F (3-0) [0.50]
Students examine the literature on crime and criminal justice from a sociological perspective. Particular attention is given to cross-national and cross-cultural issues by way of comparison, in order to allow students to gain a broader sense of criminological theory, research and practice. Topics include an examination of social criminological theories, data sources, research methods, types of criminal behaviour, and the criminal justice system.
AHSS*1170 Lifespan Development F (3-0) [0.50]
This is an interdisciplinary course drawing on psychology, sociology and human biology in providing an overview of how human development unfolds across the life cycle. It will provide students with repeated opportunities to explore implication and applications for both work and family settings, and for enhancing their own self-understanding. This course will be conducted exclusively over the web and will bring students into close interactive contact with their instructor and with the other students in the class.
Offering(s): Offered through Distance Education format only.
Restriction(s): AHSS*2040, PSYC*1130, not available to students registered in B.A. Sc.(PSYC).
AHSS*1190 The Political Process & Social Work F (3-0) [0.50]
This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to the issues of power and wealth in Canadian society, and the formal political system of government. The course examines the various political influences, both inside and outside government, that affect people’s lives and shape communities. The course also examines the relationship between political processes and their impact on the human services and the clients they serve.
AHSS*1200 Issues in Social Welfare W (3-0) [0.50]
Students develop knowledge, understanding and analytical skills of the current status and future choices concerning Canada’s social welfare system. They study the current social and economic trends and their impact on social welfare programs, clients, agencies and social service workers. Students examine the different value systems underlying current government proposals for social welfare reform at both the provincial and federal levels as well as the underlying values of other stakeholders such as consumer groups and social welfare agencies. They develop the skills to analyze the implications of the reforms for clients, communities and social service workers.
Prerequisite(s): AHSS*1190 or 6.0 credits
AHSS*1210 English I: Reading and Writing Effectively F (3-0) [0.50]
Good communication skills are essential for good citizenship and for successful participation in the complex world of the 21st century. This course offers foundational training in written communication, using models of effective writing from many areas of contemporary life and representing various important social and cultural issues. Students practice their own writing through a number of assignments, while developing a critical awareness of their society through classroom discussion, oral presentations, and the course readings. Assignments are tailored to the needs of various applied disciplines, including business writing.
AHSS*1220 Teaching Drama to Children W (2-3) [0.50]
Beginning with a discussion of what constitutes "drama", the course explores drama as a site of learning for young children. Students evaluate the role of the teacher in working with children at various stages of development, and the materials and organization that are necessary for establishing a successful drama program in the classroom.
AHSS*1230 Introduction to Classical Culture S,F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This course offers a wide-ranging look at essential features of Greek and of Roman culture and society. Considerable emphasis will be given to the classical views of the human condition.
AHSS*1240 Introduction to Indigenous Studies W (3-0) [0.50]
This course will provide an introduction of human settlement in Canada with an emphasis on the factors (past and current) that affect children, their families and communities. Students will gain an understanding of the traditional perspectives of child development, family structure and parenting roles. Students will gain an insight into the role of children in Indigenous communities and explore current Indigenous community initiatives that maintain and promote cultures and identities.
Offering(s): Also offered through Distance Education format.
AHSS*1250 Critical Thinking F (3-0) [0.50]
In this course, students will be challenged to thinkabout thinking and to recognize faulty reasoning and to support reliable conclusions in their own arguments.
AHSS*1260 Modern and Contemporary Philosophy W (3-0) [0.50]
Philosophy can be defined as the "love of wisdom." More specifically, philosophy is the rational and critical inquiry into the fundamental questions of human existence: Does life have a meaning or is it simply absurd? Does God exist or is belief in God merely a myth? In this course, we will take a historical approach to the central issues of philosophy by examining such questions as: What is the nature of reality (metaphysics)? What can we know (epistemology)? Do good and evil exist (ethics)? What is beauty (aesthetics)? Through the investigation of these timeless questions, we will participate in "the great conversation" that has shaped the world in which we live. This course continues the historical approach to the central problems of philosophy. Students will study the modern and more contemporary philosophers who have influenced our understanding of modernity. Beginning with Descartes, the Utilitarians will be studied. The course will also examine Nietzsche’s critique of conventional morality and rationalistic philosophy.
AHSS*1270 Everyday Economics W (3-0) [0.50]
This course offers an introduction to economics designed for a wide audience of students. Core economics concepts such as prices, supply and demand, opportunity costs, and incentives will be addressed. But these will be covered in such a way as to probe everyday aspects of our lives, such as relationships, culture, politics, religion, and education. Students will learn how economics informs the choices we make and how it illuminates the way societies function.
AHSS*1280 History of Art & Architecture F (3-0) [0.50]
This course introduces students to the history of art and architecture from the earliest human communities to the present as well as classic and contemporary works from Eastern and Western civilizations, including works which draw on religious, mythological, and political themes. The course offers an introduction to interpreting art and architecture within particular contexts as well as introduction to why selected works are considered to be of universal importance.
AHSS*1300 Sociology of the Everyday U (3-0) [0.50]
This course investigates the social practices through which common-sense understandings are woven into the fabric of daily life. Drawing on sociological theories of everyday life as well as social and philosophical inquiries into the character of the body, time, space, work, death and intimacy, students reflect upon how they as social actors constitute the world and establish its order and sensibility through routine and ongoing practices that are otherwise taken for granted.
AHSS*1310 Health Counselling and Behaviour Change W (3-0) [0.50]
This course integrates social and health science concepts for the purpose of investigating the prevention of chronic disease through individual behaviour change. Topics covered will include social cognitive theories of exercise behaviour, principles of behaviour change, behaviour change strategies, application of the transtheoretical model of behaviour change, adherence and motivation to exercise, counselling skills, the development of interpersonal skills in dealing with clients, and the process of health and fitness goal setting.
Restriction(s): This is a Priority Access Course. Enrolment may be restricted to particular programs or specializations. See Guelph-Humber Registrarial Services website for more information.
AHSS*1330 Principles of Anthropology W (3-0) [0.50]
This course is an introduction to the study of cultural anthropology. Exploring different cultural traditions and worldviews, this course will examine divergent peoples across nations and cultures, their socialization and the impact of overarching forces, such as globalization, war and nationalism. The course will investigate how gender, social class, race and age shape people’s lives and the decisions they make. This course exposes students to relevant research methodologies that seek to address these topics and provides a focus on analyzing various forms of “development” and how they intersect with global economic, political and cultural order.
AHSS*1350 Intercultural Understanding and Communication S,F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This course introduces the foundational theoretical frameworks of intercultural communication studies. Students will discover, explore, and analyze cultural values and their function in order to develop essential tools to communicate and behave effectively and appropriately in intercultural situations and to see themselves as cultural beings. Theoretical models and case studies will be used to assist students in the development of their understanding and appreciation of the multifaceted nature of intercultural situations.
AHSS*1410 Spanish Language and Culture W (3-0) [0.50]
This course introduces students to the language and culture of Hispanic societies. Students will learn basic Spanish grammar and vocabulary. Since culture and language are inextricably linked, students will also gain cultural literacy which will include historical, social and economic developments in the Spanish-speaking world.
Offering(s): Also offered through Distance Education format.
AHSS*1420 French Language and Culture F (3-0) [0.50]
This course introduces students to the language and culture of Francophone societies. Students will learn basic French grammar and vocabulary. Since culture and language are inextricably linked, students will also gain cultural literacy which will include historical, social and economic developments in the French-speaking world.
Offering(s): Also offered through Distance Education format.
AHSS*2010 Documentary Film and Television F (2-2) [0.50]
This course examines topics in the history and rhetoric of documentary and non-fiction film and television, through critical analyses and comparison of classic and contemporary examples of the form. Students also study the central modes of documentary production and distribution, including public and commercial television, theatrical distribution and film festivals, within various cultural contexts including Canada.
Prerequisite(s): AHSS*1070
AHSS*2020 Presentations and Persuasion W (2-2) [0.50]
The ability to present material effectively in public is an important aspect of both journalism and public relations. In this study of public presentation, students are introduced to the psychology of persuasion, techniques of addressing an audience, and rhetoric, including a consideration of classical modes of argument.
AHSS*2030 Contemporary Narrative F (3-0) [0.50]
This course examines a variety of short stories and novels from various countries, looking at theories of narrative and ways of approaching the study of literature. Contemporary social and political issues are discussed in relation to questions of aesthetics and language. Students explore cultural differences in the context of Canadian society at the turn of the twenty-first century and in relation to the past. Some of the texts specifically address questions related to media studies and prompt students to consider links between imaginative writing and other kinds of media communication.
AHSS*2040 Early and Middle Childhood Development W (3-0) [0.50]
This course examines the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of children from infancy to adolescence with a focus on pre-school ages through the course of middle childhood (ages 2-11). Emphasis is placed on integrating the theories of prominent developmental theorists with contemporary research findings for practical application purposes. Students gain the capacity to thoughtfully address common issues and questions that face practitioners and researchers of early and middle childhood development.
AHSS*2080 Ethical and Professional Issues in Human Services W (3-0) [0.50]
The Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers are examined in detail in this course, along with case study material emphasizing implications for practice, including a framework for analysing and resolving a range of ethical and legal issues. Some issues include: professional and personal boundaries, self-determination and personal autonomy of clients versus paternalistic beneficence, and the use of coercion or undue influence, dual relationships, confidentiality and privacy issues, determinations of competence, requirements concerning the maintenance of professional expertise, including cultural competence, self-awareness and self-care.
Prerequisite(s): FCSS*2020
AHSS*2090 Supporting Families: Research and Applications W (3-0) [0.50]
This course builds on students’ introductory courses in family relationships and child development by focusing on parent-child interactions that promote healthy outcomes for children in order to assess dynamics that are problematic and require intervention. It broadens understanding of the interdependence in parent-child relationships by analysing how they are influenced by factors internal and external to the family. Research and personal beliefs related to contemporary family issues are examined to formulate helpful interventions and supports for parents.
Prerequisite(s): AHSS*2120
Restriction(s): Registration in B.A.Sc. (FCSS) program.
AHSS*2110 Criminological Theory I W (3-0) [0.50]
This course will examine the development of criminological theory from the late 1700’s to contemporary times. In particular biological, psychological and sociological modes of inquiry in criminological theory are studied, analyzed and applied.
Prerequisite(s): AHSS*1160
AHSS*2120 Couple and Family Dynamics W (3-0) [0.50]
Couple and family experience is expressed in different forms of relationships including traditional heterosexual marriages, same sex partnerships, cohabitation, separated, divorced, and remarried families and parenting throughout the life cycle. Students examine both the internal dynamics in families as they change throughout the life course, and the impact of broader social, economic and cultural forces such as race, class, and ethnicity on couple and family relationship processes.
Offering(s): Also offered through Distance Education format.
AHSS*2130 Subcultures and the Media W (3-0) [0.50]
Subcultures, as social groups organized around shared interests and practices, can take on many forms. The term implies that these groups differentiate themselves in opposition to mainstream culture. This course examines the many levels of resistance and appropriation that occur within the media pertaining to subcultures as outsiders and as audience. Readings, screenings and written assignments assist the student to develop a critical understanding of subcultures and the media.
Prerequisite(s): AHSS*2010
AHSS*2140 Money, Markets, and Democracy W (3-0) [0.50]
This course provides an introduction to the currency, bond, and equity markets and poses the question: do these markets, on balance, negatively or positively influence the social structure, economy, and politics of nations? Students are expected to explore are evaluate whether the capital markets in their current form, serve the public interest.
Offering(s): Offered through Distance Education format only.
AHSS*2150 City Life W (3-0) [0.50]
This course examines how it feels to live in cities as well as how different cities afford different experiences among their citizens. Students are expected to do a comparative analysis of different cities and to reflect on their own experience of the city.
AHSS*2160 Scientific Achievements of the 20th Century W (3-0) [0.50]
Throughout the twentieth century, our previous scientific understanding was supplemented by the integrative approaches of ecology, systems and complexity theory. These breakthroughs in our knowledge are explored in a manner accessible and interesting to all students, even those with minimal scientific backgrounds. Emphasis is placed on a descriptive and numerical understanding of the themes and their implications to thought, society, and our daily lives, rather than developing specific science skills.
AHSS*2170 The Human Figure W (3-2) [0.50]
In this course students examine the image of the body and its representation in art and fashion photography in respect to historical, socio/cultural, feminist, political, and technological issues. In addition, students will have the opportunity to explore some of the critical issues introduced in slide lectures through assigned and self-directed projects, and to engage in an ongoing dialogue and debate in group critique sessions.
Prerequisite(s): MDST*1030, MDST*2130
Restriction(s): Registration in Media Studies Image Arts Specialization.
AHSS*2180 Greek and Roman History S,F,W (3-0) [0.50]
The course examines the history of Ancient Greece and Rome from the Bronze Age to the collapse of the Roman Empire.
AHSS*2190 History of Communication F (3-0) [0.50]
In this course students explore the historical, cultural and social evolution of human language and communication. Students study communication in oral and literate societies before examining the impact of technological change, from the introduction of the printing press to the digital communications revolution.
Prerequisite(s): 2.00 credits
AHSS*2200 Ethics and Professional Issues F (2-1) [0.50]
This course examines the ethical responsibilities of and issues confronted by psychologists and psychological associates practising in a variety of professional contexts. Some issues include: professional and personal boundaries, dual relationships, confidentiality and privacy issues, conflicts of interest, psychometry and the reporting of test results, forensic assessments, trust and deception in the context of research, and scientific integrity.
AHSS*2210 Classical Mythology S,F,W (3-0) [0.50]
An examination of the nature and function of myth in Classical Antiquity, this course shows how the narrative and symbolic structure of myths orders individual and communal experience. The myths that have influenced Western civilization receive special emphasis.
Offering(s): Offered through Distance Education format only.
AHSS*2220 Canada: A Regional Synthesis S,F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This course is designed to provide a better understanding of the nature and basis of Canadian regionalism. The first section of the course stresses the biophysical base and the inequality of the natural resource endowment. The historical geographic approach and the systematic overviews of contemporary Canada stress respectively the development and nature of the Canadian space-economy. The final section on regions, regionalism and nationalism provides an overview of the heartland-hinterland dichotomy and centrifugal and centripetal forces operative in the nation.
AHSS*2230 Post-Confederation Canada S,F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This course is a study of selected events and issues in post-Confederation Canadian history including political, economic, social, and cultural developments.
Prerequisite(s): 5.00 credits
AHSS*2240 Contemporary Canadian Issues S,F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This course is a study of selected issues in modern Canadian history. The subjects investigated such as first nations people, the environment, the state and the family will vary with the expertise of the instructor.
Offering(s): Offered through Distance Education format only.
Prerequisite(s): 5.00 credits
AHSS*2250 Politics: An Introduction S,F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This course is an introductory exploration of the forces determining the conduct of governments. After outlining the essence of government and the sources of its authority, the course examines the different forms of government. Also analyzed are the factors shaping public policy, such as interest groups, political parties, media, elections, and the courts. In this course, students will also consider the military, political, and economic facets of international relations.
Prerequisite(s): 2.50 credits
AHSS*2260 War and Society S,F,W (3-0) [0.50]
Concentrating on developments following the introduction of gunpowder, the course will consider the evolution of military strategy and tactics, the impact of technology on warfare, and the relationship between war and civilian populations.
Offering(s): Offered through Distance Education format only.
AHSS*2280 Popular Music F,W (3-0) [0.50]
Popular music is an important mode of cultural expression world wide. This course is primarily concerned with popular music in the United States and Britain. Issues such as the relation of popular music to race, class and gender will be addressed, in addition to considerations of the impact of technological change on the transmission of popular music. Students need not have formal training in music to take the course.
AHSS*2290 Environment and History S,F,W (3-0) [0.50]
An introduction to the field of environmental history, this course provides a historical perspective to human existence in and interaction with the natural world. It examines the ways the physical environment, weather patterns, non-human animals and plant life have shaped human life in selected areas of the globe, as well as the causes and effects of human-induced modification of the natural world. It also asks students to consider the evolution of attitudes about and depiction of non-human life and the environment, as well as the arguments of conservation/environmental advocates and their opponents over time.
Offering(s): Also offered through Distance Education format.
AHSS*2310 Leadership and Motivation S,F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This course presents leadership theories and research findings, teaches students to apply leadership theories and concepts, emphasizes the development of leadership skills, and examines the importance of communication and the communication process. In addition, the major theories of human motivation are studied in order to provide the student insight into the processes that activate human behaviour.
Restriction(s): Not available to students registered in B.A.Sc. (ECS) or B.B.A.
AHSS*2320 Religion and Society S,F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This course surveys the major trends in religious beliefs and practices and their social impact since the Reformation. The focus of the course is on the British Isles and North America with some discussion of developments in Continental Europe.
Offering(s): Offered through Distance Education format only.
AHSS*2330 Hockey and Canadian Nation F,W (3-0) [0.50]
Hockey has had a significant social, economic, political and cultural impact on the Canadian nation. This course will enable students see how the national game has reflected prevailing Canadian attitudes toward many issues including national identity, societal norms and values, war and militarism, masculinity and femininity, professionalism and amateurism, class, race, memory and mythmaking.
Offering(s): Offered through Distance Education format only.
AHSS*2340 Modern & Contemporary Literature W (3-0) [0.50]
This course introduces students to the diversity of modern and contemporary literature, from the 19th century to today. After reading and discussing selected texts, students will be able to parse out the author’s intentions and motivations, as well as understand the historical, social, and cultural conditions that provide the framework for the text. The course will also consider how literature expresses persistent universal human concerns such as love, death, and the search for meaning. Texts may include novels, short stories, drama, or poetry. All readings will be in English or English translation.
AHSS*2350 Immigration & Identity in Canada F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This course examines the historical movement of peoples into Canada since the late eighteenth century. Attempting to explore modern Canadian identity and notions of hybrid and hyphenated identity, the course will focus on the arrival and settlement of a range of different nationalities and ethnic groups into Canada.
AHSS*2360 Judaism, Christianity & Islam F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This course introduces students to the comparative study of religion in history and the interaction of religion with general social and cultural traits over time. A focus on the cultural roots of these three specific traditions will account for their spread across social and national boundaries. This course will provide students with a deep understanding of the social impact of religion in general and of these religions in particular. The course will also analyze the relations among the three through an examination of the historical roots of areas of co-operation and of conflict.
AHSS*2410 Religious Traditions of Asia F (3-0) [0.50]
This course introduces students to some of the major religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto) that originated in Asia. Students will study the history, sacred texts, practices, and beliefs of these traditions within the political and cultural contexts of India, Tibet, China, and Japan. The course also considers the cultural influence and philosophical salience of these religions in contemporary North America. Students will also learn the methodology of the academic approach to religion.
AHSS*2450 Europe from the Renaissance to the Present W (3-0) [0.50]
This course presents a broad survey of European history from the 15th century to today, beginning with the Renaissance through the creation of the modern nation-state to the present. It focuses on seminal events such as the Industrial and French Revolutions, World Wars I and II, and the creation of the European Union. Additionally, the course introduces students to some of the key modern political ideologies that originated in Europe but have had lasting consequences for the entire world. Students will also study influential European cultural and intellectual traditions.
Prerequisite(s): 2.00 credits
AHSS*3010 Leadership and Early Childhood W (3-0) [0.50]
This course requires students to critically analyze the role of leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship in the early childhood sector. Students explore leadership potential, qualities, and abilities for professionals who work with children, their families, and other adults. Students examine the importance of the early years and how this understanding impacts on the changing nature of work, activities and available services. Using constructs of leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship, students create an independent business plan and complete a group project.
Prerequisite(s): 10.00 credits
Co-requisite(s): ECS*3070
Restriction(s): Registration in the Bachelor of Applied Science - Early Childhood program.
AHSS*3020 Working with Communities F (3-0) [0.50]
This course assists students to develop the skills needed to achieve constructive social change through the community development and community organization processes. The course includes a critical examination of community development and community organizing theories as well as the practical applications and processes. Case studies from both the developing and developed world will be used to critically analyze how development activities can both empower or disempower communities.
Prerequisite(s): 7.50 credits
Restriction(s): RRegistration in Family and Community Social Services program.
AHSS*3040 Foundations of Social Gerontology F (3-0) [0.50]
Learners explore major concepts and theories in social gerontology and begin to apply them to case situations, discussing their implications for practice. Taught from an empowerment perspective, the content of this course is intended to cause course participants to begin to challenge on knowledge and ethical grounds their own assumptions as well as common practices in this field. A critical analytical approach helps students to understand the deeper structural issues, which affect the daily lives of older adults, and helps them to begin to formulate social change strategies to address these issues.
AHSS*3050 Canadian Social Problems F (3-0) [0.50]
Students critically examine Canadian social problems using a variety of sociological theories including Symbolic Interactionism, Conflict Theory, Feminism and Structural Functionalism. Topics studied include; poverty and inequality, crime and deviance, drugs and addictions, ethnocentrism and racism, mental and physical illness, work and unemployment and gender issues. Particular emphasis is placed on a theoretical critique of social responses to these topics.
Prerequisite(s): 5.00 credits including: AHSS*1130
Restriction(s): Registration in the B.A.Sc. (JS) program.
AHSS*3060 Criminological Theory II W (3-0) [0.50]
This course builds on AHSS*2110 provides a sophisticated appreciation of contemporary criminological theory. Also examined are recent trends in criminological theory and how criminologists constitute the subject matter of their discipline. Theories are discussed in relation to recent developments in crime, social policy trends and their ideological underpinnings.
Prerequisite(s): 5.00 credits including: AHSS*2110
Restriction(s): Registration in the B.A.Sc. (JS) program.
AHSS*3080 Web Design W (3-2) [0.50]
This course examines the principles of successful website design and communication. Design issues and creative solutions to web page functionality, usability and content are explored. Lectures and supervised lab sessions enable students to create their own web site portfolio.
AHSS*3200 Desire and Discontent F (3-0) [0.50]
This interdisciplinary course examines the insights of philosophy, psychoanalysis, and psychology in the attempt to understand the human cycle of desire and discontent. Focusing on experiences of passion, acquisitiveness, success, and their attendant emotions of happiness, despair, guilt, hope, shame, regret and anger, this course examines the role which desire and discontent play in motivating human behaviour and shaping personality.
Prerequisite(s): 5.00 credits
AHSS*3210 Betrayal in Contemporary Fiction W (3-0) [0.50]
This course examines the representation of betrayal in selected contemporary novels and short stories. Students study not only themes of betrayal in fiction but also examine, through additional readings in literary criticism, how betrayal is also a characteristic and device of contemporary narrative form.
Prerequisite(s): 5.00 credits
AHSS*3220 Law and the Media F (3-0) [0.50]
This course provides a thorough introduction to the relationship between media and the laws of Canada, beginning with the origin and development of Media Law. An understanding of media/communications law and its forms and applications is necessary to ensure the success of any endeavour in media/communications, especially with the ongoing and rapid development of electronic technology. Identification of legal issues is emphasized. This knowledge, in turn, assists the student to communicate ethically and responsibly to recognizing legal issues and consequences and handling effectively and professionally.
Prerequisite(s): 7.50 credits
Restriction(s): Registration in the B.A.Sc. (MS) program.
AHSS*3230 Trends in Gender Issues W (3-0) [0.50]
This interdisciplinary course explores contemporary issues and theoretical approaches concerning women and gender. Through an examination of popular cultural, literary and academic sources, this course will acquaint students with the main current trends in women's studies. The philosophical tensions concerning gender equality and difference, "Third World" feminism, "Black" feminism, rights-based feminism, and post-modernism provide context for consideration of specific issues such as violence against women, prostitution, and reproductive rights.
Prerequisite(s): 5.00 credits
AHSS*3260 Psychology and the Law S,F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This course will examine a number of issues related to the interaction between psychology and law. The methods, theories, and findings of social psychology, cognitive psychology, and developmental psychology as applied to legal processes will be emphasized. Included among the issues to be examined are: theories of criminal behaviour; aggression and violence; the psychological foundations of police investigations; the psychology of eyewitness testimony; the psychological impact of victimization; legal issues related to mental health; and the role of psychological factors in the trial process.
Offering(s): Offered through Distance Education format only.
Prerequisite(s): 5.00 credits including: AHSS*1110
AHSS*3500 International Field Study S (3-0) [0.50]
In this course, students will explore a topic or theme by participating in an international study tour. Themes and topics will vary with the instructor’s expertise, the location of the study tour, and the nature of the visit. Through assigned readings and group discussions, students will be expected to acquire an understanding of the subject-matter associated with the study tour. At the end of the course, students are expected to complete a substantial research paper or project on a topic related to the tour. Detailed information regarding course requirements, the associated costs in addition to tuition and fees, and applications deadlines is available on the Study Abroad website: http://www.guelphhumber.ca/registrar/studyabroad
Prerequisite(s): 9.50 credits
Restriction(s): Program Head Consent required
AHSS*3510 International Field Study S (3-0) [0.50]
In this course, students will explore a topic or theme by participating in an international study tour. Themes and topics will vary with the instructor’s expertise, the location of the study tour, and the nature of the visit. Through assigned readings and group discussions, students will be expected to acquire an understanding of the subject-matter associated with the study tour. At the end of the course, students are expected to complete a substantial research paper or project on a topic related to the tour. Detailed information regarding course requirements, the associated costs in addition to tuition and fees, and applications deadlines is available on the Study Abroad website: http://www.guelphhumber.ca/registrar/studyabroad
Prerequisite(s): 9.50 credits
Restriction(s): Program Head Consent required
AHSS*3520 International Field Study S (3-0) [0.50]
In this course, students will explore a topic or theme by participating in an international study tour. Themes and topics will vary with the instructor’s expertise, the location of the study tour, and the nature of the visit. Through assigned readings and group discussions, students will be expected to acquire an understanding of the subject-matter associated with the study tour. At the end of the course, students are expected to complete a substantial research paper or project on a topic related to the tour. Detailed information regarding course requirements, the associated costs in addition to tuition and fees, and applications deadlines is available on the Study Abroad website: http://www.guelphhumber.ca/registrar/studyabroad
Prerequisite(s): 9.50 credits
Restriction(s): Program Head Consent required
AHSS*3530 International Field Study S (3-0) [0.50]
In this course, students will explore a topic or theme by participating in an international study tour. Themes and topics will vary with the instructor’s expertise, the location of the study tour, and the nature of the visit. Through assigned readings and group discussions, students will be expected to acquire an understanding of the subject-matter associated with the study tour. At the end of the course, students are expected to complete a substantial research paper or project on a topic related to the tour. Detailed information regarding course requirements, the associated costs in addition to tuition and fees, and applications deadlines is available on the Study Abroad website: http://www.guelphhumber.ca/registrar/studyabroad
Prerequisite(s): 9.50 credits
Restriction(s): Program Head Consent required
AHSS*4050 Youth and the Law F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This course examines selected topics on young offenders in Canada and elsewhere. Topics studied include: public perceptions about youth crime and its control; the history of youth crime and legislation; the measurement of youth crime; theories of delinquency; crime among marginal youth; female offenders; the long term consequences of youthful offending; and the policing, sentencing and punishing of youth.
Prerequisite(s): 10.00 credits including: AHSS*2110, SCMA*3040
AHSS*4060 Law and Society F (3-0) [0.50]
This course examines the social basis of law. Specific topics include the law as an instrument of stability or change, and the role of lawmakers, law enforcers and interpreters, including the legal profession, the police, judges and courts. Although the primary focus of this course is Canadian, there will be a comparative component particularly as it relates to theoretical perspectives. This course specifically focus on: types of law, theories of law, origins of law, social control and punishment, the legal profession, assessing the impact of the law, existing biases in the law particularly as it relates to women, and law and social change. In the Canadian context, particular attention is given to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and its effect on law, society and policy.
Prerequisite(s): 10.00 credits including: AHSS*1150, AHSS*1160, AHSS*2110
AHSS*4070 Issues in Ethnicity and Class F (3-0) [0.50]
This course provides students with an advanced theoretical and empirical understanding of social class and ethnicity in the context of Canadian society. In addition, the course encourages students to apply their knowledge to contemporary institutions.
Prerequisite(s): AHSS*1200, AHSS*3050
AHSS*4080 Transition to Work F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This course examines various aspects of the transition from school to work. Changes taking place in organizations and work, and the advanced level, general skills needed by university graduates in the workplace and explored. In addition, transition issues, such as the change from the role 'student' to 'employee' or 'entrepreneur', are examined.
Prerequisite(s): 12.75 credits
AHSS*4090 Ethics and the Justice System F,W (3-0) [0.50]
Students study primary sources that set out the major schools of ethical thought and moral reasoning. Various models are used to critically analyze Canadian criminal cases and social issues such as euthanasia, abortion, capital punishment and animal rights. In addition, students have the opportunity to reflect upon their own ethical reasoning and consider alternative approaches.
Prerequisite(s): 10.00 credit including JUST*1030
AHSS*4100 Public Policy: Challenges and Prospects W (3-0) [0.50]
This course covers dominant theories of policy making in Canada. Including governmental and non-governmental actors. Fiscal and monetary policy, aboriginal policy, and criminal justice policy are examined. The course offers a balance between gaining an awareness of the “real world” of public policy and the policy-making process and acquiring theoretical and analytical tools to understand public policy and the policy process.
Prerequisite(s): 10.00 credits
Restriction(s): Registration in the B.A.Sc. (JS) program.
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