Spotlight on new courses

Posted on Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Students studying on Tabaret lawn.
By Brandon Gillet

With a new academic year around the corner, we asked the faculties to tell us about some of the courses and programs launching in 2016-17.

The Faculty of Education is taking steps to address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s education calls to action by introducing a mandatory course in the Teacher Education program. The course, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Education: Historical Experiences and Contemporary Perspectives (PED3138), will be taught from the point of view of First Nations and touch on topics such as residential school experiences, language preservation and cultural renewal.

The Telfer School of Management has new offerings at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In the BCom program, new intensive management seminars during fall Reading Week will feature visiting professors from abroad. Telfer is also launching two new graduate programs: A Master of Business in Complex Project Leadership will teach experienced practitioners how to manage especially large or complex projects, while a PhD in Management offers several specializations, including entrepreneurship, finance and health systems.

In the Faculty of Science, students can now take a closer look at the impact of natural disasters on the earth and, by extension, humanity. Apocalypse Earth: Understanding Natural Disasters (GEO1113) was created in both official languages and will be offered for the first time, in English, in winter 2017. It is open to all students, joining the faculty’s other popular electives, Drugs 101 and The Big Bang and Beyond.

The Faculty of Science is also offering a new Honours BSc in Physics/BASc in Electrical Engineering. According to the program website, students will “discover the fundamental laws of nature, and then apply this knowledge in the design of breakthrough technologies that will transform our society.”

The Faculty of Social Sciences has created two new courses, including a timely look at gender and criminology that will consider “criticisms of gender as dualistic, fixed and/or rooted in biology.” In addition, the Model United Nations is now a course for credit, offered in the winter session. Students will learn about the UN system, domestic and foreign policy, and diplomacy, all capped off by a trip to New York for the Model United Nations Conference.

The Faculty of Engineering is launching a course called Engineering Design (GNG1103), a hands-on, team-based introduction to the subject for engineers and computer scientists. Topics include design thinking, engineering economics, safety, ethics and project management.

A new transitional program in the Faculty of Medicine aims to prepare students for medical school or research at the post-grad level. Translational and Molecular Medicine gives students both a theoretical and practical knowledge of research in biological medicine. Students entering the program are expected to have completed two years of a BSc.

In the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, improvements have been made to the Masters of Environmental Sustainability program to enhance the quality of the student experience. Among other changes, the course load has been reduced by three credits. This will allow students to complete their course work in the winter session of their first year, so they can devote themselves to research full-time in the spring.

In the Faculty of Law, a new course in the French Common Law program, Compétences et habiletés juridiques (CML1511), aims to develop legal research, writing and advocacy skills through experiential learning. The course will include participation in a moot court competition.

Finally, in the Faculty of Arts, two courses will be offered as part of a new minor in Digital Humanities that aims to integrate technology with the study of human culture across all areas of the arts and humanities. In the fall, Arts and Digital Humanities (DHN1100) will introduce the basic tools, techniques and theories of digital humanities research, while in the winter, Workshop in Digital Humanities (DHN2100) will cover applied principles and practices in the field. Stay tuned to the Gazette in coming months for more on the Faculty of Arts’ exciting plans to take the study of arts and humanities into the digital age.

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