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C - L - H
3 - 0 - 3
This course traces the growth of Western civilization from its roots in the Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman traditions to the 20th century. Among the major themes covered are the emergence and influence of key intellectual currents, social and political revolution, the development of industrial society, the birth of the nation state, imperialism, totalitarianism, and the two world wars. Students are introduced to basic concepts such as historical cause and social change, race, class and gender, as well as to the major political ideologies.
2 - 1 - 3
This is the first course in the discipline for most students and a requirement for all students in the Social Science program. It is also necessary for admission to most university psychology programs. The course is designed to acquaint students with the principles and methods of psychology and to expose them to the various areas encompassed by the field.
Individual and Society
3 - 0 - 3
This course introduces students to the basic ideas and perspectives of sociological investigation and interpretation. It focuses on the ways individuals are shaped by and respond to culture and social organization. Students are introduced to the major areas of sociological research, including representative studies and their findings about Canada, Quebec and other societies, in order to provide a systematic understanding of the contemporary social world.
This is the first of the three (3) methodology courses and is normally taken in the student's second term of the program. The goal of the course is to apply the scientific approach to the various social science disciplines. Students identify a research problem and follow the steps to select a research method appropriate to the problem, produce a data collection tool, collect, analyze and interpret the data. The culmination of the process is a research report that presents the research steps in the context of a brief literature review of the topic.
2 - 1 - 3
This course focuses on the application of cognitive concepts to concrete phenomena. Students will learn current theories surrounding the development of thinking skills and problem solving. Students will apply the concepts they learn during fieldwork with elementary school aged children. Topics will include development of brain, sensation and perception, learning, cognition, intelligence, motivation and learning problems.
Introduction to Anthropology
3 - 0 - 3
The course provides an overview of what anthropology encompasses from the history of anthropological thought to the major subfields of study including linguistics, biology, social and archaeology. The unique vision and social scientific perspective that anthropology brings to the social sciences will be discussed. This course will present an approach designed to introduce students to main areas of the discipline that may be explored more profoundly in the higher level courses.
Introduction to Economics
3 - 0 - 3
The course introduces students to economic systems, the great economic thinkers, the different schools of thought, and the basic concepts and theories of economics. Students will become familiar with introductory tools, methods, and models of economic analysis, as well as recognize their limitations. Applying different perspectives and relying on current and historical data, the course exposes students to Canada's and Quebec's major macroeconomic problems such as unemployment, recessions, inflation, and the public debt. Students will learn how governments can use fiscal, monetary, and trade policies to reduce domestic economic problems. The course prepares students to critically assess government economic policies and economic information in the news media. For students in the Social Science program, this course is a pre-requisite to all other Economics courses.
This course outlines the development of the child and how he/she is influenced by heredity, environment, family, school and social experiences. Emphasis is placed on the changes that occur in both physical and psychological attitudes during childhood. Discussions also focus on basic concepts and theories related to child development. In addition, developmental processes in adolescence, adulthood, and old age are considered.
2 - 2 - 2
This is the second of the three (3) methodology courses. It builds on the introduction to social science research covered in Research Methods. This course teaches the student to apply statistical tools to the interpretation of data related to contexts of study in the field of social science. The focus of the course is on the analysis of quantitative data as part of the scientific approach. Areas examined are identification of variables, presentation of data, analysis of data using various forms of measurement, determining the nature and link between variables, and estimating the parameters of a given population based on the corresponding statistics obtained from a sample.
3 - 0 - 3
Whether student, teacher, parent, or taxpayer, we are all affected by our education system and many of us have strong opinions about that system. This course provides a broad examination of education and the education system from a variety of perspectives: as a set of activities; as an institutional form; as a set of ideologies, values, and beliefs; and as a setting within which people such as students and teachers come to terms with one another and learn to understand themselves and others.
100 level option
Choose one course from the list of options below:
201-104-DW: Calculus I (Enriched) For the Electronics Engineering Technology course (201-NYA-05 Electronics Engineering Technology), students will learn limits, continuity, the derivative, techniques of differentiation, integrals, applications of derivatives, and integrals to Electronics Engineering Technology. For the Chem-Tech course (201-NYA-05 Chem Tech/Lab Tech), students will learn limits, the derivative, techniques of differentiation, integrals, applications of derivatives, areas, volumes and other applications of calculus related to their area of study.
320-102-DW: Introduction to Geography and the Environment The Earth is increasingly crowded, polluted, urbanized and biologically stressed. Currently, world mean temperatures are higher than they have been in centuries. This should be a matter of great concern to all residents of the Earth. The environment encompasses the natural world, of which we are a part, and the built world, which we have created. This course introduces students to the dynamic character of society and its interaction with the natural environment. The course will introduce basic geography skills such as map reading, mapmaking and the use of a Geographic Information Systems (GIS). It will then explore key concepts such as demography, weather and climate, environmental ethics and social, cultural and economic geography.
101-921-DW: Human Biology This course begins with an introduction to anatomical terminology, a discussion of the various levels of structural organization thatmake up the human body, and a brief overviewof each system's contribution to homeostasis. The course emphasizes control systems(nervous and endocrine), reproduction, and classical genetics. The material covered in this course provides a useful background for nonscience students planning to study psychology in university. This course can be used as a concentration course in Social Science, but cannot be used in the revised Science programs.
201-103-DW: Calculus I The course focuses on limits and continuity; the derivative and techniques of differentiation; applications of the derivative to the social sciences including curve sketching, related rates and optimization problems; and anti-derivatives. This course is not a substitute for Mathematics 201-NYA-05.
332-101-DW: Introduction to the Classical World This course is designed to develop an appreciation of the historical events and forces that shaped the Classical world and to help students to develop some of the basic skills they need to study the social sciences. The specific components to be acquired by students on successful completion of the course include the ability to: identify the primary forces which shaped Classical societies; explain the contribution of Classics to an understanding of specific situations, problems and questions; demonstrate a comprehension of the key components of the methodologies used by Classicists; and demonstrate knowledge of the contribution and legacies of the Classical world to other historical periods, including the present day. In addition, students will have completed assignments which develop their ability to take notes and to use a textbook.
340-101-DW: Introduction to Philosophy This course will survey central philosophical questions and how influential philosophers have attempted to answer them. Major topics such as the nature of reality, truth, knowledge, justice, personal identity, freedom, responsibility, and meaning will be covered. In a broad sense, this course explores the human condition, and the ways we humans have tried to understand and define ourselves, our world and our possibilities. As this is an introductory course, students will also learn and practice the philosophical fundamentals of sound argumentation. By the end of the course, students will have an understanding of basic problems of philosophy and their development. They will also have a sense of philosophy’s relevance and importance for the social sciences, the natural sciences, and contemporary issues.
385-101-DW: Introduction to Politics This course introduces students to the political dimension of human behaviour. It examines how people organize themselves for the purpose of making collective decisions for the protection and defense of their communities, how they mobilize resources to achieve common goals, how they pursue common values, and how they resolve the conflicts that inevitably arise from these political actions; in short, how people govern themselves.
401-101-DW: Introduction to Business The Introduction to Business course provides an opportunity to explore the ways in which business activities are organized so that the various factors of production (raw materials, capital, assets and human resources) can be successfully combined to produce goods and services desired by customers. The course provides an essential understanding of the conditions necessary to the development and survival of businesses.
370-102-DW: Introduction to World Religions This course introduces students to the major elements of religion. It maps religious diversity by surveying the places and spaces that at least two major religious traditions regard as sacred. It investigates prominent aspects of both personal spirituality and the relationship between religion and society by analyzing selected ritual practices, symbolic representations (in art and decoration), texts, beliefs and social structures. This course will also introduce students to some major theorists of religion and some methods for analyzing selected religious phenomena.
350-401-DW: Advanced Studies in Psychology This is an introductory course in positive psychology (the scientific study of psychological well-being and human flourishing) that will delve into what makes people optimistic, motivated and happy. You will examine the core concepts of positive psychology grounded in the scientific evidence of “Why?” You will also explore the practical knowledge and applications of “How?" positive psychology contributes to greater happiness and well-being for you, for others, and the environment. This will be accomplished through lectures, class discussions of relevant topics and in-class activities. Assignments include weekly readings & discussion questions, written reflections on happiness practices and a group project. Projects will contribute to Dawson’s commitment to promote long-term health and well-being for all, sustainably, and work towards World Happiness Day (Mar 20) & Earth Day (Apr 22).
387-401-DW: Advanced Studies in Sociology Sociologist Arlie Hochschild studied the way that we constantly manage emotions and feel rules, in our personal and professional lives. The requirement to express or repress emotion in our family and work may lead to mental health issues like burnout or exhaustion. This course will center on the completion of a project looking at emotional labor. The final project for this course is three fold. It will involve the completion of a research paper that will explore the roots of one of the many jobs related to the social science program. This includes, teaching, social work, psychologist, daycare worker, manager, lawyer occupational therapist, etc. Secondly, the student will conduct an interview with someone from his or her related profession to try and capture the subjective, emotional, day-to-day challenges associated with the job. Finally students will draw connections between the findings from their research and interview to the readings covered throughout the semester.
300-308-DW: Integrative Seminar In this integrative seminar, students will complete a major research paper that examines that relationship between fantasy, reality, and ideology. The theme of this course is deliberately broad so as to allow students to focus on an issue that interests them. Sample topics may include: the politics of first person shooter video games; the psychological impact of "porn culture" on adolescent relationships; racial exoticism as marketing strategy in global tourism; the ideological reproduction of capitalism through superhero films; and the "staging" of xenophobia in global nationalist movements. The paper will be based on research in at least three social science disciplines, such as psychology, philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology, and economics. The seminar encourages critical thinking, an appreciation for complexity, and a deeper understanding of the way that "fantasy" structures--and conceals--social realities.
Applied Social and Economic History
3 - 0 - 3
The hundred-year period between 1850 and 1950 was one of profound dynamism and change and has left a legacy that continues to have an impact on the world we inhabit today. This course explores some of the historical events that shaped this powerful age – including the revolutions of 1848, industrialization, urban growth, empire, and the two world wars – and emphasizes the links between their social and economic elements and their relationship to the art and ideas of the time. Particular focus is given to artistic, literary, and philosophical movements that emphasized change and innovation, and that challenged the existing order. Although the principal focus of the course is on Europe and the United States, non-western views and experiences will also be examined. The competencies include the ability to identify specific situations related to art and ideas from 1850 to 1950, using historical concepts, approaches, and primary and secondary sources.
Anthropology of Parenthood
3 - 0 - 3
This course deals with the concept of parenthood by investigating how different cultures define motherhood, fatherhood and parenthood in practical terms. With this cross-cultural perspective, parenthood in the Western context will be explored by re-examining ideas about biological and social parenthood.