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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.
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.
Introduction to Politics
3 - 0 - 3
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.
Sociology of Law
3 - 0 - 3
This course examines the law as a social phenomenon. Particular areas of focus are on the evolution of modern legal systems, the emergence of the modern legal profession, current controversies with respect to such matters as civil rights or the regulation of sexuality, and the implications of post-industrialization and globalization on legal systems and issues such as human rights and citizenship.
This course will survey the history of crime and criminal justice in Canadian society, from its English, French and First Nations’ origins to the present day.Topics may include French, English and Aboriginal systems of justice; the early criminal judicial system of New France; its transformation after the British conquest; prisons and penal reform; the question of social (in)justice and its relation to women, juveniles, and ethnic minorities; policing and the RCMP; the role of the state and national security, and any other topics of relevance to the world of crime and justice. These topics will be examined using concepts such as gender, crime, law, race, class, and human rights, while using a variety of historical sources and methodologies.
Psychology and the Law
2 - 1 - 3
The emphasis in this course is on the analysis of legal issues and procedures in the context of psychological concepts and theory. Topics include criminal responsibility, competence, eyewitness testimony, child abuse, profiling, domestic violence, prediction of dangerous behaviour, and media violence. The course includes presentations by attorneys and a judge.
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
This course examines the nature and extent of democracy underlying the Canadian political system. It focuses on the stresses and strains on the federal structure stemming from the often conflicting needs and demands of people with strong regional identities. The course also examines the functioning of parliamentary government in terms of meeting the expectations of citizens and evaluates the democratic nature of political parties, interest groups, and the voting system.
100 level option
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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.
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.
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.
320-102-DW: Introduction to Geography and the Environment The environment encompasses the natural world, of which we are a part, and the built world, which we have created. Geography studies both the changes taking place within the natural world and the changes in the way people organize their activities spatially in the social world. 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 usefulness of geographic information systems (GIS). It will then explore key concepts relating to the geographic study of climate, environment, and of society, culture, demography and development.
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.
381-101-DW: Introduction to Anthropology 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.
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.
300-308-DW: Integrative Seminar Communication technology can make us feel closer together. The concept of proximity (closeness) is made of physical and ideological things. At least three different disciplinary approaches will be used to develop a transparent understanding of how we can think about communication, and how different technologies might change the substance of how we communicate spatially. This course is designed to produce a final university level-research paper that calls upon different disciplinary concepts and strong secondary research methods.
400 level option
Choose one course from the list of options below:
360-401-DW: Advanced Environmental Studies We will explore how the global response to the threat of climate change is coalescing around the school strike for climate, ushering in a new era of sustainable development and poverty eradication. Teachings will be drawn from earth sciences, data analysis and politics. We will combine in-class modules with data storytelling assignments to bring to life the issues and solutions explored by the school strike for climate movement. Students will then bring knowledge and skills to bear to assist ‘la Planete s’invite’s’ work on their slack channels or other mechanisms, as appropriate. Data storytelling assignments can include: * a long form journalism article telling a data- driven story. * a physical sculpture for installation in a public venue that reinterprets data in an artistic way. * an interactive on-line text-based tool that leads users through a set of data to invoke an emotional response and call to action. * data-based visuals in service of public education.
201-401-DW: Statistics for Social Science Students will learn about elementary probability theory, counting problems, random variables, binomial and normal distributions, statistical inferences, tests of hypotheses, and estimation of parameters.
320-401-DW: Advanced Studies in Geography Location and place are the most important aspects of a geographic understanding of the world. However, just knowing where things are is not enough; we must also understand why they are there. Emphasis will be placed on developing analytical skills through analysis of selected themes.
330-401-DW: Advanced Studies in History How did China become a modern super-power? In this course, we will learn about how China and its people transitioned from a pre-industrial empire, through revolutionary communism, and eventually to a technological manufacturing powerhouse. We will consider China’s historical path through topics such as the Opium War and complexities of international trade; gangs of cosmopolitan Shanghai; war with Japan; Confucianism and the resilience of ancient teachings; from foot binding to “holding up the sky” and the changing roles of women and families; traditional Chinese handscrolls and revolutionary posters; the one-child policy; students in Tiananmen Square; and pragmatism replaces revolution. Through the readings of several primary and secondary sources, students will produce a term project using historical knowledge, methodology and concepts learned both in this class and their 100, 200 and/or 300 level History courses.
332-401-DW: Advanced Studies in Classics These courses teach students to design and produce a historical essay. In their course the students elaborate a work plan and research strategy on their chosen topics, select historical sources relevant to their topic and produce a formal research essay. Course themes are determined by the instructor.
340-401-DW: Advanced Studies in Philosophy This course will offer a profound look into the works of a major philosophical figure or into a major philosophical problem. In the former case, students will have the opportunity to embark on an in depth study of a major philosophical and historical figure (such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Kant and Nietzsche), to contextualize the figure in the tradition of philosophy and in world history, and to explore the philosopher's major contributions to the philosophical tradition and modern culture. In the latter case, students will study a major philosophical problem (such as mind/body dualism, intersubjectivity, justice, freedom, identity, causality, space and time), and analyze different ways of addressing these major epistemological and metaphysical issues.
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).
370-411-DW: Advanced Studies in Religion The goal of this course is for students to learn how to work on a project which focuses on a very specific aspect of a more general field of study, such as attitudes of religions to war and peace, death and dying, religious cults, religious ritual, sacred texts, religious art, etc. Students will be guided in the construction of a work plan, the procedures for acquiring necessary information, the organization of the information into a coherent argument, and finally the creation of the final product (usually a research paper).
381-401-DW: Advanced Studies in Anthropology This course will allow students to explore the social, cultural, physical & sensory aspects of the human body as viewed through the evolutionary and anthropological lenses. A good chunk of this course will involve doing a project. The first half will cover key theories & case studies. The second half will focus on the students' own project on an anthropological approach to the body. Topics can cover hominid left-right handedness, tattooing as identity, body modifications, race & body-typing, smell & taste variations and much more. Two short texts costing 10$ each are required. In-class exercises & labs will also be done.
383-401-DW: Advanced Studies in Economics The course examines current economic issues, selected by the instructor teaching the course. The issues can be provincial, national, or international in scope. The course presents students with the theoretical discussions, the empirical evidence, and the policy options pertaining to these issues. While discussing these issues, students will understand how economics explains economic problems as well as how it influences policy decisions. Students are required to submit a project at the end of the term. The project provides students with the opportunity to apply the appropriate economic model, theory, and concepts in analyzing a clearly defined problem. In undertaking the project, students will learn how to write an economics paper, including how to summarize, present, and analyze quantitative data, a skill that is important for university-level studies.
385-401-DW: Advanced Studies in Politics This course will look at the political role and impact of the Supreme Court of Canada. Throughout the class we will focus on decisions made by the court (especially recent decisions) as a way of exploring the following themes: The structure and constitution of the Court in Canada; the impact of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms; the relationship of the Court to Canada’s federal, bijural and multicultural political system; the relationship of the Court to other branches of government, especially the Prime Minister. Students are required to submit a final project that will demonstrate their acquired knowledge from this course.
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.
401-401-DW: Advanced Studies in Business This is an advanced 400-level course developed to prepare business students for the complexities of starting and managing a small business. The course will focus on the practical aspects of entrepreneurship by showing students how to develop an effective and realistic business plan that would greatly increase the probability of success.
300 level option
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383-330-DW: International Economics The course helps students understand the economic dynamics of the increasingly integrated world economy and its consequences for countries. The course introduces students to the concepts and theories that explain the patterns of international trade, investment, and migration. It analyzes how the increase in the flow of goods and services and capital across countries over the years - globalization - has created an interdependent world economy, with various challenges and opportunities for countries. It examines the impact of globalization on the domestic stabilization policies of countries, including Canada. The course also discusses trade policies, balance payments problems, different exchange rate regimes, the political economy of trade agreements such as NAFTA, and the role of international organizations, namely the IMF and the WTO.
401-315-DW: Global Marketing Global Management is an introductory marketing course in the International Business program. As such, it will provide a foundation for marketing concepts while emphasizing the international perspective. The course links with, and draws from, a variety of other academic disciplines, including: International Business, International Economics, Business Administration, Psychology, Sociology, Law, and English.
201-203-DW: Calculus II The course focuses on definite integral with applications to Social Science, techniques of integration, indeterminate forms, improper integrals, infinite series and convergence. This course is not a substitute for Mathematics 201-NYB-05.
201-204-DW: Calculus II (Enriched) The definite integral and applications, techniques of integration, indeterminate forms and l'Hôpital's Rule, improper integrals, infinite series and convergence are studied in this course.
320-302-DW: Applied Geography In this course, students will be introduced to fieldwork methods and data analysis techniques used in the field of Geography. Through a problem solving approach, students will address current issues related to public space, public art, urban renewal, and commercial development in Montreal. During fieldworks students will develop their ability to read maps, gather primary data through questionnaires, interviews and/or direct observation. Emphasis will be placed on applying theories to urban space and developing original solutions to urban issues.
320-303-DW: Environmental Issues This course reviews key environmental issues that may affect environmental sustainability over time. Balancing social and economic imperatives and the integrity of the natural systems that support human collectivities requires both individual and collective environmentally informed decisions. The relationship between environment, resources and society and the ways complex natural and socio-economic systems interact will be analyzed. Students will examine how issues such as deforestation, consumption, availability of drinking water, food production, waste management and climate change affect everyone from a local to a global scale. Emphasis will be placed on local case studies that also resonate at the global level.
320-309-DW: Urban Geography The objective of this course is to increase awareness of the geography of the city. Cities are explored in a historical context where the evolution of public space is traced from the Greek Agora and the Roman Forum to modern day shopping centres and the Montreal Jazz Festival. The evolution of urban centres during the 20th century is closely examined and the concept of global cities developed. Students are encouraged to develop their urban appreciation through field work in the Montreal urban setting.
320-315-DW: Geography of International Relations This course offers a geographical perspective on contemporary international relations studies. It identifies the main actors in the international relations arena and asks how the normative framework of international relations and world order is evolving. The changing roles of the State, Non-State actors such as NGOs, Intergovernmental Organizations such as the United Nations and the World Court, Multinational Corporations and violent non-state actors are studied within the context of a globalized world and in light of the global quandary over social justice and human rights. The course will provide the tools of geographical analysis to address issues such as the division between the rich and the poor, migration, food security and climate change. Overall it will encourage students to develop hypotheses and form critical arguments leading to a better understanding of these complex issues and possible alternative futures.
320-319-DW: Applications of Geography The description for this course is not available at this time.
330-302-DW: Applied Canadian History The Irish, the Scots, the Welsh, and other “Celtic” peoples have left an indelible imprint on Canada’s history. Whether they arrived as colonists, as refugees, or as migrants, these people brought with them cultures and traditions that have taken root across Canada, and that have in turn been shaped by local social and cultural contexts. This course traces the migration of Celtic populations to Canada beginning in the 18th century, and analyses the cultural crosspollination between Celtic peoples and other Canadian populations in historical context. The topics covered may include cross-cultural contact, inter-ethnic tensions, work and leisure, and the maintenance of cultural boundaries through art, music, dancing, and other activities. The competencies associated with successful completion of this course include: identifying situations that lend themselves to study, using concepts applicable to these situations, and using a strategy appropriate to the study of these situations.
330-306-DW: Applied U.S. History The goal of this class is to analyze the roots of current social, cultural and political issues in the USA as identified by popular hashtags on-line: #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, #Pipeline, #LoveWins, #NeverAgain, #Extremism, and #Poverty & #Wealth. Each one of these expresses a human phenomenon in concrete situations. Using primary sources and secondary analysis, we will begin to think as historians do and begin to asses and interpret these important issues more deeply.
330-310-DW: Applied Quebec History These courses examine different aspects of the political, economic and socio-cultural changes in Quebec from European settlement to the present day. Students will explore both primary and secondary sources that shed light on various major topics in Quebec history.
330-314-DW: Applied 20th Century History This course is designed to survey the history of the world throughout the 20th century. The specific competencies to be acquired by the student on successful completion of this course are the ability to: understand the forces, trends and events that have shaped history in the last century and use concepts to outline and analyze underlying causes and key moments in the development of the world, analyze the impact of war and revolution on the world; gain basic knowledge of different methodologies used by historians. In this course the competency is about using concepts learnt in the social sciences and using them to develop skills that can be employed in concrete situations.
330-319-DW: Applications of History The description for this course is not available at this time.
330-321-DW: Applied Third World History These courses will study different aspects of the political, economic, religious and social changes in selected Third World societies in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America during the past 500 years. Students will explore both primary and secondary sources that shed light on various major topics related to Third World history.
330-325-DW: Applied Social and Economic History 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.
332-302-DW: Myths in Classical Society This course investigates and contrasts the classical mythologies of the Greco-Roman world, including its connections to the Near East and Egypt. Literature includes primary sources such as the prose, poetic, and theatrical texts of the Greco-Roman world as well as commentaries and interpretations of these texts. Some of the aspects of the Classical Mythology covered will include the analysis of the many interpretations of myth and how they apply to the enduring concepts that explain past and present; application of these concepts will carried out through project work, assignments and the essay. Students will explore the role played by some of the principal myths of the ancient world and their persistence to today through documentary sources and figurative representations. Cultural and literary analyses and the methodology of Classical studies will be introduced to examine various themes such as concepts of gender, the mind, creation, belief, ritual, conflict, and heroism.
332-305-DW: Conflict in the Ancient World This course examines mythological, political and social conflict in the Ancient World. Students will examine concepts of religion, nationalism, class and gender using primary and secondary sources such as cultural artifacts, historical accounts and academic analysis. Students will also approach conflict in the Ancient World by applying several methodologies, including textual analyses and comparative history.
332-311-DW: Ancient World Archaeology This course allows students to understand how Social Science uses archaeology as a form of investigation to piece together the Ancient World. The specific competencies to be acquired by students on successful completion of the course include the ability to: identify the important discoveries and recognize what the study of these archaeological remains tell us of each society; to study trends, methods, and concepts used in each archaeological find; to apply knowledge of these techniques in examining archaeological evidence leading to a better understanding of the Ancient World.
332-314-DW: Ancient Trade and Commerce This course will examine the importance of both land and sea trade in the development of the Ancient Mediterranean world. Special emphasis will be given to Greek navigation and settlement and the significance of trade in the Ancient Roman Empire. Students will further complement their study of these topics by examining primary sources.
332-319-DW: Applications of Classics The description for this course is not available at this time.
340-302-DW: Social Philosophy This course will treat such topics as how humans should organize themselves as a group. Some questions addressed are: What models of rationality should we use in order to promote a just society? What types of revolutionary action are justified in order to affect positive social change? How should we organize ourselves as individuals, families and communities in order to ensure equality between different genders, cultural groups, religious communities, etc? Indeed, how do we even define gender? A ‘cultural group'? A ‘religious community'?
340-305-DW: Philosophy of Law The description for this course is not available at this time.
340-319-DW: Problems in Philosophy The description for this course is not available at this time.
350-302-DW: Interaction and Communication This new Interactions and Communication course is subtitled Communication for Well-Being. It is designed to help students understand well-being and develop inner strengths using the principles and methods of effective interpersonal communication. We study, among other things, the neuroscience of well-being, barriers to communication, perceptions, interpersonal relationships, and effective conflict resolution strategies. In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own self-awareness, mindfulness and “kindfulness”, resilience, and compassion. Students will experience activities on their own and in small groups.
350-306-DW: Human Sexual Behaviour This course deals with human sexual development and response patterns. The course addresses itself to both the psychological, physiological and socio-cultural factors shaping and influencing human sexual behaviour. Topics may include anatomy and physiology of the sexual response system, development of gender identity, sexual response patterns and sexual dysfunctions.
350-313-DW: Cognitive Development 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.
350-318-DW: Psychology in Business The emphasis of this course is on the practical, non-clinical application of psychological principles. Basic concepts are covered and related to applications in business and industry. Topics include motivation, aptitude testing, opinion and market research, advertising, compensation systems, organizational behaviour, and the role of the individual in the work place.
350-323-DW: Applications of Psychology At the end of this course the student will be able to understand and recognize the research methods used in the study of biological psychology. They will also be able to understand, identify, explain, and explore the major findings of biological psychology. Students will learn about various neurological disorders, their causes and their possible treatments. They will be able to apply the concepts of biological psychology to real life situations and learn how to navigate through databases, references, and write a paper analyzing several journal articles.
370-302-DW: Religious Cults and Sects This course explores the origins, beliefs, rituals, and social organization of some of the new religious movements and older Christian sects in North America. Approaches to this material will include psychological theories of conversion/de-conversion and the “brainwashing”/de-programming controversy, sociological studies of patterns of authority and the ritual process within these movements, and the significance of “alternative reality traditions” in post-industrialist, secular societies.
370-306-DW: Life, Death and Beyond This course is about the various ways human beings, faced with death, attempt to find meaning in life. Some of the ways people find meaning is through religion or philosophy, some find it by believing in the afterlife. However, most agree that death is a problem and life can only be meaningful if the problem of death is resolved. The basic approach is philosophical and religious, but the findings of psychology and anthropology must not be neglected.
370-318-DW: Exploring Religions This course will use a multimedia approach to the study of witches, saints, gurus and mystics from a variety of religious traditions. After examining the characteristics of a mystical experience, as discussed by William James, we will delve into the lives of controversial and influential historical figures, like Hildegard von Bingen, and other fascinating personages from Western, as well as Eastern religious cultures where the guru (spiritual teacher) occupies a significant position. The portrayal of witches during European witch hunts along with that of witches in popular culture will be considered, culminating in a study of Wicca’s development, and key beliefs and practices within this neo-pagan movement. Throughout the course we will apply concepts related to social science disciplines, including those of religion, sociology and history, to the understanding of the topics mentioned above.
381-302-DW: Race and Racism This course examines race and ethnic relations from an anthropological perspective with emphasis on the contemporary Canadian scene. Of particular concern is the impact of race as a cultural concept not a biological fact, as well as the influence of institutional racism on residential patterns, immigration, stratification, marriage and the family, identity formation, politics, law and social control, religion, rituals, language and communication.
381-305-DW: Indigenous America This course is designed to introduce students to the study of key anthropological issues in the study of indigenous peoples of the Americas. The course explores the concepts and techniques of anthropology, such as archeology, linguistics, biological and cultural fieldwork, and shows how they can be used to explore, expand, explain and challenge contemporary images of Indigenous societies. Case studies explore concrete situations, applications of anthropological approaches and ask students to explore appropriate strategies to reach conclusions.
381-307-DW: Medical Anthropology This course is an introduction to, and comparison of, the ways health and illness are perceived, defined and treated in different cultures. It will compare Western ideas about the causes of disease with the beliefs of other societies and identify the great variety in cross-cultural processes of curing. It will include information about medications, the specialists who deal with physical and/or mental maladies, and the various institutions and rituals involved. It will also deal with the problems and procedures of introducing Western medical practices to traditional, non-Western societies.
381-310-DW: Multi-ethnic Quebec The primary goal of this course is to explore the multi-ethnic aspects of Quebec society, especially as it is changing due to immigration. It will identify the specific patterns of cultural diversity; the ethnic groups in Quebec today; and the processes and problems involved in inter-ethnic contacts and communication. Immigration laws, ethnic neighbourhoods, minority group problems and the related social dynamics of this new multi-ethnicity will be studied.
381-313-DW: Contemporary Anthropology This course is designed to introduce students to the study of contemporary issues from an anthropological perspective. We will begin with a discussion of the techniques of anthropology and how they can be used to explore contemporary societies. The emphasis will be placed on the complexity of biological and cultural aspects of contemporary events.
381-318-DW: Archaeology This course will apply archaeological methods to investigating past human cultures. It will reveal how the archaeological record is used to explore diverse examples of ancient lifeways and how archaeological methods are used to accomplish this. The relationship of archaeological knowledge to current cultural issues will be addressed, including culture change and who has the authority to speak for the past.
381-319-DW: Perspective in Anthropology The description for this course is not available at this time.
383-302-DW: Macroeconomics The course introduces students to theories that explain the determination and evolution of macroeconomic aggregates such as GDP, the rate of unemployment, the rate of inflation, and the rate of interest. It discusses macroeconomic theories and models, specifies their assumptions, presents their applications, and identifies their limitations. Relying on historical and current data, the course examines the changes that have taken place in the Canadian economy over the last few decades. Topics discussed in the course include economic cycles, sources of economic growth, fiscal and monetary policies. Students will learn how different schools of thought, namely the Classical and Keynesian schools, approach these topics. The course enables students to apply macroeconomic concepts to specific cases and to critically assess economic policies.
383-307-DW: Current Economic Issues The course discusses the major economic problems and issues facing Canada. The topics discussed in the course include regional inequality, the incidence of poverty, and the persistently high rate of unemployment in Canada. The course demonstrates how the government can use its policies such as fiscal policy to reduce these problems. It also acquaints students with the economics of crime, pollution, health care, post-secondary education. It presents the debate on the role of the market in providing social services such as healthcare. It will also assess the expansion of e-commerce and how globalization has affected the Canadian economy and the federal government's ability to pursue domestic economic objectives.
383-311-DW: Economics and Employment The course critically surveys economic theories that explain the various incomes that individuals receive, beginning with the Classical, Post-Keynesian, institutional, political economy, and the modern marginal productivity theories. Using historical and current data on income distribution, the course assess the extent to which these theories explain income distribution. It examines the variables that determine an individual's lifetime earnings, including the parental socio-economic status of individuals. In discussing wages, the course presents the theories of segmented labour markets, and shows how wages depend on productivity and membership in labour unions. The course shows how the government, through its taxation, minimum wage, and trade policies influences the distribution of income in Canada.
383-315-DW: Law and Economics The government provides the infrastructure and services that are essential for the functioning of the economy. It also defines the legal framework, establishes the regulatory agencies, and creates the enforcement mechanisms under which the market economy operates. The government enforces the law that protect property rights and contractual agreements. The government has introduced special legislation to promote competition, to protect consumers, and to safeguard workers. The anti-trust laws are designed to promote competition. The various consumer protection acts protect consumers from misleading advertising, defective products, and hazardous products. The labour laws provide minimum wages, safe working conditions, outlaw discrimination. The course analyses the evolution of Canadian laws and regulations, their intended objectives, and their economic consequences
383-318-DW: Applied Economics The description for this course is not available at this time.
383-319-DW: Companies and Markets The course covers a wide spectrum of markets -- from competition to monopoly-- and discusses their impact on the price, production, and consumption of goods and services. It introduces the criteria for assessing market power in order to assess the extent to which certain firms dominate markets. It shows how certain markets tend to have “natural monopolies”, and presents the economic arguments in favour of such monopolies. It examines cartels, oligopolies, price collusion, and presents theories that explain the behaviour of companies in different market structures and how this behaviour influences the prices firms charge and quantities they produce. By examining market shares and other indices, the course demonstrates which industries in Canada are concentrated and the implications for consumers. The course discusses the existence of international cartels such as OPEC and the conditions under which such cartels can operate successfully.
383-324-DW: The Stock Market This course introduces students to how to assess investment management and the stock market. It applies various investment theories to assesses asset allocation and to examines the relationship between risk and rates of return. Students learn concepts and theories that explain how investors allocate their wealth among financial assets, real estate, and commodities. Students will understand how macroeconomic variables such as the rate of economic growth, the rate of unemployment, the rate of inflation, and the rate of interest, as well how macroeconomic variables such as profits, productivity, and sales growth can be applied to understand the stock market. Students will understand the construction of stock market indices such the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the NASDAQ, the TSX, the Standard and Poor 500. The course enables students to apply various concepts, theories, and models to understand stock listings and to critically assess financial information.
383-327-DW: Economics of Technology The course discusses the sources, types, and diffusion of technological change; and assesses the impact of technological change on the economy. It examines how technological change affects the firm, consumers, the labour market, economic cycles, international trade, and capital flows. The course explores how the information technology, particularly the Internet, has influenced roductivity, the rate of inflation, the stock market, and the rate of unemployment over the last two decades, resulting in the “New Economy”.
385-302-DW: Politics in Quebec This course focuses on the political system in Quebec through an examination of the political values, the process of elections, the structures of government, and the impact of various public policies on society. Particular attention is given to the issues of language policies and the resolved question of Quebec's status within Canada.
385-311-DW: Global Politics This course is a study of politics among the nation-states in the world. It looks at the role of international organizations, such as the United Nations, NATO, OECD, as well as non-governmental organizations, and the emerging civil society in dealing with conflict and promoting cooperation. Particular attention will be given to the impact of globalization, in terms of both positive and negative effects, and to the growing opposition movements.
385-319-DW: Applications of Political Science The description for this course is not available at this time.
387-302-DW: Culture and Media The media are among the most influential institutions in contemporary society. They certainly have a major impact on how people see themselves and others. This course examines the economic, political and social bases of media and cultural production and content. Emphasis is placed on the way cultural products reflect and convey basic social values, and the relationship between the formation of the individual and culture. These concerns are addressed through the consideration of one or more specific cultural areas such as the mass media, art, sport or public opinion.
387-307-DW: Society, Health and Illness This course examines the relationship between health and society. It considers the consequences of cultural variations in definitions of health and illness as well as the form and function of health organizations. Also examined are the health care occupations, and their inter-relations.
387-311-DW: Social Deviance Social deviance refers to criminal and non-criminal behaviours that evoke negative reactions ranging from mild disapproval to widespread condemnation. This course examines a variety of deviant behaviours, their causes and the responses of various agents of social control, including the police and courts. The major sociological perspectives on deviance serve as a focus for discussion, and particular attention is paid to deviance in contemporary Canadian society.
387-318-DW: Applications of Sociology The description for this course is not available at this time.
387-314-DW: Sexuality and Society This course explores sexual attitudes, behaviours, and ideologies. The course will focus on the social construction of masculine and feminine sexuality in Quebec and Canada. Topics covered in the course include, sexual violence, romantic love and dating, sexual life cycle, homosexuality, sex education, and the data on health and sexuality.
387-319-DW: Race and Ethnic Relations This course examines the major ethnic and racial groups found in Montreal, their social characteristics, organizational style, institutional structure, and the patterns of intergroup relations among them. In particular, the course will focus on how ethnic and racial communities work both to keep groups together or to set people apart, as well as the social dynamics of ethnic group relations in contemporary Quebec.
401-301-DW: Basic Financial Management This course provides the fundamental concepts and analytical skills needed to prepare and interpret financial information. This course also examines how ethical, reliable and accurate financial reporting affects society as well as the global economy.
401-305-DW: Global Management The description for this course is not available at this time.
401-310-DW: Management Skills The description for this course is not available at this time.
401-319-DW: Business Applications The description for this course is not available at this time.