ArtsX Courses

Do you ever wonder?

What does narrative have to do with history have to do with nationhood have to do with feminism have to do with class have to do with indigeneity have to do with violence have to do with gender have to do with representation have to do with meaning have to do with media have to do with race have to do with culture have to do with socialization have to do with sexuality have to do with poetry have to do with resistance have to do with aesthetics have to do with social justice have to do with space have to do with migration have to do with evolution have to do with energy?

And how does it all fit together?

Well, we’ve been wondering that too.

Courses Fall (September) 2015 Semester:

Communications 100: Introduction to Communications
This course provides students with an introduction to communications theory. Surveying historical and contemporary theories, the course will offer a critical examination of the ways people communicate with each other via print and/or new media, orally, interpersonally, and visually. Students will analyze meaning-making in a range of mediated contexts, including advertising, television, film, popular culture, and the Internet.

Sharon Josephson

English 116: Creative Writing I

An introduction to composition in the genres of poetry, short fiction and the one-act play. Students experiment in each of these genres. By the end of the course, students will have a working knowledge of modern aesthetics, and a fairly objective appreciation of their own "voice" in the context of those aesthetics.

Jake Kennedy

Sociology 111: Introduction to Sociology I

The basic questions that sociologists ask to understand how society influences human behaviour are: What is the relationship between individuals and society? What is our social nature? Why is there inequality in the world? What causes social change? How does socialization, the groups we belong to, and the way society is organized and structured affect the way we think and act? The subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the global corporate elite; from crime to religion; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; from the sociology of work, education and health, to the sociology of violence. This course will explore some of these topics and introduce the way sociologists gather information and explain social behaviour.

Shelly Ikebuchi

Women’s Studies 100: Introduction to Women’s Studies

This course surveys the cross-cultural and historical philosophies of women's studies and what they have initiated, including feminist activism and men's movements. Through theoretical analysis, research, history and literary sources students will consider how gender is constructed across race, ethnicity, sexuality, (dis)ability, age and geographical location, to understand how women's lives are changed through socialization, ideology, and institutions.

Ann McKinnon

Courses Winter (January) 2016 Semester:

Biology 122: Physiology of Multicellular Organisms

This course is a discussion of the physiological adaptations of plants and animals to their environments. The structure/function relationships of some of the organ systems of the human body will be described. This course, in conjunction with BIOL 112, is recommended for Arts or Education students. Students with credit for BIOL 121 or BIOL 124 cannot take BIOL 122 for further credit.

Julie Dais

English 153: Critical Writing & Reading: Narrative

This course is for students who have demonstrated secondary-school-level competence in the reading and essay writing skills required by most university disciplines. Reading and writing assignments will concentrate on a variety of narrative forms including anecdotes, autobiography, biography, diaries, films, histories, myths, narrative poems, novels and songs, and will emphasize the processes of reading, analysis, reasoning, documentation and the stages of the writing process.

Sasha Johnston

English 126: Creative Writing II

An extension of ENGL 116, this course is designed to pursue composition in the genres of poetry, fiction and drama by examining the aesthetics of contemporary work in these genres. Students will be encouraged to choose a genre for a substantial semester project. The examination of recent experiments in literature, and discussion of student projects as they develop will be the focus of the course. At course completion, students will have a working knowledge of contemporary aesthetics, and a fairly advanced appreciation of their own "voice" in the context of those aesthetics.

Jake Kennedy

Geography 129: Human Geography: Resources, Development & Society

This course provides an introduction to the concepts, methods, modes of explanation, and recent critical changes in the study of human geography. The course focuses on the interpretation and explanation of geographic variations arising within the contexts of rapidly changing cultural, demographic, economic, political and social phenomena and their relationship to the environment.

Gill Green