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Planning Your Degree Electives

Plan your degree interdisciplinary elective selections while studying at Conestoga with the Degree Breadth Elective Course Rotation. Learn which electives are planned to be offered in the coming three terms. 

Please note: offerings vary from term to term and not all electives are suitable for all programs. For more information regarding limitations on taking a course for your program, please contact Jen Matthews.

Global Cultures
Course Fall 2020 Winter 2021 Spring 2021
Chinese Language and Culture II (CHIN72000) This high beginner course reinforces student’s knowledge of the Pinyin system, which will allow them to express themselves more freely. Students will develop academic and professional listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. This course will be taught mostly in English to facilitate learning of Chinese.
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First Nations Experience (INDS71000) This course will explore Canada's First Nations people's relationships with land, resources, cultures, and each other, as well as historical and contemporary relationships between Aboriginal people and settler governments in Canada. The course will provide a study of Indigenous cultures, colonialism, cultural and political re-emergence, and the importance of the wampum belt. The Truth and Reconciliation Report, UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal people, and the Ipperwash Inquiry will serve as core learning tools. Supporting the maintenance and revitalization of traditional Indigenous values, languages, cultural identity and spirituality will be highlighted
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French Language and Culture II (FREN72020) This high beginner course builds on the Introduction to the French Language and Culture. The course is designed to further enhance beginner level language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will also explore numerous facets of French Canadian culture. This course will be taught mostly in French with English used to facilitate learning in French.
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French Language III (FREN73020) This intermediate course builds on French Language and Culture II.  Students will continue to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills with a focus on academic and professional communication within the French language and workplace cultural context.  This course will be taught in French.
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German Language and Culture II  (GERM72010) This course reinforces students’ knowledge of the German language and the cultural variety in the German speaking world. Students will develop academic and professional listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. This course will be taught mostly in German with English used to facilitate learning in German.
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German Language and Culture III (GERM73010) This intermediate course builds on German Language and Culture II. Students will continue to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills with a focus on academic and professional communication within the German language and workplace cultural context. This course will be taught in German.
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Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture (CHIN71000) This beginner course introduces students to Chinese language and culture. Students will develop reading, listening, speaking, writing and culture awareness. Students will also learn the fundamentals of Chinese character writing. This course will be taught in both Chinese and English to facilitate learning of Chinese.
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Introduction to French Language and Culture (FREN71020) This beginner course introduces students to standard French as well as Canadian French nuances. It is designed for students to develop basic French skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will also study French culture in various contexts around the world. This course will be taught in both English and French to facilitate learning in French.
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Introduction to the German Language and Culture I (GERM71010) This beginner course introduces students to German and the cultural variety in the German speaking world. Students will develop listening, speaking, reading and writing. This course will be taught in German and English to facilitate learning in German.
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Introduction to the Spanish Language and Culture (SPAN71010) The method of leaning in this course is designed to be highly participatory and self-reflective, combining individual and group work with in-class discussion and on-site observation opportunities. Students will apply theories and concepts gained through lectures to practical interpretations of real-world planning conditions and local policies and applications.
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Spanish Language and Culture II (SPAN72010) This high beginner course reinforces students' knowledge of the Spanish language and reinforces the cultural variety in the Spanish speaking world. Students will develop academic and professional listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. This course will be taught mostly in Spanish with English used to facilitate learning in Spanish.
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Spanish Language III (SPAN73010) This intermediate course builds on Spanish Language and Culture II. Students will continue to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills with a focus on academic and professional communication within the Spanish language and workplace cultural context. This course will be taught in Spanish.
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Understanding Research (RSCH73000) This course will present an overview of social scientific methods. The course will address the major components of the research process, including development of theoretically informed hypotheses, implementation of theoretical concepts, development of data collection instruments, testing of hypotheses through data analysis, and the presentation of research results. The student will develop the skills necessary to read and critically analyze social science research and discuss the ethics of social research.\n
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Humanities
Course Fall 2020 Winter 2021 Spring 2021
An Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL71100) The purpose of this course is to introduce some of the main problems of philosophy, including: Are ethical principles relative? Are all persons really at heart egoistic? Does God exist? What is good? What is evil? How can truth be established? Are there causal determinants of choice? What is real? Are ethical and artistic judgments subjective? What kind of society promotes the best life? What is the purpose and meaning of life? The answers to these questions are not obvious. Wars have been fought and continue to be fought over these questions. One might make the case for seeing the history of human cultures as an ongoing attempt to answer these questions. This course you will help students to inquire into complex problems and begin to formulate their own philosophy. Students will learn effective methods of inquiry, analysis, and criticism. The study of philosophy develops one's ability to think carefully and critically. The objective of this course is to enable students to be reflective about the beliefs that they or their society have developed. The ability to think reflectively does not develop independently from the ability to read critically and perceptively or the ability to express ourselves. Thus, in this course we will seek to advance our reading comprehension as well as our communication skills, both oral and written.
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Classical Mythology (CLSC73030 ) This course provides students with an exciting exploration of the universe of mythological thinking from Mediterranean prehistoric times through the Classical Greco-Roman tradition down to its reception in the present day. Emphasis will be placed on ancient literary and visual narratives conveying messages on universal human themes such as creation and fertility, friendship and trust, love and sexuality, heroism and violence, death and the afterlife. Students will explore the historical meaning and cultural significance of some of the most popular symbols, archetypal images, and compelling mythical narratives in their authentic contexts through discoveries in archaeology, ancient history, religious studies, cultural anthropology, psychology, and natural sciences. Examining the Classical canon of mythological thinking, the course aims at a deep understanding of the universal appeal of myth to contemporary society, along with enduring insights into the way we conceptualize and explain our human condition, social and the natural environment through art, literature, and scholarly study.
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Conflict Management (SOC73180) Relationships of any depth have conflict. Conflict can be a negative force to be avoided or controlled, or an opportunity for strengthening relationships, self-awareness and development.  Students examine different factors that contribute to interpersonal and intrapersonal (intrapsychic) conflicts and discuss and apply appropriate skills and strategies to manage conflicts.
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Critical and Creative Thinking Skills (PHIL72700) This course examines the essential elements of both critical and creative thinking, with their application to the solution of problems. It describes the nature of evidence, sound arguments and valid conclusions, faulty reasoning, convergent and divergent thinking, and the creative process. Critical and creative thinking are then applied to problem solving, and both the discussion of ideas and the presentation of information to an audience.
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Desire in Literature (ENGL72200) Starting with a close reading of 'The Song of Songs' and at least one other ancient text, the course will examine the representation of desire in Western literature from its Biblical beginnings to its contemporary forms. A weekly one-hour lecture, focusing on the essential theoretical concepts and historical coverage, will be complemented with a two-hour discussion/seminar session, devoted to analysis of key works. Five of the two-hour sessions are designated as screening times.
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Introduction to Sociology (SOC71250) This course involves the systematic study of human interaction. Sociology offers a unique perspective for examining social issues, understanding cultural diversity and the way socialization shapes personality. The student will also investigate areas such as deviant behaviour, the nature of social change, family structure and social organization. The course will analyze Canadian social institutions,emphasizing the pluralistic nature of Canadian society.
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Postmodern Identity in Popular Culture: Avatars, Humans, and Vampires (ENGL71040) The stories we tell and the stories we make popular say much about who we think we are: what makes us human, what makes us individuals, and what gives us value. Postmodern narratives demonstrate an interesting shift in the ideas about what it means to be human. Students in this course will learn to describe postmodernism, understand a variety of psychological and sociological theories about identity, and recognize changes to how humans value themselves and their qualities. Within this postmodern historical context, students will analyze how human identity is constructed and presented in narratives. The narratives chosen will provide a survey of different media, from short stories to graphic novels to film and television. In each medium, fictional identities such as gaming avatars, ghosts, vampires, and werewolves will provide clues to the puzzle of what it means to be human.
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Principles of Ethical Reasoning (PHIL72900) This course is intended to acquaint students with the intellectual tradition of moral philosophy and help them develop practical analytic and critical skills through reading, writing, and discussion. This course focuses on ethical issues faced by individuals in Canadian society. It helps students to clarify their values and establish a framework for ethical decision making. Students will explore a variety of moral issues such as euthanasia, abortion, minority rights, racism, bio-medical technology, capital punishment, pornography, discrimination, poverty, environment and war. These questions do not admit of easy answers, because there are often plausible-sounding moral reasons to be given on each side of the matter. In part because of this, there is a tendency to want to set them aside as unanswerable, as just a matter of opinion. Yet they cannot be ignored. Rather, these questions require that we think hard about them and address them carefully, and that we explore various underlying presuppositions that we often accept uncritically. As a result, this is a course in which we will focus on and practice the skill of critical thinking, and learn to express carefully, verbally and in writing, our reasoning for a given position.
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Quest for Meaning (PHIL72130) This course introduces philosophical ideas and methods through reading, discussing, and writing about basic questions that arise when we reflect on the human condition. Topics to be analyzed and discussed include death, pleasure, technology, science conflict, love, reason, hospitality, art, religion and tragedy. This course provides an opportunity for students to increase their awareness of themselves, others and their world with a view to understand the human need for a meaningful existence and the human search for a meaningful life. How do our beliefs about human nature, religion, and morality affect how we ask or answer the question of meaning? How does our mortality affect our living? Using insights from the fields of philosophy, science, psychology, literature and other subjects, this interdisciplinary course is designed to assist students to better understanding the ways in which they are seeking meaning for themselves with new possibilities for personal significance.
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Religions of the World: Eastern Traditions (RELS73100 ) This course introduces students to the underlying philosophies of Eastern Religions. We will study the origins, development, beliefs, sacred writings, mythical images, and practices of Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Shinto. We will also briefly analyze a selection of alternative Eastern religions. In addition, the method of learning in this course is participatory; students will select, explore and report on specific theoretical issues in Eastern Religions. The issues examined will be diversification of tradition, contemporary challenges to monastic and ascetic life, and the effects of colonialism, globalization, modernity and religious pluralism.
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Religions of the World: Western Traditions (RELS73200 ) Western Religions continue to hold a dynamic position in the lives of many people in the world today. This course will expose students to the traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (with a small study of Zoroastrianism). We will evaluate each of these religions in terms of their historical emergence, doctrinal development, and interaction with various world cultures. We will also briefly analyze a selection of alternative Western religions. In addition, the method of learning in this course is participatory; students will select, explore and report on specific theoretical issues. The issues examined will be gender and the role of women, sexuality, religious violence and non-violence, diaspora, the modern atheistic critique of religion, globalization and the effects of modernity, religious plurality, environmental and technological concerns. 
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Science Fiction (ENGL71010) This course analyzes science fiction, an imaginative genre of fiction which explores science and technology and the effects of those on human beings and society as a whole. Drawing on literature, film, T.V., and other aspects of popular culture, students will examine themes such as utopias, dystopias, space travel, artificial intelligence, aliens, gender roles, etc. and develop an awareness of both the implications of the transformation of our present technological knowledge and the ethical issues which will face us all. Students will examine the role of science fiction as one of the most popular and thought- provoking genres of this century and the next generation. We will use a variety of theoretical and historical frameworks to interpret science fiction and decode the social and political contexts.
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The Use of Laughter: Comedy and Satire (ENGL72050) Why do we laugh, and what is it that engages our sense of humour? This course explores comedy and satire as two related, powerful artistic forms, but also as ways of being in the world. Taking off from some key theoretical perspectives on laughter (Aristotle, Plato, Hobbes, Freud, etc.), we will focus on comedy and culture; comedy, satire and gender; comedy and subversion; comedy and the forbidden; comedy and love. The basic premise of the course is that the comic form is many things: a literary genre, a cultural expression, a therapeutic/healing art, a means of liberation (and oppression), and a way of conceiving the world around us. The course will cover works ranging from ancient Greek/Roman comedy to contemporary film and fiction, as well as readings from psychologists, philosophers, anthropologists and neurologists. Reading selections may vary from year to year.
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Thinking Through Zombies (PHIL73000) In this course, students will explore how humans have historically expressed their social anxieties through references to the undead. The course will begin with a discussion of the anthropology of zombies and their current popularity and what this reflects about our culture and civilization. From this foundation, students will examine historical, psychological, scientific, medical, philosophical and cultural implications. Readings, films and discussions will focus on critical evaluation and reflection about the zombie trope and include lessons about racism, slavery, anxiety about the body, cannibalism, genocide, panic and plague, gender, war and social-economic structures. Students will have the opportunity to explore in depth contemporary and historical representations of zombies and develop conclusions about the significance of those representations in the search for meaning.
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World Literature (ENGL71020) This course will survey world literature in the modern period (19th - 21st century). We will explore how to read and enjoy a broad range of modern and contemporary authors from around the globe, as they wrestle with the reality of colonization in the 19th century, the violence and horrors of the 20th century, and the postmodern world. Plays, poetry, short and long fiction, as well as a variety of literary expression – including popular culture, global music, and the influence of the world wide web will be discussed. We will sample from all of the continents. Some theoretical texts will be read to establish some tools for analysis.
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Sciences
Course Fall 2020 Winter 2021 Spring 2021
Introduction to Natural Sciences (SCIE71000) This course examines several areas in the natural sciences including astronomy, earth sciences and biology. In the astronomy section, students acquire a basic understanding of the universe, its origins and composition, and the inter-relationships between galaxies, stars and planets, including those in our own solar system. Cosmology and current ideas regarding space and time are also discussed. In the geology section of the course, students acquire a basic understanding of various geological principles, techniques used in the study of geology and the economic benefits that can be derived from knowledge of geology. In the biology section, students explore basic concepts of various sub-disciplines of biology, thereby gaining an understanding of the nature of life and its complex interactions with the biotic and abiotic environments. Throughout the course, students develop critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills. Students also assess the impact of current research in the Natural Sciences on contemporary society. Practical laboratory and field exercises reinforce the lecture material.
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Social Science
Course Fall 2020 Winter 2021 Spring 2021
Archaeology (SCIE71010) This course will provide an overview of archaeology. Students will learn how the use of analytical methods in archaeology helps us to understand past human cultures. The course will also connect students to archaeologists as guest speakers in order to help interpret preserved artifacts. Students will explore ethical issues relevant to preservation by engaging in debates and other active learning opportunities.
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Canadian Multiculturalism (SOC73140) This course examines the ethnic and multicultural diversity of Canadian society including a historical look at immigration and how the Canadian government has treated its inhabitants. Integral to the course is an overview of the emergence of Canada as a model of cultural pluralism. Students will also explore how Canada and more specifically Ontario, has attempted to protect the rights of its citizens. In addition, attention is paid to the challenges that are faced by newcomers and Aboriginal people. This course also provides an opportunity for students to look at a variety of different world religions and to share their own experiences.
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Cyberpsychology: The Self and Others in a Wired World (PSYC73010) Cyberpsychology is the study of what happens to the human psyche, human emotions, behaviours, 'selves' and group dynamics when engaging with online technologies. Students will be introduced to current online technologies and how they influence attitudes and behaviour. Topics related to this concept include: beliefs about the self, identity formation, self presentation, social comparison, and interpersonal relationships (e.g., friendship development, romantic relationship development – jealousy and dating). Emphasis will be placed on applying social psychological principles to understanding behaviour in online settings, with particular 'emphasis on development of the self.
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Introduction to Media Studies (MDIA72280) This course provides an introductory overview of the role of the major news/information media within a democratic society and their impact upon the ability of its citizens to make informed decisions.  It considers the historical context of journalism in Canada, the major influences affecting the function of the news media and their evolution in a digital age.  The course is also designed to enable the student to recognize bias in the news and evaluate news as a social construction. 
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Political Structures and Issues (POLS72100) This course is designed to introduce students to the Study of Politics within the Canadian context. Students will examine and discuss the most important political institutions in Canada in order to better understand the issues that have both united and divided the country.
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Psychology: Dynamics of Human Behaviour (PSYC72240) This course introduces the student to scholarly and scientific research concerning genetics and behaviour, followed by an examination of development throughout the life span. Further topics include: gender and sexuality, sensation and perception, learning, thinking and intelligence, motivation and emotion, and stress, health and human flourishing. Students explore the research process and apply psychological concepts to their lived experience.
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Science, Technology and Society (SOC71045) This theme-based course aims to provide an understanding of the historical, social, economic and political context within which scientific and technological advancement takes place. Innovation is a social product, often an expression of current ideas or a response to a social need. Conversely, technological and scientific innovation can transform the structure of society, its value system, and institutions. Through a series of lectures and student-centered activities, this course will assess the impact, benefits, consequences and implications of the inter-relationship between science, technology and society.
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