Degree electives course list

Registration opens: August 9, 2021
Registration closes: September 15, 2021

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.

Fall 2021 delivery approaches

Remote: Remote courses have the benefit of both face-to-face with the course professor (over Zoom) and online learning. Students will be scheduled into a set-meeting time (minimum of 1 hour) to meet online as a class. The remaining course hours will be completed online, with students setting their own academic schedules to meet course deadlines.

Online: Online courses do not have any set meeting times (asynchronous). Students set their own academic schedules to meet the course deadlines. The professor will give written feedback and guidance on course work.

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Fall 2021 interdisciplinary electives

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Chinese Language and Culture II 

Theme
Global cultures
Course Code
CHIN72000 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Status
Cancelled
Description
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.

Introduction to French Language and Culture

Theme
Global cultures
Course Code
FREN71020 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Status
Closed
Description
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.

Introduction to the German Language and Culture I 

Theme
Global cultures
Course Code
GERM71010 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Status
Open
Description
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.

Spanish Language and Culture II

Theme
Global cultures
Course Code
SPAN72010 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Status
Open
Description
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.

Chinese Language and Culture III

Theme
Global cultures
Course Code
CHIN73000 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Status
Cancelled
Description
This intermediate course builds on Chinese 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 Chinese language and workplace cultural context. This course will be taught in both Chinese and English, with students gaining more fluency in Chinese.

French Language and Culture II

Theme
Global cultures
Course Code
FREN72020 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Status
Open
Description
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.

German Language and Culture II

Theme
Global cultures
Course Code
GERM72010 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Status
Open
Description
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.

Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture

Theme
Global cultures
Course Code
CHIN71000 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Status
Open
Description
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.

Classical Civilization and the Global Present  

Theme
Humanities
Course Code
CLSC72000 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Status
Open
Description
This course will trace the modern world (including current events and social and cultural problems) by examining the foundation of Western civilization by ancient Greek and Roman explorers, colonists, political leaders, conquerors, scholars, playwrights, artists, and artisans. Located at the crossroads between Europe, Asia, and Africa, ancient Mediterranean civilizations; created fundamental drivers of world history and left a legacy of important ideas, practices, and deeply-rooted values that have lasted for more than 3500 years. Emphasis will be on ethnic migrations, social movements, political reforms, economic upturns, geographical discoveries, and pivotal military conflicts in Antiquity; influenced hybridization and globalization in cultural tradition, materiality of life, and intellectual advancement. Also, priority will be given to mnemonic hands-on activities, problem-solving case studies, debates, reflective narratives, as well as to relevant approaches for tackling primary sources, such as ancient poetry and prose, epigraphic documents, maps, numismatic and archaeological materials.

Political Structures and Issues

Theme
Humanities
Course Code
POLS72100 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Status
Open
Description
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.

French Language III

Theme
Global cultures
Course Code
FREN73020 (Section 1)
Delivery
Remote
Status
Open
Description
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.

First Nations Experience 

Theme
Global cultures
Course Code
INDS71000 (Section 1)
Delivery
Online
Status
Closed
Description
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.

Introduction to the Spanish Language and Culture

Theme
Global cultures
Course Code
SPAN71010 (Section 1)
Delivery
Online
Status
Closed
Description
This beginner course introduces students to Spanish and the cultural variety in the Spanish speaking world. Students will develop listening, speaking, reading and writing. This course will be taught in Spanish and English to facilitate learning in Spanish.

The Use of Laughter: Comedy and Sature

Theme
Humanities
Course Code
ENGL72050 (Section 1)
Delivery
Online
Status
Closed
Description
At a time when genetic research continues to narrow the gap between us and our closest animal relatives, laughter is emerging as the one uniquely human trait we all possess. Why do we laugh, and what is it that engages our sense of humour? This course will explore 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 (Hobbes, Freud, Bergson, Bakhtin, etc.), we will focus on comedy and culture; satire and ideology; 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 theraputic/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 comedy to contemporary film and fiction, as well as readings from psychologists, philosophers, anthropologists and neurologists. Students who complete this course will have a good working knowledge of the history of comedy and satire, their characteristic features as genres, and their social and psychological functions. Reading selections may vary from year to year.

Environmental Science

Theme
Sciences
Course Code
SCIE7200 (Section 2)
Delivery
Online
Status
Closed
Description
This course will argue for the interconnectedness of the world’s systems, linking Earth’s large-scale processes to specific environmental phenomenon. Topics include our use and allocation of energy and mineral resources; urban environmental management, human population growth and its effects on food accessibility, desertification and loss of biodiversity. We will also analyze new and emerging environmental toxins and how they are impacting our ability to ensure clean water and soils for future generations. Research will be focused on understanding specific method for understanding scientific and policy literature, problem solving with an eye on all potential stakeholders.

Introduction to Media Studies

Theme
Social Science
Course Code
MDIA72280 (Section 3)
Delivery
Online
Status
Open
Description
**Please note this is a compressed (7 week) delivery (Nov 1 - Dec 18, 2021). 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.

Cyberpsychology: The Self and Others in a Wired World

Theme
Social Sciences
Course Code
PSYC73010 (Section 1)
Delivery
Online
Status
Closed
Description
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.

All interdisciplinary electives

Below is the complete list of interdisciplinary electives offered at Conestoga.

Level 1

Course codeCourse title
CHIN71000
Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture
ENGL71010
Science Fiction
​ENGL71020
​World Literature
FREN71020Introduction to French Language and Culture
GERM71010Introduction to the German Language and Culture I
INDS71000First Nations Experience
PHIL71100An Introduction to Philosophy
SCIE71000Introduction to Natural Sciences
SCIE71010Archaeology
SOC71045Science, Technology and Society
SOC71250Introduction to Sociology
SPAN71010Introduction to the Spanish Language and Culture

Level 2

Course codeCourse title
CHIN72000Chinese Language and Culture II
PHIL72700Critical and Creative Thinking Skills
ENGL72200Desire in Literature
FREN72020French Language and Culture II
​GERM72010
​German Language and Culture II
MDIA72280Introduction to Media Studies
PHIL72900Principles of Ethical Reasoning
PSYC72240Psychology: Dynamics of Human Behaviour
PHIL72130Quest for Meaning
SPAN72010Spanish Language and Culture II
ENGL72050The Use of Laughter: Comedy and Satire

Level 3

Course codeCourse title
​SOC73140
​Canadian Multiculturalism
CLSC73030Classical Mythology
SOC73180Conflict Management
PSYC73010Cyberpsychology: The Self and Others in a Wired World
FREN73020French Language III
GERM73010German Language and Culture III
POLS72100Political Structures and Issues
RELS73100Religions of the World: Eastern Traditions
RELS73200Religions of the World: Western Traditions
RSCH73000Understanding Research
SPAN73010Spanish Language III
PHIL73000Thinking Through Zombies 

Level 4

Course codeCourse title
FREN74020French Language IV
SCIE74020Assessing Emerging Technologies
SOC74020Urban and Community Planning
SPAN74010Spanish Language IV