Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours)
- Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours)
- College Code:
- Engineering & Information Technology
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2018 / 2019
Interdisciplinary CoursesEmployers seek graduates with critical and creative thinking, quantitative reasoning, and literacy and communication skills, who are able to successfully apply their knowledge in the workforce. Having an understanding of society and culture, and having the ability to make intelligent assessments that encompass professional, moral, ethical and social values, will complement a student's education. These learning outcomes are augmented through Conestoga's interdisciplinary curriculum in the Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Language and Culture, Science and Mathematics, and Sociology and Social Sciences.
Students are exposed to new theoretical perspectives, forms of thought, and modes of enquiry outside of their main field of study. Each degree program design includes a number of specified and elective interdisciplinary courses. Degree students are eligible to select these interdisciplinary electives from a list of degree-level courses delivered by the various schools at Conestoga, including the School of Liberal Studies and Communications, School of Business & Hospitality, School of Engineering & IT, School of Media & Design, School of Health and Life Sciences & Community Services, and the Conestoga Language Institute.
Please note the following when selecting your interdisciplinary elective/s:
- Some interdisciplinary courses may not be appropriate as an interdisciplinary course for a particular degree program. Example: business degree courses are not considered interdisciplinary for students in a business degree program.
- Some interdisciplinary courses may not be offered in the current academic semester or year.
- Some interdisciplinary courses may reach capacity early and therefore space may not be available for all interested students. Therefore, students who enroll early are most likely to get their choice.
- Students are responsible for ensuring they successfully complete all courses as required by the program design, in order to graduate.
- Students are responsible for ensuring they have the necessary prerequisite/co-requisite courses.
- On occasion, a student may choose to take an elective course during their co-op work term. Degree-level courses taken at another university or college during a work term may be eligible for credit transfer if approved beforehand by the degree program Chair and Coordinator.
- Degree program students must take degree-level interdisciplinary courses. Diploma-level and most OntarioLearn courses therefore are not eligible for degree-level study. Confirm degree-level eligibility before you sign up.
- In exceptional circumstances, Chairs may accept other postsecondary courses as satisfying interdisciplinary requirements. Normally such consideration will be given only in situations such as a student returning from exchange or being offered advanced standing.
Requirements by ProgramThe interdisciplinary breadth curriculum of the Bachelor of Community and Criminal Justice (CCJ) program includes:
- Specified interdisciplinary courses, including: Academic Communications, Applied Statistics, Co-op and Career Preparation, Group Dynamics, Health and Wellness, and Political Structures and Issues.
- Six elective interdisciplinary courses.
List of Interdisciplinary CoursesWhen choosing an elective, students must first determine if the course fits within their program timetable for a given semester. Please note that all courses may not be offered in the current academic year. Go to your Student Portal for full timetabling details under My Courses.
The list of interdisciplinary courses for the Bachelor of Community and Criminal Justice (Honours) degree program includes:
|ENGL72050||The Use of Laughter: Comedy and Satire
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.
|ENGL72200||Desire in Literature
Description: 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.
|HIST71230||Essentials Of Canadian History
Description: This course is a study of recurrent themes in public affairs within the historical context of development of Canada from Confederation to the present. It is designed to increase the student's understanding of how our past conditions our present and to develop an appreciation of the forces which will shape our future.
Description: Religion continues to hold a dynamic position in the lives of many people in the world today. This course will expose students to the traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We will study the origins, development, beliefs, sacred writings, mythical images, and practices of these religions. In addition, the method of learning in this course is participatory; students will select, explore, and report on specific theoretical issues such as effects of globalization and colonialism, modernity, and pluralism
|RELS73100||Religions of the World: Eastern Traditions
Description: 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
|RELS73200||Religions of the World: Western Traditions
Description: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 explore 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. The method of learning in this course is participatory; students will select, explore and report on specific theoretical issues. The issues examined will include 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.
|CHIN71000||Chinese Language and Culture I
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.
|CHIN72000||Chinese Language and Culture II
Description:This high beginner course reinforces students’ 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.
|CHIN73000||Chinese Language III
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 Chinese and English with students speaking more and more in Chinese.
|CHIN74010||Chinese Language IV
Description: This high intermediate course builds on Chinese Language III. Students will refine Chinese language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing with a focus on academic and professional communication. This course will be taught in Chinese with English as needed with the expectation that students are using more and more Chinese to communicate.
|CULT71000||Cultural, Historical, and Economical Overview of France and England
Description:Set against the backdrop of globalization, this course examines the cultural, historical, economical and business environments in France and England, while based in Paris and London. The course is held over a two week period, with one week in each city. Over the 2 weeks, students are exposed to a variety of environments where they are required to investigate and interpret the historical and current situation. Seminars, lectures, combined with tours and visits to corporate, historical and cultural sites will ensure a broad delivery of the material.
|CULT71010||Cultural, Historical, and Economical Overview of Japan and China
Description:Set against the backdrop of globalization, this course examines the cultural, historical, economical and business environments in Japan and China, while based in Tokyo and Shanghai. The course is held over a two week period, with one week in each city. Over the 2 weeks, students are exposed to a variety of environments where they are required to investigate and interpret the historical and current situation. Seminars, lectures, combined with tours and visits to corporate, historical and cultural sites will ensure a broad delivery of the material.
|FREN71020||Introduction to French Language and Culture
Description: This course teaches students standard French along with some Canadian French and introduces certain aspects of French culture related to their language studies. The course is designed for students to develop basic skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing using audio-visual material for comprehension and conversation while focusing on the following elements: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, reading authentic texts, sentence-level writing, and cultural aspects of the French language and people.
|FREN72020||French Language and Culture II
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.
|FREN73020||French Language and Culture III
Description: This intermediate course builds on students’ knowledge of standard French gained in French Language and Culture II with a focus on aspects of Canadian French for social and professional purposes. Learners will continue to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to acquire a high intermediate level in French. Special focus will be placed on pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, reading authentic texts, paragraph-level writing and cultural aspects of the French Language in professional communication.
|SPAN71010||Introduction to Spanish Language and Culture
Description: This course teaches students Spanish and introduces the cultural variety in the Spanish speaking world as it relates to language studies. Students will develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills while focusing on the following areas: vocabulary, syntax, pronunciation, reading authentic texts, sentence-level writing, and cultural aspects of the Spanish language.
|SPAN72010||Spanish Language and Culture II
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.
|SPAN73010||Spanish Language and Culture III
Description: This intermediate course expands students’ knowledge of the Spanish language and reinforces the cultural variety in the Spanish speaking world concentrating on Spanish for professional purposes. Students will further develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to acquire an intermediate knowledge in Spanish. Students will further focus on the following areas: vocabulary, syntax, pronunciation, reading authentic texts, paragraph-level writing, speaking abilities and cultural aspects of the Spanish language in professional communication situations.
|SPAN74010||Spanish Language and Culture IV
Description: This high intermediate course expands students’ knowledge of the Spanish language and reinforces the cultural knowledge about Spanish-speaking countries so that students gain in-depth understanding and information about the Spanish- world. Students will further develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to acquire a level in Spanish enabling them to listen, speak, read and write in Spanish fluently. Students will further focus on the following areas: vocabulary, syntax, pronunciation, reading authentic texts, essay-level writing, speaking abilities and cultural aspects of the Spanish language. The goal of this course is to acquire high intermediate level in Spanish to prepare students to function in real social and professional situations using Spanish.
|SCIE71000||Introduction to Natural Sciences
Description: 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.
|SCIE74020||Assessing Emerging Technologies
Description: Technology is inescapable: it permeates every aspect of our modern lives. Those who live with technology must learn more about it in order to fully understand its role in society. This seminar-based course focuses on the main question: How do humans interact with and manage technology? Students will assess new technologies from ethical, societal, economic, cultural, and security perspectives. Specific attention will be paid to concerns and risk factors surrounding new technologies. Through seminar presentations and discussions, they will also examine emerging technologies such as: gaming, genetic engineering, and nano and smart technologies
|HEAL71010||Health and Wellness
Description: This course focuses on theoretical and practical applications of the principles of health and wellness. Students are encouraged to identify and assess their present state of health and wellness skills, and will then be required to apply wellness theory and new health related skills in order to improve and/or maintain their overall wellbeing in the areas of physical fitness, stress management and psychological health, and proper nutrition. Knowledge and skills developed in this course will assist students as they prepare for careers in law enforcement and criminal justice professions. In particular, students will be better equipped to recognize critical work-related stressors, caused by acute physical, mental, and emotional demands, and apply theories and strategies to enable them to minimize their effects.
|HEAL71260||Life Balance: The Quest for Wellness
Description: This course will assist you to develop lifelong strategies to balance and improve your lifestyle from a wellness perspective. You will investigate theories and practices of mindfulness, self-responsibility, social/emotional development, stress management, physical activity, spirituality, substance abuse, nutrition, and complementary health. ‘Life Balance' provides the opportunity to evaluate various theories of wellness and their application to your present and future lifestyles.
Description: This course investigates the fundamentals of heritage conservation. Heritage conservation includes a broad range of cultural heritage components including, individual and group heritage, buildings, landscapes and archeological sites. Heritage conservation is recognized as providing economic, social and environmental benefits to communities and society. This course is to develop awareness in heritage conservation and its role in modern society.
|HIST73000||Impact of Aviation on Canadian National Development
Description: Through a review of the history of Canadian aviation, students will learn about the impact that aviation has had on the development of Canada as a nation. This will be accomplished by examining the early years of aviation, Canada's military participation in and contribution to Allied aviation efforts during the wars of the 20th Century, and the influence of aviation in the development of the Canadian north. Additionally the course will focus on the transition from trains and ships to airplanes as the preferred method of regional, transcontinental and international travel, and the effects of Canada's aviation industries on the country's economic development and Canada’s international trade and influence.
|HIST73200||Post-War North American Society
Description: This advanced level breadth course is a critical assessment of the post-war events and influences that shaped modern North American society. Students will analyze how and why counter-culture challenges were incorporated into main stream society and the current backlash to that. The course will examine several social movements and schools of thought as they developed and impacted our society.
|MDIA72100||Media in Canadian Society
Description: This course will examine the role of news media in Canadian society with a view to analyzing the relationship of the news media to Canada in terms of impact, effects and implications for Canadian society. It analyzes the news media’s coverage of political, economic, social, cultural and ethnic issues. News media processes are also explored within the context of a changing and diverse Canada
|MDIA72280||Introduction to Media Studies
Description: 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.
|PHIL71100||An Introduction to Philosophy
Description: 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.
|PHIL72130||Quest for Meaning
Description: 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.
|PHIL72700||Critical and Creative Thinking Skills
Description: 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.
Description: This course gives students the opportunity to learn about and engage with the main philosophies and critical theories that constitute postmodernism and post-structuralism and to apply these to contemporary phenomena such as culture, theatre, music, television, film and architecture. To this end, we will undertake to survey important theoretical statements by such authors as Lacan, Lyotard, Foucault, Irigaray, Kristeva, Baudrillard, Derrida, Virilio and others. We will explore the tension between the dream of utopia and the specter of apocalypse as we examine such themes as the phantasm of contemporary culture, the society of the spectacle, the emergence of new forms of consciousness and technology and the ways in which our culture imagines and negotiates the Other. Finally, students will consider the question of what it means to be human within a postmodern condition of excess.
|POLS72000||Public Admin and Social Policy
Description: This course studies the status and role of the Public Service in the Canadian governmental system. It examines the changing social context within which the public sector works. The focus will be on the federal and provincial governments. The course will include analysis of current theories of policy-making and will examine Canadian case studies. Topics include: Analysis of the policy-making process, political factors shaping the formulation of public policy, theories and processes of decision-making, public consultation etc.
|POLS72100||Political Structures & Issues
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
|PSYC71240||Psychology: Basic Processes of Behaviour
Description: Psychology is the scientific study of human thought processes, emotions and behaviour. Topics of interest to psychologists include all aspects of everyday life, from simple to complex thought processes to behaviours that might surprise us. This course introduces students to the basic processes of human behaviour. The course begins with a brief history of psychology and its emergence as a science. Areas of study include: the biological bases of behaviour; memory consciousness; social psychology; emotion; personality and psychological disorders and their treatment.
|PSYC71700||Psychology of Mindfulness
Description: Mindfulness is the practice of non-judgmental, moment-to-moment awareness in our lives. It is cultivated through paying attention, in a specific way, "non-reactively, non-judgmentally, and openheartedly as possible." In recent years, mindfulness has been recognized as a cognitive skill, that can be taught, and that can enhance the lives of those who practice. In addition, research into the therapeutic value of mindfulness has shown promising results with a variety of psychological afflictions, including; stress, chronic pain, depression, anxiety and mood regulation. The purpose of the course, then, is twofold: a) to introduce students to the personal practice of mindfulness, and b) to explore the applications of mindfulness in evidence-based psychological processes.
|PSYC72240||Psychology: Dynamics of Human Behaviour
Description: This class introduces the student to scholarly and scientific research into human development, followed by an examination of personality development, including applicable theories and measurement strategies. Students will explore several psychological disorders and their treatment. Relationships between health and stress will also be considered. Topics include: Development, Personality Theory and Assessment, Psychological Disorders, Therapies, Health and Stress, and Social Psychology. Students explore the research process and apply psychological concepts to their own experience. Emphasis is placed on the application of social psychological principles to our understanding of depression, anxiety, stress and the importance of close relationships to psychological and physical health.
|SOC71110||Sociology and Social Issues
Description: This course deals with human interaction, group formation and social structure. The focus is the analysis of Canadian social institutions and the social processes that impact our everyday lives. The unique perspective that sociology offers for analyzing social issues will be a recurring theme throughout the course.
|SOC71250||Introduction to Sociology
Description: 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.
Description: It is more important than ever before for workers to establish a positive, sustainable 'fit' with their employers. To accomplish this, essential skills, which are the foundational skills required to successfully participate in the Canadian labour market, will be addressed in ways pertinent to job-related tasks and to life-long learning. This course will, therefore, improve students' abilities to apply advanced communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem-solving, information management, interpersonal and personal awareness skills
|SOC73030||Diversity in the Workplace
Description: In this course we will study how diversity impacts an organization. The student will learn how to identify and understand points of difference and, consequently, how to improve communications among team members of diverse backgrounds. The course is designed for the student to study diversity variables such as age, gender, sexual orientation, physical & mental capability, race & ethnicity, spiritual practice and social class. Participants will develop action plans to improve their competencies in dealing with diversity
Description: 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.
Description: Without exception, every relationship of any depth has conflict. Understanding the nature and complexity of interpersonal conflict is critical to its successful resolution. Conflict can be and often is regarded as a negative force and experience to be avoided or least controlled. Conflict can also be seen as an opportunity for strengthening complex relationships, increasing self-awareness and enhancing personal and professional development. This course will provide students with an opportunity to explore theoretical approaches to understanding and addressing conflict through the examination of various factors that contribute to interpersonal and intrapersonal (intrapsychic), and international conflicts, and to discuss, analyse, and apply appropriate skills and strategies to manage conflicts efficiently and effectively.