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INS100
Introduction to the Social Sciences I
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This course provides a foundation for further study in the social sciences by introducing students to their basic subject matter and theory. It is designed for students in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Program, forming a basis for upper level courses in any of the relevant social sciences. It will also serve as a Liberal Studies course suitable to provide an introduction to social science topics for the broader body of Seneca College students. The course is unified via a focus on a central theme or themes of relevance to all the social sciences, such as power and human nature. Through lectures, readings, discussions, and assignments, this course will offer a comprehensive interdisciplinary introduction to these central issues, integrating diverse social science approaches to the topic. The course emphasizes the development of critical thinking and writing skills, facilitates the practical application of student learning, and promotes the integration of social science insights into students' broader understanding of themselves and their world.




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INS200
Introduction to the Social Sciences II
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This course provides a foundation for further study in the social sciences by introducing students to their basic subject matter and theory, focusing in particular on political science and economics. It is designed for students in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, forming a basis for upper level social science courses. It will also serve as a Liberal Studies course suitable to provide an introduction to social science topics for the broader body of Seneca College students. The course is unified via a focus on central themes relevant to all the social sciences, such as power and human nature. Through lectures, readings, discussions, and assignments both online and in-class, this course offers a comprehensive interdisciplinary introduction to these central issues, integrating diverse social science approaches to the topic. The course emphasizes the development of critical thinking and writing skills, facilitates the practical application of student learning, and promotes the integration of social science insights into students' broader understanding of themselves and their world. Introduction to the Social Sciences 1 is not a prerequisite.




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INT100
Quantitative Reasoning
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This is a one-semester mathematics course designed to introduce some important topics in mathematics. It is intended to provide students with the prerequisites for a further course in Statistics. The course will engage students in meaningful mathematics through discovery, problem solving and discussions.




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LSO120
Introduction to Sociology
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Prerequisite(s):

ENG106 or equivalent.

Sociology is the scientific study of society. This course is a general introduction to the concepts, theories, and major perspectives of sociology. An examination of research studies drawn from Canadian society and beyond our borders will highlight the significance of utilizing a sociological perspective or sociological imagination.




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LSO121
Introduction to Political Science
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Prerequisite(s):

ENG106 or equivalent.

The world of politics is often difficult to understand without some theoretical training. Yet, it is vital, particularly for citizens of a democracy, to understand how politics works. For all its complexity and frequent inelegance, politics is what allows humans to manage their differences, to share their resources, to protect their rights, and to change their governments. Political science methodologies, approaches and theories allow students to learn how the state, the structures of government and the political process impact their daily lives. Find out why consumer advocate Ralph Nader said that you should "turn on to politics before politics turn on you". Discover the value of being a "good citizen". Now more than ever, the citizens, especially, those from socially-marginalized sectors of the population need to develop a deep understanding of politics and ideologies and how they are relevant to securing or advancing their material interests.
And find out why the late Brazilian educator Paulo Freire had this to say about political participation, leaders and the citizenry, "Leaders who do not act dialogically, but insist on imposing their decisions, do not organize the people--they manipulate them. They do not liberate, nor are they liberated: they oppress." Pedagogy of the Oppressed




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LSO165
Social Consciousness: Equity and Social Justice
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This course examines contemporary issues and key concepts of equity/inequity and social justice in a global context. It provides students with the opportunity to critically consider and evaluate social responsibility and participation in local, national and international communities. The course unpacks and seeks a deeper understanding of the following topics/issues: social analysis, media literacy, cultural values, social exclusion, power and privilege, gender, class and social action.




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LSO230
Modern Social and Political Thought
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Prerequisite(s):

ENG106 or equivalent.

This course introduces students to the seminal ideas of major western thinkers of the modern period. This course provides an historical and integrated inter-disciplinary perspective on the development of those ideas that have shaped the thought of our own time.
The twenty-first century begins with the promise of new ideas, new technologies as well as the challenges associated with these apparent changes. This course is designed to facilitate the development of students' capacity to think both critically and historically about their own time, the past and social movements. It will introduce students to the ideas that have shaped our age and our ways of thinking thereby placing their own thinking within a larger context and increasing the clarity of that thought.
In addition to the professor responsible for and the primary lecturer of the course, students will be active participants through class discussions, presentations, and debates.




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LSP240
Micro Economics - Theory & Practice
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Prerequisite(s):

ENG106 or equivalent

This course explains how prices are determined and resources allocated under different market forms, and diverse economic environments. It focuses on actual economic problems, and develops the theoretical structure to analyze these problems. Careful consideration is given to "soft" factors such as culture, economical legislation and trade regulation, which influence decision-making.




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LSO245
Media and the Information Age
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Prerequisite(s):

ENG106 or its equivalent

The average person in Canada spends about 230 minutes per day watching TV and 200 minutes per day on the Internet. That's about 325 eight-hour days, a full-time job! We spend another 70 minutes per day with other media, including newspapers, magazines, and traditional radio. That's more than 3,000 hours per year of media use, more time than we spend on anything else, including working or sleeping. This consumption of information sustains our economy, and most of the economic activity in North America now involves producing, processing or distributing information including the output of the mass media, Internet, telecommunications and computer industries. The goal of this course is to prepare students to thrive in today's increasingly integrated communications and information environment.




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LSO260
Principles of Psychology
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Prerequisite(s):

ENG106 or equivalent.

As we move through the world and interact with those around us, we all play the role of "psychologist", trying to understand why we and others do what we do, feel what we feel, and think what we think. This course is designed to introduce you to the scientific study of human behaviour and mental processes. By understanding how psychological research is conducted, by examining the evidence that has been accumulated in the field, and by using critical thinking and analysis, it is hoped that the assumptions and intuition you have gained through your own experience with the world will be re-examined and re-evaluated in a new and interesting light. A variety of areas within this broad and fascinating field will be examined. These may include learning, memory, social psychology, developmental psychology, stress and health, personality, and abnormal psychology.




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LSO290
Queer Studies
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As an introduction to queer studies, this course will explore the history of sexuality, in particular shifting concepts of male-male desire, as well as related issues pertaining to queer sexuality and identity through the medium of literature, theory, and film.




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Program Contacts

Cindy Ha
Program Assistant
Cindy.Ha@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22685


Melanie Rubens
Program Coordinator
Melanie.Rubens@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22589