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INC300
Social Media & Professional Identity: The Web of Influence
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Every day, millions of people share their opinions with a global audience via Tweets, #s, blogs, wikis, videos, likes, tags, text messages and online comments. Digital spaces and mobile technologies allow us to be connected to our personal and professional networks and communities 24/7. In what ways does this hyper-connectivity impact the ways in which people regard their place in the world and define themselves?
In this course we will analyse the social, ethical, political and cultural ramifications of societies that are increasingly mobile and digital. The impact of new genres and forms of expression on our identities will be explored as we actively participate in online networks and create materials for social media.




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INS300
Love: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives
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Prerequisite(s):

ENG 106 and one lower-level liberal studies (LSO) or Critical Thinking course.

What is the nature of love? In his novel La Nouvelle Héloïse, Jean-Jacques Rousseau's female protagonist, Julie, states: So many people speak of love, and so few know how to love.... The experience of romantic love raises several philosophical concerns. Is love an emotion or a feeling? Why do we say? I fell in love? Is love irrational or can one deliberately choose to love? Is there a difference between love and its trashy cousin lust? As one commentator explains, Love thrives on candlelight and conversation. Lust is equally happy in a doorway or a taxi. Is love at first sight? logically possible? Is love necessarily exclusive (i.e. can you be in love with two persons at the same time)? Is true or genuine love possible, or is love perhaps an illusion, a chimera? In this course, we will probe and interrogate your most intimate intuitions and notions of love as they are defined historically and characterized contemporarily.




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INS301
Introduction to the Cognitive Sciences
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Prerequisite(s):

ENG106 or equivalent.

Although philosophers have considered the nature of the mind for millennia, a new interdisciplinary approach developed in the 20th century: cognitive science. After millennia of study, the problems remained the same: Is the mind different from the brain? What is consciousness? How can I tell if other people have minds? Is it possible to create an artificial intelligence? Are humans truly rational? Cognitive science includes approaches from computer science, linguistics, anthropology, philosophy and psychology in an attempt to answer these ancient questions. Students will be introduced to central themes in cognitive science by reading key articles and excerpts from books from important cognitive scientists across the various disciplines.




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INS302
Ethics for the 21st Century: Theory and Practice
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This course examines some of the most influential ethical theories, emphasizing practical application in real world situations. Starting with timeless issues affecting persons throughout history, the main focus will be on current ethical problems unimaginable to the founders of western ethical thought along with future scenarios at the boundaries of our own imaginations. Students will explore how to make ethical choices in our complex, technologically mediated, and rapidly changing world.




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LSO330
International Trade - The Canadian Perspective
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LSO403
Group Dynamics
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Prerequisite(s):

ENG106 or one lower-level liberal studies (LSO) or Critical Thinking course.

This course offers a comprehensive analysis of theory and research related to group dynamics. Student explore social processes in groups and their impact on individual behaviour and are introduced to the following group elements: norms, roles, coherence and dissonance, group think, validation, types of groups and membership, referencing, group symptoms, leadership styles. The student will practice leading and participating in groups where observation and recording skills will be stressed.




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LSO430
Gaming and Gender: The Digital Divide
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Prerequisite(s):

ENG106 or equivalent.

This degree elective breadth course combines the study of digital games and psychological, sociological, cultural, aesthetic and literary influences characteristic in online gaming. Students explore parallels between modern societal values related to gender and those occurring in the gaming world. Through experiential learning opportunities involving gameplay, students examine a variety of elements and how they converge or diverge from socio-cultural norms.




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LSO440
Globalization in the 20th Century and Beyond
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Prerequisite(s):

ENG106 or one lower-level liberal studies (LSO) or Critical Thinking course.

This course focuses on the examination of contemporary patterns of globalization in all its forms. The 20th century has experienced great social upheaval and transformation. We fought two world wars, saw the rise and fall of the Soviet communist regime, and witnessed the formal dismantling of European empires. We experienced dramatic technological change and the ascendancy of corporate capitalism as the primary global economic model. We have also witnessed unprecedented economic disparities and ecological hazards from air, water and soil pollution to global climate change. The 21st century promises to see these trends accelerate and intensify.




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LSO441
Disability: Re-imagining Access and Inclusion
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Prerequisite(s):

One lower-level liberal studies or English or Critical Thinking course.

This course critically explores the lived experience of disability as reflected in various theories and models for understanding disability and society. Students will reflect on disability discourse through narratives, essays, media, and from community members (i.e., guest speakers with lived experience and knowledge of disability). Students' critical thinking skills and awareness of systemic oppression and the impact of policies and practices will be emphasized. Particular attention is given to applying intersectional framework to looking at disability, which includes race, age, gender, sexuality, socio-economic status, ethnicity and Indigenous status. Students from any discipline and without prior knowledge of disability studies are welcome to participate in this course.




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LSO460
Social Psychology
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Prerequisite(s):

LSO260 or equivalent or permission of the coordinator

It is universally recognized in art, literature, history and individual experience that human beings are social beings. Who we are, how we think, how we feel, and how we behave are all subject to the influence of the situation in which we find ourselves. Social psychology is the science that attempts to examine, describe, and explain the impact of social situations on individuals and on groups. This course will examine topics within the field such as how we see ourselves and others in a social context, how attitudes are formed and changed, and the power of social situations to influence our behaviour. Building on the knowledge the learner has of psychological research methodology, this course aims to improve the student's understanding of how psychologists study social influence and interaction. Both group and individual processes will be examined in depth to encourage critical analysis of a variety of theoretical viewpoints, and to develop the learner's ability to investigate and report on current perspectives in social psychology.




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LSO510
Indigenous Awareness: Towards Truth and Reconciliation
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Prerequisite(s):

ENG106 or one lower-level liberal studies (LSO) or Critical Thinking course.

In response to the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, this course provides students with an introduction to the values, beliefs, and practices that shape the cultural identity of Canada's Indigenous peoples. The marginalizing intergenerational effects of historical colonization and contemporary issues of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples in Canada are examined. The individual and collective responsibility for reconciliation with Indigenous children, families, communities, and colleagues is emphasized.




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LSO750
I Might Be Wrong: Falsity and the Fallible Mind
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Prerequisite(s):

One lower-level liberal studies or Degree level English (such as ENG106) or Critical Thinking course.

Why is it easier to believe falsehoods when they're voiced by celebrities and powerful authority figures? How can we avoid falling for unsupported and often dangerous medical advice? Why is it so hard to acknowledge weaknesses in our own social and political perspectives while effortlessly finding faults in the views of others?
As humans, much of our thinking is fast, intuitive, and relatively effortless-we take mental shortcuts by necessity, and this often results in predictable mistakes. Cognitive errors shape who we vote for, what we fear, and our responses to emergency situations. To better cope with and thrive in our increasingly complex social environment-a world of virtually unlimited information and connectivity-we need to understand the limitations of our miraculous yet fallible minds. By developing greater awareness of pervasive heuristics and biases, this course aims to lay the foundation for identifying, avoiding, and responding to some of the errors to which we regularly fall prey.




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LSO802
Criminal Psychology: Psychopaths & Serial Killers
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Prerequisite(s):

ENG106 or one lower-level liberal studies (LSO) or Critical Thinking course.

Are psychopaths born or made? This course provides students both with an analysis of the development of criminals and in particular that of psychopaths and serial killers. The biological, developmental, learning and situational factors that contribute to criminal antisocial behaviour will be explored in detail. Since there is sound research on psychopaths, a particular focus will be placed on psychopaths. The diagnosis of psychopathic personality, connections between psychopathic and normal personalities, neuroscience findings and research on emotion and thought processes in psychopaths will be examined. Case studies will be examined to bring the research to life.




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LSP340
Macroeconomics - Theory & Practice
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Prerequisite(s):

LSP240 - Micro Economics

This course concentrates initially on the definition and measurement of the principal aggregate economic indicators such as Gross Domestic Product, unemployment and inflation. It then explains how the level of economic activity, prices, interest rates and the value of the Canadian dollar are determined, under different internal and external environments, and alternative government policies. A basic open-economy model is constructed, and the impact of alternative fiscal, monetary and trade policies on macro economic variables are analyzed and appraised.




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LSP500
Ethics and Social Responsibility
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Prerequisite(s):

ENG106 or equivalent.

Ethics or moral philosophy is the philosophical exploration and consideration of the values and principles we use to make moral judgments. Thus, answers to the fundamental questions of ethics provide guidelines for how we should lead our lives. This course will introduce students to the major ethical theories and consider the practical implications and applications of these theories for conduct in the business world.




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Program Contacts

Marianne Tang
Program Assistant
Marianne.Tang@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22685


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