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Eight electives to take at Seneca this fall

Last day to add a course is Sept. 10

An elective — a course outside of your program area — is like a dessert: you may feel like there’s no room left for it, but once you consume it, you feel so much more, well, complete. An elective does that. It completes you. Ever heard of a “well-rounded” person? That would be you, if you take your electives.

Sure, you may only care about your major and Instagram account now, but in the not-too-distant future, you might be glad to have learned a thing or two about astronomy, China or just “what in the world is going on” (seriously, that’s the name of the course).

So, while you have until Monday, Sept. 10 to add a course, here is a list of eight electives we have put together just for you.

For a full list of Liberal Studies and General Education courses, visit the School of English and Liberal Studies. Course availability is subject to change.

Liberal Studies Courses (degree programs)

liberal arts

LSO120 — Introduction to Sociology
Professor Lia Gladstone
Newnham Campus
Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.

It’s not just that sociologists tend to win debates (arguments) or that they have great job prospects (allegedly). It’s about how you can gain a new perspective on the world, including why people act the way they do and how media and pop culture affect our behaviour. This. Course. Is. It.

LSO426 — Music & Astronomy: Exploring Rhythm and Harmony in the Cosmos
Professor Matt Russo
Newnham Campus
Fridays, 8 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.

The connection between music and astronomy has fascinated scientists, philosophers and artists for thousands of years. But unless you are Chris Hadfield, the Canadian astronaut who sang David Bowie’s Space Oddity from orbit, you are better off taking this course in which you will get to compose your own music using real astronomical data. How cool is that? We think very.

LSO470 — Positive Psychology
Professor Curtis Breslin
King Campus
Fridays, 11:40 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.

Before you take that happiness quiz online, here’s a course that will teach you about positive psychology and how you can attain a happy, meaningful life. By exploring the latest research and practices, you will learn to critically examine evidence of simple daily activities and interventions that enhance physical and mental health as well as improve social connections.

LSO478 — Movies and Meaning
Professor Aaron Pingree
King Campus
Thursdays, 10:45 a.m. to 1:25 p.m.

Cinephiles unite! In this course, you will study elements of film structure and how movies work to create and shape meaning through light, sound, motion and the language of visual media products. Film is a complex and collaborative art form. You will learn to “see” and “read” a film, television production or music video with a critical awareness.


General Education Courses (diploma and advanced diploma programs)

liberal arts

CUL255 Rock and Roll: A Cultural History
Professor Lynsay Ripley
Newnham Campus
Wednesdays OR Fridays, 8 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.

You don’t have to be a musician to appreciate the cultural influence of rock and roll. In this course, you will explore the music, trends and artists from a movement that began as a small voice, set to an anxious rhythm, which has grown into a global force. In short, you will learn why rock still rules.

CUL610 — China and the world
Professor Ken Sproul
Markham Campus
Mondays, 10:45 a.m. to 1:25 p.m.

China has been influencing the world for more than 2,000 years. But that doesn’t mean its relevance is ancient history. In this course, you will learn about China’s historical development and relations, as well as its present-day political and economic orientation.

EAC493 — What in the World is Going On?
Professor Kevin Topalian
Newnham Campus
Tuesdays, 2:25 p.m. to 5:05 p.m. OR Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.

Accusations of “fake news” are everywhere. That’s why critically analyzing media is as important as ever. In this course, you will examine how mainstream journalists cover topics like race, terrorism, global warming and poverty.

HIS250 — Our Place in the Universe: Big History
Professor Gus Lyn-Piluso
King Campus
Wednesdays, 10:45 a.m. to 1:25 p.m.

Understanding our place in the universe is no easy task. That’s why this course explores existence through a diverse toolkit including photos, fossils and (literal) stone-age tools to examine the history of the cosmos, life on earth and humankind’s role within it all.