2014 - 2015

ARTSSCI 1A06 | Practices of Knowledge

An examination of significant themes in intellectual history through a reading of major works in philosophy and literature that shed light on the conceptual foundations of contemporary life.

Instructor: Dr. Catherine Frost
Term: 3
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ARTSSCI 1B03 | Writing

This course aims to develop students’ ability to use language in written communication, with a focus on academic writing in particular. Students will develop their writing skills through assignments and activities that ask them to produce, analyze, and reflect on written work in a range of genres.

Instructor: Dr. Cathy Grisé and Dr. Jennifer Askey
Term: 1
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ARTSSCI 1BB3 | Argumentation

This course provides students with some of the conceptual tools needed to recognize, understand, evaluate, formulate, and attack arguments. Students will have the opportunity to develop such skills in their oral and written work.

Instructor: Dr. Matthew Grellette
Term: 2
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ARTSSCI 1C06 | Inquiry

This inquiry course, designed to develop skills basic to the systematic evidence-based investigation of public issues, focuses on issues relevant to global development.

Instructor: Dr. Diane Enns, Dr. Bonny Ibhawoh, and Dr. Beth Marquis
Term: 3
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ARTSSCI 1D06 | Calculus

This course aims to provide a thorough understanding of the principles and major applications of differential and integral calculus of functions of one variable, as well as an introduction to multivariate calculus and differential equations.

Instructor: Dr. Matt Valeriote
Term: 3
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ARTSSCI 2A06 | Social and Political Thought

Development of political, moral and religious thought in the writings of such major figures as Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Adam Smith, Burke, Marx, Mill, Weber, von Hayek, Nietzsche, Freud and Arendt.

Instructor: Dr. Louis Greenspan
Term: 3
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ARTSSCI 2D06 | Physics

This course explores many of the great concepts of physics in a quantitative way. Beginning with Newtonian mechanics, it moves into Einstein’s relativity, wave phenomena, atomic physics, quantum mechanics and cosmology. Selected laboratory projects will be carried out.

Instructor: Dr. Alan Chen
Term: 3
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ARTSSCI 2E03 | Economics: Principles and Policy

An introduction to the core principles of economics with the objective of helping students to apply economic reasoning to issues that are central to modern societies, such as: the role of government in a market-oriented setting; equity and efficiency; growth and the environment; and fiscal and monetary stability.

Instructor: Dr. Bill Scarth
Term: 1
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ARTSSCI 2R03 | Applied Statistical Inference

Inferential statistics, with an emphasis on applications. Topics include data description, graphical methods, probability, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, one-way ANOVA, analysis of categorical data, regression and correlation. Use of a statistics software package.

Instructor: Dr. Fred Hoppe
Term: 2
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ARTSSCI 3A06 | Literature

Literary works drawn from a variety of genres, cultures and historical periods will be examined with a focus on how great writers have treated enduring ethical concerns. It aims to show how literature is an indispensable means of thinking about human life and society.

Instructor: Dr. Jean Wilson
Term: 3
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ARTSSCI 3B03 | Technology and Society I

The Culture of Technology. Technological practices and approaches are studied as cultural activities in the contexts of beliefs, philosophies, values and social structures both past and present.

Instructor: Dr. Kathy Garay
Term: 1
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ARTSSCI 3BB3 | Technology and Society II

The Social Control of Technology. The dominant mechanisms of the social control of technology will be studied. Includes an examination of assessment methods and the role of ethics.

Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Bonnell
Term: 2
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ARTSSCI 3CL3 | Theatre, Self, and Social Development

Theatre skills are life skills. Class exercises, creative work, and online discussions will allow students to explore the practice and ethics of Applied Drama and to learn how theatre can be used as a tool for social development and change.

Instructor: Hartley Jafine
Term: 1
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ARTSSCI 3CU3 | Alumni Experience Inquiry

Using an inquiry methodology, students will explore the practical applications of an interdisciplinary degree through interaction with, and mentorship from, graduates of the Arts & Science Program. Emphasis will be on problem-based learning, with the professional experiences of alumni informing the explorationof complex and multifaceted issues. More information is available here.

Instructor: Laura Fenwick-Sehl
Term: 2
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ARTSSCI 3F03 | Experiential Project in Teaching and Learning

This course allows students to explore in depth an issue related to teaching and learning in higher education under the supervision of faculty/staff affiliated with the McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (MIIETL). Students may propose research questions of their own or contribute to the development of existing initiatives within the Institute. Details may be found here.

Instructor: Dr. Beth Marquis
Term: 3

ARTSSCI 3GJ3 | Global Justice Inquiry

Using an inquiry methodology, students will explore issues pertaining to global justice through an interdisciplinary lens.  More information can be found here.

Instructor: Dr. Gary Warner
Term: 2
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ARTSSCI 3IE1/2/3 | Interdisciplinary Experiences

Interdisciplinary experiential learning opportunities selected from an assortment of modules. Content and schedules vary annually. Details may be found here or by contacting the Arts & Science Program Administrators Shelley Anderson (anderso@mcmaster.ca or ext. 24655) or Rebecca Bishop (rbishop@mcmaster.ca or ext. 23153). These courses are evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis. Some modules may require a fee to cover costs of travel and accommodation.

Instructor: See relevant module here.
Term: 3

ARTSSCI 3L03 | The Indian Religious Tradition

In place of ARTSSCI 3L03 in 2017-18:
RELIGST 2BT3 | The Buddhist Tradition in India

A study of the origins and early development of Indian Buddhism, largely through readings in Buddhist scripture (pre-Mahayana and Mahayana) in translation.

Instructor: Joseph LaRose
Term: 1
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RELIG ST 3UU3 | Buddhism in East Asia

An examination of myth, history, doctrine, monastic culture, and ritual practices in East Asian Buddhism.

(In place of ARTSSCI 3S03)

Instructor: Joseph LaRose
Term: 2
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ARTSSCI 3X03 | Individual Study

This course consists of study under the supervision of a McMaster faculty member. See here for more information.

Instructor: Dr. Jean Wilson
Term: 3

ARTSSCI 4A06/9/12 | Individual Study

This course consists of study under the supervision of a McMaster faculty member. Proposal deadline is March 1. See here for more information.

Instructor: Dr. Jean Wilson
Term: 3
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ARTSSCI 4C06/9/12 | Thesis

This course consists of original research under the supervision of a McMaster faculty member. Proposal deadline is March 1. See here for more information.

Instructor: Dr. Jean Wilson
Term: 3
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ARTSSCI 4CA3 | Legal Inquiry

The course aims to equip students with basic skills and knowledge to demystify “law” and empower them to conduct a critical legal inquiry into an area of social relevance.

Instructor: Sven Poysa and David Sandomierski
Term: 1
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ARTSSCI 4CB3 | Education Inquiry

Students will have the opportunity in this course to use an inquiry-based approach to focus on social, cultural, political, and economic issues that influence and are influenced by education.

Instructor: Dr. Henry Giroux
Term: 2
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ARTSSCI 4CD3 | Research and Creative Writing

The course exposes students to creative writing that is grounded in research.  It also invites students to explore ways in which research findings might be disseminated through creative expression.

Instructor: Anton Piatigorsky
Term: 2
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ARTSSCI 4CF3 | How Science Speaks to Power

A case study approach is used to examine how science is shaped by politics and how science advice is filtered by political processes. Possible case studies include Mad Cow disease, the ozone hole, and genetically modified foods.

Instructor: Dr. Roger Jacobs
Term: 1
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ARTSSCI 4CI3 | Diversity and Human Rights Inquiry

This course explores issues of diversity and the role of human rights protection regimes in both Canadian and international contexts.

Instructor: Erin Hallock
Term: 1
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ARTSSCI 4CK3 | Climate Change Inquiry: Alternative Energies

An exploration of: the evidence for climate change, the consequences of and timeline(s) for global warming and credible options for mitigating negative outcomes.

Instructor: Dr. John Maclachlan
Term: 2
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ARTSSCI 4CM3 | Environmental Education Inquiry

Environmental crisis will be explored as a crisis of western culture’s inability to live in a harmonious relationship with the earth.

Instructor: Patrick Byrne
Term: 1
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ARTSSCI 4CT3 | Medical Humanities Inquiry

This course exposes students to the rapidly developing international field known as medical humanities. It explores the interconnections between health, medicine, the arts, and the humanities, with a particular focus on issues of medical ethics and narrative in medicine.

Instructor: Dr. Alan Mendelson and Dr. Sara Mendelson
Term: 2
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