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
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. Matthew Grellette
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
This inquiry course, designed to develop skills basic to the systematic, evidence-based investigation of public issues, focuses on issues relevant to global development.
This course will explore Indigenous ways of knowing as they relate to Indigenous cosmologies and worldviews. A range of written text and oral tradition will be introduced as foundational aspects of Indigenous knowledges. Interdisciplinary approaches based on the work of Indigenous scholars redefining the field of Indigenous Studies will also be examined.
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. Deirdre Haskell
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
An inquiry on technological change and its effects on our communities, in both historical and future contexts, this course focuses on the enhancement of the livability of our communities through the consideration of environmental and social sustainability principles. Design aspects and use of systems-based tools for decision-making will be examined.
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.
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.
This course encourages students to ask questions and explore topics focused on the City of Hamilton, Ontario. Through the exploration of Hamilton from a number of disciplinary perspectives, including cultural, economic, and geological, students will have an opportunity to gain insight into the city that McMaster University calls home.
This course will include excursions during class time and may require small fees for travel.
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
Using an inquiry methodology, students will explore issues pertaining to global justice through an interdisciplinary lens. More information can be found here.
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 (email@example.com or ext. 24655) or Rebecca Bishop (firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
In place of ARTSSCI 3L03 in 2018-19
RELIGST 2K03 | Introduction to Buddhism
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.
In place of ARTSSCI 3S03 in 2018-19
RELIGST 3UU3 | Buddhism in East Asia
Readings of East Asian texts in translation will centre around themes such as culture vs. nature, virtue vs. power, social responsibility vs. personal cultivation, bookish learning vs. meditation.
Inspired by the trees on McMaster’s campus, this course examines trees and their significance through a number of different lenses and from a variety of discipline perspectives: biology; colonial and economic histories; visual, material, and performing arts practices; psychology; indigenous and environmental studies; poetry and prose.
This course consists of study under the supervision of a McMaster faculty member. See here for more information.
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.
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.
This course consists of four sections dealing with theoretical and analytical perspectives, political economy of the media, news media, and entertainment media and their cultural effects.
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. Sara Mendelson