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Arts & Contemporary Studies

Ideas that shape the world.
Interdisciplinary Studies in the Faculty of Arts.

Arts and Contemporary Studies

How did we get here? What social and cultural trends shape our way of life? And what are the solutions to today’s complex challenges? Arts and Contemporary Studies combines an education in the humanities with theoretical approaches and practical skills to deal successfully with contemporary social issues. Using both creative and constructive thinking, ACS students gain a rich in-depth understanding of social groups, historical events, and a broad range of ideas that have shaped Western and global cultures. ACS students have the opportunity to participate in community projects, while developing skills that are essential to success in the workforce. 

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Chair Profile

Dr. Patrizia Albanese holds a Ph.D in Sociology from the University of Toronto. Albanese is past-president of the Canadian Sociological Association. She is doing research on the child care needs and arrangements of employed mothers in rural Quebec and Ontario; on the well-being of youth in Canadian Forces families (with Dr. Deborah Harrison, UNB); on how child care is depicted in Canadian newspapers (with Ann Rauhala, School of Journalism, Ryerson U.); on the intergenerational transmission of problem gambling (with Dr. Lorne Tepperman, U of T); and on immigrant children (with Dr. Morley Beiser, Psychology, Ryerson U). She was interim chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology (2011-2012), interim director of the PhD in Policy Studies (2013) and currently sits on Ryerson’s Research Ethics Board.

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