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  • SSH 100 - Inquiry and Problem-Solving
    This course will introduce students to social scientific research as an approach to problem-solving. The focus will be on the ways different approaches to social scientific inquiry can contribute to making sense of the world around us. Students will engage in experiential learning, using the tools of social scientific inquiry to critically examine everyday assumptions about the way the world works, and acquire key skills for self-directed learning.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 2 hrs. Lab: 1 hr.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
  • SSH 102 - Learning and Development Strategies
    The development of effective learning strategies appropriate to particular situations is a crucial skill for thriving in a university setting and for life beyond formal education. Students in this course will reflect on the dynamics of formal education in the 21st century, assess their own learning needs and develop appropriate strategies for evaluating information, practicing effective communication and pursuing substantive learning. This course includes opportunities for team work, application and skill development. (Formerly ACS 102).
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
  • SSH 105 - Critical Thinking I
    Rational discourse has long been viewed as a principal force for social change. In this course, we will examine the structures and principles that undergird all forms of rational discourse, and we will learn how to assess the logical strength and persuasiveness of particular discourses. These skills will be applied to arguments found in everyday life, and to the formulation of one's own positions. (Formerly ACS 105)
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 2 hrs. Tutorial: 1 hr.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Antirequisites: PHL 214
  • SSH 205 - Academic Writing and Research
    From an interdisciplinary perspective, this course introduces the fundamentals of research, interpretive skills, and argument-based essay writing. Writing-intensive, the course explores some of the social and cultural implications of written communication. By examining a variety of texts, many of which address the interface of culture and technology, this course asks how we write and why.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
  • SSH 301 - Research Design and Qualitative Methods
    This course will focus on the student gaining an understanding of the uses of qualitative research designs and techniques. Topics include sampling methods, questionnaire design and implementation, interviews, focus groups, participant observation, and action research. Methodological assumptions, concepts and procedures will be presented. Students will develop their ability to review existing literature and to construct their own research. (Formerly ACS 301)
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 2 hrs. Tutorial: 1 hr.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
  • SSH 400 - Special Topics in Social Ventures
    This course gives students the opportunity to explore a range of community impact topics, which may include social change, entrepreneurship, community development, social needs research or related topics. Students will acquire an understanding of their area of focus and learn how ideas can be turned into action. A variety of learning approaches will be employed, including experiential learning and related innovative pedagogical techniques.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
  • SSH 500 - Peer Learning Experience
    Students in this course will investigate learning processes in an experiential way, through service as a peer leader for first-year students and through reflection on that role. Students will facilitate groups and engage first-year students in a variety of learning activities. In weekly seminars, students will reflect on the previous week's activities, plan the next week, and discuss theoretical resources on issues of learning and teaching.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 2 hrs. Tutorial: 1 hr.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Consent: Departmental consent required
  • SSH 502 - Community Action Research
    This course connects the classroom with the community to explore questions at the forefront of social research and community development. Students will be introduced to ways of thinking and scholarship that cut across disciplines, combine theory and practice, encourage collaboration, and work with the ambiguities of the real world. Students will strengthen their self-awareness, leadership skills, and capacities to research and communicate effectively about complex social issues.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
  • SSH 505 - Making the Future
    This course focuses on areas such as health, innovation and entrepreneurship, religion, philosophy, diversity, and public engagement that present issues or opportunities for Canada in the future. Students will be challenged to imagine how these fields might change and what role they could play in achieving these transformations. Through presentations by experts in the field and weekly discussions, students will take up the challenge of making a future for Canada and themselves.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: UL