Humanities (HUM)

HUM-1150  Logic  (3 Credits)  

This is designed as a course in logical self-defence. In everyday life we are faced with the problem of making judgements. We must learn how to evaluate what we have read or been told if we are to make reasonable decisions. Once students have learned to recognize inappropriate evidence or excessive claims, they will be more able to ensure they do not inadvertently add to the confusion surrounding many issues by thinking, speaking or writing in an illogical fashion. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3)

Equivalent to HUM-150.

HUM-1155  Ethics  (3 Credits)  

Ethics is a philosophy course that focuses on ethical theories and moral issues. The course has two aspects: one emphasizes meta-ethical thinking, or thinking about the nature of ethics itself, and one emphasizes ethical thinking, or thinking about what to do in a particular situation. The course is both theoretical and practical. The course has implications that will impact upon students as persons in their private or public lives. Service Learning opportunity may be available. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3)

Equivalent to HUM-155.

HUM-1156  Business Ethics  (1.5 Credits)  

An introduction to Business Ethics examining the ethics of business activity: advertising, corporate social responsibility (CSR), globalization, human resources, code of conduct, conflict of interest. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (1.5)

HUM-1158  Creative Problem-Solving  (3 Credits)  

This course is an introduction to the process of creative problem-solving and personal and group development through creative behaviour. Concentration is on using methods and strategies of the creative process as a means to promote personal development and resolve problems individually and in small groups. Applications will focus on innovation, management and business change, including marketing. Students will be introduced to conceptual and skills based development through hands-on activities such as case studies, journals or portfolios, graphic organizers, videos and visual presentations, puzzles, games, projects, discussions and presentations. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3)

Equivalent to HUM-158.

HUM-1180  Introduction to World Religions  (3 Credits)  

This humanities course will explore the major religious traditions of the world with regards to their historical evolution and philosophical framework. Major religious figures, significant events and religious literature from Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam will be studied in depth, with reference also to the rich religious traditions China, Japan, India, and North America. The goal of this course is not to examine the religious traditions in terms of right or wrong, but rather to be able to gain an understanding and hopefully an appreciation of each tradition on its own merits based on historical, political and social context. Service Learning opportunity may be available. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3)

Equivalent to HUM-180.

HUM-1190  Popular Culture  (3 Credits)  

This humanities course serves as an introduction to cultural theory via a brief survey of Western popular culture. Students will analyse, according to cultural theory and concepts, various aspects of the popular culture of the past century, with examples drawn from the mass media and a wide variety of cultural texts. The course will follow the evolution of popular culture and the dialectical nature of idea exchange, by examining American popular culture and the influence it has had on the Canadian experience. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3)

Equivalent to HUM-190.

HUM-2281  Christianity  (3 Credits)  

A historical survey of the evolution of the Christian religion over the past two millennia, from its origins to its present day diversity. Focus is on its beliefs and practices and its formative role in Western society. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3)

Equivalent to HUM-281.

Requisite courses: Take any one of ANT-1195 ARK-1165 HIS-1170 HUM-1155 or HUM-1180 (Required, Previous).

HUM-2285  Buddhism  (3 Credits)  

A survey of the evolution of the Buddhist tradition from its origins to its present day diversity. Focus is on the development of Buddhist thought and practice in Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3)

Equivalent to HUM-285.

Requisite courses: Take any one of ANT-1195 ARK-1165 HUM-1155 HUM-1180 or HIS-1170 (Required, Previous).

HUM-2291  Film Studies  (3 Credits)  

This humanities course will explore film, specifically the "art" of watching film, and examine film with respect to a variety of aspects: film history, cinematography, mise-en-scene, editing, story, thematic elements, film genres, auterism, adaptations and film theory. The student will be engaged in film on a variety of levels over the semester, from film critic to director, developing a sense of video literacy and film appreciation. The class will consist of lectures, the viewing of films, group discussion, and final class projects. The breadth of the course demands that students view some assigned films outside of class time. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3)

Equivalent to HUM-291.

Requisite courses: Take any one of ANT-1195 ENG-1150, ENG-1165, ENG-1190, HUM-1155, or HUM-1190 (Required, Previous).

HUM-3350  Ethics in Justice  (3 Credits)  

An exploration of ethics as it relates to the field of justice with a focus on how one's own values and morals influence decisions. Content includes a review of major ethical systems, theories of moral development and the implications of organizational subcultures.

Instruction (3)

Equivalent to HUM-350.

HUM-3355  Critical Thinking  (3 Credits)  

The development and application of critical thinking skills relative to the field of justice. Emphasis is on inductive and deductive logic, analysis of arguments, distinguishing between inference and fact, and establishing a credible argument. Builds on foundational content related to ethical decision making. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3)

HUM-3370  Environmental Ethics  (3 Credits)  

Moral problems arising from the relationships between humans and nature will be considered in terms of both general moral theory and environmental policy. Topics include moral standing, animal rights, treatment of non-human living beings, obligations to future generations, biotechnology, pollution, hazardous material and depletion of natural resources. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3)