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A few First-Year Seminars give preference during the first round of enrolment to students with membership in the college offering the course - if this is the case, the college name will be listed beside the course title. During the second round of enrolment, first-year students at any college may enroll if space is available.

Refer to the 2016-17 Arts & Science Timetable for the schedule information of each offering.

LTE 199H1F: Living Thing and Their Environment (4): 2016 Fall Offerings | View All

Section Number Title College
L0121 Wild Toronto  
L0421 Genes, Genomes and Us  

LTE 199H1S: Living Thing and Their Environment (4): 2017 Winter Offerings | View All

Section Number Title College
L0121 Human Evolution and Ecology  
L0122 Human Evolution and Ecology  
L0361 Psychology and the History of Drug Use and Abuse  
L0421 Human Viruses  
L0422 Genes, Genomes and Us  
L0423 Cell and Molecular Biology in the News  

LTE 199H1F: Living Thing and Their Environment (4): 2016 Fall Offerings

LTE 199H1F | Section L0121                                                              

Wild Toronto
Most of us are urban creatures. We can find our way to our favourite restaurant, art gallery, or shopping mall with ease. We are comfortable navigating our environment. But how many of us ever take our eyes off digital devices to discover the animals that share the city with us? In this seminar we will identify the other vertebrate species comprising the ecological community that we call “Toronto”. We will learn their names, whether they are endemic (from here originally) or newcomers, general aspects of their biology that suit them to living in an urban environment, and what happens when the wild and the domesticated members of the community meet one another. We will then expand our perspective to investigate Toronto’s global ecological footprint by collecting information about the species we “use” in our daily lives – for food, for health, to clothe and adorn ourselves, and as pets.
Exclusion: Grade 12 Biology

Instructor: D. McLennan, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Breadth category: 4 Living Things and Their Environment

LTE 199H1F | Section L0421
LTE 199H1S | Section L0422                                                         

Genes, Genomes and Us
With the completion of the human genome sequence, we now have access to more information than ever before about our genetic make-up. The human genome contains 3 billion base pairs of DNA, encoding an estimated 25,000 genes, which are the basic units of heredity. This course addresses topics such as what are genes, how are they identified and how does knowledge about genes impact society at large. One focus is how this information is used to understand and treat human diseases. Starting from media reports in which given genes have been identified that cause certain diseases, students examine the original scientific research that underlies these claims. In so doing, students explore the basic concepts that explain the genetic foundations of complex traits. Building on this, the significance of genomic research for understanding human biology, and the social consequences that may result from it, are discussed. Evaluation is based on class discussions, oral presentations and written essays.

Instructor: A. Bruce, Cell and Systems Biology
Breadth category: 4 Living Things and Their Environment

LTE 199H1S: Living Thing and Their Environment (4): 2017 Winter Offerings

LTE 199H1S | Section L0121
LTE 199H1S | Section L0122
                                                              

Human Evolution and Ecology
Learn about the evolution and ecology of humans and other species. Through discussion, scientific literature research, seminal readings, written reports and presentations you will discover scientific answers to questions such as (topics vary among years): How did life originate? Why are there so many species? Where did humans come from? Will humans become extinct? How can we explain human DNA and human brain size? Need we worry about climate change? What is causing the sixth extinction crisis? Are there ecological limits to human population size? What will life be like in the Anthropocene? Are humans still evolving?
Exclusion: Grade 12 Biology

Instructor: M. Gross, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Breadth category: 4 Living Things and Their Environment

LTE 199H1S | Section L0361                                                             

Psychology and the History of Drug Use and Abuse
This seminar will use a psychological approach to understand the history of drug use as well as today’s relationship with drugs. Students will be introduced to the general psychological and neuro-scientific mechanisms by which drugs affect human behaviour, and explore highlights of current research on drug effects in animals and humans

Instructor: S. Wood, Psychology
Breadth category: 4 Living Things and Their Environment

LTE 199H1S | Section L0421                                                               

Human Viruses
This course allows the students to broaden their knowledge about the most important human viruses and prions. In essence, what viruses are, what they do, what are the diseases caused by viruses and how they are transmitted etc. and what can be done about them (vaccines, antiviral treatments etc.). Viruses cause many diseases ranging from a benign rash to severe haemorrhages and death. Each student will select a specific topic in Virology and write an essay and present a seminar for the rest of the class. Major “hot” problems in Virology from pandemics to controversial vaccines will also be discussed. Two tests covering all materials presented by all the student’s seminars will be conducted. Final mark in course includes the tests and the essay.

Instructor: M. AbouHaidar, Cell and Systems Biology
Breadth category: 4 Living Things and Their Environment

LTE 199H1S | Section L0422: Genes, Genomes and Us - see above

LTE 199H1S | Section L0423

Cell and Molecular Biology in the News
The pace of knowledge creation in the fields of cell and molecular biology has greatly increased in the 21st century and with it, the need for greater scientific literacy. In this course, we will teach students to find reliable sources of information in order to understand the basic concepts underlying the research reported in these media releases, with the ultimate aim of critically evaluating these reports. Through exploration of various media articles in cell and molecular biology (with an emphasis on humans), students will be able to apply what they have learned to current events, as well as relevant issues in their lives and society as a whole. Students will be assessed through short written assignments, class discussions, an oral presentation, and a final project where they will get the opportunity to explore the research behind a media article of their choice.

Instructor: M. Neumann, Cell and Systems Biology
Breadth category: 4 Living Things and Their Environment