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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.

2016-2017 TBB 199Y1Y: Thought, Belief, and Behaviour (Category 2) | View All


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L0041 Great Ideas in Social and Political Thought Trinity
L0042 Language, Technology and Society Trinity
L0361 The Nature of Psychological Enquiry  
L0371 Embarrassment of Scripture  
L0372 Global Christianity  
L0401 Girls and Sex  


2016-2017 TBB 199Y1 Thought, Belief, and Behaviour: Category 2

TBB 199Y1Y | Section L0041 | Trinity College                               

Great Ideas in Social and Political Thought
There is a tradition in social and political thought that has come to be called “classical” because the ideas constituting that tradition have stood the test of time. Among those ideas, some have acquired a timeless status and may be regarded as valid, trans-historical insights. Other ideas in the tradition have not necessarily proved themselves to be valid, but they too have stood the test of time, proving fruitful as perspectives and conceptual tools with which to approach significant questions, problems, and issues. With this in mind, we will read and discuss selected excerpts from the works of Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Marx and Neitzsche.

Instructor: I. M. Zeitlin, Sociology and Trinity College
Breadth category: 2 Thought, Belief, and Behaviour

TBB 199Y1Y | Section L0042 | Trinity College                               

Language, Technology and Society
This course will present a year-long introduction to "language technology," from the advent of writing in human societies up until the introduction of digital text and speech technology in the present age. We will discuss how they work, how they have been adapted to suit the demands of various information needs through the ages, and how they have in turn influenced the societies that use them.
Particular attention will be paid in this offering to the archaeological decipherment of lost writing systems, and to the history of the study of language and speech. The course will also serve as an accessible introduction to the internet technologies that have so transformed scholarship and other modes of communication over the last 40 years.
The class will be based primarily on Richard Sproat's book of the same name (Oxford, 2010), supplemented by other material drawn from the philosophy of language, linguistics and computer science.

Instructor: G. Penn, Trinity College
Breadth category: 2 Thought, Belief, and Behaviour

TBB 199Y1Y | Section L0361                                                               

The Nature of Psychological Enquiry
Humans have always been curious about what causes their behaviour. Not surprisingly, there are diverse views about behaviour causality as well as how to assess their validity.. What exactly is a “science of behaviour” and how does it differ from the layperson's notion of psychology? We explore big picture explanations of causality such as nature/nurture, psychoanalysis, the behaviourism movement and multiple causation. Specific examples of research and theory in psychology are evaluated: Sociobiology/Evolutionary Psychology, Attachment Theory, Learned Helplessness Theory. The contributions of research in child development to understanding parenting and child abuse takes you outside the classroom to the real world. Hands-on research projects and six critical-analysis essays are written on the course-public web site where you also offer critical commentaries on your colleagues’ essays. To illustrate the quest to quantify qualitative information, weekly personal blogs describing your transition to university are used as data for a psychological narrative analysis of your experience in a final course paper.

Instructor: G. Walters, Psychology
Breadth category: 2 Thought, Belief, and Behaviour

TBB 199Y1Y | Section L0371                                                               

Embarrassment of Scripture
In this first year seminar we shall explore the concept of embarrassment as an emotion different from its common usage as a weaker cousin and synonym of shame. In our sense it will convey the feeling of discomfort elicited by a sense of superiority that someone other than ourselves has disappointed us, or done something unseemly in one way or another, eliciting from us embarrassment. In literature this sense of the word elicits a catalytic effect of causing texts to be ignored, or re-read so as to avoid the embarrassment. As a result we shall explore toxic texts, texts of terror, the process of canon formation, mainly in the Jewish tradition. Students will be encouraged to explore taboo topics which often hide the embarrassment tradition has had with embarrassing texts. These will include such topics as sexuality, anthropomorphism, election, polygamy, genocide, slavery, and the environment. Six short writing assignments (three each semester, some of which will be presented orally), will be used in the grading process as well as at class participation.

Instructor: H. Fox, Study of Religion
Breadth category: 2 Thought, Belief, and Behaviour

TBB 199Y1 | Section L0372

Global Christianity
This seminar asks, How did a small movement of followers of Jesus of Nazareth in first century Palestine turn into the World's largest religion? Christians now number 2.3 billion people, 1/3rd of the world’s population. They maintain communities in every country of the world, the only religion to do so. They form the majority of the population in 2/3rds of the countries of the world. Christianity is the largest religion in Africa, Australia, Oceania, Europe, North America, South America, and even Antarctica. In Asia, they form the majority in the Philippines, as well as huge minorities in India, China, Indonesia, Korea, Vietnam, and Burma. To answer this intriguing question the seminar goes global and deals with a wide range of subjects over a 2000 year span.

Instructor: T. McIntire, Study of Religion
Breadth category: 3 Society and Its Institutions

TBB 199Y1 | Section L0401

Girls and Sex
What are some of the strategies used by young women to negotiate media representations, sexual expectations, and consumerist pressures? How do they define themselves as self-directed, sexually liberated, and successful members of society, while at the same time understanding that there are larger structures of inequality and power that shape and constrain gender, sexuality, and self-identity? We will ask what feminism means in our society and investigate how young women are represented and represent themselves. We will look at Fiona Apple, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Lana del Rey, Amy Schumer, Roxane Gay, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Sheila Heti, Nina Power, Malala Yousafzai, Emily Gould, and Girls and Broad City.

Instructor: E. Jagoe, Spanish and Portuguese
Breadth category: 2 Thought, Belief, and Behaviour