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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 XBC 199Y1Y: Cross Breadth Categories, Count as Two Breadth Categories

Categories TBB (2) & SII (3) | View All
Section Title College
L0171 Ideologies and Social Movements in China’s Modern Transformation  
L0351 Ideologies and Social Movements in China’s Modern Transformation  
Categories LTE (4) & PMU (5) | View All
Section Title College
L0241 Life and Death in the Solar System  
L0242 Thinking About Planet Earth  

2016-2017 XBC 199Y1Y Categories: TTB (2) & SII (3)

XBC 199Y1Y | Section L0171                                                               

Ideology and Social Movements in China’s Modern Transformation
This course has two main objectives. The first is to introduce students to the study of modern Chinese history. The second is to introduce a number of core concepts in social science, in particular, to explore the various meanings of the term ideology, focusing particularly on its embodiment in concrete social and political movements. It will seek to understand how ideas shape politics, analyzing the programmatic and socio-political attributes of ideologically driven movements and regimes. A consideration of modern China’s protracted revolutionary crisis from the mid-1800s to the present will serve as the raw material for this exploration.

Instructor: V. Falkenheim, East Asian Studies
Breadth categories: 2 Thought, Belief, and Behaviour & 3 Society and Its Institutions

TBB 199Y1Y | Section L0351                                                               

Ideology and Social Movements in China’s Modern Transformation
This course has two main objectives. The first is to introduce students to the study of modern Chinese history. The second is to introduce a number of core concepts in social science, in particular, to explore the various meanings of the term ideology, focusing particularly on its embodiment in concrete social and political movements. It will seek to understand how ideas shape politics, analyzing the programmatic and socio-political attributes of ideologically driven movements and regimes. A consideration of modern China’s protracted revolutionary crisis from the mid-1800s to the present will serve as the raw material for this exploration.

Instructor: V. Falkenheim, Political Science
Breadth categories: 2 Thought, Belief, and Behaviour & 3 Society and Its Institutions

2016-2017 XBC 199Y1Y Categories: LTE (4) & PMU (5)

XBC 199Y1Y | Section L0241                                                               

Life and Death in the Solar System
Earth is the only planet in the solar system known to support life. Through directed readings, seminars, videos and lab visits, participants in this course will work with instructors whose own research tackles important questions concerning the origin of life on earth; the limits to life on this planet; implications for life under extreme conditions elsewhere in the solar system; and the life cycles of the planets themselves. What was the earliest life on earth like and how do we know? How deep does life exist in the earth’s oceans, and beneath the continents? Could life ever have arisen on Mars? How did the planets begin their own life cycles, and how have they evolved since? Why is Earth so different from Mars and Venus, and what can the other planets tell us about Earth’s ultimate fate?

Instructors: B. Sherwood-Lollar & A. Miall, Earth Sciences
Breadth categories: 4 Living Things and Their Environment & 5 The Physical and Mathematical Universes

XBC 199Y1Y | Section L0242                                                               

Thinking About Planet Earth
This seminar will look through the lens of earth history to explore drivers of change in the biosphere and the impacts of these changes. We will focus on episodes of mass extinction, and the spectacular landscape changes and speciation events which often followed. Abrupt or gradual climatic changes, massive volcanism, asteroid impacts, catastrophic carbon releases, and human activity will be evaluated as the causes of major extinction events in Earth history. Students will be introduced to the key methods and sources of evidence used to evaluate competing hypotheses, such as examination of the fossil record and geochemical tracers. We will also discuss the “Anthropocene” and debate to what extent we are now in a new geological time period, defined by human impact on the planet’s systems. The course will involve reading of scientific literature, student-led discussions, oral presentations and research projects, as well as field trips to sites in Southern Ontario where past change can be seen first-hand, and to the world renowned fossil collections and exhibits at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Instructors: S. Finkelstein & G. Henderson, Earth Sciences
Breadth categories: 4 Living Things and Their Environment & 5 The Physical and Mathematical Universes