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University Professor Emeritus
J.E. Chamberlin, PhD, FRSC

Professors Emeriti
A. Baines, MD, PhD (James and Anne Nethercott Professor)
V. Falkenheim, PhD (2014-2015 David and Ann Wilson Professor in Public Policy and Society)

Professors
K.R. Bartlett, MA, PhD
M. Chazan, M Phil, PhD
R. Comay, PhD
D.B. Cook, MA, PhD
P. Corey, MA, PhD
M. Danesi, MA, PhD, FRSC
K. Eisenbichler, MA, PhD, Commend. OMRI
A. Esterhammer, PhD
P.W. Gooch, MA, PhD
I. Kalmar, MA, PhD (Hon. Newton W. Rowell Professor)
E.M. Kavaler, MA, PhD
E.T. Jennings, MA, PhD
M. Nyquist, MA, PhD
J.H. Reibetanz, MA, PhD

Associate Professors
B. Baigrie, PhD
E. Cazdyn, PhD
R. Davidson, MA, PhD
E.-L. Jagoe, MA, PhD
A. Motsch, MA, PhD
J.W. Patrick, MA, PhD
L. Somigli, PhD

Assistant Professors
S. Cook, EdD
A. Komaromi, MA, PhD
M. Solovey, MA, MA, PhD

Senior Lecturers
J. Levine, MA, PhD
M. Scarci, PhD
A. Urbancic, MA, PhD (Mary Rowell Jackman Professor)

Visiting Professors and Special Lecturers
J. Bemrose
R. Brandeis, PhD
C. Gibb, D.Phil. (June Callwood Professor in Social Justice)
D. Gilmour
E. Istrate, PhD
A. Lawless, MA, PhD
E. Lobb, PhD
B. Meyer, MA, PhD
A. Moritz, MA, PhD (Blake C. Goldring Professor of the Arts and Society)
S. Nigosian, PhD
D. Wright, BSc, MBA (Kenneth and Patricia Taylor Distinguished Professor of Foreign Affairs)

Introduction

Victoria College (Vic) is committed to providing students with a personal and inclusive university experience inside and outside the classroom. This is an environment where students and faculty are engaged in building a community that welcomes diversity, embraces creativity and is energized by challenge.

At Vic, we nurture a close-knit learning environment from the very beginning of your academic career. Whether it is through our Vic One program, Vic One Hundred or the 199 courses offered by the Faculty of Arts and Science, every first-year Victoria College student takes at least one small seminar course. You will experience here the academic advantages of being a student at one of Canada’s leading research universities combined with the intimacy of a small liberal arts college.

Vic One

Victoria College offers first-year Arts and Science students an opportunity for a unique educational experience that draws upon the College’s history and identity. Six streams with differing emphasis are available in this foundation year program, known as Vic One. They are named in honour of six respected Canadian leaders, all Victoria College alumni.  The Northrop Frye stream, named after the former Victoria College professor and distinguished literary critic, focuses on the humanities. The Norman Jewison stream, named after the former Victoria University Chancellor and celebrated film director, is oriented towards the creative arts and society. The Lester B. Pearson stream, named after the former Canadian Prime Minister, is concerned with the social sciences. The Egerton Ryerson stream, named after the first Principal of the College who was a pioneer in Canadian education, introduces issues in education and teaching. The Arthur Schawlow Stream, named after the Physics Nobel laureate, is geared towards the physical and mathematical sciences. The Augusta Stowe-Gullen stream, named after the first woman to graduate from a Canadian medical school, is of interest to students wishing to pursue studies in the life sciences. The six streams feature seminars, lectures, small tutorials and informal conversation, and are enriched by weekly plenary sessions with guest professors, visiting artists, writers, ambassadors and other public figures.

The Vic One streams comprise up to three FCEs of the five FCEs taken by most first-year students. Two required courses in each stream are seminar courses given by faculty of Victoria College. They have a limited enrolment of 25 students in each class. The third co-requisite course is listed with each course description.  Students who wish to discuss other options for their Vic One co-requisite course must contact the coordinator of their stream or the Vic One Liaison Officer vic.one@utoronto.ca for approval.

Vic One enrolment is limited to a total of 200 students over 6 streams of study. It requires an application that is found on the Vic One website (www.vic.utoronto.ca). All first-year students in the Faculty of Arts and Science (St. George campus), regardless of college membership, are eligible for admission to Vic One (excluding Commerce students). Admission decisions are based on extra-curricular activities, a short original essay and the student’s entering grades.

PLEASE NOTE: Vic One students are NOT eligible to enrol in Vic One Hundred courses, 199 first-year seminars or any other One program.

Vic One Hundred: First Year Seminars 

Vic One Hundred is a Victoria College initiative that offers first-year Arts and Science students the opportunity to experience a small class environment. These limited enrolment courses facilitate close contact with distinguished teaching faculty and fellow students, while providing an excellent gateway to, and foundation for, subsequent studies.

PLEASE NOTE: Vic One Hundred seminar courses are NOT open to students enrolled in any One program (including Vic One) or 199Y first-year seminars.

Enrolment in a first-year seminar course (199s and Vic One Hundred) is limited to 1.0 FCE. Students may take a combination of Vic One Hundred and 199H seminars as long as enrolment does not exceed 1.0 FCE.

Creative Expression and Society Program

(Minor) allows students to develop their proficiency in creative expression by taking part in one or more workshop courses in creative writing or another artistic medium, while studying the relationship of the creative arts to social issues. The reciprocal influence of creative artists on society, and of society and the marketplace on creative endeavour, is examined through courses that treat topics such as: the arts and public opinion; interpretation and reception; reviewing and marketing; censorship and criticism; ethics and accountability in fictional and non-fictional forms. This program fosters the exercise of creativity while making the relationship of creativity and social conditions a subject for reflection and dialogue.

Education and Society (Concurrent Teacher Education Program)

(Joint BA/BSc/BEd) prepares students for a career in primary/junior teaching and encourages students to follow an Arts and Science program of study focused on the urban environment. Students in first year should consider the Ryerson Stream of Vic One as preparation. Enrolment in the Concurrent Teacher Education Program is limited to 15 students per year.

Concurrent Teacher Education offers students the opportunity to complete the BA/BSc degree and the BEd simultaneously. The program is offered in partnership with OISE. A complete description may be found on www.ctep.utoronto.ca. Students begin the program in their second year; admission into the program is by application starting in early April and ending mid-May.

Education and Society (Arts Program)

(Minor) is for students interested in education to explore topics such as child and adolescent development, equity and diversity, communication and conflict resolution. Students will get hands-on experience in classrooms and are strongly encouraged to explore international placements. Students completing the minor will be well prepared for applying to consecutive education programs.

Literature and Critical Theory Program (Formerly Literary Studies)

(Specialist, Major and Minor) will be attractive to students who wish to read works drawn from a variety of languages and cultural contexts. The program combines close attention to literary texts with theoretical reflection on relations between literary and non-literary works (for example, philosophy, art, film, history). Contemporary debates in literary and cultural theory will play a key role.

Students may enrol in one of two streams, Comparative Literature (Specialist and Major) or Cultural Theory (Specialist and Major). Students may also enrol in the Minor program.

Material Culture Program

(Minor) engages students in the study of material culture (tangible things, broadly defined); supports research projects which originate with studies of artefacts; and fosters trans-disciplinary and inter-institutional dialogues amongst students, scholars, stewards and purveyors of material culture – within the university and at a range of cultural agencies. Students will work with curators and other professionals to analyze the social and cultural relevance of objects as part of understanding a culture or society.  The Minor is designed to complement programs in such disciplines as Asian Studies, Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Geography, History, Art, History of Science and Technology, Semiotics, Renaissance Studies and Anthropology.

Renaissance Studies Program

(Specialist, Major and Minor) studies one of the critical periods in European and world history. The Renaissance witnessed changes in art and literature, in social and political development, and in technology and science that were to transform our concept of the world. This interdisciplinary program is particularly attractive to students of history, politics, literature, fine art, history of science, music and theatre, because it assembles aspects of all these studies to focus on one seminal period in Western civilization.

Science and Society Program

(Minor) is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the different ways science and technology have shaped modern society and, in turn, how society shapes science and technology. Courses in this program address such topics as science and values, science-related policy and politics, ethical uses of technology, scientific revolutions and controversies, modeling and communication of scientific research, and knowledge transfer from research to commercial and societal applications.

Semiotics and Communication Studies Program

(Minor) investigates the science of communication and sign systems, the ways people understand phenomena and organize them mentally, the ways in which they devise means for transmitting that understanding and for sharing it with others. It covers all non-verbal signalling and extends to domains whose communicative dimension is perceived only unconsciously or subliminally. Knowledge, meaning, intention and action are thus fundamental concepts in the semiotic investigation of phenomena.

Victoria College Programs

Creative Expression and Society Minor (Arts program)

The Minor in Creative Expression and Society allows students to develop creative and communicative proficiency by taking part in one or more workshop-style courses in fiction, non-fiction, or poetry writing and/or creative expression through aural and visual media. Students will also explore the reciprocal relationship of the creative arts and society by studying social issues in the arts, the influence of writers and artists on society, and the impact of society and the marketplace on creative endeavour. Courses explore such topics as the arts and public opinion; reception and interpretation; marketing and reviewing; censorship and criticism; ethics and accountability. This program fosters the exercise of creativity while making the relationship of creative expression and social conditions a subject for reflection and dialogue.

This program has unlimited enrolment and no specific admission requirements. All students who have completed at least 4.0 courses are eligible to enrol.

4.0 FCEs including at least 1.0 FCE at the 300+level. Up to 1.0 FCE may be chosen from approved courses offered by other departments (see list of Cognate Courses).

  1. At least 1.0 FCE from Group A – Creative Expression: VIC273H1, VIC275H1, VIC279H1, VIC280H1, VIC370H1, VIC470H1, VIC479Y1, VIC480H1
  2. At least 1.0 FCE from Group B – Social Contexts and Interpretation: VIC209H1, VIC223Y1, VIC270H1, VIC271H1, VIC281H1, VIC320Y1, VIC352Y1, VIC371H1, VIC372H1
  3. Up to 1.0 FCE from Cognate Courses:
    ABS300Y1, CIN201Y1, ENG389Y1, FAH352H1, FAH377H1, INI311Y1, JOP210H1, JNV300H1, MUS211H1, SMC219Y1

Concurrent Teacher Education Program (CTEP)

CTEP is an integrated curriculum sponsored jointly by Victoria College in the Faculty of Arts & Science and by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, leading to two degrees over a five-year program: the Honours Bachelor of Arts (or Science) and the Bachelor of Education. (See CTEP details on p. 651).  The Victoria College CTEP program is designed for students wishing to teach at the primary/junior level (K-6), particularly in urban schools.  Teacher candidates will be provided with teacher training and knowledge of the urban environment.  As part of their academic requirements students will complete various placements in Toronto schools.

Admission to the Victoria College CTEP program means admission to the Minor in Education and Society (CTEP) and to the set of courses leading to the BEd.   This is a limited enrolment program.  The final cohort will be admitted in 2014-2015.  All students, including those in the final cohort, are expected to complete the program by June 2018.

Application and Eligibility

To apply to this program students must:

Please note that meeting application requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program in any given year.  All Arts & Science students are eligible to apply regardless of college.  The application process occurs each year from early April to mid-May.

Requirement of Concurrent Teacher Education Program for BA/BSc/BEd Students

All students admitted to the Victoria College CTEP are required to enrol in the Education and Society minor (CTEP). In addition to the BEd courses and associated requirements, CTEP students may fulfill the remaining major or minor for the BA/BSc degree as they wish.  It is not recommended for Concurrent Education students to enrol in specialist programs as they must leave sufficient space in their upper years to complete the concurrent BEd requirements.

NOTE: The academic status of students in CTEP may be reviewed at the end of each fall-winter session to determine progress to the next year.

Education and Society Minor (CTEP)

The minor in Education and Society (CTEP) is open only to students registered in the Victoria College Concurrent Teacher Education Program.

(4.0 FCEs, including at least 1.0 FCE at 300+ level)

  1. PSY100H1
  2. At least 0.5 FCE from: ANT100Y1, SOC101Y1, SOC102H1, SOC103H1 or GGR124H1. Vic One Ryerson students may satisfy this requirement with either VIC150Y1 or VIC151Y1
  3. All of: JSV200H1, JSV201H1, JSV202H1
  4. VIC360H1/VIC360Y1
  5. One FCE related to Education and Society at the 300+ level or higher selected from the offerings in Sociology, Anthropology or Geography (Arts). Courses in other departments require approval of the Vic Concurrent Education Coordinator.
Education and Society Minor (Arts Program)

The Vic-sponsored Education and Society Minor is open to all Arts and Science students. This program is for those who are interested in education, either as a skill that will prepare you for many occupations, or as a strong background for admission to a consecutive teacher education program.

Entry Requirement:

Interested students can apply for September entry into the program every spring. This Minor is NOT a part of the Concurrent Teacher Education Program.

Applicants MUST have completed the following in order to apply

Please Note: Achievement of the minimum grade does not guarantee admission to the program. This is a limited enrolment program.

Program Requirements

(4.0 FCEs including at least 1.0 FCE at 300+ level) 

1. PSY100H1
2. All of: JSV200H1, JSV201H1, JSV202H1
3. VIC360H1/VIC360Y1
4. VIC362H1
5. One FCE from: VIC361H0VIC363H1, a course related to Education and Society at the 300+ level selected from the offerings in Sociology, Anthropology or Geography (Arts).


Literature and Critical Theory Program

The Literature and Critical Theory program (formerly Literary Studies) is based on a pair of ideas. The first is that many of the most important issues that engage our attention call for a multidisciplinary approach. The second is that the kind of critical analysis demanded by the study of literary texts offers powerful tools for investigating other cultural and social forms, both past and present. Central to the program is the comparative study of forms of representation – texts, media, institutions, and theories — in diverse cultures and historical periods. This requires thinking seriously about what it means to compare and what it means to translate.

The Literature and Critical Theory program will attract students who are interested in exploring existing and generating new links between literature and historical, cultural, political, social, and psychological forces. The program trains students to think about how problems of the present are tied to those of the past, and to consider critically how we both represent this past and imagine possible futures. Students will be engaged in the practice of close, contextualized analyses of literary texts and other discursive forms, including artefacts, institutions and social practices, originating in different languages, geographical locations, and historical periods.

Literary production, like all forms of cultural production, invariably exceeds the boundaries of the nation, and increasingly so in today’s globalized world. The boundaries between various cultural media are similarly porous, and the aesthetic values by which we identify, judge, and classify literary and cultural objects are historically shaped. For these reasons, students will be encouraged to study in more than one language and to work with a variety of media. Our courses explore literary and cultural movements across languages, geographical regions, epochs, media, and disciplines.

Literature and Critical Theory Specialist in the Comparative Literature Stream (Arts program)

This program has unlimited enrolment and no specific admission requirements. All students who have completed at least 4.0 courses are eligible to enrol.

(12.5 FCEs, including at least 3.0 FCEs at 300-level and 1.0 FCE at 400-level)
 

  1. First year in program: VIC202Y1
  2. First or second year in program: VIC203Y1

    Second or higher years in program:
  3. 3.5 FCEs from VIC204H1, VIC302H1, VIC303H1, VIC304H1, VIC305H1, VIC306H1, VIC307H1, VIC401H1/VIC401Y1, VIC403H1, VIC494H1/VIC494Y1, JNV300H1
  4. 0.5 FCE in Breadth Requirement Category 5: The Physical and Mathematical Universes, or another half course approved by the program director, to fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning competency required in the program.
  5. VIC402H1 
  6. 6.0 FCEs in languages or literatures drawn from other departments. At least 4.0 of these involve reading texts in a language other than English, including at least 2.0 at the 300+ level. These courses must be pre-approved by the program coordinator to ensure they will be counted towards this program of study.
Literature and Critical Theory Major in the Comparative Literature Stream (Arts Program)

This program has unlimited enrolment and no specific admission requirements. All students who have completed at least 4.0 courses are eligible to enrol.

(7.5 FCEs, including at least 1.5 FCEs at 300-level and 0.5 FCE at 400-level)
 

  1. First year in program: VIC202Y1
  2. First or second year in program: VIC203Y1

    Second or higher years in program:
  3. 2.5 FCEs from VIC204H1, VIC302H1, VIC303H1, VIC304H1, VIC305H1, VIC306H1, VIC307H1, VIC401H1/VIC401Y1, VIC403H1, VIC494H1/VIC494Y1, JNV300H1 
  4. 0.5 FCE in Breadth Requirement Category 5: The Physical and Mathematical Universes, or another half course approved by the program director, to fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning competency required in the program.
  5. VIC402H1 
  6. 2.0 FCEs in a language or literature drawn from other departments, where texts are read in a language other than English.  At least 1.0 FCE must be at the 300+ level. These courses must be pre-approved by the program coordinator to ensure they will be counted towards this program of study.
Literature and Critical Theory Specialist in the Cultural Theory Stream (Arts program)

This program has unlimited enrolment and no specific admission requirements. All students who have completed at least 4.0 courses are eligible to enrol.

(12.5 FCEs, including at least 3.0 FCEs at 300-level and 1.0 FCE at 400-level)
 

  1. First year in program: VIC202Y1
  2. First or second year in program: VIC203Y1

    Second or higher years in program:
  3. 3.5 FCEs from VIC204H1, VIC302H1, VIC303H1, VIC304H1, VIC305H1, VIC306H1, VIC307H1, VIC401H1/VIC401Y1, VIC403H1, VIC494H1/VIC494Y1, JNV300H1
  4. 0.5 FCE in Breadth Requirement Category 5: The Physical and Mathematical Universes, or another half course approved by the program director, to fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning competency required in the program.
  5. VIC402H1
  6. 4.0 FCEs in ONE other discipline – African Studies, Anthropology, Caribbean Studies, Cinema Studies, Classics, Drama, East Asian Studies, Equity Studies, Fine Art, History, Music, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, and other departments as approved by the program coordinator.
  7. 2.0 FCEs in a language other than English, including at least 1.0 at the 300+ level.
Literature and Critical Theory Major in the Cultural Theory Stream (Arts Program)

This program has unlimited enrolment and no specific admission requirements. All students who have completed at least 4.0 courses are eligible to enrol.

(7.5 FCEs, including at least 1.5 FCEs at 300-level and 0.5 FCE at 400-level)
 

  1. First year in program: VIC202Y1
  2. First or second year in program: VIC203Y1

    Second or higher years in program:
  3. 2.5 FCEs from VIC204H1, VIC302H1, VIC303H1, VIC304H1, VIC305H1, VIC306H1, VIC307H1, VIC401H1/VIC401Y1, VIC403H1, VIC494H1/VIC494Y1, JNV300H1 
  4. 0.5 FCE in Breadth Requirement Category 5: The Physical and Mathematical Universes, or another half course approved by the program director, to fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning competency required in the program.
  5. VIC402H1 
  6. 1.0 FCE in ONE other discipline – African Studies, Anthropology, Caribbean Studies, Cinema Studies, Classics, Drama, East Asian Studies, Equity Studies, Fine Art, History, Music, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, and other departments as approved by the program coordinator.
  7. 1.0 FCE in a language other than English at the 200+ level.
Literature and Critical Theory Minor (Arts Program)

This program has unlimited enrolment and no specific admission requirements. All students who have completed at least 4.0 courses are eligible to enrol.

(4.0 FCEs, including at least 1.0 FCE at 300+ level)

  1. VIC202Y1 
  2. 3.0 FCEs from:  VIC203Y1, VIC204H1, VIC302H1, VIC303H1, VIC304H1, VIC305H1, VIC306H1, VIC307H1, VIC401H1/VIC401Y1, VIC402H1, VIC403H1, VIC494H1/VIC494Y1JNV300H1

Material Culture Program

What does it mean to live in a “material world”? What might we learn from studying the things that surround us?  In an increasingly consumer-oriented, globalized and digital age, how do objects express the longstanding beliefs and values of different societies?  Material culture is the study of objects – clothing, household goods, machinery, built forms – that show signs of human influence. The program engages students in the study of material culture (tangible things, broadly defined); supports research projects which originate with studies of artefacts; and fosters trans-disciplinary and inter-institutional dialogues amongst students, scholars, stewards and purveyors of material culture – within the university and at a range of cultural agencies. We examine the meanings people invest in their things, across cultures and time periods, and consider processes of production and consumption, including moments of invention, exchange, use, re-use, divestment, disposal, and collection.  Students will work with curators and other professionals to analyze the social and cultural relevance of objects as part of understanding of a culture or society. The Minor is designed to complement programs in such disciplines as Asian Studies, Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Geography, History, Art, History of Science and Technology, Semiotics, Renaissance Studies, and Anthropology.

Material Culture Minor (Arts program)

This program has unlimited enrolment and no specific admission requirements. All students who have completed at least 4.0 courses are eligible to enrol.

(4.0 FCEs including at least 1.0 FCE at the 300+ level)
 

  1. VIC224Y1/VIC225Y1
  2. 2.5 FCE from VIC224Y1/VIC225Y1 (if not used to fulfill requirement 1), VIC229H1, VIC229Y1, VIC328H1, VIC329H1, VIC329Y1, or cognate courses, with at least 0.5 FCE at the 300+ level.  No more than 1.0 FCE may be chosen from the list of cognate courses. 
  3. VIC444H1

Cognate courses:
ANT200Y1, ANT204H1, ANT311Y1, ANT314H1, ANT315H1, ANT317H1, ANT320H1, ANT322H1, ANT324H1, ANT346H1, ANT347Y1ANT349H1, ANT372H1ANT378H1ANT457H1, ARH305H1, ARH309H1, FAH101H1, FAH206H1, FAH207H1, FAH215H1, FAH216H1, FAH230H1, FAH231H1, FAH246H1, FAH260H1, FAH262H1, FAH270H1, FAH272H1, FAH300H1, FAH303H1, FAH304H1, FAH304H1, FAH309H1, FAH316H1, FAH318H1, FAH325H1, FAH327H1, FAH328H1, FAH330H1, FAH331H1, FAH338H1, FAH341H1, FAH348H1, FAH362H1, FAH364H1, FAH365H1, FAH371H1, FAH372H1, FAH373H1, FAH374H1, FAH375H1, FAH376H1, FAH381H1, FAH463H1, FAH480H1, FAH481H1, FAH483H1, FAH484H1, FAH485H1, FAH486H1, EAS406Y1, EAS251H1, EAS272H1, EAS297H1, EAS272H1, EAS297H1, EAS378H1, EAS411H1, EAS412H1GGR107H1, GGR124H1, GGR216H1, JGI216H1, GGR220H1, GGR221H1, GGR240H1, GGR241H1, GGR246H1, GGR252H1,GGR254H1, GGR320H1, GGR329H1, GGR333H1, GGR336H1, GGR339H1, GGR341H1, GGR342H1, GGR343H1GGR352H1, GGR356H1, GGR360H1, GGR361H1, GGR363H1, HIS302H1HIS305H1, HIS310H1, HIS315H1, HIS316H1HIS319H1, HIS363H1, HIS374H1, HIS387H1HIS463H1, HIS484H1, HPS201H1, HPS202H1, HPS201H1, HPS211H1, HPS307H1, HPS313H1, NMC260Y1, NMC360H1, NMC362Y1, NMC363H1, NMC364H1, NMC365Y1, RLG305H1, VIC349H1, VIC348Y1  


Renaissance Studies Program

The Renaissance Studies Program lets you study one of the most critical periods in European and world history. Changes in art and literature, in social and political development, and in technology and science transformed European concepts of the individual, society, and the world.

Many aspects of our modern world had their origin in this period: our emphasis on the study of human affairs; our irrepressible interest in the exploration of the universe, in science, and in medicine; the institutions of church and state as we know them today. The Renaissance is also a period of unparalleled European contacts with non-European civilizations – from the powerful Islamic world of the Near East and North Africa to the great pre-Columbian civilizations of the Americas, from the uncharted forests of equatorial Africa to the exotic lands of the Indian subcontinent and the Far East, nothing seemed too distant or too inaccessible for the European mind or merchant.

This interdisciplinary program is particularly attractive to students of history, politics, literature, fine art, history of science, music and theatre, because it assembles aspects of all these studies to focus on one seminal period in Western civilization.

Renaissance Studies Specialist (Arts Program)

This program has unlimited enrolment and no specific admission requirements. All students who have completed at least 4.0 courses are eligible to enrol.

(10 FCEs, including at least 3.0 FCEs at 300-level and 1.0 FCE at 400-level):

  1. 3.0 FCEs from: VIC240Y1, VIC341H1, VIC342H1, VIC343Y1, VIC344H1, VIC345H1VIC346H1VIC347H1, VIC348Y1, VIC349H1/VIC349Y1, VIC392H1/VIC392Y1, VIC449H1/VIC449Y1, VIC492H1/VIC492Y1
  2. 1.0 FCE in Literature from: ENG220Y1, ENG301H1, ENG302Y1, ENG303H1, ENG304Y1, ENG330H1, ENG331H1, ENG335H1, ENG336H1; FRE319H1, FRE320H1;ITA200H1, ITA249H1, ITA312H1, ITA325H1, ITA332H1, ITA356Y0, ITA357Y0, ITA370H1, ITA400H1, ITA409H1, ITA420H1, ITA470H1, ITA494H1; PRT351H1;SPA352H1, SPA452H1, SPA454H1
  3. 1.0 FCE in History or Economics from : ECO301Y1; HIS243H1, HIS309H1, HIS319H1, HIS357Y1, HIS362H1, HIS403H1, HIS438H1, HIS441H1, HIS443H1
  4. 1.0 FCE in Art or Music from: FAH230H1, FAH330H1, FAH331H1, FAH333H1, FAH335H1, FAH337H1, FAH338H1, FAH340H1, FAH341H1, FAH342H1, FAH344H1,FAH370H1, FAH371H1, FAH393Y0, FAH430H1, FAH432H1, FAH433H1, FAH434H1, FAH435H1, FAH439H1, FAH440H1, FAH470H1; MUS208H1
  5. 1.0 FCE in a Research Course (a 299Y1, 399Y1, on a Renaissance Studies topic, or VIC392H1/VIC392Y1, VIC492H1/VIC492Y1)
  6. 2.0 FCEs in a language relevant to Renaissance Studies – French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Latin, German (only one may be at the introductory level).
  7. VIC440Y1
Renaissance Studies Major (Arts Program)

This program has unlimited enrolment and no specific admission requirements. All students who have completed at least 4.0 courses are eligible to enrol.

(6 FCEs, including at least 2.0 FCEs at 300+ level)
 

  1. 2.0 FCEs from: VIC240Y1, VIC341H1, VIC342H1, VIC343Y1, VIC344H1, VIC345H1, VIC346H1, VIC347H1, VIC348Y1, VIC349H1/VIC349Y1, VIC392H1/VIC392Y1VIC449H1/VIC449Y1, VIC492H1/VIC492Y1
  2. 1.0 FCE in Literature from: ENG220Y1, ENG301H1, ENG302Y1, ENG303H1, ENG304Y1, ENG330H1, ENG331H1, ENG335H1, ENG336H1; FRE319H1, FRE320H1; ITA200H1, ITA249H1, ITA312H1, ITA325H1, ITA332H1, ITA356Y0, ITA357Y0, ITA370H1, ITA400H1, ITA409H1, ITA420H1, ITA470H1, ITA494H1; PRT351H1; SPA352H1, SPA452H1, SPA454H1
  3. 1.0 FCE in History or Economics from: ECO301Y1; HIS243H1, HIS309H1, HIS319H1, HIS357Y1, HIS362H1, HIS403H1, HIS438H1, HIS441H1, HIS443H1
  4. 1.0 FCE in Art or Music from: FAH230H1, FAH330H1, FAH331H1, FAH333H1, FAH335H1, FAH337H1, FAH338H1, FAH340H1, FAH341H1, FAH342H1, FAH344H1, FAH370H1, FAH371H1, FAH393Y0, FAH430H1, FAH432H1, FAH433H1, FAH434H1, FAH435H1, FAH439H1, FAH440H1, FAH470H1; MUS208H1
  5. VIC440Y1
Renaissance Studies Minor (Arts Program)

This program has unlimited enrolment and no specific admission requirements. All students who have completed at least 4.0 courses are eligible to enrol.

(4 FCEs, including at least 1.0 FCE at 300+ level)
 

  1. 2.0 FCEs from: VIC240Y1, VIC341H1, VIC342H1, VIC343Y1, VIC344H1, VIC345H1, VIC346H1VIC347H1, VIC348Y1, VIC349H1/VIC349Y1, VIC392H1/VIC392Y1VIC440Y1, VIC449H1/VIC449Y1, VIC492H1/VIC492Y1
  2. 2.0 FCEs in Literature, History or Economics, Art or Music, from:

    Literature: ENG220Y1, ENG301H1, ENG302Y1, ENG303H1, ENG304Y1, ENG330H1, ENG331H1, ENG335H1, ENG336H1; FRE319H1, FRE320H1; ITA200H1, ITA249H1, ITA312H1, ITA325H1, ITA332H1, ITA356Y0, ITA357Y0, ITA370H1, ITA400H1, ITA409H1, ITA420H1, ITA470H1, ITA494H1; PRT351H1; SPA352H1, SPA452H1, SPA454H1

    History or Economics: ECO301Y1; HIS243H1, HIS309H1, HIS319H1, HIS357Y1, HIS362H1, HIS403H1, HIS438H1, HIS441H1, HIS443H1

    Art or Music: FAH230H1, FAH330H1, FAH331H1, FAH333H1, FAH335H1, FAH337H1, FAH338H1, FAH340H1, FAH341H1, FAH342H1, FAH344H1,FAH370H1, FAH371H1, FAH393Y0, FAH430H1, FAH432H1, FAH433H1, FAH434H1, FAH435H1, FAH439H1, FAH440H1, FAH470H1; MUS208H1
Science and Society Minor (Arts program)

The Minor in Science and Society is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the different ways science and technology shape modern society and, in turn, how society shapes science and technology. From the food we eat to the way we conceive family relations or our obligations to future generations, our daily practices and our beliefs are increasingly influenced by scientific research and its applications. In turn, politics, public opinion, moral beliefs and cultural practices affect scientific and technological development. Courses in this program address such topics as science and values, science-related policy and politics, ethical uses of technology, scientific revolutions and controversies, modeling and communication of scientific research, and knowledge transfer from research to commercial and societal applications.

This program has unlimited enrolment and no specific admission requirements. All students who have completed at least 4.0 courses are eligible to enrol.

(4.0 FCEs, including at least 1.0 FCE at 300+ level)
 

  1. HPS200H1
  2. 1.0 FCE from: VIC206H1, VIC207H1, VIC274H1, VIC278H1, IMC200H1. Students who achieve at least 77% in the Vic One course VIC170Y1 or VIC172Y1 may count that course toward the Minor and use it to fulfil this requirement.
  3. 1.0 FCE from: HPS202H1, HPS260H1, HPS307H1, HPS308H1, HPS324H1, HPS350H1
  4. An additional 0.5 FCE from program requirements 2. and 3. above.
  5. An additional 1.0 FCE from program requirements 2. and 3. above and/or from the approved list of cognate courses below:
    ANT353H1, ANT358H1, ANT364H1, BIO220H1, EEB215H1, ENV200H1, ETH220H1, GGR223H1, GGR321H1JGE321H1, PHL273H1, PHL281H1, PHL373H1, PHL381H1, PHL384H1, PSY328H1, WGS275H1

Semiotics and Communication Studies Program

Semiotics is the science of communication and sign systems, in short, of the ways people understand phenomena and organize them mentally, and of the ways in which they devise means for transmitting that understanding and for sharing it with others. Although natural and artificial languages are therefore central to semiotics, its field covers all non-verbal signalling and extends to domains whose communicative dimension is perceived only unconsciously or subliminally. Knowledge, meaning, intention and action are thus fundamental concepts in the semiotic investigation of phenomena.

Semiotics and Communication Studies Minor (Arts Program)

NOTE:  This is a limited enrolment program.  Admission will be determined by a student’s mark in ANT100Y1/LIN100Y1/PHL100Y1/SOC101Y1/(SOC102H1+SOC103H1)/one FCE in Vic One.  A final mark of 73% will be required for admission. Achieving that mark does not necessarily guarantee admission to the program in any given year.

(4 FCEs, including 1.0 FCE at the 300+ level)
 

  1. 1.0 FCE from: ANT100Y1, LIN100Y1, PHL100Y1, SOC101Y1, (SOC102H1+SOC103H1), one FCE in Vic One. 
  2. 1.0 FCE from: VIC220Y1, VIC223Y1, VIC224Y1
  3. 1.0 FCE from: VIC320Y1, VIC322H1, VIC323Y1, VIC324H1, VIC325H1
  4. 1.0 FCE from Groups A-E.

    Note: JFV323H1 is a recommended Group E course.

    Group A: Anthropology
    ANT204H1, ANT253H1, ANT322H1ANT329H1, ANT334H1, ANT351H1, ANT356H1, ANT366H1, ANT425H1, ANT426H1, ANT427H1, ANT450H1; JAL328H1, JAL355H1

    Group B: Linguistics
    LIN200H1, LIN229H1, LIN232H1, LIN333H1, LIN341H1, LIN456H1; JAL328H1; JLP315H1, JLP374H1

    Group C: Philosophy
    PHL200Y1, PHL201H1, PHL235H1, PHL240H1, PHL243H1, PHL244H1, PHL245H1, PHL285H1, PHL304H1, PHL307H1, PHL310H1, PHL311H1, PHL314H1, PHL315H1, PHL316H1, PHL317H1, PHL320H1, PHL321H1, PHL322H1, PHL325H1, PHL326H1, PHL340H1, PHL342H1, PHL346H1, PHL351H1, PHL385H1

    Group D: Psychology
    PSY210H1, PSY220H1, PSY260H1, PSY270H1, PSY280H1, PSY311H1, PSY312H1, PSY316H1, PSY320H1, PSY323H1, PSY362H1, PSY370H1, PSY371H1, PSY372H1, PSY421H1, PSY434H1; JLP315H1

    Group E: Other Related Area Courses
    CIN201Y1, CIN270Y1, CIN301Y1, CIN310Y1, CIN330Y1, CIN332Y1, CIN314Y1, CIN350Y1; CLA203H1, CLA204H1, CLA219H1, CLA305H1, CLA388H1, CLA389H1; COG250Y1; DRM200Y1, DRM230Y1, DRM264H1; ENG382Y1, ENG384Y1; FAH231H1, FAH245H1, FAH246H1, FAH270H1, FAH272H1, FAH325H1, FAH337H1FAH346H1, FAH348H1, FAH372H1, FAH374H1; HIS316H1, HIS374H1, HIS375H1, HIS419H1, HIS436H1, HIS447H1, HIS459H1, HIS460H1; HPS201H1, HPS202H1, HPS250H1, HPS324H1INI301H1, INI305H1; JFV323H1, JUM203H1; MUS200H1, MUS211H1, MUS303H1; NEW240Y1, NEW302Y1, NEW303H1; RLG200H1, RLG210Y1, RLG211H1, RLG212H1, RLG227H1, RLG230H1, RLG232H1, RLG249H1, RLG301H1RLG304H1, RLG305H1RLG315H1, RLG337H1, RLG380H1, SLA331H1, SLA476H1, SLA442H1, SLA495H1, SMC210H1, SMC219Y1, SMC361H1, SMC397H1SOC265H1, SOC365H1, SOC367H1, SOC381Y1, SOC388H1; UNI221H1, UNI255H1, UNI355H1, VIC202Y1, VIC302H1, VIC305H1, VIC306H1, VIC307H1, VIC322H1, VIC343Y1, VIC345H1; VIS201H1, VIS202H1, VIS203H1, VIS204H1, VIS205H1, VIS206H1, VIS207H1, VIS208H1, VIS209H1, VIS212H1, VIS213H1, VIS307H1, VIS312H1, VIS313H1; WGS271Y1, WGS372H1

Victoria College Courses


Vic One

Vic One Liaison Officer, Victoria College, vic.one@utoronto.ca

Admission to the Vic One Program is open to first-year students and by application only. Applications are accepted in the spring prior to the commencement of the academic year; no exceptions will be made.

Each Vic One stream comprises up to 3 FCEs of the five FCEs taken by most first-year students. Two required courses in each stream are seminar courses with a limited enrolment of 25 students in each class. The third co-requisite course is listed with the stream description.   Students who wish to discuss other options for their Vic One co-requisite course must contact the Vic One Liaison Officer vic.one@utoronto.ca.

The following courses are available to students already admitted to Vic One:


Ryerson Stream
VIC150Y1    School and Society

This course will be about the social and historical role of the school. The course will examine schools and learning as social, political, intellectual, and economic phenomena. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC151Y1 and PSY100H1
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC151Y1    Theories and Practices of Teaching

This course focuses on connecting theories and practice of teaching with a view to having students develop their personal understanding of teaching. Students will be involved in a practicum. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC150Y1 and PSY100H1
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

Frye Stream
VIC162H1    Cultural Forms and Their Meanings

A study of culture with a view to developing basic concepts with examples drawn from the visual arts, music, film, literature, architecture, and/or local urban artefacts. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC163H1, VIC164H1, VIC165H1 and 1.0 FCE in any 100-level ENG or FAH or PHL
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC163H1    Cultural Forms and Their Meanings: People and Ideas

A study of culture with a view to developing basic concepts with examples drawn from the visual arts, music, film, architecture, and/or local urban artefacts. We will emphasize how contemporary thought has affected the practice of everyday life. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC162H1, VIC164H1, VIC165H1 and 1.0 FCE in any 100-level ENG or FAH or PHL
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC164H1    Ideas and Their Consequences: Literary and Artistic Realms of the Imagination

A study of the ideas and concerns of creative thinkers and their impact upon cultures. The course includes literary, scientific and/or religious intellectuals from the major traditions. Attention to modes of reasoning, cultural definition and expression. Emphasis on philosophical and artistic concepts. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC162H1, VIC163H1, VIC165H1 and 1.0 FCE in any 100-level ENG or FAH or PHL
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC165H1    Ideas and Their Consequences: Isolation and Communion in Modern Culture

A study of art, with a focus on poetry, as an essential mode of experience and knowledge, in the context of contemporary and modern society. Along with literary artists, the course includes writers on history and sociology and presents the interplay between artistic vision and socio-political situations. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC162H1,VIC163H1, VIC164H1 and 1.0 FCE in any 100-level ENG or FAH or PHL
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

Stowe-Gullen Stream
VIC170Y1    Introduction to Probability, Persuasion and the Rhetoric of Science

How rhetoric and statistical analysis are used to communicate scientific observations and theories to different audiences will be examined in lectures and seminars. Uncertainty, belief, evidence, risk assessment, random error and bias will be discussed using examples drawn from literature, the arts and the physical, life and social sciences.  Students will prepare a research grant application on a scientific topic of their own choice. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC171Y1 and 1.0 FCE selected from first-year course offerings in the sciences (0.5 FCE must be a BIO course)
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC171Y1    Methodology, Theory and Practice in the Natural Sciences

An examination of scientific theories and their logic in life and physical sciences.  Experimental design, novel device production, data analysis and modeling will be discussed using examples drawn from primary source material in the natural sciences.  Students will prepare a research paper on a topic designed in consultation with the instructor. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC170Y1 and 1.0 FCE selected from first-year course offerings in the sciences (0.5 FCE must be a BIO course)
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

Schawlow Stream
VIC172Y1    Physical Sciences Today

How is science performed and what enables scientific progress? What are our responsibilities as scientists? We base the discussion mostly on the development of microscopy tools. We look at how scientific discoveries affect and were affected by society. This course explores the complementary skills and knowledge needed by modern scientists. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC173Y1 and 1.0 FCE selected from first-year course offerings in the sciences (0.5 FCE must be a PHY or CHM course)
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science or Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC173Y1    Philosophy of Science for Physical Scientists

This course introduces students to some of the issues in the philosophy of science, in general, and in the philosophy of physics, in particular. Topics include the scientific method and its controversies, the meaning of time and its properties, realism versus competing approaches, thought experiments, and quantum mechanics. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC172Y1 and 1.0 FCE selected from first-year course offerings in the sciences (0.5 FCE must be a PHY or CHM course)
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science or Science course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

Pearson Stream
VIC181H1    Events in the Public Sphere: World Affairs

This course will review issues in contemporary world affairs, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the present day. The course will examine the politics and practice of foreign policy decision making. Issues to be covered include the collapse of the Soviet Union, intervention in humanitarian crises, and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC183H1, VIC184H1, VIC185H1, and a first-year course in HIS or POL
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC183H1    Individuals and the Public Sphere: Shaping Memory

This course explores how public service and citizenship are developed. Topics may include the role of law and government, civil liberties, rights and responsibilities, and the role of protest. Emphasis on individuals and movements that have shaped modern memory. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC181H1, VIC184H1, VIC185H1 and a first-year course in HIS or POL
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC184H1    Individuals and the Public Sphere: History, Historiography and Making Cultural Memory

A seminar course that examines the contribution of an individual or individuals to the public sphere. The course will explore how public service and citizenship are developed in social, philosophical, and cultural contexts. We will examine our evolving role in developing collective, cultural and counter memory. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC181H1, VIC183H1, VIC185H1 and a first-year course in HIS or POL
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC185H1    Events in the Public Sphere: Social Justice

This course uses events to discuss the nature of society including major revolutions, economic crises, and the impact of significant artistic, cultural and technological developments. Emphasis on our responsibilities towards social justice. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC181H1, VIC183H1, VIC184H1 and a first-year course in HIS or POL
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

Jewison Stream
VIC190Y1    The Arts and Society

The artist, filmmaker, poet or dramatist has changed society and how we imagine our future.  The course explores a number of paradigm cases of how the arts have interacted with social problems.  Both historical and current examples of the role of the imaginative arts will be explored. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC191Y1 and 1 FCE in any 100-level course in ARC or INI or DRM or VIS or MUS or ENG
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC191Y1    Artistic Creation and Public Issues

This course addresses social issues through the exploration of creative activity and the imaginative arts.  Topics will be discussed from historical, ethical and philosophical perspectives, and might be considered either in a group or individually. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC190Y1 and 1 FCE in any 100-level course in ARC or INI or DRM or VIS or MUS or ENG
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

Weekly Vic One Plenary sessions

PLEASE NOTE:  Weekly Vic One Plenary sessions on Wednesday 4-6pm will be added to students' schedules as a tutorial section associated with the following courses: VIC150Y1, VIC163H1, VIC165H1, VIC170Y1, VIC172Y1, VIC181H1, VIC184H1 and VIC190Y1.


Vic One Hundred: First Year Seminars
First Year Seminars

The 199Y1, 199H1, and Vic One Hundred seminars are designed to provide the opportunity to work closely with an instructor in a class of no more than twenty-five students. These interactive seminars are intended to stimulate the students’ curiosity and provide an opportunity to get to know a member of the professorial staff in a seminar environment during the first year of study. Details about the Faculty of Arts and Science 199 seminars can be found at www.artsci.utoronto.ca/current/course/fyh-1/.

Please see the list of Vic One Hundred seminars below.

Consult  vic.academics@utoronto.ca for more information.


VIC101H1    Conflict Theory and Practice (formerly VIC101Y1)[24S]

This course is a general orientation to conflict theory, and develops a basic understanding of essential conflict resolution principles that will complement the study of conflict theory. The course will examine the differences between conflicts and disputes, the functions and desirability of conflict, and the conditions that facilitate conversion of conflicts from destructive to constructive.

Exclusion: VIC101Y1; Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; No more than another 0.5 FCE from 199 seminars or Vic One Hundred.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC102H1    Ethics and the Public: Case Studies[24S]

This course examines a specific event, or events, in relation to the public sphere. The course will use events or an event as an entry point to discuss the nature of society including topics such as major revolutions, economic crises, the impact of the appearance of significant artistic or cultural works, and the impact of technological changes. We will emphasize case studies of recent social issues.

Exclusion: VIC102Y1; Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; No more than another 0.5 FCE from 199 seminars or Vic One Hundred.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC102Y1    Ethics and the Public: Canadian Case Studies[48S]

This seminar course will examine current issues in the public domain in Canada and focus on significant public policy issues and the links between public policy, politics and government in Canada.  Case studies from all three levels of government will be discussed and students will gain a solid understanding of the structure of government and of the political process.  This course will emphasize class participation and the critical analysis of relevant literature, media and in some cases, film. 

Exclusion: VIC102H1; Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; 199 seminars or other Vic One Hundred seminars.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC103H1    Ideas and Fine Thoughts[24S]

This course examines how political ideas are formed and developed through literature, art, plays, essays and philosophical works in the twentieth century.

Exclusion: VIC103Y1; Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; No more than another 0.5 FCE from 199 seminars or Vic One Hundred.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC103Y1    Ideas and Fine Thoughts[48S]

This course examines how political ideas are formed and developed through literature, art, plays, essays and philosophical works in the twentieth century.

Exclusion: VIC103H1; Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; 199 seminars or other Vic One Hundred seminars.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC104H1    Common Vices and Neglected Virtues: Intro to Ethics of Character[24S]

Vice is popular: a prestigious university press has brought out a series of seven books on the Seven Deadly Sins. This course examines such questions as the following. Are greed, lust and gluttony just bad names for necessary and otherwise acceptable instincts? What is the place, in a good human life, of such qualities as honesty, trust, civility and the like? Are vices and virtues culturally determined or a matter of individual preference? Can character be taught, or is it rather a matter of genes and luck?

Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; No more than another 0.5 FCE from 199 seminars or Vic One Hundred.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC105H1    Odysseys: The Search for Meaning[24S]

Metaphors and motivations of journeying have long intrigued human beings as they have attempted to understand the meaning of their existence: the setting out, the seeking for a desired object, the pilgrimage of religious observance, and the longing to return home. Through texts, art, music and film, this course will explore some of the shaping journey-myths of our culture from classical, Hebrew, medieval and modern sources.

Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; No more than another 0.5 FCE from 199 seminars or Vic One Hundred.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC106H1    Psychology and Society[24S]

This course explores central developments and ongoing controversies in the scientific study of the human mind, brain and behaviour. It examines topics such as: psychoanalysis, behaviourism, humanistic psychology, evolutionary psychology, intelligence testing, and feminist perspectives. Goals include understanding the historical evolution and social relevance of scientific psychology.

Exclusion: VIC206H1, Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; No more than another 0.5 FCE from 199 seminars or Vic One Hundred.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC107H1    Evolution, Genetics, and Behaviour[24S]

In this course we examine major episodes in the history of evolution and genetics in the twentieth century. Topics include Darwinian evolution, sociobiology and evolutionary psychology, eugenics, and genetic screening and therapy. We will examine different views about the control of evolution and genetic manipulation in their socio-cultural-economic context and discuss the ethical and social implications of those views.

Exclusion: VIC207H1, Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; No more than another 0.5 FCE from 199 seminars or Vic One Hundred.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC108H1    Belonging, Imagination and the Uses of History in the Shaping of National Identity[24S]

This course will examine a number of questions related to the origins of national identities and the sustainability of nation-states. Topics covered will include: language, ethnicity, religion, politics, war, symbols, the arts, sport and public spectacle, and cuisine.

Exclusion: VIC108Y1; Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; No more than another 0.5 FCE from 199 seminars or Vic One Hundred.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC108Y1    Belonging, Imagination and the Uses of History in the Shaping of National Identity[48S]

This course will examine a number of questions related to the origins of national identities and the sustainability of nation-states. Topics covered will include: language, ethnicity, religion, politics, war, symbols, the arts, sport and public spectacle, and cuisine.

Exclusion: VIC108H1; Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; 199 seminars or other Vic One Hundred seminars.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC109H1    Innovators and Their Ideas[24S]

A study of the ideas and concerns of innovators who questioned traditional views and values. The course includes creative thinkers who challenged basic concepts on politics, literature, religion, and society.

Exclusion: VIC109Y1; Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; No more than another 0.5 FCE from 199 seminars or Vic One Hundred.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC109Y1    Innovators and Their Ideas[48S]

A study of the ideas and concerns of innovators who questioned traditional views and values. The course includes creative thinkers who challenged basic concepts on politics, literature, religion, and society.

Exclusion: VIC109H1; Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; 199 seminars or other Vic One Hundred seminars.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC112Y1    Puzzles, Discovery and the Human Imagination[48S]

There has never been a period of time, nor has there ever been a culture, without some kind of puzzle tradition. Are puzzles just playful artefacts, intended merely to entertain? Or are they mirrors of something much more fundamental in human life? The course will take a close look at what puzzles tell us about the human mind and human culture.

Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; 199 seminars or other Vic One Hundred seminars.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC113H1    Encountering Distant Climes: The Literature of Travel and Exploration[24S]

This course will study accounts of world travelers and explorers from the Middle Ages to the present, including representative examples drawn from the Age of Exploration, the Grand Tour, scientific and map-making expeditions, and the contemporary genre of travel writing. Particular attention will be given to the trans-cultural nature of travel, and the interactive aspects of the gulf between the observer and those observed. Students will analyze the diverse motivational factors behind excursions and expeditions, and apply a critique to written accounts in light of such factors as self-discovery, knowledge and imagination, Euro-centrism, orientalism, cultural relativism, colonialism/imperialism, race, gender, and eco-tourism.

Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; No more than another 0.5 FCE from 199 seminars or Vic One Hundred.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC114H1    Renaissance in Popular Culture[24S]

This course explores the depiction of the Renaissance in a wide range of plays, films and novels. The focus is on the exchange between film, fiction, and ‘fact’, and on how the values and concerns of the present shape creative recreations of the past in popular culture.

Exclusion: VIC114Y1; Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; No more than another 0.5 FCE from 199 seminars or Vic One Hundred.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC114Y1    Renaissance in Popular Culture[48S]

This course explores the depiction of the Renaissance in a wide range of plays, films and novels. The focus is on the exchange between film, fiction, and fact, and on how the values and concerns of the present shape creative recreations of the past in popular culture.

Exclusion: VIC114H1; Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; 199 seminars or other Vic One Hundred seminars.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC115H1    Imagined Power: Literature and Film[24S]

In this course we will study a number of literary and cinematic works that take up questions of power, duty, rights, responsibility, and freedom. Our texts will be drawn from a long history, and from many parts of the world. The sequence however will not be chronological.

Exclusion: VIC115Y1; Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; No more than another 0.5 FCE from 199 seminars or Vic One Hundred.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC115Y1    Imagined Power: Literature and Film[48S]

In this course we will study a number of literary and cinematic works that take up questions of power, duty, rights, responsibility, and freedom. Our texts will be drawn from a long history, and from many parts of the world. The sequence however will not be chronological.

Exclusion: VIC115H1; Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; 199 seminars or other Vic One Hundred seminars.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC117H1    Understanding the Performing Arts: Interpretation and Expression[24S]

This course examines two key issues about the performing arts that concern both artists and theorists: the nature of interpretation and of expression. What might we mean when we say that a work, a piece of music or a dance for example expresses something? What is it to express? And what is the nature of interpretation? Are there any constraints or boundaries on interpretation? We will draw on both philosophers and non-philosophers to explore these sorts of questions.

Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; No more than another 0.5 FCE from 199 seminars or Vic One Hundred.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC118H1    The Rebel in History, Literature and Popular Culture[24S]

This course will examine the phenomenon of individuals and communities who rebel against the general social norms upheld by the majority in societies throughout history. These societal conventions can include generally-accepted moral and religious tenets, as well as the formal legal or political powers employed by those with the levers of social control. The rebels' motives can range from the purely criminal, as with many notorious outlaws, to struggles for social justice, in the case of rebellious slaves or proponents of civil disobedience. Students will develop a theoretical framework which they can apply to the lives and motivations of a diverse representation of social rebels and outsiders, among them: pirates and mutineers, bandits and members of street/biker gangs, anarchists, disaffected intellectuals and religious leaders, punks and goths. Besides examining the sociological and philosophical aspects of rebellion, the course will consider the rebel as a prominent element in popular culture.

Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; No more than another 0.5 FCE from 199 seminars or Vic One Hundred.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC119H1    Ancient Narratives in Modern Contexts[24S]

This course provides an introduction to modern forms of ancient narratives, exploring the ways in which selected ancient literary sources and myths have been adapted to modern Canadian literature. Ancient narratives or ‘old stories’ are often reused, reinterpreted or reconstructed in modern narratives and given new relevance in a contemporary context. Students will encounter sources and contexts of ancient narratives.

Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; No more than another 0.5 FCE from 199 seminars or Vic One Hundred.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC119Y1    Ancient Narratives in Modern Contexts[48S]

This course provides an introduction to modern forms of ancient narratives, exploring the ways in which selected ancient literary sources and myths have been adapted to modern Canadian literature. Ancient narratives or old stories are often reused, reinterpreted or reconstructed in modern narratives and given new relevance in a contemporary context. Students will encounter sources and contexts of ancient narratives.

Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; 199 seminars or other Vic One Hundred seminars.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC130H1    Movies, Madness and the Modern Condition[24S]

Through films like American Beauty (Sam Mendes, 1990) and Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood, 1992), through literature like Arthur Rimbaud’s A Season in Hell or Raymond Carver’s short stories, this course takes a look at human beings in the extremes of experience: revenge, desire and an appetite for self-destruction.

Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; No more than another 0.5 FCE from 199 seminars or Vic One Hundred.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC131H1    Germany in the Cold War[24S]

Covers the evolution of Germany from a defeated dictatorship in 1945 to a re-unified republic in 1990. Examines major events of the Cold War, from the Marshall Plan to the Berlin Wall; also includes aspects of popular culture in both East and West Germany.

Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; No more than another 0.5 FCE from 199 seminars or Vic One Hundred.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC132H1    The USA in the Cold War[24S]

Covers major events from America's emergence as a superpower in 1945 to the end of the Cold War in 1991, including: commitment to Europe through NATO and the Marshall Plan; Civil Rights; Vietnam. Also explores popular culture of the time: the suburbs; the baby boom; the 1960s; Watergate, etc.

Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; No more than another 0.5 FCE from 199 seminars or Vic One Hundred.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC133H1    Diplomacy and International Crisis Management: 1989 to Today[24S]

This course covers issues in diplomacy and international crisis management from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the present day. The course examines the real world of political decision making. Both Canadian and American policy will be analyzed. Issues to be covered include the collapse of the Soviet Union, military intervention in humanitarian crises, the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the impact of globalization.

Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; No more than another 0.5 FCE from 199 seminars or Vic One Hundred.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC134H1    Globalization[24S]

This interdisciplinary course explores the contemporary character of globalization. The world is shrinking as money, goods, people, ideas, weapons, and information flow across national boundaries. Some commentators assert that a more tightly interconnected world can exacerbate financial disruptions, worsen the gap between rich and poor nations, undermine democracy, imperil national cultures, harm the environment, and give unconstrained freedom to predatory corporations. Others proclaim that globalization - understood as capitalism and free markets - fosters economic growth, encourages creative collaboration, inspires technological breakthroughs, and enhances human prospects for a better life, in rich and poor countries alike, in unprecedented ways. Our task is to evaluate the evidence and draw our own conclusions.

Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; No more than another 0.5 FCE from 199 seminars or Vic One Hundred.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC135H1    The Death of Meaning[24S]

In The Origin of Species Darwin concluded there was no evidence to suggest that life was designed by a higher power. A corollary of this is that our lives lack any necessary purpose or meaning. Our reading will be directed to the question of what it means to lack ‘Meaning’.

Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; No more than another 0.5 FCE from 199 seminars or Vic One Hundred.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC141Y1    Discovery and Revolution[48S]

This course examines the emergence of a global modern world in relation to the upheavals of the Renaissance (1350-1700) and its discoveries and innovations in social organization, politics, science, travel, art and architecture, literature and philosophy, religion and music.

Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; 199 seminars or other Vic One Hundred seminar.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC159H1    Vic One Hundred Special Topics Seminar[24S]

Topics vary from year to year.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science or Science course
Breadth Requirement: TBA

VIC159Y1    Vic One Hundred Special Topics Seminar[48S]

Topics vary from year to year.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science or Science course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1) + Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

Creative Expression and Society Courses
VIC209H1    How Stories Work [24S]

Stories give shape and substance to the things we believe in, from scientific theories and sacred texts to literary tales and philosophical propositions. They perpetuate ideals and identities, and sustain institutions and communities. This course will take up a set of texts from the arts, sciences, religions and several other storytelling traditions, ancient and modern, considering their claims to authority and making connections between them.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC270H1    Listening: A Critical History[24S]

Surveying scenarios for public and private musical listening, from historical contexts to the present, this course explores critical questions about how we listen, including the relationship between musical genres and listening situations, the definition of music vs. noise, the influence of spectatorship, and the impact of changing technologies. Students discuss the changing aesthetics and ideologies of musical listening, considering ways in which listening shapes our understanding of the social and our awareness of communities.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC271H1    Reading the Wild[24S]

In light of the environmental crisis, this seminar surveys a wide range of oral and written literature in order to discover how our approach to nature has changed over the centuries, what gains and losses have attended modernity, and what older cultures can teach us as we seek to preserve threatened ecosystems.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC273H1    The Body: An Exercise[24S]

This course will sketch the vital role or the drama of the human body, aspects of its performance, comedy, tragedy and death, through selected parts of history, in life and as reflected in “art.”

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC275H1    Creative Writing: Short Fiction[24S]

This course is for aspiring fiction writers who wish to deepen their craft.  Each seminar will feature a lecture on technical issues such as plot and characterization, as well as an analysis of a short story by a classic writer. Students will write their own stories, with editorial input from the instructor.  

Note:  For application procedures see the Victoria College website. Applications due by June 1st.

Prerequisite: Application Required.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC279H1    Creative Non-Fiction[24S]

This course examines the forms, style, aims, and ethics of non-fictional forms such as documentary writing, journalism, and life-writing. It combines the study of examples from contemporary media with exercises in writing non-fictional prose.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC280H1    Creative Writing: Poetry[24S]

A workshop course (with a literature component) in writing poetry. Designed for those with a serious ambition to be writers as evinced in work they are already doing. The literature component emphasizes multicultural dimensions of contemporary writing in English. 

Note:  For application procedures see the Victoria College website. Applications due by June 1st.

Prerequisite: Application required
Exclusion: VIC350Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC281H1    Popular Music, Technology, and the Human[24S]

This course explores ways in which popular music, sound and sound technologies have influenced our understanding of the recent human condition. Drawing on a variety of theoretical perspectives, we consider the musical uses of technology as both a material culture and a set of distinctly innovative practices that can create powerful transformations of consciousness, meaning and value.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC350Y1    Creative Writing[48S]

A workshop course (with a literature component) in writing fiction and poetry. Designed for those with a serious ambition to be writers as evinced in work they are already doing. Does not offer instruction for beginning writers. Presupposes perfect and sophisticated written language skills. The Literature component emphasizes multicultural dimensions of contemporary writing in English. For application procedures see the Victoria College website. Applications due by June 1st.

Prerequisite: Application Required. Preference given to fourth and third-year students.
Exclusion: VIC280H1/VIC480H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC352Y1    Love, Sex and Death in Short Fiction[48S]

This course will examine how a variety of international authors, both nineteenth century and modern, handle the themes of mortality, sexual passion and love in their short fiction. Particular emphasis will be placed on the artistry of the writers' presentation, the role of dialogue, the economy of narrative, etc. Students will read Chekhov, The Kiss, Lady with a Dog and Tolstoy, Master and Man but will also be exposed to such contemporary popular authors as Elmore Leonard, When the Women Come Out to Dance; Truman Capote, Mojave; Richard Ford, The Occidentals; Philip Roth, The Dying Animal; Ian McEwen, The Cement Garden; and David Bezmozgis, Natasha.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC370H1    Music and the Imagination [24S]

This course explores how music creatively reflects and inspires our sense of self, place and community through readings, close listening, case studies, and creative responses. We consider various sites of musical imagination, and the genres that intersect with them. Course discussion addresses how music participates in the social life of creativity, imagination and fantasy, and what these roles mean for music's significance in society and culture. No prior experience in music composition required.

Prerequisite: Completion of 6.0 FCEs
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC371H1    Photojournalism [24S]

This seminar course looks at the history and evolution of photojournalism and documentary photography, their changing contexts and challenges in the digital era. We investigate photographs old and new. Students discuss major visual stories in the news. They also read writings about photography and photojournalism from some of its most important practitioners. No camera required. Students from all disciplines and areas of interest welcome.

Prerequisite: Completion of 6.0 FCEs
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC372H1    Reviewing: Ethics, Economics, Politics[24S]

Reviews of books, films, art, and music run the gamut from marketing “puffs” to attempted censorship. They can invoke expert authority, cultural capital, popular opinion, or individual response. This course examines ethical, political, institutional, and economic contexts of the practice of reviewing, historically and in the electronic age.

Prerequisite: Completion of 6.0 FCEs
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC470H1    Soundscapes[24S]

This course surveys the growth of the field of Acoustic Ecology and the aesthetic, political, and ethical questions it engages. Students  learn about creative and musical practices associated with this new attention to sound, and they gain experience with the practice of field recording and sonic-environmental sampling. The course culminates with a final Soundscape composition or creative mapping project. No previous experience in sound recording or composition required.

Prerequisite: Completion of 9.0 FCEs
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC479Y1    The Novel: A Master Class [48S]

Advanced young writers in this fourth-year seminar work to produce a short novel appropriate for submission to an agent or a publisher. The class does not offer instruction for beginning writers. It is intended for serious writers interested in learning about writing novels at a professional level.

Prerequisite: Application required
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC480H1    Poetry: A Master Class[24S]

A workshop course in writing poetry. Designed for those with a serious ambition to be writers as evinced in work they are already doing. Does not offer instruction for beginning writers. Presupposes perfect and sophisticated written language skills.

Note:  For application procedures see the Victoria College website. Applications due by June 1st.

Prerequisite: Application required
Exclusion: VIC350Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

Education and Society Courses
JSV200H1    Communication and Conflict Resolution in Education[24L]

This course aims to develop an understanding of social conflict and cultural diversity. How does conflict act as a catalyst for change? What do socio-cultural, cognitive, and motivational approaches teach us about conflict? Topics include: effects of conflict, human rights principles, cross-cultural understanding.

Prerequisite: Enrolment in CTEP or Education and Society Minor
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

JSV201H1    Child and Adolescent Development in Education (formerly SMC272H1, VIC261H1)[36L]

This course examines how children and adolescents develop and explores how best to facilitate their growth and learning in the area of education. Major topics include cognitive, emotional, social, moral, physical and language development. Themes addressed include interpersonal relationships such as pro-social and aggressive behaviour, as well as the influence of schooling, family life and culture. This course includes a 20-hour field experience located in a school and entails observation of development across various age groups. This may be satisfied by participation in Vic Reach or in another organization with the approval of the Vic Concurrent Education Coordinator.

Prerequisite: Enrolment in CTEP or Education and Society Minor
Exclusion: SMC272H1, VIC261H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science or Science course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

JSV202H1    Equity and Diversity in Education (formerly SMC271H1, VIC260H1)[36L]

This course focuses on raising awareness and sensitivity to equity and diversity issues facing teachers and students in diverse schools and cultural communities. It builds knowledge of how oppression works and how cultural resources and educational practices may be brought to bear on reducing oppression and improving equity. This courses field experience entails observation of and participation in equity and diversity efforts in a culturally-rooted school and/or community organization.

Prerequisite: Enrolment in CTEP or Education and Society Minor
Exclusion: SMC271H1, VIC260H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC351H1    Learning Communities and Higher Education in Canada[24S]

This course examines the evolution of higher education in Canada. Using Victoria University and Victoria's affiliates as a case study, the course explores the intersection of gender, race, class and religion. Comparisons are made with other denominational and secular institutions in the context of late nineteenth and early twentieth century education. International contexts of education through student service and missions are discussed.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC360H1    Education Internship[TBA]

Students are required to complete an internship in an educational environment. This can be satisfied by participation in an organization with the approval of the Vic Concurrent Education Coordinator. Written assessment of the internship is required.

Prerequisite: Enrolment in CTEP or Education and Society Minor, VIC362H1/EDU311H1
Exclusion: VIC360Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC360Y1    Education Internship[TBA]

Students are required to complete an internship in an educational environment. This can be satisfied by participation in an organization with the approval of the Vic Concurrent Education Coordinator. Written assessment of the internship is required.

Prerequisite: Enrolment in CTEP or Education and Society Minor, VIC362H1/EDU311H
Exclusion: VIC360H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC361H0    A Study of Chinese Literature and Culture

This course will compare selected works of Chinese and Canadian authors with a view to the presentation of such writing in an educational setting.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC362H1    Introduction to Teaching[24S]

Builds understanding of teaching as professional practice. The course primarily focuses on the research base underlying policies and documents such as the Foundations of Professional Practice.

Prerequisite: Enrolment in Education and Society Minor (Arts)
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC363H1    Teaching Math: The JUMP Approach[24S]

This course will challenge the widely accepted idea that people need to be born with a special gift or natural ability to excel in mathematics. New research in education and cognitive science suggests that young learners often struggle in school because they are not taught in a way that allows their brains to work efficiently. This course will examine barriers that prevent students from learning and methods of teaching that can help all students reach their full potential (not only in math).  Math lovers and math phobic students are welcome:  the course aims to help students develop deeper levels of confidence and understanding in mathematics so they can become effective teachers themselves.

Prerequisite: Enrolment in Vic CTEP or Education and Society Minor
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

Literature and Critical Theory Courses
VIC202Y1    Forms of Representation

This course explores representation as a cultural and political problem.  Representation is both a means of depicting or constructing reality and a means of constituting individual and collective subjectivities.  We will consider literary and other modes of representation in their historical contexts.

Exclusion: VIC201Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC203Y1    Empire and Globalization

An introduction to the history and ideologies of empire (east and west, old and new), with special attention to the establishment and transformation of the modern nation and its cultural forms.  Our comparative approach will examine how cultural forms are established, interpreted, and reinvented at local, national, transnational and global levels.

Exclusion: VIC210Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2) + Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC204H1    Canons and Canonicity

This course will consider the problem of canons in a variety of contexts: the aesthetic (including the literary, visual arts and music), but also the religious, the political, the philosophical and other discursive forms.  Special focus will be on the problem of the relations across these boundaries.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC302H1    Pasts and Futures

An introduction to representations of history, in which we will consider concepts that turn on the problem of time such as tradition, periodization, genealogy, memory, crisis, revolution, eschatology, and utopia.

Recommended Preparation: VIC202Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC303H1    Memory and Trauma

This course will explore the problem of memory in relation to both collective and individual trauma.  What pressure does trauma place on language, and agency, and how does it figure in commemoration, narrative, monumentalization, and other modes of representing the past?

Exclusion: VIC309H1 as taken in 2011-2012, VIC310Y1
Recommended Preparation: VIC202Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC304H1    Praxis and Performance

This course will explore what it means to “act” in cultural, political, religious, and psychological realms.  We focus on the historically shifting relations between theory and practice, between artifice and agency, and between theatricality and spectatorship.

Recommended Preparation: VIC202Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC305H1    Institutions and Power

This course will consider some of the ideologies and practices of various institutions at work in the production and transmission of cultural objects and social power.  These may include the family, museum, hospital, prison, university, library, and theatre, as well as fields such as publishing and religion.

Recommended Preparation: VIC202Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC306H1    Culture and Media

This course will consider relations between various cultural media – such as film, literature, photography, visual art, architecture – with specific attention to the historical demands and possibilities posed by technological change.

Recommended Preparation: VIC202Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC307H1    Periodization and Cultural History

This course explores the phenomenon of historical periodization in its various modes, including as a stylistic concept, a set of discursive norms for cataloguing and grouping cultural forms, and a means of organizing and contesting historical narratives.

Recommended Preparation: VIC202Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC401H1    Seminar in Comparative Literature[24S]

This course offers senior students in Literature and Critical Theory the opportunity to take part in a graduate seminar in Comparative Literature. Topics change annually.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC401Y1    Seminar in Comparative Literature[48S]

This course offers senior students in Literature and Critical Theory the opportunity to take part in a graduate seminar in Comparative Literature. Topics change annually.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1) + Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC402H1    Translation and Comparativity

This course will consider questions of adaptation, appropriation, imitation, hybridity and incommensurability across languages, geographical regions, epochs, media, and academic disciplines.  Course topics may include the role of translation in the historical projects of nation-building and empire.

Prerequisite: VIC202Y1 and one of: VIC302H1, VIC303H1, VIC304H1, VIC305H1, VIC306H1, VIC307H1; or permission of instructor.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC403H1    Advanced Topics in Literature and Critical Theory

Content varies depending on instructor.  In-depth examination of selected issues.

Prerequisite: VIC202Y1 and one of: VIC302H1, VIC303H1, VIC304H1, VIC305H1, VIC306H1, VIC307H1; or permission of instructor.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

VIC494H1    LCT Senior Research Paper

This course provides an opportunity to design an interdisciplinary course of study, not otherwise available within the Faculty, with the intent of addressing specific topics in Literature and Critical Theory.  Written application (detailed proposal, reading list and a letter of support from a Victoria College faculty member who is prepared to supervise) must be submitted for approval on behalf of Victoria College. For application procedures visit the Victoria College website. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: A minimum CGPA of 3.0 and have completed 15 FCEs and permission of College Program Director.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

VIC494Y1    LCT Senior Research Paper

This course provides an opportunity to design an interdisciplinary course of study, not otherwise available within the Faculty, with the intent of addressing specific topics in Literature and Critical Theory.  Written application (detailed proposal, reading list and a letter of support from a Victoria College faculty member who is prepared to supervise) must be submitted for approval on behalf of Victoria College. For application procedures visit the Victoria College website. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: A minimum CGPA of 3.0 and have completed 15 FCEs and permission of College Program Director.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course

JNV300H1    Gender, History and Literature[24L]

The study of a selected group of creative writers from at least two national literatures whose texts raise issues regarding gender as either an historically or culturally variable construct. Texts will be chosen on the basis of a shared historical era, a literary genre, experience, institutional categorization, or project.

Prerequisite: One course in Literature and Critical Theory or one course in Women and Gender Studies
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

Material Culture Courses
VIC224H1    Introduction to Material Culture[12P/24S]

This course is about things - the everyday objects of past and present cultures. It examines the meanings people have invested in objects and how those meanings have changed over time. Using interdisciplinary approaches, students investigate objects found in homes, retail spaces, cities, art galleries and museums in order to develop new understandings of the objects that structure their daily lives and their material world.

Prerequisite: Completion of 4.0 FCEs
Exclusion: VIC111H1/VIC111Y1, VIC224Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC224Y1    Introduction to Material Culture[24P/48S]

This course is about things - the everyday objects of past and present cultures. It examines the meanings people have invested in objects and how those meanings have changed over time. Using interdisciplinary approaches, students investigate objects found in homes, retail spaces, cities, art galleries and museums in order to develop new understandings of the objects that structure their daily lives and their material world.

Prerequisite: Completion of 4.0 FCEs
Exclusion: VIC111H1/VIC111Y1, VIC224H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC225Y1    A History of the World in Objects[48L/24P]

Through a multidisciplinary approach, this course opens new perspectives on the history of artifacts, the evolution of a world of things, and the analysis of material culture. Lectures and tutorials are supplemented by hands-on exercises in museums and local communities.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1) + Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC229H1    Special Topics in Material Culture[24S]

An in-depth examination of some aspect of Material Culture theory or practice. Content in any given year depends on instructor. Not offered every year.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC229Y1    Special Topics in Material Culture[48S]

An in-depth examination of some aspect of Material Culture theory or practice. Content in any given year depends on instructor. Not offered every year.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC328H1    Materializing Cultural Identities[24S]

Students examine the expression of cultural identities in objects. Students are taught to think critically about the construction, use, display, and exchange of objects with significance for cultural identity. In addition to lectures and discussions, students participate in guided visits to sites – everyday, ritual, institutional – where negotiation of identity through objects occurs.

Prerequisite: Completion of 6.0 FCEs
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC329H1    Internship in Material Culture [TBA]

A practical or experiential learning opportunity under the supervision of a faculty member, normally at a museum, art gallery or other cultural agency (as approved by the supervisor).

Prerequisite: Completion of 9 FCEs
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: None

VIC329Y1    Internship in Material Culture [TBA]

A practical or experiential learning opportunity under the supervision of a faculty member, normally at a museum, art gallery or other cultural agency (as approved by the supervisor).

Prerequisite: Completion of 9 FCEs
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: None

VIC444H1    Themes in Material Culture[12P/24S]

This fourth year seminar, required for students pursuing a minor in material culture, will have opportunities to explore themes in material culture studies, museum exhibitions and collections as well as processes of object analysis in greater depth and at an advanced level.  Specific topics and research projects will vary according to the interests and specialties of course instructors and students.

Prerequisite: VIC224Y1/VIC225Y1 and completion of 9 FCE; or permission of instructor
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

Renaissance Studies Courses
VIC240Y1    The Civilization of Renaissance Europe[48L]

An interdisciplinary introduction to the civilization of the Renaissance illustrated by a study of the institutions, thought, politics, society and culture of both Italy and Northern Europe. Italian city states such as Florence, Urbino and Venice, Papal Rome and despotic Milan are compared with the northern dynastic monarchies of France and England.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1) + Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC241Y1    Renaissance Icons and Afterlives[48S]

Focusing on famous works like Michelangelo’s David, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Cervantes’ Don Quixote, and Monteverdi’s Orfeo, this course explores some of the greatest masterpieces of the European Renaissance and their afterlives, cross-cultural adaptations, and appropriations in later and modern popular culture.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1) + Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC341H1    The Self and Society: Women, Men and Children[24S]

A study of the changing conception of the human self in the Renaissance, and of its representation by major authors: Erasmus, Rabelais, Marguerite de Navarre, Castiglione, Machiavelli and others.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC342H1    Women and Writing in the Renaissance[24S]

Focusing on writers from various geographical areas, the course examines a variety of texts by early modern women (for example, treatises, letters, and poetry) so as to explore the female experience in a literate society, with particular attention to how women constructed a gendered identity for themselves against the backdrop of the cultural debates of the time.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC343Y1    Sex and Gender (formerly VIC343H1)[48S]

An interdisciplinary approach to questions of gender and sexuality in early modern Europe, with special focus on the representations of the sexual drive, the gender roles of men and women, and varieties of sexual experience in the literature and art of the period.

Exclusion: VIC343H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2) + Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC344H1    Renaissance Narrative (formerly VIC242H1)[24S]

Focuses on analysis of short stories and longer prose works including, in English translation: Boccaccio's stories of love, fortune and human intelligence in the Decameron; Rabelais' humorous parody of high culture in Gargantua; the tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet; and the adventures of picaresque rogues in Lazarillo de Tormes and Nashe's Unfortunate Traveler.

Exclusion: VIC242H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC345H1    Media and Communications in the Early Modern Era[24S]

This course examines the various media (printing press, representational art, music, preaching) and social and political forces (family and political networks, censorship, education, etc.) that conditioned the communication of ideas in early modern society.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC346H1    The Idea of the Renaissance[24S]

This course examines the changing views of the Renaissance, from the earliest definitions by poets and painters to the different understandings of contemporary historians. We will pay attention to the interests and biases that have informed the idea of the Renaissance as an aesthetic, social, political, gendered, and euro-centric phenomenon.

Prerequisite: Completion of 6.0 FCEs
Recommended Preparation: At least one half course in the art, literature, history, or philosophy of fifteenth or sixteenth century Europe
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC347H1    Studies in Renaissance Performance (formerly VIC347Y1)[24L]

Studies in the development of new forms in music, drama and dance in the Renaissance. The course will consist of seminars and lectures, and may incorporate live performances taking place in Toronto in addition to recordings.

Exclusion: VIC347Y1
Recommended Preparation: VIC240Y1, or another course in Renaissance Studies.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC348Y1    The Renaissance in the Cities[48L]

An interdisciplinary course exploring the history, art, architecture, literature, and music of the Renaissance in one or more cities from ca. 1400-1650. The course will investigate how local political and social-historical contexts shape ideas and cultural forms, and so illustrate the process and effects of cross-fertilization in the Renaissance period.

Recommended Preparation: VIC240Y1, or another course in Renaissance Studies.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1) + Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC349H1    Special Topics in the Renaissance[24L/12P]

Studies in an aspect of the Renaissance based around lectures, seminars, and readings. Content in any given year depends on instructor. Not offered every year.

Recommended Preparation: VIC240Y1, or another course in Renaissance Studies.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

VIC349Y1    Special Topics in the Renaissance[48L/24P]

Studies in an aspect of the Renaissance based around lectures, seminars, and readings. Content in any given year depends on instructor. Not offered every year.

Recommended Preparation: VIC240Y1, or another course in Renaissance Studies.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

VIC392H1    Renaissance Studies Independent Study

This course provides an opportunity to design an interdisciplinary course of study, not otherwise available within the Faculty, with the intent of addressing specific topics in Renaissance studies.  Written application (detailed proposal, reading list and a letter of support from a Victoria College faculty member who is prepared to supervise) must be submitted for approval on behalf of Victoria College. For application procedures visit the Victoria College website. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: A minimum CGPA of 3.0 and have completed 10 FCEs and permission of College Program Director.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

VIC392Y1    Renaissance Studies Independent Study

This course provides an opportunity to design an interdisciplinary course of study, not otherwise available within the Faculty, with the intent of addressing specific topics in Renaissance studies.  Written application (detailed proposal, reading list and a letter of support from a Victoria College faculty member who is prepared to supervise) must be submitted for approval on behalf of Victoria College.  For application procedures visit the Victoria College website. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: A minimum CGPA of 3.0 and have completed 10 FCEs and permission of College Program Director.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

VIC440Y1    Florence and the Renaissance[48L]

An interdisciplinary seminar on Florence in the 15th and 16th centuries: humanism, culture and society in the republican period, the rise of the Medici, Florentine neoplatonism, the establishment of the Medici principate, culture, society and religion.

Prerequisite: VIC240Y1 or permission of the instructor
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1) + Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC449H1    Advanced Seminar in the Renaissance[12P/24S]

An in-depth study in an aspect of the Renaissance based around lectures, seminars, and readings. Content in any given year depends on the instructor.

Recommended Preparation: VIC240Y1, or another course in Renaissance Studies.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

VIC449Y1    Advanced Seminar in the Renaissance[24P/48S]

An in-depth study in an aspect of the Renaissance based around lectures, seminars, and readings. Content in any given year depends on the instructor.

Recommended Preparation: VIC240Y1, or another course in Renaissance Studies.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

VIC492H1    Renaissance Studies Independent Study

This course provides an opportunity to design an interdisciplinary course of study, not otherwise available within the Faculty, with the intent of addressing specific topics in Renaissance studies.  Written application (detailed proposal, reading list and a letter of support from a Victoria College faculty member who is prepared to supervise) must be submitted for approval on behalf of Victoria College. For application procedures visit the Victoria College website. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: A minimum CGPA of 3.0 and have completed 15 FCEs and permission of College Program Director.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

VIC492Y1    Renaissance Studies Independent Study

This course provides an opportunity to design an interdisciplinary course of study, not otherwise available within the Faculty, with the intent of addressing specific topics in Renaissance studies.  Written application (detailed proposal, reading list and a letter of support from a Victoria College faculty member who is prepared to supervise) must be submitted for approval on behalf of Victoria College. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

For application procedures visit the Victoria College website. 

Prerequisite: A minimum CGPA of 3.0 and have completed 15 FCEs and permission of College Program Director.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

Science and Society Courses
VIC206H1    Psychology and Society

This course explores central developments and ongoing controversies in the scientific study of the human mind, brain and behaviour. It examines topics such as: psychoanalysis, behaviourism, humanistic psychology, evolutionary psychology, intelligence testing, and feminist perspectives. Goals include understanding the historical evolution and social relevance of scientific psychology.

Exclusion: VIC106H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC207H1    Evolution, Genetics, and Behaviour

In this course we examine major episodes in the history of evolution and genetics in the twentieth century. Topics include Darwinian evolution, sociobiology and evolutionary psychology, eugenics, and genetic screening and therapy. We will examine different views about the control of evolution and genetic manipulation in their socio-cultural-economic context and discuss the ethical and social implications of those views.

Exclusion: VIC107H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC274H1    Wisdom of the Social Sciences[24S]

This course examines influential efforts to study human beings and society scientifically, from the seventeenth century to the present. We consider major contributions from prominent thinkers, such as Thomas Hobbes, Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and Sigmund Freud. We also review the contemporary relevance and persistent controversies about their ideas.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC278H1    Modelling Evil and Disease [24S]

Models frame our understanding and treatment of illness and are the most fundamental element of the scientific method. Theology, history, and literature may use models in different ways than natural and medical sciences but fundamentally all modelling is an attempt to accurately predict and manipulate the future.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

Semiotics Courses
VIC220Y1    Post-Structuralism/Post-Modernism[48L]

Studies the international culture emerging in media and literature and examines recent communication theory as it applies to literary, social and cultural issues.

Prerequisite: One course from: ANT100Y1/LIN100Y1/PHL100Y1/SOC101Y1/(SOC102H1+SOC103H1)/one FCE in Vic One.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1) + Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC223Y1    Signs, Meanings, and Culture[48L/24T]

This course will introduce the main elements of semiotic theory, applying it to the study of human culture, from language, myth, and art to popular forms of culture such as pop music and cinema. It will deal with primary texts in the development of semiotics, and cover a broad range of cultural applications of semiotic theory.

Prerequisite: One course from: ANT100Y1/LIN100Y1/PHL100Y1/SOC101Y1/(SOC102H1+SOC103H1)/one FCE in Vic One.
Exclusion: VIC120Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC320Y1    Semiotics of Visual Art[48L]

Theories and models of applied semiotics: analysis of sign systems as articulated in various forms of artistic and cultural production.

Prerequisite: VIC220Y1/VIC223Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1) + Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC322H1    Topics in Semiotics[24S]

An in-depth examination of some aspect of semiotic theory or practice. Content in any given year depends on instructor. Not offered every year.

Prerequisite: VIC220Y1/VIC223Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC323Y1    Theories of the Sign (formerly VIC420Y1)[48L/24T]

Theories of signification studied with a focus on major works in the semiotics of modern and contemporary culture.

Prerequisite: VIC220Y1/VIC223Y1
Exclusion: VIC420Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC324H1    Introduction to Forensic Semiotics [24L]

This course will introduce the field of forensic semiotics, which is new and in the process of being developed within the general field of semiotics. The course will look at the usage of semiotic notions, methods, and techniques in the area of forensic science. This includes the analysis of facial expression, sign-based clues left at crime scenes, body language, the symbolism of tattoos in gang behaviour, the role of ritual and slang in criminal gangs and in organized crime syndicates, and the analysis of conversations and written materials produced by criminals and their meanings. Experts in the field (from the judiciary, police, and other areas) will be invited to give guest lectures.

Prerequisite: VIC220Y1/VIC223Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC325H1    Media Semiotics [24L]

This course will deal with media semiotics, both in the traditional sense of the study of meanings in all media (from print to digital) and in how new digital media are changing the nature of signification and communication. The course will look at the usage of semiotics to study how meaning is negotiated in interactive media versus the older and still extant one-way media (print and radio, for example). The course will utilize actual media materials (comic books, television programs, text messages, and so on) on which semiotic analysis can be conducted.

Prerequisite: VIC220Y1/VIC223Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

JFV323H1    Semiotics and Literature I [24S]

The study of readings from major French literary semioticians is combined with the practical application of theory to the analysis of selected literary texts. This course is taught in English. (Not offered in 2014-15;offered every three years.)

Prerequisite: Completion of 5 FCEs
Recommended Preparation: FRE240H1 + FRE241H1 or VIC223Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

Vic Capstone Courses

Capstone courses provide opportunities for students to work closely with senior faculty on projects that involve substantial research, leadership, and/or interdisciplinary components, so as to consolidate their academic experiences and prepare to move beyond undergraduate studies.


VIC476H1    Capstone Seminar in Foreign Policy

The seminar involves a critical assessment of current foreign policy issues and contemporary world problems. Issues and case studies to be analyzed include: 1. International military interventions to respond to imminent threats or humanitarian crises, issues of legitimacy and effectiveness. e.g., Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Haiti. 2. Canada-US relations in international crisis management, the track record and the way ahead. 3. Globalization, international terrorism, and their effects on sovereignty, diplomacy and international institutions.

Prerequisite: Completion of 15 FCEs, and VIC181H or permission of the instructor
Exclusion: POL470Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC490H1    Victoria College Independent Studies[TBA]

These courses provide an opportunity to design an interdisciplinary course of study not otherwise available within the Faculty. Written application (detailed proposal, reading list and a letter of support from a Victoria College faculty member who is prepared to supervise) must be submitted for approval on behalf of Victoria College. For application procedures visit the Victoria College website.  Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: A minimum CGPA of 3.0 and have completed 15 FCEs and permission of College Program Director.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: None

VIC490Y1    Victoria College Independent Studies[TBA]

These courses provide an opportunity to design an interdisciplinary course of study not otherwise available within the Faculty. Written application (detailed proposal, reading list and a letter of support from a Victoria College faculty member who is prepared to supervise) must be submitted for approval on behalf of Victoria College. For application procedures visit the Victoria College website. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: A minimum CGPA of 3.0 and have completed 15 FCEs and permission of College Program Director.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: None

VIC491H1    Victoria College Independent Studies[TBA]

These courses provide an opportunity to design an interdisciplinary course of study not otherwise available within the Faculty. Written application (detailed proposal, reading list and a letter of support from a Victoria College faculty member who is prepared to supervise) must be submitted for approval on behalf of Victoria College. For application procedures visit the Victoria College website. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: A minimum CGPA of 3.0 and have a completed 15 FCEs and permission of College Program Director.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

VIC491Y1    Victoria College Independent Studies[TBA]

These courses provide an opportunity to design an interdisciplinary course of study not otherwise available within the Faculty. Written application (detailed proposal, reading list and a letter of support from a Victoria College faculty member who is prepared to supervise) must be submitted for approval on behalf of Victoria College. For application procedures visit the Victoria College website. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: A minimum CGPA of 3.0 and have completed 15 FCEs and permission of College Program Director.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

VIC493H1    Vic Capstone Colloquium[24S]

This seminar provides work-in-progress support for students pursuing full-year or half-year Individual Studies projects. In an interdisciplinary seminar, students receive training and practice in project design, professional skills, and effective communication in a variety of genres and contexts. This course is Pass/Fail. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: A minimum CGPA of 3.0 and have completed 15 FCEs and permission of instructor
Corequisite: Registration in an Independent / Individual Studies or Senior Essay course
Exclusion: POL499Y1; RLG404H1/405H1; UNI460H1; thesis seminars in other programs
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: TBA

Other Vic Courses

Victoria College offers other course modules that allow students to incorporate supervised individual projects, experiential learning, research experiences, and international opportunities into their academic studies. Seminars on special topics offered on an occasional basis are also included in this category.


VIC259H1    Special Topics Seminar[24S]

Topics vary from year to year depending on the instructor.

Prerequisite: Students must have completed a minimum of 5 FCEs.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science or Science course
Breadth Requirement: None

VIC259Y1    Special Topics Seminar[48S]

Topics vary from year to year depending on the instructor.

Prerequisite: Students must have completed a minimum of 5 FCEs.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science or Science course

VIC276H1    Media, Culture and Political Change: China in the 21st Century [24S]

This course will explore the political implications of the dramatic transformation of the public sphere in 21st Century China.  Driven by globalization and privatization, China’s previously state dominated media have been reshaped by liberalized state policies, changing technology, increasingly sophisticated audiences and a fractious and critical intelligentsia.  The course will examine a wide array of film, documentary and print media that illustrate these changes and will seek to assess the extent to which a reconfigured state propaganda apparatus is capable of containing the social forces animated by new and rival discourses. 

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC277H1    Who Knows?[24S]

‘Knowledge’ and ‘truth’ seem like simple enough words but prod them a little and some quite puzzling ideas emerge, including the self-devouring one that it’s not possible to know anything and the wonderfully inclusive contention that everyone has her own truth. We shall discuss the merits of these and other views.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC296H1    Internship Opportunity[TBA]

A practical or experiential learning opportunity under the supervision of a faculty member.

Prerequisite: Completion of 5 FCEs
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: None

VIC296Y1    Internship Opportunity[TBA]

A practical or experiential learning opportunity under the supervision of a faculty member.

Prerequisite: Completion of 5 FCEs
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: None

VIC299Y1    Research Opportunity Program

Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project. Details at http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/current/course/rop. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

VIC359H1    Special Topics Seminar[24S]

An upper level course. Topics vary from year to year depending on the instructor.

Prerequisite: Students must have completed a minimum of 10 FCEs.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science or Science course
Breadth Requirement: None

VIC359Y1    Special Topics Seminar[48S]

An upper level course. Topics vary from year to year depending on the instructor.

Prerequisite: Students must have completed a minimum of 10 FCEs.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science or Science course
Breadth Requirement: None

VIC390H1    Victoria College Independent Studies[TBA]

These courses provide an opportunity to design an interdisciplinary course of study not otherwise available within the Faculty. Written application (detailed proposal, reading list and a letter of support from a Victoria College faculty member who is prepared to supervise) must be submitted for approval on behalf of Victoria College. For application procedures visit the Victoria College website.  Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: A minimum CGPA of 3.0 and have completed 10 FCEs and permission of College Program Director.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: None

VIC390Y1    Victoria College Independent Studies[TBA]

These courses provide an opportunity to design an interdisciplinary course of study not otherwise available within the Faculty. Written application (detailed proposal, reading list and a letter of support from a Victoria College faculty member who is prepared to supervise) must be submitted for approval on behalf of Victoria College. For application procedures visit the Victoria College website. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: A minimum CGPA of 3.0 and have completed 10 FCEs and permission of College Program Director.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: None

VIC391H1    Victoria College Independent Studies[TBA]

These courses provide an opportunity to design an interdisciplinary course of study not otherwise available within the Faculty. Written application (detailed proposal, reading list and a letter of support from a Victoria College faculty member who is prepared to supervise) must be submitted for approval on behalf of Victoria College. For application procedures visit the Victoria College website. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: A minimum CGPA of 3.0 and have completed 10 FCEs and permission of College Program Director.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

VIC391Y1    Victoria College Independent Studies[TBA]

These courses provide an opportunity to design an interdisciplinary course of study not otherwise available within the Faculty. Written application (detailed proposal, reading list and a letter of support from a Victoria College faculty member who is prepared to supervise) must be submitted for approval on behalf of Victoria College. For application procedures visit the Victoria College website. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: A minimum CGPA of 3.0 and have completed 10 FCEs and permission of College Program Director.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

VIC397H0    International Study[TBA]

Course content, travel destination, etc., will depend on the instructor. Topics will vary from year to year.  Course not offered every year. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Students must have completed a minimum of 10 FCEs.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: None

VIC459Y1    Special Topics Seminar[48S]

Topics vary from year to year.

Prerequisite: Completion of 9.0 FCE
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science or Science course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1) + Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC459H1    Special Topics Seminar[24S]

Topics vary from year to year.

Prerequisite: Completion of 9.0 FCE
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science or Science course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)