Faculty of Arts & Science
2015-2016 Calendar

Woodsworth College


Senior Lecturers
W.B. MacDonald, BA, MA
T. Moritz, MA, Ph D
J.B. Rose, BA, MA
T.P. Socknat, MA, Ph D

B. Fischer, MA, Ph D

Woodsworth College

Woodsworth College is named in honour of James Shaver Woodsworth (1874-1942), minister, pacifist, social activist and Member of Parliament, who was strongly committed to broadening educational opportunities for all. The College traces its roots to 1905, when a part-time program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree was established at the University of Toronto. In 1920 the Department of University Extension was organized to offer credit and non-credit courses.  Woodsworth College was formally constituted in 1974 to offer credit courses primarily for part-time students in a number of faculties. In 1999 the College opened its doors to students proceeding directly from high school to full-time studies. Woodsworth College is now home to nearly 6000 students who enrol in the full range of Arts and Science courses and programs leading to Bachelor of Arts, Science or Commerce degrees.

Woodsworth College offers an exceptional range of programs for current students as well as for those seeking post-graduate opportunities.  Woodsworth College is the home of Woodsworth One, First-Year Seminars, the Summer Abroad, TESOL Certificate and THE500 programs.  Woodsworth College is also the home of two major access programs:  The Millie Rotman Shime Academic Bridging Program and the Diploma to Degree Facilitated Transfer Program.

A special feature of Woodsworth College is the outstanding academic support it provides to students. These services include academic counseling, financial aid, study skills seminars, mentoring programs, the Academic Writing and Math Aid Centres, and a Learning Strategist.  

Woodsworth College
119 St. George Street
Toronto ON M5S 1A9

Centres Affiliated with Woodsworth College

In 2013, the undergraduate Criminology and Employment Relations programs became integrated with the graduate programs at the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies and the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources respectively.  The continuing relationship between the Centres and Woodsworth College helps to foster ongoing academic excellence for program students as they continue to benefit from the rich academic support services and facilities available at the College. Woodsworth College remains the home of the Undergraduate Program Office and the Criminology and Sociolegal Studies and Employment Relations undergraduate students' associations.

Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies
The undergraduate Criminology and Sociolegal Studies program incorporates theory, research methods, and knowledge from a wide range of other disciplines such as history, political science, philosophy, sociology, psychology, law and economics. The program provides students with a sound foundation for the understanding of crime and the administration of justice in Canada and abroad, and, more generally, the processes of social order and disorder.  Most students combine their studies in Criminology and Sociolegal Studies with programs in Political Science, Psychology or Sociology.

Program Office | Woodsworth College
119 St. George Street - Room 236
| Toronto ON M5S 1A9

Centre for Industrial Relations & Human Resources
The overarching goal of the undergraduate program in Employment Relations is to offer an interdisciplinary learning opportunity in which to study the employment relationship in a Canadian and global context from the perspectives of economics, history, law, management, political science and sociology.  The program provides students with a theoretical background and knowledge of current developments in the field of work and employment that will serve as a basis for careers in government, the trade union movement and the corporate sector. Typical jobs include such roles as a Human Resources Generalist, Recruitment Specialist, Employment Equity Officer, Training and Development Consultant, Corporate Trainer, Labour Policy Advisor, Trade Union Officer and Labour Relations Specialist.

Program Office | Woodsworth College
119 St. George Street - Room 236
| Toronto ON M5S 1A9


Woodsworth College Programs

Listed in this order:

Woodsworth One
First-Year Seminars
Summer Abroad Programs
Millie Rotman Shime Academic Bridging Program
Diploma to Degree

Followed by:
Woodsworth College Courses

Woodsworth One

Woodsworth One offers first-year students an intellectually challenging introduction to university-level studies, and builds students’ sense of community within Woodsworth College and across the University of Toronto as a whole.  It is designed to complement other first-year courses, thereby enhancing academic success in the first year and beyond. Woodsworth One promotes the development of strong critical thinking, information literacy, oral and written communication skills, and awareness of both the distinctive nature of particular academic disciplines and the practices and values common to all academic work. 

Students take two half-credit seminars – one in each term – and participate in weekly co-curricular activities. Seminars are capped at 25 students to maximize opportunities for participation and to promote close contact with both the instructor and fellow students. The emphasis is on class discussion and problem-based learning. Students participate in role-playing games, simulations, debates and more. The co-curricular activities include field trips, film screenings, guest speakers, writing and research workshops, and test-taking seminars.

Woodsworth One has two streams, both of which take an interdisciplinary approach to their topics, drawing on a wide range of Social Sciences and Humanities perspectives. The Order and Disorder stream focuses on the role of laws, values, government policies, trade, and innovation in creating and disrupting both social and global order. The Popular Culture Today stream examines the products of the entertainment industry and the  social behaviours associated with their consumption, exploring how popular culture works and what it means.

The Woodsworth One team is dedicated to supporting students’ transition to university life, and to guiding their academic planning. In addition to the Program Coordinator, course instructors, and teaching assistants, the team includes the College Writing Centre, the College Learning Strategist, a dedicated Registrar, a program administrator, and student mentors.  Each member of the team seeks to create a strong sense of community and to set students up for academic success. 

Woodsworth One is geared towards first-year students enrolled in Social Sciences and Humanities within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In keeping with Woodworth College’s tradition of open access, there is no incoming grade requirement.  Applicants must submit an application that is available on our website.

Students participating in any other One program are excluded from Woodsworth One.

Woodsworth Annex
123 St. George Street - Room 308 | Toronto ON M5S 1A9

First-Year Seminars

The 199Y1 and 199H1 seminars are designed to provide first-year students with the opportunity to work closely with an instructor in a class of no more than twenty-four students.  Each Seminar focuses on specific disciplinary or interdisciplinary issues, questions or controversies of particular interest to the instructor, and introduces the students to the excitement of discovery inherent in academic work at the University of Toronto. In addition, students are encouraged to develop their ability to think analytically and to express ideas and logical arguments clearly and coherently, both orally and in writing.


Summer Abroad Programs

Students can prepare themselves for a future in the global village by participating in a Summer Abroad program and complete a University of Toronto course overseas in three to six weeks. These programs are designed to enrich students’ academic lives by providing an exciting and educational international experience.  Learning is not limited to the classroom;  students will observe and experience many of the things they study, including the language, history, culture, art, religion, business, and politics of the host country.

Woodsworth College
119 St. George Street-3rd floor
Toronto ON M5S 1A9


Millie Rotman Shime Academic Bridging Program

Academic Bridging is designed for individuals who have been away from formal education for some time and do not meet the University’s established requirements for direct entry admission. These courses are intended to help ease the transition into first-year university courses in Humanities and Social Sciences after time away from prior education.  Both part-time and full-time options are available to students.  Students who successfully complete the Academic Bridging Program, earning a grade of 63% or above, are admitted to the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto, with one full credit towards their degree for those who complete the part-time Academic Bridging Program.  Students who complete the full-time program may transfer up to two full credits towards their degree.

Woodsworth College
119 St. George Street- Room 220B
Toronto ON M5S 1A9

Diploma to Degree

The Diploma to Degree program is a pathway to university studies for students attending a two-year liberal arts diploma at Seneca College, George Brown College and Humber College.

The Diploma to Degree is a facilitated transfer program into Woodsworth College in the Faculty of Arts and Science on the St. George campus at the University of Toronto.  The program is designed for students to transfer into programs in the social sciences and humanities with up to 6 transfer credits and any retained credits completed at the University of Toronto as a Visiting Student. 

To be eligible to transfer, students must complete the liberal arts or general arts and science diploma at one of the above three partner institutions with a minimum 3.0 GPA, receive a recommendation from their college to transfer, and have completed at least one course in the Faculty of Arts and Science with a minimum grade of 60%. Students then work towards an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Toronto.    

Woodsworth College Courses

First-Year Seminars

Note:  The Faculty of Arts & Science first-year seminars enable new students to engage in academically rigorous discussions and develop strong written, oral, and teamwork skills in the process.  Small classes help ensure that all students are active participants in discussions.  Courses are restricted to first year degree students in the Faculty of Arts and Science, St. George campus.  Arts and Science students who have completed fewer than four credits are also eligible to enrol in these courses.  The following courses are sponsored by Woodsworth College in 2015-2016.

CCR199H1 Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice in Her Time and Ours
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen's 1813 novel about spirited Elizabeth Bennet and forbidding Mr. Darcy, has been admired by critics and readers since its publication. The novel rewards study both for its own sake—a model of English prose fiction and a revealing image of England on the threshold of modernity—and for what its contemporary popularity reveals about our time, which has witnessed an outpouring of retellings and adaptations of the novel since a highly successful 1995 BBC television production starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth. The principal question explored in the seminar is the extent to which Austen's original story survives in contemporary versions. Works studied will include Austen's Pride and Prejudice, screen adaptations of the novel, and text and screen works based on Pride and Prejudice, including Bridget Jones's Diary.
Breadth category: 1 Creative and Cultural Representations

CCR199Y1 Fatal Attraction: The Lure of Villains (and now Vampires!) in Literature
Why is it that literary villains and vampires such as Satan, Iago, Heathcliff, Dexter, and Dracula get all the best lines? Villains and vampires are usually intelligent, devious, scheming, and nefarious, often eloquent or even charismatic. The defining characteristic of many of these characters is that they know they are villains and are often proud of it, yet as Tillyard comments "to be greatly bad, a man [or woman] must have correspondingly great potentialities for good." Villains and vampires are not only compelling as fictional characters, but their wrongdoings often begin and drive the plot. In this course, we will examine some remarkable villains and vampires, including some female characters, selected from literature. After identifying some archetypal characters and themes, students will observe how villains have been reshaped over the centuries and what role women play in the villainous impulse. Films will be integrated with written texts where appropriate. This seminar will assist students develop skills in critical reading and thinking, academic writing, and seminar presentations. Evaluation will be based on reading response entries and a final analysis assignment, two in-class identification tests, one group presentation, and class participation.
Breadth category: 1 Creative and Cultural Representations

XBC199Y1 From Ray-Guns to Light Sabres: Science Fiction in Modern Culture        
This course examines science fiction as a literary genre, a sociocultural phenomenon, and a media industry, with attention to its key themes (for example, future history, artificial intelligence, the alien, and the hero), key works (including classic texts, such as Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy, and contemporary favourites, such as George Lucas’s Star Wars films), and ongoing debates about its place in contemporary culture (Does science fiction have relevance for all of society because it addresses vital issues, or is it essentially escapist entertainment serving a niche audience?).  The course will emphasize both prose science fiction and science fiction in other forms, including film, television and graphic novel; class discussions will focus on development of a critical vocabulary suitable for analysing all of these.  We will also examine science fiction fandom as a subculture and consider the role of fan activities in shaping science fiction’s impact and status.       
Breadth categories: 1 Creative and Cultural Representations and 3 Society and Its Institutions

Woodsworth One
WDW151H1    Order and Disorder I: Issues and Perspectives[16T/24S]

Societies require law and order, but at what point does order become oppression?  How do we balance our need for freedom and society’s need for order?  This interdisciplinary seminar allows students to explore these and related questions through selected readings introducing theories from sociology, political science, philosophy, and history. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Woodsworth One
Exclusion: INI One, MUN One, NEW One, SMC One, TRN One, UNI One, VIC One
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

WDW152H1    Order and Disorder II: Problems and Solutions[16T/24S]

Building on the questions and theoretical perspectives discussed in WDW151H1, this interdisciplinary seminar introduces students to some of the methods used by scholars and researchers in sociology, political science, philosophy, and history to develop, test, and debate possible solutions to the problems of social order and disorder. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: WDW151H1 or permission of the Woodsworth One Program Coordinator
Exclusion: INI One, MUN One, NEW One, SMC One, TRN One, UNI One, VIC One
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

WDW153H1    Popular Culture Today I: Issues and Perspectives[16T/24S]

What is the value of popular culture?  Is it only empty entertainment, or does it contribute to positive social change, enabling people and societies to shape their identities in important new ways?  This interdisciplinary seminar examines these and related questions from a wide range of theoretical perspectives. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to the Woodsworth One Program.
Exclusion: INI One, MUN One, NEW One, SMC One, TRN One, UNI One, VIC One
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

WDW154H1    Popular Culture Today II: Special Topics[16T/24S]

Building on the general introduction to the subject provided by WDW153H1, this interdisciplinary seminar examines one major area of popular culture in greater depth: popular music, genre fiction, online culture, etc.  The focus will be different each year, and in some years more than one option may be available.  Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: WDW153H1 or permission of the Woodsworth One Program Coordinator
Exclusion: INI One, MUN One, NEW One, SMC One, TRN One, UNI One, VIC One
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

2015 Summer Abroad Courses

The 2016 timetable will be published on the Summer Abroad website in January 2016.

POL380Y Topics in International Politics: Localizing Global Environmental Governance

ENV396Y Special Topics: Australian Environment, Wildlife and Conservation

Central Europe
HIS367Y Topics in History: The City in Central Europe: Imperial Pasts, Imperial Aspirations, Wars & Revolutions
RSM395Y Special Topics: Strategy in the European Context

EAS395Y Selected Topics in East Asian Studies: Leadership and Governance (Hong Kong)
HIS385Y The History of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
HMB396Y International Research Project in Human Biology (Science Abroad:China and Taiwan)
JPA376Y  Transforming Global Politics: Comparative and Chinese Perspectives (Shanghai)
RSM295Y Special Topics: History and Design of Financial Institutions (Hong Kong)
RSM295Y Special Topics: International Management (Hong Kong)
VIS327Y Urban Studio (Hong Kong)

ENV395Y Special Topics Field Course: Ecology and Conservation in the Amazon, Galápagos, and Andes

CRI389Y Topics in Criminology: Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities in Criminal Law: England and Canada
ENG220Y Shakespeare
FAH392Y Studies Abroad in Art and Medieval Architecture: Medieval England: Art and Architecture
HIS357Y A Social History of Renaissance Europe
PSY306Y Special Topics: Disability: Culture and Inclusion

FSL***Y  French language courses (various levels)

CIN360Y Cinematic City: Berlin
JAH391Y Special Topics in Anthropology and History: Germany and its Others

CHM396Y Research Topic Abroad (Science Abroad)

CRI389Y  Criminology Abroad: Current Issues in International Criminology
FAH391Y Studies Abroad in Ancient Art and Architecture: Exploring the Art and History of Ancient Italy
ITA102Y Practical Italian
ITA358/359Y Modern Italian Culture
POL321Y Ethnic Politics in Comparative Perspective
RSM295Y Special Topics: History and Design of Financial Institutions
VIC240Y The Civilization of Renaissance Europe

EAS***Y  Japanese language courses at various levels

ANT395Y Special Topics: Field Archaeology

South Africa
RSM395Y Special Topics: Inclusive Consulting with Micro-Enterprises

South Korea
RSM395Y Special Topics: Understanding Global Organizations

SPA100Y Spanish for Beginners
SPA255Y Introduction to the Hispanic World

PHY396Y Research Topic Abroad (Science Abroad)

United Arab Emirates
RSM295Y Special Topics: International Management and Financial Accounting

Other Woodsworth Courses
WDW299Y1    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 Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: None