Society Courses - Group B

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* Courses with an asterisk will not be offered during the 2015-16 academic year.

Optional Courses

Group B: Society

ANT 204H1 Anthropology of the Contemporary World (formerly ANT 204Y)

A course focused on recent anthropological scholarship that seeks to understand and explain the transformation of contemporary societies and cultures.  Topics may include some of the following:  new patters of global inequality, war and neo-colonialism, health and globalization, social justice and indigeneity, religious fundamentalism, gender inequalities, biotechnologies and society etc.  Recommended Preparation:  ANT 100Y.  Exclusion:  ANT 204Y

CSC 300H1 Computers and Society

Privacy and Freedom of Information; recent Canadian legislation and reports. Computers and work; employment levels, quality of working life. Electronic fund transfer systems; transborder data flows. Computers and bureaucratization. Computers in the home; public awareness about computers. Robotics. Professionalism and the ethics of computers. The course is designed not only for science students, but also those in social sciences or humanities. Exclusion: PSCD03H (UTSc). Prerequisite: Any half-course on computing; CGPA 3.0/enrolment in a CSC subject POSt.

ECO 313H1 Environmental Economics and Policies

This course demonstrates the way that a rigorous application of microeconomic techniques can inform our responses to various environmental problems. Topics may include: air and water pollution and renewable resource management. Prerequisite: ECO200Y1/ECO206Y1, ECO220Y1 / ECO227Y1 / (STA250H1, STA255H1) / (STA257H1, STA261H1).

*ECO 332H1 Economics of the Family

This course uses microeconomics to study the behaviour of the family, including marriage, divorce, intra-family allocations, investment in children and gender roles. Prerequisite: ECO200Y1/ECO206Y1; MAT133Y1/MAT135Y1/ MAT137Y1.

ECO 336Y1 Public Economics

Theory of public goods, externalities, and the politics of government policy. Analysis of equity, incidence and incentive effects of taxes. An analytical treatment of the public sector. Exclusion: ECO236Y. Prerequisite: ECO200Y1/ECO206Y1, MAT133Y1/MAT135Y1/MAT137Y1.

ENV 221H1 Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Environment (formerly ENV222Y1)

The foundation for students in the Centre for Environment programs and the Environmental Geography (formerly Environment and Resource Management) Program in Geography, this course examines the social, ethical and biophysical dimensions of one or more selected environmental issues such as air pollution and climate change, why these issues need to be addressed, and some approaches for doing so. Draws from relevant interdisciplinary domains in an examination of environmental degradation, the responses of various actors and models for a more sustainable society.  The environmental issues discussed vary from year to year.  Exclusion: ENV222Y1/GGR222Y1/JGE221Y1/JIE222Y1. 

ENV 222H Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies (formerly (ENV222Y1)

Building upon ENV222H, shows how environmental studies is working to knit different disciplinary pespectives into one interdisciplinary body of knowledge; interplay of science and values in definition and framing of issues; roles of markets, politics and ethics in developing solutions; local to global scale; historical and current timeframes.  Exclusion:  ENV 222Y1/GGR222Y1/JGE22Y1/JIE222Y1.

ENV 347H1 The Power of Economic Ideas (formerly ENV447H1)

From Keynesianism to trading in greenhouse gas permits, the principles of economics have had far greater impact on policy than those of any other discipline; the course examines that power in the field of environmental policy, including the struggle of ecological economics with mainstream economics to introduce new ideas such as scale, place, and inherent value.  Prerequisite: JGE221Y1/JIE22Y1 and enrolment in a Centre program, or permission of Undergraduate Student Advisor.                       Exclusion: INI 447H1

GGR 416H1 Environmental Impact Assessment (formerly GGR393H1)

Environmental impact assessment (EIA) as a mechanism for avoiding or mediating the costs of development. Emphasis on the historical and institutional development of EIA in Canada, and EIA in the context of environmental regulation under advanced capitalism. Includes case studies of EIA statements and processes at various levels of government. Prerequisite: GGR100Y1/ GGR107Y1/ GGR233Y1. Exclusion:  GGR 393H1 This is a Social Science course.

*HIS 332H1 Crime and Society in England, 1500-1800

(Formerly HIS332Y1)  The changing nature of crime and criminal justice in early-modern England; the emergence of modern forms of policing, trial and punishment. Exclusion: HIS332Y1. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 8 full credits, including one full HIS credit. Recommended preparation: HIS238H1.

HPS 324H1 Natural Science and Social Issues

Historical examination of the interactions of science (both as body of knowledge and as enterprise) with ideological, political and social issues. The impact of science; attacks on and critiques of scientific expertise as background to contemporary conflicts. Subjects may vary according to students' interests. This is a Humanities course.

JGE 331H1 Resource and Environmental Theory (formerly GGR331H1)

Introduction to and critical evaluation of major social theoretical paradigms applied to environmental and natural resource politics and regulation. Topics include: neo-classical approaches, eco-Marxism, political ecology, social constructivism, production of nature, ecological modernization, tragedy of the commons, staples theory, science and administrative rationalism. Prerequisite: GGR100H1/107H1/JGE221Y1. Exclusion:  GGR 331H1.  This is a Social Science course.

PHL 265H1 Introduction to Political Philosophy

An introduction to central issues in political philosophy, e.g., political and social justice, liberty and the criteria of good government. The writings of contemporary political philosophers, as well as major figures in the history of philosophy may be considered.

PHL 365H1 Political Philosophy

A study of some of the central problems of political philosophy, addressed to historical and contemporary political theorists. Prerequisite: PHL265H1/POL200Y1.

POL 200Y1 Political Theory: Visions of the Just/Good Society

A selective presentation of critical encounters between philosophy and politics, dedicated to the quest for articulation and founding of the just/good society. Among the theorists examined are Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes and Locke.

POL 214Y1 Canadian Government and Politics

Canada's political system: its key governmental institutions, especially Cabinet and Parliament; federalism; the Charter of Rights and Freedoms; political parties and voting behaviour; ideologies and political culture; public opinion and pressure groups; regionalism and Quebec. Useful as a general course on Canada and a foundation for more specialized study. Exclusion: POL100Y, 102Y. Prerequisite: One full POL course/ 4.0 FCEs in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

POL 320Y1 Modern Political Thought

The development of political thought from the Enlightenment and through the 19th century; implications for political thought in the 20th century. Democratic and anti-democratic tendencies. Prerequisite: POL200Y1.

POL 412Y1 Human Rights and International Relations

Explores human rights with reference to global politics and common ways of thinking about democracy and its limits. Materials to be considered are theoretical, practical, empirical and historical, a number of them from Latin America. The defence and protection of human rights provides the basic reference point. Exclusion: POL412H. Prerequisite: POL201Y1/ POL208Y1/ POL320Y1.

*POL 432H1 Feminist Theory: Challenges to Political Thought

Feminist theory offers basic challenges to the foundations of modern political and legal thought. It suggests a different conception of human nature and a different model of epistemology and of appropriate forms of argument about the traditional issues of legal and political theory: justice, power, equality and freedom. Introduction to the foundations of feminist theory, an analysis of its implications for traditional liberal theory, and an application of feminist theory to law. Exclusion: POL432Y. Prerequisite: JPP343Y1/POL320Y1.

PSY 311H1 Social Development

Theory and research in social attachment, aggression, morality, imitation and identification, altruism, and parental discipline, with discussion of methodological issues. Prerequisite: PSY201H1, PSY210H1.

*PSY 321H1 Cross-Cultural Psychology

Human beings develop within local systems of meaning that define what is good and bad, true and false, sacred and profane, beautiful and ugly, significant and insignificant. These inherited systems of meaning - or cultures - define where we stand as persons in relation to others and provide the grounding for what we come to feel, think, and desire as individuals. This course examines the cultural determination of mindful behaviour. Prerequisite: PSY201H1, PSY220H1, (PSY230H1/PSY240H1).

SOC 212H1 Sociology of Crime and Deviance

This course provides an overview of the study of crime and deviance. We critically examine how scholars have gone about studying crime and deviance (the methods they use and the statistics they employ) as well as the major sociological explanations for crime and deviance. We also consider the empirical evidence as it relates to the validity of these explanations and some of the policy fallout from different theoretical approaches.  Prerequisite: SOC101Y1 or SOC102H1 or SOC103H1.  Exclusion: SOC212Y1

WGS 373H1 Gender and Violence

Gendered violence in both historical and contemporary contexts including topics such as textual and visual representations of violence against women; victimhood and agency; legal and theoretical analyses; resistance and community mobilization. Prerequisite: NEW160Y1/NEW261Y1/permission of the instructor.

The following CRI are only available to ES&L students enrolled in Criminology:

CRI 205H1 Introduction to Criminology (formerly WDW 200Y1)

An introduction to the study of crime and criminal behaviour.  The concept of crime, the process of law formation, and the academic domain of criminology.  Theories of crime causation, methodologies used by criminologists, and the complex relationship between crime, the media and modern politics.  Not open to first year students.  Prerequisites: Four full credits including one full credit in ECO/ HIS/ PHL/ POL/ PSY/ SOC, and a CGPA of 2.5.  Exclusion:  WDW200Y1

CRI 210H1 Criminal Justice (formerly WDW 200Y1)

An introduction to the Canadian criminal justice system.  The institutions established by government to respond to crime and control it; how they operate, and the larger function they serve; including the role of the police, the trial process, courts and juries, sentencing, imprisonment and community corrections.  Prerequisite: WDW205H1.  Exclusion:  WDW200Y1

CRI 300H1 Theory in Criminology

Major social and political theories of crime, law and justice, and their implications for policy development in the criminal justice system. The origins of central ideas that influence criminological theory and policy, seen in an historical context. Students are encouraged to develop the analytical skills needed to think critically about criminal justice policy. Prerequisite: An average of at least 70% in WDW200Y1 and WDW220Y1 combined, and a CGPA of 2.7. Approval of the Undergraduate Co-ordinator is required.

CRI 335H1 Policing

A theoretical framework is developed to examine the nature of policing, its structure and function. Attention is given to the history of policing and to its public and private forms. An examination of the objectives and domain, as well as the strategies, powers, and authority of contemporary policing; including decision-making, wrong-doing, accountability, and the decentralization of policing. Prerequisite: WDW200Y1, WDW220Y1.

CRI 340H1 Punishment: Theory and Practice

The study of punishment from historical and philosophical perspectives, with a focus on contemporary Canadian policy issues. Topics covered include penal theory, prisons and non-carceral forms of punishment, and the goals of penal reform. Prerequisite: WDW205H1, WDW210H1, WDW225H1/WDW200Y1, WDW220Y1.

CRI 380H1 Crime, Gender and Sex

Theory, research and policy related to the ways in which gender shapes criminal behaviour, the administration of criminal justice, and the criminal law. How notions of different types of masculiity and feminity are embedded in and influence both the operation of the criminal justic system as well as criminal behaviours.  The regulation of gender and sexuality through the criminal law and through crime. Prerequisite: WDW205H1, WDW225H1/WDW200Y1, WDW220Y1/SOC212H1 and enrolment in the specialist or major Sociology subject POSt. 

CRI 425H1 The Prosecution Process

A critical examination of the process by which certain conduct is identified, prosecuted and punished as "crime", and the process by which individuals become "criminals". The evolution of the modern prosecution system, including the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, rules of evidence, socially constructed defences, disparity in sentencing, and wrongful convictions.  Prerequisite: WDW205H1, WDW210H1, WDW225H1, WDW325H1/200Y1, WDW220Y1.  Exclusion: WDW320H1.