2019 Fall Term Special Topics Courses

ARTS 1991:  (3.00 CR)


This course explores questions such as: how do poetry, language, art, music, and other creative practices help us think and to understand the world around us; how creative and critical thinking help us build our intellectual capacity and form our learning skills. The course primarily engages literature and literary questions, connecting literary practices to other creative and critical practices in Arts disciplines.  It builds competencies and skills that transfer to studies across disciplines and that support life beyond university. The readings combine literary texts in English with texts from other disciplines, as well as materials from other media such as music, fine art, digital media, and performance.  Discussions engage a broad range of topics including: personal ethics and the scholarly community; social and cultural engagement; and the relationship between intellectual life and the material/natural world. This course also aims to instill good work habits, study skills, and work-life balance so that students can achieve their goals in university. It develops higher-order thinking skills such as active reading practice, oral and written self-expression, memorization and other information management skills, collaboration, creative engagement in a range of media, and critical thinking skills. [Note: This course is recommended for first year students] (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) (Distribution: Arts a)

COMP 1991 – A (3 CR)


Prereq: Inquiries can be directed to Dr. Keliher (lkeliher@mta.ca)

This course introduces concepts in computer science with a focus on programming.  Topics include:  basic computer architecture, binary representation of data, algorithms and programs, and various computer language paradigms.  Students learn good program design in a functional language.  It is aimed at students who have some previous programming experience. [Note: COMP 1991- A- Advanced Intro to Computer Science may be used as a prerequisite for COMP 1731] (Format: Lecture 3 Hours, Laboratory 1.5 hours)  (Distribution: Natural Science-a)(Exclusion: COMP 1631).

DRAM 3991-A (3 CR)


Prereq: DRAM 1701; third-year standing in the Interdisciplinary Drama Program; or permission of the Program Director 

This course builds upon the core acting principles of committing to one’s objective and reacting to one’s scene partner, with a specialized focus on comedic timing and physicality. It explores the challenges of performing comedy through contemporary and classical scenes as well as through a final individual research-based performance project.  (Format: Lecture/Workshop 3 Hours).

MUSC 3991- A (3 CR)


Prereq: MUSC 2211; or permission of the Department

Instructor consent required (lpearse@mta.ca)

This course engages with audio, visual, and textual materials to explore approaches to the performance of European art music stemming from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Students draw on and synthesize a variety of materials: historical treatises on ornamentation, improvisation and performance practice; contemporary recordings of early music; and recent scholarly writings on early music performance practice. It provides students with a better understanding of period-appropriate techniques, ornamentation, and styles, in their performance of early European art music. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours)

POLS 3991 – A  (3 CR)


Prereq: POLS 1001; 6 credits from POLS at the 2000 level; or permission of the department.

Inquiries can be directed to Dr. Devine (jtdevine@mta.ca)

PSYC 3991-A (3 CR)


Prereq: Third year standing; PSYC 1001, 1011; 6 credits from PSYC at the 2000 level; or permission of the Department (gouellette@mta.ca)

This course presents an overview of sport psychology within the framework of psychological science. Sports psychology involves the study of psychological variables that impact participation and performance in athletics; it incorporates theories and research from many areas of psychology, including personality, social, cognitive, and clinical.  The course reviews and applies relevant theories and research to the context of performance in sport and participation in physical activity as well as to coaching. Course content bridges theory and empirical study with practical applications to health and sport. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours)

PSYC 4991-A (3:00 CR)


Prereq: Third-year standing; 6 credits from PSYC at the 2000 level; or permission of the Department.

This course explores recent advancements in technology, from neuroimaging to brain-mind interfaces, that provide new insights into the human mind, novel treatments for neurological disorders, and enhancements of mental capacities. Discussions include: strengths and limitations of technologies for understanding the mind and brain, how these technologies can support and enhance human lives, the ethical implications of use of these technologies, and areas of future research and application. (Format: Seminar 3 Hours)

RELG 3991 – (3 CR)


Prereq: Instructor consent required; Completion of RELG 3901, Approaching the Ultimate: Themes and Theories in Religious Studies, is recommended before registering for this course.

This course provides students with an intensive field experience, during which they pursue research on a topic to be chosen by the Instructor. [Note: This course requires attendance at a multi-day off-campus field camp and students will be liable for some field trip costs. In 2019 Fall, the course will take place in Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. Please contact the Department for more information.] (Format: Field course)

SPAN 2991-A (3.00 CR)


Prereq: Instructor consent required (jmartine@mta.ca)

This course introduces the Indigenous people of Latin America (Abya Yala) under the perspective of 'buen vivir' (good Living, Indigenous vision of the world). Through readings, discussions, and videos, it explores a new epistemology where 'other worlds are possible', against the patriarchal, racist, sexist, and classist vision of society and the exploitation of natural resources, in search of the liberation and care of Mother Earth. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours)

UNST 3991-A (3 CR)


Prereq: Second year standing; Instructor consent required (mfox@mta.ca or fblack@mta.ca)  

This course is for students interested in working with children at the Grade 5-8 level and in learning about community development through experiential learning. Working with faculty at Mount Allison and Marshview Middle School, students help design and run project-based learning programs for students at Marshivew Middle School (MMS), exploring such topics as community gardening and food security; culinary arts; outdoor education; and more. [Note: This course requires a criminal record check and completion of the Pupil Protection Protocol (Policy #701), with assistance of the instructor. ] (Format: Community-based Research, Applied Learning Wednesday afternoons/3 Hours)

UNST 1991 (3.00 CR)


This course explores how we can interpret and understand the world around us through the social sciences (politics, economics, sociology, geography, environmental studies, gender studies, commerce, and international relations). The course fosters interdisciplinary analysis, helping students see connections between their courses, and the relevance of their studies to global issues and topics. Intended for first-year students, this course aims to help students transition to university-level work in the social sciences, and supports students as they develop good work habits, study skills, work-life balance, and information management skills. The course includes readings, lectures, small group tutorials, and experiential learning components. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours)