2020 Winter Term Special Topics Courses

BIOL 3991 - A  (3.00 CR)


Prereq: BIOL 2101 and permission of the instructor (jliefer@mta.ca)

This course examines how natural toxins and anthropogenic pollutants like industrial waste or microplastic residues affect ecosystems. It focuses on sources of these toxins, including the physiology of toxin production by organisms and explores how toxins are transported through natural environments and food webs as well as how organisms and ecosystems respond to them. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours )

POLS 4991 (3.00 CR)


Prereq: POLS 3141 – Canadian Public Policy and Instructor consent required (mlevesque@mta.ca)

This course surveys a limited range of current approaches and techniques of public policy analysis and evaluation.  Its objectives are: to develop a student's understanding of various approaches to public policy analysis including various concepts and how they conceive the study of public policy; and  to further sharpen these skills through the detailed examination of a specific policy of the student's choice, that is, students conduct a major piece of primary research.  At the end of the course, students are able to critically discuss the merits and the application of the different approaches. [Note: This course counts as a Canadian politics course (31/41 series).] (Format: Lecture 3 Hours)

PSYC 3991 (3.00 CR)


Prereq: Third- year standing; PSYC 1001; PSYC 1011; 6 credits from PSYC at the 2000 level

This course explores the biopsychosocial factors and experiences of women and men during the transition to parenthood, from preconception to three years postpartum. It integrates knowledge from health and behavioural sciences such as: psychoneuroendocrinology, obstetrics and gynecology, maternal-fetal medicine, psychiatry, nursing, midwifery, developmental and clinical health psychology. Topics include: access to prenatal care, infertility, complicated grief after pregnancy or perinatal loss, perinatal mood disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety, psychosis) and infant brain development, fetal growth, preterm birth, developmental origins of health and disease or DOHaD (e.g., fetal programming by epigenetic processes after environmental exposures such as parental lifestyle, nutrition, smoking, alcohol, obesity, and/or endocrine disruptor chemicals/toxins), attachment theory and early parenting. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours)

SOCI 3991 (3.00 CR)


Prereq: 6 credits from 2000 level; or permission of the Department

This course explores the use of borders as comprehensive political tools to maintain and reinforce multiple social boundaries and inequalities symbolically and materially. The course examines how borders are mobilized in and through international and national laws, social institutions and relations to differentially regulate and control the movement of people and condition their access to jobs, resources, and services. It shows how borders have become essential tools for the articulation of the contemporary global order, involving constantly transforming practices, designed for particular means at particular moments, and spurring resistance of various kinds. (Format: Lecture: 3 Hours)

UNST 3991-A AND UNST 4991-A(3.00 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)