2019 Winter Term Special Topics Courses

ANTH 4991-A (3CR)
Inquiries can be directed to khele@mta.ca 

This course will explore Anthropology's impact and ongoing involvement with Indigenous communities. Topics to be explored include identity, research, advocacy, policy, controversy, and self-government, as well as ongoing and future challenges facing the discipline of Anthropology.
CANA 3991 (3CR)

Prereq: Third year standing; Instructor consent required (anurse@mta.ca)
This course examines dynamics of Indigenous history in Canada, especially the ways in which it problematizes the Canadian national narrative, the contributions its study can make to reconciliation, and its significance in addressing issues related to treaty and aboriginal rights in Canada today (the key tests under Sparrow, for instance, of Indigenous rights are historical).  (Format: Lecture 3 Hours)

CHEM 1991 (3CR)

Prereq: Instructor consent required (vmeli@mta.ca)
This course explores the essential chemistry of our food.  Topics include: micronutrients, macronutrients, agriculture, food additives, adverse food reactions, cooking, weight control and chocolate, diet and disease. (Format: Online lectures through McGill, 3 hour weekly in-class tutorial) (Distribution: Natural Science)

COMM 2991 (3CR)

Prereq: Instructor consent required (dhenwood@mta.ca)
This course develops the knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to make the transition from academic writing to professional writing.  It explores the complexities of “transactional writing,” which is focused on a particular audience and aims to produce a particular result.   It pays special attention to the visual aspects of persuasive written communication, such as document design, data visualization, and visual storytelling.  (Format: Lecture 3 Hours)

COMM 3991 (3CR)

Prereq: Third year standing; or permission of the Department; Instructor consent required (rpascoedeslauriers@mta.ca)
This course examines contemporary issues of differential access to decent quality work. Drawing from critical employment scholarship, this course addresses the meaning and nature of job quality, it examines the consequences of poor quality work for individuals, families and society, and considers some of the organizational and structural enablers of differential job/employment quality. It considers issues of precarious and ‘non-standard’ work, gender pay gaps, occupational and labour market segregation through an intersectional lens, including issues of gender, race, age, ability, class and immigration status. [Note: This course may also count as an elective for the WGST minor.] (Format: Lecture 3 Hours)

COMM 4991-A (3CR)

Prereq: COMM 2311, COMM 3321; or permission of the Department; Instructor consent required (jmullen@mta.ca)
This course introduces key theories and empirical research showing the effects of the work environment on employee health and safety outcomes. Topics include relevant legislation, occupational hazards, workplace safety climate, the etiology of job stress, and preventative health and safety interventions. The course is designed to promote discussion of the issues explored in the course and to encourage the application of psychological principles that influence employee’s health and safety in the workplace.
(Format: Lecture 3 Hours)

COMM 4991-B (3CR)

Prereq: Third year standing; or permission of the Department; Instructor consent required (rhiscock@mta.ca)
The course covers a variety of topics related to marketing communications, public relations, and media and provides a knowledge base by which students can rethink and critically assess the impacts of contemporary marketing communication campaigns, media forms, and the delivery of news.  It contrasts traditional organizational views of public relations and marketing communications with more critical perspectives. It draws course material from a range of sources: peer-reviewed journals; critical non-fiction; online material; video; and social media. (Format: Lecture 3 hours)

ECON 3991 (3CR)

Prereq: Third year standing; 6 credits in ECON or 6 credits in MATH; or permission of the Department; Instructor consent required (shasanzadeh@mta.ca)
This course provides students with a knowledge of some of the basic mathematical tools used in economic theory. Topics include: Concave and convex functions; homogeneous and exponential functions; equilibrium analysis; matrix algebra; implicit functions and implicit differentiation; comparative static methods applied to models such as utility maximization and least-cost production; constrained optimization; the envelope theorem. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours)

ENGL 1991 (3CR)

(Distribution: Arts)
Inquiries can be directed to tcraig@mta.ca 

This course is an introduction to the graphic novel as a quickly developing form of literature. Beginning with the history of the field, from comics and Classic Illustrated magazines, the course moves on to examine a variety of texts, with particular focus on those with a political and sociological interest. As well, the adaptation of novels into other varieties of media, including online comics and television, will be covered. (Format: Lecture 3 hours)

FINH 3991 (3CR)

Prereq: FINH 2101, FINH 2111; or permission of the Department (lmacdonald@mta.ca)
This course examines the expanding field of museum education and considers the broader educational role of the museum. Topics include: current practice in museum education, informal learning theories, visitor experience, visitor research, writing in the museum, accessibility, inclusion, relevance, and the ways in which museums use new media, social media and mobile technology. [Note: offered on rotation every other year] (Format: Seminar 3 Hours)

FREN 3991 (3CR)

Prereq: FREN 2501; FREN 2601; or permission of the Department; Instructor consent required (vnarayan@mta.ca)
This course explores the figure of the deliberate antagonist in French and Francophone culture. Beyond probing good and evil in representation, it draws on Patrick Tort’s interpretation of Darwinian anthropology and mathematician Nel Noddings’ “Care” ethics to ask if literary and biographical texts can serve as repositories of experience with narcissism, machiavellianism and psychopathy. Using Peter K. Jonason’s “Dirty Dozen” checklist as a working tool, it tackles issues such as neurotribes and power, leadership and bystanding, as well as (epi)genetic determinism.  Activities include rhetorical analyses of discourses resulting from the France Télécom scandal (and/or the Dreyfus affair) in addition to readings of canonic biographies and popular graphic novels. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours)


GENS 4991-A (3 CR)


Prereq: GENS 3991 B Indigenous Peoples: Ecology, Science, Technology; or permission of the Department

This course explores environmental issues associated with Indigenous People in North America throughout history. The course involves student/professor led consultation with local Mi'kmaq and/or Wolastoqiyik communities and/or individuals to identify important environmental concerns in the present day. Independent studies will be undertaken with focus on knowledge gathered through consultations and literature review. Results will be present in seminar format.

GENV 2991 (3 CR)

Prereq: Instructor consent required (mfox@mta.ca)
This course offers an introduction to American Studies, the interdisciplinary analysis of the United States. It explores American culture, society, history, and geography and their interrelationships in order to provide students with a critical understanding of the United States, American ways of life, and American identities. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours)

GENV 3991 (3 CR)

Prereq: Third year standing; Instructor consent required (treiffen@mta.ca)
This course explores the geographies of Japanese cultural industries and the policies that promote them. It begins by interrogating the idea of soft power, and its application by Japan famously captured in Doug McGray's phrase Japan's 'Gross National Cool'.  It explores several key cultural industries (manga/anime, ramen, idol music groups, etc.) to cover geographies of production, consumption as well as the challenges these industries face as they internationalize. It also investigates the pronounced gendered dimensions of these industries. From the long, punishing hours of the manga anime cell artist, to the stubborn perfectionism of the ramen chef, this course intends to celebrate but also critically examine  the industries that are increasingly the face of ‘Cool Japan’. (Format: Seminar 3 Hours)

HIST 4991-A (3 CR)

Prereq: History 3991-A, Frontier Settlement/American West; Instructor consent required (enaylor@mta.ca)
This course examines important issues in the history of the American West.  (Format: Seminar 3 Hours)

INLR 3991 (3 CR)

Prereq: INLR/POLS 2301; or permission of the Department (dthomas@mta.ca)
This course fosters an understanding of global capitalism and how it works.  It engages with several contemporary critiques of global capitalism followed by an analysis of selected contemporary alternatives to capitalism and their potential to alleviate poverty on a local and/or global scale.  (Format: Lecture 3 Hours)

MUSC 3991 (3 CR)

Prereq: MUSC 2211; Instructor consent required (pnickleson@mta.ca)
This course considers noise in its many relations to sound and music: as necessary other, as component, as distraction, and as disruption. After examining noise in its political, acoustic, and conceptual roles, it examines its place in the long history of Western music from Greek mythology and Biblical tales, through Baroque criticism, Romantic aesthetics, discourses of modernism and the avant-garde, and into free jazz, punk, heavy metal, hip-hop, and Noise musics. Through extensive reading, writing, listening, and class discussion, participants in this course consider how noise has always functioned as a movable boundary to the Western conception of music. This course is open to students from all programs, and the ability to read musical notation is not required. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours)

POLS 3991 (3 CR)

Prereq: POLS 1001; 6 credits from POLS at the 2000 level; or permission of the Department (gmartin@mta.ca)
This course provides an intermediate introduction to the politics of the three Maritime provinces; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. It focuses on the internal politics of the three provinces rather than their relationship to the federal government or federal activities in these provinces. The structure of the course provides students with the skills and knowledge to answer key questions that continue to preoccupy people in the Maritime provinces. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours)

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; This study incorporates theories and research from many areas of psychology, including personality, social, cognitive, and clinical.  This 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 3991-B (3 CR)

Prereq: Third year standing; PSYC 1001, 1011; 6 credits from PSYC at the 2000 level; or permission of the Department (ldhamilton@mta.ca)
This course explores the emerging discipline of social neuroscience with a focus on the interaction between environment, behavior, and biology. Methods include research in social psychology, neuroendocrinology, neuroimaging (e.g., fMRI, PET), and neurophysiology (e.g., EEG). Topics include emotion, behavioral regulation, motivational systems, perceptions of self and others, social hierarchies, and social learning.  (Format: Lecture 3 Hours)

SOCI 4991 (3 CR)

Prereq: 6 credits from SOCI 3001, 3011, 3301, 3311, or permission of the Department (fantonelli@mta.ca)
This course explores the work of Max Weber with a focus on his theory of rationalization.  As economies become more complex in the coordination of their parts, Weber’s theory of rationalization helps explain how and why the mechanisms and social practices surface to better control our world.  However, as noted by Weber, as rationalization has the potential to create order in what would otherwise be a chaotic society, it also brings with it the potential to stifle creativity, imagination, and agency.  This course examines the paradox of rationalization in relation to modern social issues toward a better understanding of how individuals navigate society.  (Format: Lecture 3 Hours)

WGST 3991 (3 CR)

Prereq: WGST 2101; Instructor consent required (cmacdougall@mta.ca)
This course focuses on the relationship between scientific institutions and communities that are marginalized by gender, race, colonialism, class, disability and other social markers. It explores the structural forces that contribute to exclusion and the effects of being seen as an object of scientific inquiry through feminist intersectional and decolonial approaches to the practices of scientific knowledge production. Finally, this course addresses current efforts to create a more inclusive scientific community.
(Format: Lecture 3 Hours)

UNST 1991 (3 CR)
This course offers students an academic framework within which to explore public events, performances, exhibits, and speakers presented by the University and the Sackville community. Students take an active role in setting course goals, assessments, and reflection methods within a supportive and open environment. The class discusses meaningful group and individual options for self-evaluation and reflection. [Note: this course cannot be used to fulfill distribution requirements]
(Format: Lecture/Experiential Learning 3 Hours)


UNST 3991 / UNST 4991 (3 CR)


This course is for students interested in working with children at the Grade 5-8 level and in learning about community development. Working with community partners and faculty in geography and environment, sociology, and religious studies, students help design and run project-based learning programs for students at Marshview Middle School, 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 3 Hours).