Spring/Summer 2020
Self-directed distance learning (SDL) courses

Mount Allison has added a host of self-directed distance learning (SDL) courses for the 2020 Spring/Summer Term, beginning May 4, 2020. Courses are available to current students as well as Grade 12 students who will be attending Mount Allison in Fall 2020.

SDL courses provide flexibility to earn course credit(s) toward your degree during the spring and summer months. For Grade 12 students, it's a great introduction into university education or a way to fill in some free time while staying engaged with your studies. While you complete the course at your own pace, a faculty member will establish check-in times as well as guidance if needed.

Important dates

  • May 4 ― Spring/Summer Term courses begin
  • May 22 ― Last day for changes in registration (add/drop)
  • May 25 ― Last day to make fee payment
  • July 17 ― End of withdrawal period
  • Sept. 5 ― The date by which exams must be written for SDL courses (if the course has a final exam it will be taken online)

How to apply

Courses open May 4, 2020. Registration closes on May 22, 2020.

For current students:

For incoming first-year students:

  • Pay your registration deposit, if you haven't already ($100 for Canadian citizens and permanent residents; $250 for international students) to confirm your intent to attend Mount Allison in the Fall. See fee payments.
  • E-mail admissions@mta.ca with the subject line '2020 Spring/Summer SDL course activation' and indicate the course you would like to take. We will then admit you into the 2020 Spring/Summer Term.
  • Once activated by Admissions, you can register for one 1000-level or 2000-level course with no pre-requisite course in Connect. The full SDL course list is available below.
  • If needed, you can get support from an academic advisor on course selection: advisor@mta.ca


Fees are due by Monday, May 25, 2020. For information on how to pay your course fees, visit mta.ca/feepayment.

ALL STUDENTS: $877 (CDN) per course
Including Canadian and international students, incoming and current students

  • For incoming first-year students, a $300 credit will be applied to your student account toward Fall Term fees
  • For international students, $877 is a reduced rate. Regular SDL course rate for international students is $1,800
  • For current students: bursary support is available ranging from $250-$500 for current students based on demonstrated financial need. Apply for the Spring/Summer 2020 Academic Term, deadline: June 30, 2020


BIOL 1201 Human Biology, M. Grey (mgrey@mta.ca)
This course applies biological principles to practical human concerns. It introduces the development, structure and function of the human body, and mechanisms involved in degenerative infectious diseases, discusses human reproduction and genetics, examines the impact of evolutionary theory on our understanding of the human species, considers the interdependence between natural ecosystems and human activities, and looks at threats to the environment through pollution and overpopulation. [Note 1: This course is restricted to non-science majors. Science majors require the instructor's permission to enrol.] 

CANA 1001 Contemporary Canada: An Introduction, E. Jewett (ejewett@mta.ca)
This course provides an introduction to contemporary Canada as represented by its key social, political, and economic institutions. It examines the nature and character of Canadian institutions, communities, and values. (Exclusion: CANA 2001)

CANA 1011 Representing Canada: An Introduction to Canadian Culture, J. Milloy (jmilloy@mta.ca)
This course provides an introduction to Canadian culture and identity. It examines key Canadian symbols and myths and various forms of cultural expression, including film, the arts, literature, and music in relation to Canadian national identity. (Exclusion: CANA 2011) (Exclusion: CANA 2001)

CENL 2001 Community Narratives, L. Shumka (lshumka@mta.ca)
This course facilitates community literacy through the analysis of the narratives that groups and institutions develop about themselves or others in order to perform certain functions of community. The word "narratives" is understood broadly and includes such factors as community programming, local events and practices, religious observances, material culture, natural and historical sites, local myths and practices, and family histories. Using a range of relevant critical tools, and focusing on local community contexts, students examine these cultural texts for the shared values and complex identities that they evidence.

COMM 1411 Quantitative Analysis for Business Decision Making, P. Berry (pberry@mta.ca)
This course introduces quantitative tools used in business decision making and the conventions and terminologies used in the application of these tools. Topics include: discounting, markups and markdowns, breakeven analysis, interest calculations, and the mathematics of finance. (Exclusion: Commerce 1991 Quantitative Analysis for Business Decision Making)

COMM 4301 Arts and Culture Management,, R. Polegato (rpolegato@mta.ca)
*Prereq: Third-year standing in the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Arts with a Major or Minor in Commerce; or permission of the Department
This course examines unique factors that affect management decisions in the arts and culture sector, such as governance, organizational structure, community engagement, public pressure for accountability, fundraising needs and the desire of nations to develop the sector. It takes an interdisciplinary, applied approach to resolving management issues in a broad range of arts and culture organizations including art galleries, museums and performing arts programs. [Note 1: Students enrolled in Drama, Fine Arts or Music programs who are already doing 3/4000 level work in their own field will be admitted to this course.]

ECON 1001 Principles of Microeconomics, M. Haghiri (mhaghiri@mta.ca)
This course introduces the study of Economics and the nature of microeconomic problems including the behaviour of consumers and firms in different markets, and the results of their actions as manifested in production, costs, and prices, market efficiency, and market failure. [Note 1: Students should normally have completed a university preparatory level course in Mathematics.]  (Exclusion: ECON 1000)

ECON 1011 Principles of Macroeconomics, M. Haghiri (mhaghiri@mta.ca)
This course introduces the study of Economics and the nature of macroeconomic problems such as the determinants of the level of national income, employment, and the accompanying stabilization problems and policies. Topics also include money and banking, international trade, exchange rates, and the problems of inflation. [Note 1: Students should normally have completed a university preparatory level course in Mathematics.]  (Exclusion: ECON 1000)

ENGL 1201 Introduction to Principles of Literary Analysis, S. Fanning (sfanning@mta.ca)
This course, offered in several sections each year, introduces students to critical approaches to the reading of, and writing about, literature. Each section has its own reading list, set by the individual instructor and including a balanced representation of prose, fiction, poetry and drama, taken from a range of historical periods.[Note 1: Students who wish to pursue courses in English at the 2000 level and above must take ENGL 1201. (Exclusion: ENGL 1001)

ENGL 1991-X Crisis Lit, G. Miller (gmiller@mta.ca)
The "crisis" in Crisis Lit refers to the context and content for the texts that we will study. Each week will be organized around one of the four horsemen of the Crisis Lit apocalypses: epidemiological, ecological, existential, and economic. How do storytellers represent crisis? What crisis represents, as we will discover, is a decisive historical moment, when our political grounding shifts towards the worse or the better-oppression or emancipation. As vital as they are, the poems, short stories, films, essays, and songs that we explore cannot resolve crises, but they can help us to better understand how we got there and what future crises we may be sowing. We will encounter a variety of inspiring figures working in genres such as horror, science fiction, dream pop, and creative non-fiction. The course will be structured with mini-lectures on a given crisis, artistic form, and cultural response, from Edgar Allan Poe, the short story, and the cholera epidemic to Parasite, film, and the global market collapse. Evaluation will be based on fun and critically engaging written assignments and interactive online discussion.

ENGL 1991-Y Gender and Genre: Unpacking the Popular, H. Morgan (hmorgan@mta.ca)
This course investigates how several genres and forms of popular literature address issues of gender. Selected texts may include spy fiction, horror, memoir, and chick lit. The course deconstructs the discourse between texts and the realities that produced and consumed them. It also explores gendered themes and tropes central to each of these genres. Topics include how identity shapes what and how we read, how different genres impact understanding and concepts of gender, and how stereotypes are created, reinforced, or challenged through popular texts. [Note 1: This course is approved as 3 credits towards the interdisciplinary electives required in the last line of the Women’s & Gender Studies Minor]

GENS 1401 The Physical Environment, B. Phillips (bphillips@mta.ca)
This course introduces the general principles of Physical Geography and the Environment, emphasizing the physical world at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. This course introduces the four fundamental spheres of Physical Geography: the hydrosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. It examines basic processes in the physical environment such as the seasons, layers of the atmosphere, the earth's energy budget and interactions with atmospheric processes. It also investigates weather and its interplay within the hydrological cycle, the fundamentals of climatology, the three basic rock types, tectonic activity and weathering of the earth's surface.  (Exclusion: GEOG 1401)

HIST 1601 New Nations in North America, S. Nelson (snelson@mta.ca) (Moodle)
This course examines themes in North American history from the sixteenth century to the 1860s, with a particular emphasis on the interaction of Indigenous, European, and West African peoples, and on the formation of the new states.  (Exclusion: any version of HIST 1601 previously offered with a different title)

HIST 2411 Canada to 1871, S. Nelson (snelson@mta.ca) (Moodle)
This course introduces students to the political, socio-economic, and cultural history of Canada from the pre-European period to the first federal census.  (Exclusion: HIST 2410, 3100, 3250)

HIST 2421 Canada After 1871, S. Nelson (snelson@mta.ca) (Moodle)
This course examines the socio-economic, political, and cultural life of Canada from the time of the first federal census in 1871 to the present. (Exclusion: HIST 2410, 3100, 3250)

HIST 3251 Class, Gender, and Capitalism: The Transformation of the British Social Structure 1750-1850, R. Cupido (rcupido@mta.ca) (Moodle)
*Prereq: 6 credits from HIST at the 1/2000 level; or permission of the Department
This course traces the decline of the aristocracy, the triumph of the middle classes, and the making of the working class in Britain during the early stages of capitalism and industrialization. The course also examines gender relations and analyses the notion of 'separate spheres'. It pays particular attention to the controversies among historians surrounding the nature of social transformation in Britain. (Exclusion: HIST 3400; any version of HIST 3251 previously offered with a different title)

HIST 3441 Modern Canada, R. Cupido (rcupido@mta.ca) (Moodle)
*Prereq: 6 credits from HIST at the 1/2000 level; or permission of the Department
This course traces the development of political movements and ideas that are an integral part of the texture of modern Canada and that have been shaping influences on the direction and pace of social, intellectual, and economic life. 

MATH 1011 Functions, R. Tifenbach (rtifenbach@mta.ca)
This course focuses on the real number system, inequalities, plane analytic geometry (lines and conics), functions, inverse functions, polynomials, rational functions, trigonometric functions, and exponential and logarithmic functions. It emphasizes fundamental methods of graphing functions, using non-calculus based techniques. [Note 1: This course is primarily intended for non-science students or as a prerequisite for MATH 1111 or 1151 for those students who have not passed the Mathematics Placement Test. Science students who have passed the Mathematics Placement Test require the permission of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science to enrol in this course. Credit will not be given for this course if credit has already been granted for MATH 1111 or 1151.] (Exclusion: Any version of MATH 1011 previously offered with a different title)

MATH 1111 Calculus I, R. Tifenbach (rtifenbach@mta.ca)
This course introduces differential calculus. Topics include derivatives of algebraic, trigonometric, and exponential functions and applications such as curve sketching, related rates, and optimization problems. (Exclusion: MATH 1151; any version of MATH 1111 previously offered with a different title)

MUSC 1001 Fundamentals of Music I, J. Del Motte (jdelmotte@mta.ca)
This course is an introduction to fundamental concepts of music theory, including notation and technical terminology, as well as to listening, singing, and keyboard skills. [Note 1: This course is not available for credit for the Bachelor of Music program. Credit will not be given for this course if credit has already been granted for MUSC 1011, 1101, or 1111.] 

POLS 1001 Foundations of Politics, G. Martin (gmartin@mta.ca)
This course is an introduction to the foundations of politics through the medium of political theory, Canadian politics, comparative politics, or international politics.  (Exclusion: POLS 1000)

POLS 2301 Introduction to International Relations, G. Martin (gmartin@mta.ca)
*Prereq: POLS 1001; or permission of the Department
This course introduces several of the major theories, structures, processes, and issues in international relations. After introducing the current theoretical approaches to the study of global politics, the course addresses a series of topics from among the following: systems of global governance; the concept 'terrorism'; non-state actors in global politics such as corporations, social movements, and non-governmental organizations; human rights and human security; gender and international politics; poverty,'development', and inequality; and the environment.[Note 1: This course is cross-listed as INLR 2301 and may therefore count as 3 credits in either discipline.] (Exclusion: Any version of INLR/POLS 2301 previously offered with a different title)

POLS 3211 American Government and Politics, G. Martin (gmartin@mta.ca)
*Prereq: 6 credits from POLS at the 2000 level; or permission of the Department
This course examines the political process in the United States. It presents an overview of the constitution, institutions, and political actors that represent the essential components of American political culture and government. It may also focus on one or more important policy areas. (Exclusion: POLS 2201)

PSYC 1001 Introduction to Psychology I, M. LeBlanc (mmleblanc@mta.ca) (Moodle)
This course introduces the concepts, problems, and methods of modern scientific psychology. Topics include neuroanatomy and other aspects of the biological bases of psychological processes, learning, motivation, sensation, perception, aspects of cognition, memory, and language. [Note: PSYC 1001 and 1011 may be taken in either order; neither is a prerequisite to the other.] 

PSYC 1011 Introduction to Psychology II, M. LeBlanc (mmleblanc@mta.ca) (Moodle)
This course introduces the concepts, problems, and methods of modern scientific psychology. Topics include: attitudes, stereotyping and other aspects of social psychology, developmental psychology, intelligence, aspects of cognition and language, personality, and the psychology of abnormal behaviour. [Note: PSYC 1001 and 1011 may be taken in either order; neither is a prerequisite to the other. ]

RELG 2801 Intro to Western Religions, A. Wilson (awilson@mta.ca) (Moodle)
This course examines the history, beliefs, practices, and contemporary socio-cultural significance of what are conventionally called the Western religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The course also briefly examines Ancient Near Eastern religions (Egyptian and Mesopotamian), Greco-Roman paganism, as well as Zoroastrianism and Baha'i. (Exclusion: RELG 2201)

RELG 3701 Islam, F. Black (fblack@mta.ca) (Moodle)
*Prereq: 3 credits from RELG 1671, 2801; 3 credits from RELG at the 1/2000 level; or permission of the Department
This course traces Islam from its origins in the life and activities of Mohammed through to contemporary world Islam and its diverse responses to the challenges of "modernity" and the West. The world view, institutions, rituals, and practices of Islam will be studied within these changing historical and cultural contexts. Effort will be made throughout to gain insight into the religious, spiritual impulses which animate Islam and unite devout Muslims. (Exclusion: RELG 3291)

SCIE 1991 Eco-Cultural Approaches to Environmental Science, M. Fox (mfox@mta.ca)
This course introduces students to the study of ecosystems and various approaches to environmental science (from the Latin scientia, meaning ‘knowing’). Going beyond dominant Western or European views, SCIE 1991’s methods and approaches to the natural world to include Indigenous and other ways of knowing the earth’s ecological systems, biosphere dynamics and the importance of biodiversity and sustainability. The Eco-Cultural Approach embodies the beliefs and understandings of non-Western people, acquired through long-term connections to place, and a culturally-dependent perception of the natural environment, shaped by local and Indigenous science. Approved as Natural Science distribution for students following the 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-2020 (pre-January 2020 revision) Calendars. 

SOCI 1001 Intro to Sociology, E. Steuter (esteuter@mta.ca) (Moodle)
This course introduces the basic concepts of sociology including social structure, culture, socialization, deviance, social control, social organization, structured social inequality, and social change. It makes extensive use of examples from the Canadian context. 

SOCI 1201 Sociological Imagination, F. Antonelli (fantonelli@mta.ca) (Moodle)
*Prereq: SOCI 1001; or permission of the Department
This course explores the major theoretical frameworks of sociology and the conceptual tools used to examine intersecting social relations embedded in everyday practices. It focuses on understanding how biographical characteristics are influenced by impersonal historical forces and significant structural transformations of society. The examination of sociological imagination lays the foundation for understanding how to differentiate between 'personal troubles' and 'public issues'. 

SOCI 2211 Gender Relations, T. Roberts (troberts@mta.ca) (Moodle)
*Prereq: Take SOCI 1201 or permission of the Department
This course introduces the study of gender through an examination of the nature of gender relations. It also considers major theories of the origin and consequences of gender inequality and addresses issues such as reproduction, work, law, violence, and racism with a focus on Canadian examples.  (Exclusion: SOCI 3211)

SOCI 2231 Sociology of Sex and Sexuality, T. Roberts (troberts@mta.ca) (Moodle)
*Prereq: Take SOCI 1201 or permission of the department
This course examines sexual attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors from a sociological perspective, exploring how the biology of sex is sociologically constructed. It examines and explores theoretical and conceptual issues and empirical research and directs students to think about sexuality analytically and critically and to develop a sociological understanding of diverse issues. Topics include: sexual identity and its construction and regulation; sexuality and the Enlightenment; science and sex; ethics and social institutions; and the relationship between sexuality and the socio-political process.  (Exclusion: SOCI 2991 Sociology of Sex and Sexuality)

SOCI 3701 Social Policy Analysis, S. Patten (spatten@mta.ca) (Moodle)
*Prereq: 6 credits from SOCI at the 2000 level; or permission of the Department
This course provides the opportunity for students to apply sociological theories and perspectives to the development and analysis of social policies and programs. Social policy is the arena in which citizens, professionals, non-governmental organizations, social movements, and government address the social inequities underlying the lived realities of individuals. The course leads to an understanding of how sociology can be applied in researching, developing, analyzing, and implementing 'real world' social policies and programs. (Exclusion: SOCI 3991 Social Policy)

SOCI 3751 Service Sociology, C. Veinotte (cveinotte@mta.ca) (Moodle)
*Prereq: 6 credits from SOCI at the 2000 level; or permission of the Department
This course provides hands-on opportunities for students to gain practical skills and experience in service sociology, a socially responsible and mission-oriented sociology of action and alleviation, through public service, social action, and community engagement. It provides an opportunity for students to learn from experienced professionals and acquire relevant skills that can be applied in the work or voluntary sector. Students gain theoretical and methodological understanding of the interventions available for community-based engagement. (Exclusion: Any version of SOCI 3751 previously offered with a different title.)

SPAN 1101 Introductory Spanish I, M. Farina (mfarina@mta.ca)
This course teaches elements of Spanish grammar and pronunciation through practice and reading of prescribed texts. This is an intensive course designed for students who have no previous knowledge of Spanish. (Exclusion: SPAN 1100)

Current Mount Allison students are now able to take Spring/Summer online courses from any of the four Maple League universities – Acadia, Bishop's, Mount Allison, St. Francis Xavier. For more information on course offerings and how to apply, visit mapleleague.ca

Textbooks and course materials

Textbooks and course materials for spring/summer courses are available to order online from the bookstore: http://bookstore.mta.ca/SelectTermDept

Arrangements can be made to pick up books at the bookstore, have them delivered to Sackville locations, or have them shipped to you.


  • Need help selecting a course? E-mail advisor@mta.ca to connect with an academic advisor.
  • Having trouble registering for your course(s) in Connect? Watch these tutorials (videos 1-5 in playlist).
  • If you are still experiencing difficulty registering for your course(s), e-mail reghelp@mta.ca
  • Need academic support through the course? Even though the courses available in the spring and summer are self-directed, a faculty member is assigned to each course to assist you along the way if needed.
  • Peer-assisted student support (PASS): current students are also available to assist you. PASS is available for PSYC 1001, PSYC 1011, ECON 1001, ECON 1011, BIOL 1401, MATH 1011, MATH 1111, COMM 1411, GENS 1401. E-mail academicsupport@mta.ca to get connected with a PASS student.
  • Writing Resource Centre: available virtually, the Writing Resource Centre tutors are available to help with writing in all subject areas, and at all stages of the writing process. E-mail wrc@mta.ca if you require assistance.*