Western University

London, ON, Canada

Available Courses

This course considers various perspectives on schooling, using sociology of education as a lens within the context of Canadian education to examine the culture of schools, and examine the characteristics and role of the teaching profession. The Canadian education system will be used as a lens through which we examine the different perspectives of schooling. 

This course examines alternative economic approaches to understanding the process of development; institutional and microeconomic aspects of development; poverty and inequality; and development policies such as microfinance, targeted cash transfers, and public health programs. 

An overview of the regional geography of Canada. Topics considered may include demographics, culture, the economy, resources and environmental issues. This course also explores the uniqueness of Canada’s geography compared to others in the northern hemisphere.

Canadian popular culture: poor-quality imitation of American, or crucial element of Canadian identity, worthy of Canadian Content regulations and financial support? This course traces the 20th century evolution of Canadian popular culture, offering glimpses into music, film, television, sport and more. What was enjoyed, why, and was it Canadian

This course will examine ethnicity, nationalism, and race in contemporary societies, and how they can help understand social dynamics, policies, and trends. The focus will be primarily on Canada, with comparisons made to other societies and transnational processes. 

The nature of Computer Science as a discipline; the design and analysis of algorithms and their implementation as modular, reliable, well-documented programs written in a modern programming language. Intended for students with little or no background in programming. 

Social networking has as long history as human civilization itself. In today’s online environment, Twitter and Facebook have altered the social landscape. Students will explore the historical, theoretical, and practical aspects of social networking, and study its contexts and social issues such as bullying, anonymity, addiction, anxiety, and narcissism. 

Climate change is a major challenge for the planet’s future; population migration will increase, causing social, political and environmental effects while leaving some people with few options. This course will examine both present and future in a world where climate change is increasingly inevitable and its results are felt intersectionally. 

We spend a considerable portion of our lives in the digital world. What moral considerations ought to guide our conduct as cyber-citizens, given the possibility that online behaviour is morally distinct from real world behaviour? This class will engage materials that address the philosophical issues raised by these two questions: Specifically: What’s the relationship between our virtual identities and our physical identities? How is online activity changing our interpersonal relationships? What are our rights and responsibilities toward others in the cyberworld? How do we trade between the potentially conflicting values of anonymity and accountability? How do we balance copyright claims against demands for open access? Is piracy always wrong? Does a hacker’s code of ethics make any sense? How should we respond to forms of hate and exclusion in online communities?

We will study the fundamental concepts of law, and the philosophical principles on which they are based. The course is divided into four sections, two each term, as follows: the first term will be spent on tort law and contract law; the second term criminal law and constitutional law. There will also be an introduction to the basic structure of our court system, the difference between statute law and common law, and some basic knowledge of the legal process. In the study of tort law the main focus will be on the law of negligence, including the expanding areas of liability of product manufacturers, tavern owners, and other public – private entities.

We examine languages and dialects that are associated with particular regions, cultures, and/or ethnic groups in Canada, including Indigenous languages, French, English and immigrant languages. We consider language structures, variation and ways that languages relate to the identity of groups which speak them.

The goal of this course is to apply basic economic tools to specific questions and problems in the sports industries. These tools include supply and demand analysis, basic game theory, wage determination in competitive and monopsonistic models, theories of the firm, models of imperfect competition, and probability.

This course examines the processes that underlie natural and human-induced climate change at global and regional scales and describes the resultant climates that have existed, those projected to occur in the future, and what impacts climate change has and will have on the physical and human environment.

This course introduces students to the field of industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology and its contributions to enhanced organizational effectiveness and quality of work life. I/O psychology offers an evidence-based approach to hiring, training, performance management, and leadership, and provides insight into the motivation and behaviour of individuals and teams. 

An introduction to the discipline of Medical Biophysics is developed through lectures on key introductory concepts and techniques used in Medical Biophysics research, real-world research seminars given by faculty members, and interactive in-class activities. Research areas include magnetic resonance imaging, molecular imaging, microvascular oxygen transport, and cancer radiation therapy. 

This course explores social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, virtual worlds, online games, networked communities, new media and e-learning. It examines topics including on online identity, gender in cyberspace, videogame culture, Web 2.0, digital design, surveillance and privacy.

“If Shakespeare were alive today, he’d be writing for television.” This course addresses the many forms of popular culture, including television, music, popular fiction and film, urban myths, and celebrities. The aim of this course is to encourage students to develop a critical understanding of all aspects of popular culture

Will robots take all our jobs? Will humans become cyborgs? As we rely more and more on machines and other new technologies, they are changing how we interact with the world and one another. In this course we will consider the impact of artificial intelligence on our current lives, and on our future. It has been said that “Philosophy will be the key that unlocks artificial intelligence”—presumably for the better. On the other hand, the Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom has warned that advances in superintelligence may soon make humans obsolete. Who should we believe? This course will address these and other issues by first considering some traditional questions in philosophy of mind—e.g., Can a robot think? What is the Turing Test? Can machines ever be conscious?— before turning to a consideration of some of the ethical and social implications of this new technology.

A philosophical reflection on food and our current food system. Issues may include food and climate change, food justice, local and global hunger and food insecurity, the industrialization of food and agriculture, the moral and political dimensions of genetically modified food, or the treatment of animals and lab cultured meat.

A survey of technological and engineering principles in antiquity; of materials including their development and applications; of machinery in all its variety and of “missed opportunities” that the ancient civilizations incurred in the process of getting to a better technological society.

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