2019-2020 Vic One Courses


Please note: Vic one courses are restricted to their streams, and cannot be taken interchangeably. 

MARGARET CHAMBERS STREAM COURSES
Commerce, Management, Economics, and Policy

VIC186Y1Y
The Art and Literature of Leadership
Professors Alison Keith, Stephen Rupp
T 6-8

The literatures of ancient Greece and Rome are often regarded as foundational for the ways in which we imagine the order of societies and the duties and problems of governing and leadership. In this course we will study issues of leadership and command in two classical epics—Homer’s Odyssey and Vergil’s Aeneid—and in a series of literary texts and films that revisit these questions in later times and places, including Renaissance Europe, the age of European overseas trade and imperial rule in Africa and Asia, and the period of international instability preceding the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. Topics for discussion will include the defining qualities of an effective ruler, the relationship between military command and political power, the tension between political authority and human emotions, and the relationship between colonial rulers and the peoples they govern. We will also study a series of figures traditionally associated with the duties and demands of leadership: military commanders in times of war and peace, founders of cities, soldiers charged with the defense of imperial rule, ship’s officers, men in government service.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC187H1, VIC188H1, and ECO101H1 and ECO102H1
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred.
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)



VIC187H1F
Prosperity, Justice and Sustainability: Introduction to Public Policy
Professor Bob Rae
M 5-7

This course introduces policy applications of measurement tools and economic concepts by analyzing current issues in the news, such as public spending and debt, health care, social security, energy, climate change, innovation, and education. Concepts from the philosophy and history of economic thought will be used to address such questions as: What is the nature of economic explanations? Do they tell us the truth about reality?Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC186Y, VIC188H1, ECO101H1 and ECO102H1
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred.
Distribution Requirements: Social Science
Breadth Requirements: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)



VIC188H1S
Corporate Citizenship, Sustainability, and Ethics
Professor Wendy Cecil
M 5-7

Drawing together philosophical background readings with contemporary applications, this course addresses issues of corporate social responsibility, business ethics, human rights, diversity, and equity, and considers how these topics intersect with a wide range of global practices. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC186Y, VIC187H1, ECO101H1 and ECO102H1
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred.
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)









NORTHROP FRYE STREAM COURSES
Literature and the Humanities

VIC162H1F/S
Cultural Forms and Their Meanings
Professor Ira Wells
R 1-3

A study of culture with a view to developing basic concepts with examples drawn from the visual arts, music, film, literature, architecture, and/or local urban artefacts.Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC163H1, VIC164H1, VIC165H1, and 1.0 FCE in any 100-level course in ENG or FAH or PHL
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)


VIC163H1F/S
Cultural Forms and Their Meanings: People and Ideas
Professor Anne Urbancic
MW 12-1

A study of culture with a view to developing basic concepts of how we interact with the spaces we encounter with examples drawn from the visual arts, music, film, architecture, and/or local urban artifacts. Students will be able to choose other topics of interest to them. We will emphasize how contemporary thought has affected the practice of everyday life. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC162H1, VIC164H1, VIC165H1 and 1.0 FCE in any 100-level ENG or FAH or PHL 
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses. 
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)



VIC164H1F/S
Ideas and Their Consequences: Literary and Artistic Realms of the Imagination
Professor Bob Davidson
R 1-3

A study of the ideas and concerns of creative thinkers and their impact upon cultures. The course includes literary, scientific and/or religious intellectuals from the major traditions. Attention to modes of reasoning, cultural definition and expression. Emphasis on philosophical and artistic concepts. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC162H1, VIC163H1, VIC165H1 and 1.0 FCE in any 100-level ENG or FAH or PHL 
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)



VIC165H1F/S
Ideas and Their Consequences: Isolation and Communion in Modern Culture
Professor Al Moritz
MW 12-1

A study of art, with a focus on poetry, as an essential mode of experience and knowledge, in the context of contemporary and modern society. Along with literary artists, the course includes writers on history and sociology and presents the interplay between artistic vision and socio-political situations. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC162H1,VIC163H1, VIC164H1 and 1.0 FCE in any 100-level ENG or FAH or PHL 
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)










PAUL GOOCH STREAM COURSES
Philosophy and Ethical Citizenship

VIC166H1F
Common Vices and Neglected Virtues: Intro to Ethics of Character
Professor Paul Gooch
T 2-4

Vice is popular: a prestigious university press has brought out a series of seven books on the Seven Deadly Sins. This course examines such questions as the following. Are greed, lust and gluttony just bad names for necessary and otherwise acceptable instincts? What is the place, in a good human life, of such qualities as honesty, trust, civility and the like? Are vices and virtues culturally determined or a matter of individual preference? Can character be taught, or is it rather a matter of genes and luck?  Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC167H1, VIC168H1, VIC169H1, and and 1.0 FCE in any 100-level course in ANT or PHL or RLG
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)



VIC167H1F
Ideas and Fine Thoughts
Professor David Cook
M 11-1

This course examines political and ethical ideas through literature, art, plays, essays and philosophical works. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC166H1, VIC168H1, VIC169H1, and and 1.0 FCE in any 100-level course in ANT or PHL or RLG
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities or Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)



VIC168H1S
Identity and Equality in the Public Sphere
Professor Andrew Lawless
W 11-1

Identity and equality are two important, but surprisingly elusive, concepts that are intimately connected to a cluster of other equally important ones, such as freedom, sovereignty, and the politics of recognition. Thus, in liberal democracies such as ours, the demands that emanate from considerations of identity and equality often have to be weighed against competing claims. How do we balance claims made in the name of equality against ones made in the name of freedom? How do we balance claims to collective rights and freedoms – ones based on assertions of identity and therefore demands for recognition – against claims to individual ones? Further, how do we evaluate and accommodate claims to sovereignty, a community’s assertion of the right to exercise, within Canada, control over matters that are central to its existence? We will proceed first by reading and discussing some classic philosophical treatments of the central concepts and then by applying what we have learned to some currently important issues. 

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC166H1, VIC167H1, VIC169H1, and and 1.0 FCE in any 100-level course in ANT or PHL or RLG
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)



VIC169H1S
Ethical Living in a Pluralistic World
Professor Michael Bourgeois
R 2-4

Is it the end of the world as we know it? Who says it is, why do they think so, and what difference does it make? This course will explore influential religious beliefs about the end of the world, how those beliefs relate to different views of ethical living, especially in relation to contemporary political, social, economic, and environmental issues. We will focus on the origins and development of ideas about the end of the world in Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and the influence of these religious traditions on western culture and politics. We will learn key concepts and their relationship to each other (for example, cosmology, apocalypse, eschatology, millennialism, and prophecy) and examine various end of the world narratives and how they function to shape people’s moral values and behaviour. We will learn how stories can convey ideas, how to read and interpret various end-of-the-world stories in recent popular culture and current events, and how to evaluate how those stories shape ethical values and action in a pluralistic world.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC166H1, VIC167H1, VIC168H1, and and 1.0 FCE in any 100-level course in ANT or PHL or RLG
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)










NORMAN JEWISON STREAM COURSES
The Arts and Society

VIC190Y1
The Arts and Society
Professor Al Moritz
F 11-1

The artist, filmmaker, poet or dramatist has changed society and how we imagine our future.  The course explores a number of paradigm cases of how the arts have interacted with social problems.  Both historical and current examples of the role of the imaginative arts will be explored. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC191Y1 and 1 FCE in any 100-level course in ARC or CIN or DRM or ENG or MUS or VIS
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.

Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)



VIC191Y1
Artistic Creation and Public Issues (4 Modules)
Professors Bob Davidson, Eric Friesen, Ray Robertson, Claire Battershill
T 3-5

This course addresses social issues through the exploration of creative activity and the imaginative arts. Topics will be discussed from historical, ethical and philosophical perspectives, and might be considered either in a group or individually.Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: 
Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC190Y1 and 1 FCE in any 100-level course in ARC or CIN or DRM or VIS or MUS or ENG
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)










LESTER PEARSON STREAM COURSES
History, Politics, and Social Sciences

VIC181H1F/S
Events in the Public Sphere: World Affairs
Professor David Wright
MW 10-11

This seminar will review issues in contemporary world affairs, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the present day. The course will examine the politics and practice of foreign policy decision making, in Canada, the U.S. and elsewhere. Issues to be covered include the collapse of the Soviet Union, intervention in humanitarian crises and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The impact of Trump and Brexit on international order will also be discussed.  In class, Professor Wright will draw on experiences from his diplomatic career, including as Ambassador to NATO.  Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC183H1, VIC184H1, VIC185H1, and a first-year course in ECO, HIS or POL 
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)



VIC183H1F/S
Individuals and the Public Sphere: Shaping Memory
Professor Ivan Kalmar
R 10-12

This course explores how public service and citizenship are developed. Topics may include the role of law and government, civil liberties, rights and responsibilities, and the role of protest. Emphasis on individuals and movements that have shaped modern memory. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC181H1, VIC184H1, VIC185H1 and a first-year course in ECO, HIS or POL 
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)



VIC184H1F/S
Individuals and the Public Sphere: History, Historiography and Making Cultural Memory
Professor Anne Urbancic
MW 10-11

A seminar course that examines the contribution of an individual or individuals to the public sphere. The course will explore how public service and citizenship are developed in social, philosophical, and cultural and historical contexts. We will examine our evolving role in collective, cultural and counter memory. Students will have the opportunity to learn practical research techniques for primary source materials. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC181H1, VIC183H1, VIC185H1 and a first-year course in ECO, HIS or POL
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: Social Science 
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)



VIC185H1F/S
Events in the Public Sphere: Social Justice
Professor Vic Falkenheim
R 10-12

Among the more remarkable developments of the late 20th century was the explosive growth in the number of democracies in the world. Dubbed the “3rd wave” by political scientist Samuel Huntington, this massive shift was acclaimed by theorist Frances Fukuyama as the ‘end of history. But the disappointing performance of many new democracies and the dysfunctions of many mature democracies has led to renewed debate over the competing advantages of democracy versus authoritarian developmental regime, The dramatic success of  China’s ‘market-authoritarian’ experiment  is a case in point. This course will explore the dynamics of democratic transformation over the past four decades, focusing on the transformation of East Asian states undergoing the complex processes of modernization. 

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC181H1, VIC183H1, VIC184H1 and a first-year course in ECO, HIS or POL
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)










EGERTON RYERSON STREAM COURSES
Education and Society

VIC150Y1
School and Society
Professor TBD
M 10-12

This course will be about the social and historical role of the school. The course will examine schools and learning as social, political, intellectual, and economic phenomena.Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite:
 Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC151Y1 and PSY100H1
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)


VIC151Y1
Theories and Practices of Teaching
Professor TBD
W 10-12

This course focuses on connecting theories and practice of teaching with a view to having students develop their personal understanding of teaching. Students will be involved in a practicum. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC150Y1 and PSY100H1
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)










ARTHUR SCHAWLOW STREAM COURSES
Physical and Mathematical Sciences

VIC172Y1
Physical Sciences Today
Professor Emanuel Istrate
W 2-4

What does science do for our society, and what does society do for science? Who are today’s scientists? Why, where and how are they doing their work? In this course we discuss the way science works, taking a multi-disciplinary look at the physical sciences, the factors that enable scientific progress and the environment in which we advance science today.  We will look at the norms guiding the work of scientists, the value of scientific results and the ways in which scientists and others make use of these results to improve our lives. At the same time, we discuss our ethical and social responsibilities as scientists. The course complements the content of the science courses taught at the university, discussing issues that modern scientists should consider in their career.

Prerequisite: admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC173Y1 and 1.0 FCE selected from first-year course offerings in the sciences (0.5 FCE must be a CHM, MAT, or PHY course)
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: Social Science or Science
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)



VIC173Y1
Philosophy of Science for Physical Scientists
Professor Hakob Barseghyan
F 2-4

This course introduces students to some of the issues in the philosophy of science, in general, and in the philosophy of physics, in particular. Topics include the scientific method and its controversies, the meaning of time and its properties, realism versus competing approaches, thought experiments, and quantum mechanics. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC172Y1 and 1.0 FCE selected from first-year course offerings in the sciences (0.5 FCE must be a CHM, MAT, or PHY course)
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: Social Science or Science
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)










AUGUSTA STOWE-GULLEN STREAM COURSES
Life Sciences

VIC170Y1
Introduction to Probability, Persuasion, and the Rhetoric of Science
Professor Angus McQuibban
T 10-12

The interplay between science and society will be explored over the course of the year through discussion and several group projects.  Topics covered will include research funding strategies, ethics in science, drug resistance, and vaccination amongst other scientific issues in our society.  The transition from basic science to translation will be discussed in the context of company creation and research proposals.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC171Y1 and 1.0 FCE selected from first-year course offerings in the sciences (0.5 FCE must be a BIO course)
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities or Social Science 
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)



VIC171Y1
Methodology, Theory and Practices in the Natural Sciences
Professor Brian Baigrie
R 10-12

An examination of scientific theories and their logic in life and physical sciences.  Experimental design, novel device production, data analysis and modeling will be discussed using examples drawn from primary source material in the natural sciences.  Students will prepare a research paper on a topic designed in consultation with the instructor. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Admission to Vic One
Corequisite: VIC170Y1 and 1.0 FCE selected from first-year course offerings in the sciences (0.5 FCE must be a BIO course)
Exclusion: Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Woodsworth One, 199 seminars, Vic One Hundred courses.
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)









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