Ideas for the World Programs

We are pleased to offer four sections this term! Click ‘Sign Up!’ to register for the Fall 2017 Ideas for the World courses.

**Please register by Friday, October 6, 2017. Please note that Humanities for Humanity starts on September 19, 2017.  Please also note that Forging Your Future starts on October 5, 2017. All other sessions begin the following week on September 27 and 28, 2017**

 

Fall 2017 Programs

Humanities for Humanity

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm – 12 weeks

Humanities for Humanity (H4H) is well-known program offered in partnership with Trinity College. It has received a lot of positive press since it began in 2007. Most recently, philosopher and cultural critic Mark Kingwell praised H4H in the midst of a thought-provoking article about university education, published in Academic Matters -- you may read Professor Kingwell's full article here: http://academicmatters.ca/2017/05/a-populist-wake-up-call-for-universities/#disqus_thread.

Together, students and disadvantaged members of the community dine together and look at the world through the lenses of humanities texts. We ask questions about the kind of people we once were, the kind of people we now are, and the kind of people we ought to become. The course is interdisciplinary and includes political, philosophical, economic, literary and historical issues. 

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Culture and Conflict in the Media

Wednesdays, 12:30 - 2:00 pm - 6 weeks

Over lunch, we discuss media spin, public relations, propaganda, and journalism with respect to major social and political issues in the contemporary world. Can public relations campaigns change attitudes -- e.g., can they convince populations to support war? Do particular frames in the media hide relevant interests? In the developed democratic world do journalists face any forms of censorship? Are there biases with respect to gender or race in the media? These and other questions are posed for discussion, usually after screening a brief documentary to introduce the topic of the day. Discussions facilitated by Professor John Duncan, Director of Ethics, Society and Law at U of T.

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Science in Society

Thursdays, 12:30 - 2:00 pm - 6 weeks

Who benefits from scientific research? How are the scientific projects we pursue chosen in the first place? How do scientific discoveries and inventions connect with broader social issues of conflict, politics and development?  Why are some scientific topics so controversial? These are the kinds of questions that will be discussed over lunch in a small diverse group of students - not just those in science! - led by University faculty and staff.

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Forging Your Future in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Thursdays, 4:30 - 6:00 pm - 4 weeks (October 5, 12, 19, 26 2017)

This session will focus on exploring specific career and higher education options in the humanities and social sciences. We'll also work on important skills like networking, personal branding and resume building.

1.  Career Options in Humanities & Social Sciences

2. Exploring Further Education

3. Telling Your Story: Resume and Cover Letters

4. Talking to Professionals & Building Connections

 BONUS: How to use LinkedIN to enhance your personal brand & an opportunity to have a professional photo for your LinkedIN profile taken.


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