Victoria College Capstone Courses

Capstone courses provide opportunities for students to work closely with senior faculty on projects that involve substantial research, leadership, and/or interdisciplinary components, so as to consolidate their academic experiences and prepare to move beyond undergraduate studies.


VIC476H1F - Capstone Seminar in Foreign Policy
Professor David Wright


This senior seminar is intended as a capstone to studies in the fields of international relations and political science. It focuses on current issues of foreign policy from the perspective of a practitioner. Professor Wright was Canadian Ambassador to NATO for six years. How are decisions taken in crisis situations and how are broad foreign policy directions determined? The period covered will be from the end of the Cold War to the present day. Central issues will include the return to confrontation with Russia under Putin, international intervention in humanitarian crises, dealing with an unstable Middle East, and the rise of China. American and Canadian foreign policies will be analyzed and any current crises will be given historical and strategic context. There will be a good deal of debate and discussion in the seminar. 

Prerequisite: Completion of 15 FCEs, and VIC181H. Application Required. Deadline to apply is June 2nd, 2017.
Exclusion: POL470Y1 
Distribution Requirement Status: Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)


VIC451H1Y  Capstone: Learning Communities and Higher Education
Professor Anne Urbancic


Northrop Frye spoke of the educatedimagination as one where eloquence and participation are complementarycomponents. This Capstone course offers you both aspects. First, you'll have aguided professional formation in mentorship and leadership. We'll considerdifferent kinds of learning communities, experiential learning, and variouscontexts of education. You will also have the very practical opportunity to takeon the important role as mentor to a class of students in a limited enrolmentfirst year course at VIC. You'll help your class integrate more successfullyinto VIC and U of T by offering guidance in areas such as adapting to universitylife beyond academics, preparing for tests and exams, study skills etc. Contemporaneously,in our biweekly meetings, you'll consider, discuss and then reflect on best practicesin mentoring and leadership that will be valuable to you even after you leavethe university. 

Prerequisite: A minimum CGPA of 3.0 and have completed 15 FCEs. Application Required. Deadline to apply is July 3, 2017.
Co-requisite: Mentor a Victoria College first-year seminar. More information will be provided at a later time.
Distribution Requirement Status: Social Sciences
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)


VIC493H1Y Vic Capstone Research Colloquium

Professor Ira Wells

The Vic Capstone Research Colloquium is intended for students registered in Independent Studies, Individual Studies, or Senior Essay courses in Humanities or Social Science subjects. It is a half-course taught over the full academic year (12 x 2-hour sessions, with the final session extended into a symposium event). The Colloquium provides instruction, support, and practical experience through the various stages of your research project, from the project proposal to work-in-progress feedback to presentation of results.

Since the Colloquium includes students working in a variety of Humanities and Social Science disciplines, the emphasis is on interdisciplinarity: you will learn to communicate your research to a multidisciplinary audience and gain insight into how data, theory, case studies, literature reviews, and methodology vary by discipline.

The Colloquium is evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis. This course is not eligible for CR/NCR option. 

Prerequisite: A minimum CGPA of 3.0 and have completed 15 FCEs.  Application Required. Deadline to apply is July 3, 2017. 
Corequisite: Registration in an Independent / Individual Studies or Senior Essay course
Exclusion: POL499Y1; RLG404H1/405H1; UNI460H1; thesis seminars in other programs
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities and Social Science


VIC493H1Y Vic Capstone Research Colloquium
Professor Emanuel Istrate


As a large research university, UofT teaches students both through courses and through involvement in research projects. What type of learning takes place during research? What are the differences in the skills needed to do well in a course versus a research project? VIC493 is a companion course to independent study and independent research courses in the sciences. 

We will look at the various stages of a research project and discuss techniques that make research more efficient. Class discussions will consider practical questions on how best to organize and run your research. Students will present their research results in a mini-symposium and will engage in discussions about challenges and opportunities that arise in their work. 

This will give the opportunity to develop and improve scientific communication skills, an essential asset for a career in the sciences. As a multi-disciplinary course covering all types of sciences, we will have the opportunity to compare research techniques and standards across many different scientific disciplines in the physical and life sciences.

Prerequisite: A minimum CGPA of 3.0 and have completed 15 FCEs. Application Required. Deadline to apply is August 1, 2017.

Corequisite: Research lab experience or Independent research project (either in 2017-18 academic year or within the past year)
Exclusion: POL499Y1; RLG404H1/405H1; UNI460H1; thesis seminars in other programs
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities, Social Science, and Science

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