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How to Enrol

You can add Vic One Hundred/FYF courses through ACORN/ROSI. No special application is required.

Priority will be given to Victoria College students at the beginning of course registration. Thereafter, Vic One Hundred/FYF seminars will be open to all first-year students in the Faculty of Arts & Science who are NOT enrolled in a college One program. Enrolment is limited to 1.0 FCE (full course equivalent). You may take a combination of Vic One Hundred and FYF seminar half-year courses as long as your enrolment in them does not exceed 1.0 FCE.

All Vic One Hundred Seminars satisfy the Victoria College Small-Course Requirement.


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2019–2020 Courses

Start building a strong foundation for your academic career from day one with a small-class experience. First-Year Foundation Seminars, including Vic One Hundred courses, help you form relationships with professors, network with peers in an accessible environment and transition to university studies.

Exclusion for all First-Year Foundation Seminars and Vic One Hundred Courses: VIC108Y1; Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; No more than another 0.5 FCE from FYF seminars or Vic One Hundred.

Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

VIC102H1F - Ethics and Choices in Times of Crisis
Breadth - Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)
Professor Eric Jennings
T 2-4

This course examines a specific event, or events, in relation to the public sphere. The course will use events or an event as an entry point to discuss the nature of society including topics such as major revolutions, economic crises, the impact of the appearance of significant artistic or cultural works and the impact of technological changes.

VIC106H1F/S - Psychology and Society
Breadth - Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)
Professor Joel Faflak
R 12-2

This course explores central developments and ongoing controversies in the scientific study of the human mind, brain and behaviour. It examines topics such as: psychoanalysis, behaviourism, humanistic psychology, evolutionary psychology, intelligence testing and feminist perspectives. Goals include understanding the historical evolution and social relevance of scientific psychology.

VIC108H1F - Belonging, Imagination, and National Identity
Breadth - Society and its Institutions (3)
Professor Ken Derry
F 12-2

This course will examine questions of belonging, imagination and national identity as presented by a number of Indigenous films from North America and Oceania. Specifically, we will be looking at how these films frame Indigenous identity in relation to both Indigenous communities and to the larger non-Indigenous nations where these communities reside. A key focus of the course will be to consider Indigenous cinematic responses to the historical and ongoing harm of colonialism, and how healing might begin to take place.

VIC109H1F/S - Innovators and Their Ideas
Breadth - Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)
Professor Joanna Papayiannis
T 10-12

A study of the ideas and concerns of innovators who questioned traditional views and values. The course includes creative thinkers who challenged basic concepts on politics, literature, religion and society.

VIC110H1S - Critical Perspectives on Society
Breadth - Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)
Professor David Cook
M 10-12

By means of short texts, film or art works this course explores such themes as the effect of technology on the political, the nature of democracy, the question of resistance through art and the role of violence in society.

VIC112Y1Y - Puzzles Discovery and the Human Imagination
Breadth - Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)
Professor Marcel Danesi
MWF 9-10

There has never been a period of time, nor has there ever been a culture, without some kind of puzzle tradition. Are puzzles just playful artefacts, intended merely to entertain? Or are they mirrors of something much more fundamental in human life? The course will take a close look at what puzzles tell us about the human mind and human culture.

VIC119H1F - Myths and Legends in Modern Contexts
Breadth - Creative and Cultural Representations (1)
Professor Cathie Sutton
R 10-12

This course provides an introduction to modern forms of ancient narratives, exploring the ways in which selected ancient literary sources and myths have been adapted to modern Canadian literature. Ancient narratives or 'old stories' are often reused, reinterpreted or reconstructed in modern narratives and given new relevance in a contemporary context. Students will encounter sources and contexts of ancient narratives.

VIC121H1F: Evaluating Healthcare: Problems and Solutions
Breadth - Living Things and Their Environment (4)
Professor Mat Mercuri
M 10-12

This course introduces students to the study of healthcare by asking foundational questions about how evidence and knowledge are produced in the context of healthcare problems. Students will explore how different frameworks for clinical practice (e.g. Evidence-based Medicine, Person-Centred Healthcare) conceptualize evidence and how different methodologies impact how healthcare research is conceived, reported, and understood. Students will learn to critically appraise healthcare research studies and assess their evidence value and implications for clinical practice.

VIC122H1S: Scientific Evidence in Public Policy
Breadth - Society and its Institutions (3)
Professor Mat Mercuri
M 10-12

This course investigates issues arising from the translation of scientific evidence for public consumption, including in the development of public policy and in confronting problems of social and global significance. Areas of focus will include climate change, global health and clinical medicine. Students will explore concepts including the perception and communication of risk, the generalizability of research findings, probabilistic and mechanistic thinking and the use and abuse of scientific authority and “expertise” in public discourse.

VIC134H1F - Globalization
Breadth - Society and its Institutions (3)
Professor Vic Falkenheim
F 10-12

This interdisciplinary course explores the contemporary character of globalization. The world is shrinking as money, goods, people, ideas, weapons and information flow across national boundaries. Some commentators assert that a more tightly interconnected world can exacerbate financial disruptions, worsen the gap between rich and poor nations, undermine democracy, imperil national cultures, harm the environment, and give unconstrained freedom to predatory corporations. Others proclaim that globalization - understood as capitalism and free markets - fosters economic growth, encourages creative collaboration, inspires technological breakthroughs and enhances human prospects for a better life, in rich and poor countries alike, in unprecedented ways. Our task is to evaluate the evidence and draw our own conclusions.

VIC135H1F/S - The Death of Meaning
Breadth - Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)
Professor Andrew Lawless
T 11-1

This course examines some of the ways in which the idea that our lives have a transcendent (or higher) ‘Meaning’, or indeed any meaning at all, came under increasing scrutiny in the 19th and 20th centuries. It begins with an examination of how Darwin’s theory of evolution, according to which humans are not qualitatively different from the rest of the animal kingdom but rather, like them, simply products of evolution, challenged the longstanding idea of humans as ‘exceptional’ beings at the centre of a god’s creation or at least at the top of the ‘tree of life’. While Darwin did not draw an explicitly atheist conclusion from his findings, many others did. There thus ensued a debate about the meaning of life, or lack thereof, that continues to this day. We will examine this questioning of our place in the great scheme of things by reading and discussing a series of short ‘classic’ texts that range across science, politics, philosophy and literature.

VIC136H1S - How to Study Everyday Life
Breadth - Society and its Institutions (3)
Professor Ivan Kalmar
R 2-4

An introduction to the academic study of everyday life. A cross-disciplinary discussion class drawing on a wide variety of examples from ordinary life, fantasy and culture. We situate the apparently innocuous within larger patterns of social relations and social change.

VIC137H1S - Science and Science Fiction
Breadth - Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)
Professor Nikolai Krementsov
W 10-12

Based on reading and discussion of science fiction and popular science in the context of social issues, this seminar course explores the fantastic visions of humanity's future inspired by scientific advances during the twentieth century.

VIC142H1S - Machiavelli: The Politics of Power
Breadth - Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)
Professor Manuela Scarci
T 2-4

The name of Machiavelli unleashes powerful opinions and responses and conjures up trickery, duplicity and cynicism. Yet Machiavelli himself is arguably the least Machiavellian of political figures of the Italian Renaissance. This course examines the writings of Niccolo Machiavelli, placing them in their historical context in order to understand this most controversial figure of the Renaissance, his influence and his lasting legacy.

VIC199H1S - Thinking with Things
Breadth - Society and its Institutions (3)
Professor Cathie Sutton
R 10-12

This course will examine the materiality of objects with a view to understanding how artefacts are made, their circulation, consumption, and the importance of things to social and cultural life. An investigation of artefacts from various collections in and around the university will be undertaken to develop basic methods for the study, description and analysis of material culture. In addition to hands-on exploration of objects, topics may include antiquarians and their methods, material culture in colonial contexts, and materials in contemporary user-friendly design.