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CREW 110 (3) (Fall semester 2014)
Intro to Writing Poetry
An introduction to the basic structures and approaches in the writing of poetry. Analysis and discussion of professional work will form and develop guidelines for effective criticism and revision of student writing. 
Delivered by video conference - limited enrolment - please register early.
Instructor: Jay Ruzesky
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Min. "C+" in either English 12 or ENGL 115
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CRIM 135 (3) (Spring semester 2015)
Intro to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions: A Criminal Justice Perspective
An introduction to the principles of jurisprudence and the legal institutions of Canada. Topics include the history of Canadian law, the development of the Canadian constitution, Canadian courts and the legal profession, the nature of legal reasoning, the doctrine of precedent, principles of statutory interpretation, constitutional law, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, contract, torts, administrative and family law, and the process of law reform in Canada.
Instructor: TBA
Prerequisite: Min “C” in English 12 or equivalent.

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CRIM 200 (3) (Fall semester 2014)
Aboriginal Issues in the Canadian Criminal Justice
System

A survey of contemporary topics as they pertain to Native issues in the Canadian criminal justice system. This includes historical linkages to Native justice issues today, public perceptions of Natives and crime, government inquiries into miscarriages of justice, traditional systems of social control, the criminal law, developments in Native policing, aboriginal courtworkers, the
over-representation of Natives in corrections, and possibilities through self government. Focuses on historical, sociological and cultural perspectives as they pertain to aboriginal peoples, deviance, crime and social control.
A mandatory field trip to visit Guthrie House in Nanaimo is part of the course curriculum.
Instructor: TBA
Prerequisite: None.

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ECON 100 (3) (Fall semester 2014)
Intro to Economics
An introduction to the basic tools and concepts of economics which provide a framework for analyzing, understanding and evaluating the economic issues which appear in our newspapers daily, e.g., inflation, unemployment, interest rates, government budgets, rent controls, marketing boards, etc. Credit will not be granted for ECON 100 if either ECON 211 or 212 has been taken previously.
Delivered by video conference - limited enrolment - please register early.
Instructor: George Sharp
Prerequisite: None
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ENGL 115 (3) (Fall semester 2014 & Spring 2015*)
University Writing and Research
An introduction to critical thinking and reading, academic writing, and research skills, consistent with the conditions and expectations students encounter as readers and writers at university. Students are not permitted to register in more than one first-year English course concurrently.
Instructor: TBA
Prerequisite: Min “C” in English 12 or equivalent.
*Note: Spring 2015 has a February start date.
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ENGL 125 (3) (Spring semester 2015)
Literature & Culture
An introduction to the concept of literary genres that explores the relation between literature and its historical and cultural contexts. This course emphasizes reading, research, and writing. Students are not permitted to register in more than one first-year English course concurrently.
Instructor: TBA
Prerequisite: Min “C” in English 12 or equivalent.
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ENGL 240 (3) (Fall semester 2014)
Ways of Reading
A topical examination of different theoretical approaches to analyzing literature familiarizes students with major critical terms and their practical application in the understanding of literature. The course emphasizes reading, research, and writing. Analytical approaches vary.
Delivered by video conference - limited enrolment - please register early.
Instructor: Sally Carpentier
Prerequisite: Two semesters of first-year university English courses, with at least one literature course, and a minimum grade of "C" in both.
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LBST 210/310 (6) (Fall semester 2014)
Gods and Ancient Worlds
An advanced exploration of ancient Greek, Roman and Biblical poetry, drama, art, philosophy and science. Seminars examine such topics as justice, human nature, war, love, sexuality, faith, and rationality in the context of ancient times.
Delivered by video conference - limited enrolment - please register early.
Instructor: TBA 
Prerequisite for 210: 2nd year standing
Prerequisite for 310: Third-year standing
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LBST 220/320 (6) (Spring semester 2015)
Passion, Faith, Reason: the Middle Ages and Renaissance
An advanced exploration of the middle ages and Renaissance and their rich modern legacy. In seminars, students and faculty examine such topics as Dante's poetry, Machiavelli's politics, Hildegard's music, Galileo's science, Descartes' philosophy, and medieval Islamic writing. Credit will only be granted for one of LBST 220 or LBST 320. 
Delivered by video conference - limited enrolment - please register early.
Instructor: TBA
Prerequisite for 220: Second-year standing.
Prerequisite for 320: Either: second-year standing including a course in Liberal Studies, Philosophy or English with a min. "B-"; or third-year standing; or permission of instructor(s).
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PSYC 111 (3) (Fall semester 2014)
Contemporary Psychology 1
A survey of the current status of selected areas, emphasizing the scientific approach to the study of behaviour of humans and animals. Topics include physiology, sensation, perception, learning, memory, motivation, emotion, methodology, and introduction to statistics.
Instructor: Marie Piche
Prerequisite: None. Successful completion of Grade 12 English or equivalent is recommended.
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PSYC 112 (3) (Spring semester 2015)
Contemporary Psychology II
A survey of the current status of selected areas, emphasizing the scientific approach to the study of behaviour of humans and animals. Topics include development, language and thought, personality assessment, intelligence, personality theory, adjustment, abnormal behaviour, therapies, and social behaviour.
Instructor: Marie Piche
Prerequisite: None
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SOCI 111 (3) (Fall semester 2014)
Introduction to Sociology

An introduction to the sociological understanding of society and an exploration of how social conditions and historical context shape the life chances of individuals and groups. Topics include theoretical perspectives, culture, socialization, groups and organizations, social structure, social class, inequality, deviance and social control, gender, race and ethnicity.
Instructor: TBA
Prerequisite: None
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SOCI 112 (3) (Spring semester 2015)
Canadian Society in the Contemporary World

An introduction to Sociology through the study of Canadian society and its global context. In addition to theoretical perspectives, social class and inequality, topics may include education, family, religion, science and technology, environment, globalization, work, economy, politics, health and medicine, social movements and social change.
Instructor: TBA
Prerequisite: None
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