Since ancient times, humankind has gazed up at the night sky and wondered. This on-line course introduces students to astronomy in order to understand the formation, evolution, physical properties and current theories of the universe as we know it. Topics explored include: the Big Bang Theory, physics of light and matter, planets of our solar system including results of spacecraft explorations, the Milky Way and other galaxies, key constellations, life and death of stars, supernovae, pulsars, black holes, quasars, exoplanets and dark matter. Students will analyze astronomy photos and explain interesting astronomical phenomena. Various indigenous and cultural perspectives about the universe and our place within it are also offered as a complement to the scientific worldview. This course is mainly descriptive, taught at a qualitative level with an emphasis on conceptual, as contrasted with mathematical, comprehension. It is designed as a general education course for anyone with an interest in astronomy. No Textbook Required.
Geology is the most exciting and hands-on of the sciences. It is the study of a dynamic Earth that is changing on a daily basis due to tectonic activity, volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, meteorite strikes, tsunami and more. This course is an "Introduction to Geology" and it outlines the formation of the Earth in context of the formation of the Universe and Solar System. It examines the history of the Earth and of the Moon and its formation. This is followed by an examination of the properties of the Earth, its dynamic activities, its rocks and minerals and fossils and the uses of rocks and minerals. The course closes with an examination of the careers that are associated with Geology. No Textbook Required.
This course will explore introductory topics across the broad field of human sexuality. Sexuality is often an important part of a full life but what this means varies from person to person and can be influenced by several biopsychosocial factors. This evidence-based course will explore the diversity of human sexual functioning across the lifespan and will look at topics including sexual behaviour, attraction and arousal, anatomy, reproduction, health and contemporary issues in sexuality. Students will explore how socialization and values impact attitudes and choices around sex. No textbook required.
Students taking this course will learn the definition of culture and will be introduced to inter-cultural communication theories such as differences in gestures, personal spaces, and customs. By identifying intercultural issues in North American society, student will learn how they can apply intercultural communication theories to their daily lives and how they can respect and understand persons from other cultures. The main objective of this course is to create an environment in which students will feel comfortable communicating with people from different cultures and backgrounds. As part of the course, students will communicate with people from other cultures electronically. This course will be of interest to workers in health services, education, human resources, and business as well as those people who want to enhance their communication skills particularly as they apply to communicating with people from other cultures. No Textbook Required.
Software Required: Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF reader.
This subject combines both the fun of participating in lively sports debates and the practical techniques that will help students to improve their communication skills. Students will receive a behind-the-scenes look at sport issues by examining topics such as sport and politics, commercialism, and the Olympic movement. Through this course, students will better understand the major problems and controversies surrounding the impact of sports upon society. Prerequisite: College English or equivalent. No Textbook Required.
This subject introduces students to the science of nutrition, making connections between the food we eat, the nutrients we need, and the roles they play in maintaining optimal health. Students will learn how to evaluate food labels and how to achieve adequate nutrient intake, while considering various diets and dietary restrictions. They will gain insight into the ways our food choices can increase or decrease the risk of illness and chronic disease. Food additives, nutritional claims, trends and controversies will also be explored and critically evaluated. NOTE: This course has mandatory group work. No textbook required.
The world’s oceans are spectacular in their beauty, majestic in their power, and domineering in terms of their effects on the world’s climate. Oceans are a source of bountiful food and tremendous numbers and varieties of species. Our future, as humans, depends upon the oceans that surround each and every continent. This course examines the oceans form historical, geological, geographical, and biological perspectives. Through readings, research, and presentations, students will discover the importance of caring for our oceans. Textbook Required.
Software Required: PowerPoint
This course will analyze the sociological aspects of popular music from the 20th century to the mainstream music of today. It will emphasize important trends, genres, labels and individuals in music history. Special attention will be given to Canadian experiences in popular music. Textbook Required.
In a few short years, social media has profoundly changed the global communication landscape. With the advent of social media tools such Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia, and Twitter, more and more people are connecting and collaborating online, and creating and distributing content in ways we have never seen before. This course will provide a summary of the major developments in social media and will examine how social media is changing media, business, government, the economy, development, and education in fundamental ways. Students will be introduced to a variety of social media environments and will gain hands-on experience with many of the leading social media applications. This course requires active participation of students and a willingness to immerse in social media practices. No textbook required. NOTE: This course has mandatory group work.