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11 interesting courses to take this Spring/Summer semester

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: March 24, 2022 8:00 a.m.

The U of R has lots of interesting classes for you to take this summer!
The U of R has lots of interesting classes for you to take this summer! iStock

Have you wanted to learn the basics of another language, or perhaps make wood-fired ceramics under the guidance of a visiting wood-firing expert? From entrepreneurship to criminological theories and video game music, we’ve put together a list of just some of the interesting courses you can take at the U of R in your Spring/Summer semester!

Wood Fired Ceramics - ART 290AM

Using outstanding kiln facilities, the course will be taught by a visiting expert in wood firing. Students will make works in clay and fire Wood and Wood-Soda kilns. The instruction will accommodate beginner through advanced level ceramic backgrounds. Students will have full access to the ceramic studio during the course.

Entrepreneurship: Creativity, Design and Innovation - BUS 201

This experiential and case-based course will identify barriers to individual and group creativity, approaches for overcoming these barriers, and methods for generating ideas that solve commercial, operational and/or institutional problems. This course is thus designed for typically non-business students and can be applied to almost any disciplinary area.

“The best entrepreneurs are also highly creative. But coming up with a great opportunity isn’t always a “eureka” moment and it doesn’t always start with a business idea. Creativity can be learned!” says Dr. Peter Moroz, course instructor and Associate Professor with the Hill and Levene Schools of Business. “In this course you will build competencies around the elements of creativity that can be applied to almost any activity, whether it is business related or not.” 

Moroz adds that cognition researchers have found that a wide range of creative process can be engaged to help almost anyone generate more and better creative ideas that ultimately lead to problem solving and productive innovation.

Introduction to Digital Studio Tools - CTCH 113

This entry-level studio course explores the creative opportunities available when working digitally in the areas of fine art, illustration and graphic design. Throughout this course students will work towards the production of a portfolio of digital works that will include digital painting, digital collage, vector illustrations, typography, layout design and photographic manipulations. Modules will include introductory and intermediate skills in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign as well as learning how to incorporate scanned artwork or photography into works for both print and screen.

Elementary Cree I - CREE 100

In this introduction to Cree you will learn basic oral expression, grammar, and practice with electronic learning materials. No prior knowledge of Cree is assumed.

Reconciliation and Indigenous Resurgence in Canada - INDG 262

This course explores different perspectives and policies towards renewing the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Settler Canada. Students will consider how the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation calls to action may guide reconciliation and Indigenous resurgence in Canada. (Prerequisite: INDG 100, or permission of the Program Coordinator)

Philosophy and Practice of Yoga and T'ai Chi - KHS 131

A study of the philosophical and practical aspects of movement through yoga and t'ai chi. This course will incorporate fundamental principles of flexibility training and proper technique. (Note: This is an applied activity-based course)

Video Game Music: History, Theory, Practice - MU 399AD

This course introduces the rich repertoire of video game music — it’s history, theory, and practice. Representative games, soundtracks, scores, and composers will be examined, as will some technical processes involved. Discussions will include image and sound synchronization; comparisons to other audiovisual media; and ways technological developments create constraints and possibilities.

Sociology of Hockey in Canada - SOC 218

An examination of hockey in Canada, exploring the relationships between hockey and social inequality, the economy, violence and Canadian nationalism. Central to Canadian popular culture, hockey extends far beyond the rinks and streets on which it is played into the social, cultural, economic, and political realms of Canadian society. (Prequisite: Completion of SOC 100 or 12 credit hours or permission of the Department Head)

“This course is an opportunity to explore the game of hockey beyond the surface level. Students are given the opportunity to examine and discuss the game from a number of perspectives and come to a greater understanding of what role the game plays in Canadian society,” says Rob Nestor, course instructor and sessional lecturer with the Department of Sociology & Social Studies. “Students often come away from the class with a deeper understanding of the positives and negatives that the game brings to families, communities, and society.”

Performing the City - THEA 215AB

This class considers dance/movement /the urban environment. Students work in studio and on location investigating the city as a canvas for creativity, spectatorship, place making and entrepreneurship. It is aimed at Fine Arts, Business, Education, Kinesiology, and those interested in the place of creativity in the urban environment.

Sex and the City: the Pursuit of Pleasure in Britain since 1500 - HIST 322

Topics include early modern erotica, the city and sexual danger, prostitution, Victorian repression, abortion and birth control, twentieth-century liberal attitudes toward sexuality, the impact of sex manuals and sex education, the sexual revolution, and the articulation of a gay and lesbian identity. (Prerequisite: One HIST course or 30 credit hours)

“This is a fun course to take during the summer, aiming to challenge students’ ideas about how we understand and define sexuality,” says Dr. Robin Ganev, course instructor and Assistant Professor with the Department of History. “Students will be introduced to past ideas and forms of sexuality they will not have encountered before such as Enlightenment libertines, cross-dressing, female husbands, romantic friendship, and the great masturbation panic of the late nineteenth century.”

Gender, Race and Sexuality in Popular Culture - WGST 380AM

This course is an examination of the make-up and organizations of social formations through the medium of popular culture. Popular culture is taken to be a significant expression of human existence, and this course intends to investigate such expression, paying attention to the categories of gender, race, and sexuality. (Prerequisite: WGST 100 and permission of the Department Head)

Registration for the Spring/Summer and Fall 2022 terms is now open! You can visit the schedule builder to search all of the classes offered.