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Courses

Courses available for the 2017-2018 academic year

The following courses are offered to LCDS students and to other students as electives. The 300-level courses offered by our department are also open to first year students. Please contact the department if you have trouble registering for these courses or would like more information.

Summer Semester

LOYC 230 Globalization and Diversity (3 credits)

This course explores the main differences between the world's major cultures, religious beliefs, and philosophies, and addresses the tensions between establishing universal values and maintaining cultural diversity in an age of accelerating globalization. There is also an emphasis on the conception of different levels of social complexity, principally the role of the individual, the interpersonal, and the group within a society. This course is intended to develop team research and presentation skills, and the ability to communicate and work effectively within a small group setting.

This course is recommended for the Minor in Diversity and the Contemporary World. It can be accepted as a 200-level course for the Minor in Sustainability Studies upon submission of a student request.

This course is cross-listed with THEO 234.

Offered Monday & Wednesday 6:30-9:30 PM in H 407 (SGW).

Fall Semester

LOYC 240 Global Environmental Issues and Ecological Justice (3 credits)

This online course is an introduction to the emerging field of global environmental politics. It surveys the present environmental crisis and the roles of states, international organizations, and civil society. Various case studies dealing with oceans, forests, fisheries, biodiversity, global warming, and others are used to illustrate the inherent complexity of transnational ecological issues in the era of globalization.

This course is required for the Minor in Sustainability Studies.

LOYC 298-01 Ecocide and Dystopias (3 credits)

This course focuses on the natural environment and our interactions with it as presented through selected films. Students  deconstruct the visual representation of a problem or complex set of problems around the natural environment presented both as “fact” and as “entertainment”. Students generate an understanding of how the individual and one's society can operate more effectively in a global context of increased inter-cultural interaction, in unison with the environment.

This course is recommended for both the Minor in Diversity and the Contemporary World and the Minor in Sustainability Studies.

Offered Tuesday 1:15-4:00 PM in CC 405 (Loyola).

LOYC 298-02 Foundations in Diversity Studies (3 credits)

This new course introduces the participants to various diversity related issues in the context of the current world. Students will learn and reflect how diversity impacts our perspectives, our communication, our relationships, our value systems, and our ethical practices—in short—our lives. One of the aims of this course is to find the balance in maintaining one’s own cultural values and self-worth while not judging others for being different. The course explores complex and seemingly disjointed but in reality, interconnecting issues of diversity as they shape our practices and worldviews.

The course is based on the premise that increasing globalization processes demand improved understanding of intercultural competencies. The absence of such competencies can lead towards various misunderstandings rooted in identity issues. An understanding of various issues related to diversity can help us develop an appreciation of socio-cultural diversity. Strengthening of intercultural competencies is thus a central objective of the course.

Many problems we face today are ingrained within our cultural ways of being. To know more about various issues related to diversity, we need to know not only about the “other, ” but the inquiry must be spun to ourselves to make a change and develop an ethic of a responsible attitude and caring towards all living ‘others’ including the planet.

Grounded in ideals of social justice and equity this course takes a holistic approach to various issues related to diversity. It is based on the contention that meaningful societal transformation can only take place if oppressive structures and formations of the society are carefully examined and critiqued. The course rests on the idea that there is a need to move beyond a focus on differences, an approach that can become a source of conflict, ignorance, and misunderstanding. Better knowledge and recognition of various issues related to diversity can lead to better mutual understanding, especially with regards to the objectives held in common as Canadians. Students will be introduced to various aspects and issues of cultural diversity and the resulting need for intercultural dialogue and change in attitudes and behaviors.

This course is strongly recommended for the Minor in Diversity and the Contemporary World.

Offered Monday and Wednesday 10:15-11:30 AM in CC 425 (Loyola).

LOYC 340 Culture and Communication (3 credits)

This course is an anthropological approach to variations in cultural experience as they relate to communication. Students explore modes of expression and communication, including literature and film, with a view to examining questions of interpretation, aesthetics, and ethical judgement. Personal expression and communication are also discussed. This course is intended to develop an awareness of the role of imagination and creativity in expression and interpretation, and sensitivity to the role of cultural and other differences in processes of communication.

NOTE: Students who have received credit for LOYC 410 may not take this course for credit.

This course is recommended for the Minor in Diversity and the Contemporary World. It can be accepted for the Minor in Sustainability Studies upon completion of a student request.

Offered Tuesday and Thursday 10:15-11:30AM  in CC 425 (Loyola).

Winter Semester

LOYC 220 The Contemporary World (3 credits)

From a variety of perspectives, including historical, environmental, economic, and cultural, this course examines major issues facing the world today. These issues may include international trade and the economy, the regulation of garbage and pollution, the decline in cultural variability, the spread and control of disease, and the effects of mass communication. This course is intended to develop an appreciation of a global view of the challenges which the world is likely to face in the next few decades.

Offered Wednesday 1:15-4:00 PM in CC 425 (Loyola).

LOYC 320 Biodiversity on Earth (3 credits)

The current state of biodiversity around the world and the forces that affect this diversity are the main focus of this course. It addresses the origins of this diversity, the advantages of variability in the environment for human life, and the contemporary challenges to this diversity. This course is intended to emphasize holistic thinking and system analysis.

This course is required for the Minor in Sustainability Studies and recommended for the Minor in Diversity and the Contemporary World.  

Offered Monday and Wednesday 10:15-11:30 AM in CC 314 (Loyola).

LOYC 330 Self, Culture and Development (3 credits)

This course examines, from a psychological perspective, how the concept of self varies across cultures. Whereas some cultures embrace the concept of the individual, other cultures emphasize the communal nature of social and personal existence. This theme is explored from several perspectives including theory about development, the treatment of “self” in literature, cultural variations in the concept of human rights, and the link between self and society. This course is intended to demonstrate the interface between the medical and social sciences and the analysis of change.

This course is recommended for the Minor in Diversity and the Contemporary World.

Offered Friday 9:00-11:30 AM in SP 157 (Loyola).

LOYC 398 Orientation to International Community Engagement (3 credits)

This course is a collaboration between the Faculties of Arts and ScienceFine Arts and the John Molson School of Business, having faculty members from all faculties teach the course. The course explores critical perspectives on intercultural engagement with local and international communities, addressing issues of development theory, collaboration, volunteerism, collective action, sustainability and entrepreneurship. The course is open to all students from the above-mentioned faculties and to students partaking in the Community Empowerment, Education and Development (CEED) Concordia Program.

This course is suitable for both the Minor in Diversity and the Contemporary World and the Minor in Sustainability Studies.

Offered Friday 2:45-5:30 PM in EV 7.745 (SGW).

LOYC 420 Integrative Project (3 credits)

Prerequisite: 12 credits of LOYC courses; or permission of the College. This course focuses on the conceptualization of cross-disciplinary inquiry and the problems of interdisciplinary communication. The role of discipline-based and cross-disciplinary research is studied. A brief intellectual history of discipline-formation and emerging interdisciplinary fields is discussed. One contemporary global issue will usually be discussed in detail in this context.

There are two options for this course: the internship option and the research project option. For the first, students complete 120 hours of an approved internship and some related work in class. For the second, students complete a major research paper.

This course is required for the Minor in Diversity and the Contemporary World and recommended for the Minor in Sustainability Studies.

Offered Monday 1:15-2:30 PM in CC 425 (Loyola).

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