University of Ottawa


100 - Cell Biology of Cancer

Important Information: This course will be offered at the Roger-Guindon campus on Peter Morand Drive.

The Faculty of Medicine invites you for a week of mini-lectures coupled with hands-on laboratory experience to investigate the principles of cancer biology. The mini-lectures will provide you with a snapshot of how healthy cells divide and communicate, and how these processes become defective in cancer. In the laboratory component, you will learn how to grow and propagate cells outside the body, analyze cells and tissues by fluorescence microscopy, and investigate how targeted therapies trigger cancer cell death.

Note: This mini-course involves lab work which will require a signed waiver from a parent/guardian.

Professeur : Keith Wheaton and Lisa D'ambrosio
École ou département : Faculty of Medicine
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


101 - Rehabilitation: The Key to Autonomy

Note: This course will be offered at the Roger Guindon campus (Smyth Road)

Rehabilitation professionals work with people who have difficulty doing daily activities due to a medical condition, following an illness or as a result of an accident. They help individuals maximize their abilities, recover lost functioning or compensate the loss through adaptations or equipment to allow the individuals to better live with their new condition.

Come discover how audiologists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and physiotherapists work in teams to help preserve an individual's independence and quality of life. Some of the activities during this mini-course include experimenting with various disabilities, hearing client testimonials, learning about various interventions and looking at case histories.


Professeur : Paulette Guitard
École ou département : School of Rehabilitation Sciences
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


102 - Are You Ready for Disaster? Managing, Responding to and Preparing for Disasters

This course on disaster management and emergency preparedness will allow students to learn valuable assets on how to prepare, respond, and recover from disasters. With the help of PowerPoint presentations, group activities and guest speakers from various disaster management specialties, students will learn skills such as team planning, cooperation and coordination, management of resources and forward thinking. Students will take part in activities such as creating a shelter-in-place, a mini first aid course and a visit to the local fire station. Using the tools and resources they have acquired during the week, students will gain a global understanding of disasters as well as the management skills required throughout the process.

Professeur : Chrisitina Pickering
École ou département : Telfer School of Management
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


103 - Entrepreneurship in the Information Age: New Business Opportunities Beneficial to Society

Do you think you have a great business idea? Do you ever think you might start a business? This course explores what it would be like to be an “entrepreneur”, and the opportunities and management behind starting a new business. Students will have the opportunity to develop a new, unique concept for a product or service business idea beneficial to society but also considering the digital enhancement of the new business. Students will develop the financial skills required for running a new business, the necessary marketing strategies and sales tactics, and the abilities to manage human resources. The point of view is always that of a new business owner who must direct, make decisions and take action to ensure leadership in the market.

Professeur : Dennis Sakalauskas
École ou département : Telfer School of Management
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


104 - Combine Your Passions and Create a Career You Will Love

In order to thrive in the modern workforce, skills like storytelling, presentations skills and data analysis are critical. But what if you could engineer a career you love? This course examines how you can combine seemingly unrelated passions, in a way that will create opportunities for you. We'll also examine how university education can help equip you with the right skills to do so.

Professeur : Alexander Campbell
École ou département : Telfer School of Management
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


105 - Managing Talent in the 21st Century

At school, it’s grades. In sports, it’s player and team stats. Social media? Number of followers, likes, re-tweets, etc. Let’s face it, today’s world is obsessed with data. So don’t be alarmed when one day your boss wants to discuss your “performance metrics”. What in the world does that mean?!

This mini-course on talent management will explore the fascinating topic of People Analytics, and discuss how the best organizations on the planet collect data on its employees to make key decisions. In an age of Artificial Intelligence and machine automation, come learn how to solve problems only humans can tackle.


Professeur : Jonathan Ledoux
École ou département : Telfer School of Management
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


106 - Online Marketing – Digital, Social and Beyond

The Internet is all around us, and businesses are doing everything they can to harness its potential. Leading organizations are using digital marketing in many exciting ways to reach their customers. This course gives you a sneak peek into all the resources available on the platforms used today to harness the power of digital marketing.

Are you interested in finding out more about social media advertising or using Google more effectively? Do you aspire to become a musician, a blogger, a traveller, or any other independent practitioner? Are you interested in finding out how Google and Facebook are using your behaviour to better market to you? Are you planning to get into marketing as a career choice? Do you want to become an entrepreneur? If you answered YES to any of these questions, this mini-course is a must for you.


Professeur : Shouvanik Dey
École ou département : Telfer School of Management
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


108 - Genome GENE-iuses!

Put on your lab coat and become a scientist! Join us for an exciting week of hands-on laboratory experiments where you will try to uncover the hidden secrets of your DNA. Use biotechnology to manipulate the genome and make green-glowing bacteria; analyze food products from home to see if they contain genetically modified ingredients (GMOs); explore the concept of pharmacogenetics and see if you can predict your tasting abilities based on your own DNA sequence. Through many carefully-designed interactive activities, complemented by mini-lectures, you will explore how genomes contribute to the proper functioning of an organism and how we can manipulate and analyze DNA in a lab environment.

Professeur : Josee Coutu
École ou département : Faculty of Science
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


109 - Star-Stuff to Life

Science fiction makes the Universe seem to be teeming with life. Yet, we have only one example of a populated planet: our Earth. Is the Earth so unique that there is no other life in the Universe but here? We'll look into what makes the Earth seem so special and try to define what set of environments are required for life as we know it. We'll look at our neighboring planets to see what forms of life they could harbor, and we'll look to the stars for possible abodes for life beyond our solar system. This is a descriptive study of planets and planetary systems, of the environments necessary for life to begin, and of what is necessary for it to thrive. Come ready to explore!

Professeur : Robert Dick
École ou département : Faculty of Science
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


110 - From Neuroscience to Quantum Mechanics and Astrophysics: 5 days at the Physics Frontier

This fast paced mini-course will introduce students to some of the most fascinating topics in current physics. Each day, full of interactive lectures and hands-on demonstrations, will conclude with a talk given by a guest speaker on the topic of his or her expertise. Among the topics to be discussed are neuro-physics and physics of the brain, quantum information, stellar evolution, Big Bang, Standard Model and gravitational waves. Students will be given opportunity to use our undergraduate laboratory and learn details of the experimental error analysis, as well as visit the state-of-the-art research labs.

This program is best suited to grade 10 and 11 students but it may also be of interest to more advanced junior students (grade 8/9).


Professeur : Andrzej Czajkowski
École ou département : Faculty of Science
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


111 - The Wonderful World of Physics

In this mixed environment setting (lectures, experiments, demos), students will experience various aspects of physics. Specific workshops will focus on rocket science, applied optics, simple machines, sound waves, electricity and thermodynamics. Students will be given opportunity to use our undergraduate laboratory and learn details of the experimental error analysis, as well as visit the state-of-the-art research labs.

Professeur : Andrzej Czajkowski
École ou département : Faculty of Science
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 9


112 - Down-to-earth Mathematics

The adventure begins in the world of cryptography where you will learn how to encode and decode secret texts like "The carrots are cooked!" The world of graph theory will allow us to try to understand and solve some puzzles. We will also sprinkle donuts with sugar of different colors (that's right!). When we enter the world of probability, we will estimate, using random experiments, values of known numbers such as "pi". In number theory, we will generate pseudo random numbers and manipulate imaginary numbers. And this is only the tip of the iceberg!

Professeur : Elizabeth Maltais
École ou département : Faculty of Science
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 9


113 - Rocks, Dirt, Bugs and Bones

What do you know about the planet you live on? Become an Earth scientist for a week and discover answers to the following questions: How are mountains formed? What types of life forms existed on Earth 500 million years ago? How can we tell that a two-kilometer thick ice sheet recently covered the Ottawa area? Will an accidental spill of toxic waste contaminate the drinking water of a municipality? How can bacteria explain the legends surrounding the Bermuda Triangle?

WARNING: Students taking this course must be prepared to brave the weather while away on field trips, get their hands dirty, participate in animated discussions, and learn something!

STUDENT DISCRETION ADVISED. Rated: (G) (Great content)


Professeur : Claude Farley
École ou département : Faculty of Science
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


114 - What in the World ISN’T Chemistry?

If you can find something, other than a vacuum or a pure concept such as philosophy, history or geography that ISN’T chemistry, you can earn $5! Come learn how chemistry is all around us, from what we eat and put on our bodies, to what we wear and how we travel! You will perform more than twenty-five hands-on experiments and get to take a lot of neat stuff you made home with you! Show off your chemistry knowledge to your family, friends and teachers and be a star!!

Professeur : Rashmi Venkateswaran
École ou département : Faculty of Science
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 9


115 - Biodiversity: Yours to Discover!

Are you fascinated by the complexity of the natural world that surrounds us? Are you interested in learning how wild animals live, shape our environment, and, incidentally, improve our day-to-day lives? Through lively discussions, laboratory challenges, and field activities, participants will gain a better understanding of the ecosystem services provided by wild organisms and will be challenged to find ways of combatting the threats they face. During this course, participants will get to participate in real research, both in the field and the lab, and will get to safely observe wild bees as they go about their activities.

Professeur : Jessica Forrest
École ou département : Facultyof Science
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 10


116 - Be a Civil Engineer for One Week and Build Your Own Mini House

The main objective of this course is to get the students involved in real design practice and application of the house design theory including material properties, general design steps, and best practice construction techniques. In this course, students will be exposed to all civil engineering disciplines and they will visit research labs and facilities. Phase one of this course will focus on the general steps of mini house design, while phase two will cover the different stages of mini house construction, including mixing and pouring concrete for the foundation, as well as wood frame, roof, siding and shingles.

Professeur : Muslim Majeed
École ou département : Faculty of Engineering
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


117 - Create Your Own Video Games

Learn to create your own video games! This mini-course includes:
• Graphical Programming for PC
• Mobile devices, Consoles (XBOX)
• The Web
• Real World Development by Engine (Unity)
• and more activities in-between!


Professeur : Adnane Stitou
École ou département : Faculty of Engineering
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


118 - Biomedical Engineering

Have you ever wondered what biomedical engineering is all about? Come discover the latest advances in this field and learn about the potential for future research. From studies on the heart and muscles to studies of the body in motion, this course is sure to please both the science and the engineering crowd. Don’t miss your chance to learn more about the many facets of biomedical engineering.

Professeur : Johnny Sfeir
École ou département : Faculty of Engineering
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


119 - Speak the Language of Robots!

We used to build robots to help us do hard tasks, but how about learning how to build smart robots? Did you know that robots nowadays can think, learn, and communicate the same way that cats and dogs do? Wonder what type of language they speak? Join us and we'll teach you all the secrets!

Professeur : Sa’di Altamimi
École ou département : Faculty of Engineering
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


120 - Civil Engineering - Role and Impact on Society

In this course, students will be exposed to a broad range of civil engineering topics and learn about the various fields of studies. They will enjoy hands-on experiences in laboratories, such as building spaghetti bridges and testing water samples. Students will also learn about the basics of home plans and how to use the AutoCAD computer software. Discussions about climate change and a field trip to a water and wastewater treatment plan are also planned.

Professeur : Hamidreza Shirkhani
École ou département : Faculty of Engineering
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


121 - Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering - Repairing Body Parts

Tissue engineering is an emerging discipline that applies engineering principles to create devices for the study, restoration, modification and assembly of functional tissues from native or synthetic sources. Using material science and engineering, we try to influence cell biology and persuade the body to heal itself through the delivery of appropriate molecular signals, cells and supporting structures. Basic concepts in tissue engineering will be introduced and current efforts in tissue repairs, such as skin and nervous system repair and the use of stem cells, will be discussed.

Professeur : Xudong Cao
École ou département : Faculty of Engineering
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


122 - Nanoelectronics – From an Idea to Reality

This is an introductory course about current and emerging nanotechnology in making electronics. The course is a combination of diverse field like physics, engineering and chemistry, to explain the trail of technology from micro scale devices to quantum devices. The course starts from the basic understanding of digital circuit and will cover the elementary physics behind working and the simple fabrication flow of a transistor. Activities will include the design and analysis of a basic circuit element, and a visit to some state-of-the-art research nanofabrication labs.

This program is best suited to grade 10 and 11 students; however, it may be of interest to more advanced junior HS students (grade 8/9).


Professeur : Shobhit Kareer
École ou département : Faculty of Engineering
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


123 - Introduction to C++

Nowadays, computers have become part of our daily life and can make our jobs much easier. They can be used for communication purposes (internet), to store and calculate data, to write up massive documents multiple times, and even for fun! But we need ways to speak with computers, and one way is programming. There are many programming languages all over the world which are designed for this purpose and one of them is C++, a basic programming language. So if you see your future with Google, Apple or IBM, this course is for you!

Professeur : Saman EinAbadi
École ou département : Faculty of Engineering
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


124 - One-Week Adventure in Chemical Engineering

The course is designed for students interested in exploring the world of chemical engineering. In this mini-course, you will be introduced to the main engineering basics: states of matter, the system of units, dimensions, process diagrams and flowcharts, mass balances, etc. The students will also have a chance to apply the knowledge to processes and learn the corresponding instrumentation. These processes could be membrane separation, evaporation, distillation, etc. Through multiple activities, students will develop analytical skills and problem-solving skills. In addition, the student will have the opportunity to visit chemical engineering labs to experience life as a chemical engineer.

Professeur : Haoyu Wu
École ou département : Faculty of Engineering
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


125 - Waste Not, Want Not: Engineering Solutions for Sustainable Development

Come and explore real-world environmental challenges that today’s engineers face, including waste management, water pollution, air pollution, and water scarcity. The intent of this course is to raise your awareness of what it means to be an Environmental Engineer and to encourage interest in solving current environmental issues. You will have the opportunity to “think like an Environmental Engineer” through hands-on group activities designed for grades 8 through 12. These activities include designing or constructing the following: a landfill, a water sanitation system, an air pollution monitoring system, and a housing development.

Professeur : Bianca Amaral-Stewart
École ou département : Faculty of Engineering
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


127 - Children's Rights: An exploration of children, youth and the law

Over the past 25 years the concept of children's rights has received a greater amount of attention in law. In many Western nations, reports of young offenders accused of violent crimes and the harms related to the new technologies have impacted on our local communities. In the Southern hemisphere, incidents of child soldiers and the trafficking of young people seem to be a constant in the media. It has been said that the phrase "children's rights" is really a slogan in search of a definition. This course will attempt to find its meaning by surveying the topic locally and internationally.

Professeur : Mark-Erik Hecht
École ou département : Faculty of Law
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


128 - Access to Justice and Technology

Many Canadians face significant barriers to accessing effective legal help. It has been suggested that the increased use of technological tools might assist in removing some of these barriers. This course will introduce students to the access to justice challenges faced in our country and some of the current and proposed uses of technology in our legal system. Topics will include law and artificial intelligence, chatbots and prospects for “robo-lawyers”. Students will also participate in a multi-day brain-storming exercise in which they will come up with their own ideas for a new “access to justice” app.

Professeur : Amy Salyzyn
École ou département : Faculty of Law
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 9


129 - Technology and the Future of Law

As developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI) are reaching near human-level machine intelligence and will inevitably evolve beyond that threshold, we need to rethink the role of transformative technologies, not just in our day-to-day life, but in how they will reshape the very foundations of society, government and the law. The aim of this course is to explore, at an introductory level, how technological innovation, be it through predictive technology, robotics, quantum computing, genetic engineering, etc., will affect how we regulate, administer and adjudicate on the law. It will examine broadly issues such as creating a legal personality for sentient robots, the ethics of cyborgs, self-driving cars, and so on. The course will be delivered in a lecture & seminar format and will be mostly discussion-based. Students of all levels are most welcome.

Professeur : Kayal Munisami
École ou département : Faculty of Law
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


130 - Criminal Law: Trial Process and Trial Advocacy

In this mini-course, students will be guided through the entire criminal law process from police involvement, criminal charges, the trial process and consequences. This course will provide students with a real life look into the intricacies of the criminal justice system through a criminal law practitioner.

Professeur : James Foord
École ou département : Faculty of Law
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


132 - Real Life Lawyering - From Bay Street to Main Street

A compelling overview of practicing law from a top Bay Street law firm to a sole practice in a small Ontario town, to teaching at a top Canadian law school, with all of the attendant colourful characters and experiences that you might expect. The challenges of practicing in different areas of law, in different settings, makes this course both thought-provoking and entertaining. Practice in the areas of criminal law, family law, civil litigation, real estate, corporate law and wills and estates will be presented in an easily accessible format.

Professeur : Michael P. Bird
École ou département : Faculty of Law
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


133 - Why do refugees risk their lives?

This mini-course examines what causes thousands of people to risk their lives in order to reach North American or European shores. While global migration has existed since the 1600s, immigration to Western countries in the 21st century is characterized by an increasing number of refugees and uncontrolled migrants. Using a sociological lens, we’ll analyze the motives behind forced migration and the main challenges faced by newcomers in their host society. Planned elements of this course include interactive case studies from around the globe, group activities, a meeting with an expert and a field trip to the Canadian War Museum.

Professeur : Mariia Alekseevskaia
École ou département : Faculty of Social Sciences
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


134 - “Hulk SMASH!”: Deconstructing Philosophies of Justice within Popular Culture

What is justice? How are philosophies of justice represented within the superhero genre? Do these pop cultural representations reflect reality? And, most importantly, how do they reinforce or challenge our acceptance of ‘justice’ as defined by our Criminal Justice System? You will be able to answer all these questions (and more!) by critically analysing the superhero genre in various media formats. While superhero icons such as Batman and Wonder Woman will give you insight into basic philosophical principles of justice, you will also leave the classroom with a more critical understanding of how popular culture can both reflect and shape our understanding of the world. Expect to examine some of the latest comic books, films and video games, as well as produce your very own comic strips.

Advisory: Some violent media content.

Professeur : Paula Hirschmann
École ou département : Faculty of Social Sciences
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 10


135 - Sex(t) Education: Psychology of Sexuality in the Digital Age

Note: Sexual and otherwise mature content will be discussed.

Technology is changing the way people engage with each other – including how we conduct our romantic and sexual relationships. When, how, and with who do people use technology in their relationships? What are the consequences? What might the future of sexuality look like? This mini-course will use a psychological lens to explore the changing face of sexuality in the digital age through lectures, in-class activities, and discussions.

Anticipated topics: technology-mediated sexual interactions (e.g., sexting, cybersex), pornography, sexuality and relationships, popular culture and the media, as well as important safety, sexual consent and legal implications that young people need to know.


Professeur : Erin Leigh Courtice
École ou département : Faculty of Social Sciences
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


136 - Youth Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: An Introduction to Sustainable Development and Child Rights

This week-long course introduces concepts in international affairs and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) with a focus on children’s rights and youth engagement. UNSDGs set out ambitious goals for 2030: there is a role for youth to advocate their realization locally and globally. This mini-course looks at the history of how UNSDGs and children’s rights came to be. It covers key topics such as the definitions of poverty and inequality, social protection (health, education, social security) and also includes a module on gender equality and feminist approaches. It will examine current affairs based on individual student interests (e.g. refugees, child soldiers, child labour, or fair trade). Research, writing and advocacy skills will be developed through group work and friendly discussion.

Professeur : Andrea Khan
École ou département : Faculty of Social Sciences
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


137 - Behavioral Economics: The Sixth Sense

This mini-course in behavioral economics studies the effects of psychological, social, cognitive, and emotional factors on the economic decisions of individuals and institutions and the consequences on the economy. Students will get to learn the basic rules and norms in economics, but also how irrationality and uncertainty can affect our behaviors: Can anyone really regard people as rational calculators if their decisions are influenced by random numbers? The course will proceed through developing some related theories (as game theory, and decision theory) but mainly through experiments, videos and class discussions.

Professeur : Lamis Kattan
École ou département : Faculty of Social Sciences
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


138 - Let's Play! Understanding International Politics through Games and Popular Culture

If you were the leader of a country, would you invest more in education and health, or would you invest in your military? What if your neighbours are powerful and seemingly aggressive? What about a zombie apocalypse? Alien invasion? We will look at how these questions are answered in popular culture through movies, comic books and video games with examples from around the world, and by playing games we will try to answer these questions ourselves with the help of different theories of international relations. Some issues that will come up are migration, environment, war, terrorism, and inequality.

Note: Please be advised that this course will look at potentially sensitive issues that include discussions of gender, race, violence, and discrimination.

Professeur : Sezgi Karacan
École ou département : Faculty of Social Sciences
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


139 - Media Psychology

Are you wondering if using social media, such as Facebook and Instagram, has an impact on your well-being? Do video games really influence aggressive behaviour? How are viewers affected by stereotypes represented in the media? Can we use media to improve people's well-being? These are some of the questions you will reflect upon during this mini-course by the means of discussions and activities. The course includes a walk in downtown Ottawa and a visit to the movie theater in order to put your critical thinking in practice.

Note: Sensitive issues may be discussed.


Professeur : Severina Borisevich
École ou département : Faculty of Engineering
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


140 - Gender at Work

Are women more caring? Are men natural leaders? Is it nature or nurture? The primary objective of this course is to introduce students to gender dynamics across and within organizations in a way that challenges assumptions surrounding "women's work and men's work". In this hands-on course, we use feminist and gender studies tools to explore the world of gender at work in three diverse sectors – healthcare, education and technology. We aim to understand the way gender roles and relations shape and are shaped by societal expectations. Students will complete a capstone project and submit it for review by their peers.

Professeur : Yvonne James and Jamie Lundine
École ou département : Faculty of Social Sciences
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


141 - The Fantastic World of Neuroscience

In this mini-course, we will show you how the brain works in all its diversity (emotions, learning, perception, cognition) and how the environment influences its functioning (psychotropics, diseases, genetics). This course will integrate oral presentations and give you a chance to visit our diverse laboratories. In addition, you will be able to perform various experiments that will enable you to gain a deeper understanding of brain functions. We are going on an adventure! Are you ready?

Professeur : Julie Raymond and Lise Van de Beeck
École ou département : Faculty of Social Sciences
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


142 - How to Take Over the Country: A Civics Mini-Course

From policy making to political decisions, how does our government work and how can WE contribute? In this mini-course, we look at our history and our institutions, explore mysterious traditions and customs, and ask important questions about how we - as young people - can make a difference in our country. Taking advantage of our prime location in the center of Canada's capital, we will enjoy field trips and excursions that bring our learning to life.

Professeur : Rebecca Richmond
École ou département : Faculty of Social Sciences
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


143 - Canadian Film and TV

Hollywood, Disney, and Netflix are great, but they can’t reflect Canadian society and Canadian culture. We have to do that ourselves. This mini-course looks at the Canadian film and television industry and answers the question of where to find Canadian culture. (Hint: not at Cineplex!) We will also look at the history of Canadian cinema, the National Film Board, and why so many great Canadian actors — from Faye Wray in King Kong (1933) to Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in The Notebook (2004) — have moved to Hollywood. Best of all, we’ll have our own week-long film festival.

Professeur : Ruth Bradley-St-Cyr
École ou département : Faculty of Arts
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


144 - Writing Non-Fiction and Blogs

Writing gives you the power of persuasion, whether in law, politics, journalism, marketing, fundraising or just trying to get your point across. This course will help you build the confidence and skills to master the art of compelling writing. Part writing workshop, part publishing exploration, this mini-course will look at what to write about, how to write it, and where to publish it. We will also form writing support groups to praise and critique each other’s work. We will learn about editors and what they do and build our own editing skills as well.

Professeur : Ruth Bradley-St-Cyr
École ou département : Faculty of Arts
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


145 - How to be Famous on Social Media?

In this mini-course, you will learn the difference between social media platforms and how to develop material on social media that will increase your fan base and followers. Not only will you get hands-on training in video production and various multimedia products but you will also become familiar with various strategies to develop social media campaigns to mobilize people for a cause or to support certain charitable causes.

Professeur : Radamis Zaky
École ou département : Faculty of Arts
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


146 - What’s the Buzz? Making a Difference for Wild Pollinators

Why are pollinators attracting so much attention these days? What roles do they play in the environment? What threats do they face? Who are the wild pollinators among us, and how can we help them? We will find answers to these questions, and many more, as we study different groups of wild pollinators, conduct habitat assessments, perform pollinator and plant surveys, and take direct action to help pollinating wildlife in our communities. Come prepared to stretch your mind, roll up your sleeves, work your muscles, and exercise your ingenuity through hands-on activities, field trips, and other adventures.

Professeur : Renate Sander-Regier
École ou département : Faculty of Arts
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


147 - When in Rome: Daily Life in the Roman Empire

This mini-course will provide an introduction to the way that men and women lived in Rome in the first century. We will explore many aspects of daily life including family life, food, entertainment, education, careers, healthcare and religion. Students will discover how Romans, from slaves to citizens, lived and interacted with the world around them and how the rise of Christianity impacted their lives.

Professeur : Emily Lafleche
École ou département : Faculty of Arts
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


148 - Werewolves, Zombies and Vampires: Exploring the Use of Metaphors in Movies, TV and Books

Monsters, in various shapes and forms, have always been part of popular culture. They can signal that someone or something is morally reprehensible, or culturally and socially unacceptable. On the other hand, monsters challenge social and cultural taboos by allowing characters to take on and test out alternative identities.

Monster stories separate the world into two groups – us versus them, human versus monster. This course explores how the treatment of monsters in popular culture can teach us about how difference is treated in society.


Professeur : Jennifer Dumoulin
École ou département : Faculty of Arts
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


149 - The Chinese Language: Culture and History

Don’t be intimidated by the seemingly complex writing system and Chinese characters, because Mandarin is actually not hard to learn. Moreover, do you know the culture and history behind the Chinese language? Never give someone a clock as a gift in China, because ‘clock’ is a homophone for ‘death’ in Chinese! In this mini-course, you will learn basics of Mandarin Chinese, such as the four different tones, how to greet people in Chinese, the trendiest slangs among Chinese youth, and more! We will also explore the interesting cultural aspects of the Chinese language, such as idioms, proverbs, poetry and folktales.

Professeur : Boya Li
École ou département : Faculty of Arts
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


150 - Russia: The Snow Looks Familiar, but What Else?

This multidisciplinary course introduces you to the basis of Russian language, culture and history. You’ll learn the features of the Cyrillic alphabet and have a simple conversation in Russian. No prior knowledge of the Russian language required! We’ll also do a brief historical survey, identify elements of folklore, be introduced to the major tourist attractions in Russia and learn about some famous examples of world class literature, music and fine arts. You’ll see a wealth of visual materials, including some prepared specifically for the course as well as those available on Internet. A visit to a Russian Orthodox Church in Ottawa is planned.

Professeur : Arkadi Klioutchanski
École ou département : Faculty of Arts
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


151 - Robot Overlords, Reality, and Artificial Intelligence: The Philosophy of Science Fiction

Do you ever wonder whether computers could ever gain consciousness and take over the world? Could we be living in a computer simulation? Will brain implants fundamentally change the nature of who we are? Science fiction is slowly becoming a reality. Artificial intelligence is on the horizon, brain implants are real, and some scientists are even trying to upload our consciousness into computers. We will look at films such as “The Matrix” and television shows such as “Star Trek” as a starting point for philosophical discussions about the ethical and personal implications of these emerging technologies. The future is now!

Note: This mini-course refers to films that have mature content and graphic scenes.


Professeur : John Atytalla
École ou département : Faculty of Arts
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


152 - Intro to Italy: la dolce vita!

This mini-course is intended for beginning students with little or no knowledge of Italian. In this course, students will develop listening, reading, talking and writing skills at the elementary level. Students will be involved in a variety of class activities that will enable them to communicate in Italian from the first day. Class activities will include conversation, reading, and games. We will use videos and songs to improve students’ Italian skills and introduce them to different aspects of Italian culture. The objective is to introduce students to the real Italy of today – not necessarily the one represented in stereotypes – through culture, cooking, film and language.

Professeur : Michela Gentile
École ou département : Faculty of Arts
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


153 - Music Alive!

Explore what it’s like to study music in a university environment. With short classes in solfège and music history, and a strong focus on instrumental practice through one-on-one lessons, workshops and ensemble work, participants get a real-life taste of what studying music at a post-secondary level will entail. As well as raising the level of performance on your instrument, this course will allow you to try out our program on a micro level to see if music is really for you!

Professeur : Ylan Chu
École ou département : Faculty of Arts
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


154 - Communication: The Art of Communicating Efficiently and Precisely

This mini-course will take a look at life as a student majoring in communication or advertising at university. We will explore the areas of knowledge and the courses that can be included in a communication program, the type of skills that are required, and the activities, both on and off campus, for communication students. We will also examine professional life, in both an advertising agency and in companies that advertise. We will look at some successful and interesting campaigns of integrated marketing communication and advertising, videos, and TV series clips about the communication industry.

Professeur : Jiahui Liu
École ou département : Faculty of Arts
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


155 - Drones: Much More than Toys when in the Hands of Geographers!

Geographers use various airborne platforms to study our planet from remote locations. Balloons and kites were the first of these and later came planes and satellites. Until recently, the latter have been the tools of choice to obtain images and data from our environment but have proved to be complex and very expensive to operate. Then came the drones (UAVs): affordable, easy to operate and capable of carrying cameras and various sensors. This mini-course offers you the opportunity to manipulate drones and to learn how they can be used in geography-related studies as powerful research tools.

Professeur : Benoit Faucher
École ou département : Faculty of Arts
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11