Carleton University


200 - NATURE’S WONDERS: From Rocks to Plants to Fishes and other Animals

Nature hides its secrets well. Every day we take for granted the amazing natural world around us, as it quietly goes about its business. Until, one day, we are forced to confront it. Then we have questions, about soils and rocks, plants and trees that we aren’t familiar with, animal habitats that seem to be in the wrong place, and the strange world under the surface of the water? Suddenly we want to know what it all means, as change in landscape and loss of habitat are increasingly brought to our attention. In this course a different environment on the University campus will be explored every day, through discussions, hands-on experiments, and group projects. Towards the end of the week we will bring all these experiences together to see how Environmental Science can help us better understand and respect the Wonders of Nature.

Professeur : Sarah Walton
École ou département : Environmental Science
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


201 - Teach your Computer to Paint

This is a course that can be taken by anyone with an interest in art or an interest in computers. In this course, we will learn how to make digital drawings, paintings and animations by programming within the "processing" environment. "Processing" is an interactive system especially created for digital artists—artists can work inside it to get some computer help in making animations, graphics, and even artificial life. The course will include lots of hands-on practice where participants can experiment with writing their own computer programs to make computer art and animations.

Professeur : Jason Hinek
École ou département : Computer Science
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


202 - Out of This World Physics

NOTE: For Grades 9-11 Ontario/Sec. 3-5 Québec ONLY! How are holograms made? How do we use levitation? Where does cosmic radiation come from? What elements are found in our sun? Through experiments, see how physics can answer these questions. During this hands-on course you will make your own hologram, levitate a superconductor and tour our observatory. You will hear about what stars are made of and how they die. Join us in discovering how “out of this world” physics can be used in everyday life.

Professeur : Etienne Rollin, Penka Matanska and Julia Wallace
École ou département : Physics
Niveaux : Min: 9 - Max: 11


203 - Programming Artificial Life

You may be surprised to learn how mathematics, physics, and computer science together can help us to display almost every phenomenon in the living world; the movement of two bacteria, the growth of a tree, and a diving hawk, can be generated artificially. In this mini-course you will learn how to program in the Processing environment, which is a flexible language for learning how to code within the context of the visual arts. It's popular among artists and other people who are not programmers, yet want to make simple animations and graphics. You will learn the basic instructions of this language and you will see how you can give life to objects that can move and interact with each other.

Professeur : Rosa Azami
École ou département : Computer Science
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


204 - Delving into the mysteries of the eye

From the time you wake up till when you go to sleep your eyes act as your window to the outside world. Your eyes and brain allow you to perceive the world around you. However, what happens when there is a loss of communication between both structures? We will unravel the exciting world of the visual system by looking at the cells involved in visual processing and how they communicate with one another. Fun hands-on activities will be used to help understand how the visual system works and what happens when there is a disconnection between the eye and the brain.

Professeur : Usha Shan
École ou département : Neuroscience
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


205 - Can Mathematics, Probability and Statistics be used to tell lies – for Games, M&M Candies, Gender Bias Determination, Predicting Election Results...?

How can election polling results sometimes be so wrong? Would different sampling methods give different results? How can you get two different answers about gender bias in hiring using the same numbers? How confident can you be about any conclusions? We will take you on an exciting journey through the ABC’s of probability and statistics and how they are used, and sometimes misused, to answer such questions. This will be done through playing games and doing experiments. You will also design your own casino games and run a Casino Afternoon.

Professeur : Ahmed Almaskut
École ou département : Mathematics
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


206 - Amazing things you can do in your web browser

You use the internet everyday, yet do you know how it really works? Web programming is one of the fastest growing programming skills because internet access is becoming available on most of our devices. If you want to build the next Google, Instagram or YouTube, you need to learn web programming first.

In this course you learn how to create programs that run inside a web browser. With just a few lines of code you can run cool programs on your phones, laptops, tablets or any other device that has access to internet. You will learn how to create a simple website using programming languages like HTML, CSS and JavaScript. This course offers you the excitement of building something cool inside a browser along with learning the basics of web programming.


Professeur : Arash Nouri
École ou département : Computer Science
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


207 - An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence with Python

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the science and engineering of making intelligent machines. The ideal intelligent machine can perceive environment’s stimuli and chooses responses so as to maximize the chance of receiving rewards in pursuing a goal. AI has been successfully applied to human speech recognition, playing strategic games such as Chess and Go, Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) and interpreting complex data. This field of research is categorized into subfields, with each field focusing on a particular set of problems. AI incorporates advanced statistical and mathematical techniques and may deal with very large amounts of data.

Throughout this mini-course, we will discuss, learn the basics and try to implement some of these methods, or if too complicated, use the available libraries in Python to solve real-world problems. This includes the following topics:

• Artificial Neural Networks
• Clustering
• Evolutionary Computation
• Reinforcement Learning

The course-topics have been simplified to the level suitable for high school students. This is not an ordinary course and it requires students who meet the following criteria:

• Strong in mathematics
• Basic knowledge of a programming language (not necessarily Python but you should already know about conditions and loops)
• Enthusiastic in problem solving

Professeur : Abdolriza Shirvani
École ou département : Computer Science
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


208 - Information Management & Data Analytics: Learning from the Past and Predicting the Future!

In this modern era of internet, smart phones and social media, everything is becoming electronic in-nature. Individuals and organizations are attempting to make communication and data to be digital. A lot can be done with this data if it is utilized efficiently and effectively. We can analyze data from the past to identify interesting patterns, using descriptive analytics. We can also utilize data from past to predict future trends, using predictive analytics.

During this course, students will learn, using well-known software tools, how to collect raw digital data, manage and visualize data on day to day basis, how to analyze data to perform descriptive and predictive analytical techniques to discover and identify interesting patterns in the past and predict future trends!


Professeur : Mackenzie Ostler
École ou département : Information Technology
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


209 - Artificial Intelligence: If Microsoft, Google and Facebook can do it, you can do it too!

Ever wondered how your Xbox or Wii can detect your movements while you play a game? How Facebook magically puts boxes on the faces of every photo you upload and ask you to tag it? How Google predicts what you are searching for and shows you exactly what you want? In this course, you will not only learn about how these things work, but you will also learn how to do some of these by yourself as you create your own program. If you are interested in Artificial Intelligence and teaching your computer to detect faces, colours and motions, this course is for you.

Professeur : Zhao Zhao
École ou département : Information Technology
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


211 - # Digital Technologies for Conservation and Sustainability: how drones and laser scanning can preserve our identity?

The topics covered in the course enhance participants’ skills for an increased awareness of emerging digital technologies for cultural heritage. A multidisciplinary approach in the course includes input from the humanities as well as the scientific field. Classes consist of lectures and practical sessions.

Lectures employ an interactive approach through digital media, presenting several applications in different parts of the world including: Italy, Myanmar, Mexico, Santa Lucia and Canada. These practical applications illustrate how new tools – such as drones, laser scanner and Total Station – and innovative techniques - including photogrammetry, laser scanning, 3D visualizations, virtual reality applications, and digital platforms - can be effective tools for the management, visualization and storytelling of heritage structures and sites.

During the practical sessions of the course you will learn how to get hands-on experiences in measuring and visualize heritage structures, through photo manipulations and 3D modelling techniques, giving you the chance to test your skills. Included in the course is a field trip to a heritage building in Ottawa to apply and test techniques you learned. Furthermore, two guests’ lectures will provide you an overview of possible field applications.


Professeur : Davide Mezzino
École ou département : Architecture
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


212 - Biomedical Engineering: Crossroads of Medicine & Engineering

Technology is continually changing and growing. When it comes to new medical gadgets, biomedical engineers are on the forefront of development, helping to improve existing equipment and create new devices. Biomedical engineers apply their knowledge of science and math to medical problems to come up with exciting and innovative solutions. Learn what goes in to designing artificial organs and joints, predicting heart attacks before they happen, or using your eyeballs to control computers. These are the types of things that biomedical engineers help make possible. This mini course will focus on the types of tools that biomedical engineers use on a daily basis and allow for hands on experience measuring and manipulating biological signals. Students will get to tour the Biomed labs, experiment with the equipment and record their own Biosignals and vital signs.

Professeur : Shermeen Nizami
École ou département : Systems & Computer Engineering
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


213 - Programmers' LEGO: Flowchart-based Programming Environment

Can you imagine to program without one word or command? To determine a new programmer, have you been scared by facing the enormous obscure commands of computer languages? Or is your mind stuck with the weird Robots' logic? Fortunately, you will survive after this course. We run our programs on the sequence of flowcharts. This process would be like to use LEGO bricks to build up a castle and each flowchart is a LEGO piece which is easy to read and understand as simple as possible. Moreover, these LEGO pieces are powerful enough to help design the complicated calculations or animations which are usually performed by high-level computer languages. It's a proof revolution in mind to feel simple and powerful at the same time.

Professeur : Ce Peng
École ou département : Systems & Computer Engineering
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


215 - Power overwhelming: Build programs to do work so you don’t have to

This course introduces programming in Python and teaches via examples ranging from coding simple scripts in order to automate repetitive tasks and manipulate matrices, to the development of simple games. Students will develop their own programs throughout the course and given Python’s open-source nature, excellent documentation and strong user-base, students will easily be able to further develop their programming skills once the course is finished.
Students do not require any programming experience, only an interest in developing and creating their own programs.


Professeur : Mark Kotwicz Herniczek
École ou département : Engineering and Design
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


216 - Red wire, blue wire or no wire: Cutting the wire of communications

Have you ever wondered how your mobile phones work? How do your wireless speakers, headphones and keyboards connect to your computer? How do we receive photos from Mars and talk to astronauts? In this course, we will unleash the mysteries of wireless communications. We will use the techniques of cavemen to communicate, send SOS messages, find treasures with GPS, build our own basic radios with everyday tools, have guest lectures and much more. In the end of a week packed with activities, experiments and fun, you will not only understand the current wireless technologies, but also have a glimpse of the exciting future awaiting us with drones, driverless cars and wearable gadgets!

Professeur : Irem Bor-Yaliniz
École ou département : Systems and Computers Engineering
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


217 - Controlling your world as easy as Pi, Raspberry Pi

NOTE: THIS COURSE WILL REQUIRE AN ADDITIONAL $70. This is for a Raspberry Pi 3 + power supply + memory card that you can keep!(Payment by cash or cheque only on Sunday)

Students will be introduced to the world of embedded computing with Raspberry Pi series of devices.

A Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that costs around $70, that can be easily setup to plug into your TV, and attach to your network, keyboard, and mouse. But it need not to be connected to anything. One of the first tasks given to the students would be to re-configure the device so it’s “standalone”. The Raspberry Pi is versatile because it can be connected to other devices to turn on/off lights, detect button presses, and even control motors (for those daring to try so).

The first few classes will be an introduction to the hardware, the Raspbrain operating system (i.e. Debian Linux), and how to connect to interface boards such as the PiFace, and the GERT board. We will also learn how to control the devices remotely. The students, working in pairs, will then be given the opportunity to use their own creativity to create their own system, that connects to “the internet of things”.


Professeur : TBA
École ou département : Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


218 - Beyond Earth – Exploring the Final Frontier

Space has long been a source of wonder and mystery for the human beings of Earth. The universe is full of amazing things, and we continue to find more as we explore deeper into our solar system, our galaxy, and our universe.This course will introduce you to everything space, including the history of space exploration, the basics of rocketry and orbital mechanics, the human exploration of space and the future of space exploration. We will also discuss Canada’s role in the space, past, present and future, as well as how to become an astronaut. Finally, you can also look forward to awesome activities like building rockets and learning how telescopes work with hands-on experience.

Professeur : Bradley Kuiack
École ou département : Aerospace Engineering
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


219 - Civilizations & Civil Engineering: What Civil Engineers Do

Ever thought of how the first settlers in today’s Canada lived, in the cold and the changes that have taken place ever since then to our present age? Their problem was majorly food and shelter (caves) but as family size increased and immediate resources receded, they started devising innovative ways of domestication of activities and movement (beasts of burden) became important and these changes that have occurred over time could simply be put as civilization and they were driven by civil engineering. When we look around our immediate and far environment, the house that we live in, the roads that we ride on or the train or plane that we take and arrive to our destination on time, the warm bath that we take especially in the winter, the dams and retaining walls in embankments, power pylons, bridges and towers etc. are all civil engineering products and civil engineers designed and built them. In this course through discussions, demonstration, projects and videos, the students will know more about civil engineering and what civil engineers do and possibly encourage and kindle the interest of those that may be nursing the dream of becoming one.

Professeur : Chinecherem Agbo Igboke
École ou département : Civil Engineering
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


220 - Mind Control: Examining how the choices you make every day affect your brain

Abstract: A Neuroscience course.

Have you ever wondered how much control you have over your brain function? Every day, we make small decisions that help shape not only the world around us, but shape the way our brains work. Something as simple as going for a run before school, drinking a coffee before a test or re-using old water bottles may affect your brain’s structure and functioning. This course will explore the impact of everyday decisions on the way our brains work. Topics covered will include the impact of stress, exercise, environmental toxins and drug use.


Professeur : Annemarie Dedek and Jeffrey Landrigan
École ou département : Neuroscience
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


221 - Guess what survived in 5000-year-old China? (non-engineering course)

China is one of the longest existing civilizations in the world. Time passed while culture progressed. In China, everyone is designated an animal when they are born; a beggar became a king in AD 1368; a woman’s smile destroyed a dynasty in BC 779; a medicine is famous for being worm in winter and grass in summer…does this catch your interest? From a large number of sources on Chinese culture, ten topics are included in this course which cover a wide variety of traditional Chinese customs and concepts that you will be most interested in. Hands-on practice such as Chinese calligraphy writing will also be provided! Bonus: every student will get an authentic Chinese name based on your own name, interests and personality.

Professeur : Sijie Zhang
École ou département : Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


222 - Homelessness: What’s law got to do with it?

Should someone be fined for sleeping on a park bench? Should they go to jail for begging? In this course we’ll look at how law directly and indirectly impacts people who are homeless. We will cover laws and legislation ranging from Ottawa’s Shopping Cart Bylaw to federal and provincial Safe Streets Acts. You’ll learn how to look critically at ‘the law’ and think about how law impacts people living in extreme poverty. We’ll also look at how laws are enforced, and talk to people advocating for people who are homeless. You can expect to be challenged to rethink stereotypes about people who are homeless, and to get out of the classroom and be actively involved in understanding homelessness in a whole new way.



Professeur : Anita Grace
École ou département : Law and Legal Studies
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


223 - Lead Social Change using Public Relations

If you loved the 'Me to We' movement on 'We Day’ back in November, then this course is your next stop! What to do with all those good vibes -is to now make the social change in the world that you want to see! Take this mini course and learn hands on how to do it… In this Public Relations workshop course, you will learn fast how advertising and public perception and ’spin' can make positive social changes happen in the world, raise money for needed cures and make corporations accountable. Using the same techniques as used in negative public relations - students in groups will choose a cause they care about and design a plan to help them using research, public relations and presenting.They will learn how to make a social impact immediately. Dive into how stakeholder research generates the same buying powers to help sell ideas along with products alike: Red Bull, Occupy-Wall Street, Cancer Research and iPhones. Students will learn public speaking and pitch presentations, skills to apply right away to be on Boards of charities, advise causes and raise much needed awareness and funds for a cause that matters to them in their lives outside of this week long course. Students have gone on to the Mayors Council, started their own charity, invited into the Prime Minister’s Youth Advisory Council and become Youth Directors on charitable boards. Students enrolled in the Journalism School at Carleton University have the opportunity to look at what lies behind the scenes in a public relations campaign to change attitudes, win an election, sell consumer products and create positive change in the world. The world of public relations affects perceptions and once a student understands how and why it happens they can then choose to use it to do good?

This mini course helps the critical thinker become a do’er -to work behind the scenes and make social change and cause marketing works. Students at the end of this course become community leaders that lead the change they want to see.


Professeur : Karen Keskinen
École ou département : Journalism
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


224 - Be a world leader for a week!

Have you ever thought about who governs the world? Would you like to learn about global governance by representing the Secretary General of the United Nations one day, the President of the United States of America or the Prime Minister of Canada another day in class simulations? This course offers a fun and stimulating class environment for students where they can gain insightful perspectives and knowledge on how world affairs are shaped. It aims to teach students how international organizations and countries reach decisions on topics such as poverty, inequality, health, environment and security through simulations, role playing, field trips and games.

Professeur : Yelda Gülderen
École ou département : The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


225 - #Feminist: Intersectional Feminist Theory and Social Media

Feminism isn’t a dirty word anymore – even celebrities like Beyoncé are unapologetically taking back the label. Feminist messaging is all over social media sites like Tumblr and Instagram. But what is feminism anyway, and where did it come from? In this course, we will look at the roots of the movement and chart its route to the intersectional feminism that we see today in social media and pop culture. Using feminist theory as our touchstone, we will discuss controversial celebrities, hashtags, advertisements, and other aspects of pop culture to learn how to be more critical and thoughtful social media users and consumers overall.

This course will look at mature or sensitive subjects (like gender and sexual orientation, body positivity, and cultural appropriation).


Professeur : Amanda Roberts
École ou département : Political Science
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


226 - Let’s Get Activ(ist): The Politics and Practice of Social Justice

Ever wondered how social change happens? This course will introduce some of the basic concepts of social justice activism: theories of social change, the history of social movements, tactics and strategies, and challenges to organizing that movements currently face. We will examine a wide array of social justice causes and their related movements and organizations: environmental justice, Indigenous rights, racial justice, queer and women’s liberation movements, the labour movement, and migrant justice. Emphasis will be placed on developing the tools and the knowledge required by future activists, politicians, community leaders, and citizens to meaningfully engage in the struggle for social justice within a rapidly changing political landscape. Additionally, students will be encouraged to use this as an opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills.

Professeur : Chris Fairweather amd Carter Vance
École ou département : Political Economy
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


227 - Welcome to the Party: A Political Simulation

Want to shape the world you live in? Do you feel like the ideas of your generation are not represented by those in power? Come make your own political party. This mini-course will introduce students to the key political issues facing their generation in a fun and interactive way. Students will create their own political parties while learning about political issues like climate change, the politics of gender, globalization and inequality, etc. Students will create platforms for their parties and present them using a medium of their choice, like a party manifesto, a website, a poster, a short video, etc. The week will culminate in a debate where students will have the chance to show what they have learned.

Professeur : Noah Schwartz
École ou département : Political Science
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


228 - Bombs and Baguettes: Terrorism in Europe

It seems as though every few months the news is filled with stories about new terrorist attacks in Europe, or exposed and disrupted plots for a terrorist attack. Why does it seem as though Europe is experiencing such frequent attacks? Why are large-scale attacks occurring in Europe? What is the difference between a terrorist attack and a criminal act?

Over the course of five days, students will participate in interactive activities with one another and view various forms of multimedia (videos, news articles, and pictures) that will allow for them to develop an understanding of what terrorism is and why Europe has been facing a series of attacks in recent years, as portrayed by the 24-hour news cycle. By viewing historical videos and news articles, students will see that political violence is not a new occurrence for the European continent. Students will participate in simulation that allows them to act as “decision makers” for various European states, where they will have to try and decide what the best measures are to prevent terrorism.
Note: As this course covers the topic of terrorism, it will deal with sensitive issues.


Professeur : Lana Perić
École ou département : Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


229 - Breaking Up is Hard to DO: Debating the Future of the European Union

Imagine the EU’s future was in your hands: what would you do? Would you keep the EU as it is, or would you scrap it altogether? What would you change? This course makes YOU the decision maker in answering some of the biggest political questions of the modern era.

First, you will trace the EU’s history and learn about the challenges it faces. At the end of the course, you’ll go head to head with your classmates to debate your position, using your knowledge to support the breakup, change, or maintenance of the EU. If you are interested in an interactive and fun way to learn about the EU’s historical, social, political and economic foundations, look no further! The EU’s future is in your hands.


Professeur : Emily Nickel
École ou département : Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


230 - Homeless Not Hopeless: How Europe’s Refugee Crisis is Changing Your World

What is a refugee? What does it mean to be without a country, without a home? Europe is undergoing the largest humanitarian crisis since WWII Lives hang in the balance as tides of people risk everything to reach the continent in search of safety and a new life. In Canada, refugees have found a place to live, work, and play. What is happening in Europe? This course will explore what it means to be a refugee in the European Union and Canada; it means to migrate between countries; and how politicians and the public are dealing with new faces. Using images, video, and real-life stories, we will discuss one of the most important issues facing the world today (and the role we all play in it)!

Professeur : Ben Globerman
École ou département : Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


231 - Mindfulness for Daily Life: How to apply mindfulness meditation to a busy student life so that you can live in the present moment and lead a more joyful, peaceful and stress free life.

Meditation is not a religion. It is a way of life. In this hands-on course, students will learn and practice simple but effective meditation techniques from a meditation master with 50 years of experience practicing ancient Burmese traditions.

Buddhist meditation is not just for Buddhist monks or nuns. It is for everyone regardless of races, religions, social classes, etc. Students will be able to use techniques learned in the course and apply it to their daily life, either in a group or alone. There is no prerequisite for this course. You simply need an enthusiastic attitude and a motivation to lead a life filled with joy and peace.


Professeur : Tan Nhut Ngo
École ou département : Political Science
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


232 - GOT LAW? An Introduction to Canadian Law

Ever wonder what two things are needed to make something a crime? What do sentencing judges look at before handing out punishment? What makes someone a youth offender? What are your rights if you are arrested as a youth offender? Ever wonder why two hockey players only receive a penalty when they fist fight on the ice and not a criminal charge of assault? What sort of law governs hockey players? Who can you sue if you get hit with a hockey puck in the face at a game? Can you seek damages? What is Facebook Bullying? What are the legal issues involved in cyberspace bullying? Is it against the law to post a photo of someone on Facebook without their permission? What can you do if someone bullies you? What are your rights at 13 and 18 years of age? Are they different?

In this mini course students will learn a basic introduction to Canadian law and the Canadian legal system and sentencing. Topics will be relevant to the age group of the students and how law affects and shapes their daily lives. They will visit the Supreme Court of Canada and have open discussions about some of the more famous cases decided there. They will visit the Provincial Courthouse and see where real life legal proceedings take place. We will visit the Human Rights Monument and The Well/La Source in order to introduce students to homelessness and how landlord/tenant law and discrimination can affect marginalized groups. Students will receive a visit from Duty Counsel (a lawyer that represents a youth offender who cannot afford his/her own counsel) and get a background on court proceedings. What happens when a youth goes to court? How do the police treat youth offenders? What laws govern the police?

Learning will also come from role-playing and skits, reading articles and stories from the headlines, and the use of YouTube and social media. Students will view documentary films and discuss the legal issues. Students will have a visit from a former Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.), a local area peace officer, and a law student who will fill them in on the law school experience. Got Law? The course you need moving forward into adulthood and perhaps a career in the Canadian judicial system!


Professeur : Barbara Ann Vocisano
École ou département : Law
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


233 - Write by the River – Explore, reading, writing, travel, & life.

Part writing workshop, part creative inquiry into the possibilities of living, this course will take place in a window lined room beside water, and occasionally, on the banks of the lovely Rideau river. Together we will learn skills to help you read and write poetry, short stories, novels, personal essays, articles, blogs, musical lyrics, travel, humour and memoir writing. Students will view a thought provoking film, and write fun, stimulating writing exercises designed to unlock their great ideas and jumpstart their creative thinking. You will write a postcard story, and in groups of three write 3 chapter mini novels. Shared in class writing will be discussed and any previously written pieces you wish to bring along will also receive feedback and encouragement. You can look forward to a guest writer, homemade chocolate chip cookies, and other pleasant surprises.

Professeur : Richard Taylor
École ou département : English
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


234 - Cyber Psychology: Human behaviour and the online world

NOTE: For Grades 10-11 Ontario/Sec. 4-5 Québec ONLY!
Do you remember life without the Internet? Probably not! You are what we call a “digital native”. You have grown up with access to the web – and that has had an impact on your overall development! In this course we will explore psychological aspects of cyberspace. We will examine crucial questions surrounding the Internet’s effects on human behaviour. For example, why do some people act different online compared to offline? Can social media really influence our relationships? We will be investigating new trends in Internet technology, aspects of online friendships, online aggression, group dynamics, child development, online gaming, privacy and surveillance, and the Internet’s addictive qualities. This mini course will provide knowledge that will allow critical insight into how and why our online behaviour unfolds.

Note: The Social Network movie, rated PG-13 will be shown in the class.


Professeur : Kristen Archbell
École ou département : Psychology
Niveaux : Min: 10 - Max: 11


235 - Present like Hollywood

How can your presentation emulate a Hollywood movie? Do you want to inform and train as well as entertain your audience in a PowerPoint/Prezi presentation? This is a course for future successful students, presenters, businessmen, and movie makers. We will work together to employ cinematic narrative, suspense, gaze, framing, affect, mood, atmosphere, sympathy, conflict, and climax to direct your audience. We will also discuss the most recent communication techniques while having fun watching and analyzing presentations from Dragons’ Den, X-Factor, presidential debates, and sales’ pitches. At the end of this course, each student will have made a cinematically inspired presentation on a topic of his or her choice.

Professeur : Alin Farhadipour
École ou département : Film Studies
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


236 - Flash News: What Makes an Iconic News Photograph?

Some photographs stay with us. Ever wonder why? In this course we will explore the iconic news photograph. We will learn what makes some photographs destined for Time Magazine and others for the recycle bin. We will use photography theory to understand how people “read” photographs and how images can change the way people think and feel about current events. This course will also cover the basics of digital photography and photo editing and how to set-up and take a real iconic photograph. By the end of this course, you will understand just how many words an image is worth.

Professeur : Mira Knox
École ou département : Sociology and Anthropology
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


237 - Psychology and Criminal Justice: Helping Catch Criminals!

This course will introduce students to the exciting world of forensic psychology. Throughout this weeklong course, students will explore the ways in which psychology and the law interact. Students will be introduced to a range of topics including: eyewitness memory, jury decision making, criminal profiling, deception detection, psychopathy, and police investigations. The course will introduce content through the use of lectures, discussions, activities, and videos.

Note: that this course may discuss criminal acts and cases that could involve violence but will be dealt with in an age appropriate manner.


Professeur : Chelsea Sheahan
École ou département : Psychology
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


238 - EveryBODY is Fabulous: An Introduction to Body Image, the Media, and Weight Stigma

Are impossible standards of beauty in the media getting you down? Are you tired of seeing the same old weight-stereotypes in movies and TV shows? Do you want feel good in your own skin, and encourage others to do the same? If you ever wondered what it would be like to be a body positive activist, this course is for you! We will examine topics related to body image including how to feel good in the body you have and how to treat your body right without focusing on shape or size. We will also address media literacy and learn how to be critical of images we see and recognize what is real from what is photoshopped. Finally, we will discuss weight stigma including how to detect it, decrease it, and ultimately be more accepting of others regardless of size.

Disclaimer: this course may cover topics that are sensitive for some students.


Professeur : Megan Lamb and Darcie Valois
École ou département : Psychology
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


239 - World History Action Movie Workshop

This mini-course examines the question of Empire and contact between cultures in the Age of Discovery through the medium of Hollywood action movies. Each movie serves as an introduction to one case study of contact. Students will watch one action movie and complete five pages of reading each day. We will learn about contact between Europeans, Arabs, Polynesians and Extraterrestrials, using a different case study every day.

Screenings: 13th Warrior: Arab-Viking contact
Conquest of Paradise: Spanish-Amerindian contact
Mutiny on the Bounty: English-Polynesian contact
Master and Commander: British-French rivalry
Star Trek: Human-Extraterrestrial contact

Disclaimer: These are action movies, featuring violence and profanity. The movies have either a PG-13 or a 15 rating. There is one representation of surgery without anesthetic (M&C). The violence is generally not gory or gratuitous.


Professeur : Neven Brady Leddy
École ou département : History
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


240 - What Makes a Hero?

What is it about heroes that makes them so enticing? Is it their miraculous feats and epic failures? What is it about them that cause people to become so personally involved? These questions and more will frame an active and engaging course where students will explore the makings of heroes, and what qualities they present. Iron Man, Captain America and Black Widow are just a few of the characters that will be explored in this class. Students who take this course will learn the universal qualities of heroes, in the hope of being able to identify these traits in differing literary genres and social studies. Students will participate in a week-long project which they will share with their classmates at the end of the course.

Professeur : Montana McLaughlin-Tom
École ou département : English
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


241 - Citizens of the World: a course for revolutionaries, romantics, and cynics alike

How does your Facebook page relate to a homeless ancient Greek philosopher? Why might you feel more love for your own family than a stranger a world away? In this course, we will explore these questions and more through the lens of cosmopolitanism, a philosophical movement which holds that all human beings are citizens of a single global community. We will outline different conceptions of this movement, studying its history, as well as its application to current problems of child labour, multi-culturalism and global warming. Through lecture, debate and cinema, students will be invited to access the strengths and weaknesses of cosmopolitanism. In the process, they will clarify their own views of what it means to be a responsible human being in the world.

Professeur : Johanna Chalupiak
École ou département : Philosophy
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


242 - Mandarin: The most widely spoken language in the world

Is Chinese a difficult language to learn? The answer is No. Besides its characters, Chinese is a relatively simple and easy language. Spelling in Pinyin is phonetic; there are no verb conjugations (as in English or French); there are no complex plurals (as in English or French) and no gender to nouns (as in French). Chinese speak with different tones. Afraid of tones? After this mini course you’ll never fret tones again. Do Chinese greet people differently than we do in North America? What does the modern generation watch on TV? How do Chinese people text using characters? Attend this mini course and get the answers to all these questions and more.



Professeur : Hongju Han
École ou département : School of Linguistics and Language Studies
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


243 - Language in the Brain through the Eyes of a Nerd

You know where your heart is, you know where your lungs are, but do you know where language is? Have you ever wondered how children jump from knowing two to three words, to suddenly having vast vocabulary? Do you find animal communication fascinating? What can you do with a career in Linguistics? In this course, we will virtually dissect the brains of humans and animals to answer these questions and many more! This interactive course will provide a brief introduction to various techniques such a field work and brain-imaging and you will discover language beyond grammar rules and Shakespeare. You will get hands-on experience by collecting, analyzing and interpreting real-life linguistic material. The course introduces you to Linguistic and Psycholinguistic research.



Professeur : Roxana-Maria Barbu
École ou département : Institute of Cognitive Science
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


244 - Beyond the Dinner Table: Examining Food in our Social Worlds

Food is central to our everyday lives because everybody needs to eat! However, sociologists agree that food is more than just something to satiate our hunger. By looking beyond the food on our dinner plates and the immediate gratification of our basic human needs, we can begin to understand food as an important part of our social worlds.
This course analyses food beyond the dinner table, as something that shapes and is shaped by our social worlds. Using ourselves and our own food practices, we will explore the meaning of food and how this meaning is a social construction that changes across different contexts. We will draw on social factors such as gender and identity, class, globalization, bodies, nutrition and health, race and ethnicity, colonization, politics, and world issues. The goal of this course is to understand that food is rarely ever just food.


Professeur : Gazelle Manuel and Allison Wallis
École ou département : Sociology and Anthropology
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


245 - The Climate Change Challenge: Let’s Beat It!

Come join us in our challenge to discover 100 jobs that help fight climate change! In this course, we will learn about things that we never knew were related to climate change and about jobs that we never thought could help fight it. This course is hand-on and interactive and it is for young people who want to make a difference in this world, but need a little help with knowing how to.

Professeur : Esther Briner and Katherine Wood
École ou département : Psychology
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


246 - Who did what: A look at some of the world’s most important historical figures

Have you ever wondered how your cellphone works or why magnets attract? Do you know who wrote The Republic or the difference between a Canon and a Sonata? Do you know who was Karl Max or Rene Decartes or John Lennon? If you answered no to any of these questions, you should take this course. This course will cover some of the most important figures in history and some of the most renown developments and inventions. It will be packed with information ranging from various disciplines like philosophy, psychology, information technology, history, art, music, and science. The course will consist of an examination of several topics and a field trip. It will improve your overall base knowledge of the world.

Professeur : Fraydon Karimi
École ou département : Cognitive Science
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


247 - More Than Just a Song: Popular Music, Gender and Society

In this introduction to musicology, students will learn about music from a variety of perspectives, including its history and place in our lives. How does music shape, define and reflect culture? What are the connections between music and constructions of gender and sexuality? We will discuss these and other lesser-known aspects of popular music.

Expect a highly interactive course where students will discover different ways of listening to, and talking about, music. We will explore a variety of genres and styles including rock and roll, hip hop, blues, and more. Course highlights include music video and lyrical analyses, listening examples, and hands-on musical experiences, including drum circles. You don’t need to play an instrument; if you love music, this course is for you!

Note: We will discuss representations of gender and sexuality, and some of the musical examples have a swear words. Most of the students will have seen and heard this kind of thing before through music videos, TV and film.


Professeur : Keith McCuaig
École ou département : School for Studies in Art and Culture
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


248 - The Pursuit of Happiness: An Introduction to the Good Life in Ancient Greek Philosophy

“Because I’m happy,
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth.
Because I’m happy,
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you.” –Pharrell Williams

We all want to be happy, but what does that mean and how do we do it?! For the Ancient Greeks, philosophy played an essential role in living well, so maybe they can help us find the answers. In this program we will discuss topics like pleasure/pain, grief, and friendship/love, and learn what philosophers like Plato, Aristotle and Epicurus have to say about the role these things play in helping and hurting our enjoyment of happiness. This is not a course about lecturing; it’s a journey for us as a group to genuinely figure out what makes us happy!


Professeur : Courteney Crump and Brandon Smith
École ou département : Philosophy
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


249 - From Dreaming to Drugs: Exploring the Mysteries of the Mind

Have you ever been curious about why people think, feel, and act the way they do? If you’ve ever had questions about emotions, sleep, criminal activity, dreaming, the senses, mental illness, development, the brain, memory, or drugs, then you may be interested in psychology. During this course, you will learn about each of the different areas of psychology as we travel through the mind. Creating in-class experiments will give you the chance to be a psychology researcher and learn about the scientific method, while we debunk common psychology myths. Fun activities and real life examples will let you personally experience the marvels of the mind. After this course, you will never look at yourself the same way again!

Professeur : Mariya Davydenko
École ou département : Psychology
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


250 - Language secrets and myths

Do the Inuit really have 200 words for snow? Can a language go extinct? Why do people have accents? Does a person’s language affect how they see the world? R U ZZZ of EVRE1 saying that kids 2DAY can’t spell?

In this mini-course we will look at language as it exists outside of your grammar textbook and discover how quirky it really is. We will debunk common language myths (Are some languages really better than others?), examine the assumptions our society has about language (Who says girl-talk is just gossip?), look at how and why words change their meanings over time (How can something be both awesome and wicked? Cool and hot?), and discover why text-speak is not an abomination of the English language.


Professeur : Erin Bidlake
École ou département : School of Linguistics and Language Studies
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


251 - Me, Myself, and Science!

Have you ever wondered: How the brain works? What is “the mind”? Or why do we dream? If you have, this course is for you!

From fundamental building blocks of science to cutting edge research, we will traverse history and different fields of psychological research to explore how humanity has sought to learn more about who we are. Through group discussions we will explore what psychology is, how psychologists study people, popular theories of the mind, and state of the art technology in research. For the second half of this course, students will choose their own lecture topics.


Professeur : Misha Sokolov
École ou département : Cognitive Science
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


252 - Introduction to Japanese

Have you ever wanted to visit Japan? Taste the freshest sushi, see where all your favourite video games and anime are made, or journey up Mount Fuji. Make sure you can ask someone how to get to Tokyo Station by taking your first step to learning Japanese in this introductory course. In this course, you will learn how to introduce yourself, greet others, ask questions, and write your name in Japanese. We will also explore Japanese culture along the way. What are other cities outside of Tokyo famous for? What is high school life like in Japan? Take this course to learn basic Japanese communication skills and get a glimpse into Japanese culture and customs with various class activities.



Professeur : Kaori Sugimura
École ou département : Linguistics and Language Studies
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11