University of Ottawa


100 - Rehabilitation: The key to autonomy

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 (or all three!) 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 : Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Rehabilitation Sciences
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


101 - 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 : Christina Pickering
École ou département : Telfer School of Management
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


102 - Who wants to be a millionaire?

The objective of this course is to introduce students to the world of business and finance. Students will learn about the evolving roles of a financial manager and about the statements that a financial manager must understand. Students will also learn about stocks, bonds and how to invest in financial markets. Working in small groups, they will apply the concepts and principles of investment through online stock market simulations; this simulation will be a contest, the winner being the group with the largest portfolio at the end of the trading session. The mini-course will also include guided tours to the Currency Museum of the Bank of Canada and the Royal Canadian Mint.

Professeur : Jason Daley
École ou département : Telfer School of Management
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


103 - Entrepreneurship in the information age: the development of 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 concepts behind starting a new business. Students will have the opportunity to develop a new, unique concept for a product or a service business idea beneficial to society (consumer products, healthcare, education, etc.), 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 - Organizational behaviour

This mini-course will cover topics in organizational behaviour, and industrial and organizational psychology, including group behaviour, diversity, leadership, perceptions and attributions, motivation, prejudice and harassment, learning styles and conflict. We’ll use visual aids, group activities, interactive games, presentations and discussions during this mini-course. Group activities will include classification games, scavenger hunts and team-building. Survival games will also be used to explore topics such as conflict resolution, group dynamics and stereotyping.

Professeur : Reem El Attar
École ou département : Telfer School of Management
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


105 - Healthcare management – The business side of healthcare

With increasing growth in the health services industry, there are significant new opportunities for healthcare managers. However, practicing management skills in the complex and critical context of healthcare requires interdisciplinary knowledge and skills beyond basics. This course aims to demystify healthcare management. You’ll learn about key management roles, responsibilities and functions in healthcare and about the field’s interdisciplinary nature. You’ll also go home with information on potential careers at different levels and in various environments in the medical system.

Professeur : Elmira Mirbahaeddin
École ou département : Telfer School of Management
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


106 - 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 : Josée Coutu
École ou département : Faculty of Sciences
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


107 - Microbiology - The world inside us

Bacteria are a huge part of our lives. In fact, they outnumber our own cells ten to one. This course will allow students to discover some of the bacteria that live symbiotically with them, as well as simulate what happens when good microbes go bad. Activities will include microscopy, bacterial culturing, isolation, and identification. In the second part of the course, students will learn about fungi, parasites and carry out more advanced identification techniques such as DNA cloning and electrophoresis.

Professeur : Agnes Cadieux
École ou département : Faculty of Sciences
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


108 - From 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 Sciences
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


109 - 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 be concluded with a talk given by the guest-speaker: a world class researcher on the topic of his/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 the 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; however, it may be of interest to more advanced junior HS students (grade 8/9).

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


110 - 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 also will be able to use laboratory equipment at the university level.

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


111 - 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 Maltaisf
École ou département : Faculty of Sciences
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 9


112 - 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!

Rated G (Great content)


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


113 - What in the world ISN’T chemistry?

Perform twenty-five hands-on experiments that really work!
“It’s elementary, my dear Watson”: studies of atoms, atomic structure, and ionic behaviour;
“Acids, acids everywhere”: measurements on all kinds of things from pH2 to 12;
“It’s a mixed-up world”: the separation of chemical mixtures by all sorts of neat methods;
“My first big experiments in science”: so secret we can’t even tell you at this time!
“Making Stuff”: your chance to make gels, colloids, liquid crystals and polymers.


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


114 - Toxicology and living systems

This mini-course will explore what a toxic chemical is and what type of risk it may pose to human health. We will examine how researchers formulate a hypothesis and choose a model organism to answer scientific questions. Toxicology studies the negative effects of chemicals on living organisms. Everything in the environment is made of chemicals that can be either man-made or naturally occurring. People and other animals are exposed to chemicals by ingesting, inhaling or absorbing them through their skin. Students will be introduced to the basics of toxicology and do several hands-on activities using the model organism zebrafish to determine the toxic dose of alcohol that will cause abnormalities in zebrafish.

Professeur : Marilyn Vera Chang
École ou département : Faculty of Sciences
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


115 - Create your own video games



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


116 - What makes machine fly?

This course will focus on the engineering and science behind flying machines including aircrafts and spacecraft. Newton's law of gravitation, laws of motion and Bernoulli’s principle will be explained and applied to these machines. Special attention will be given to the various processes as well as the materials for different parts of these machines. Students will then have the potential to apply the knowledge in real-world applications and understand many factors such as designing aspects, cost, etc. The teaching will consist of lecture slides, discussions, activities, exercises, quizzes, videos and a field trip to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

Professeur : Nafisa Bano and Nazish Irfan
École ou département : Faculty of Engineering
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


117 - 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


118 - Speak the language of robots!

We used to build robots to help us do hard jobs, but now engineers are starting to look at having robots that are not only strong but also intelligent! Wonder where to start? Cats are smart, right? We'll spend the first four days learning how to build and program our first robot that mimics a cat's way of thinking. And we'll have a competition on the last day to determine the smartest robot and the smartest team!

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


119 - Membrane separation – A clean technology

This course is designed for students interested in clean technology and innovation. In this mini-course, you’ll learn what membrane technology is, where membrane technology applies and what the state-of-art membrane innovations are. The course will also demonstrate how drinking water is made from wastewater, how oxygen is extracted from air and how an artificial kidney functions—all connected to one another by membrane technology. You’ll also have the chance to experience life as a membrane scientist through hands-on activities, including a visit to a membrane lab, designing a membrane system and brainstorming the life-changing applications of membrane technologies.

Professeur : Haoyu Wu
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 - Solar Energy: Converting sunlight into electricity

Learn how to carry out a survey to determine how much sunlight shines at a site. Explore how a solar cell converts sunlight to electricity and how to build electric circuits that can power solar cells devices such as lights, radios and more. You’ll also learn how batteries are used in solar cell circuits to store solar energy for use when the sun isn’t shining. As part of this mini-course, we’ll visit the SunLab Solar Research Lab and more!

Professeur : Gilbert Arbez
École ou département : Faculty of Engineering
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


123 - I, Teacher – Robots and artificial intelligence in the classroom

If your teacher were a robot, would you still feel compelled to bring an apple to class? This course will investigate robots and artificial intelligence (AI) through a familiar lens: the classroom. You’ll study revolutionary robotics technologies from an interdisciplinary perspective—science, law, philosophy and policy. With the assistance of cutting-edge technological case studies, we’ll explore how AI is poised to transform learning, working and living environments. Topics include working robots, privacy, big data and anthropomorphism of AI. No prior knowledge required: just come ready to imagine our shared future and debate whether robots will remake our world.

Professeur : Katie Szilagyi
École ou département : Faculty of Law
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


124 - Access to justice for refugees

Every year, tens of thousands of people escape threats to their personal safety and security in their home countries to seek protection as refugees in Canada. This mini-course explores the rights of refugees seeking protection in Canada as well as the challenges that refugees face in proving their claims for refugee protection. The rights of refugees define the justice they’re entitled to; the challenges they face can be barriers that deny them “access to justice.” Through a mix of online and classroom activities, including videos, role play and a mock refugee hearing, you’ll develop an understanding of “access to justice for refugees”.

Professeur : David Wiseman
École ou département : Faculty of Law
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


125 - An introduction to Canadian criminal law

This course will cover the aspects of a criminal trial. We’ll begin by considering how governments decide what should be considered a crime in Canada. We’ll discuss all of the key players in the justice system—the police, the accused, victims, defence lawyers, crown attorneys and judges. You’ll learn how a case is prosecuted and defended by working though real-life examples to decide whether an accused is guilty or not guilty. By the end of the week, you’ll have a better understanding of our criminal justice system and have greater insight into cases you read about in the news.

Professeur : Daphne Gilbert
École ou département : Faculty of Law
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


126 - Children's rights: An exploration of children, youth and the law

Over the past 25 years, the concept of children’s rights has received increased attention in law. In many Western nations, reports of young offenders accused of violent crimes and the harms related to new technologies have had an impact on our local communities. In the Southern hemisphere, incidences of child soldiers and trafficking of young people seem to be constantly in the media. Some say the phrase “children’s rights” is really a slogan in search of a definition. This course will attempt to find its meaning by looking at the topic from a local and international perspective.

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


127 - Criminal law in Northern and rural Canada

This course will look at criminal law practices in Northern Canada and some of the rural areas of the country. In this course, we’ll look at the effects of colonization on Indigenous peoples, obstacles for access to justice, procedural limitations and the realities of the North, and explore ideas of fairness in sentencing. Together, we’ll focus on thinking critically about criminal law and how Canadian criminal legislation approaches the obstacles in Northern communities. As part of this course, you’ll participate in a “case study” of R. v. Gladue so we can discuss criminal law in the context of Indigenous peoples.

Professeur : Alison Aho
École ou département : Faculty of Law
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


128 - Let’s talk human rights

This course focuses on developing critical thinking skills in the area of human rights law. By using case studies and group-based learning, we’ll aim to help you develop higher-level thinking and increase your knowledge on the numerous aspects of human rights. You’ll be introduced to the Canadian human rights system and the international framework for human rights regulation. Through fact sheets, a human rights quiz and case studies, you’ll be exposed to concepts like systemic and constructive discrimination, sexual and gender-based harassment and the interplay of numerous rights.

Professeur : Julie Ada Tchoukou
École ou département : Faculty of Law
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


129 - This thing called "justice"…Understanding cops, criminals and courts

You’ll be introduced to the fundamental principles of policing, law making and how the justice system works. Then... YOU ask the experts! You’ll visit the Ottawa Police Service Headquarters and speak to police officers from different sections or units about crime, how they do their job and this thing called “justice”. You can continue asking your questions inside a courtroom at the Ottawa Courthouse, where you’ll be able to question criminal defense lawyers, Crown prosecutors and judges. At the end of this course, you’ll take time to reflect on what “justice” is and what it means for you.

Professeur : Elie Labaky
École ou département : Faculty of Law
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


130 - Exploring the neuroscience of our social behaviours

We’ll explore the neural correlates (e.g., brain activation, brain regions) of social behaviour. We’ll also explore the basic mechanisms involved in brain activation at the micro (i.e., cellular, neuronal) and macro (i.e., connections, regions) levels. We’ll look at how nutrition, physical activity and stress reduction influence brain health and activity. Other topics include gender differences in brain function and morphology (e.g., size); how stress, the environment and culture influence brain health and social behaviour; and techniques for analyzing brain activity and stress responses in experimental studies. We’ll do some hand-on activities, stress reduction training and class experiments (for educational purposes only!).

Professeur : Kheana Barbeau and Kayla Boileau
École ou département : Faculty of Social Sciences
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


131 - Sex(t) education: Psychology of sexuality in the digital age

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

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Content will include discussions of sex, sexuality and other mature subjects.

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


132 - “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 analyzing 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


133 - Jed-eye mind tricks

In this course, you will learn about our hidden senses as well as our five primary senses. We will demonstrate many illusions as well as several perceptual experiments that can then be shown to friends for fun or be used as a science project. This hands-on course incorporates many lab exercises using ourselves as experimental subjects. How do we differ in our ability to sense our environment? How is our perception flawed and how can we improve it? This course will answer these questions and also lay the foundation for understanding and applying the scientific method in psychology.

Professeur : Chantal Lemieux
École ou département : Faculty of Social Sciences
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


134 - What are you watching? Representation in popular culture

IMPORTANT NOTICE: content will include discussions of sex, sexuality, race, gender and disability.

Every day, we are bombarded by media sources. They affect the way we see the world. Who is included and excluded in popular media subtly tells us who and what is accepted by society. Through examples of popular TV, movies and book series, this course will look at how media affects our thoughts and opinions. Representations of race, sexuality, gender, and ability will all be discussed. Students will be encouraged to think critically about the media sources that they interact with on a daily basis.


Professeur : Katie Wellard
École ou département : Faculty of Social Sciences
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


135 - 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


136 - Behavioural economics: The sixth sense

This course in behavioural economics will look at the effects of psychological, social, cognitive and emotional factors on the economic decisions of individuals and institutions and the consequences of these factors for the economy. You’ll learn the basic rules and norms in economics as well as how irrationality and uncertainty can affect our behaviours. We’ll consider whether people can be seen as “rational calculators” if their decisions are influenced by random numbers. The course will involve primarily experiments, videos and class discussions but also explore some related theories (game theory, decision theory).

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


137 - Keeping the peace: Local and international approaches to conflict resolution

This course will explore how local and international actors resolve armed conflict. It will begin by offering a review of active armed conflicts around the World and their broad causes. Further, it will explore the different approaches of local and international actors to resolving conflict, emphasizing the ability of the citizens of conflict affected countries to contribute to peace. It will also consider Canada’s unique role in peacekeeping and peace interventions around the World including in Afghanistan and Haiti. It will conclude with an overview of different approaches to individual conflict resolution which students can adapt to their own contexts.

Professeur : Kirsten Van Houten
École ou département : Faculty of Social Sciences
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 10


138 - Born this way? The psychology of child development

How do people become who they are? Are they born that way, or do experiences shape who they become? This course will introduce students to the inner worlds of the child and the factors that influence child development. We will examine various aspects of child psychology, such as physical and brain development, language development, socio-emotional development, as well as how families and peers influence all of these processes. This course will involve the use of multimedia such as films and a child simulator, which will allow students to learn in an interactive manner by raising their very own virtual child.

Professeur : Jeffry Quan and Kim Yurkowski
École ou département : Faculty of Social Sciences
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


139 - Youth thinking globally, acting locally: An introduction to sustainable development and children's rights

This mini-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, and social protection (health, education, social security). It will also examine current affairs based on individual student interests (e.g. refugees, child soldiers, child labour, fair trade). Research, writing and advocacy skills will be developed through group work and friendly discussion.

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


140 - Exploring pop culture in your second language

The study of culture goes hand in hand with the study of a language. In this task-based mini-course, you’ll explore elements of pop culture associated with your second language while reflecting on how culture affects language use. This course blends language learning activities with bilingual exchange activities during which English and French speakers identify, analyze and reflect on elements of pop culture in movies, music and social media. Discover the secrets of your second language hidden in its cultural elements. And through interactive exchanges, you can discover what an ESL or FLS program has to offer.

Professeur : Jennifer St.John
École ou département : Faculty of Arts
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


141 - Writing non-fiction and blogs

Writing gives you the power of persuasion, whether in law, politics, journalism, marketing or fundraising or when 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 deciding what to write about, how to write it and where to publish it. We’ll also form writing support groups to praise and critique each other’s work. Finally, you’ll learn about editors and what they do and build your own editing skills as well.

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


142 - 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’ll 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


143 - 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 Ann Laflèche
École ou département : Faculty of Arts
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


144 - 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


145 - 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. Students will be introduced to the real Italy of today - not necessarily the one represented in stereotypes - through culture, cooking, film and language.

Professeur : Helga Paschetto
École ou département : Faculty of Arts
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


146 - Music Alive!

Explore what it's like to study music in a university environment. Daily sight singing and dictation, music history classes, and instrumental practice in small ensembles provide an idea of fundamental courses. Workshops on topics such as performance anxiety, injury prevention, pop, jazz, and world music will give participants a real-life taste of what studying music at a postsecondary level will entail. This course will allow you to try out our music program on a micro level to see if it is really for you! Classes may be taught in both English and French.

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


147 - Robot overlords, reality and artificial intelligence: The philosophy of science fiction

Have you ever wondered whether computers could 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’ll look at films such as Blade Runner, Ghost in the Shell and The Matrix as a starting point for philosophical discussions about the ethical and personal implications of these emerging technologies. The future is now!

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


148 - Your moment of Zen: Buddhism on television, movies and video games

Buddhism is one of the fastest growing religions around the globe. In the West, not only is Buddhism one of the fastest growing traditions but it has also become a common subject for adaptation in mainstream media. The goal of this course is to introduce you to the history of Buddhism through the use of examples of popular media, including television shows like The Daily Show as well as movies like The Matrix, The Fountain and Little Buddha and popular video games such as Asura’s Wrath, Overwatch and Second Life.

Professeur : Scott Craig
École ou département : Faculty of Arts
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


149 - Reading and writing in a digital environment

What makes a post on the internet go viral? What is it that leads to something being liked, upvoted, reblogged or retweeted? In this interactive writing seminar, you will get a crash course in how to develop your skills as a web professional as you learn how to read and write online. Discover the theories behind web publishing, blogging, tweeting, digital editing, and more. No laptops, tablets or smartphones are necessary, and you will not be required to post any content online.

Professeur : Nicholas Milne-Walasek
École ou département : Faculty of Arts
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


150 - Drones: much more than toys when in the hands of geographers!

Geographers have long used various airborne platforms to study our planet from remote locations. Balloons and kites were the first of these platforms and later came planes and satellites, which, until recently, were the tools of choice for obtaining data and images. However, they proved to be complex and very expensive to operate. Then came the drones—affordable, easy to operate and capable of carrying cameras and sensors. This mini-course offers you the opportunity to manipulate drones and learn how they can be used in geography-related studies as powerful research tools.

Professeur : Jean Bjornson
École ou département : Faculty of Arts
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


151 - Exploring the self through creative writing

This creative writing course, taught by a renowned novelist and former Poet Laureate of Ottawa, is geared towards the beginner as well as students who already have writing experience in poetry and short fiction. Students will be asked to tap into their own backgrounds and to develop new techniques for expressing themselves. Sharing with peers towards generating positive feedback will be key. The focus will be on building confidence in the basics of writing and understanding language and rhythm, narrative structure by examining the works of well-known writers and the students' own efforts. The overall aim will be to share in the dynamic of a creative environment and to explore the students' own ideas and feelings.

Professeur : Cyril Dabydeen
École ou département : Faculty of Arts
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


152 - Spanish language and Latin American cultures—beyond stereotypes

Spanish is spoken by over 470 million people around the world, with 21 countries listing it as an official language. The increasing global influence of Hispanic countries and the importance of Spanish in academic and professional life make Spanish the most popular international language learned in Canadian schools and universities. In this mini-course, you’ll discover the Spanish language (elementary level 1) and Latin American cultures. Activities throughout the five days will touch on language training, cinema, visual arts, literature, music and popular culture. There will be a good balance of interactive activities led by the Spanish coordinator at uOttawa with help from a group of Spanish graduate students and guest speakers from the local Hispanic community. Together, we’ll learn about topics and issues that go beyond Latin American stereotypes, such as rural and urban life, youth in civil society, social issues about environment, social movements, gender inequalities, celebrations and religious beliefs…and more!

Professeur : Luis Abanto
École ou département : Faculty of Arts
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


153 - Introduction to Indigenous studies

Using Indigenous pedagogy (Indigegogy), this course will give you an introduction to the history of First Nations peoples. Topics will include history, intellectual traditions and ways of knowing, being and doing, with an emphasis on Algonquin and Haudenosaunee nations. The course will provide different opportunities for experiential learning inside and outside the classroom (weather permitting).

Professeur : Tracy Coates
École ou département : Faculty of Arts
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


154 - Creating theatre is amazing!

In this week-long workshop, you’ll be introduced to the process of creating a play as an ensemble. Starting from a collection of short scenes, you’ll have the opportunity of learning more about not only acting but also how to direct actors, how to do the dramaturgy of a play and other important aspects needed to produce your personal form of expression in the performing arts…all while engaging with other members of the group on a fun, collective creation! Wanna-be playwrights, actors, directors and technicians welcome!

Professeur : Ludmylla Mar dos Reis
École ou département : Faculty of Arts
Niveaux : Min: 8 - Max: 11


155 - How do you become famous on social media?

You’ll learn the difference between the various social media platforms and how to develop material 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’ll 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