Please check this listing of Special Topics courses regularly as additional courses are added on an ongoing basis. These courses may be restricted to students from within the program or have other prerequisites; consult with the academic unit.

WINTER 2020

ALDS 5905 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies
Topic for Winter 2020: Teaching, Learning and Researching Vocabulary
The aim of this course is to develop the knowledge necessary to comment critically on vocabulary research, and to create effective course plans for vocabulary learning. Issues relating to researching lexical issues (including depth vs. breadth, coverage, explicit vs. incidental learning) will also be considered.

CIVE 5707 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7302)
Topics in Structures
Topic for Winter 2020: Building Energy Management and Optimization
Analysis of building performance data; energy auditing guidelines and standards; inverse modeling of building energy data; building performance benchmarking; predictive and adaptive indoor climate control strategies; fault detection and diagnostics in building systems; sensing technologies for the built environment.

CIVE 5810 [0.5 credit]
Topics in Fire Safety

Topic for Winter 2020:  Practical Applications of Fire Protection

Introducing the practical application of fire protection engineering from a consulting and a regulatory perspective. Main highlights include performance-based design, fire forensics, emergency preparedness and firefighting.

Topic for Winter 2020:  Wood Structures and Fire
Introduction into the firesafe design of wood buildings, brief review of wood products and wood desgin, prescriptive code requirements, determination of fire resistance of wood structures through different methods.

FREN 5214 [0.5 credit]
Genre et mouvement
Topic for Winter 2020: Aux limites des formes poétiques
Étude des œuvres de Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), Alcools et Calligrammes, qui illustrent à la fois le poème réglé (avec son numérisme, ses rimes, ses strophes) et les voies poétiques modernes (collage, poésie typographique, entre autres).
Also offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as FREN 4214, for which additional credit is precluded.

FREN 5414 [0.5 credit]
Analyse du français
Topic for Winter 2020: Analyse du discours et médias
Analyse linguistique, pragmatique, critique et argumentative du discours médiatique (ex. presse écrite, reportages, plateformes numériques et médias sociaux). Subjectivité et mise en relief du contenu discursif (traces textuelles de la production des énoncés et du contexte d’énonciation). Langues et médias.
Also listed as LING 5414.
Also offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as FREN 4414 and LING 4414, for which additional credit is precluded.

PECO 5502 [0.5 credit]
Selected Problems in Political Economy II
Topic for Winter 2020: The Future of Work in Bits and Pieces: Interrogating the Access Economy
This course interrogates the growing dominance of “piecework” or “tasks” as key economic relations to production in the growing “access economy”. Students will explore how the resurgence of piecework is reshaping ownership, debt, and the modern power relations between labour and capital. Also listed as SOCI 5505, PSCI 5502.

PSYC 5800 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Psychology

Section U
Topic for Winter 2020: Clinical Approaches to the Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
This clinically-oriented course is designed to introduce students to best practices in the evidence-informed assessment and treatment of substance use disorders, with a focus on the problematic use of alcohol and other drugs.

Section Y
Topic for Winter 2020:  The Psychology of Solitude
Exploration of psychological theory and research related to the costs and benefits of solitude, from several different perspectives throughout the lifespan from childhood to old age, and situated within a broad range of contexts including schools, natural environments, cyberspace, and across cultures.

FALL 2019

ALDS 5904 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Written Discourse/Literacies
Topic for Fall 2019: Approaches to Analyzing Environmental Discourse
How knowledge and argumentation are socially constructed within the context of scientific, political, economic, and ethical debates over the global environment. Discussion of qualitative empirical studies into how organizations use different discourses and forms of argumentation to influence public opinion and government policy.

ALDS 5905 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies
Topic for Fall 2019: Language Mapping
Theoretical and practical approach to language mapping and linguistic geography. Historical overview of language distribution maps: linguistic structure; semantic; sociolinguistic; classification, and visual representations of language change over time. Construction of our own language maps by hand and using digital tools.

CIVE 5705 [0.5 credit](CVG 7300)
Topics in Structures
Topic for Fall 2019: Advanced Building Characterization, Conservation and Rehabilitation
The intent of this course is to provide graduate students with a fundamental technical understanding of the concepts and techniques governing the study, conservation and rehabilitation of existing (historic) buildings.

FREN 5215 [0.5 credit]
Problématique contemporaines
Topic for Fall 2019: Le mythe de Babel dans la littérature contemporaine
Approche mythocritique et comparative pour étudier l’inscription du mythe de Babel dans des textes francophones et québécois. La traduction, le plurilinguisme, la diversité culturelle, la migration seront analysés dans les textes en fonction du mythe de Babel.
Also offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as FREN 4215, for which additional credit is precluded.

FREN 5415 [0.5 credit]
Variation du français
Topic for Fall 2019: Lexicologie canadienne
Étude de l’histoire des mots et des rapports qu’ils établissent entre eux : principes de base, courants idéologiques, méthodes et terminologie de la discipline; lexicographie française et ouvrages qui l’ont marquée; traditions et sources canadiennes; morphologie, sémantique lexicale et particularités du lexique français.
Also listed as LING 5415.
Also offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as FREN 4415 and LING 4415.

PECO 5501 [0.5 credit]
Selected Problems in Political Economy I
Topic for Fall 2019:  Feminist Perspectives on Law and Neoliberalism
This course situates feminist legal and political strategy within neoliberal capitalism. We will look at terms used to describe the co-option of feminism lacking a redistributive agenda, including ‘governance feminism’ and ‘carceral feminism’, by way of critical global south and socialist feminist scholarship and activism. Also listed as PSCI 5501, SOCI 5504.

PSYC 5800 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Psychology

Section G
Topic for Fall 2019:  Introduction to Clinical Skills and the Helping Professions
This clinically-oriented course is designed to introduce students to the skills associated with the role of a clinical psychologist in conducting evidence-informed assessment and intervention activities with clients experiencing mental illness.

Section H
Topic for Fall 2019:  Psychology and Public Policy
How basic concepts in social and cognitive psychology such as prejudice, discrimination, judgment and decision making can inform policy design and implementation, including in areas of employment regulation, mass atrocities, human rights, environmental preservation, conflict emergence, and socio-political divisions.

Section K
Topic for Fall 2019:  Mindfulness and Well-Being
Exploration of mindfulness practices with principles of cognitive and behavioural traditions. Scientific research related to mindfulness and well-being, learning theory, and how they are integrated in psychological practices to increase well-being.

Section R
Topic for Fall 2019:  Police Psychology
Critical examination of theory, methods, and research in the area of police psychology. Topics covered will include evidence-based policing, police recruitment and selection, police stress, police investigations, use of force, police discretion, and police management and leadership.

SUMMER 2019

ECON 5880 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics
Topic for Summer 2019: Applied Public Policy

ECON 5880 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics
Topic for Summer 2019: Central Banking: Theory, Practice, and Recent Challenges

HLTH 5704 [0.5]
Special Topics in the Science of Disease
Topic for Summer 2019:  Innovation in Health Systems
This special topics course will evaluate the current performance of Canadian health systems and explore novel approaches required for health system reform and innovation. Students will examine key barriers to and enablers to the implementation of these changes.

PADM 5272  [0.5 credit]
Policy Seminar (Policy Analysis Concentration)
Topic for Summer 2019: Banking Regulation
This seminar-style course covers the key elements of the prudential regulation of financial institutions (primarily focusing on banks).

PADM 5272 [0.5 credit]
Policy Seminar (Policy Analysis Concentration)
Topic for Summer 2019: Politics, Policy and Literature
To use works of literature to stimulate reflection on issues related to the world of politics and policy, and to gain an appreciation of the styles of persuasion and argumentation that can be used within literature.

PADM 5872 [0.5 credit]
Policy Seminar (International and Development Concentration)
Topic for Summer 2019: Water, Wealth and Women
This course provides an in-depth examination of international development concepts, theories and approaches, as well as an overview of the current thinking and practical evidence relating to international development, and specifically issues of water, wealth, and women.

PSYC 5800 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Psychology
Topic for Summer 2019 (May/June): Sex Offenders
This course is designed primarily to familiarize students with the fundamentals of theory and research on sexual offenders, and to develop critical thinking about evidence in this area. This will involve readings on key topics and a review of the methodology commonly used.
Also offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as PSYC 4404, for which additional credit is precluded.