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 2022

ARTH 5210 [0.5 credit]
Topics in Indigenous Art
Topic for Winter 2022 Section W: Explorations of Visual Storytelling in Indigenous Art
Indigenous visual stories of the past, present, and future are shared through intergenerational knowledge transmission. How Indigenous ways of knowing are expressed in embodied stories in Indigenous arts today. Critical examinations of Indigenous art exhibitions serve as a platform for analysis.

CDNS 5003 [0.5 credit]
Selected Topics in Canadian Studies
Topic for Winter 2022 Section B: Decolonizing the City
Framing cities across Turtle Island as Indigenous and deeply contested places, this course invites students to understand the urban as a key site of decolonization. The course foregrounds Indigenous resurgence, resistance, and relationality in a range of empirical contexts, including Ottawa.

FILM 5002 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics
Topic for Winter 2022 Section F: Digital Humanities, Media and Social Justice
How colonialism, race, gender, sexuality, and ableism shape digital technologies and how Indigenous, Black, queer, and trans scholars use digital tools to reconnect with ancestors, reveal unseen patterns governing everyday life, and create new forms of community.

FILM 5107 [0.5 credit]
Topics in Film History
Topic for Winter 2022 Section W: Cine-Archival Theory and Practice
History, theory and practice of moving image archiving; categories of the archival such as selection, appraisal, cataloguing, preservation, conservation, restoration, access, curation. The fields of history and historiography, philosophy, archival studies, library studies, postcolonial, anticolonial and decolonial studies, women and gender studies, indigenous studies, heritage studies, memory studies.

FILM 5506 [0.5 credit]
Topics in Film History
Topic for Winter 2022 Section F: Francophone Documentary at the NFB/ONF
Historical developments, auteurs, and debates surrounding the emergence of the NFB’s renowned “French Team” and the 1960s cinéma direct documentary movement, as well as its subsequent influence across shifting sociopolitical contexts, and through the perspective of filmmakers from diverse backgrounds.

FREN 5212 [0.5 credit]
Littérature francophones
Topic for Winter 2022:  Littérature francophones
De la Traite à l’ère Obama, les écrivaines caribéennes travaillent divers moments historiques. Nous examinerons des stratégies déployées pour traiter le passé et les effets qui en naissent, ainsi que les rapports entre Histoire, histoires, littérature.

ITEC 5910 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Networking Technology
Topic for Winter 2022:  5G Networks
Principles enabling 5G communications; physical, link and network layer protocols used for 5G communications and networking. Topics include: evolution from 1G to 5G, standardization, spectrum planning, 4G LTE Fundamentals, 5G New Radio enhancements, 5G Core and beyond 5G.

MUSIC 5200 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Music and Cultural Theory
Topic for Winter 2022 Section B: Music and Conflict
Music’s potential to solve or exacerbate contemporary social, political, and environmental conflicts. Through critical and interdisciplinary readings on governance, power, and agency, we will broadly investigate the question: what are the potentials of music to empower, or simply, to take power away?

MUSIC 5200 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Music and Cultural Theory
Topic for Winter 2022 Section W: Contemporary Practices of Music and Sound Art in Canada
Innovative, contemporary musical and sonic creative practices in Canada. “Creative practice” highlights the processes involved in composition, improvisation, and performance as a continuum rather than as discrete categories, and includes inter-arts practices (e.g. creative coding, dance, video, and theatre).

PSYC 5800 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Psychology
Topic for Winter 2022 Section M:  Research Methods in Forensic Psychology
This course is aimed at students interested in conducting or applying forensic psychology research. The main goal is to learn to more accurately interpret evidence and conduct more informative research in a wide range of forensic psychology areas, such as policing, courts, and criminal behaviour.

PSYC 5800 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Psychology
Topic for Winter 2022 Section N:  The Psychology of Solitude
Psychological theory and research related to the costs and benefits of solitude, from several different psychological 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.

PSYC 5800 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Psychology
Topic for Winter 2022 Section W:  Science and Pseudoscience
The goal of this course is to provide students with critical thinking skills to help them better understand psychology and events in the world in which they live. Students will learn how to distinguish science from pseudoscience that appear in popular media and academic writing.

PSYC 5800 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Psychology
Topic for Winter 2022 Section X:  Psychophysiological Methods
This course focuses on the scientific study of psychological phenomena as related to and revealed through physiological activity. How activity of the heart, lungs, skin, hormones, muscles, and sexual system may reflect psychological processes and gain experience with methods of psychophysiological research.

PSYC 5800 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Psychology
Topic for Winter 2022 Section Z:  Political Psychology and Intergroup Relations
This seminar will provide a broad introduction to theoretical debates and empirical developments in political psychology and intergroup relations. We will examine why things happen in politics through the lens of social identity (i.e., group membership). Topics will include ideology, partisanship, emotions, power, and conflicting, and a term research paper.

PSYC 5804 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Health Psychology
Topic for Winter 2022 Section B:  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. Evaluation includes role-play, treatment planning, and a term research paper.

FALL 2021

ARTH 5115 [0.5 credit]
Topics in Modern and Contemporary Art
Topic for Fall 2021 Section F:  The Temporal Diversity of Our Time
The seminar takes the new critical attention to temporality and the heightened temporal and historical consciousness evident in current theoretical and artistic conceptualizations of what constitutes or could constitute our world temporally now and in the future.

ARTH 5115 [0.5 credit]
Topics in Modern and Contemporary Art
Topic for Fall 2021 Section W:  Art in 1960s France
Art produced in France during the swinging ‘Sixties’. Found-object art, performance, painting and sound-poetry. Contexts of production and reception, and contemporary re-readings of its historical, theoretical and political significance.

ARTH 5403 [0.5 credit]
Architecture and Its Institutions
Topic for Fall 2021 Section F:  Intersections between Islamic Architecture, Art, and Science
The link between architecture, art, science, and knowledge in the wider Islamic and the Mediterranean worlds from the late medieval period to the late eighteenth century. How diverse Islamic societies produced and reacted to artifacts that had a transforming effect on places and people.

CDNS 5003 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Canadian Studies
Topic for Fall 2021 Section C:  Indigenous Art and Activism
Through an examination of instances of Indigenous misrepresentation, students will explore how Indigenous peoples have used cultural production in various forms (such as literature, film, television, visual arts, music, performance) to put forth their own visions of their peoples, worldviews, and lives. This course will explore the use of Indigenous artistic expressions (visual art, literature, music, and performance art) as a window into Indigenous political activism.

FILM 5002 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics
Topic for Fall 2021 Section F:  Media and Emotion
The ways in which emotion figures in theoretical and historical accounts of film and related audio-visual technologies.

FILM 5203 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics
Topic for Fall 2021 Section F: Issues in World Cinema
Study of the theoretical and methodological issues raised by the concept of world cinema. Topics may include nationalism, transnationalism, translation, cosmopolitanism, local and regional vernaculars, co-productions, film festivals, multinational corporations and other phenomena associated to globalization.

FILM 5506 [0.5 credit]
Topics in Culture, Identity and Representation
Topic for Fall 2021 Section F: Transgender Cinema
The widely varied and inventive world of film and media created by trans, Two-Spirit, nonbinary, intersex, and gender-nonconforming people in the United States and Canada.

FREN 5412 [0.5 credit]
Diversité du français
Topic for Fall 2021:  Le français en Afrique
Exploration des caractéristiques du français en Afrique depuis l’ère coloniale jusqu’aujourd’hui. Fonctionnement du français dans ses deux rôles majeurs: langue administrative et langue véhiculaire. Étendue de la diversité des traits régionaux à tout niveau linguistique: phonétique, phonologie, morphologie, syntaxe, discours, lexique.

MUSIC 5015 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Music and Cultural Theory
Topic for Fall 2021 Section B: Ecologies of Music and Sound
A situated look at the complexities of ecologies of music and sound in terms of the entanglement of people, places, processes, more-than-human entities, and things. Theories of ecology, agency, and subjectivity drawn from music and sound studies as well as other cognate theories.

MUSIC 5200 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Music and Cultural Theory
Topic for Fall 2021 Section B: Ecologies of Music and Sound
A situated look at the complexities of ecologies of music and sound in terms of the entanglement of people, places, processes, more-than-human entities, and things. Theories of ecology, agency, and subjectivity drawn from music and sound studies as well as other cognate theories.

PSYC 5800 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Psychology
Topic for Fall 2021:  Mindfulness and Well-Being
Exploration of a combination of mindfulness practices with principles of cognitive and behavioural traditions. Scientific research related to mindfulness and well-being, including the neuroscience of mindfulness, learning theory and how they are integrated in psychological practices to increase well-being.

PSYC 5800 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Psychology
Topic for Fall 2021 Section G:  Sex Offenders
Fundamentals of theory and research on sexual offenders; critical thinking about evidence in this area, including readings on key topics and a review of the methodology commonly used.

PSYC 5800 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Psychology
Topic for Fall 2021 Section K:  Police Interviewing Techniques
Introduction to the field of investigative interviewing to elicit information from witnesses and suspects required to successfully resolve cases. Discussion and critical evaluation of memory processes, suggestibility, compliance, models of interrogation and interviewing.

PSYC 5804 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Health Psychology
Topic for Fall 2021 Section A:  An 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. Evaluation includes role-play, case studies, and a term research paper.

PSYC 5804 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Health Psychology
Topic for Fall 2021 Section C:  Research Methods in Health Psychology
Advanced topics in experimental and non-experimental research methods in health psychology. Issues pertaining to study design, material selection and development, data collection, interpretation and triangulating evidence.

PSYC 5804 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Health Psychology
Topic for Fall 2021 Section D:  Wellness and Climate Change
Climate change is a major global health threat related to mental health and well-being through changes and challenges to people’s environment, physical security, and socioeconomic structures. Research focusing on climate change and individual health and well-being will be discussed and evaluated.

PSYC 5804 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Health Psychology
Topic for Fall 2021 Section E:  Indigenous Mental Health
Indigenous communities contend with disproportionately high rates of psychological distress. Many of these communities attribute this distress to their ongoing colonial encounters with settler society. The course will bring students up to date on research in the area of Indigenous mental health and resilience.

 

 

SUMMER 2021

ALDS 5905 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies
Topic for Summer 2021 Section “S” : Approaches for Analyzing Discourses in Science, Technology, and Medicine
Science, technology, and medicine are predominant in contemporary society, as are the discourses associated with them. This course examines different qualitative approaches for studying the persuasive, argumentative dimension of these central discourses in their role of producing, validating, and applying specialized forms of knowledge.

BUSI 5905 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics
Topic for Summer 2021: Organizational Resilience
Analysis of systems, structures and strategies that equip organizations to adapt and thrive in changeable environments. The role of expertise, flexibility, creativity and leadership, along with coping mechanisms for uncertainty and resource scarcity.

CIVE 5705 [0.5 credit]
Topics in Structures
Topic for Summer 2021: Project Management for Existing Building Rehabilitation
Challenges and risks in managing existing building rehabilitation projects, including: project manager role; good practices; relationships in teams; consultants; contractors; outside agencies; schedule; sustainable; environmental; code; heritage; and the dreaded unforeseen conditions. Includes guest speakers from industry.

CIVE 5706 [0.5 credit]
Topics in Structures
Topic for Summer 2021: Data Analytics for Buildings
Foundations of data analytics for buildings; basics of statistical learning; applications to various building engineering topics, such as operation management, load forecasting, benchmarking, visualization and automation.

CIVE 5707 [0.5 credit]
Topics in Structures
Topic for Summer 2021: Seismic Evaluation and Upgrading of Existing Building
Concepts and performance requirements for seismic evaluation of existing buildings. Current practice guidelines and standard for seismic evaluation and retrofit of existing buildings. Effectiveness of different techniques in seismic upgrading of different seismic force resisting systems.

CIVE 5806 [0.5 credit]
Topics in Transportation
Topic for Summer 2021: Advanced Pavement Engineering and Management
Mechanistic and empirical design methods (MEPDG) for flexible pavement, AASHTO design method, Network level need analysis, Life cycle assessment (LCA), Pavement asset management, Pavement condition evaluation, Pavement condition indices, Prioritization for preservation and maintenance.

ENVE 5702 [0.5 credit]
Topics in Environmental Engineering
Topic for Summer 2021: Physico-Chemical Processes in Environment
Fundamentals of conventional and advanced physical and chemical processes and their application in engineered (water and wastewater treatment and storm water management) as well as natural aqueous environment. Topics include conventional clarification, filtration, adsorption, disinfection, and advanced oxidation processes.

LING 5009 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Linguistics

Topic for Summer 2021 Section “S”:  Constraint-Based Syntax
The historical context of the origin, in the late 1960s, of constraint-based theories of syntax. An introduction to the constraint-based framework of Lexical-Functional Grammar in detail. A brief introduction to another constraint-based frameworks, Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar. Comparison of LFG and HPSG.

SOWK 5702 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Social Work

Topic for Summer 2021:  African-Centred Perspectives in Social Work
Critical dialogue, reflection and action about historical and contemporary experiences of African Canadians and Africans in the Diaspora, including Africentric theory, its application in social work practice, policy and research with Africans and non-Africans.

WINTER 2021

BUSI 5906 [0.25 credit]
Special Topics

Topic for Winter 2021 (Section B): Business Communications
Communication skills for business. Includes concepts and principles related to critical thinking, crafting logical arguments, writing persuasively, representing data, using visual communication tools, and delivering effective presentations.

CIVE 5708 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7303)
Topics in Structures
Topic for Winter 2021:  Building Energy Management and Optimization
Understanding data collected by building energy management systems; Fundamentals of data mining, generalized linear models, optimization, model selection and verification, inverse modelling, classification and clustering; Using MATLAB for data analysis.

CIVE 5801 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7306)
Topics in Geotechnique
Topic for Winter 2021:  Fundamentals of Geomechanics
Tensor calculus, static equilibrium and definition of stress, continuum deformation and strain, theory of elasticity for geomaterials, theory of plasticity for soils, plasticity of granular materials vs clays, overview of advanced constitutive models for soils.

ENVE 5704 [0.5 credit] (EVG 6304)
Topics in Environmental Engineering
Topic for Winter 2021:  Research Methods for Building Energy
Research methods  applicable to the building energy area; general research skills: literature review, research design, measurement science, inferential statistics, data analysis and visualization, and dissemination.

ENVE 5705 [0.5 credit] (EVG 6305)
Topics in Environmental Engineering
Topic for Winter 2021:  Energy and Resource Recovery from Waste
Principles, applications and design of biochemical and thermal processes for recovery of energy and value-added materials from municipal and industrial wastes. Biochemical processes; biotransformation pathways, reactor analysis and chemical kinetics. Thermal treatment systems; process design, thermodynamics of material recovery.

FREN 5213 [0.5 credit]
Littérature québécoise et canadienne d’expression française
Topic for Winter 2021: De l’imprimé original à l’édition savante
Édition savante (en équipe) d’une nouvelle oubliée du 18e siècle qui se déroule en Nouvelle-France : réflexion sur les imprimés anciens, établissement du texte, annotation, introduction, bibliographie. À terme, la nouvelle sera publiée à part ou dans une anthologie.

ITEC 5920 [0.5 credit]
Selected Topics in Digital Media

Topic for Winter 2021: Applied Programming
Algorithm design and computer programming with practical industry problems in information technology. Topics include algorithms and pseudocode, programing fundamentals, memory operations, data structures, object oriented programming, program design, testing and debugging.

PSYC 5800 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Psychology
Topic for Winter 2021 Section U: Political Psychology and Intergroup Relations
Broad introduction to theoretical debates and empirical developments in political psychology and intergroup relations. Why things happen in politics through the lens of social identity (i.e., group membership). Topics will include ideology, partisanship, emotions, power, and conflict.

PSYC 5800 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Psychology
Topic for Winter 2021 Section W: The Psychology of Solitude
Psychological theory and research related to the costs and benefits of solitude, from several different psychological 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.

PSYC 5800 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Psychology
Topic for Winter 2021 Section X: Psychophysiological Methods
The scientific study of psychological phenomena as related to and revealed through physiological activity. How activity of the heart, lungs, skin, hormones, muscles, and sexual system may reflect psychological processes and gain experience with methods of psychophysiological research.

PSYC 5800 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Psychology
Topic for Winter 2021 Section Y: Police Interviewing Techniques
The field of investigative interviewing to elicit information from witnesses and suspects that is required to successfully resolve cases. In this course, we will discuss and critically evaluate such topics as memory processes, suggestibility, compliance, models of interrogation and interviewing.

PSYC 5800 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Psychology
Topic for Winter 2021 Section Z: Program Evaluation
Governments, educational institutions, community-based non-profits, and for-profit organizations routinely review and evaluate their policies and programs. This course will provide students with training in methods and theories of program evaluation. Students will gain practical experience in evaluation, working together on small evaluation projects.  

PSYC 5801 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Psychology -Stats
Topic for Winter 2021: Bayesian Stats
This course will introduce you to Bayesian Statistics – an alternative to NHST whereby beliefs are updated based on new information. We will cover topics ranging from the fundamentals of Bayesian inference to Bayesian modelling and hypothesis testing to Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods.

PSYC 5801 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Psychology -Stats
Topic for Winter 2021 Section B: Missing Data
This course will provide students with knowledge about missing data theory, implications of missing data for the results of data analyses, and potential solutions with applications for various statistical analyses (e.g., linear regression, moderation, mediation, growth curves) using Full Information Maximum Likelihood and multiple imputation.

PSYC 5804 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Psychology
Topic for Winter 2021 Section A: 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. Evaluation includes role-play, treatment planning, and a term research paper.

FALL 2020

BUSI 5906 [0.25 credit]
Special Topics

Topic for Fall 2020 (Section A): Business Communications
Communication skills for business. Includes concepts and principles related to critical thinking, crafting logical arguments, writing persuasively, representing data, using visual communication tools, and delivering effective presentations.

CIVE 5705 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7300)
Topics in Structures
Topic for Fall 2020:  Random Processes and Statistical Inference in Engineering
Fundamental of probability and statistics, (robust and ridge) regression, generalised linear models, sparse models, mixture models, stochastic/random processes, statistical inference and applications.

CIVE 5706 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7301)
Topics in Structures
Topic for Fall 2020:  Advanced Mechanics of Reinforced Concrete
Second-order material effects in cracked concrete; existing linear and nonlinear models for predicting behaviour of reinforced concrete members including Modified Compression Field Theory; use of a finite element program for nonlinear analysis of reinforced concrete structures.

CIVE 5707 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7302)
Topics in Structures
Topic for Fall 2020:  Energy Modelling for Existing Buildings
Background on building energy modelling; energy audits and efficiency measures for retrofit projects; calibration of energy models based on ASHRAE Guideline 14; application of calibrated energy models in retrofits; implementation of advanced sequence of operations; optimization of operational performance.

CIVE 5708 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7313)
Topics in Transportation
Topic for Fall 2020: Transportation Network Analysis
Introduction to transportation network algorithm; transportation problem (NWCM, least-cost method, Vogel approximation method, Stepping-stone method, modified distribution method), transhipment problem, transportation system, network models (shortest path problem, maximum flow problem), static and dynamic equilibrium assignment.

CIVE 5810 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7185)
Topics in Fire Safety
Topic for Fall 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.

ENVE 5701 [0.5 credit] (EVG 6301)
Topics in Environmental Engineering
Topic for Fall 2020:  Filtration and Membranes in Water Treatment
Filtration is a key process for removal of contaminants from water sources. This course will discuss slow sand filtration, conventional filtration, biological filtration, and low and high pressure membrane applications in a lecture and seminar format.

ENVE 5703 [0.5 credit] (EVG 6303)
Topics in Environmental Engineering
Topic for Fall 2020:  Radiative Transfer and Remote Sensing
Interactions between light, Earth’s surface, and atmosphere. Fundamentals of radiation and its interactions with matter, equation of radiative transfer. Geometries for remote sensing, measurement methods including passive and active sensing. Applications to atmospheric science, hydrology, and land use.

FREN 5215 [0.5 credit]
Problématique contemporaines
Topic for Fall 2020: Journalisme et littérature: actualité des écritures du réel
Étude des convergences entre littérature de reportage, non-fiction et renouveau réaliste dans la production narrative contemporaine. Analyse historiographique, formelle et sociologique des rapports entre journalisme et littérature. Problématisation des enjeux de société liés aux écritures du contemporain.

FREN 5412 [0.5 credit]
Diversité du français
Topic for Fall 2020: Régionalismes lexicaux dans l’espace francophone
Ce cours comparera la diversité du français en Europe et en Amérique du Nord. Après avoir présenté l’histoire de la diversification du français, nous analyserons d’un point de vue formel, sociolinguistique et sémantique la variation lexicale dans des corpus contemporains

ITEC 5920 [0.5 credit]
Selected Topics in Digital Media

Topic for Fall 2020: Applied Programming
Algorithm design and computer programming with practical industry problems in information technology. Topics include algorithms and pseudocode, programing fundamentals, memory operations, data structures, object oriented programming, program design, testing and debugging.

PSYC 5800 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Psychology
Topic for Fall 2020 Section F: Mindfulness and Well-Being
Exploration of a combination of mindfulness practices with principles of cognitive and behavioural traditions. Scientific research related to mindfulness and well-being, including the neuroscience of mindfulness, learning theory and how they are integrated in psychological practices to increase well-being.

PSYC 5800 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Psychology
Topic for Fall 2020 Section G: 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.

PSYC 5800 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Psychology
Topic for Fall 2020 Section I: Intergenerational Trauma
Current research and theoretical perspectives on intergenerational trauma or specifically, the impacts of trauma that are passed down from generation to generation and therefore, affect not only trauma survivors but also their descendants’ psychological and physical health, family functioning, and communities.

PSYC 5802 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Psychology – Professional Development
Topic for Fall 2020: Transition to Career
What can I do with my Psychology graduate degree? We will explore academic, research, consulting, and other careers for which your degree and specialization are useful and consider how to set yourself up for career self-management. Course work involves self-reflection, practical activities, readings, and discussions.

PSYC 5804 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Psychology
Topic for Fall 2020 Section A: 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. Evaluation includes role-play, case studies, and a term research paper.

SOWK 5702 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Social Work
Topic for Fall 2020 Section F:  Indigenous Practice for Social Work
Online Blended course taught by Professor Patricia McGuire. This course will prepare students in work within Indigenous ethical protocols, concepts, and practices as an effective helper. The focus will be on Anishinaabe teachings, which are related to the Indigenous peoples of this land, the territory of the Algonquin Nation. Cultural protocols and ethics of the Anishinaabe helping processes on the land are covered. Cultural humility, trauma informed and safety models in social work and Indigenous helping practices are the foundation for this course.

SUMMER 2020

ENVE 5702 [0.5 credit]
Topics in Environmental Engineering
Topic for Summer 2020: Physico-Chemical Processes in Environment
Fundamentals of conventional and advanced physical and chemical processes and their application in engineered (water and wastewater treatment and storm water management) as well as natural aqueous environment. Topics include conventional clarification, filtration, adsorption, disinfection, and advanced oxidation processes.

ENVE 5703 [0.5 credit]
Topics in Environmental Engineering
Topic for Summer 2020: Surface Water-Quality Modeling
Mass balance for a well-mixed lake; steady-state solutions; feedforward mass balance and reactions; advection and diffusion models, Fick’s first law; organic production and decomposition rate, BOD model for stream, Henry’s law, gas transfer theories, Streeter-Phelps Equation for point source and distributed sources.

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 5801 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7306)
Topics in Geotechnique
Topic for Winter 2020: Fundamentals of Geomechanics
Tensor calculus, static equilibrium and definition of stress, continuum deformation and strain, theory of elasticity for geomaterials, theory of plasticity for soils, plasticity of granular materials vs clays, overview of advanced constitutive models for soils.

CIVE 5810 [0.5 credit]
Topics in Fire Safety

Topic for Winter 2020:  Practical Applications of Fire Protection (Section W)

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 (Section Y)
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.