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Here is a selection of courses in the Social Sciences that are of interest to students majoring in the Social Sciences. Please note, this is NOT a complete listing of courses available at CMU. For a more detailed listing of courses in the Social Sciences, follow links to each of the majors.


ANTH-1610 Cultural Anthropology: (3.0 credit hours) The comparative study of human societies and cultures, including language, economic and political organization, family and kinship, ritual and belief systems, cultural stability and change. 

ANTH-1620 Human Origins and World Prehistory:  (3.0 credit hours) An introduction to the study of the biological nature of the human species and its origins, and of the cultural and biological record of the past.  Topics to be engaged include biological evolution, the positions of humans within the Order Primates, the human fossil record, the nature of modern human variation, the nature of the archaeological record of the past, and the methods of archaeology.

BUSI/PSYC-2020 Organizational Behaviour: (3.0 credit hours) Examination of the impact of human behaviour on the formal and informal organization. Topics include leadership, work groups, organizational conflict, and communications. Prerequisite: BUSI-1000 or PSYC -1020 or permission of instructor.

BUSI-3500 International Business: (3.0 credit hours) This course examines how global economic, political and cultural factors affect the strategies of companies involved in international business and trade. Topics include: globalization and international business strategy, free trade and regional economic integration, currencies and foreign exchange rates, exporting and foreign direct investment, international management and organizational structure, political and cultural differences in national markets. Prerequisites: Completion of 60 credit hours of university-level studies.

COMM-1000 Communications and Media: (3.0 credit hours) This course introduces students to mass communications and media with a focus on Canada. The course will investigate topics such as how media shapes our understanding of ourselves and our society, the ethics of public communication, and the industry structures that govern how we tell stories. The course includes a creative production component. A technology fee will be assessed for this course.

ECON-1000 Introduction to Macro-economics: (3.0 credit hours) An analysis of contemporary economic institutions and the application of macro-economic theory to current economic problems. The course will consider economic theories of the determination of national income, governmental monetary and fiscal policy, the role of money and the banking system, international trade and the determination of foreign exchange rates.  Prerequisite: ECON-1010.

ECON-1010 Introduction to Micro-economics:  (3.0 credit hours) An analysis of contemporary economic institutions and the application of micro-economic theory to current economic problems. The course will consider economic theories of production, consumption and exchange, price determination and the role of competition.

ECON/IDS-2010 Economics of Development: (3.0 credit hours) This course introduces neoclassical and alternative economic theories relevant to understanding various aspects of development: (i) national aspects, including theories of growth, inequality, labour, and the role of the state; (ii) international aspects, including theories of finance, international financial institutions, trade and globalization; and (iii) sub-national aspects of development, including theories of growth linkages, micro-credit and community economic development. Prerequisites: IDS-1110 or both ECON-1000 and 1010.

ENVS/GEOG-1030 Introduction to Environmental Studies: (3.0 credit hours) This course is a study of interactions between humans and the environment: the natural systems and resources upon which human activity depends, the environmental problems that have resulted from human activity, and the efforts being made toward environmental sustainability. Environmental problems such as air and water pollution, climate change, soil degradation and deforestation, energy sustainability, and biodiversity are introduced with an interdisciplinary perspective, using both Canadian and global examples.

ENVS/PCTS-2620 Ecological Peacebuilding: (3.0 credit hours) This course will explore the role of the ecology in peacebuilding, focusing on relationships between environmental insecurity and conflict, ecological integrity and justice, and on the politics, theory and skills of ecological peacebuilding.  Drawing upon a broad range of historical and contemporary case studies, students will be encouraged to apply these insights as part of the learning process. Prerequisites: PCTS-1110.

ENVS/IDS/GEOG-3010 Environment, Society, and Resilience: (3.0 credit hours) The course will help students analyze principles of sustainability, resilience and complexity associated with energy, matter and ecosystem functioning, within the context of social values, human technology and politics. The course seeks to equip students to assess socio-ecological issues including water management, climate change adaptation, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and extractive industries from an interdisciplinary perspective.  Prerequisite: 30 credit hours of university-level study.

GEOG-1000 Introduction to Physical Geography: (3.0 credit hours) An examination of elements of the physical environment such as weather, climate, hydrology, landforms, soils, vegetation, and the processes producing variations of these elements through time on the surface of the earth. Examples of environmental interrelationships and problems that affect people are emphasized.

GEOG-1010 Introduction to Human Geography: (3.0 credit hours) An examination of aspects of the human world. Topics may include: distribution of human populations, evolution of human societies, behavioural norms or cultures of these societies, and the influence of culture in its various manifestations (language, religion, customs, politics, etc.) on the human landscape including settlement types, forms of agriculture, and travel patterns. Attention is given to environmental and cultural factors involved in the present-day divisions between the “developed” and the “under-developed” worlds.

HIST/INDS-2040 History of Indigenous Peoples of Canada: (3.0 credit hours) The contemporary cultural resurgence and political organizing of indigenous peoples invokes new perspectives on Canadian history. This historical survey will explore pre-contact social organization, colonialism and resistance, treaties and land claims, reserves and residential schools as structures of social control, evolving public policy (e.g. Indian Act), Native identities, struggles for self-determination and the rights of revolution.

HIST-2060 Religion and Conflict in Historical Perspective: (3.0 credit hours) This course attends to a range of perspectives that world religions have had toward peace and conflict throughout the ages in various social environments. Students will be introduced to theories and practices related to conflict and nonviolence in such religions as Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

INDS-1010 Native Peoples of Canada I:  This course introduces students to the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada by providing a survey of their political, social, economic and cultural contexts and situations. Beginning with pre-contact times and cultural frameworks spanning Indigenous communities across North America, it will outline the history of colonization and the long-term effects of this process on First Nations, Métis and Inuit.  This course will also explore de-colonization, resistance movements and manifestation.  Given the interdisciplinary nature of Native Studies, this course approaches the various topics from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.   It will place emphasis on Aboriginal culture and spirituality, history, politics, economics, education, ethnography, and more.  Students may not hold credit in both INDS-1010/1020 and INDS-1050.

INDS-1020 Native Peoples of Canada II:  Continuation of INDS-1010.  Students may not hold credit in both INDS-1010/1020 and INDS-1050.

INDS-1050 Indigenous Peoples of Canada:  (3.0 credit hours) An overview of aboriginal societies in Manitoba and Canada, linking processes of the past with contemporary aboriginal life and issues.  The courses covers topics such as stages of colonization, pre- and post-contact periods, aboriginal kinship systems, the fur trade, the treaties, the Indian Act, residential schools, Metis nationhood and land issues, the Federal White Paper Policy (1969), Bill C-31 (1985), aboriginal rights, aboriginal land claims, aboriginal economic development, aboriginal urbanization and aboriginal gender issues. Students may not hold credit in both INDS-1010/1020 and INDS-1050.

IDS-2110 Participatory Local Development: (3.0 credit hours) The failure of large scale development efforts to eradicate poverty in the South—Asia, Africa, and Latin America—and developing communities in Canada has led to a search for alternative participatory, community development projects. This course examines historic efforts at participatory development, including community development and co-operative formation, and then considers the attention given to non-governmental organizations and grassroots movements today. Prerequisite: 30 credit hours of university-level studies, including IDS-1110.

IDS/GEOG-2131 Rural Development: (3.0 credit hours) This course examines changes to rural society and economy in the South—Africa, Asia, and Latin America— and rural communities in Canada brought about historically by colonialism and more recently through modern development efforts. Discussion highlights the impact of agrarian reform, technological change, and domestic government policies on economic development and social differentiation. Prerequisite: one of IDS-1110, GEOG-1010 or GEOG-1030.

IDS-3111 An Analysis of Development Aid Policy: (3.0 credit hours) This course explores ideology, debates, policies, and program of macro development agencies. The course begins with an examination of the ideology of neoliberalism and the policies of structural adjustment and considers how these affect the South. This is followed by an analysis of the principal actors of macro development and an examination of important issues within the donor community, e.g., poverty and gender imbalance, economic growth and environmental degradation. Prerequisite: 30 credit hours of university-level studies, including IDS-1110, ECON-1000 and 1010.

PCTS-2221 Restorative Justice: (3.0 credit hours) Identifies the principles of restorative justice and explores the application of these principles. Includes a critical assessment of victim-offender mediation, and the application of restorative principles within the criminal justice system, as they affect victims, offenders and the community. Alternative models of the justice system as a whole will also be considered. Prerequisites: PCTS-1110.

PCTS-2810 History and Strategies of Non-Violence: (3.0 credit hours) Non-violence has a long and rich history, usually overshadowed by history as the story of violence. This course reviews the history of non-violent social change and explores the dynamics of non-violent action. It also examines the motivations and strategies of a variety of non-violent actions. Prerequisites: PCTS-1110.

PCTS/ANTH-2820 Aggression, Violence and War in a Social-Scientific Perspective: (3.0 credit hours) This course will investigate and assess psychological, sociological, anthropological, and socio-biological perspectives and theories of aggression, violence and war. Case studies will be used to test the applicability of these theories, and their usefulness for approaching peacebuilding work. Prerequisites: PCTS-1110, PSYC-1020, SOCI-1110 or ANTH-1610 and 1620.

POLS-1000 Democracy and Dissent: (3.0 credit hours) An introductory study of democratic politics and institutions, political ideas, electoral systems and political culture. The lens of dissent is used to trace the emergence of democracy and its liberal development. Issues to be explored include: the roles of opposition, questions of accountability, the meaning and practice of justice, the evolving implications of citizenship, the crisis of the state under globalization, and the contemporary idea of democracy without dissent.

POLS-1010 Global Politics: (3.0 credit hours) An introduction to the fields of International Relations and Comparative Politics with particular emphasis on current global issues. Topics include globalization, American domination, terrorism and security, the changing nature of states, international law and justice, the politics of the environmental crisis, political development, human migration, and the dilemmas of democratization. Active participation in debates, simulation games, and media studies contribute to critical skills that provide insight behind the “political veil.”

POLS-2120 Peace and Conflict in World Politics [WP]: (3.0 credit hours) A study of large-scale violence, including conventional warfare and “low intensity” warfare (e.g. liberation movements, counter-insurgencies and terrorism). Consideration is given to the political economy of such violence, including the arms industry and resource wars. What is the role of politics in perpetuating militarism, violence and in enabling peace? How are conflicts politically mediated through diplomacy, international law, NGO’s, international organizations, etc.? We consider the relation of violence to underdevelopment, environmental degradation, and human rights violations.

POLS-2200 Human Rights and Dignity [WP] [CPS]: (3.0 credit hours) Human rights claim to protect the interests and dignity of people. How do governments, the United Nations, non-governmental organizations, religious groups, corporations, and activists help or impede this process? What is the political and moral place of individuals, communities, law, and justice in the current global reality? Changing and cross-cultural understandings of rights are considered.

POLS/SOCI/PHIL-2600 Social and Political Philosophy [PTM]: (3.0 credit hours) What is human nature? Should society be organized to reflect this? What is justice? Are states coercive by nature? How does property inform politics? What is ethical citizenship? These questions are explored through a survey of Western political thinkers including Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, de Gouges, Burke, Wollstonecraft, Mill, and Marx, and by examining their contemporary legacy.

POLS/COMM/SOCI-3000 Politics, Society and Mass Media [CPN]: (3.0 credit hours) This course examines the relationship between the mass communications media and the political and social processes in which they operate, investigating the state of research on mass media, the role of media in creating and shaping political awareness, and in influencing human behaviour and values. Examples of topics which may be covered are: media ownership and organization patterns, media in the electoral process, the media in developing nations, the media and globalization, propaganda, media freedom and public opinion. Prerequisite: 30 credit hours of university-level studies, including six credit hours in social science.

BTS/POLS-3260 Plato’s Republic and Paul’s Romans in Dialogue [PTM]: (3.0 credit hours) Plato’s Republic and Paul’s Romans are both discourses on the concept of “justice,” encompassing the body politic, the just individual within it, and the entire cosmos. Following an overview of Platonism and Paulinism within their respective Greek and Judeo- Christian traditions, this course will consist of a close reading consecutively of the Republic and Romans, and will conclude with a comparison and dialogue between these two classics and the traditions they represent. Prerequisite: 30 credit hours of university-level studies, including 6 credit hours in Biblical and Theological Studies.

POLS-3500 Gender and Politics [GIP]: (3.0 credit hours) Examines the public exclusion of women and their emergence as political actors. By looking at the roles of women and men, we will consider how the construction of gender informs citizenship. What do feminist critiques reveal about the theory and practice of politics? What roles do market, culture, race and class play? Ethical questions raised by identity politics are emphasized. We will consider how communities and institutions might become more just and more inclusive. Prerequisite: 30 credit hours of university-level study, including 6 credit hours at the 1000-or 2000-level in political studies.

PSYC-2110 Social Relationships and Behaviour: (3.0 credit hours) A study of how relationships are formed, maintained, and disrupted. Topics may include group dynamics, close relationships, prejudice, aggression, attraction, and conflict. Prerequisite: PSYC-1020 or permission of instructor.

PSYC-2400 Counselling Theories: (3.0 credit hours) An overview of current counselling theories, such as Psychoanalytic, Existential, Person-Centered, Gestalt, Reality, Behaviour, and Cognitive therapies. Attention will be given to their respective therapeutic processes and to a critical evaluation of each theory. Prerequisite: PSYC-1020 or permission of instructor.

PSYC-2410 Counselling Techniques: (3.0 credit hours) Explores the formation of helping relationships, using the Human Relations Model of Helping, with a focus on self-understanding as a basis for effective communication and understanding of human interactions. Topics will also include helping skills, helper characteristics, communication skills, barriers to communication, relationship establishment, ethics and values clarification.  Prerequisite: PSYC- 2400.

PSYC/SOCI-2700 Interpersonal Communication: (3.0 credit hours) An examination of the multilevel communication processes that underlie and support social interaction and relationship formation and change. Special attention will be given to the differences and connections between verbal and nonverbal communication and to the rules and rituals of social interaction in everyday life. Prerequisite: PSYC-1020 or SOCI-1110 or PCTS-1110.

PSYC-3400 Abnormal Psychology: (3.0 credit hours) An examination of current theory and research regarding abnormal human behaviour, and an attempt to understand psychological disorders within the context of human biology, development, and society. Topics may include stress and anxiety, affective disorders, psychophysiological and personality disorders, mental health, policy and social issues. Both scientific explanation and phenomenology will be addressed. Prerequisite: 30 credit hours of university-level studies, including PSYC-1020 or permission of the instructor.

PSYC-3800 Psychology and Christianity: (3.0 credit hours) Both Christian belief and psychological theory have much to say about human nature, about what/ how we can know, and about how we should think and behave. There are many points of agreement and of conflict. This course represents a re-consideration of various psychological theories and well-known research findings from Christian perspectives. Prerequisite: 12 credit hours in Psychology.

PSYC/SOCI-4030 Qualitative Inquiry in the Social Sciences: (3.0 credit hours) Examination of principles and procedures for conducting qualitative research in the social sciences. Topics include: the assumptions that inform qualitative research designs; procedures for gathering meaningful data through interviews, observation and textual archives; the analysis of such data; and ethical issues pertaining to the research endeavour. Prerequisite: 60 credit hours of university-level studies, including 12 credit hours in social sciences.

SOCI-1110 Introduction to Sociology: (3.0 credit hours) This course provides an introduction to sociology through the study of society, social institutions, group behaviour, and social change as guided by a range of theoretical and conceptual resources. It will place emphasis on using sociological thinking to understand a broad range of contemporary social behaviours.

SOCI-2000 Social Welfare: (3.0 credit hours) Explores how economic, political, and ethical theories on society and human nature are manifested in societal responses to human need in providing social services. Includes a survey of the history of social welfare in Canada and a review of the major social welfare institutions.

SOCI-2020 Communities and Organizations: (3.0 credit hours) Examines the characteristics and interactions of communities and organizations (e.g., service, advocacy, NGOs, government agencies) in light of sociological theory. Critical attention will be devoted to structural responses to social issues such as childcare, immigration, housing, unemployment, disability, healthcare, aging, and poverty.

SOCI-2030 Inter-Cultural Theory and Practice: (3.0 credit hours) This course introduces the theoretical and methodological issues in inter-cultural study. Attention will be given to cultural translation, cultural encounters between groups, concomitant cultural appropriations, cross-fertilizations, transnational influence, identity, and resistance.

SOCI-2060 Sociology of Gender: (3.0 credit hours) The study of gender from a sociological perspective develops an appreciation for how social structure, institutions, and culture shape gender roles and the lives of those who play these roles; and for how, at the same time, gender roles shape culture, institutions, and social structure.  This course will also attend to the ‘inherent or constructed’ debate about gender roles, the role of the media in shaping gender, and the intertwining of gender and family, politics, work, and religion.  Prerequisite:  SOCI-1110.

SOCI/PHIL-3100 Ethical Living in a Technological Society:  (3.0 credit hours) This course will examine the implications of living in a technological society for our understandings of self, society, and Christian faith. The course will explore the historical roots of modern technology and the closely related domains of science and economics as well as a range of related philosophical, historical, psychological and sociological critiques. Emphasis will be placed on identifying creative options for living “faithfully” within a technological society. Prerequisite: 30 credit hours of university-level study, including SOCI-1110, or permission of the instructor.  

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