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  • Practical experience
    This profile is unique in that students can choose to participate in a field trip to a developing country, usually in Central America. During the trip, students live with a host family, attend conferences, and participate in community projects.
  • Entry requirements
    The North-South Studies profile is designed for students interested in exploring, through specialized courses in Anthropology, Economics, History, and Political Science, the living and working conditions of the developing world.
  • Academic Title
    North-South Studies Profile
  • Course description
    Term 1
    Course Number     Course Name     C - L - H     Hrs
    330-101-DW    Western Civilization    3 - 0 - 3    45

    Description:    This course traces the growth of Western civilization from its roots in the Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman traditions to the 20th century. Among the major themes covered are the emergence and influence of key intellectual currents, social and political revolution, the development of industrial society, the birth of the nation state, imperialism, totalitarianism, and the two world wars. Students are introduced to basic concepts such as historical cause and social change, race, class and gender, as well as to the major political ideologies.
     
    381-101-DW    Introduction to Anthropology    3 - 0 - 3    45

    Description:    The course provides an overview of what anthropology encompasses from the history of anthropological thought to the major subfields of study including linguistics, biology, social and archaeology. The unique vision and social scientific perspective that anthropology brings to the social sciences will be discussed. This course will present an approach designed to introduce students to main areas of the discipline that may be explored more profoundly in the higher level courses.
     
    383-101-DW    Introduction to Economics    3 - 0 - 3    45

    Description:    This course is a pre-requisite to all other Economics courses. The course introduces students to economic systems, the great economic thinkers, the different schools of thought, and the basic concepts and theories of economics. Students will become familiar with introductory tools, methods, and models of economic analysis, as well as recognize their limitations. Applying different perspectives and relying on current and historical data, the course exposes students to Canada’s and Quebec’s major macroeconomic problems such as unemployment, recessions, inflation, and the public debt. Students will learn how governments can use fiscal, monetary, and trade policies to reduce domestic economic problems. The course prepares students to critically assess government economic policies and economic information in the news media.
     
    General Education
    • 109-103-02    Health and Physical Education    1 - 1 - 1    30
    • 345-103-04    Knowledge    3 - 1 - 3    60
    • 602-10_-03    French: Bloc A    2 - 1 - 3    45
    • 603-101-04    Introduction to College English    2 - 2 - 4    60

    Term 2
    Course Number     Course Name     C - L - H     Hrs
    300-300-DW    Research Methods    2 - 2 - 2    60


    330-221-DW    Third World History    3 - 0 - 3    45

    Description:    These courses explore different aspects of the political, economic, religious and social changes in selected third world societies in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America during the past five hundred years. Special attention will be devoted to the responses of these societies to Western imperialism and cultural influences. The post-independence problems of neo-colonialism, political and economic instability, ethnic conflicts and rapid social and cultural changes will also be discussed.
     
    350-101-DW    General Psychology    2 - 1 - 3    45

    Description:    This is the first course in the discipline for most students and a requirement for all students in the Social Science program. It is also necessary for admission to most university psychology programs. The course is designed to acquaint students with the principles and methods of psychology and to expose them to the various areas encompassed by the field.
     
    385-101-DW    Introduction to Politics    3 - 0 - 3    45

    Description:    This course introduces students to the political dimension of human behaviour. It examines how people organize themselves for the purpose of making collective decisions for the protection and defense of their communities, how they mobilize resources to achieve common goals, how they pursue common values, and how they resolve the conflicts that inevitably arise from these political actions; in short, how people govern themselves.
     
    General Education

    • 109-104-02    Physical Activity    0 - 2 - 1    30
    • 345-102-03    World Views    3 - 0 - 3    45
    • 603-102-04    Literary Genres    2 - 2 - 3    60
    • COMP 1    Complementary          

    Term 3
    Course Number     Course Name     C - L - H     Hrs

    ___-___-__    Option 100 Level Course          

        * Biology
        * Business Administration
        * Classics
        * Geography
        * Mathematics
        * Philosophy
        * Religion
        * Sociology

    360-300-DW    Quantitative Methods    2 - 2 - 2    60

    Prerequisite:    300-300-DW - Research Methods

    383-206-DW    Economic Development    3 - 0 - 3    45

    Description:    The course discusses, from different perspectives, some of the major economic problems facing the nations of the South: poverty, land ownership, foreign debt, dependency, and distribution of income and wealth. The course examines why the majority of the population in developing countries have inadequate access to housing, education, and healthcare. It critically assesses the economic relationships between the developed countries and the developing countries. The course also analyzes the effects of globalization and how the policies pursued by international organizations such as the IMF the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization have affected Third World countries.
     
    Required Courses - Choose one of the following
    360-320-DW    Preparing for Field Trip    2 - 1 - 3    45

    381-313-DW    Contemporary Anthropology    3 - 0 - 3    45

    Description:    This course is an anthropological view of crucial contemporary social problems. This course will deal with these issues on a global perspective with special attention to cultures other than our own. Such issues could include the ecological crisis, economic development, hunger, war, revolution, political domination and sexism.
     
    General Education

    • 602-B__-03    French: Bloc B    2 - 1 - 3    45
    • 603-103-04    Literary Themes    2 - 2 - 3    60
    • COMP 2    Complementary          

    Term 4
    Course Number     Course Name     C - L - H     Hrs

    ___-___-__    Option 200 Level Course          

    ___-___-__    Option 300 Level Course          

    ___-___-__    Option 400 Level Course          

    Choose one from a discipline in which you have previously taken a 200-Level or 300-Level Course OR Statistics for Social Science. *
     
    300-308-DW    Integrative Seminar    2 - 2 - 4    60

    Prerequisites:    300-300-DW - Research Methods

    360-300-DW - Quantitative Methods

    360-321-DW    Field Experience in a Developing Country     1 - 2 - 3    45

    General Education

    • 109-105-02    Active Living    1 - 1 - 1    30
    • 345-BXH-03    Applied Themes in Humanities    3 - 0 - 3    45
    • 603-BXE-04    Applied Themes in English    2 - 2 - 2    60

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