Electives without Prerequisites
Need an elective to fulfill your course requirements but concerned about a lack of pre-requisites? No worries. Check out the following courses for which pre-requisites are not required. Courses like:
ANTH 2414 Aboriginal People of North America
This is a survey course dealing with the various tribal and band societies of North America, with special emphasis on the northern portion. The student will be introduced to the cultural history and language distribution of the area along with an examination of the major regional divisions. Several societies will be studied in more detail as case studies in the ethnographic analysis of specific cultural situations. The course will also deal with the effect on these cultures, through the historic period, of European trade, conquest, and settlement, again with special emphasis on the Canadian region.
NO PRE REQ ELECT is an ideal way for students from departments and faculties outside the Faculty of Arts to fulfill their electives requirements.
Please note: In some cases, required pre-reqs can be waived at the discretion of the department head. And as always, some courses may be filled soon after registration.
Please contact individual departments directly for further information.
- Communication Studies
- German & Russian
- Political Science
- Gender Studies
3050 Ecology and Culture is a survey of the basic principles and perspectives of human and cultural ecology and ecological anthropology. Emphasis will be placed on the evolutionary development of basic ecological adaptations: foraging, horticulture, pastoralism, agriculture and industrialism. Major ecosystems and human adaptative adjustments to them will also be surveyed, especially arctic, mountain, desert, grassland and tropical rainforest ecosystems.
3054 Play and Culture is an examination of the phenomenon of play in a variety of human cultures, and in such forms of activity as religion, politics, festival, speech, performance, and artistic creation. Principal themes are the functional role of play in social relations, and the meaningful role of play in social thought.
3061 Culture and Social Inequality examines the role of culture in mediating different forms of social inequality, exploring the idea that culture is not only a way of life but also a way of managing power between unequals, from individuals to social classes. Readings in the course concentrate on cultural techniques of social control.
3403 Anthropology of Tourism
There are many courses in the department of archaeology that may be used as electives without prerequisite requirements. Please consult the head of the department for more information.
1052 Heroes in Classical Mythology is an introduction to some of the major myths of ancient Greece and Rome, with particular attention to the heroes. The myths will be studied with reference to their social and historical contexts, literary and artistic representations, and modern theories of interpretation.
1100 Introduction to Greek Civilization is a general illustrated survey of the origins and evolution of Ancient Greek Civilization. The course introduces the student to Greek social and political institutions, religion and myth, and achievements in art, philosophy, science and literature, as well as the influence of Ancient Greece on the modern world.
2015 Roman Art and Architecture is an introduction, through illustrated lectures, to the study of the art and architecture of Ancient Rome.
2035 History of Classical Greece is a survey of Greek History from the Bronze Age to the death of Alexander the Great, with special reference to the social and political institutions of the fifth century B.C.
2055 Women in the Ancient World is an examination of the role of women in ancient Mediterranean civilizations from the perspectives of social and political history and culture. Critical assessments of relevant scholarship and methodologies will be included.
2400 Literature of Ancient Greece introduces students to Greek Literature from the Archaic to the Imperial Periods. Students will study epic poetry, drama and other genres typical of these periods. Students will also be introduced to important themes, methodologies and scholarship. This course may be offered as a research/writing course. Consult each semester’s Undergraduate Registration Procedures for the R/W designation.
3040 Socrates and Athens is an introduction to and examination of Socrates within the context of Athenian political, social, cultural, intellectual, and religious life, and against the background of the fifth-century enlightenment and the sophistic movement.
3700 The Ancient World in Film examines the representation of the history and cultures of the ancient world in film. A selection of films will be studied and extensive reference will be made to the ancient evidence which informs them. The ancient world’s impact on modern Western society will be considered together with the film industry’s recasting of the ancient world in response to modern social and historical developments.
2000 Critical Approaches to Popular Culture considers critical issues and approaches in the study of popular culture. It will explore the ways in which everyone is both a user of and is used by popular culture. A variety of critical approaches to studying popular culture will be examined: Production, Texts, Audience, and History.
2010 Introduction to Microeconomics I examines scarcity and opportunity cost. Demand and supply. Elasticity. Household demand: marginal utility. Household demand: indifference curves. Production functions. Short-run and long-run cost functions. Perfect competition in the short run and the long run. Monopoly.
CRN: 40368, 40369, 40370, 40372, 47123, 40371, 43427
2020 Introduction to Macroeconomics covers national income accounting, aggregate income analysis, money, banking and foreign trade.
CRN: 40374, 44614, 43905
1000 Introduction to Folklore will discuss the role that tradition plays in communication, art and society through an examination of folklore materials from Newfoundland and the English-speaking world. Readings and "listenings" will emphasize the use of folklore in context, e.g., the proverb in speech and the folksong in childrearing. Students will be urged to analyse the traditions in their own lives through special assignments. A student may not receive credit for both FOLK 1000 and 2000.
CRN: 40406, 40607, 43318, 44512, 44662
2300 Newfoundland and Labrador Folklore (same as Anthropology 2300) is a survey of the various types of Folklore: tale, song, rhyme, riddle, proverb, belief, custom, childlore and others, with stress on their function in the Newfoundland community culture. Individual collection and analysis of materials from the students' home communities, supplemented by data from the M.U.N. Folklore and Language Archive.
Prerequisite: FOLK 1000 or 2000, or Anthropology 1031.
2500 Oral Literature (same as Anthropology 2500) is an examination of the major genres of folk literature: folk narrative, folk poetry and song, folk drama, and the traditional generic forms within folk speech. An introduction to the textual, comparative and contextual methods of analysis. The literature discussed will be international in scope.
Prerequisite: FOLK 1000or 2000, or Anthropology 1031.
3001 Art, Architecture and Medieval Life (same as Medieval Studies 3001, History 3020, Archaeology 3001) is an examination of 7the development of medieval art and architecture and of the ways in which they mirror various aspects of life in the Middle Ages. This course will include a discussion of art and architecture in the countryside, in the town, in the castle, in the cathedral and in the cloister.
3606 Folklore and the Supernatural attempts to understand the nature of surviving and declining tradition by examining patterns of belief and the features of supernatural folklore,. The course focuses on the phenomenological features of supernatural traditions; explanatory frameworks and their internal logic; means of developing and maintaining belief; functions and structures of belief traditions; and relationships between genres of belief. The general approach of this course is ethnographic, focussing on the ethnography of belief systems.
3612 Urban Legend provides an introduction to the study of one of the most rapidly expanding and exciting areas of folk narrative research. The course looks at the main features of the urban legend and the topics they cover. Examination is also made as to how, when, where and why stories of this type are used, including their incorporation into television programs, films and literature.
3910 Occupational Folklife includes readings, lectures, and directed fieldwork aimed at identifying, documenting, and analysing the role of tradition in contemporary occupational groups and work settings. Interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives on the nature of work and the characteristics of traditional, industrial and service occupations will be examined. Major topics of study will include work techniques, the uses of verbal and non-verbal codes, alienation, defensive behaviour, and labourlore.
4470 Spaces and Places critically examines how physical space is transformed into cultural place through folklore. The study of region will be used to introduce scholarship on a number of issues central to contemporary folkloristics: sense of place, space and place analysis, space and place as theory, critical regionalism, nationalism and vernacular regionalisms. Students will learn how folklore and localization interact to counter fears and assumptions regarding globalization, homogenization, and the loss of local or regional identities.
1050 Geographies of Global Change provides perspectives on the major geographical challenges and changes facing the contemporary globe, including: climate and environmental change, sustainability, human development, economic globalization, cultural change, and population and migration. Using the integrative skills of geographical analysis, the course prepares students for advanced study in geography and citizenship in the modern world.
CRN: 46517, 46518, 46519, 49473
3350 Community and Regional Planning and Development introduces students to regional planning and development theories, techniques and approaches. Understanding of networks of development actors at community and regional scales, methods of delineating regions, links between theory and practice in planning and development. Focus on Canadian experiences and a sustainable development perspective.
Prerequisite: GEOG 2302or permission of the instructor.
4300 World Fisheries: Current Discourse and Future Directions is a seminar course on the key concepts, principles and challenges in fisheries resources worldwide. Topics of discussion include the state of world fisheries, analysis of various management approaches and tools, and future scenarios for world fisheries.
Prerequisite: Six credit hours in Geography at the 3000-level or permission of Head of Department.
GERMAN AND RUSSIAN
1000 Elementary German I (F) & (W) is a course intended to give beginners a basic knowledge of the spoken and written language and culture of the German-speaking countries. Credit will not be given for both GERM 1000 and 1002.
CRN: 40770, 43928, 40774, 41748, 52089, 55052
2900 Introduction to German Culture I (F) is a study of the major cultural trends and movements of German-speaking Europe to the beginnings of the modern age. Lectures are given in English. This course qualifies as a research/writing course.
3001 German Film II is a survey of West German film from 1945 to 1990.
1000 Elementary Russian I (F) is a course intended to give beginners the fundamentals of Russian grammar and a basic knowledge of the spoken and written language.
CRN: 40782, 52921
2601 Russian Literature in Translation: Twentieth Century is a study of selected works of Russian authors of the pre-revolutionary, Soviet and post-Soviet periods. This course qualifies as a Research/Writing course.
There are many courses in the department of History that may be used as electives without prerequisite requirements. Please consult the head of the department for more information.
1100 Language and Communication is a general and non-technical introduction to linguistic concepts which are important for understanding the nature of language, its change and its function for communication. Topics include: languages as structured systems; the systematicity of language change; the classification of languages into families and their geographical distribution; language, the brain, and language disorders; the acquisition of language; and human vs animal communication.
1103 Introduction to Linguistics: Morphology and Syntax is an introduction to the study of the meaningful components of words and sentences. This course will demonstrate the principles by which parts of words are organized into larger units (inflectional morphology and word-formation), and by which words pattern into phrases and sentences (syntax). Synchronic and diachronic data from English and several other languages will be analysed to illustrate how language is structured.
1104 Introduction to Linguistics: Phonetics and Phonology is an introduction to the sounds of speech, their description (phonetics), organization (phonology), and interactions with morphology (morphophonology). The synchronic and diachronic patterns and regularities of language will be demonstrated through analysis of data selected from English and other languages.
1105 The Wonder of Words is an introduction to the structure of words. This course presents methods of linguistic analysis through an in-depth study of English word origins. The French, Latin, and Greek origins of technical and scientific words are studied, together with the ways that these words may change in structure, sound, and meaning. The course will also provide an introduction to etymology, to writing systems and transliteration, and to the use of dictionaries.
2060 Aboriginal Languages of Eastern Canada is an overview of the aboriginal languages of three language families of Eastern Canada: Eskimo-Aleut (Inuttut) and Algonquian (Innu-aimun, Mi'kmaq, Maliseet-Pasmaquoddy and Beothuk) and Iroquoian (Mohawk) with respect to both linguistic structure and current vitality. The history of language suppression and revitalization efforts, within the context of the larger issues of minority language attrition and maintenance.
2100 Language and Communication is a general and non-technical introduction to linguistic concepts which are important for understanding the nature of language, its change and its function for communication. Topics include: languages as structured systems; the systematicity of language change; the classification of languages into families and their geographical distribution; language, the brain, and language disorders; the acquisition of language; and human vs animal communication..
2210 Language in Newfoundland and Labrador: An Introduction to Linguistic Variation is a general, non-technical introduction to the languages of Newfoundland and Labrador. Topics covered include the concept of variation within language, both regional and social; the chief causes of such variation, and some of its societal and educational consequences; a survey of the regional and social dialects of Newfoundland English, and their major features; an overview of languages in the province other than English, and their current situation.
2025 Introduction to Inuktitut I introduces students to Inuktitut (Eskimo). Students will develop a working knowledge of basic vocabulary and grammar, as well as a number of linguistic concepts that will enable them to consult a wide range of reference books. A strong emphasis will be placed on oral skills.
2030 Introduction to Innu-aimun (Montagnais/Naskapi) I is an introduction to the phonology and grammar of the language. Prerequisite: None, except for students working towards the Diploma in Native and Northern Education (T.E.P.L.), who are required to have previously taken 1530 or the former LING 1030, and 1531 or the former LING 1031. This course is intended for students who want to learn an Aboriginal language spoken in Newfoundland and Labrador.
2700 Introduction to Irish Gaelic I is an introduction to standard modern Irish. The course teaches a core vocabulary, focusing on buidling practical conversation capabilities. There is a strong emphasis on aural and oral work in the classroom. An introduction to basic sentence structure, the present tense, as well as the fundamentals of grammar.
Linguistics 2710 Philosophy of Language and Mind (same as Philosophy 2710) is a survey of philosophical thinking about human language and thought, and about how these phenomena relate to the rest of the natural world. Topics covered include the nature of language, the relations between thought and language, and the nature of consciousness.
1000 Philosophy of Human Nature is an approach to philosophical thinking by way of analysis and critique of theories of human nature, classical and modern, and the world views associated with them.
1100 Critical Thinking aims to impart critical analytic skills: i.e., the ability to recognize good and bad arguments, to explain why a particular argument is good or bad, and a general understanding of why a good argument ought to persuade and a bad argument ought not to persuade.
1200 Introduction to Philosophy is a general introduction to the study of Philosophy both as a contemporary intellectual discipline and as a body of knowledge. The course covers the main divisions, fundamental questions and essential terminology of Philosophy through a reading of classical texts. (It is a required course for further courses in Philosophy programs. It is intended for students in first year who have completed one semester of university education).
CRN: 43384, 47911, 50832
2210 Logic is an introduction to traditional and modern logic. Open in any year to all students wishing acquaintance with basic logical skills.
2220 Epistemology examines various concepts of knowledge - empirical, rational, transcendental, systematic. Their metaphysical grounds and implications. The concept of scientific knowledge; real and abstract entities; objectivity and subjectivity.
2230 Moral Philosophy examines the sources and validity of ethical principles which underlie individual and social action.
2300 Philosophy of Language and MInd is a survey of philosophical thinking about human language and thought, and about how these phenomena relate to the rest of the natural world. Topics covered include the nature of language, the relations between thought and language, and the nature of consciousness.
2400 Introduction to Philosophy of Law employs historical and contemporary sources to explore major traditions and concepts in the philosophy of law. Topics covered include natural law, legal positivism, the nature of legal interpretation, the relationship between law and morality, and the concepts of rights, responsibility, and justice.
2541 Philosophy and Western Spirituality will examine Western theories and practices of soul-care which parallel and resonate with Eastern approaches. We will learn what is distinctive to Western approaches with selections from Socrates, Jesus, Paul, Plotinus, Augustine, Eckhart, Alchemy, Freud, Jung and Foucault. Students will not only gain knowledge of this lost road in Western culture, but also an understanding of themselves.
2500-2550 Contemporary Issues discusses the philosophical dimensions of an area of practical concern such as contemporary culture, professional ethics, leisure, education, the mass media, gender, war and human rights.
2551 Health Ethics examines concepts of health and illness and their ethical implications.
CRN: 53458, 53459
2561 Environmental Ethics examines concepts of nature and their ethical implications.
2571 Technology examines concepts of technology and their ethical implications.
2581 Philosophy of Film introduces some of the central philosophers, topics and themes in the philosophy of film. Topics and themes include: the nature of film image, the relationship between film and "reality", the social/political role and function of film and the nature and value of the documentary. The course will also consider the representation of broader philosophical ideas in film. A film or films will accompany each section.
1000 Introduction to Politics and Government is an introduction to basic concepts in the study of politics, power, law, public policy and government, touching on major areas of political ideologies, institutions, and current domestic and international political issues. Suitable for students in all disciplines seeking an introduction to Political Science.
CRN: 41100, 43055, 48509, 52216
1010 Issues in Canadian Politics explores some of Canada’s most pressing and interesting political issues. This course profiles important political problems facing federal and provincial politicians and society. Suitable for students in all disciplines who have an interest in Canadian politics and who wish to develop a basic awareness of Canadian government.
1020 Issues in World Politics explores some of the world’s most pressing and interesting political issues. This course profiles important political problems, such as a power struggle within a particular country, a controversial topic that affects an entire continent, or a major crisis that has implications for inhabitants around the world. Suitable for students in all disciplines who have an interest in international politics.
2100 Introduction to Political Theory is a survey of the most important political thinkers and schools of political thought. The course will ordinarily cover major political thinkers and include a selection of contemporary political ideologies. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of POSC 2100 and the former POSC 2000
2200 Introduction to International Politics is an examination of the "building blocks" of international politics including determinants, means, processes and ends. Emphasis is on the post-1945 period.
2300 Introduction to Comparative Politics is an introduction to comparative politics and techniques of comparative analysis across political jurisdictions. This course focuses on the differences between, and similarities among, a variety of countries and systems of government.
2600 Introduction to Public Policy and Administration outlines major concepts in, and issues relating to, the fields of public policy and administration. Examines and assesses government organization and decision-making. Topics may also include social, economic and health policy. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of POSC 2600 and the former POSC 3540
2800 Introduction to Canadian Politics and Government is an introduction to the structure and operations of institutions of Canadian government and the nature of political actors. Topics to be examined may include the constitution, federalism, parliament, political parties, political culture and elections. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of POSC 2800 and the former POSC 2710
2990 Europe in the Twentieth Century is a pre-Harlow course which examines the social, economic and political history of Europe from World War I to the present. It examines the shift from war and depression to peace and prosperity. Examining the rise and demise of fascism and communism, postwar reconstruction, and Europe’s changing position in the world, this course explores the interplay between domestic and international politics and Europe’s position in the international order. Notes: Recommended for Political Science students considering a Harlow semester, exchange programs in Europe, or further courses in European politics.Credit may be obtained for only one of POSC 2990, European Studies 2000, History 2350, the former POSC 2350.
1000 Introduction to Women's Studies considers women, women's studies and feminisms as areas of exploration from historical, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives. The aim of this course is to provide a critical framework for thinking about questions relating to gender and other forms of social difference.