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2017-18 First-Year Seminars | SII199Y1: Society and Its Institutions (Category 3)

A few First-Year Seminars give preference during the first round of enrolment to students with membership in the college offering the course - if this is the case, the college name will be listed beside the course title. During the second round of enrolment, first-year students at any college may enroll if space is available.

Refer to the 2017-18 Arts & Science Timetable for the schedule information of each offering.

2017-2018 SII 199Y1Y: Society and Its Institutions (3)

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Section Title College
L0181 Economics and Sustainable, Green Development  
L0182 Seminar in the History of Economic Thought  
L0261 Facts and Fiction. Revisiting Controversies of the Second World War  
L0351 Social Justice and the City  
L0352 Utopias and Dystopias  
L0391 How We Use Time in Everyday Life  

2017-2018 SII 199Y1 Society and Its Institutions: Category 3                              

SII 199Y1Y | Section L0181

Economics and Sustainable, Green Development (with Tutorial)
Economic growth has been a powerful force through history in improving living standards throughout the world. At the same time, there is a growing recognition that environmental damage frequently accompanies this growth, whether it be at the local level (soil degradation and deforestation), or the global level (climate change). Economic analysis studies the analysis of scarce resources, but how can it incorporate "the environment" in a meaningful way that can help guide policy-makers in the 21st century? How can the trade-off between growth and the environment (if there is one) be assessed? What is "sustainable" or "green" development? This course explores the development of economic thinking and analysis as pertains to growth and its incorporation of the value of the environment, with a strong focus on the core ideas, especially as applied through "cost-benefit analysis."

Instructor: M. Anjomshoa, Economics
Breadth category: 3 Society and Its Institutions

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SII 199Y1Y | Section L0182 

Seminar in the History of Economic Thought (with Tutorial)
This seminar surveys the foundations of economics by reading the original texts of major economists. We focus on Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Alfred Marshall, and John Maynard Keynes because their books revolutionized economic thought by introducing Classical economics, Marxian economics, Microeconomics, and Macroeconomics respectively. We will see how their theories are solutions to universal economic problems within the context of the societies in which they lived.

Instructor: K. Furlong, Economics
Breadth category: 3 Society and Its Institutions

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SII 199Y1Y | Section L0261                                                                   

Facts and Fiction. Revisiting Controversies of the Second World War.
As the greatest and most horrific conflict in the history of humanity, the Second World War was no stranger to controversies. Indeed, from the very beginning of the war, controversies have accompanied, if not dominated, most of its major stages and operations, ranging from the purely military and diplomatic, to the racial and gender policies that saw, for example, the application of brutal occupational practices both in Europe and in Asia, and the introduction of women as active combatants. These developments quickly set the war’s radical tone and often determined the outcome of its shifting fortunes from the initial years of despair to the ultimate triumph of the Allies with profound and lasting consequences for the subsequent half a century.
The aim of this course is to introduce, explore and assess some of these events from a political, diplomatic, and military point of view, as well as from a moral, ethical, social, racial and gender point of view. In addition, the course also seeks to address the twists and turns of historiography in dealing with these events.

Instructor: V. Dimitriadis, History
Breadth category: 3 Society and Its Institutions

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SII 199Y1Y | Section L0351

Social Justice and the City
Who benefits and who loses from urban transformation? This course is an introduction to the concept of social justice from an urban perspective. It will highlight how unequal relations of race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability operate through the urban environment, and how these conditions can be contested through political mobilization. A variety of cases from cities around the world are used to explore issues related to segregation, gentrification, policing, migration, and access to public spaces and services.

Instructor: T. Enright, Political Science
Breadth category: 3 Society and Its Institutions

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SII 199Y1Y | Section L0352

Utopias and Dystopias
This course will explore alternative visions of good and bad ways of constructing social, economic and political orders. It will draw primarily upon fiction but may also use materials from political theory and from the social sciences.

Instructor: J. Carens, Political Science
Breadth category: 3 Society and Its Institutions

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SII 199Y1Y | Section L0391

How We Use Time in Everyday Life
This seminar examines how people use time in their everyday lives: the content, the patterns, and the implications. It focuses on the circumstances under which variations in the use of time occur and how contexts such as social factors or physical location help govern people’s choices. Data collected can serve as a basis for understanding and explaining a number of issues in the social sciences. The seminar will include both an examination of seminal writings about people’s use of time and hands-on practice in the strategies and techniques of analyzing large-scale survey data, including the formulation of questions and steps taken to answer them. Through this seminar, students will acquire – from a sociological perspective – an appreciation not only of the concept of time and how they use time in their daily lives, but also how the black box of survey data can be accessed and manipulated to learn more about many situations.

Instructor: W. Michelson, Sociology
Breadth category: 3 Society and Its Institutions

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