2017-18 First-Year Seminars | TBB199Y1: Thought, Belief, and Behaviour (Category 2)

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 TBB 199Y1Y: Thought, Belief, and Behaviour (Category 2)

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Section Title College
L0041 Great Ideas in Social and Political Thought Trinity
L0361 The Nature of Psychological Enquiry  
L0372 Global Christianity  


2017-2018 TBB 199Y1 Thought, Belief, and Behaviour: Category 2

TBB 199Y1Y | Section L0041 | Trinity College 

Great Ideas in Social and Political Thought
This first-year seminar is designed as an intellectually exciting overview of selected thinkers in the classical tradition of social and political thought.  We begin, in the Fall Semester, with Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau, and the Federalist Papers; and we continue in the Winter Semester with early-modern thinkers from the time of the 18th Century Enlightenment to the 20th Century.

Instructor: I. M. Zeitlin, Sociology and Trinity College
Breadth category: 2 Thought, Belief, and Behaviour

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TBB 199Y1Y | Section L0361

The Nature of Psychological Enquiry
Humans have always been curious about what causes their behaviour. What exactly is a “science of behaviour” and how does it differ from the layperson's notion of psychology? We explore big picture explanations of causality such as nature/nurture, psychoanalysis, the behaviourism movement and the reality of multiple causation.

You will see specific examples of research and theory in psychology such as: Sociobiology/Evolutionary Psychology, Attachment Theory, Learned Helplessness Theory and psychometrics, the measurement of behavior. The contributions of research in child development to understanding parenting and child abuse takes you outside the classroom to the real world. Hands-on research projects and five critical-analysis essays are written on the course-public web site where you also offer critical commentaries on your colleagues’ essays. To illustrate psychology’s quest to quantify qualitative information, weekly personal blogs describing your transition to university are used as data for a psychological narrative analysis of your experience, analyzed and written in a final course paper.

Instructor: G. Walters, Psychology
Breadth category: 2 Thought, Belief, and Behaviour

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TBB 199Y1 | Section L0372

Global Christianity
This seminar asks, How did a small movement of followers of Jesus of Nazareth in first century Palestine turn into the World's largest religion? Christians now number 2.3 billion people, 1/3rd of the world’s population. They maintain communities in every country of the world, the only religion to do so. They form the majority of the population in 2/3rds of the countries of the world. Christianity is the largest religion in Africa, Australia, Oceania, Europe, North America, South America, and even Antarctica. In Asia, they form the majority in the Philippines, as well as huge minorities in India, China, Indonesia, Korea, Vietnam, and Burma. To answer this intriguing question the seminar goes global and deals with a wide range of subjects over a 2000 year span.

Instructor: T. McIntire, Study of Religion
Breadth category: 2 Thought, Belief, and Behaviour

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