First-Year Learning Communities: Social Sciences

The Social Sciences FLC is for students interested in studying a program in the Social Sciences. Along with learning the fundamental FLC curriculum, the Social Sciences FLC will give you opportunities to tour local government and non-profit agencies to learn about the work being done there, think about different approaches to research and learn strategies to navigate U of T’s Libraries. You will also build meaningful relationships with professors, upper-year students and alumni from the Social Sciences. 

As a student admitted into the Social Sciences, you will be able to choose from two different FLCs. One focuses on Anthropology, Women and Gender Studies and Sociology, and the second on Political Science, Geography & Planning and Sociology.  

Eligibility

  • First-year students in the Faculty of Arts & Science who have been admitted to the Social Sciences admission category  
  • Students living off campus are encouraged to apply to the Social Sciences FLCs  

Apply to Social Sciences FLC 

  • FLC Applications are currently closed for the 2022-2023 year. You can join a waitlist for the program by completing the following application form.  Please note: You will only be contacted if a spot becomes available.

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Social Sciences (Anthropology, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies) 

Students in the Social Sciences FLC will meet at a welcome session during the first week of classes and then every other week starting September 19, 2022.  

In addition to your FLC sessions, you can also connect with your FLC peers in your core first-year courses.  You will select two of the three following Social Sciences courses to automatically enrolled in. These are the same first-year courses (and accompanying tutorials) as the other students in your FLC. You will have the option to choose additional courses to complete your first-year course schedule. These courses include: 

  • ANT100Y– Introduction to Anthropology 
  • SOC100H1F– Introduction to Sociology AND SOC150H1S—Sociological Inquiries 
  • WGS160Y- Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies 
  • Social Sciences FLC FLC099Y1-Y LEC0102, Mondays 2:30 - 4:00 pm
  • ANT100Y1-Y Lecture 5101: Thursdays 6 - 8:00 pm 
    • ANT100Y1-Y Tutorial 1701/1702: Thursdays 12 - 1:00 pm
  • SOC100H1-F Lecture 0101: Wednesdays 12 - 2:00 pm
    • SOC100H1-F Tutorial 1001: Tuesdays 12 - 1:00 pm
  • WGS160Y1-Y Lecture 5101: Wednesdays 5 - 7:00 pm
    • WGS160Y1-Y Tutorial 0101/0102: Fridays 10 - 11:00 am
  • Social Sciences FLC FLC099Y1-Y LEC0102, Mondays 2:30 - 4:00 pm
  • ANT100Y1-Y Lecture 5101: Thursdays 6 - 8:00 pm
    • ANT100Y1-Y Tutorial 1701/1702: Thursdays 12 - 1:00  pm
  • SOC150H1-S Lecture 0101: Wednesdays 12 - 2:00 pm 
    • SOC150H1-S Tutorial 0701: Tuesdays 12 - 1:00 pm 
  • WGS160Y1-Y Lecture 5101: Wednesdays 5 - 7:00 pm
    • WGS160Y1-Y Tutorial 0101/0102: Fridays 10 - 11:00 am

 

Your FLC Team

Photo of FLC peer mentor Chika

Chika, Peer Mentor 

Year: Three

Program: Social Science

College: University College

Hometown: Dublin, Ireland

Studies: I am doing a double major in Criminology and Sociolegal Studies and Women and Gender Studies. This year I have the wonderful opportunity of being a part of the university’s Research Opportunity Program (ROP), as well as a Sidney Smith Commons Assistant.

Why peer mentorship? I am interested in being a peer mentor because I think that first and foremost the role is fun and enjoyable, and because I want to be able to give back to the program that helped me feel more reassured and comfortable in my first year of university.

Advice to first-year students: One piece of advice that I want to give to first-year students is to not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try the new things that the university, and the city of Toronto has to offer.

 

 

Photo of peer mentor Sam

Sam, Assistant Peer Mentor 

Year: Two

Program: Double major in Geography and Political Science with a minor in Cinema Studies

College: Innis College

Hometown: Toronto

Studies: I involve myself in learning opportunities beyond studies. Extracurricular participation (i.e., U of T CanPol or CINSSU) is important. Throughout the summer of 2022, I am a Student Research Trainee in the Department of Geography & Planning. Outside campus, I volunteer with the Toronto Youth Cabinet.

Why peer mentorship? As a second year with passion for campus involvement, which stems from my participation in first year and continues due my role as a first-gen student, I hope to help new students have a positive transition in a live-and-learn community. I want to maintain a safe and supportive place for students.

Advice to first-year students: Remember there are resources! From a study spot to an academic advisor, places and people are all around your college and our campus and are ready to meet you.

Social Sciences (Political Science, Geography & Planning, Sociology) 

Students in the Social Sciences FLC will meet at a welcome session during the first week of classes and then every other week for their FLC starting September 19, 2022.  

In addition to your FLC sessions, you can also connect with your FLC peers in your core first-year courses. You will be automatically enrolled into four of the same first-year courses (and accompanying tutorials) as the other students in your members of the FLC. You will have the option to choose additional courses to complete your first-year course schedule. These courses include: 

  • SOC100H1-F: Introduction to Sociology 
  • POL101H1-F: The Real World of Politics: An Introduction 
  • SOC150H1-S: Sociological Inquiries 
  • GGR124H1-S: Urbanization, Contemporary Cities and Urban Life 
  • Social Sciences FLC FLC099Y1-Y LEC0101, Mondays, 2:30 - 4:00 pm
  • POL101H1-F LEC0101, Online Asynchronous, 3 hours
    • POL101H1-F Tutorial 0201/0202: Wednesdays 3 - 4:00 pm
  • SOC100H1-F Lecture 0101: Wednesdays 12 - 2:00 pm
    • SOC100H1-F Tutorial 0901: Tuesdays 11 - 12:00 pm
  • Social Sciences FLC FLC099Y1-Y LEC0101, Mondays, 2:30 – 4:00 pm
  • GGRH124-S Lecture 0101: Wednesdays 3 - 5:00 pm
    • GGR124H1-S Tutorial 0401: Thursdays 1 - 2:00 pm
  • SOC150H1-S Lecture 0101: Wednesdays 12 - 2:00 pm
    • SOC150H1-S Tutorial 0301: Mondays 12 - 1:00 pm

Your FLC Team

Photo of Diya, Social Sciences FLC Assistant Peer Mentor, outdoors

Diya, Assistant Peer Mentor 

Year: Two

Program: Double Major in Economics and Industrial Relations and Human Resources with a Minor in Psychology and Certificate in Business

College: University College

Hometown: Rajkot, India

Studies: I am currently pursuing a Double Major in Economics and Industrial Relations and Human Resources with a Minor in Psychology and a Certificate in Business. Apart from academics, I am involved as an Events Director at the Indian Students Association and volunteering at the City Adult Learning Centre.

Why peer mentorship? Being an incoming freshman was nerve-racking for me. The FLC I was a part of was one of the soul reasons I survived my first year. I would love to provide the same comfort and aids that I was provided with to make the incoming batch's first year transition from high school to college easier.

Advice to first-year students: Time management and coping with failures (if any) is the key. Make sure you take out time for activities that will help you rejuvenate and never doubt your worth based on your first-year scores.