A student in Kensington Market

A New One student on a field trip to nearby Toronto neighbourhood Kensington Market—an example of a New One learning lab. (Photo by Nadia Molinari)



General Program Description  for 2017-18.

New One offers eight half credit courses, two in each of 4 topics.  Students applying to the program must choose one from the drop-down menu of 4 half-courses offered in each term. All of the New One courses can be applied towards your Breadth Requirements. You can find out about Breadth Requirements in the Calendar under Degree Requirements. New One courses can be used to fulfill Breadth Requirement #3: Society and Its Institutions.

Each half course is a small seminar with a maximum of 25 students that meets for two or three hours each week. In addition to weekly readings and short lectures by the instructor, the classes will include guest speakers from the community, talks by graduate students or professors who are doing research in the topics you are studying, movies or field trips. Students will be encouraged to bring their own experiences and prior knowledge into classroom discussions and assignments and make connections with what they are learning. There will be a range of different kinds of assignments, including a research project in the second term.

Learning Labs

In addition to the small weekly seminars, students from all four concurrent courses will occasionally join together for Learning Labs (plenary sessions) in which you explore common issues and connect your topics to the theme of Learning Without Borders.  There will be general lectures that address issues such as globalization and governance, socially engaged scholarship, and other themes in common to the four courses. Some Learning Labs will take the form of hands-on workshops on essay writing, online library research, critical analysis of readings, and reflection, etc. that will prepare you for successful completion of the New One course assignments, as well as your work in other university courses. Activities in the Learning Labs will also include field trips to Toronto community spaces, and interactive panels of community activists or student leaders.

The Learning Labs will vary in their length and format. Some will be an hour long, followed by your regular class; others will take the full three-hour New One time slot (for example, when there is a field trip).

The Learning Labs give you an opportunity to get to know and work with the other students in the program and to broaden your knowledge to see the connections between the four topics.

Descriptions of the Course Topics

Food Matters

How do we produce and ensure access to nutritious and environmentally sustainable food? Can we achieve ethical food production and global food security? What is the relationship among food science, local food movements, and global food systems? Science and social advocacy perspectives will be brought together to consider alternative food systems and sub-topics such as the role of biotechnology, animal rights, and health and wellness.

Language and Diversity

How does language and the way it is represented become a “sign”? How does language become political? What are the issues that arise regarding language and language use as people migrate and move around the globalized world? How can we understand society through the analysis of people’s attitudes towards language and accent? This course explores language and multilingualism across disciplines and across continents.  There will be opportunities for students to examine their own multi-literacies and multi-lingual experiences as well as to learn the basics of ethnographic research. 

Digital Technology in Society

How does digital technology shape how we live, think, see and imagine? What can it contribute to projects for social change? How are our lives affected by increased opportunities for surveillance and regulation as well as connection and communication across spaces? From the perspectives of science, history, media arts, psychology, and ethics, topics include new media and social activism and access to and control over knowledge. There will be opportunities to learn some programing and work on digital projects.

 Science and Social Justice

What does science have to do with social justice issues like economic and gender inequality, racism and homophobia, disability and accessibility?  What are the social and ethical questions to be considered in the application of scientific discoveries?  How is scientific knowledge mobilized and contested in addressing issues “without borders” – such as climate change, pandemics, and the genome project – that affect people across the planet in differential and unequal ways?  Students will explore contemporary and historical case studies of the social justice implications of applied scientific knowledge.

New One I: Courses in the Fall Term*

*Applicants should choose one of the half courses below.

The first term courses provide an overview of the topic and introduce key concepts and issues, while also giving small assignments that ask you to reflect on your own life experience and prior knowledge in relation to the topic you are studying. Learning Labs in the first term will address issues of globalization and learning beyond the borders of the academic classroom.

    • NEW101H1F   Food Matters I
    • NEW102H1F   Language and Diversity I
    • NEW103H1F   Digital Technology and Society I
    • NEW106H1F   Science and Social Justice I

New One II: Courses in the Second Term*

*Applicants should choose one of the half courses below. It may either be the same topic as you have chosen in the first term (e.g. Food Matters I and II) or, if you are interested in a different topic, you have the option of choosing another one (e.g. Food Matters I and Digital Technology in Society II). The courses are coordinated so that you will carry forward skills from the first term to second.

The second term courses build on the perspectives, some key concepts, educational approaches and academic skills developed in New One I courses and Learning Labs. New One II courses dive deeper into some of the challenging current issues and questions in each of the topics. Learning Labs provide sessions where you can work on a major research project and presentation.

    • NEW111H1S Food Matters II
    • NEW112H1S Language and Diversity II
    • NEW113H1S Digital Technology and Society II
    • NEW116H1S  Science and Social Justice II

Applications are closed for 2017/18 but some spots may still be available in some of the courses for Winter 2018. Fore more information contact the New One Program coordinator.  For registration for 2018/19 applications open on February 1st, 2018. 

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