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 2020-21.

New One offers five half credit courses. NOTE: First-year students do not need any pre-requisites or permission to enrol in any New One course. The only restriction is that you cannot take two College One programs at the same time or enrol in more than one New One course in the same term. Please disregard any information about pre-requisites in ACORN. Students interested in the program will be able to enroll at the time of course selection in July 2020.

Most New One courses can be used to fulfill Breadth Requirement #3: Society and Its Institutions, with the exception of NEW114, which fulfill BR #1. You can find out about Breadth Requirements in the Calendar under Degree Requirements.

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 if conditions permit. 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 concurrent courses will occasionally join together for Learning Labs (plenary sessions) in which we engage in  hands-on workshops on essay writing, online library research, critical analysis of readings, program selection, and transitioning into university learning that will prepare you for successful completion of the New One course assignments, as well as your work in other university courses.

The Learning Labs will vary in their length and format and in 2020/21 will take place online both live (synchronously) and as modules students can access at their convenience (asynchronously).

Descriptions of the Course Topics

Courses in the Fall Term 2020

Image displaying the following text: NEW111H1S – Food, Ethics, and Sustainability How do we produce and ensure access to nutritious and environmentally sustainable food for all? This course explores what is involved in achieving ethical food production and food security, examining topics such as: the paradox of food waste amidst scarcity, the relationship between food production and climate change, community-led alternatives to dominant food systems, and the role of biotechnology. Research projects allow students to focus on an issue of particular interest.

Image displaying the following text: NEW112H1S - Language Freedom and Power How do we imagine a balance between the need for communication, freedom of expression, and protection for marginalized groups? This course considers how language shapes and is shaped by the relations of power not only in such sites as colonies, nations, and institutions but also in popular culture and how we communicate online. It explores the key role of language in activism and youth cultures and allows students to focus on an issue of particular interest.

Image displaying the following text: NEW106H1F - Science, Health, & Social Justice How can scientific knowledge and research be mobilized to impact individual and global health? How is health impacted by social, racial, and economic inequalities? This course explores scientific research and practice with special attention to the translation of scientific knowledge in the public sphere, and its ability to inform policies, practices and laws. Students have the opportunity to meet clinician-scientists, policy-makers, and other professionals connected to the health care system.





Courses in the Winter Term 2021

Image displaying the following Text: NEW114H1S – Art for Social Change How does art contribute to social change? Artistic productions can draw attention to social problems, mobilize support for and symbolize social movements, and inspire new visions for imagined futures. This course will explore case studies of the role of various art forms in relation to past and current social change initiatives. Students will have the opportunity to engage in research on an art project of their own choice.

Image displaying the following text: NEW113H1S – Unpacking Digital Technology What are the social and material implications of the digital technologies we use every day – for the present and for the future? This course explores how digital technologies have been remaking the world and affecting our lives by tracing their historical development, their social effects, and the impact of their physical presence. It also peers into scenarios of the future in this digital world. Students engage in research on a topic of their own interest.



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