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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
September 25, 2016
Canadian Excellence


Before you choose your courses, know the 'options' that are available for you!

Your major, or combined major, are key to your BA. But Laurier offers you so much more. When registering for your courses this year, consider customizing your degree with one of the Options that are available to you, and most suit your interests and goals.

Take a few minutes to review the choices you have below, and don’t hesitate to contact the individuals attached to each program.

Applied Digital Option

The Applied Digital Option prepares students in the use of digital methods to manage and interrogate information, and educates them in how to disseminate their findings in creative ways. It builds students’ abilities to research, critique and analyze a variety of social, historical, political and economic issues using contemporary digital technologies (mapping, electronic literary analysis, digitization, analytics and advanced visualization techniques). The Applied Digital Option introduces students to the multimedia skills they need to succeed in an age of digital information.

The Option’s two pathways – Design and Application – to introduce students to creative project designs using multimedia and to digital research using techniques that allow them to manage and interpret large volumes of data. The focus of the Design Pathway is on the creation of multimedia projects. Students are introduced to the software tools they need in order to express their ideas in creative and effective ways.  The focus of the Applications Pathway is on the collection and analysis of “big data” and its rendering in ways that facilitate interpretation.

This Option is open to all Laurier Honours students.

The Applied Digital Option consists of 4.0 credits (0.5 required, 2.0 from the pathways and 1.5 from the elective list). At least 2.0 of the required 4.0 credits in the Option must be outside the major. Many Option elective courses have prerequisites.

Required Course (0.5 credit)
DH100 Digital Creativity [search for course under “Digital Humanities”]

Pathway Courses (2.0 credits; students may specialize in one pathway but they are encouraged to choose courses from both)

Design Pathway
CP104: Introduction to Programming
DH200: Digital Narratives [search for course under “Digital Humanities”]
CP202: Website Design
HI393: Multimedia Applications in History
DH300: Digital Editing and Publishing [search for course under “Digital Humanities”]

Applications Pathway
GG251: Cartography
HI286: Interpreting Digital Data
PO360: Citizen Politics
GG369: Geographical Information Systems
GG351: Thematic Cartography and Geovisualization
GG469: Advanced Geographical Information Systems
PO465: Media Analysis for Politics and Policy in a Digital Age

Elective Courses (1.5 credits from among any of the following list of courses):

Programming courses: CP114 Data Structures; CP212 Windows Application Programming; CP213 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming; CP363 Database I.

Statistics courses: MA129 Introductory Calculus for Business and Social Science or 130 Introductory Calculus for Business and Economics; PO218 Answering Questions in Political Science: Research in Practice; MA240 Introduction to Probability and Statistics, SY280 Quantitative Methods; PS292 Introduction to Statistics; SY382 Social Statistics; BU255 or EC255 Statistical Methods; MA242 Applied Regression Analysis.

Critical Perspectives courses: AN347 Science, Technology and Culture; CS213 Technology and Society; CS350 Political Economy of Mass Communication; CS353 Internet Studies; EN281 Cyborg Fictions;  EN381 Gaming and Narrative; FS345 Film Theory and Mass Media; FS447a Digital New Media; WS305 Gender, Culture and Technology.

Contact person: Prof. Jeff Grischow,

Applied Social Research Option

The Applied Social Research Option provides students with an opportunity to develop advanced research methods and data analysis skills in both quantitative and qualitative methods. These skills are prized in social science related jobs.

This Option is open to all Honours students in the Faculty of Arts.

Applied Social Research consists of a total of 4.0 credits: 2.0 credits from required courses, and 2.0 credits from elective courses.

Required Courses (2.0 credits):
SY280, Quantitative Methods, or one of the following: PO217, Asking Questions in Political Science: An Introduction to Research; CS235, Communication Research Methods; PS295, Introduction to Research Methods; GG258, Geography Research Methods; HE201, Research Methods for the Health Sciences; KP261, Research Methods I; EC381, Economic Research Methodology

SY281, Qualitative Methods, or one of the following: PS398, Qualitative Methods in Psychology; GS202, Methods in Global Studies

SY382, Social Statistics, or one of the following: PS296, Introduction to Statistics; PO218, Answering Questions in Political Science: Research in Practice; EC285, Introductory Statistics; KP262, Research Methods II; GG254, Geographic Information and Analysis; EC/BU205, Introduction to Applied Statistics; EC/BU255, Managerial Statistics

SY489, Advanced Qualitative Methods, or SY490, Advanced Quantitative Methods

Electives (2.0 credits):

AN300: Ethnographic Methods
AN400: Doing Fieldwork
AN456: Applied Anthropology Business 
BU422: Marketing Research
BU495q: Business Analytics Communication Studies 
CS405: Research Seminar

EC245: Applied Econometrics
EC295: Introductory Econometrics
EC303: Economic Evaluation in the Public Sector
EC355: Intermediate Econometrics
EC455: Advanced Econometrics I: Time Series Analysis
EC451: Applied Economic Research
EC481: Research Paper and Seminar

Geography and Environmental Studies  
ES392: Environment Impact Assessment
GG350: Canadian Issues
ES/GG290: Global Resource and Environment Issues
ES/GG291: Geography of Resource Policy and Administration

Global Studies
GS310: Field courses in Global Studies

Health Sciences
HE3OO: Epidemiology
HE400: Multidisciplinary Seminar on Critical Health Issues
HE411: Critical Perspectives in Public Health

Political Science  
PO360: Citizen Politics
PO466: Elections and the Political Order
PO467: Public Opinion

PS370: Research in Social Psychology
PS394: Linear Models
PS382: Research in Community Psychology

Religion and Culture
RE308: Conducting Fieldwork

SY312: Conversation Analysis
SY309F: Time Diaries and Big Data
SY404: Ethnomethodology
SY489: Advanced Qualitative Methods
SY490: Advanced Quantitative Methods
SY452: Special Topics in Critical Research Methods

Contact person: Prof. Glenda Wall,

Community Engagement Option

This Option will appeal most to students who are passionate about social justice, and who are ready to start transitioning from university to the broader world – in this case, from classroom-type learning to learning with others in a context that values civic engagement, cultural diversity, and respect for others. The core courses nudge students to reflect on their values, teach them how to work more effectively and respectfully with others, and nurture interdisciplinary thinking and action. They also prepare students to become citizens who are committed to generate positive social change.

Community Engagement partners with The Working Centre. TWC is a highly-respected non-profit, community-based, volunteer inspired venture in Kitchener that for 30 years has been developing alternative educational initiatives, seeking to give individuals and groups access to tools and opportunities to become involved in the building of local community projects in Kitchener-Waterloo and surrounding areas.

The core courses are situated in Downtown Kitchener, building on the community-based learning of The Working Centre and other community organizations in the downtown cores. Two of the core courses offer placements at TWC.

For a video overview see:

Community Engagement consists of a total of 4.0 credits: 2.0 credits from required courses, and 2.0 credits from elective courses.

Required Courses (2.0 credits):

CMEG300: Community Engagement

CMEG301: Social Inclusion, Local Democracy and Community Enterprise

CMEG305*: Semester in Community Engagement

Electives (2.0 credits):
AN241 – City Life and Urban Space
AN237 – Cross-cultural Studies of Change
AN336 – Culture, Power and Politics
AN348 – Space, Place and Culture
GG265 – Urban Spatial Behaviour
GG365 – Canadian Urban Spaces
GG373 – Landscapes and Identities
GG376 – Cultural Heritage Landscapes
GS342 – Civil Society, Social Movements and Globalization
GS441 – Ecological Citizenship
HI285 – Natives and Empires
HI293 – History of Canada since Confederation
HI320 – Canada Since 1945
HI322 – Social History of Modern Canada
HI344 – Native Peoples of Eastern Canada
HI345 – Native Peoples of Western Canada
HI375 - Seeking Justice
NO202 – Narrative, Place and Identity in North America
NO211 – Canadian Identities and Cultures
PO264 – The Practice of Politics in Canada
PO312 – The Politics of Cities and Regions in Canada
PO345 – Canadian Public Policy
PO350 – Theories of Justice
PO432 – Canadian Democracy
PP207 – Ethical Theories
PP223 – Contemporary Moral Issues
PS270 - Social Psychology
PS282 - Community Psychology
RE312 – The Human Life Cycle and Religious Development
RE331 – Religious Diversity in Contemporary Canada
SY210 – Social Inequality
SY218 – Constructions of Deviance
SY224 – Sociology of Work
SY232 – Sociology of Mental Illness
SY303 - Sociology of Youth
SY322 – Sociology of Health and Illness
SY/AN333 – Human Rights I: Canadian Responsibility
SY410 – Human Rights II: Intellectual Responsibility
WS204 – Women, Gender and Work
WS209 – Women and Leadership
WS210 - Introduction to Feminist Thought and Action

Contact person: Prof. Bob Sharpe,

Film Production Option

This Option is designed for students who seek to combine a foundational knowledge of Film Studies with a practical understanding of the techniques of video and film production, from script to screen. Students who complete the Option in Film Production will have the knowledge and skills to pursue careers in the growing sectors of digital media production and post-production for film, web, and television, screenwriting and directing, public relations and advertising, outreach for NGOs and NPOs, teaching, events organization, and festival programming. They will also be well positioned to pursue graduate studies in film and media studies, communications, and cultural studies.

This Option is open to all Honours students in the Faculty of Arts.

Film Production consists of a minimum of 3.0 credits of the following Film Studies courses:

0.5 credits in Intro Film Studies courses
FS 101: Film and Narrative
FS 102: Film and the Image
FS 103: Film and Genre

0.5 credits in Film History courses
FS 240: Film History to 1950
FS 241: Film History since 1950

1.0 credit in Film Studio courses
FS 370: Intro to Video Editing (pre-requisite: 1.0 FS credits)
FS 371: Advanced Video Editing (pre-requisite: FS 370)

1.0 credit in Film Industry courses
FS 275: The Business of Film
FS 280: Audiences & Film Fandom
FS 374: Screenwriting & Directing (pre-requisite: 1.0 FS credits)

Contact person: Prof. Philippa Gates,

Geomatics Option

Geomatics combines computing with geographic and environmental analysis, preparing students for job opportunities after graduation. The Geomatics Option consists of a minimum of 4.0 credits. Students must complete the three required core courses (1.5 credits) and a minimum of 2.5 elective credits.

Required Core Courses (1.5 credits):
GG251: Cartography
GG254: Geographic Information and Analysis
GG258: Geographical Research Methods

GES Elective Courses (2 credits):
GG351: Thematic Cartography and Geovisualization
GG355: Remote Sensing for Geography and Environmental Studies
GG361: Spatial Analysis
GG368: Computer Applications in Geography
GG369: Geographical Information Systems
GG468: Advanced Spatial Analysis
GG469: Advanced Geographical Information Systems

One additional elective (0.5 credits) from the following:
CP102: Information Processing with Microcomputer Systems
CP104: Introduction to Programming
CP202: Website Design
CP212: Windows Application Programming
CS213: Technology and Society
PS260: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

Contact person: Prof. Steven Roberts,

Legal Studies Option

The Legal Studies Option gives students an excellent opportunity to learn about the law. The option's 4.0 credits provide a solid foundation in the social scientific analysis of the legal system in Canada, in other countries, and internationally. It is strongly recommended to students who are considering pursuing law school or employment opportunities that require familiarity with the law.Legal Studies is open to all honours students at the Waterloo campus with a minimum overall Grade Point Average of 7.00 (B-) at the end of first year. Students can also enter the option at the end of their second or third year.

The Legal Studies Option consists of 4.0 credits (2.5 required and 1.5 elective).

Required Courses (2.5 credits)

PO210: Introduction to Law

2.0 credits from:
PO209: Legal Writing
PO212: Law and Politics in Multicultural Democracies
PO331: The Law of Modern Conflict
PO333: International Law
PO350: Theories of Justice
PO371: The Constitution and Judicial Politics in Canada
PO380: Canadian Labour Politics and Law
PO389: Special Topics in Legal Studies

Elective Courses (1.5 credits)
AN333/SY333: Human Rights I: Canadian Responsibility
BU231: Business Law
BU451: The Legal Environment of Business in Canada
BU464: Labour Relations
EN330: Human Rights in Contemporary Cultural Forms
GS411: Global Justice
HI255: Crime and Justice in Antiquity
HI318: Crime, Sex, and Scandal in 19th Century Britain
HI375: Seeking Justice: The Family and Law in Canada, 1867-1969
NO301/PO301: Drugs, Guns and Trucks: Commerce and Contraband Across North America
PP213: Legal Philosophy
PP217: Medical Ethics
PP247: Business Ethics
SY241: Sociology of Crime: Structural Perspectives
SY242: Sociology of Crime: Interpretive Perspectives

Contact person: Prof. Andrea Brown,

Management Option

The fundamentals of business are at the heart of any organization and many careers. The Management Option, run by the School of Business and Economics, provides Arts students with an understanding of the core principles of the business world, including accounting, marketing, management, operations and finance.

The Management Option is normally a direct-entry program for high school with an average of 85% or above, but students can apply after first year. It is available to all Honours students in the Faculty of Arts.

Students who have entered through direct-entry must have a minimum GPA of 6.0 in BU111 and BU127 to progress to senior BU courses (200-, 300- and 400-level).

The Management Option consists of the following 4.0 credits (8 courses):

Required Courses (3.0 credits):
BU111: Understanding the Business Environment
BU127: Introduction to Financial Accounting
BU223: Fundamentals of Finance (refer to Note 1)
BU225: Operations Management (refer to Note 2)
BU352: Introduction to Marketing Management
BU354: Human Resource Management

Any one of the following (0.5 credit):
EC120: Introduction to Microeconomics
EC140: Introduction to Macroeconomics

Statistics Course from Arts (0.5 credit):
PO218: Answering Questions in Political Science: Research in Practice
SY382: Social Statistics
GG254: Geographic Information and Analysis; and GG258: Geographical Research Methods (together only – 1.0 credit)

Contact persons: Prof. Bethany Ankucza,; or Anne Ellis,

Muslim Studies Option

The Muslim Studies option offers the opportunity to study the historical, philosophical and theological development of Islamic thought and traditions. It focuses on contemporary sociological, political and cultural contexts of lived Muslim experiences from global, transnational and local perspectives. This option takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Islam and Muslim societies, integrating methodological approaches from both the humanities and social sciences.

For an introduction to one of the core courses (MZ200) see the following video:

This year MZ200 is not being offered but MZ201 will also be delivered as a globally connected, active learning course connected with our partner university in Istanbul.

Muslim Studies consists of a minimum of 4.0 credits. Students must complete the two required core courses (1.0 credit) and a minimum of 3.0 elective credits.

Required Core Courses (1.0 credit):
MZ200: Introduction to Muslim Studies
MZ201/RE213: Religious Heritage of Islam
Elective Courses (3.0 credits)
AB101: Elementary Modern Standard Arabic I
AB102: Elementary Modern Standard Arabic II
AB201: Intermediate Arabic I
AB202: Intermediate Arabic II
GS221: Globalization and Cultures: The Cosmopolitan Village?
GS222: Contemporary Western Societies: Globalization and Cultures
GS325: Islam Culture and Society
GS422: Dialogue and Critique in an Age of Terror
HI228: Survey of Modern Asian History
HI265: Ten Moments that made the Middle East
HI325: Imperialism, Race and the Post-Colonial Legacy
HI367: The Middle East and the Cold War
HI368: The Ottoman Empire
HI410*: Reading Seminar on The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
ML300G: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the Medieval World
MI201: Mediterranean Culture and Civilization I
MI202: Mediterranean Culture and Civilization II
MZ300: Special Topics in Muslim Studies
PP220: Indian Philosophy
PP261: Medieval Philosophy
RE101: Religions of the Americas: Asian and Middle Eastern
RE208: Roots of Western Religions
RE227: Religions and Cultures of the Middle East
RE338: Islamic Mysticism
RE377: Gender and Islam
SY416: Equity in Education
WS307: Gender and Social Politics in Contemporary Muslim Societies
WS308: Gender, Cinema and the Third World

Contact person: Prof. Gavin Brockett,

Social Entrepreneurship Option

The Social Entrepreneurship option is designed for students looking to tackle complex issues facing society today with sustainable business solutions. A first of its kind in Canada, this option focuses on providing students with a deeper appreciation of the world’s urgent problems, an understanding of their personal strengths and motivations for impacting change, and entrepreneurial expertise such as business model development, design thinking, prototyping, pitching (i.e., delivering the business plan verbally) and financing.

This Option is available to all Laurier students enrolled in an undergraduate Honours program.

Social Entrepreneurship consists of 4.0 core credits, combined with two non-credit placements, one international and one local.

Core Courses:
UU101: Perspectives on Sustainability[search for course under “Interdisciplinary Studies”]
SE200: How to Change the World: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
CMEG300: Introduction to Community Engagement

SE300: Social Entrepreneurship: Developing a Social Venture
GS398: Global Studies in Practice
GS399: Post-field Placement
SE400*: Capstone Course in Social Entrepreneurship

Suggested complementary courses:
BU111: Understanding the Business Environment
BU121: Functional Areas of the Organization
BU311: Entrepreneurship and New Ventures
EC120: Introduction to Microeconomics
EC140: Introduction to Macroeconomics
AN465: Cultures of Business and Work
CS206: Public Communication
CS341: Critical Advertising Studies
CS350: Political Economy of Communication and Culture
ES295: Ecotourism and the Environment
ES296: Introduction to Sustainability
GG201: North American Transborder Regions
GG363: Contemporary Economic Geography
GG366: Marketing Geography
GG394: Geography of Tourism Marketing
GG463: Seminar in Economic Geography
GS212: Practices of Development
GS311: Neoliberalism and its Critics
GS327: Tourists, Tourism and the Globe
GS421: Ethical Encounters
HI125: Business History
HI251: Show Business: An American History
HI337: Canadian Business History
HI338: Canadian Labour History
NO201: North American Transborder Regions
NO240: North America: Business and Society
PP247: Business Ethics
PO316: Environment and Natural Resource Politics in Canada
PO329: The Politics of Trade
PO330: International Political Economy
SY224: Sociology of Work
WS204: Women, Gender and Work

Contact person: Prof. Joanne Benham Rennick,

Sustainability Option

Preserving earth’s natural and social systems is among the most important challenges currently facing the global community. Although global in scale, issues of climate change, population growth and economic instability have immediate concerns for us at the local level, as we strive to maintain the integrity of our resources – clean and accessible air, water, food, etc. This option will allow you to critically examine these issues from a variety of perspectives and disciplines.

The Sustainability Option offers students an opportunity to: (a) learn how to consider and integrate issues related to environmental resilience, community well-being and economic prosperity; and (b) engage in interdisciplinary critical analysis and thinking by connecting courses across departments and faculties.

The Sustainability Option consists of a minimum of 4.0 credits. Students must complete three required core courses (1.5 credits) and five elective courses (2.5 credits) selected from one of two Sustainability themes (Science or Issues).

A. Required Core Courses (1.5 credits)
ES101: Introduction to Environmental Studies
ES296: Introduction to Sustainability
ES102: Environmental Problems and Approaches
OR UU101: Perspectives on Sustainability [search for course under “Interdisciplinary Studies”]

B. Elective Sustainability Themes (2.5 credits)
(i) Science Theme
BI266: Life on Earth: Plants
BI296: Communication and Critical Thinking Skills in Biology
BI300: Environmental Toxicology
BI301: Global Ecology and Biogeography
BI405: Community Ecology
CH233: Environmental Atmospheric Chemistry
CH234: Environmental Aquatic Chemistry
GG232: Landscapes of the Great Lakes Basin
GG281: Atmosphere and Hydrosphere
GG282: Geomorphology and Soils
GG336: Coastal Processes and Landforms
GG381: Hydrology
GG383: Sedimentation
GG384: Glacial Processes and Landforms
GG385: Natural Environments

(ii) Issues Theme
EC238: Environmental Economics
EC318: Natural Resource Economics
ES496: Theory and Practice of Sustainability
GG290: Global Resource and Environmental Issues
GG362: Global Food Systems
GG395: The World's Problem Environments
GS351: Nature, Culture and Development
GS441: Ecological Citizenship
HI377: Science and Environment in Canadian History
HI474*: Research Seminar on Nature and Environment in Canadian History
PO316: Environment and Natural Resource Politics in Canada
PP224: Philosophy and the Environment
PP247: Business Ethics
SY406: Environmental Sociology

Contact person: Prof. Alison Blay-Palmer,