First-Year Foundations@Innis

FYF@Innis Seminars

For 2020-2021 there are 13 FYF@Innis seminars, each at a credit weight of 0.5 FCEs. All are taught by leading professors who are dedicated to engaging and supporting first-year Innis students.

Browse through the course listings to see what you’re interested in, and then visit the individual seminar pages for more information.

Professor: Donald Jackson
Course Code: EEB197H1F
Most of us are urban creatures, but we as people are not the only urban creatures. In this seminar we will explore the diversity of animal and plant species comprising the ecological community that we call “Toronto.”
Professor: Asif Zaman
Course Code: MAT198H1F
How do we send our own confidential information through secure channels, and how can we break codes to uncover the secret information of our adversaries? The mathematical field of cryptology is dedicated to answering such questions. In this course we will study breakthroughs in cryptology, from secret messages in the ancient world and the Enigma cipher in World War II, to modern cryptosystems that facilitate online commerce.
Professor: Laura Beth Bugg
Course Code: RLG198H1F
This course will examine the “what ifs” and imagined worlds of ideal utopias and oppressive dystopias through the lens of religion and gender in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland. Because science fiction and utopian/dystopian literature expresses what an author sees as possible or hopes is possible, but also fears is possible, we will consider science fiction as a political and social critique.
Professor: Andrea Williams
Course Code: INI196H1F
From environmental disasters and ecological collapse to climate change denial and celebrations of nature and wilderness, we will explore the diverse ways humans imagine and write about the natural world and the consequences of such writing. We will study a variety of nonfiction texts, images, and videos about ecology, the environment, nature, wilderness, and sustainability as we consider what these terms mean.
Professor: Maurice Ringuette
Course Code: CSB196H1S
With the completion of the human genome sequence, we now have access to more information than ever before about our genetic make-up. This course addresses topics such as what genes are, how they are identified, and how knowledge about genes impacts society.
Professor: James Johnson
Course Code: SOC196H1F
The majority of refugees and asylum seekers today live in cities, above all, in the Global South. This course will introduce and critically assess key theories and concepts on forced migration in relation to cities from a global perspective.
Professor: Rachel Silvey
Course Code: GGR198H1F
This course examines the political geographies of transnational migration. It asks how spaces of migration and mobility are political, and how migration politics are tied to inequalities wrought through intersecting histories of race, class, and gender. It seeks to extend our understandings of migrants, borders, and mobility, and it explores the processes through which mobility is produced, delimited and structured.
Professor: Erol Boran
Course Code: GER194H1S
Vampires are among the most fascinating figures of popular culture. Since Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) – and, in fact, well before that – they have been haunting the human imagination in various shapes and forms. This course examines the figure of the vampire as a potent cultural metaphor in the German context and beyond, showing how every age embraces the vampires it needs and gets the vampires it deserves.
Professor: Max Mishler
Course Code: HIS194H1S
This course will look broadly at the question of power and resistance in the Americas (Canada, the United States, and Latin America) through the prism of graphic novels. Each week we will read a graphic novel related to important historical moments or events, drawing on scholarly articles to help us contextualize the novel.
Professor: Ashley Waggoner Denton
Course Code: PSY194H1F
University life presents students with all sorts of challenges as well as amazing opportunities for learning and growth. While there are many different ways to define a “successful student,” the goal of this seminar is for everyone to develop the knowledge, skills, and mindset needed to make the most of the university experience.
Professor: Katherine Williams
Course Code: ENG197H1S
Understanding disability as a cultural concept—not a medical condition or personal misfortune—that describes how human variation matters in the world, this course asks: how do literary texts represent physical and intellectual disability?
Professor: Elizabeth Legge
Course Code: FAH198H1S
Art causes scandals for many reasons, provoking a range of consequences, including censorship, cuts to government funding of the arts or even destruction of the work in question. In this course we will consider a number of kinds of art scandal arising from exhibition in public galleries and urban spaces.
Professor: Francois Pitt
Course Code: CSC197H1F
The rapid advance of technology has brought remarkable changes to how we conduct our daily lives, from how we communicate, consume news and data, and purchase goods. As we increase our online activity, so too do we increase the amount of personal data that we’re sharing, often without realizing it.

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Need more info about FYF@Innis seminars? Not sure which courses are right for you? We can help. Contact our program coordinator, Jannie Chien.