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How to Enrol

You can add Vic One Hundred/FYF courses through ACORN/ROSI. No special application is required.

Priority will be given to Victoria College students at the beginning of course registration. Thereafter, Vic One Hundred/FYF seminars will be open to all first-year students in the Faculty of Arts & Science who are NOT enrolled in a college One program. Enrolment is limited to 1.0 FCE (full course equivalent). You may take a combination of Vic One Hundred and FYF seminar half-year courses as long as your enrolment in them does not exceed 1.0 FCE.

All Vic One Hundred Seminars satisfy the Victoria College Small-Course Requirement.

Contact

For more information, please contact vic.academics@utoronto.ca.

 

2020-21 Vic One Hundred Courses

Start building a strong foundation for your academic career from day one with a small-class experience. First-Year Foundation Seminars, including Vic One Hundred courses, help you form relationships with professors, network with peers in an accessible environment and transition to university studies.

Exclusion for all First-Year Foundation Seminars and Vic One Hundred Courses: VIC108Y1; Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, Trinity One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One; No more than another 0.5 FCE from FYF seminars or Vic One Hundred.

Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

VIC102H1F | Ethics and Choices in Times of Crisis: Collaboration and Resistance in WWII France

VIC102H1F
Ethics and Choices in Times of Crisis: Collaboration and Resistance in WWII France
Professor Eric Jennings
T 1-3

This course examines a specific event, or events, in relation to the public sphere. The course will use events or an event as an entry point to discuss the nature of society including topics such as major revolutions, economic crises, the impact of the appearance of significant artistic or cultural works, and the impact of technological changes. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Breadth - Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC106H1F/S | Psychology and Society

VIC106H1F/S
Psychology and Society
Professor Joel Faflak
R 12-2

This course explores central developments and ongoing controversies in the scientific study of the human mind, brain and behaviour. It examines topics such as: psychoanalysis, behaviourism, humanistic psychology, evolutionary psychology, intelligence testing and feminist perspectives. Goals include understanding the historical evolution and social relevance of scientific psychology.

Breadth - Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC108H1F | Belonging: Imagination and National Identity

VIC108H1F
Belonging; Imagination and National Identity
Professor Ken Derry
F 12-12

This course will examine questions of belonging, imagination and national identity as presented by a number of Indigenous films from North America and Oceania. Specifically, we will be looking at how these films frame Indigenous identity in relation to both Indigenous communities and to the larger non-Indigenous nations where these communities reside. A key focus of the course will be to consider Indigenous cinematic responses to the historical and ongoing harm of colonialism, and how healing might begin to take place.

Breadth - Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC109H1S | Innovators and Their Ideas

VIC109H1S
Innovators and Their Ideas
Professor Joanna Papayiannis
R 10-12

A study of the ideas and concerns of innovators who questioned traditional views and values. The course includes creative thinkers who challenged basic concepts on politics, literature, religion and society.

Breadth - Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC110H1F | Critical Perspectives on Society

VIC110H1F
Critical Perspectives on Society
Professor David Cook
M 2-4

By means of short texts, film or art works this course explores such themes as the effect of technology on the political, the nature of democracy, the question of resistance through art and the role of violence in society.

Breadth - Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC114H1F | The Renaissance in Popular Culture

VIC114H1F
The Renaissance in Popular Culture
Professor Shaun Ross
F 12-2

From The Da Vinci Code to Assassin’s Creed, from Game of Thrones to the documentary series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, representations of the Renaissance continue to capture and intrigue the popular imagination. This course explores these depictions of the Renaissance in a wide range of films, video games, television series, and novels. The focus will be on the exchange between screen, fiction, and ‘fact’, and on how the values and concerns of the present shape creative recreations of the past in popular culture. In addition to those mentioned above, this course will consider recent films and television series such as The Borgias, Wolf Hall, and The New World, as well as novels including The Moor’s Account and The Birth of Venus.

Breadth - Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC116H1F | Politics of the Pen

VIC116H1F
Politics of the Pen
Professor Henry Ivry
M 4-6

This course provides a study of how literature challenges prevailing political beliefs and social norms. By focusing on environmental fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from the 19th-century to the present, we will look at the ways in which literature shapes our relationship to the environment. Our course will look at a variety of forms to think about how different authors have theorized the complex relationship between nature and writing and how these different approaches often lead to a variety of different natures.

Breadth - Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC117H1F | Understanding the Performing Arts: Interpretation and Expression

VIC117H1F
Understanding the Performing Arts: Interpretation and Expression
Professor Paul Bouissac
F 10-12

This course examines two key issues about the performing arts that concern both artists and theorists: the nature of interpretation and of expression. What might we mean when we say that a work, a piece of music or a dance for example expresses something? What is it to express? And what is the nature of interpretation? Are there any constraints or boundaries on interpretation? We will draw on both philosophers and non-philosophers to explore these sorts of questions.

Breadth - Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC119H1F | Myths and Legends in Modern Contexts

VIC119H1F
Myths and Legends in Modern Contexts
Professor Cathie Sutton
R 10-12

This course provides an introduction to modern forms of ancient narratives, exploring the ways in which selected ancient literary sources and myths have been adapted to modern Canadian literature. Ancient narratives or 'old stories' are often reused, reinterpreted or reconstructed in modern narratives and given new relevance in a contemporary context. Students will encounter sources and contexts of ancient narratives.

Breadth - Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC121H1F | Evaluating Healthcare: Problems and Solutions

VIC121H1F
Evaluating Healthcare: Problems and Solutions
Professor Mat Mercuri
M 10-12

This course introduces students to the study of healthcare by asking foundational questions about how evidence and knowledge are produced in the context of healthcare problems. Students will explore how different frameworks for clinical practice (e.g. Evidence-based Medicine, Person-Centred Healthcare) conceptualize evidence and how different methodologies impact how healthcare research is conceived, reported, and understood. Students will learn to critically appraise healthcare research studies and assess their evidence value and implications for clinical practice.

Breadth - Living Things and Their Environment (4)

VIC122H1S | Scientific Evidence in Public Policy

VIC122H1S
Scientific Evidence in Public Policy
Professor Mat Mercuri
M 10-12

This course investigates issues arising from the translation of scientific evidence for public consumption, including in the development of public policy and in confronting problems of social and global significance. Areas of focus will include climate change, global health and clinical medicine. Students will explore concepts including the perception and communication of risk, the generalizability of research findings, probabilistic and mechanistic thinking and the use and abuse of scientific authority and “expertise” in public discourse.

Breadth - Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC135H1F/S | The Death of Meaning

VIC135H1F/S
The Death of Meaning
Professor Andrew Lawless
T 11-1

This course examines some of the ways in which the idea that our lives have a transcendent (or higher) ‘Meaning’, or indeed any meaning at all, came under increasing scrutiny in the 19th and 20th centuries. It begins with an examination of how Darwin’s theory of evolution, according to which humans are not qualitatively different from the rest of the animal kingdom but rather, like them, simply products of evolution, challenged the longstanding idea of humans as ‘exceptional’ beings at the centre of a god’s creation or at least at the top of the ‘tree of life’. While Darwin did not draw an explicitly atheist conclusion from his findings, many others did. There thus ensued a debate about the meaning of life, or lack thereof, that continues to this day. We will examine this questioning of our place in the great scheme of things by reading and discussing a series of short ‘classic’ texts that range across science, politics, philosophy and literature.

Breadth - Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC136H1F | How to Study Everyday Life

VIC136H1F
How to Study Everyday Life
Professor David Nieborg
M 10-12

An introduction to the academic study of everyday life. A cross-disciplinary discussion class drawing on a wide variety of examples from ordinary life, fantasy and culture. We situate the apparently innocuous within larger patterns of social relations and social change.

Breadth - Society and its Institutions (3)

VIC137H1S | Science and Science Fiction

VIC137H1S
Science and Science Fiction
Professor Henry Ivry
M 4-6

In this course, we look at the relationship between science and race in science fiction from the early 20th-century to the present. Starting with Charles Chesnutt’s voodoo and ending with Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, we examine how certain scientific discourses, including evolution and eugenics, have been used to marginalize and oppress certain people. Equally important to our course is the way that science fiction has remained a productive and prevalent genre for those very marginalized people critiquing their oppression.

Breadth - Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

VIC159H1F | Vic One Hundred Special Topics

VIC159H1F
Vic One Hundred Special Topics: Detective Fiction and the Law
Professor Simon Stern
W 10-12


VIC159H1S
Vic One Hundred Special Topics: Detective Fiction
Professor Luca Somigli
T 11-1

VIC198H1S | Posters and Propaganda

VIC198H1S
Posters and Propaganda
Professor Eric Jennings
T 1-3

How and when have political posters been used? What forms do they take? How have they changed over time? What can these visual artifacts tell us about the relationship between art and propaganda, and about the political movements that have mobilized visual strategies to advance their aims? This course involves visits to several poster collections, develops visual literacy skills, and highlights the role of the visual in societies past and present. Restricted to first-year students.

Breadth - Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

VIC199H1S | Thinking with Things

VIC199H1S
Thinking with Things
Professor Cathie Sutton
R 10-12

This course will examine the materiality of objects with a view to understanding how artefacts are made, their circulation, consumption, and the importance of things to social and cultural life. An investigation of artefacts from various collections in and around the university will be undertaken to develop basic methods for the study, description and analysis of material culture. In addition to hands-on exploration of objects, topics may include antiquarians and their methods, material culture in colonial contexts, and materials in contemporary user-friendly design.

Breadth - Society and its Institutions (3)