Selected Topic Courses

Fall 2020 and Winter 2021

 

Fall 2020


DVM 4330 A00 - Special Research Topics: Global Governance and the Extractive Industries

Prof. Christopher Huggins

Synchronous online course schedule: Wednesday 4:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.; Friday 2:3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.

Research project in international development and globalization under the supervision of a professor. Description of special topic not available.

Prerequisites: 54 university units. Reserved for students registered in the Baccalaureate with Honours in International Development and Globalization.


DVM 4330 B00 - Special Research Topics: Peacebuilding Operations in Africa

Prof. Benjamin Zyla

Synchronous online course schedule: Tuesday 8:30 a.m. to 11:20 p.m.

Peace operations are among the most important international mechanisms for contemporary conflict management. But their effectiveness often remains the subject of confusion and debate in both the policy and academic communities. Various international organisations conducting peace operations, including the UN, AU and EU, have come under increasing pressure to justify the effectiveness and impact of their peace operations. Although various initiatives are underway to improve the ability of these organisations to assess the performance of their missions, there remains a distinct lack of independent, external research-based information about the effectiveness of these peace operations.

Questions of the mission’s impact and effect on the political/security situation are fundamentally ones of relevance. A mission may conduct a range of activities – and indeed peacekeeping often focuses on measuring those activities – but the more important question is whether those activities are changing the behaviours of key actors, providing the hoped-for protections for civilians, and addressing deeper conflict drivers in the country. Understanding the intended effects of a mission’s work, and the role of other actors in driving change, and then examining the extent to which effects result from a mission’s activities addresses the question of relevance.

We will discuss these and other questions by examining a number of cases in Africa (broadly speaking), for example in (South) Sudan, the Sahel region, Somalia, Bukina, Chad, Mali, Niger).

Prerequisite: 54 university units. Reserved for students registered in the Baccalaureate with Honours in International Development and Globalization.


ECH 3730 A00 - Thèmes choisis en études des conflits et droits humains: Afrique des Grands Lacs

Note: course offered in French only

Prof Marie-Eve Desrosiers

Synchronous online course schedule: Monday 2:30 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.

Entre les mois d’avril et de juillet 1994, des centaines de milliers de Tutsi et Hutu modérés seront tués dans le cadre du génocide rwandais, une crise d’une ampleur sans précédent pour la région des Grands Lacs africains, suivant de près et en partie en lien avec l’éclatement d’une guerre au Burundi l’année précédente. Le génocide fera également des centaines de milliers de réfugiés – certains avancent même le chiffre d’un million – dans les pays voisins, incluant en République démocratique du Congo (RDC), connue à l’époque sous le nom de Zaïre. Ces réfugiés seront au coeur de l’éclatement de deux guerres au Congo qui finiront par impliquer de nombreux pays de la région dans ce que certains ont appelé la Première guerre mondiale d’Afrique.

Ces évènements sont ce qui est avant tout connu de la région des Grands Lacs africains et sont même devenus, en quelque sorte, la clé de lecture de la région et d’interprétation de ses dynamiques. Il s’agit toutefois d’une lecture qui manque régulièrement de recul historique. Il s’agit également d’une lecture qui se limite trop souvent à des thèmes réducteurs comme la violence alimentée par l’ethnisme ou encore la quête cupide des richesses et du pouvoir. La crise du ‘troisième mandat’ qui a secoué récemment les pays de la région et qui est au coeur du regain de violence au Burundi n’a pas été sans alimenter de nouveau ce filtre trop commun d’une région mise ‘à feu et à sang’ en raison des visées égoïstes de ses élites.

Les réalités locales ont toutefois de tout temps été complexes et le résultat d’un chevauchement de facteurs plus larges que sous-entendu par les visions plus réductrices de la région. Elles vont au-delà de l’ethnisme, de la cupidité, et même au-delà d’un regard se limitant aux grands et aux puissants. Elles sont multiples et parfois même contradictoires. Le négliger peut avoir des impacts importants sur notre compréhension de la région, mais aussi sur la manière dont différents acteurs l’abordent et y opèrent.

Le cours se veut l’occasion d’explorer les antécédents, les évènements et les suites de cette période des années 1990 et sa violence afin d’amener les étudiants à découvrir la région des Grands Lacs africains. Cette exploration portera plus particulièrement sur la trajectoire de trois pays : le Burundi, la RDC et le Rwanda. L’objectif général du cours est donc de présenter les bases historiques et politiques de la région, étudier certains de ses épisodes de violence collective et leurs déterminants, ainsi que d’explorer certains débats d’actualité, dans le cadre de thématiques en lien avec les Études des conflits et droits humains.

Prerequisites: ECH 2310 or SOC 2151 or POL 2103 or CRM 2301 or PSY 2110.


ECH 4310 A00 - Selected Research Topics in Human Rights: Race & Racism

Prof Srdjan Vucetic

No schedule. Asynchronous online course.

Study of the production and perpetuation and racialized differences and the pervasiveness of racist power. We begin with key concepts and debates: what race means, how it relates to the institutional orders of modern society, including mainstream disciplinary accounts of that society, etc. Then we move on to discuss assorted world issues: settler colonialism, global racial justice, etc.

Prerequisites: ECH2310 or SOC2151 or POL2103 or CRM2301 or PSY2110 and 54 university units.


ECH 4330 B00 - Selected Research Topics in Conflict Studies: The Cold War

Prof Peter Jones

Synchronous online course schedule: Wednesday 2:30 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.

Students in university today have no memory of the Cold War.  And yet the world they live in is profoundly shaped by that event.  This course will examine the Cold War with a view to helping students to understand why it happened, how it unfolded and what its legacy means to the world we live in today.  Students will be encouraged to examine critically the assumptions which guided policy-makers during the Cold War, and also to try to understand how it felt to live through it. .

Prerequisite: 54 university units. Reserved for students registered in the Specialization program: Conflict Studies and Human Rights.


ECH 4755 A00 - Conflits et processus de paix: Thèmes choisis - Extrémisme violent, radicalisation & contre-radicalisation

Note: course offered in French only

Prof Jean-François Ratelle

Synchronous online course schedule: Tuesday 8:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.

Introduction à l’étude de la radicalisation violente et de l’extrémisme violent au 21e siècle centrée sur le djihad mondial et l’extrême-droite. Le cours proposera un examen des causes, des motivations ainsi que des processus de recrutement et de radicalisation liés à l’extrémisme violent. La deuxième partie du cours présentera une analyse comparative de l’idéologie et des stratégies terroristes utilisées par les groupes extrémistes comme Al-Qaïda et l’État islamique ainsi qu’une panoplie de groupes d’extrême-droite. Les sujets comme les loups solitaires, les voyageurs extrémistes et le terrorisme domestique seront abordés pour mieux comprendre les diverses menaces à la sécurité des pays occidentaux. Le cours conclura en discutant des stratégies de prévention et de lutte au terrorisme dans les démocraties occidentales notamment en abordant la question des politiques publiques et le débat entre liberté et sécurité, la lutte  contre l’extrémisme violent ainsi que la dé-radicalisation et la réhabilitation des terroristes. Des études de cas portant sur le Canada, les États-Unis et l’Europe seront développées de manière comparative pour favoriser la perspective critique des étudiants.

Prerequisites: ECH2310 or SOC2151 or POL2103 or CRM2301 or PSY2110 and 54 university units.


ECO 2199 A00 - Special Topics I: Economics of COVID

Prof Abel Brodeur

Synchronous online course schedule: Tuesday 8:30 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.; Friday 10:00 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.

An overview of our current understanding of the economics of COVID-19. Students are introduced to key economic and health facts about the pandemic. Theoretical arguments and models that are intended to explain those facts are examined, as well as empirical evidence regarding the success of specific policies such as lockdowns. The objective is for students to gain a better understanding of some of the main challenges faced by policymakers. Topics include among others the effects of COVID-19 and government interventions on disease prevention, employment, financial markets, mental health, gender issues, and the socioeconomic determinants of compliance with social distancing orders.

Prerequisites: ECO 1102, ECO 1104.


ECO 4199 A00 - Special Topics III: Art & Science of Monetary Policy Making in Canada

Prof Lilia Karnizova

Synchronous online course schedule: Monday 2:30 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.; Thursday 4:00 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.

The course provides an experiential learning perspective on how monetary policy is conducted at the Bank of Canada. Students will prepare to play the role of advisors to the Bank’s Governing Council and participate in the Governor’s Challenge, a nation-wide university competition. By the end of the course, students will enhance their knowledge of advanced macroeconomic theory and develop a greater understanding of the Canadian economy. Students will also improve their analytical, teamwork, presentation and public speaking skills.

Prerequisites: ECO 2143, ECO2145.


SCS 4100 A00 - Selected Topics III: Academic Editing & Publishing

Prof Daniel Stockemer

Synchronous online course schedule: Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.

The class is designed to give students a first-hand experience in designing the yearly issue of the Undergraduate Journal of Politics, Policy and Society. Students will determine the topic of the yearly issue, design a call for papers, distribute the call for papers within the University of Ottawa and to universities in Canada and around the world, solicit abstracts and papers, write reviews to authors, accept papers, edit the accepted papers, as well as write an introduction to the yearly issue.

The journal class is an exciting opportunity for students to become editors and to create and shape what will become an official undergraduate student journal.

The course will be particularly helpful for students aiming to pursue graduate studies, as it will give them some overview of the publishing process.

Prerequisites: 54 university units.


 

Winter 2021


ECH 4310 B00 - Selected Research Topics in Human Rights: Health and Human Rights

Prof Patrick Fafard

Course schedule: Tuesday 2:30 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.

In-depth examination of particular topics and cases of interest in the study of human rights.

Prerequisites: ECH2310 or SOC2151 or POL2103 or CRM2301 or PSY2110 and 54 university units.


ECH 4330 C00 - Selected Research Topics in Conflict Studies: Armed Conflicts, Human Rights and Transitional Justice

Prof Ivan Katchanovski

Course schedule: Thursday 2:30 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.

An examination of selected topics dealing with conflict studies.

Prerequisite: 54 university units. Reserved for students registered in the Specialization program: Conflict Studies and Human Rights.


ECH 4355 A00 - Conflicts and the Peace Process: Selected Topics - Legal Perspectives

Prof to be determined

Course schedule: Wednesday 2:30 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.

History and development of a particular conflict. Examination of the causes and consequences of a specific conflict and place them in their local, regional and international contexts; Ideologies that have shaped the conflict; Historiographical debates surrounding the conflict.

Prerequisites: ECH2310 or SOC2151 or POL2103 or CRM2301 or PSY2110 and 54 university units.


ECH 4710 A00 - Thèmes de recherche choisis en droits humains: Topic to be determined

Note: course offered in French only

Prof to be determined

Course schedule: Wednesday 2:30 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.

Étude de sujets et de cas particuliers dans le champ d'étude des droits humains.

Prerequisites: ECH2310 or SOC2151 or POL2103 or CRM2301 or PSY2110 and 54 university units.


ECO 4199 B00 - Special Topics III: Aboriginal Economics

Prof Aggey Simons

Course schedule: Monday 10:00 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.; Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.

This course will provide an overview of aboriginal economic issues from an empirical perspective. Topics may include the economic history of indigenous people, the economics of identity, labor, environment and economic development.

Prerequisites: ECO2143, ECO 2145.


ECO 4199 C00 - Special Topics III: Data Science for Social Scientists

Prof to be determined

Course schedule: Tuesday 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

This course is an introduction to open data science tools that social scientists can use to both expand the data they have access to and the type of statistical questions they can answer. In the first half of the course we will first learn how to tidy and visualize structured data then we will explore data mining techniques to create new data. The second half of the course will be dedicated to an introduction to machine learning for classification and regression problems.  This course will be taught using Python, but R-users are welcome to submit their work in their preferred language. Technical concepts will be introduced through coding and mathematical formalism will be minimal. Previous experience in any coding language or econometrics is recommended but not required.

Prerequisites: ECO2143, ECO 2145.


FEM 3100 B00 - Special Topic in Women's Studies: Girlhood and Youth Culture

Prof Mythili Rajiva

Course schedule: Monday 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.; Thursday 1:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.

This course will use the tools of feminist and critical race theory as well as media and cultural studies to critically analyze constructions and representations of ‘girls’ and young people in dominant and resistant cultures. This course will introduce students to the fields of girlhood and youth studies and also to historical representations of girls and young people in public space, including moral panic around adolescence and the ways in which these continue to inform contemporary conversations about youth culture.

Prerequisites: 3 units in FEM and 51 university units.


PSY 3791 A00 - Thèmes particuliers en psychologie II : La psychoneuroendocrinologie. Les comportements dépendants des hormones. Les différences de sexe. Les mécanismes d’actions des hormones.

Note: course offered in French only

Prof Nafissa Ismail

Course schedule: Monday 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.; Thursday 1:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.

Étude d'un thème particulier en psychologie. Le contenu et le format sont susceptibles de changer en fonction du responsable du cours.

Prerequisites: 54 university units including PSY 1101, PSY 1102.


PSY 4391 A00 - Special Topics in Psychology: Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Prof Maria Rogers

Course schedule: Monday 2:30 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.; Thursday 4:00 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.

This special topics course is an in-depth analysis of key domains and controversial issues in the field of child and adolescent mental health, and will allow students to take their foundational knowledge about child psychopathology to the next level. Specifically, students in this course will gain a deeper and more nuanced understanding of assessment, treatment, special issues, and current controversies regarding psychological disorders of children and adolescence. Other more general issues, such as bullying, suicide, substance use, comorbidities, educational and systemic issues, may also be covered. 

While not required, students are strongly encouraged to take Psychology 4105 before taking this special topics course.

Prerequisites: 54 university units including PSY 1101, PSY 1102.


PSY 4791 B00 - Thèmes choisis en psychologie: Recherche appliquée en psychologie de la musique

Prof to be determined

No schedule. Asynchronous online course.

Étude d'un thème choisi en psychologie. Le contenu et le format sont susceptibles de changer en fonction du responsable du cours.

Prerequisites: 54 university units including PSY 1101, PSY 1102.


SCS 4100 B00 - Selected Topics III: Miscarriages of Justice in Canada: Causes and Cases

Prof Kathryn Campbell

Course schedule: Thursday 2:30 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.

The objective of this course is to allow students to gain a beginning understanding of the phenomenon of miscarriages of justice in Canada.  In recent years, media accounts have demonstrated that miscarriages of justice in the form of wrongful convictions and wrongful imprisonments occur far too frequently and that many known systemic factors contribute to their occurrence. Students will come to understand the problems in defining what constitutes a miscarriage of justice or a wrongful conviction by exploring the research, literature and case law that illustrate the causes of miscarriages of justice in Canada.  By situating the study of wrongful convictions within both legal and criminological frameworks, the course is aimed at uncovering these causative factors and exploring how they occur through the examination of a number of cases of wrongful conviction.

Prerequisites: 54 university units.


 

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