Ten Courses You Didn’t Know Were Offered at York U in 2019-2020

Posted by Lauren Dick on May 16, 2019

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Fall/Winter course registration is just around the corner, Lions! With hundreds of courses offered at York University in the 2019-2020 Fall/Winter academic session, we know that it can be hard to read every course description. We want to help you pick some amazing general education or elective courses in the upcoming academic session, so we have found ten courses you didn’t know were offered at York U. Take a peek at the options below to see what interests you!

Check out the courses below!

1.   AP/HUMA 1780 6.00 Stories in Diverse Media

Stories are told across many different platforms every day. In the past few days alone, I’ve seen stories told through films, TV shows, literature, art, theatre and music! AP/HUMA 1780 6.00 Stories in Diverse Media focuses on the recurrent stories and themes spread across a variety of mediums, emphasizing their settings and the audiences’, viewers’ and readers’ reactions. This first-year humanities course can really open your eyes (and ears!) to the stories all around you.

Different mediums can influence how an audience reacts to a story.

2.   AP/CLST 1105 9.00 Myth and Imagination in Ancient Greece and Rome

Speaking of stories, ancient Greek mythology is full of legends and theories about heroes, life lessons and the past. AP/CLST 1105 9.00 Myth and Imagination in Ancient Greece and Rome offers an introduction to ancient and modern myths and perspectives while understanding their influence on modern art and literature. If you’re a history buff, a Greek-mythology lover or an aspiring art historian, this is a great course for you!

Understand ancient Greece and Rome’s influence on modern art and literature!

3.   AP/HIST 1083 6.00 Mass Media and Popular Culture in the Americas: Music, Movies and Power

Ever wondered how the Americas came to be what they are today? AP/HIST 1083 6.00 Mass Media and Popular Culture in the Americas: Music, Movies and Power explore the Americas starting in 1820 and how political, economic, and societal transformations have formed today’sAmericas. Learn more about our history with this six-credit course!

Discover how transformations in politics, economics and societies formed today’s Americas.

4.   AP/COMN 1401 6.00 Fake News, Fact-Finding and the Future of Journalism

How do we separate fact from fiction? Is social media to blame? AP/COMN 1401 6.00 Fake News, Fact-Finding and the Future of Journalism dives into the world of fake news and questionable information to help you develop information literacy skills and build a stronger understanding of online platforms involved in broadcasting fake news and facts.

Develop your information literacy skills with this course!

5.   AP/MODR 1770 6.00 Modes of Reasoning: Techniques of Persuasion

While we’re on the topic of dissecting information, AP/MODR 1770 6.00 Modes of Reasoning: Techniques of Persuasion helps you break down an argument to see if there are any hidden fallacies, propaganda, political arguments and advertising. I personally took this course in my first year, and I loved discovering how arguments are structured and where they need more support.

Success Tip: This course also doubles as a LA&PS general education course in either Humanities or Social Science!

Learn how to break down and analyze arguments!

6.   FA/DATT 1939 3.00 Making Interactive New Media Art

WaWant to learn how to use Photoshop and code simple HTML, CSS and Javascript while making new media art? I did! I took FA/DATT 1939 3.00 Making Interactive New Media Art in my second year at York U, and I have been able to use the skills I learned in countless courses ever since. By learning simple coding, you can engage with the web as if it were a creative medium and transform your online experience!

Simple Photoshop and coding skills are very valuable and transferrable skills.

7.   FA/VISA 1006 3.00 The Photographic Experience

Calling all photographers — FA/VISA 1006 3.00 The Photographic Experience is the perfect introductory course for non-majors to develop their photography skills! Join a classroom of beginner photographers to explore the history and theory behind photography and practice the art throughout the term.

Note: A camera is required for students enrolled in FA/VISA 1006 3.00 The Photographic Experience. Students are also responsible for all costs associated with image creation and production.

Practice your photography skills!

8.   FA/FILM 1701 3.00 Hollywood: Old and New

Watch American cinematic history being made in FA/FILM 1701 3.00 Hollywood: Old and New! This online course offers lectures, discussions and screenings of pivotal moments in American film history. I really enjoyed this course when I took it in my second year — for one of our screenings, we watched “Some Like it Hot” and “My Week with Marilyn” as we studied Marilyn Monroe’s impact on American cinema!

Watch pivotal moments in American cinematic history!

9.   AP/EN 1201 6.00 The Literary Imagination

Develop your critical literary skills in AP/EN 1201 6.00 The Literary Imagination! The course introduces you to the literary approach on a wide range of common genres, including fiction, poetry, drama, and a broad variety of less common literary genres, such as tweets, musicals and political writing! These skills are critical for upper-year English literature and humanities courses, so don’t miss out!

Take a literary perspective across a broad range of common and uncommon genres!

10. AP/HUMA 1953 6.00 Canadian Writers in Person

Have you ever wanted to meet and learn from an author? AP/HUMA 1953 6.00 Canadian Writers in Person invites 12 contemporary Canadian authors to give readings and answer questions over the length of this six-credit course. Take this fantastic opportunity to learn more about writing and publishing from people with first-hand experience!

Learn more about the writing and publishing experience!

We hope you enjoyed our list of ten courses you didn’t know were offered at York U in the Fall/Winter 2019-2020 academic session! We encourage you to consider taking one of these courses and continue to explore more classes that York U has to offer. Happy enrolling, Lions!

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Lauren Dick
Lauren Dick

Lauren Dick is a fourth-year Professional Writing major who is also working towards a Professional Certificate in Marketing at York U. She loves to curl up with a good story and a warm cup of tea (only English Breakfast, mind you), and she hopes her blog posts encourage current and incoming students to learn more about York U and its community.

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