This is the second of a two-part series on new and interesting courses
Digital relationships online
To save time and improve efficiency, many corporations conduct
group meetings over the Internet. As organizations in the arts and education
become multi-national, they, too, are using virtual communication. This
course trains students in the online communications skills they need for
this brave new world.
The course Interpersonal Communications and Relationships has been taught
for several years by part-time professor Mia Lobel, in the Department
of Applied Human Sciences, but this year, for the first time, she will
also teach it online. Considering the content of the course, this is likely
to enrich the learning experience.
up the band
If youve got a flute or violin or cello, you can challenge yourself
by joining the Orchestra, which is both a course for registered students
and an ensemble that anyone with proven ability can join.
In the first class, students will do a cold sight-reading of a selected
piece, after which Monique Martin, the conductor, will evaluate the groups
From there, we improve a little each time the speed, the
tempo, the nuances, Martin said. Martin, who also conducts the Chamber
Choir, is hoping to combine both courses for one of the concerts that
the Orchestra must perform each school year.
The Orchestra is available for credit for music and non-music students
as well as members of the public. However, they must be able to play an
instrument fairly well in order to participate. Those interested can contact
the Department of Music or attend a class on Mondays at 7:30 in the Concert
Course on Jewry is open to
Scholars, Identities and Community, offered by the Institute for Canadian
Jewish Studies, examines facets of Jewish presence and identity in Canada
as seen by a selection of scholars.
Each class focuses on one author and his or her work. Here are some sample
topics: the debate surrounding Esther Delisles study on anti-Semitism
and nationalist ideology in 1930s Quebec; the report on Jewish culture
presented to the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism; and
the controversial book None Is Too Many, which looks at official Canadian
attitudes to European Jewry in the 1930s and 40s.
Taught by Dr. Richard Menkis, a visiting professor from the University
of British Columbia, this course is open to graduate students as well
as members of the public.