New 2020 Courses in Arts



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Registration starts this week for the Winter Sessions! Are you struggling to find the right course to fill that last spot in your timetable? From examining how COVID-19 is impacting society, to asking “What do Asian Canadian histories have to do with our present?,” to exposing our misunderstandings of ‘the Middle East,’ explore a selection of new courses being offered for the first time ever in the Faculty of Arts.


2020 Winter Term 1

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COVID-19 and Society (SOCI 410C)

This course invites you to examine COVID-19 as a global public issue, considering how pandemics inform social inequality, interpersonal interaction and societal change, locally and internationally. Explore the impact of COVID-19 on institutions such as media, family, work and healthcare, with attention to implications for marginalized groups. Read an interview with the course’s instructor and developer Katherine Lyon.


Dis/Orienting Asian Canada: Asian Canadian History for Our Times (ACAM 300)

What do Asian Canadian histories have to do with the present? What good can historical knowledge, understanding and thinking do now? In ACAM 300, you will be encouraged to ask questions like these and will explore the histories, cultures, social dynamics and life experiences of Asian communities in Canada in the context of global migrations.


Greek and Latin Roots of English (CLST 101)

Learn to recognize and appreciate the many elements of English that derive from Greek and Latin roots. In CLST 101, you will expand and deepen your vocabulary and develop precision and sophistication in your English communication skills while gaining an introduction to language history and Greek and Roman culture.


Graduate Course: Leadership for Policy Professionals (PPGA 511)

This course is an interactive, exploratory learning experience focused specifically on the elements of leadership for policy and other professionals operating in challenging and dynamic work environments. You will develop your skills and capacities to listen, communicate and solve problems for positive change. The course is intended to provide a theory-practice bridge regarding principles and processes, as well as charting your personal growth journey.


*Registration is currently restricted to MPPGA students until July 15.


2020 Winter Term 2

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The Middle East: Critical Questions and Debates (MES 300)

This interdisciplinary course introduces students to the study of the Middle East. Each week you will engage with crucial questions and debates that continue to shape scholarly and public perceptions of this widely misunderstood region. Adopting a critical perspective on area studies, MES 300 will expose the ‘Middle East’ as a problematic construct that holds the potential to limit our imaginations, distort our understanding of its diverse cultures, and obscure the connections between it and other areas of the world.


Contemporary Political Theory: Experiencing Ambedkar (POLI 341C)

Dr Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar is most well-known for his critical role in writing India’s constitution –  but how much is known about him as a thinker and writer? In this student directed seminar, delve deeply into Ambedkar’s intellectual contributions and living legacy, and help create an environment where caste and casteism can be critically explored head-on.


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American Sign Language and Deaf Culture I (ASL 100)

Nigel Howard, an adjunct professor in the UBC Linguistics department and Language Sciences member, has attracted media attention (and a fan following) for his expressive interpretation of provincial health officer Bonnie Henry’s COVID-19 updates.  As the Vancouver Sun put it, “where she’s cool, he’s hot, interpreting with enthusiasm and expression.” And starting this year, you’ll be able to take American Sign Language (ASL) as an official credit course with him at the UBC.


Public Policy– Professional Skills in Political Science (POLI 350A)

In this course, Political Science alumni in a wide variety of career fields will share their experiences and advice to help you translate the skills and knowledge you have developed at university into various workplace contexts. The course will provide opportunities to apply your skills to a variety of career contexts: local, provincial and federal government, private sector, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, indigenous communities and media.


World Literature and Social Movements: Democracy in the Writerly Imagination (ENGL 377)

This course places world literature next to complex, diverse social movements, with their internal tensions and contradictions, and their uneasy relationship with the popular as a category and the people as a formation. In this course, we will look at literary writing as an imaginative exercise in expressing democratic social change and utopian desire, which cohabits alongside popular and crowd-based movements for instantiating those demands.


Health among the Asian Diaspora in Canada (ACAM 320B)

What is the role of culture in defining health for Asian Canadians? How do the experiences of Asian Canadians affect their health? In this course, you will learn how health information is developed and explore the intersection of traditional Asian medicine and medical perspectives.


Graduate Course: Strategic Design for Systemic Change (PPGA 591L)

The course introduces the theory, tools and techniques of strategic design as an approach to systemic change in society, using a multi-sectoral approach to policy and strategy in an interactive studio setting. Open to Masters students and Ph.D. students across UBC.


*Registration is currently restricted to MPPGA students until July 15.