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Report to Senate
Senate Curriculum Committee

January 27, 2005
Holy Cross House Conference Room
7:00 p.m.

The following items do not need Senate action.


a) PROPOSAL - to create the following course designations for Special Topics
courses : PHIL 3973, 3983, 3986.

APPROVAL - Senate Curriculum Committee

b) PROPOSAL - to create two 3ch special topics courses for 2005-2006: PHIL 3973 Christian Political Thought I and PHIL 3983 Christian Political Thought II

APPROVAL - Senate Curriculum Committee

These two 3ch courses were previously taught as PHIL 3-476 Church and State in Christian Social Philosophy (1991-1992 Calendar). The Department wishes to reoffer this 6ch course as two 3ch courses for 2005-2006 only as a special topics and currently has no plans to reestablish the course in the calendar.

PHIL 3973 Christian Political Thought I

A survey, through lectures and readings of original sources, of major Christian authors from late antiquity to the Middle Ages on the issue of the origin, nature and purpose of the state. Authors studied include Irenaeus, Augustine, Gelasius, Grotius, and the early political writings of Thomas Aquinas. Pre-requisite: PHIL 1013 and 1023, or permission of the instructor.

PHIL 3983 Christian Political Thought II

A survey, through lectures and readings of original sources, of major Christian contributions to political thinking in the later medieval, Renaissance, Reformation, and early modern periods. Authors studied include the later Aquinas, Calvin, and the Jesuit writers of the counter-reformation. Pre-requisite: PHIL 3973, or permission of the instructor.


a) PROPOSAL - two special topics Honours Seminars for 2005-2006: ENGL 4906 Representing Nature and ENGL 4996 The Popular Gothic

APPROVAL - Senate Curriculum Committee

ENGL 4906 Honours Seminar I: Representing Nature

This course examines the processes of representing nature, focusing upon technologies of representation, narratives or verbal representations, and images or visual representations. It discusses how through particular modes of representation, informed by historically and culturally specific contexts, nature is reconceived or reinvented.

ENGL 4996 Honours Seminar II: The Popular Gothic

“The Popular Gothic” theorizes the Gothic genre from Walpole’s novel Castle f Otranto in the 18th century up to Whedon’s television show Angel in the 21st, tracing evolutions and revolutions in depictions of sensibility, the sublime in landscape, villainous passions, the supernatural, social
instability, individual responsibility, the artificial cultivation of terror, character psychology after psychoanalysis, etc.


a) PROPOSAL - for 2005-2006, to offer POLS 3606 The United Nations as a 3ch course POLS 3603.

APPROVAL - Senate Curriculum Committee

The course will not cover the UN and allied institutions in as much detail; otherwise, the course will remain the same, with no change to the calendar description. This will allow the Department to offer the course, even in the absence of the international relations specialist in the Department. It will be easier to find a replacement for the 3ch course than for the 6ch course.


a) PROPOSAL - special topics course for January-April 2005 to substitute for one of Dr. Cross’ courses

APPROVAL - Senate Curriculum Committee.

HIST 3823 Selected Topics in Canadian Working-Class History
This course will explore selected topics in the history of the Canadian working-class. Although it will take a roughly chronological approach, every effort will be made to tackle many of the historiographical and interpretive issues in Canadian working-class/labour history. Special emphasis will be placed on the interaction between class, ethnicity, race and gender.