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March 17 , 2005
Holy Cross House Conference Room
7:00 p.m.



REPORT TO SENATE
SENATE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE
2005 MARCH 17

Items requiring Senate action:

1. GREAT IDEAS

a) PROPOSAL - the creation of three courses to fulfill the honours requirements in Great Ideas as approved by Senate

APPROVAL - Senate Curriculum Committee
2005 February 21

MOTION: that Senate approve GRID 3903, GRID 4903 and GRID 4906.

GRID 3903 Honours Thesis Proposal

The purpose of this course is to afford students interested in writing an honours thesis the opportunity to develop a thorough proposal, including a substantial annotated bibliography. Students will work closely with their thesis director in developing and writing the thesis proposal. Classes will meet throughout the term to assess progress. Students will be required to present and defend their proposal before their classmates and the faculty of
the Great Ideas Programme. Students must complete
this course to be eligible for GRID 4906.

GRID 4903 Honours Seminar

This seminar will be centred on the intensive study of the text(s) of a thinker who has greatly influenced the shape of the western world. The texts may be ancient or modern, and may be literary, historical, philosophic, and/or political in nature

GRID 4906 Honours Thesis

The honours thesis is an extended scholarly paper on a topic written under the supervision of a faculty member who agrees to serve as thesis director. When completed, the students will be required to present and defend the thesis before their classmates and the faculty of the Great Ideas Programme. Students must complete GRID 3903 to be eligible for GRID 4906.

b) PROPOSAL - calendar entry for Honours programme

APPROVAL - Senate Curriculum Committee
2005 March 04

MOTION: that Senate approve the honours programme calendar material for the Great Ideas Programme.

HONOURS

An honours B.A. in Great Ideas requires 54 credit hours, including GRID 2012, 3006, 3106, 3206, 3306, 3903, 4903, 4906, and 6ch in a 3000/4000 level approved course from another discipline(s). Students should indicate when applying for the honours B.A. in Great Ideas which courses they propose to count for these credits.

Students are strongly encouraged to take 6ch of a language, particularly one that will be connected to their thesis.

Students interested in an honours degree in Great Ideas should preferably apply to the Great Ideas Steering Committee by the beginning of their third year. Students must take GRID 3903 in the second half of their third year. Application forma are available from the Coordinator of Great Ideas.

Entrance to the Great Ideas honours programme requires a 3.7 GPA in Great Ideas courses and a 3.3 GPA in all other courses.

c) PROPOSAL - to create an Independent Studies course in Great Ideas to offer
students the possibility of study in areas of interest not otherwise covered in the Great Ideas programme

APPROVAL - Senate Curriculum Committee
2005 March 04

MOTION: that Senate approve the creation of GRID 4003/4006 Independent Study.

GRID 4003/4006 Independent Study

Students undertake an independent study under the direction of a member of the Great Ideas faculty, with the permission of the Great Ideas Coordinator. This course is limited to students of proven academic merit.

Items not requiring Senate action:

1. GREAT IDEAS

a) PROPOSAL - to reoffer GRID 1006 as a pilot project for 2005-2006. This will allow the Great Ideas Programme to better assess the impact on enrollment.

APPROVAL - Senate Curriculum Committee
2005 February 21

2. PSYCHOLOGY

a) PROPOSAL - the creation of a special topics course in biological psychology for the 2005-2006 academic year.
This 3000 level course will build on the current 3ch second level course and will add to the biological division of the psychology programme, while increasing the number of 3000 level courses as recommended in the external review.

APPROVAL - Senate Curriculum Committee
2005 February 21

PSYC 3823 Advanced Biological Bases of Psychology

This course will cover the biological bases of language, perception, learning and memory, psychological disorders, and sleep and consciousness. Prerequisite: PSYC 2153

b) PROPOSAL - to offer a third level special topics course in health psychology for 2005-2006. This course will add to the department’s Clinical
Division, will strengthen the applied course selection, and increase the number of third year offerings. In addition, it will complement related academic programmes and will expose students to a branch of psychology engaged in community related work.

APPROVAL - Senate Curriculum Committee
2005 February 21

PSYC 3833 Health Psychology

This course will review a variety of topics within health psychology including stress, coping and health, pain, chronic illness, the physician-patient relationship and health care, as well as the impact of various health behaviours such as smoking, drinking, and exercise on health status.

3. IRISH STUDIES

a) PROPOSAL - to offer IRSH 2003 Art of the Golden Age: the Book of Kells again as a special topics course for 2005-2006. This will be the third year that the course is offered. Once the Irish Studies programme becomes established, there is every indication that this course will become a regular part of the curriculum. This course will offer qualify for Fine Arts credit.

APPROVAL - Senate Curriculum Committee
2005 February 21

4. INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

a) PROPOSAL - from Christin Sheridan for an Interdisciplinary Honours in the area of Science and Technology Studies:

Underlying Theme - an examination of science and technology from the perspectives of the humanities and the social sciences

Honours Thesis Proposal - Animal rights, experimentation and the scientific justification: Case study - Diazinon

Thesis Director - Dr. Don Robinson

Thesis Evaluation Committee - Dr. Steven Turner, Dr. Santiago Mora