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ASHA Course Information

Students' usual progress through ASHA requires completion of five ASHA courses over four years. Find out more about the courses in the descriptions stated below.

NOTE: Many students take ASHA requirements in a different order due to varying circumstances. Make sure that you discuss your progress with your ASHA advisor to finish the program in time.

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ASHA 220: Quest and Questions

Prerequisite: permission of the Program Director, Arts and Science Honours Academy.
NOTE: Open only to students in the Arts and Science Honours Academy. Successful completion of this course in the first year is required for continuation in the program.

This course will introduce students to a variety of perspectives on human culture. Students will inquire into such topics as the nature of discovery and creation, tradition and modernity, gender and social structure. These topics will be approached through careful analysis of artistic, literary, religious, philosophical and scientific texts.

ASHA 321: Representation

Prerequisite: ASHA 220
NOTE: Open only to students in the Arts and Science Honours Academy.

Far more than a neutral reflection of the world, representation, be it of artistic, social or scientific phenomena, is a complex issue. Issues, inconsistencies and flaws arising from the concept of representation will be studied in a variety of contexts. Topics to be covered include: sensory perception from neurological, psychological and cultural perspectives; mimesis and metaphor in literature and the visual arts; and the use of images, imaging, and interpretative frameworks in the social and natural sciences.

ASHA 421: Invention

Prerequisite: ASHA 321
NOTE: Open only to students in the Arts and Science Honours Academy.

From the slingshot to steam power to intellectual property, from prophets to scientists to novelists; the theory and practice of invention looms large in human history and is of particular importance to the present age. This course will examine the nature and development of technological, conceptual, and linguistic invention in a variety of contexts.

ASHA 501: The Nature of Research 

Prerequisite: ASHA 421 
NOTE: Open only to students in the Arts and Science Honours Academy.

This course will consider academic research within the social, historical and political context of its production and use. Questions to be considered include, but are not limited to: the historical development of professions and disciplines; the cultural framework within which research is produced and the cultural uses of research; and the ways in which research creates objects of knowledge and serves to define and categorize human experience and identity.

ASHA 503: Capstone Seminar

Prerequisite: ASHA 501 
NOTE: Open only to students in the Arts and Science Honours Academy.

Students will reflect on their intellectual journey from both disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives and in relation to their international travel experience. A major paper will pursue a topic related to the disciplinary specialty in language accessible to non-specialists. A capstone conference will be a forum for students to present a version of their work to the wider community.

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