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Choose your courses and plan your schedule for the upcoming academic year. You can also find out more about special courses.

Once you know the course requirements for your program, you can plan what classes you're going to take in the upcoming academic year.

Not sure what courses you need? Visit advising and degree planning.

Select your courses

To see courses being offered in the upcoming or current academic year, use our course timetables:

Courses and descriptions are also available in Connect.

When making your course selections, please ensure you meet all course prerequisites and co-requisites (e.g. labs/tutorials).

Course load information

Normal course load

Full-time students are expected to register for the equivalent of 30 credits in the Fall and Winter terms, normally 15 credits per term. 

Most courses are 3-credit courses offered in one term. Refer to Academic Calendar 11.0 Course Numbering and Credit Values

If you intend to carry a normal course load you should register for 10 courses in total - five courses (15 credits) in the fall term, and five courses (15 credits) in the winter term. 

Every degree program requires completion of 120 credits in total:

15 credits per term X 2 terms = 30 credits per year
30 credits per year X 4 years = 120 credits

Nine credits per term is the minimum course load required to be considered a full-time student. Registration in three to six credits per term is considered part-time enrollment. 

Keep in mind, in addition to the regular class (lecture), a number of courses also involve a mandatory lab or tutorial component. Labs/tutorials do not count as separate courses or credits in your registration. 

Reduced course load

Here are some things to consider as you determine the number of courses you will take in a term:

  • If you have a University scholarship you are most likely required to enroll in 15 credits per term (Fall and Winter) in order to meet criteria for renewal in the following year. This is the case even if you enter with transfer credits / advanced standing.
  • Other types of funding agencies normally have a course load requirement (e.g. Government Student Loans). Check directly with your funding agency if you have questions about this.
  • There is a course load requirement to qualify for Dean's List standing.
  • International students considering a part-time load should consult with the International Student Advisor ( to discuss immigration implications.
  • International students who speak English as an additional language may wish to consult with the International Student Advisor ( to discuss course load recommendations.
  • Students with disabilities may wish to consult with the Meighen Centre for a course load recommendation.
  • Taking fewer courses may help to reduce stress, maintain or improve mental health, and ease the transition to university. It can also allow more study time for each course to improve grades.
  • Consider other commitments you may have such as co-curricular involvement, volunteer or paid work, or family commitments. Varsity athletes sometimes take a reduced course load in season.
  • Think about what makes sense for you and find a balance that works. Everybody has a different learning experience, and you have options. Plan for what will meet your needs.
  • Keep in mind, if you take less than 15 credits per term plan how you will 'make up' for the missed credits (spring/summer courses, overloading, returning for an additional year of study).

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Course overload

The permission of the appropriate Academic Dean is required for registration above 18 credits per term. To access the permission request form, go through Connect.

  • Students with first-year standing are not permitted to register for more than 15 credits per term. Under exceptional circumstances first-year students may be permitted to overload in the Winter term if they achieve a TGPA of at least 3.5 in the Fall term.
  • Students with second- or third-year standing who are in Good Standing may register for up to 18 credits per term, provided they have attained a TGPA of at least 2.0 in the previous Fall or Winter term. Students in Good Standing who do not meet this requirement must have permission from the appropriate Academic Dean in order to register for overload credits.
  • Students with fourth-year standing who are in Good Standing may register for up to 18 credits per term. Students who are not in Good Standing must have permission from the appropriate Academic Dean in order to register for overload credits.

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2021-22 course delivery format

For the 2021-22 academic year, each course will be delivered in one of the following three formats.

The course delivery format for each individual course is clearly indicated in Connect. Please check each course component carefully — lectures and labs/tutorials for a single course may be delivered in different formats.

  • Sackville: Students are expected to be on campus and participate on the day and time listed on the timetable.
  • Scheduled, online only: Students are not required to be on campus but are expected to participate on the day and time listed on the timetable.
  • Unscheduled, online only: Students are not required to be on campus and there are no scheduled meeting times.
FAQ for 2021-22 course delivery format

If I can’t make it to campus, how would this affect how I choose my courses?

If you can’t make it to campus, we recommend looking at the two online delivery formats. If there are on-campus courses you need to take, we recommend that you talk to an academic advisor about possible options.

Once I register for courses, can I change my course schedule if my personal circumstances change?

You can change your course schedule until the second week of classes in each term. The Fall term registration deadline is September 17, 2021. The Winter term registration deadline is January 21, 2022. You are encouraged to access academic advising ( or and make choices that are right for your personal situation as well as your academic path.

If I plan to be on campus, can I still take some online courses?

You can take a blend of online courses and on-campus courses to best meet your needs.

What type of academic support is there for online courses?

All courses will be guided and supported by the faculty member teaching the course. Students are encouraged to contact their instructors with questions about specific courses, whether they are taking courses on campus or studying remotely.

For scheduled online classes there is a note in Connect that says ‘room to be announced.’ Do I have to be on campus for these classes?

No, please disregard the note. The only classes that you must be on campus for are the scheduled, with on-campus elements courses.

Who should I contact if I have questions on course registration?

For questions about:

  • Course selection and advising: e-mail to set up a virtual or phone appointment  
  • Course registration issues: visit RegHelp or e-mail 
  • For questions about individual courses, please contact the course instructor or department head
  • For all other course delivery questions: e-mail 

Plan your schedule

To help plan your courses before your register, you can use a blank timetable template to make sure your courses fit in your schedule. You can also include backup courses in this worksheet in case the courses you want to take are full.

Ready to register for courses? Visit course registration.

About courses

Courses without prerequisites

Any student may register for a course without prerequisites. First-year students, keep in mind that there may be additional winter term courses available to you if you fill a prerequisite in the fall.

What is a prerequisite course?

A prerequisite course is one that must be successfully completed before you begin a second course.

You may register for courses that have prerequisites in the winter term provided that you are registered for the prerequisite course in the fall (or have successfully completed it in a previous term).

A grade of C- or better must be obtained in order to use a course to fill a prerequisite.

List of courses without prerequisites


Special topic courses

Special topic courses either focus on topics not covered by the current course offerings in a department of program, or offers the opportunity to pilot a course that is being considered for inclusion in the regular program.

Special topic courses — Fall 2021

ARTS 1991- A (3 CR)

This course explores questions such as: how do poetry, language, art, music, and other creative practices help us think and to understand the world around us; how creative and critical thinking help us build our intellectual capacity and form our learning skills. The course primarily engages literature and literary questions, connecting literary practices to other creative and critical practices in Arts disciplines. It builds competencies and skills that transfer to studies across disciplines and that support life beyond university. The readings combine literary texts in English with texts from other disciplines, as well as materials from other media such as music, fine art, digital media, and performance. Discussions engage a broad range of topics including: personal ethics and the scholarly community; social and cultural engagement; and the relationship between intellectual life and the material/natural world. This course also aims to instill good work habits, study skills, and work-life balance so that students can achieve their goals in university. It develops higher-order thinking skills such as active reading practice, oral and written self-expression, memorization and other information management skills, collaboration, creative engagement in a range of media, and critical thinking skills. [Note: This course is recommended for first year students] (Format: Lecture 3 Hours)

CENL 1991 - A (3 CR)

This course is an introduction to community engaged learning (CENL) for students who want to connect mentoring and community work in K-12 schools. It is well suited to students who already volunteer as coaches and mentors, and those who are considering careers in sports and recreation administration. It explores what CENL means in the context of K-12 education, examines the particular skills sets and experiences which university students bring to CENL, and investigates in particular the many benefits of mentorship. It also offers participants an opportunity to engage directly with elementary students at Port Elgin Regional School for a sustained period of time. Through the supervision of activities and informal mentoring, participants will have an opportunity to apply the knowledge gained form course readings, discussions, and assignments. For more information, please contact Dr. Leslie Shumka at 

CENL 3991 – A (3 CR)

Prereqs: Permission of the department
What does it take to build a community? In times of crisis, how do communities gather their resources to respond and care for their members? This course will examine both historic and contemporary community-building efforts, paying special attention to asset-based community development approaches that have been shaped by the university-community relationship in Sackville. By bringing the community together and focusing on the social and economic assets that are present within education, residents, associations, non-profits, government, and the business community, we will learn of the power of community when we act collectively as co-producers of the community’s well-being. (Format: Unscheduled online)

CLAS-3991 – A (3 CR)

Prereqs: 6 credits from CLAS, LATI, GREK; or permission of the Department
This course explores epic and drama of the first century CE, texts once maligned as "decadent" and marginalized within the classical canon. Through themes of transgression, excess, horror and spectacle, these poems draw out and interrogate problems in an evolving society, even as their authors negotiate the boundaries of artistic freedom in their autocratic regimes. Comparisons with current issues and art forms will provide an important context to readings of the ancient texts. (Format: Lecture 3 hours)

DRAM 3991 – A (3 CR)

Prereqs: DRAM/ENGL 1701; third-year standing in an Interdisciplinary Program; or permission of the Program Director
This course offers an investigation into the various ways in which directors and designers can create theatre together and how their roles intersect. The course explores contemporary case studies of unique director-designer partnerships, and how they create both space and story. (Format: Studio 3 hours)

FINH 4091 – A (3 CR)

Prereqs: FINH 2101; FINH 2111; or permission of the Department
This course considers the history of colonization in relation to historic and contemporary depictions of gender and sexuality in Indigenous art and film. By looking at Indigenous understandings of gender and sexuality, we will consider a variety of representations of gender, queerness, MMIWG2S, masculinity, and sexuality. (Format: Seminar 3 hours)

GENV 1991 – A (3 CR)

This introductory course examines the historical origins, geographical evolution, and globalization of contemporary Japanese cuisine around the world. Student learning is organized around lectures, discussions, experiential exercises, and events (Sackville’s First Ramen Film Festival). The course draws on interdisciplinary perspectives from Geography, Food Studies, and Visual and Material Culture in order to explore the uniquely Japanese cultural relationship between food and its representation in media (television, magazines, comics, anime, etc.). Students learn about the role of the state in shaping these foodways, the culture of craftsmanship in the culinary sphere, the supply chains that allow Japan to import a majority of its food (as well as their ecological limits of this demand), the pathways that have spread sushi, ramen, izakaya, and teppanyaki culture around the world, and the subsequent questions of authenticity that emerge in these global spaces. (Format: Lecture 3 hours)

MATH 3991 – A (3 CR)

Prereqs: MATH 1121; MATH 2221; MATH 2121 & MATH 2311 or MATH 1311 are highly recommended; or permission of the Department
A lot of public health media releases speak of ‘what the models are showing’. What are these models? How are they made? Can we trust them? In this course we will explore answers to these questions through study of different types of mathematical models of disease progression. We will explore and discuss questions that mathematical models are good at answering, and what kind of questions are they not suited to. (Format: Lecture 3 hours)

PHIL 3991 – A (3 CR)

Prereqs: 3 credits from PHIL; 3 credits from PHIL at the 2000 level; or permission of the Department
This course explores a broad range of questions related to the ethics of knowledge: What are your ethical and political obligations as knowers? Are there things you ought to know or ought not to know? What is required to become a responsible knower? How do our social and political arrangements affect what we know and what we don’t know, who we believe and who we don’t? How can we improve those arrangements? In exploring possible answers to these questions we will draw from a broad range of theoretical frameworks including feminist epistemology, moral theory, critical race theory, disability theory, trans theory and decolonial theory. (Format: Lecture 3 hours)

POLS 3991 - A (3 CR)

Prereqs: POLS 1001; 6 credits from POLS at the 2000 level; or permission of the Department
This course examines political violence, and the strategies to counter its legacies. It raises and answers a set of questions: What is political violence? What are the mechanisms driving political violence? Why does it take place? What are the causes of civil wars and rebellions? What makes states or non-state actors engage in violence against civilians? Why are rape and sexual violence used in times of war and peace? What is settler-colonial violence and how does it manifest itself? What is ethnic cleansing? Does transitional justice bring about justice, or does it impede it? Are truth and reconciliation commissions effective? Do international courts represent survivors of violence or are these courts another tool in the hands of foreign powers? As we explore these questions, we will critically assess how scholars answered these questions from a theoretical and methodological perspective. We will also engage in lively classroom discussions around the central debates that shape our understanding of political violence, and the instruments that are put in place to end it or bring justice to its survivors.

POLS 3991 - B (3 CR)

Prereqs: POLS 1001; 6 credits from POLS at the 2000 level; or permission of the Department
This course examines the history, emergence, and evolution of neoliberalism as both a doctrine of thought and a cluster of policies. By situating the rise of neoliberal discourse and economics within the broader context of pre- and post-capitalist development, the readings and lectures will aim to flesh out the various global, political, and social factors that have shaped, and facilitated, the rise of neoliberal orthodoxy as the current dominant ideology. The course will proceed in chronological fashion, from the period immediately preceding the transition to capitalism through the different phases of capitalist development to the emergence and consolidation of market orthodoxy. Emphasis will also be placed on the manner in which neoliberalism, as a policy package, has interacted with other social and political phenomena, such as gender relations, ethnic conflict, autocracy, as well as environmental and global security. At the end of the course students will have a firm grasp on the variables driving the transition from one historical form of economic organization to another, as well as some of the factors responsible for the structural transformations within capitalism itself that eventually led to the institutionalization of neoliberalism.    

PSYC 2991 – A (3 CR)

Prereqs: Second-year standing, Psyc 1001, and PSYC 1011; or permission of the Department
Life changes and work- life daily hassles are some of the sources of stress. In this class, stress, theories of stress and well-being will be discussed from the organizational psychology perspective. Individual and organizational sources of stress will be covered under different topics of interest such as organizational justice, leadership, work-family conflict, and workplace aggression. The class also covers possible organizational interventions, which are used for increasing well-being at workplace.
(Format: Lecture 3 hours)

PSYC 3991 – A (3 CR)

Prereqs: Third-year standing; 6 credits from PSYC at the 2000 level; or permission of the Department
Understanding motivation is essential for understanding human behavior. In this course the question of '"what causes behavior" will be answered from the perspective of psychology of motivation and emotion. The purpose of this course is to show students the ways of thinking critically about human behavior. Major themes and theories of motivation will be discussed and important aspects of motivation such as psychological needs, social needs, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, cognitions and emotions will be covered in this course. While examining those topics two fundamental questions, "What causes behavior?" and "Why does behavior vary in its intensity?" will be discussed.
(Format: Lecture 3 hours)

PSYC 3991 – B (3 CR)

Prereqs: Third-year standing; 6 credits in PSYC at the 2000-level; or permission of the Department
This course will focus on physiological, psychological, and feminist approaches to understanding stress, burnout, and resilience. Topics covered will include benefits of stress, harms of stress, causes of burnout, and ways to build resilience through individual and community practices. This course will include discussions of challenging topics, such as trauma. (Exclusion: PSYC 4991 – Stress, Burnout, & Resilience) (Format: Lecture 3 hours)

PSYC 3991 – C (3 CR)

Prereqs: Third-year standing; 6 credits in PSYC at the 2000-level; or permission of the Department
This course will highlight and explore various theories of crime causation. In particular, we will examine the role of individual choice, socialization experiences, and biological factors as determinants of criminal behavior. We begin with an overview of the early classical and positivist foundations of criminological thought and then move on to discuss more recent extensions of social learning, social control, routine activities, biological, self-control, labeling, and other theories.
(Format: Lecture 3 hours)

RELG 3991 – A (3 CR)

Prereqs: Permission of the department
How do picture books present religious lives? Why do these representations matter? This pair of questions orients our study of religion and children during the 2021-2022 academic year. Working on campus and in our Sackville community, class participants will explore this topic in collaboration with authors, anti-racism activists, early childhood educators, illustrators, publishers, academics, and other experts. At the semester’s conclusion, individuals will be able to describe how practices and beliefs associated with Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, and other Canadian religions are depicted in literature for children. They will be able to assess the extent to which these materials reflect the diversity of their audiences whose multiple, intersecting identities include differences in ability, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, position, gender. (Format: Lecture 3 hours)

VMCS 2991 - A (3 CR)

This course adopts an approach grounded in cultural studies to introduce students to key theories, concepts, and issues in intercultural communication, which is defined as the transmission and reception of verbal and non-verbal messages across languages and cultures. It sheds light on how cultural differences and variables impact communication, reveals the common barriers to intercultural exchange, and reflects on identity and otherness, cultural filters and templates, and the relationship between culture, media, and language. Examples are drawn from textual, visual, and material cultures of the past, as well as contemporary mass media contexts (Format: Lecture/Tutorial 3 hours).

VMCS 3991 – A (3 CR)

Prereqs: Second-year standing; or permission of the Department
Professional publishing experience allows students to cultivate applied knowledge and career-ready skills that will lead to several career pathways. In this course, students will be trained to perform copy-editing for language, grammar, and style; to review citation format for adherence to style guidelines; to study publishers’ style requirements; to market an academic journal in both public and scholarly venues in order to reach new audiences and authors; to prepare marketing materials for the publication as well as maintain a journal’s website and social media networks; to acquire knowledge of how content management systems (the website) work; to develop professional communication capabilities through email, social media, and in-person exchanges; and to work with the editorial team on the development of thematic and regular issues in a special capacity. Students will gain an overall knowledge of the field of publishing from the perspective of an academic journal. This preparation will position them in virtually any workplace in a communicative capacity, whether in the field of publication, marketing, social media, communications, arts and cultural industries, including museum and curatorial capacities. (Format: Seminar 3 hours)

WGST 2991 – A (3 CR)

Prereqs: WGST 1001; or permission of the Department
This course focuses on feminist engagements with, within, and beyond the institution of the modern nation-state. Providing an overview of feminist organizing in international and transnational contexts, the theme of borders is examined at multiple levels. Rooted in anti-racist and anti-colonial feminisms, specific course topics will include: transnational surrogacy, Indigenous land defense & environmental justice movements, transnational prison abolition movements, and transnational sex work. In each example, connections between historic and contemporary feminist movements will be explored. Course materials will include scholarly and activist texts, videos, blog posts, visual and performance art, and social media interventions. (Format: Lecture 3 hours)

Special topic courses — Winter 2022

BIOL 3991 - A (3 CR)

Prereqs: Third-year standing; 3 credits from BIOL 1001, 1501; or permission of the Department.
This course will teach upper year students in biology and related fields the fundamentals of science communication. Topics will cover ideas relating to how we perceive and construct knowledge in the biological sciences (e.g., learning theory and rhetorical studies), as well as build practical skills in public engagement (e.g., live programming and media science) and academic communications (e.g., professional scientific writing and presentations). Examples will be drawn from the biological sciences, and students will have the opportunity to tailor assignments to areas of biology that interest them. Evaluation will be based on assignments, projects, and class participation. (Format: Lecture/Seminar 3 hours and Laboratory 3 hours)

CANA 3991 – A (3 CR)

Prereqs: Second-year standing; 6 credits from Humanities, Social Science; or permission of the Program Director
This course will examine cultural forms, particularly memoir, fiction, and film, in order to explore the complicated agency involved in representing Asian Canadian histories, experiences, and identities. Students will gain an understanding of how these cultural forms play an activist role in negotiating and contesting dominant constructions of national history and culture. (Format: Integrated Lecture/Laboratory 3 hours)

CENL 1991 – A (3 CR)

This course brings together faculty from diverse disciplines and community partners to answer the question: what is positive social change? How can we make it happen in our communities around us? In exploring the history and contemporary realities of the concept of social change, the course helps students to understand the systemic conditions that are at the heart of the many challenges with which communities contend. Through a series of interdisciplinary case studies (involving perspectives from Sociology, Biology, Geography, Religious Studies, and others), students will examine a range of issues such as race, climate change, media literacy, poverty, food and housing insecurity, educational reform, and community sustainability. The course presents these conceptual tools as preparation for community organizing and volunteer work. (Format: Lecture 3 hours)

CHEM 1991 – A (3 CR)

Prereqs: Instructor consent required ( This course explores the essential chemistry of our food. Topics include: micronutrients, macronutrients, agriculture, food additives, adverse food reactions, cooking, weight control and chocolate, diet and disease. (Format: Online lectures through McGill, 3 hour weekly in-class tutorial)

CHEM 4991 – A (3 CR)

Prereqs: CHEM3421; CHEM3521 (or CHEM4521 WI20); or permission of the Department.
This experiential course exposes students to the concepts and techniques of sample collection, sample preparation, and measurement used for the analysis of trace chemical species in complex mixtures in environmental media (e.g., water, air, soil, and biota). Hypothesis development, experimental design, as well as data analysis and interpretation are emphasized. Students may be involved in field measurements. (Format: Integrated Lecture/Laboratory, 6 Hours)

DRAM 2991 – A (3 CR)

Prereqs: DRAM/ENGL 1701; or permission of the Program Director
This course offers an introduction and exploration of acting improv skills and approaches to the subject as they relate to an actor's preparation and character development. (Format: Lecture 3 hours)

ENGL 3991 -A (3 CR)
Prereqs: Permission of the Department
This course focuses on Animist Realism in African and African Diasporic literatures and visual arts. As such, course material is multi-genre, including literary texts, film material, sculpture, and paintings. We will analyse how the concept of Animist Realism spread from Africa with the slave trade to become Magic Realism in the African Diaspora. This will be achieved through readings of select literary texts and a viewing of one or two Nollywood Films. Nollywood describes the Nigerian version of a global African film industry. We will read the following novels: The Famished Road (Okri, 1991), One hundred Years of Solitude (Marquez, 1967), The Palmwine Drinkard (Tutuola, 1958), and The Last Harmattan of Alusine Dumber (Cheney-Coker, 1990). We will also peruse some poetic material in the animist realist genre in the form of a few Negritude poems from the anthology, Poems of Black Africa (Soyinka, 1975). Negritude is an early 20th century African literary and cultural movement located in Paris. We will screen at least one Nollywood film in the animist realist genre, namely Kunle Afoloyan’s, The Figurine (2009, 120 mins). The paintings of the Oshogbo School of art and the sculptures of Suzanne Wenger are other visual components of the course. There is going to be some flexibility in each genre with these seminar materials, of course.


Prereqs: ECON3901; or 6 credits from ECON2001, ECON2011; or permission of the Department
This course examines economic theories and evidence related to strategic choice in trade policy. It also examines the relationship between these economic choices and other policies such as environmental, labour, development, and growth programs. (Format: Lecture 3 hours)

ENGL 4231 – A (3 CR)

This course examines representative graphic novels by women, including authors such as Marjane Satrapi, Linda Barry, Alison Bechdel, Rutu Modan, and Emil Ferris.
Prereqs: Third-year standing; permission of the Department. Preference is given to students pursuing a course-based Honours
For more information on this course, please contact the instructor, Dr. Bamford ( (Format: Seminar 3 hours)

ENGL 4801 – A (3 CR)

Prereqs: Third-year standing; permission of the Department. Preference is given to students pursuing a course-based Honours
This course focuses on diverse literary voices that speak from and to our local setting, here in Sackville, New Brunswick, and Mi’kma’ki. We engage with a micro-regional framework that considers comparative historical, contemporary, Indigenous, Anglophone, and Acadian texts. In collaboration with students and faculty from two other parallel courses, this seminar involves integrated experiential learning activities such as author visits and walking tours.

FINH 3991 – A (3 CR)

Prereqs: FINH 2101; FINH 2111; or permission of the Department
This course explores the various ways that Canadian and Indigenous art constructs and subverts popular ideas of national identity. By looking at the works of both mainstream and marginal artists, we will consider a variety of perspectives on what it really means to be Canadian. (Format: Lecture 3 hours)

FINH 4091 – A (3 CR)

Prereqs: FINH 2001; FINH 2011; or permission of the Department
This seminar is designed to critically examine spatial perception as it intersects with visual culture and everyday experience. (Format: Seminar 3 hours)

FREN 3991 – A (3 CR)

Prereqs: FREN 2601; or permission of the Department
Ce cours porte sur les littératures du Canada atlantique et examine la diversité de voix qui émergent dans ce contexte local, telles celles de Shayne Michael, France Daigle, Georgette LeBlanc, Félix Perkins. Le déroulement du cours sera tout aussi important que son contenu: nous allons travailler de manière régulière avec les étudiant.e.s dans un cours au Département d'anglais ici et celleux inscrits dans un cours à l'Université de Moncton. Cette organisation favorisera les échanges entre étudiant.e.s, les travaux de collaboration, les invité.e.s et les rencontres culturelles. Nos séminaires, les œuvres littéraires et les travaux écrits seront en français, mais certains échanges avec les deux autres cours se feront en anglais. (Format: Lecture 3 hours)

GERM 3501 – A (3 CR)

Prereqs: GERM 2011; or permission of the Department
This course addresses the writing and relevance of protest literature in German-speaking Europe in the period from 1789-1989. It will examine the political motivation and context underlying the production of dissent literature and the effect this discourse had on the reading public. In addition to engaging with various genres of literature (plays, poems and essays) through which protest is voiced, film screenings will also be a seminal part of the course. These screenings will take place outside of normal class time. At the end of the course students should be able to place the literature and films of the period in their proper socio-political context while also understanding their role as popular critical forces. Students will also be able to formulate cogent and informed arguments about the significance of protest literature and film discourses in Germanophone culture between 1789 and 1989. (Format: Lecture 3 hours)

INDG 2991 - A (3 CR)

Prereqs: INDG 1001; 3 credits from CANA or FINA or FINH; or permission of the Program Director
Through an exploration of traditional and contemporary forms of Indigenous beadwork and beadworking techniques, through meaning-making and object-making, the course will illuminate the inherent cultural values surrounding beading in Indigenous culture. Students will learn and apply bead-working techniques to demonstrate learned skills through various projects, which may include sample charts of beadwork techniques, bracelets, key chains, earrings, or other items. 
POLS 3991 – A (3 CR)

Prereqs: POLS 1001; 6 credits from POLS at the 2000 level; or permission of the Department
This course examines Canadian economic development and state formation in the context of the world market and, in particular, Canada's place within North America. We will discuss key concepts in political economy and trace the political-economic development of Canada from colonialism to the contemporary period. The course also reviews some of the key writers who have debated Canada's economic position in the world, focusing particularly on nationalist, continentalist and regional approaches. We will also cover current issues, such as global trade and the manifestation of neoliberalism in industrial policy. (Format: Unscheduled online)

POLS 4991 - A (3 CR)

Prereqs: 3 credits from POLS at the 3000 level; or permission of the Department
This course is an introduction to the lived experiences of survivors of violence. We examine the impact of settler-colonial violence on indigenous communities, the impact of policing on the African American communities in Canada and the USA, the traumas of living under authoritarian rule, and we discuss how torture unmakes the world of the tortured, the traumas endured by refugees and asylum seekers, and the experiences of exile. While reflecting on the social, political, and psychological impact of political violence we also delve into how survivors have organized and responded to counter its legacies. We explore in particular the resistance to colonialism with its various forms, and social movement formation to counter the legacies of violence and repression. In addition to such forms of resistance and activism, we explore the important concepts of transitional justice, the international courts, and victim's representation in these courts. The last session is devoted to a discussion on solidarities that emerge among those who live in contexts marked by violence. To assess the impact of violence on its survivors, the course engages in several scholarly works from different disciplines, and it will bring to light some of the experiences of activists and researchers who worked on countering its legacies. 

PSYC 2991 – A (3 CR)

Prereqs: Second-year standing; PSYC 1001; PSYC 1011; or permission of the Department
This course discusses how neuroimaging and knowledge of brain function are applied in various aspects of society. Topics include the use of neuroimaging to detect lying or false memories, neuromarketing, brain training games, the medical model of diseases, and criminal responsibility. (Format: Lecture 3 hours)

PSYC 3991 - B (3 CR)

Prereqs: Third-year standing; 6 credits from PSYC at the 2000 level; or third-year standing and COMM 2311; or permission of the Department
This course provides information about Industrial and Organizational Psychology (I/O psychology) which studies human behavior in the workplace. In this course, we will explore the application of psychological theories and principles to the workplace by using the scientist-practitioner model. The course will have two major divisions. In the first division, which is Industrial psychology, the appropriate use of people or human resources will be covered with topics including job analysis, performace appraisal, selection, and placement. In the second division, which is Organizational psychology, understanding employee behavior and enhancing the well-being of the employees will be discussed with the topics including job attitudes, counterproductive work behavior, health and stress. (Format: Lecture 3 hours)

PSYC 4991 – A (3 CR)

Prereqs: Third-year standing; 6 credits from PSYC at the 3000 level; or permission of the Department
This course is an advanced course including topics from Organizational Psychology. It covers the organizational side of Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology, including the impact of the organization on individuals and groups. Specific readings related to different topics such as job satisfaction, occupational health, counterproductive work behavior, work-family conflict will be chosen for every week and class discussions will be held. The class aims to give detailed knowledge about the organizational side of I/O psychology, and to create an environment for students to develop their skills of critical analysis, to discuss and present their ideas about various topics in organizational psychology.
(Format: Seminar 3 hours)

RELG 2991 – A (3 CR)

This course explores relations between material culture and religion. It is built around the hands-on study and analysis of diverse objects including articles of clothing, statuary, musical instruments, talismans, and utensils. Approaching our subject in this way, during the 2021-2022 academic year we will focus especially on connections between religion, material culture, and memory. (Format: Lecture 3 hours)

SOCI 3991 – A (3 CR)

Prereqs: 6 credits from SOCI at the 2000 level; or permission of the Department
This course examines how government, corporations, think tanks, the media, the culture industry, and other social actors have used media messages to persuade, influence, and manipulate the public. The course will also examine the connections between propaganda and fake news and conspiracy theories. The course will use a sociological lens to explore the impacts of propaganda on individuals and society, the roles of different media technologies in facilitating propaganda, and public resistance including myth busting, culture jamming, and counter propaganda. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours)

SOCI 4991 – A (3 CR)

Prereqs: 6 credits from SOCI 3001, 3011, 3301, 3311; or permission of the Department
This course serves as an introduction to abolitionist and Black feminist thought, with grounding in research literature on and about the contemporary carceral state. Drawing from post-carceral, Black and Indigenous feminisms, students will become familiar with historical abolitionist discourse and contemporary work on transformative justice in settler colonialism. (Format: Seminar 3 Hours)

VMCS 4991 - A (3 CR)

There is an anime for everything. A human family that transforms into animals? Check. Animals that act like humans? Check. Cells in a human body that are humans? Check. But what is it that makes anime as a visual form so appealing to international audiences? This course explores the visual culture represented in and supporting anime, with specific emphasis on the portrayal of school/education themes, food culture, and romantic relationships. We will also explore anime franchises as they resurface in North American popular culture and fan media. All readings and anime will be in English or contain English subtitles. 


Maple League courses

Maple League courses are open to students from all four Maple League universities: Acadia, Bishop's, Mount Allison, and St. Francis Xavier.

Maple League courses — Fall 2021

SOSC 4991 - A (3 CR)

Prereqs: Permission of the department
In this applied research course, students will work in student working groups of five on an associated pre-existing course (case study) offered at Acadia University, Bishop's University, Mount Allison University, and St. Francis Xavier University. Teams are expected to complete a need-assessment on their selected case study, collaborate with the Course Instructor of their selected case study, and present their final projects/findings at a virtual symposium to share best-practices for online/hybrid learning to the Maple League of Universities community. Students will learn about current issues in Higher Education in Canada, techno-pedagogy, equitable and accessible learning, and e-Learning platforms and technology, to understand 21st Century liberal education. 

Maple League courses — Winter 2022


Instructor: Dr. Vernon Provencal 

Host University: Acadia 

Transfers as CLAS 2991 

Mode: Hybrid, Synchronous 

Schedule: Mon/Wed 1:30 – 2:50 (Eastern) | 2:30 – 3:50 pm (Atlantic) 

Prerequisites: None  

Description: From the cultivation of the grape to the cult of Dionysus, god of wine, this course shall study the economic, religious, social and cultural impact of wine on ancient Greece, with a special focus on classical Athens 


Instructor: Dr. Jamie Sedgwick 

Host University:  Acadia 

Transfers: As HIST 3991 

Mode: Hybrid, Synchronous 

Schedule: Tues. 12:00 – 3:00 (Eastern) | 1:00 – 4:00 (Atlantic) 

Prerequisites:  Suggested for 3rd & 4th year students with experience in the humanities. 

Description: This course turns attention to a particularly important, though often overlooked, dimension of genocide:  gender crimes and sexual violence. Genocide is a communal crime rooted in wider societal structures. Socially constructed gender roles and assumptions, therefore, shape all forms of genocidal violence and experiences. 


Instructor: Dr. Jessica Riddell 

Host University: Bishop’s 

Transfers as ENGL 3211 

Mode: Hybrid, Synchronous 

Schedule: Wed. 1:30 – 4:30 (Eastern) | 2:30 – 5:30pm (Atlantic) 

Prerequisites: 3 credits from ENGL 2211, 3311; 3 credits from ENGL at the 2000 level; or permission of the Department 

Description: Shakespeare’s plays unlock a space for us to explore the world and navigate its complexities. The conversations we have in classrooms have the capacity to help us navigate a world that is fraught and disorientating and troublesome. The convergence of Shakespeare in the classroom situates us all as learners and can propel us forward, equipping us with a set of design principles for concrete action. Tackling wicked problems has an increasing sense of urgency in a new global reality where truth and justice are embattled, where peoples’ ideological positions are entrenched, where unexamined opinions overpower nuanced arguments, and where divisiveness dictates the rules of engagement. 



Courses with placement tests

Before you can register for certain courses, you may need to complete a placement test. Most placements tests can be found in Moodle > Placement tests.

French placement tests

If you would like to take a French course, and have not already done so at Mount Allison, you must complete the French placement test to help us place you in the appropriate course. You will not be able to register for a French course until you receive written permission from the department.

The French placement test is available on Moodle > Placement tests.

If you experience any difficulties logging into Moodle please email or phone (506) 364-2473.

Once your test has been assessed you will receive an e-mail notifying you of course placement.

To register for your French course(s), send an e-mail to indicating clearly the section of the course you wish to register for. The registration helpdesk personnel will verify your name against the French placement list and register you in the appropriate course and section.

Should you have any questions or comments about the assessment, please feel free to contact the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at

German and Spanish placement tests

If you have experience with the Spanish or German languages and don’t believe the introductory courses would be appropriate to your skill level, you may write the placement assessments.

Placement tests are available in Moodle > Placement tests.

Math assessment test for calculus

For students wanting to register for MATH 1111 or MATH 1151.

The Math Assessment Test is used to determine your present mathematics ability.

Any student may proceed to register for either MATH 1111 or MATH 1151 but will have to write the assessment test. This is a twenty-five question multiple choice test designed to let you know if you are ready for calculus.

If you don’t pass the test, you must take Functions (Math 1011) instead of calculus in the fall term (you can then proceed with MATH 1151 in the winter term).

To take the test:

You can take the test whenever you are ready, on your own computer. The test is available in Moodle > Placement tests.

We strongly suggest you take it before the Fall term begins. More information, including practice tests and information on how to prepare, is available on the Mathematics and Computer Science department.



Course exclusions

What does it mean if there is an exclusion list found in a course description?

If you've already taken a course listed in the exclusion list found in a course description, you won't be able to count the credits from that course towards your degree.

What are course exclusions?

Exclusions are listed because some courses cover similar material. Students should not earn credit for taking two courses which are quite similar. However, the exclusion does not imply that the courses are interchangeable. Programs often require a specific course selection.

The exclusion means that the course you want to take has significant overlap with the course you have already taken (or are currently taking) and therefore you may not take both courses for credit towards your degree. If you do take both courses you will only be able to use credits from one of the courses taken, not both, towards your degree requirements.

Students should seek academic advising in all cases by emailing

Connect will not prevent you from enrolling in a course that is an exclusion with one you have already taken, or are currently taking. Also, your transcript will not indicate if an excluded course is completed.

Course exclusions for 2021-22 (pdf):

Questions? Contact the Registar's Office at or call (506) 364-2269.