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General Courses (GART, RESG (Humanities Reserach Group), CTLC (University Teaching Certificate Course)

The Theory and Practice of University Teaching
This is an introductory course designed for graduate students to enable participants to perform more effectively as university teachers, as seminar leaders, as in-service trainers, and as public speakers. Empirical principles of learning and teaching will be introduced that are appropriate to the university classroom. Educational research will guide the approach taken in the course and will be used as the theoretical basis for course content. This course is a non-credit course and, upon successful completion, will appear on the student's transcript.

The following course will be open to students in various disciplines.
GART-9000. Current Issues in Argumentation Theory
This course will introduce students to the current leading theories and theoretical controversies in argumentation theory. It will do so from a variety of perspectives, including the logical, the dialectical and the rhetorical. It will cover such topics as rhetorical vs. epistemic uses of argument, the use of ideal models in argumentation analysis, the current state of fallacy theory, relations of argumentation theory to other fields, such as law, computer science, philosophy. Prerequisites: This graduate course requires that the student have completed an undergraduate degree. Normally, the student will have completed at least two undergraduate courses in such areas as logic (formal or informal), critical thinking, argumentation, theory of argument, rhetoric, or dialectic. (Prerequisites: permission of instructor.)

The following course is offered through the Humanities Research Group and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
RESG-8990. Interdisciplinary Master's Seminar
This course will offer graduate students in English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Visual Arts, and any other graduate program with a humanities component, the opportunity, in the course of their intensive, discipline-oriented training, to benefit from an interdisciplinary experience. Topics will vary from year to year (Offered over two terms.)

CTLC-8000. Course Design
This six-week course introduces participants to the principles and practice of effective course design, including developing effective outcomes, devising methods and strategies to help students master difficult concepts and theories, and aligning assessments. Participants will have the opportunity to design (or redesign) a course of their choosing, receiving feedback at each step. (Prerequisites: Admission into a graduate program or faculty status.)

CTLC-8001. Learning-Centred Teaching in Higher Education
This course offers the opportunity to explore and evaluate the principles and theories of learning-centred teaching in higher education. Through a diverse range of class activities, readings, reflection, and peer-reviewed class facilitation, students will develop skills in teaching critical thinking; mentorship; and active learning. Students will also use research findings and reflection on teaching practice to inform their own teaching development. This course is of particular interest to graduate students and instructors, but prior teaching experience in higher education is not a prerequisite. (Prerequisite: Admission into a graduate program or faculty status.)