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Humanities and Social Sciences

Broaden your intellectual scope with courses that seek to understand society and the human experience. These fields will develop and strengthen your university-level academic skills, such as creative thinking, critical analysis, problem solving, research, and essay writing.


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These courses are designed for non-native speakers and teach reading, writing, speaking, and listening in Modern Arabic. All students must take the Arabic Placement Test on the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures website or attend one of our interview/placement assessment sessions.

Arts and Contemporary Studies

These courses give you the opportunity to develop your learning, research, ethical, and literacy competencies – important ingredients for success in any pursuit. They combine traditional education in the humanities with practical skills and theoretical approaches to deal with relevant societal issues. Arts and Contemporary Studies courses may be credited towards Ryerson University's full-time degree program, which stresses foundational skills and a broad liberal arts education.

Caribbean Studies

These courses will explore topics of culture, race, ethnicity, religion, and the social, economic, and political developments in the diverse Caribbean region. For more information, visit


These courses are designed for non-native speakers and teach reading, writing, speaking, and listening in Mandarin using the standard Hànyu Pinyin phonetic system. All students must take the Chinese Placement Test on the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures website or attend one of our interview/placement assessment sessions. For more information, visit

Criminal Justice and Criminology

Students will become familiar with the structural, administrative, political, and professional context of the criminal justice system and its related agencies, while also gaining an appreciation for the complex causes and consequences of crime in Canadian society.


We offer courses in English Literature and Creative Writing.

Students enrolled in Ryerson degree programs are responsible for ensuring that any course selected from those listed below meets the specific requirements of their program. For more detailed information regarding specific program restrictions, check the Undergraduate Calendar.

CENG 101 — Laughter and Tears: Comedy and Tragedy
CENG 104 — The Short Story
CENG 110 — Literatures Across Borders
CENG 112 — Zap, Pow, Bang: Pop Lit
CENG 200 — Writing as a Cultural Act
CENG 201 — Myth and Literature
CENG 203 — The Literature of Native Peoples
CENG 208 — Introduction to Non-Fiction
CENG 212 — Cultures in Crisis
CENG 222 — Fairy Tales and Fantasies
CENG 224 — Children's Literature
CENG 413 — Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures
CENG 503 — Science Fiction
CENG 510 — Gothic Horror
CENG 511 — The Art of Writing Life
CENG 520 — The Language of Persuasion
CENG 560 — Poetry and Poetics
CENG 602 — Women's Writing
CENG 610 — The Language of Love, Sex and Gender
CENG 620 — English Caribbean Literatures and Cultures
CENG 621 — Women's Texts, Global Contexts
CENG 705 — Studies in Visual Cultures
CENG 706 — Shakespeare and Performance
CENG 720 — Persuasion from Plato to Present
CENG 888 — Televisual Texts and Contexts
CENG 921 — Narrative in a Digital Age

The ability to write clearly, effectively, and in a voice that is distinctly your own can be learned. These courses are designed to develop your feeling for language, your knowledge of its forms and structures, and your skills in composition. As you master these fundamentals, your writing will begin to reflect a more powerful and purposeful use of language.

CENG 505 — Creative Writing
CLNG 111 — Language and Identity
CLNG 112 — Spoken and Written Language
CLNG 113 — Language and Public Life
CLNG 121 — Language and Society


These courses cover French language, literature, and culture. For French language courses (CFRE), all students must take the French Placement Test on the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures website or attend one of our interview/placement assessment sessions.

French Studies courses (CFRS) are taught in English and cover French literary and cultural topics. For more information, visit


The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies offers a wide range of courses on demographic analysis, digital geography, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and their various applications. These courses give a broad perspective on human/environment interactions in different contexts. For more information, visit

Environment and Urban Sustainability

CEUS 102 — Environment and Sustainability
CEUS 202 — Sustaining the City's Environments


CGEO 106 — Geographies of Everyday Life
CGEO 108 — Geography of the Global Village
CGEO 110 — The Physical Environment
CGEO 131 — Energy, Earth and Ecosystems
CGEO 151 — Location, Location, Location
CGEO 206 — Regions, Nations and the Global Community
CGEO 301 — Marketing Geography
CGEO 419 — Retailing, GIS and Geodemographics
CGEO 505 — Regional Analysis of Canada
CGEO 581 — GIS, Geographic Data and Mapping
CGEO 605 — The Geography of the Canadian North
CGEO 609 —
CGEO 642 — Advanced Remote Sensing and GIS
CGEO 644 — Spatial Databases
CGEO 691 — Canadian Immigration: Patterns and Place
CGEO 702 — Technology and the Contemporary Environment
CGEO 703 — Perspectives on Environmental Management
CGEO 719 — GIS in Business: Strategic Mgmt Decisions
CGEO 720 — The Inner Landscape of Culture
CGEO 793 — The Geography of Toronto
CGEO 802 — The Geography of Recreation and Leisure
CGEO 803 — Recreation and Tourism Analysis
CGEO 820 — The Outer Landscape of Culture
CGEO 911 — GIS and Fire Services Management
CODA 100 — Principles of Demographic Analysis
CODA 110 — GIS Applications in Demography
CODA 120 — Advanced Demographic Applications
CODG 101 — Spatial Databases and Digital Cartography
CODG 102 — Digital Geography and Spatial Analysis
CODG 123 — Digital Geography Applications in Utilities Planning
CODG 124 — Digital Geography Applications in Business Decision-Making
CODG 125 — Digital Geography Applications for the Municipal Professional
CODG 126 — Digital Geography Applications in Environmental Management
CODG 127 — Digital Geography Applications in Community and Social Services
CODG 130 — Legal and Ethical Issues in GIS and Digital Data
CODG 131 — Issues and Innovations
CODG 132 — Customizing GIS Software: Applications Programming
CODG 133 — Map Algebra: Topology and Overlay
CODG 135 — Digital Image Processing and Applications
CODG 136 — Web Mapping
CODG 150 — Digital Geography Applications
CODG 210 — Spatial Database Management Systems
CODG 211 — Advanced GIS Programming
CODG 212 — Spatial Statistical Methods
CODG 213 — Internet GIS
CODG 220 — GIS Implementation
CODG 221 — GIS Project


The Department of History offers a wide selection of courses, ranging from general surveys in European, African, Canadian, and American history to courses that examine themes in subjects such as modern international relations and the history of science and technology. Students enrolled in degree programs are responsible for ensuring that any course selected from those listed meets the specific requirements of their program.


CHIS 104 — Ten Days That Shook The World
CHIS 105 — Inventing Popular Culture
CHIS 106 — Technology, Warfare and Social Change
CHIS 107 — Colonization, Colonialism and Independence
CHIS 590 — Modern International Relations
CHST 110 — U.S. History: Colonial Era to 1877
CHST 111 — World Turned Upside Down: Europe 1350-1789
CHST 118 — The City in History
CHST 119 — Rise of Empires: History Through Film
CHST 207 — Introduction to Ancient Greece and Rome
CHST 210 — U.S. History: 1877 to the Present
CHST 211 — Century of Revolution: Europe 1789-1914
CHST 219 — Decolonization: History Through Film
CHST 222 — The History of The Caribbean
CHST 307 — Canada to 1885: The Founding Societies
CHST 325 — History of Science and Technology I
CHST 407 — Canada from 1885: The Struggle for Identity
CHST 425 — History of Science and Technology II
CHST 501 — The American Civil War
CHST 503 — Crime and Punishment in Modern Canada
CHST 504 — War to War: World Conflict 1900-45
CHST 506 — The Ancient Egyptian World
CHST 511 — Quebec in Canada: A History
CHST 522 — The Middle East: 1908 to the Present
CHST 527 — Toronto: Wilderness to Metropolis
CHST 533 — Africa Before 1850
CHST 540 — Espionage: A Modern History
CHST 555 — Late Qing and Republican China, 1839-1949
CHST 580 — Natives and Newcomers to 1763
CHST 584 — Mediaeval Europe: 400-1400
CHST 602 — Propaganda!
CHST 603 — The Third Reich
CHST 604 — The Uneasy Peace: The Cold War, 1945-90
CHST 633 — Modern Africa
CHST 655 — People's Republic of China, 1949-Present
CHST 658 — Sex in the City
CHST 680 — Natives and Newcomers from 1763
CHST 701 — Scientific Technology and Modern Society
CHST 702 — The First World War
CHST 711 — Canada and the United States
CHST 712 — The American City
CHST 777 — Medicine from Antiquity to 1500 CE
CHST 787 — Astronomy vs Astrology
CHST 788 — Water Use in History
CHST 802 — The Second World War
CHST 807 — The Canadian Revolution: Canada 1968-2000

Languages and Intercultural Relations

Languages and Intercultural Relations

CLIR 100 — Global Models in Intercultural Relations

Philosophy and Music

In Philosophy, we cover both the ‘Big Questions,’ such as “What can we know?” or “How should we live?” or “Does God exist?,” as well as subject-oriented areas, such as philosophy of religion or ethics and health care. Sometimes, we deal with questions that have been discussed for thousands of years. Each generation has to answer them again, either expressly or by the implications of the choices they make and the beliefs they adopt. At other times, we deal with questions arising from the social arrangements and technologies we face right now - situations which may never have existed before. What unites these inquiries is the ‘philosophical turn;’ we learn how to uncover, evaluate, and use the most basic principles appropriate to the questions we tackle.

In Music, we offer a range of courses in the traditions, development, variety, and cultural implications of various kinds of music.


CMUS 101 — Intro to World and Early European Music
CMUS 105 — Voices Without Borders: Global Chorus
CMUS 106 — The Architecture of Music
CMUS 201 — Introduction to Classical Music
CMUS 211 — Music Cultures of the City
CMUS 303 — Global Guitar
CMUS 401 — Music, Religion and Spirituality
CMUS 501 — Music of World Cultures
CMUS 503 — Social Issues in Popular Music
CMUS 505 — Popular Music and Culture


CPHL 101 — Plato and the Roots of Western Philosophy
CPHL 110 — Philosophy of Religion I
CPHL 187 — Ancient Greek Philosophy
CPHL 201 — Problems in Philosophy
CPHL 214 — Critical Thinking I
CPHL 302 — Ethics and Health Care
CPHL 306 — Freedom, Equality, Limits of Authority
CPHL 307 — Business Ethics
CPHL 333 — Philosophy of Human Nature
CPHL 334 — Ethics in Professional Life
CPHL 366 — Existentialism and Art and Culture
CPHL 400 — Human Rights and Justice
CPHL 401 — Philosophy and Mass Culture
CPHL 406 — Issues of Life, Death and Poverty
CPHL 444 — Ethics in Health Services Management
CPHL 449 — Philosophy of Punishment
CPHL 500 — Philosophy of the Natural Environment
CPHL 501 — Oppression and the Critique of Power
CPHL 503 — Ancient and Modern Ethics
CPHL 504 — Philosophy of Art
CPHL 507 — Ethics and Disability
CPHL 509 — Bioethics
CPHL 525 — Environmental Ethics
CPHL 530 — Media Ethics
CPHL 550 — Knowledge, Truth and Belief
CPHL 551 — Metaphysics
CPHL 602 — Health Policy: Ethics and Justice
CPHL 603 — Modern and Contemporary Ethics
CPHL 605 — Existentialism
CPHL 606 — Philosophy of Love and Sex
CPHL 612 — Philosophy of Law
CPHL 614 — Philosophy of Human Rights
CPHL 621 — Non-Western Philosophy
CPHL 709 — Religion, Science and Philosophy
CPHL 710 — Philosophy and Film
CPHL 808 — Language and Philosophy
CPHL 921 — Intellectual Property and Technology
CPHL 923 — Philosophy of Religion II

Religious Studies

CREL 101 — Introduction to World Religions

Politics and Public Administration

The Department of Politics and Public Administration offers a full-time undergraduate program in Politics and Governance and a part-time undergraduate program in Public Administration and Governance, the latter of which consists of a certificate, advanced certificate, and a degree. This program is specifically designed for people working in the public and para-public sectors, non-governmental organizations and advocacy groups. These courses may also be of interest to those aspiring to careers in the broader public service, private-sector employees in regular contact with the government, and those interested in gaining knowledge about public administration and public policy in Canada.

Politics and Public Administration

COPA 103 — Public Administration in Canada
CPOG 100 — People, Power and Politics
CPOG 110 — Power and Influence in Canadian Politics
CPOG 230 — Research and Statistics
CPOG 323 — The Politics of International Development
CPOG 417 — Canadian-American Relations
CPOG 424 — Human Rights and Global Politics
CPOG 444 — Politics, Media and Technology
CPOG 490 — Politics and Governance Topics
CPOL 106 — The Politics of Human Needs
CPOL 128 — Politics and Film
CPOL 129 — Immigration and Settlement in Canada
CPOL 208 — Globalization and World Politics
CPOL 501 — Women, Power and Politics
CPOL 507 — Power, Change and Technology
CPOL 510 — The Politics of Sexual Diversity
CPOL 540 — Issues in Third World Politics
CPOL 601 — Social Movements and Politics
CPOL 607 — Politics of Technology and Globalization
CPPA 101 — Cdn Public Administration I: Institutions
CPPA 102 — Cdn Public Administration II: Processes
CPPA 120 — Canadian Politics and Government
CPPA 121 — Ontario Politics and Government
CPPA 122 — Local Politics and Government
CPPA 124 — Indigenous Politics and Governance
CPPA 125 — Rights, Equity and the State
CPPA 211 — Public Policy
CPPA 235 — Theories of the State
CPPA 301 — Administrative Law
CPPA 303 — Financial Management
CPPA 319 — Politics of Work and Labour
CPPA 333 — Research Methods in Public Administration
CPPA 335 — Theories of Bureaucracy
CPPA 401 — Collaborative Governance
CPPA 402 — Program Planning and Evaluation
CPPA 403 — e-Government
CPPA 404 — Issues in Public Administration
CPPA 414 — Comparative Public Policy
CPPA 425 — Intergovernmental Relations
CPPA 490 — Public Administration Themes
CPPA 501 — Public Sector Leadership
CPPA 50A/B — Practicum


Psychology courses address questions about the nature of human behaviour: how and why we act, think, feel, and reason, and how these questions are investigated through research.


COPS 150 — Clinical Supervision - Best Practices
COPS 250 — Independent Study
COPS 601 — Research Methodology
CPSY 102 — Introduction to Psychology I
CPSY 105 — Perspectives in Psychology
CPSY 124 — Social Psychology
CPSY 202 — Introduction to Psychology II
CPSY 214 — Psychopharmacology
CPSY 215 — Psychology of Addictions
CPSY 300 — Psychology and Law
CPSY 302 — Child Development
CPSY 304 — Psychology of Gender
CPSY 308 — Psychology of Thinking
CPSY 324 — Biological Psychology
CPSY 325 — Psychological Disorders
CPSY 335 — Clinical Psychology
CPSY 402 — Adult Development
CPSY 411 — Research Methods and Statistics I
CPSY 412 — Human Brain Circuitry
CPSY 504 — Social Psychology
CPSY 505 — Personality Theory
CPSY 511 — Research Methods and Statistics II
CPSY 518 — Environmental Psychology
CPSY 602 — Developmental Psychopathology
CPSY 605 — Psychology of Health and Health Care
CPSY 606 — Abnormal Psychology
CPSY 607 — Drugs and Human Behaviour
CPSY 614 — Psychology of Sport
CPSY 620 — Psychology of Immigration
CPSY 621 — Psychology of Human Sexuality
CPSY 622 — The Psychology of Criminal Behaviour
CPSY 682 — Sleep
CPSY 706 — Personal Growth and Positive Psychology
CPSY 707 — Models of Stress and Adaptation
CPSY 802 — Death, Dying and Bereavement
CPSY 805 — Adjustment, Stress and Coping
CPSY 806 — Behaviour Modification
CPSY 807 — Psychology of Prejudice
CPSY 808 — Community Psychology
CPSY 941 — Cross Cultural Psychology

Social Sciences and Humanities

These interdisciplinary courses are offered by various departments in the Faculty of Arts and provide a good foundation for pursuing academic study, particularly programs in the humanities and social sciences. Topics include learning and development strategies, critical thinking, academic writing, research design, and qualitative methods.


Courses offered in Sociology are designed to encourage the critical examination of today’s complex society and to broaden individuals’ understanding of the world in which they live.


These courses cover Spanish language and literatures and cultures in Spanish-speaking countries. CSPN 101 to CSPN 601 are language courses designed for non-native speakers. For Spanish language courses (CSPN), all students must take the Spanish Placement Test on the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures website or attend one of our interview/placement assessment sessions.

Spanish Studies courses (CSPS) are taught in English and cover Spanish and Latin American literary and cultural topics. For more information, visit

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