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The Humanities 101 course goes from September to April, meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 - 9:00 pm at UBC. The course focuses on relevant, interdisciplinary approaches to critical and creative thinking from the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Generally, one area is taught each week, with the same teacher and topic on Tuesday and Thursday. Past students have regained or developed a love of certain subjects which carry on long after the course has ended – philosophy is a frequent favourite. On the other hand, students report that, by the end of the year, they’ve begun to enjoy even the subjects which don’t appeal to them!


In the autumn of 2014, Hum101/201 is studying:

First Nations Studies: “Why Indigenous literature matters” with Daniel Justice, First Nations Studies, UBC.

* If you’d like to learn more about First Nations, there are two talks earlier today at the First Nations Longhouse Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall on the UBC campus, 1985 West Mall V6T 1Z2

1:00 – 1:45 Presentation by Chief Roger William (Xeni Gwet'in) who has been in leadership for his community for more than 25 years, serving as Plaintiff in the landmark Tsilhqot'in Title case which was recently the subject of the Supreme Court of Canada's first declaration of Aboriginal title. He will be speaking about the Title case win, its significance for Tsilhqot'in people, and its importance for all Canadians.

2:00 – 3:20 Presentation by Chief Roger William (Xeni Gwet'in) “Teztan Biny, Proserity Project – Fish Lake.” Chief William will build on the early session on the Tsilhqot'in Title case and speak to the environmental and cultural concerns raised by community, leading to a second rejection of the proposal the Teztan Biny, Proserity Project – Fish Lake.

First Nations Studies: “Indian residential schools in Canada” with Ryanne James, First Nations House of Learning.

Critical Race Theory and First Nations Studies: "Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition" with Glen Coulthard, First Nations Studies, UBC. This class is open to the public and will be held at Carnegie Centre; it’s part of a series of monthly talks by Hum teachers, a collaboration with Carnegie Centre’s Education Programming

First Nations Languages: “Sounds of endangered languages: conservation and revitalization” with Patricia Shaw, First Nations Languages and Anthropology, UBC.

Philosophy: “Curioser and curioser: what are our philosophical perspectives?” with Ana Harland, Philosophy and Continuing Education, UBC.

Field trip to see Shakespeare’s play “Twelfth Night” at Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC.

Walking tour of Vancouver architecture, with Arthur Allen, architect.

Architecture: “Buildings that stick with you…” with Arthur Allen, architect.

Cultural Studies: “Culture is Ordinary” with Margot Leigh Butler, Hum, UBC.

English: “Carrots and revolution” a close reading of contemporary literature with Florian Gassner, English, UBC.

Education: “Learning to learn” with Ayah Ouziel, Sandra McGoldrick and Layne Kriwokin, English Language Institute, UBC.

Critical Race Theory: “Between: living in the hyphen” Directed & written by Anne Marie Nakagawa, 2006 (National Film Board).

Education: “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor” writing workshop with Margot Leigh Butler and Wil Steele, Hum, UBC.

English: “No Rhyme, No Reason” on writing poetry with Ted Byrne, Kootenay School of Writing.

English: “Beautiful Lies: poetry and meaning” with Ted Byrne, Kootenay School of Writing.

Cultural Studies and History: “From the Enlightenment to Globalization: a strange case in which the hurrier I go, the behinder I get…” with Margot Leigh Butler, Hum, UBC.

Globalization: “Scarce carrots and fierce sticks” films about globalization, curated by Paul Woodhouse, Hum, UBC.

Cultural Studies: “Learning to unlearn” semiotics workshop with Margot Leigh Butler, Hum, UBC.

Cultural Studies: “Semiotic analysis of representations of Downtown Eastside women figured as substance users” with Margot Leigh Butler, Hum, UBC.

Sociology and History: “What the bourgeoisie therefore produces, above all, are its own gravediggers.” Marx and Engels’ The Communist Manifesto with Tom Kemple, Sociology, UBC.

Sociology: “What could “no carrots no sticks” societies look like?” with Tom Kemple.

Philosophy: “S/he has the most who is most content with the least” said Diogenes, a 4th Century BCE philosopher, with Sylvia Berryman, Philosophy, UBC.

Anthropology: Tour of MOA (Museum of Anthropology) with Anthony Shelton, MOA Director, UBC.


To view a sample of the classes that you may enjoy in a full academic year, see the sample syllabus.


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