Birds eye view of Oxford

England

Each course is worth one full-year credit and is contingent on adequate enrolment. Students are not permitted to register for more than one course.

Classes will take place Monday to Thursday, 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Mandatory field trips are an integral part of each course and may occur outside of class time on afternoons or Fridays. For some courses there may also be one or two lectures held in Toronto before the start of the program; in this event, participants will be provided with further details in their admission documents.

Courses

CRI389Y0 Topics in Criminology: Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities in Criminal Law: Historical Origins and New Directions in England and Canada

CRI389Y0 Topics in Criminology: Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities in Criminal Law: Historical Origins and New Directions in England and Canada

This course traces shifts in the rights, freedoms and responsibilities of legal subjects, as they have been defined in criminal law in England and Canada, beginning with the gradual emergence of the common law in England during the Medieval period, right up to the present day, including the history of approaches to political violence in England. Close attention will be paid to recent developments that challenge traditional doctrines. The English legal system has recently adopted a number of innovations and proposals that have not been tried in Canada, including new doctrines regarding police administration, antisocial behaviour, community policing, speech supporting terrorism and jury trials. In all these cases, there is significant modification of established legal doctrines regarding the relationship between the state and its subjects. The new Conservative government has modified some of these policies, partly in light of fiscal challenges. Canada has been at the forefront of other developments that modify that relationship, most notably regarding dangerousness assessment with a view to preventive detention, and the punishment of women offenders, where feminist theories have been influential. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate these developments in light of the history of legal rights, freedoms and responsibilities in the common law tradition. They will present their views of the nature, causes and validity of the developments in the written assignments. The course will be of special interest to students of Criminology, Political Science and History.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites: none
BR=3
Course Outline

Field Trips

Excursions will include two trips to London. For one, students will visit the Foundling Museum, the British Museum, and the Tower of London, and will be taken on a guided “Jack the Ripper” walk. For the other London trip, students will visit sites of political violence in the city. Students will also meet with Oxford community policing services. The cost of these trips is CAD$255, paid to U of T for all fees and return bus transportation.

Instructor

William Watson received his B.Sc. from the University of Leicester, and his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. His academic interests include the practice of forensic psychiatry, psychopathy, the provision of services to sub-populations of mentally disordered offenders who are identified, or self-identified, as having special needs, and the place of critical social science in public policy making. His publications include The Mentally Disordered Offender in an Era of Community Care: New Directions in Provision (co-edited with A. Grounds), and articles in Sociology, The International Journal of Comparative Sociology, History of Psychiatry, The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, and Social and Legal Studies. Dr. Watson has served as a consultant for the Ontario Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of the Solicitor General, Canada.

 

ENG296Y0 Topics in English Literature: Shakespeare

ENG296Y0 Topics in English Literature: Shakespeare

What’s so great about Shakespeare? This question will be the starting point for a course in which you will have the opportunity to learn everything you ever wanted to know, and to ask every question you ever wanted to ask, about Shakespeare—as well as to learn things and ask questions that you had never thought of before. We will read four or five plays—and attend two or three live performances of plays—and you will be introduced to a variety of techniques for describing, with clarity and precision and maybe even some personal style, the artistic qualities and effects of these works and the nature and significance of your responses to them.

Prerequisites

Prerequisite: 1.0 ENG FCE or any 4.0 FCE
BR=1
ENG296Y0Y Outline – Draft

Field Trips

Excursions to London will include the outdoor and indoor theatres at the Globe. There will also be an excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon to see a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company. The cost of these trips is CAD$375, paid to U of T for all fees, tickets and return bus transportation.

Instructor

Jeremy Lopez is Professor of English and the Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly, the preeminent scholarly journal in Shakespeare studies. He is the author of numerous books and essays on the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries including, most recently, The Arden Guide to Reading Shakespeare: Close Reading and Analysis. He is also the General Editor of The Routledge Anthology of Early Modern Drama (forthcoming 2020), a revisionary collection of some of the most interesting, least-well-known plays of Shakespeare’s contemporaries. A sometime actor and director, Professor Lopez’s approach to teaching Shakespeare is informed by a deep understanding of the plays as texts to be performed. He has enjoyed teaching Shakespeare in the Oxford program twice before, in 2007 and 2016.

 

HIS298Y0 Themes and Issues in History: The History of Britain from Earliest Times to the Industrial Revolution

HIS298Y0 Themes and Issues in History: The History of Britain from Earliest Times to the Industrial Revolution

This course introduces students to more than 5,000 years of British history from the prehistoric period to the start of the Industrial Revolution in the modern age. Topics include Neolithic chambered tombs and stone circles, Celtic culture in the Iron Age, the Roman Empire, Picts and Scots, Anglo-Saxon England, Viking incursions, the Norman Invasion, Medieval art and architecture, the Black Death, Renaissance and Reformation, Civil War, the Glorious Revolution, early modern science, the Enlightenment and overseas explorations. Students will study primary source evidence (including literature, recipes, music and art), with special attention to the historic sites that we will visit in Britain.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites: None
Breadth Requirement = 3

Field Trips

An excursion to London will include visits to Hampton Court, the British Museum and the Globe Theatre. There will also be a trip to Stonehenge and on overnight trip to Edinburgh, Scotland. The cost of these trips is CAD$890, paid to U of T for all fees, one night accommodation in Edinburgh and return bus transportation.

Instructor

Mairi Cowan is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, and the Program Director for History at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Her historical research focusses on the medieval and early modern world, with specializations in Scotland and New France. Among her recent books and articles are studies that examine local traditions in twelfth-century Glasgow, the Catholic Reformation in Scotland, experiences of childhood in the Renaissance Scottish court, colonial efforts to “Frenchify” Indigenous people in seventeenth-century Québec, and Jesuit missionaries’ beliefs about demons. Her pedagogical research illuminates how best to teach and learn history at the postsecondary level. She is the recipient of the E. A. Robinson Teaching Excellence Award for Senior Faculty, given “on the basis of excellence in teaching in its broadest sense.”

HIS343Y0 History of Modern Espionage

HIS343Y0 History of Modern Espionage

How have spies shaped the past, and how will they shape the future? HIS343 explores the rise of modern intelligence over the long 20th century, from Anglo-Russian competition before World War I through to the post-9/11 era. Students will study the contribution of intelligence services to victories and defeats in war, and their role in times of peace. The course will also examine the relationship between intelligence services and their society. What do we really know about espionage – and how do we know what we know? Students will discuss these issues in Oxford and, among other field trips, visit the home of the ultra-secret code-breaking site at Bletchley Park and the sites where Winston Churchill directed the Battle of Britain.

Prerequisite

Prerequisites: None
Recommended Preparation: HIS103Y1 or an equivalent introduction to modern international relations
Breadth Requirement = 3
HIS343Y Course Outline – Draft

Field Trips

Excursions to London will include visits to the Imperial War Museum, HMS Belfast and the Churchill War Rooms. Additional trips include a visit to Bletchley Park and the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, Cambridge. The cost of these trips is CAD$xxx, paid to U of T for all fees and return bus transportation.

Instructor

Timothy Andrews Sayle is Assistant Professor of History and Director of the International Relations Program at the University of Toronto. He is an expert on modern global security and his research focuses on intelligence, nuclear weapons, and national security decision-making. In 2019, he published two books. Enduring Alliance: A History of NATO and the Postwar Global Order, studies the postwar alliance system and was based on research in 18 archives. Another book, The Last Card: Inside George W. Bush’s Decisions to Surge in Iraq, was based on oral history interviews with over two dozen members of the Bush administration. He founded “Canada Declassified,” an online web resource for recently declassified documents, and co-founded the Canadian Foreign Intelligence History Project.

 

PSY306Y0 Special Topics in Psychology: Disability – Culture and Inclusion

PSY306Y0 Special Topics in Psychology: Disability – Culture and Inclusion

his course is an interdisciplinary seminar on the life-long development of individuals with exceptionalities. Topics include controversial social and educational issues (e.g., inclusion vs. segregation), legal, family and economic issues, disability across the lifespan, communication disorders, hearing and visual impairment, autism, and acquired brain injury. Special emphasis will be placed on the social and historical factors that play a determining role as to whether impairment leads to the psychological experience of disability.

Prerequisite

Prerequisites: Registration in any Psychology or Social Science Major or Specialist and completion of 8.0 FCE
Exclusions: UTM: PSY345H5, 442Y5
Breadth Requirement = None.
PSY306Y0 – 2020 Course Syllabus

Field Trips

Students will visit the Freud Museum, the Bethlem Museum of the Mind, the Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability, the London Science Museum (the Science and Art of Medicine and Health Matters exhibitions) and the British Optical Association Museum – all in London. Students will also meet with and hear presentations from UK experts on disability at these museums as well as at University College London and the University of Oxford. The cost of these trips is CAD$xxx, paid to U of T for all fees and return bus transportation.

Instructor

Dr. Stuart Kamenetsky is Full Professor, Teaching Stream, and serves as the Director of the Psychology Undergraduate Program at the University of Toronto Mississauga. He teaches courses on disability, cross cultural psychology, and child development, and carries out research on the perception of disability images, building social capital (http://buildingsocialcapital.org/) and on student accommodation in post-secondary education. As an advocate for people with disabilities he delivers public talks on social inclusion. He has spent many years supporting people with disabilities in a variety of social service agencies as well as the child welfare system. He is well connected with school boards, provincial residential schools and agencies where his students gain practical experience in the field. He has taught this course numerous times in England, Italy, and Japan.