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Program Overview & Courses

How does the program work?

 

     

    Part-time and full-time options

    Part-time option

    The program is designed to be completed on a part-time basis, which involves taking a single course as a part-time student. Most students choose this option. There are three possible start-times for the part-time program: SeptemberJanuary and April.

    1. The Fall/ Winter session runs from September to April (applications open in May*).
    2. The Winter session runs from January to April (applications open in October*).
    3. The Summer session runs from April to June (applications open in January*).

    *We encourage you to submit your completed application well in advance of the start date you have chosen. 


    Full-time option

    Some students choose to enrol in the full-time offering of the program which includes three courses. The full-time program takes place during the Fall/ Winter session (September to April). Applications open in May*. 

    The full-time program may be more suitable for you if:

    • You have been out of school for a significant amount of time and you would like more academic skills instruction.
    • You have not completed senior-level high school courses.
    • You require OSAP while you are studying to help cover living expenses.

    *We encourage you to submit your completed application well in advance of the start date.

     

    Eligibility to transition into degree studies

    If you successfully complete one Academic Bridging Program course by earning a grade of 63 per cent or higher, you are eligible to begin degree studies in a bachelor of arts program within the Faculty of Arts & Science the following September.  

    • If you earn between 63 per cent and 72 per cent in the course, you may begin degree studies as a part-time student.
    • If you earn a grade higher than 73 per cent, you have the option to begin full-time studies immediately following the program.

    Part-Time Academic Bridging Program Timetable
    September 2018 to April 2019
    Applicants will enrol in ONE of the available part-time courses:

    Canadian History (WDW101Y1Y) Tuesday 10 am - 1 pm
    Contemporary Canada (WDW102Y1Y) Monday 10 am - 1 pm
    Introduction to the Study of Literature (WDW103Y1Y) Tuesday 10 am - 1 pm
    Introduction to Environmental Studies (WDW104Y1Y) Wednesday 6 - 9 pm
    Topics in Indigenous Cultures and Societies (WDW105Y1Y) Tuesday 6 - 9 pm

    Full-Time Academic Bridging Program Timetable
    September 2018 to April 2019
    Applicants will be enrolled into ALL of these full-time program courses:

    Introduction to Academic Studies (ABP100Y1Y)

    Contemporary Canada (WDW102Y1Y)

    Order and Disorder I (WDW151H1F)

    Order and Disorder II (WDW152H1S)

    Tuesday 10 am -1 pm

    Monday 10 am -1 pm

    Wednesday 1 - 4 pm (September to December)

    Thursday 10 am - 1 pm (January to April)

    Academic Bridging courses

    ABP100Y1Y

    Introduction to Academic Studies

    This interdisciplinary, skills-focused course parallels the other component courses of the full-time Academic Bridging Program, supplementing those courses while providing intensive, workshop-style training in the fundamental skills needed for success in the program in further university studies. The course will focus on the texts studied in both Contemporary Canada and Order and Disorder I and II, and a substantial amount of class time will be devoted to preparing for and writing the term assignments for those courses and helping students integrate their entire Academic Bridging experience.

    WDW101Y1Y

    Canadian History

    This course provides a survey of Canada’s political, social and economic history from European settlement to the near present by studying a range of topics, including the history of Canada’s First Nations people, Anglophone-Francophone relations, relations with Great Britain and the United States and the development of the various structures of modern Canada.

    You might consider this course if you have interests in:

    Anthropology, Cultural or Media Studies, International Relations, Political Science and History.

    WDW102Y1Y

    Contemporary Canada

    This interdisciplinary course provides an introduction to the changing nature of contemporary Canadian society by examining the historical roots of a variety of themes, such as Aboriginal issues, regionalism, French-English relations, gender/women’s issues and immigration/multiculturalism. They are examined in a variety of interdisciplinary sources that include geography, history, politics, literature and culture.

    You might consider this course if you have interests in:

    Art, Geography, Political Science and Sociology or interdisciplinary programs such as Canadian Studies or Women’s Studies.

    WDW103Y1Y

    Introduction to the Study of Literature

    In this course, students will learn how to read critically, comprehend more fully and analyze representative examples of outstanding literary work in drama, poetry and fiction. They will also learn how to write more clearly and effectively and how to use the library to do research. This is a Humanities course, and, as such, addresses major issues of the human condition – love and friendship, aging and death, the natural and social environment and heredity and free will.

    You might consider this course if you have interests in:

    Comparative Literature, English, Philosophy and Writing and Rhetoric.

    WDW104Y1Y

    Introduction to Environmental Studies

    This interdisciplinary course introduces major issues regarding the sustainability of the global environment in the face of human development by integrating Humanities and Social Science with the fundamental concept of environmental sciences. It focuses on a variety of themes, such as human development and health issues, environmental toxicology, solid and hazardous waste, air and water pollution, climate change, ethical concerns, food resources, renewable energy and conservation and sustainability.

    You might consider this course if you have interests in:

    Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Peace and Conflict Studies, Geography, History, Sociology and Political Science.

    WDW105Y1Y

    Topics in Indigenous Cultures and Societies

    This is a tentative course offering. Students who wish to take this course should also indicate second and third choice courses.

    More details on the course will be provided soon.