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The School of Liberal Education offers two courses specially designed to introduce students to Liberal Education, and to help them with their transition to university studies.

Liberal Education 1000: Knowledge in Liberal Education

Not sure what to take at University? Start your university education off right with Liberal Education 1000, a course that offers a general introduction to the academic study of knowledge. What is knowledge? How can we know something? How reliable is our knowledge? What is different between knowledge and belief? How is knowledge created, evaluated and used in different disciplines?  The lectures provide a critical examination of knowledge across the disciplines of Science, Social Science, Fine Arts and Humanities. The weekly tutorials offer small group discussions, to develop and practice your own critical thinking and evaluation skills. In the weekly lab you will learn and practice various "good student" skills, such as study skills, summarizing readings, editing essays, and using the Library databases to do research. These skills will help you in all your university courses!

Liberal Education 1500: The First Year Experience: Mapping our Communities

This course uses mapping as a metaphor to help students with the transition to university life. Students will map the physical campus and the resources available to help them succeed; learn about the campus and local communities, traditions and history; reflect on their own goals, skills and social networks; and listen to the University's best professors talk about how knowledge and information are mapped or organized in their disciplines.

Additionally, the School of Liberal Education offers courses such as: 

Liberal Education 3010: Liberal Education (Series) 

Liberal Education 3010 offers a critical examination of significant contemporary themes from a multidisciplinary and integrative perspective. It includes the broad integration of the Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Fine Arts. Content varies from year to year. Offerings may include, for example: Genocide, Food, Activism, Land, Progress, or Friendship and Family. 

Dr. Bruce MacKay: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Teaching

Liberal Education 3350: Themes in Innovation 

This class focuses on skills like creativity, critical thinking, and innovation for dealing with complex problems. Creativity, philosophy & history of technology, and social change are all at the core of this course. Students will be introduced to some of the foundational ideas that contribute to the innovation culture, which is built upon the principles of problem-solving, designing & building solutions, and supporting community growth through collaboration. Students are able to move an idea through its inception to a full-blown proposal.  See more on Liberal Education 3350 here.

Complete List of School of Liberal Education (LBED) Courses

And check out two new Topics Courses for Fall 2020!

LBED 2850: Why Humanities? Applying the humanities to our world.     

Instructors: Aaron Stout and Janay Nugent

This new course is designed to engage students in a broad conversation about the value of studying the humanities. Many voices in society perceive the study of the humanities as a frivolous luxury that does not contribute to the economic wellbeing of the country. Yet university presidents and organizations, such as the Conference Board of Canada, cite the skills of a liberal arts major as being “twenty-first century skills” that are in greater demand in our current and future job markets than the technical skills of professional programs. In fact, Humanist thinking is essential for citizenship and facing the ever-changing problems of our current society. By seeking to understand a complex modern issue through the lens of humanities, students will begin to explore the complex and creative, big picture thinking necessary to solving modern day issues..

LBED 3850:  EARLY CAREER SUCCESS: Humanities & Social Sciences                 

Instructor: Dr. Chris Churchill    

Some majors have obvious career outcomes (e.g. Education, Engineering, Accounting), but for some programs it is not clear what employment outcomes are possible, or how to describe your skills to find meaningful work that draws on your abilities.  If you are in Social Sciences or Humanities and graduating soon we want to help you make the transition to the work world, and figure out how to articulate the skills and abilities your degree has honed.  From consultation with business, community and academic experts, we’ve put together a course that will meet these objectives. Students taking this course will engage in active learning through hands-on activities and workshops, connect with dedicated and enthusiastic instructors, and enjoy opportunities to network with successful alumni and local employers.