Elective Course Options

Fall 2020

Course Code Course Title & Outline Department Instructor Scheduled
GEO 9107A Environment and Health Geography Dr. Isaac Luginaah T 1:00-4:00
HIS 9877A Digital Research Methods History Dr. Bill Turkel T&TH 5:30-7:30
POL 9524A Urban Political Economy Political Science Dr. Zack Taylor W 1:30-3:30
PSYCH 9545A *Test Construction Psychology Dr. Don Saklofske M 9:00-12:00
PSYCH 9622A *Motivation and Leadership Psychology Dr. John Meyer T 1:00-4:00
PSYCH 9650A *Status and Power in Organizations Psychology Dr. Alex Benson TH 1:00-4:00
SOC 9258A **Sociology of Life Sociology Dr. Kim Shuey TH 1:30-4:30
SOC 9373B **Mirgration Sociology Dr. Teresa Abada W 1:30-4:30

Winter 2021

Course Code Course Title & Outline Department Instructor Scheduled
GEO 9110B Introduction to GIS Geography Dr. Jacek Malczewski T 2:30-4:30
GEO 9120B Energy and Environmental Justice Geography Dr. Carol Hunsberger TH 1:30-3:30
PSYCH 9542B *Multilevel Modelling & Structural Equation Modelling Psychology Dr. Paul Tremblay T 1:30-4:30
PSYCH 9611B *Performance Appraisal Psychology Dr. Rick Goffin TH 1:30-4:30
PSYCH 9733B *Advanced Topics in the Psychology of Gender Psychology Dr. Rachel Calogero M 1:00-4:00
SOC 9268B **Social inequalities in Health Sociology Dr. Andrea Wilson W 9:30-12:30

*Courses require department and instructor approval.  Please contact Leha Huffman at mrpe@uwo.ca for further information on enrollment procedures.

**Courses are limited to 2 MRPE students.  Pleaes contact Leha Hufman at mrpe@uwo.ca for enrollment.

Course Outlines will be posted as they come available.

Please note that delivery mode of courses may change due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Course Descriptions

GEO 9107A - Environment and Health
The conceptual frameworks for environmental health research and policy analysis. Appraisal of methods of deriving and substantiating evidence in environment and health research. Approaches to environmental health policy formulation and the uses of evidence in the environmental health policy arena.

HIS 9877A - Digital Reserach Methods
Historical research now crucially involves the acquisition and use of digital sources.  In History 9877A, students will learn to find, harvest, manage, excerpt, cluster and analyze digital materials throughout the research process, from initial exploratory forays through the production of an electronic article or monograph which is ready to submit for publication. 

POL 9524A - Urban Political Economy
What is political power? Who has it? How is it acquired? How is its use enabled or constrained? How are political and economic power inter-related? This course takes up these foundational questions in the urban context. We will survey classic and contemporary theories of urban political economy. The first half of the course examines perspectives on the acquisition and exercise of power in the city. The second half considers the power of the city — in an increasingly borderless world, is there such a thing as an autonomous local politics, or must urban political economy be understood only in relation to broader forces? How do the institutional layering and fragmentation that characterize urban governance shape the exercise of political power?

PYSCH 9545A - Test Construction
This course is intended for psychology graduate students who need to develop test/assessment instruments such as questionnaires, short performance scales, observation schedules, interview checklists etc. for their current or planned research program. Students should know in advance what variables/factors they are intending to measure with this new developed instrument (e.g., resiliency, motivation, interpersonal conflict, happiness) and be familiar with the relevant research and assessment issues. Students should also have completed at least a foundational course in psychometrics as well as intermediate statistics and be familiar with statistical packages such as SPSS. It is expected that students will complete the basic literature review needed to operationalize their measure, develop prototypes and drafts of the scale/measure, and initiate data collection in order to provide a preliminary demonstration of the psychometric integrity and utility of the measure. While each project will stand alone, common themes such as test format options, item writing, reliability and validity, data collection, and standardization will be discussed in the larger group, creating a richer and collaborative/supportive learning opportunity.

PYSCH 9622A - Motivation and Leadership
This seminar course is designed to familiarize students with theory and research on motivation and leadership in a work context. We will discuss classic and modern theories of motivation and leadership and critically evaluate the research that has been conducted to test them. Implications for the design of motivation systems and for the assessment and selection of managers will also be addressed. Preference for enrollment will be given to students in the Industrial/Organizational program..

PYSCH 9650A - Status and Power in Organizations
This course offers an overview of research on the function and structure of social hierarchies within organizations and groups. In this course, we will examine traditional and contemporary accounts on the nature of social rank, how power and status differences are established and regulated, and the consequences of social hierarchy for individuals and organizations. We will discuss a range of topics, including the bases of social hierarchy, the social neuroendocrinology of status and power, motives for status and power, and the
consequences of social rank as well as differing hierarchical configurations in organizations. This is a seminarstyle course that is organized around weekly readings of theoretical and/or empirical papers. Students are expected to attend and actively participate in the weekly discussions, submit weekly discussion questions, write two brief reflection papers, and prepare a final research proposal.

SOC 9258A - Sociology of Life Course
A life course perspective focuses on the intersections of individual lives, social change, and social structure. It emphasizes the patterns or trajectories across individual’s lives and the way those patterns are shaped by the broader social structure and historical time. This approach, particularly its emphasis on life dynamics and historical contexts, is often proposed as an alternative to more static conceptualizations that have traditionally dominated many domains of sociology. This course is designed to introduce you both to life course as a field of study and as a way of viewing sociological issues.

GEO 9110B - Introduction to GIS
Introduction to fundamental concepts, techniques and applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This is an entry-level course for students who wish to apply GIS to their own research. Students gain hands-on experience using the ArcGIS software and develop problem-solving skills.

GEO 9120B - Energy and Environmental Justice
This seminar course explores environmental and social impacts of energy production, equity issues related to energy access, and political and economic forces shaping energy decisions. Theories of justice drawn from philosophy, political ecology and social movements are applied to Canadian and international cases. While energy is the course theme, the underlying questions apply to many areas of environment, development and health: How are ‘national’ interests defined and weighed against ‘local’ interests? What is the relationship between economic gain and quality of life? How can political decisions account for the needs of future generations? And how can we mediate between diverse values and priorities in society?

PSYCH 9542B - Multilevel Modelling and Structural Equations Modelling
This course serves as an introduction to theory, design, and application of multilevel modeling, and it is ideal for students who plan to do research with group level data (e.g., peer groups, teams in organization or sports, dyads such as couples or twins, surveys with clustered data, neighbourhoods, and classrooms, and experiments with multiple stimuli such as words in linguistic studies) or multi-observation studies (e.g., daily diary studies, longitudinal designs, experimental designs with multiple repeated stimuli). Students should have some training in multiple regression and would benefit from experience in analysis of variance and structural equation modeling. Course topics include a review of traditional regression procedures, research design with multilevel structures, the basic two-level regression model (and extension to three-levels), methodological and statistical issues including power analyses, models with longitudinal data, models with dichotomous, categorical or count outcomes and structural equation models with multiple data levels and mediation.

PSYCH 9611B - Performance Appraisal
As a topic within the area of industrial/organizational psychology, this course will cover research relevant to the application of psychological theory and methods for the purpose of appropriately measuring a key criterion variable within work-settings, that is, job performance. A variety of approaches to the measurement of performance will be discussed in detail and some of the more prominent topics will be validation and evaluation of the “goodness” of performance appraisals, attempts to improve performance appraisals, and theories of job performance. Note: You must obtain permission from the instructor to take this course if you are not in the Industrial/Organizational program.

PSYCH 9733B - Advanced Topics in the Psychology of Gender
Gender is deeply embedded in social practice, organizes social life, and fundamental to understanding self and others. This seminar is a graduate-level introduction to the psychology of gender. We will cover historic and current theories, methods, and models of gender, gender-related issues, and gender relations, drawing primarily from social psychological, sociocultural, and feminist psychological research. The seminar will include a combination of primary source readings, presentations, discussion, and reflections on theoretical, methodological, and applied aspects of scholarship on the psychology of gender. A main objective of this course is to challenge gender lore and advance our understanding of what gender is, how and when it matters in social interactions with others, how and when it impacts evaluations of ourselves and individual identities, and how it shapes our social world.

SOC 9268B - Social Inequalities in Health
In this seminar, we will examine how a sociological perspective can assist us in understanding inequality in health. Health in adulthood is the result of lifelong experiences that begin at conception, and therefore we will focus on the mechanisms that maintain and magnify disparities in physical and mental health over the life course. The study of health inequality is multidisciplinary, cross-fertilization has occurred across disciplines, and the literature is vast; therefore this course focuses on an introduction to the major sociological conceptual frameworks and empirical research from Canada and the U.S. examining social inequalities in health.

SOC 9373B - Migration
Determinants and consequences of internal and international migration are studied.  Theory and methods, as well as demographic and socio-economic issues related to both types of migration, are discussed.