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

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
SOC 9373B **Mirgration Sociology Dr. Teresa Abada TH 1:30-4:30

*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 mrpw@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
Details to be provided shortly.

PYSCH 9650A - Status and Power in Organizations
Details to be provided shortly.

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
Details to be provided shortly.

PSYCH 9611B - Performance Appraisal
Details to be provided shortly.

PSYCH 9733B - Advanced Topics in the Psychology of Gender
Details to be provided shortly.

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.