K N O W L E D G E   I N T E G R A T I O N  

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Refer to the Knowledge Integration course offerings web page to determine the terms in which INTEG courses are offered.

INTEG 00s


INTEG 10 SEM 0.00
Course ID: 012691
Knowledge Integration Seminar
General seminar on inter-disciplinary topics and integrative practices of special interest to INTEG students, faculty, and alumni. INTEG students must register every term.

 

INTEG 100s


INTEG 120 LEC,TUT 0.50
Course ID: 012690
The Art and Science of Learning
This course introduces students to state-of-the-art scientific research on learning and cognitive adaptability. There are two learning objectives in this course. First, you will learn about how the mind processes information, and will begin developing new habits to facilitate clear and critical thinking in complex, messy, and stressful circumstances. Second, you will learn how to see the social networks you are embedded in, and how they shape what you think, know, and do. You will use this knowledge to identify opportunities and develop strategies for learning, and for the integration and synthesis of different types of knowledge.

 
INTEG 121 LEC,STU 0.50
Course ID: 012692
Collaboration, Design Thinking, and Problem Solving
A project course in design and problem-solving across various disciplines. Topics include problem-solving methods and issues in design, including ethics, sustainability, and communication in small groups. Applied design projects require group work and draw on the skills of creative and critical thinking.
[Note: Estimated additional cost to student: $30.]

 

INTEG 200s


INTEG 210 LEC 0.50
Course ID: 015437
Making Collaboration Work
Collaboration and teamwork are essential for solving complex, real-world problems and are therefore in high demand by employers. Yet students rarely have the opportunity to study and apply the theory and best practices for making collaboration work. In this course, you will learn how to leverage this research to acquire a variety of important skills. These include: effective communication in groups, proactively managing group conflict, identifying biases that hinder creativity, and leveraging diversity to improve outcomes. You will also put those skills into practice throughout the course and reflect on how you can apply them in other situations.
Prereq: Level at least 2A; Not open to Knowledge Integration students

 
INTEG 220 LEC 0.50
Course ID: 012693
Nature of Scientific Knowledge
This course examines how knowledge is produced in scientific disciplines, including the nature of inquiry, as well as types of evidence and expertise across different fields. The course features significant input from scientific practitioners in the form of guest lectures.
Prereq: Level at least 2A
(Cross-listed with PHIL 290)

 
INTEG 221 LEC 0.50
Course ID: 012694
The Social Nature of Knowledge
This course examines social aspects of knowledge, including ways that characteristics of individual knowers and their communities affect the acquisition, interpretation, production, and transfer of knowledge. In addition, we analyze the consequences this has for the objectivity of knowledge. The course features significant input from researchers in the humanities and social sciences in the form of guest lectures.
Prereq: Level at least 2A
(Cross-listed with PHIL 291)

 
INTEG 230 FLD,SEM 0.25
Course ID: 012695
The Museum Course: Preparation and Field Trip
Introduction to the issues and intent of the Museum Course. Planning and research for the destination. Field trip to study museums, exhibits, audiences, and curatorial practices on-site in a major museum city. For additional information on itinerary and travel costs, contact the Department.
[Note: Field trip fee normally $2,500 including all applicable taxes; will not exceed $3,000 including all applicable taxes. Fee is based on destination.]
Prereq: Knowledge Integration Honours students only

 
INTEG 240 LEC 0.50
Course ID: 016109
Bullshit, Bias, and Bad Arguments
Misinformation, disinformation, propaganda, dishonest political ads, and bullshit (i.e., communication intended to persuade without any concern for truth). It seems it's harder than ever to know what to believe and what makes some claims more credible or trustworthy than others. This course is an introduction to information literacy and the art and science of spotting bullshit and other types of false claims. The course will cover a broad range of issues from a social scientific perspective, including comparisons of different types of deceptive information; the role that cognitive biases and social networks play in shaping our perceptions of truth and reality; the importance of data rights, privacy, and governance models for social media platforms and other digital communications; misrepresentations of science; and how influence campaigns undermine political deliberation and democratic institutions. This course will provide students with knowledge and fundamental skills that are important for countering bullshit, biases, and bad arguments.
Prereq: Level at least 2A

 
INTEG 251 LEC 0.50
Course ID: 014109
Creative Thinking
An introductory, integrative course in the history, psychology, value and practice of creativity across a variety of domains, from scientific research to the fine and performing arts. Students will learn to identify and explain key ideas and historical figures in the study and practice of creative thinking. They'll also learn to reliably generate novel ideas of value, both solo and collaboratively.
Antireq: INTEG 275 Section 1 Taken Winter 2010, 2011, Spring 2011, 2012, Winter 2012

 
INTEG 275 LEC 0.50
Course ID: 013043
Special Topics in Knowledge Integration
From time to time courses of special study may be added to the program at the second-year level. Students wishing to take such courses should consult the Department's Undergraduate Officer.

 

INTEG 300s


INTEG 320 LEC 0.50
Course ID: 012697
The Museum Course: Research and Design
An introduction to the museum, broadly interpreted as the public face of scholarship. Students work in small groups to research an inter-disciplinary topic of personal interest, in-depth, and design a museum exhibit suitable for a particular audience.
[Note: WHMIS required.]
Prereq: INTEG 230

 
INTEG 321 LEC,STU 0.75
Course ID: 012698
The Museum Course: Practicum and Presentation
An introduction to the museum, broadly interpreted as the public face of scholarship. Students construct and exhibit their designs from INTEG 320, and present public talks on the scholarship and curatorial decisions behind their work.
[Note: Estimated additional cost to student: $100.]
Prereq: INTEG 320

 
INTEG 340 LAB,LEC,PRJ 0.50
Course ID: 015438
Research Design and Methods
This course provides an introduction to empirical research design and methods with a focus on applications in the social and information sciences and related fields. You will learn about core issues in research design (e.g., sampling) that transcend specific approaches, and about a variety of techniques for collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data. The course will cover both abstract and practical issues related to methodology and decision making in empirical research. You will have the opportunity to develop and workshop proposals that you may wish to pursue in your senior honours thesis. By the end of the course you will be a more informed consumer and have a basic set of skills for designing and implementing your own empirical research projects. Most importantly, you will have a foundation for future learning about research design and methods.
Prereq: Level at least 2A

 
INTEG 375 LEC 0.50
Course ID: 013044
Special Topics in Knowledge Integration
From time to time courses of special study may be added to the program at the third-year level. Students wishing to take such courses should consult the Department's Undergraduate Officer.
Prereq: Level at least 2A

 

INTEG 400s


INTEG 410 DIS,LEC,PRJ,SEM 0.50
Course ID: 016262
Interdisciplinary Collaboration
"Interdisciplinary collaboration" is a popular term these days, but what does it mean, exactly, and what makes it successful? In this course, we will examine the nature of interdisciplinarity (such as differences between multi-, inter-, and transdisciplinarity), barriers to collaborating across disciplinary boundaries, and strategies for facilitating more effective collaborations. The course will be taught using collaborative learning techniques that allow students to shape the direction of the course and to work with the instructor to co-create assignments.
Prereq: Level at least 2A Knowledge Integration or Level at least 3A.
Antireq: INTEG 475 W19 001

 
INTEG 420A PRJ,SEM 0.50
Course ID: 012699
Senior Research Project A
Each student will work on a short research project under the dual direction of a member of the Knowledge Integration Department and an advisor from a discipline related to the topic. The results of this project will be presented in thesis form, and will be critically examined by members of this and, where pertinent, other departments.
Prereq: Level at least 4A Knowledge Integration

 
INTEG 420B PRJ,SEM 1.00
Course ID: 012700
Senior Research Project B
A continuation of INTEG 420A.
[Note: formerly INTEG 421]
Prereq: INTEG 420/420A

 
INTEG 440 SEM 0.50
Course ID: 015726
Computational Social Science
The explosion of digital data is revolutionizing the way we learn about the world. This course focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary for doing high-quality social scientific research with digital data. Students will be introduced to the programming language Python, and will learn to collect and analyze digital data using computational methods.
[Note: Previous knowledge of computer programming is not required.]
Prereq: Level at least 4A.
Antireq: INTEG 475 (001) W18
(Cross-listed with SOC 440)

 
INTEG 441 LEC,SEM 0.50
Course ID: 015751
Hard Decisions and Wicked Problems
Every day, nuanced decisions are made at a personal level (what job offer to accept), an organizational level (whether to recall a faulty product), and in the form of public policy (when and where to develop renewable energy). This course introduces decision analytic tools for systematically structuring messy problems to identify trade-offs among different decisions and to explore them intelligibly. For public policy problems, the challenges of values conflicts and "truth decay" (i.e., the political polarization or outright rejection of facts) will be considered. Additional decision contexts that push the limits of traditional analytic approaches will also be addressed (e.g., wicked problems, deep uncertainty).
[Note: Completion of (or concurrent enrolment in) a statistics course is recommended.]
Prereq: Level at least 3A.
Antireq: MSCI 452, INTEG 475 (001) W16, INTEG 475 (002) W18

 
INTEG 452A LEC,PRJ,SEM,STU 0.50
Course ID: 014693
Real World Problem Solving A
The first part of a two-term senior project course. Students will work as a design group to address a real world problem over the course of the two-term sequence. With the instructor in an advisory role, students will meet with a real world client, typically from outside the university, to understand the client's problem and needs. The focus of the first term will be a comprehensive design brief, background research and the presentation of one or more proposed solutions for the client's approval.
Prereq: Level at least 4A Knowledge Integration.
Antireq: INTEG 475 LEC 001 Winter 2012, 2013, 2014, Fall 2012, 2013; INTEG 475 LEC 002 Fall 2011

 
INTEG 452B LEC,PRJ,SEM,STU 0.50
Course ID: 014694
Real world Problem Solving B
The culmination of the two-term senior project sequence. Students will continue to develop solutions to meet the client's needs as identified in the first term. The focus of the second term is to continue to prototype, refine, and ultimately implement the solution for the client. In addition to the completed solution, students will present a final complete project brief including an evaluation of the solution together with recommendations for further development.
Prereq: INTEG 452A.
Antireq: INTEG 475 LEC 001 Winter 2012, 2013, 2014, Fall 2012, 2013; INTEG 475 LEC 002 Fall 2011

 
INTEG 475 LAB,LEC,PRJ,SEM 0.50
Course ID: 013714
Special Topics in Knowledge Integration
From time to time, courses of special study may be added to the program at the fourth-year level. Students wishing to take such courses should consult the Department's Undergraduate Officer.
Instructor Consent Required

 
INTEG 475A LAB,LEC,PRJ,SEM 0.50
Course ID: 015439
Special Topics in Knowledge Integration
From time to time, a special study course may be added to the program at the fourth-year level. Students wishing to take this course will need to enroll in INTEG 475B in the following term. Consultation with the instructor is advised prior to enrollment.
Prereq: Level at least 4A Knowledge Integration students

 
INTEG 475B LAB,LEC,PRJ,SEM 0.50
Course ID: 015440
Special Topics in Knowledge Integration
A continuation of INTEG 475A.
Prereq: INTEG 475A

 
INTEG 499 LEC 0.50
Course ID: 016110
Independent Studies
An independent studies course provides opportunities for students to work one on one with faculty members in an area of interest to the student.
Instructor Consent Required