utmONE Scholars First-Year Seminars
What is utmONE Scholars?
The utmONE Scholars program consists of unique for-credit first-year seminar courses designed to provide a collaborative classroom experience to incoming high-achieving students interested in developing university-level research and communication skills.
Access to the program is application based. Students who are eligible will receive their invitation to apply on a rolling basis starting in March. Successful applicants will be notified before first-year course enrolment opens in the Summer Term and will automatically be enrolled in their utmONE Scholars seminar.
Invited students who are interested in exploring intellectually stimulating themes and topics while getting a head-start on their research career at UTM should apply!
The application form will be available here starting April 1, 2021.
What are the benefits of participating in utmONE Scholars?
Supportive classroom environment. Each seminar is capped at 25 students. You'll have one-on-one access to your instructor, and you will build strong interpersonal connections with other highly motivated and academically talented peers.
Focus on collaboration. Experiential learning is embedded within the class meetings. You'll collaborate on an enriching class project designed to examine multiple perspectives on the course theme while learning more about conducting multi-disciplinary research.
Strong academic foundations. You will gain valuable academic skills including enhanced communication and writing skills, critical thinking, and university-level research skills. You will also get to reflect on and explore your own learning goals throughout the term.
Participation in the Scholars Collective community! Community building is an important aspect of first-year success, and can also set you up for success throughout your academic and professional career. As part of the utmONE Scholars program new and past utmONE Scholars come together for events designed to connect you with the community and further develop your personal and academic goals outside of the classroom.
0.5 credits toward your distribution requirements. Each utmONE Scholars seminar is one-term in length, offered in the Winter Term, and provides 0.5 credits toward your distribution requirements that you need to graduate. Depending on the seminar, you can earn distribution credits in either Science (SCI), Social Science (SSc) or Humanities (HUM).
2021-22 utmONE Scholars Seminars
We are still finalizing our seminar offerings for the 2021-22 Academic Year. Previous seminars have included:
UTM193: Nations Colliding (HUM, SSc)
In Canada, the U.S., Australia, Latin America, and all around the globe, Indigenous communities survive and thrive despite centuries of colonial intrusion. This course examines indigeneity in a global context, exploring the diverse, dynamic ways indigenous peoples strive to maintain political and cultural sovereignty.
UTM194: Religion and Politics (HUM, SSc)
This course aims to engage with the current political challenges that religion in its diverse manifestations poses to secular society and political systems. This seminar will encourage students to become more thoughtful and self-critical about how society responds socially and politically to these challenges in the 21st-century.
UTM195: Curiosity and Control: Voyages of Discovery to North America (HUM, SCI)
Students will investigate how both a curiosity for novelty and a desire for control motivated the so-called "Age of Discovery" and shaped the experiences of First Nations, Africans, and Europeans in medieval and early modern North America. With a focus on how people adapted to new environments, this course will provide opportunities for students to explore historical questions with contemporary resonance from the perspectives of both science and the humanities.
UTM196: Building Global Justice (HUM, SSc)
This course focuses on themes of social justice, global change, and conflict through the lens of multiple disciplines. Through the exploration of concepts such as class, race, gender, religion, culture, and power on a global level, students will be involved in assignments and small group activities that develop and refine key skills that contribute to student success in university courses.
UTM197: Humans in Nature (SCI, SSc)
This course will explore how humans have utilized the natural world and the impacts it has had on both the global environment and human societies. We will focus on topics such as human and natural history, conservation, sustainability, resource exploitation, domestication, GMOs, and our fascination with nature.
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