Societies require law and order, but at what point does order become oppression? How do we balance our need for freedom and society's need for order? This interdisciplinary seminar allows students to explore these and related questions through selected readings introducing theories from sociology, political science, philosophy, and history. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.
Associate Professors, Teaching Stream
W.B. MacDonald, BA, MA
T. Moritz, MA, Ph D
J.B. Rose, BA, MA
T.P. Socknat, MA, Ph D
Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
A. Bolintineanu, MA, Ph D
B. Fischer, MA, Ph D
Woodsworth College is named in honour of James Shaver Woodsworth (1874-1942), minister, pacifist, social activist and Member of Parliament, who was strongly committed to broadening educational opportunities for all. The College traces its roots to 1905, when a part-time program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree was established at the University of Toronto. In 1920 the Department of University Extension was organized to offer credit and non-credit courses. Woodsworth College was formally constituted in 1974 to offer credit courses primarily for part-time students in a number of faculties. In 1999 the College opened its doors to students proceeding directly from high school to full-time studies. Woodsworth College is now home to nearly 6000 students who enrol in the full range of Arts and Science courses and programs leading to Bachelor of Arts, Science or Commerce degrees.
Woodsworth College offers an exceptional range of programs for current students as well as for those seeking post-graduate opportunities. Woodsworth College is the home of Woodsworth One, First-Year Seminars, the Summer Abroad, TESOL Certificate and THE500 programs. Woodsworth College is also the home of two major access programs: The Millie Rotman Shime Academic Bridging Program and the Diploma to Degree Facilitated Transfer Program.
A special feature of Woodsworth College is the outstanding academic support it provides to students. These services include academic counseling, financial aid, study skills seminars, mentoring programs, the Academic Writing and Math Aid Centres, and Learning Strategists.
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Centres Affiliated with Woodsworth College
In 2013, the undergraduate Criminology and Employment Relations programs became integrated with the graduate programs at the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies and the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources respectively. The continuing relationship between the Centres and Woodsworth College helps to foster ongoing academic excellence for program students as they continue to benefit from the rich academic support services and facilities available at the College. Woodsworth College remains the home of the Undergraduate Program Office and the Criminology and Sociolegal Studies and Employment Relations undergraduate students' associations.
Woodsworth College Programs
Listed in this order:
- Woodsworth One
- First-Year Seminars
- Summer Abroad Programs
- Millie Rotman Shime Academic Bridging Program
- Diploma to Degree
Woodsworth One offers first-year students an intellectually challenging introduction to university-level studies, and builds students’ sense of community within Woodsworth College and across the University of Toronto as a whole. It is designed to complement other first-year courses, thereby enhancing academic success in the first year and beyond. Woodsworth One promotes the development of strong critical thinking, information literacy, oral and written communication skills, and awareness of both the distinctive nature of particular academic disciplines and the practices and values common to all academic work.
Students take two half-credit seminars – one in each term – and participate in weekly co-curricular activities. Seminars are capped at 25 students to maximize opportunities for participation and to promote close contact with both the instructor and fellow students. The emphasis is on class discussion and problem-based learning. Students participate in role-playing games, simulations, debates and more. The co-curricular activities include field trips, film screenings, guest speakers, writing and research workshops, and test-taking seminars.
Woodsworth One has two streams, both of which take an interdisciplinary approach to their topics, drawing on a wide range of Social Sciences and Humanities perspectives. The Order and Disorder stream focuses on the role of laws, values, government policies, trade, and innovation in creating and disrupting both social and global order. The Popular Culture Today stream examines the products of the entertainment industry and the social behaviours associated with their consumption, exploring how popular culture works and what it means.
The Woodsworth One team is dedicated to supporting students’ transition to university life, and to guiding their academic planning. In addition to the Program Coordinator, course instructors, and teaching assistants, the team includes the College Writing Centre, the College Learning Strategist, a dedicated Registrar, a program administrator, and student mentors. Each member of the team seeks to create a strong sense of community and to set students up for academic success.
Woodsworth One is geared towards first-year students enrolled in Social Sciences and Humanities within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In keeping with Woodworth College’s tradition of open access, there is no incoming grade requirement. Applicants must submit an application that is available on our website.
Students participating in any other One program are excluded from Woodsworth One.
The 199Y1 and 199H1 seminars are designed to provide first-year students with the opportunity to work closely with an instructor in a class of no more than twenty-four students. Each Seminar focuses on specific disciplinary or interdisciplinary issues, questions or controversies of particular interest to the instructor, and introduces the students to the excitement of discovery inherent in academic work at the University of Toronto. In addition, students are encouraged to develop their ability to think analytically and to express ideas and logical arguments clearly and coherently, both orally and in writing. A list of current 199 Woodsworth College course offerings is available here.
Summer Abroad Programs
Students can prepare themselves for a future in the global village by participating in a Summer Abroad program and complete a University of Toronto course overseas in three to six weeks. These programs are designed to enrich students’ academic lives by providing an exciting and educational international experience. Learning is not limited to the classroom; students will observe and experience many of the things they study, including the language, history, culture, art, religion, business, and politics of the host country.
Millie Rotman Shime Academic Bridging Program
The Academic Bridging Program is designed for individuals who have been away from formal education for some time and do not meet the University’s established requirements for direct entry admission. These courses are intended to help ease the transition into first-year university courses in Humanities and Social Sciences after time away from prior education. Both part-time and full-time options are available to students. Students who successfully complete the Academic Bridging Program, earning a grade of 63% or above, are admitted to the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto, with one full credit towards their degree for those who complete the part-time Academic Bridging Program. Students who complete the full-time program may transfer up to two full credits towards their degree.
Diploma to Degree
The Diploma to Degree program is a pathway to university studies for students completing a two-year liberal arts diploma at one of our partner institutions, including George Brown College, Humber College and Seneca College.
The Diploma to Degree Program is a facilitated transfer program into Woodsworth College in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto. The program is designed for students to transfer into programs in the social sciences and humanities with up to 6 transfer credits and retained credits from courses completed at the University of Toronto.
To be eligible for transfer, students must:
- Complete the 2-year diploma with a minimum 3.0 GPA
- Receive a recommendation from your college
- Have a minimum grade of 60% in a qualifying course at the University of Toronto.