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Social Sciences

Posted By SCS School of Continuing Studies On September 16, 2014 @ 4:55 pm

This academic bridging course helps mature students prepare for successful degree studies.

  • Learn in a supportive environment
  • Develop study skills and academic confidence
  • Gain exposure to York University campus life
  • Develop a realistic sense of the workload
Strengthen your application to York University, and save time and money by using the 3 credits you earn in this course towards your degree!

This course surveys the social features of life in Canada today. It examines issues such as immigration, work, gender, health care, mass media, and globalization. It emphasizes the development of critical thinking, reading, and writing skills through analysis of newspaper, scholarly articles, and documentary films.

Course Framework [1]

Canadian society is a purposeful yet experimental mosaic of cultures and identities due to its colonial history and progressive multicultural policies. A great number of challenging social issues confront Canadians as we settle into the millennium: concerns about the environment have been eclipsed by a flailing global economy, while news stories of racial profiling and disappearing women fight for space with articles on homelessness and job security. This course will take a closer look at some of the issues affecting Canadians today. The course goal is to intellectually arm students with the critical reading, thinking, and writing skills necessary to university study. Our aim, however, is to consider as a group the problematics and possibilities of participatory citizenship.

Human society consists of many entangled elements, so study in the social sciences engages information through a variety of critical perspectives, including, but not limited to, the politics of identity and culture, law, economics, communications, and practical ethics. To cut through the complexity, our approach will be structured by two broad sections into which the course is divided: Identity and Social Justice, followed by Information and Education. Each section is in turn divided into weekly topics through which to unpack and discuss some of the fundamental questions that mobilize social being. Through class discussion, a progressive series of assignments, and ongoing critical engagement with peer work, students are expected to understand that Canadian society is subject to effects and networks of power that structure both our public and private lives.

Students in this course come with a wealth of personal experiences, interests, and questions immediately relevant to the study of social issues in the Canadian context. Analyzing and exploring such questions reflects the expectations and requirements of university-level scholarship. (Please note that this course does not provide English as a second language instruction.)

Intended Audience [2]

York University’s Academic Bridging courses are for people who intend to apply as mature students, either to Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) for evening studies, or to any of the University’s day liberal arts programs. Some people who apply directly for admission to York University may be referred to a Pre-University course by the Admissions Office.

You are considered a mature student if you:

  • are 21 years of age or older by the first day of classes of the academic session for which you have applied;
  • have been out of full-time high school studies for at least two years (students who have returned to upgrade after a two-year absence are still eligible to apply as mature students) ;
  • have attempted less than one full year of studies at an accredited university or college; and
  • do not have a recent unfavourable academic performance.

Admission Consideration [3]

If you are eligible to apply as a mature student and have completed one or more Pre-University course(s) in which you have earned a minimum grade of “B,” you will be considered for admission to York University.

Students who do not earn a grade of “B” on the first attempt may take the other Pre-University course to achieve the “B” grade required for admission consideration.

You may still need to submit an application, a personal letter, resumé, and transcripts (if you attended college or university) to York’s Office of Admissions. York will consider you for the next available session for the Faculty you have applied to.

Pre-university students can be considered for the following Faculties at York: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS), Environmental Studies, and Glendon. Some programs, such as computer science or information technology in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS), require specific course prerequisites. Please contact the Office of Admissions for details about applying to another Faculty or Program that may have additional requirements such as course prerequisites, supplementary information, or a Fine Arts’ audition/evaluation.

FAQs [4]

What if I do not earn a grade of “B” in my first pre-university course?

You can take the other pre-university course to achieve the “B” grade required for admission consideration.

What if I have completed previous college or university studies?

Academic Bridging will not compensate for recent low high school or college grades, or for an unsuccessful academic record at another university. If you have successfully completed one full year (two full semesters or the equivalent) at a recognized college or university, contact York’s Office of Admissions as a pre-university course may not be necessary for admission.

Does tuition include the price of text books?

Tuition does not include the cost of course textbooks or course kits.


If you have any questions about whether you qualify to take a Pre-University course as a way of strengthening your application for admission, please contact the York University Office of Admissions at 416-736-5000.



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