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Annual Symposium

Annual Symposium

Humanities courses offer students the opportunity to contemplate and to better understand and appreciate questions that pertain to the human condition. Courses are multidisciplinary in approach and are offered in three general, thematic categories: knowledge, world views and ethics. Students must take one course in each category to earn their DCS.

In Humanities courses, students will explore big questions that have been the focus of human thought, inquiry and debate for millennia: What makes up our identity? How should we live? What are the true meanings of human actions? How can we understand our reality? What does it mean to say one “knows” something? Within the general frame of the three categories, teachers design courses with a view to examining particular and everyday issues relating, among other things, to the environment, gender, war and conflict, racism and difference, artistic creation and media roductions and imagery.

In Humanities courses, students are encouraged to learn through in-class discussion, exchange of ideas and opinion and group work, but also through structured inquiry
and the study of influential and enduring works of philosophical thought, literary creation, artistic creation, social commentary and critique, visual production and so on, as it pertains to the human condition.

The annual Humanities Symposium is a week-long event that brings world-class writers and philosophers to Vanier to enrich students’ knowledge and understanding of the Humanities.

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