Discovery University

Discovery University offers university-level courses to people living on low incomes or experiencing homelessness, taught by instructors from Ottawa’s universities – Carleton University, University of Ottawa and Saint Paul University. There are no course fees and course materials are free. Ten-week classes are offered twice a year. Interested in becoming a student? Applications for Fall 2021 are currently closed. Check back later this year for information on our Winter 2022 courses.

Introduction to Canadian Politics: Contemporary Debates

Course Description

By engaging in contemporary debates in Canadian politics, this course will cover the major political institutions of Canada including the Canadian Constitution, the Charter of Rights and freedoms, the Supreme Court as well the House of Commons and the Senate. Topics such as human rights in Canada, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, climate change, social policies and the welfare state in Canada, the Canadian democratic system, foreign policy, and racism and hate in Canada will be discussed. 

About the Instructor

Jean-François Ratelle is a replacement assistant professor of conflict studies and human rights at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Ottawa as well as an affiliated researcher at the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at Carleton University. His main research interests include violent extremism, civil wars, foreign fighters focusing primarily on Russia and Eurasia. He recently co-edited a volume dedicated to foreign fighters and violent extremism in Eurasia entitled Networked Insurgencies and Foreign Fighters in Eurasia. He frequently consults with government agencies and international organizations on questions regarding security issues such as violent extremism and terrorism, radicalization inside Muslim communities, and rehabilitation programs aimed at foreign fighters and other extremists. His most recent publications have appeared in Critical Studies on Security, Caucasus Survey, Comparative Politics, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, and Terrorism and Political Violence. 

Course Times

The course will be held each Friday via Zoom meetings (online) from October 1st to December 3rd 2021 from 12:00pm – 2pm. Further details about the program will be outlined in the acceptance letter. Discussion groups will be held each Wednesday from September 29th (welcome session) to December 1st from 6:00pm until 7:00pm. 

Understanding Music

Course Description

This course will provide an introduction to musical concepts and examples drawn from diverse genres, cultures, and historical periods. Students will develop the ability to describe and analyze different aspects of musical experience and deepen their appreciation of music as both a sonic and cultural experience. Course content will be delivered online in a synchronous manner through Zoom. This course is open to everyone; no previous musical experience is required. 

About the Instructor

Dr. Jesse Stewart is an award-winning composer, percussionist, visual artist, instrument builder, researcher, writer, and educator dedicated to reimagining the spaces between artistic and academic disciplines. He has performed and/or recorded with musicians from around the world. In 2012, he was honoured with the “Instrumental Album of the Year” Juno award for his work with the genre-defying trio Stretch Orchestra (with Kevin Breit and Matt Brubeck). His music has been featured at festivals throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe and is documented on over 20 recordings. 

He is an Associate Professor of music in Carleton University’s School for Studies in Art and Culture and an adjunct professor in the Visual Arts program at the University of Ottawa. In 2013, he received Carleton University’s Marston LaFrance Research Fellowship, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences’ “senior award, intended for applicants with a very significant track record of outstanding research.” In 2014, he received a Carleton University Teaching Achievement Award, the university’s highest honour in recognition of teaching excellence. He was named to the Order of Ottawa in 2014. 

Course Times

Course Times: The course will be held each Friday via Zoom meetings (online) from Friday, October 1st to Friday, December 3rd 2021 from 9:30am – 11:30am. Further details about the program will be outlined in the acceptance letter. Discussion groups will be held each Wednesday from September 29th (welcome session) to December 1st from 6:00pm until 7:00pm.