Victoria College


Faculty List

Professors Emeriti 
S. Borins, MPP, PhD
V. Falkenheim, PhD

Professors 
K.R. Bartlett, MA, PhD 
M. Chazan, MPhil, PhD 
D.B. Cook, MA, PhD 
A. Esterhammer, PhD, FRSC 
P.W. Gooch, MA, PhD 
I. Kalmar, MA, PhD
E.M. Kavaler, MA, PhD
S.J. Rupp, MA, MPhil, PhD 

Associate Professors 
R. Davidson, MA, PhD 
K. Derry, MA, PhD
U. Esonwanne, MA, PhD
E.-L. Jagoe, MA, PhD
A. Komaromi, MA, PhD
C. Krmpotich, MA, DPhil
S. Lee, PhD
K. McLeod, PhD
A. McQuibban, PhD (James and Anne Nethercott Professor)
A. Moritz, PhD (Blake C. Goldring Professor)
A. Motsch, PhD
W. Robins, MPhil, PhD 
M. Scarci, PhD
A. Urbancic, MA, PhD (Mary Rowell Jackman Professor) 
A. Walkden, MPhil, PhD

Assistant Professors 
H. Barseghyan, PhD
C. Battershil, PhD
Y. Cleovoulou, MA, PhD
S. Dowling, MA, PhD
J. Forgie, PhD
P. Granata, PhD
J. Hamilton-Diabo, M.Div. (June Callwood Professor of Social Justice)
E. Istrate, BASc, PhD
R. Kijima, PhD
S. Ross, PhD
A. Sol, PhD
I. Wells, PhD

Lecturers 
J. Bemrose 
A. Lawless, MA, PhD
M. Mercuri, MSc, PhD
J. Papayiannis, MA, PhD 
C. Sutton, MA, MA, PhD

Visiting Professors and Special Lecturers 
W. Cecil BA, LLD
J. Faflak, MA, PhD 
L. Geng, PhD 
S. Johal, LLB (David and Anne Wilson Professor of Public Policy)
B. Meyer, MA, PhD 
D. Wright, BSc, MBA (Kenneth and Patricia Taylor Distinguished Professor of Foreign Affairs) 
K. Wynne, MA, MEd (Hon. Newton W. Rowell Professor)

Introduction

Victoria College (Vic) is committed to providing students with a personal and inclusive university experience inside and outside the classroom. This is an environment where students and faculty are engaged in building a community that welcomes diversity, embraces creativity, and is energized by challenge.

At Vic, we nurture a close-knit learning environment from the very beginning of your academic career. Whether it is through our Vic One program, Vic One Hundred or other First-Year Foundation (FYF) courses offered by the Faculty of Arts and Science, every first-year Victoria College student takes at least one small seminar course. You will experience here the academic advantages of being a student at one of Canada’s leading research universities combined with the intimacy of a small liberal arts college.

More information is found on the Victoria College website.

Vic One

Victoria College offers first-year Arts and Science students an opportunity for a unique educational experience that draws upon the College’s history and identity. Eight streams with differing emphases are available in this foundation year program, known as Vic One. The eight streams feature lively seminars and dialogue, and are enriched by weekly plenary sessions with guest professors, visiting artists, writers, ambassadors and other public figures. 

Two required courses in each stream are seminar courses given by faculty of Victoria College. They have a limited enrolment of 25 students in each class. A third co-requisite course is listed with each course description. Students who have questions about their Vic One co-requisite course must contact the Vic One Liaison Officer at vic.one@utoronto.ca.

Vic One enrolment requires an application that is found on the Vic One website (www.vic.utoronto.ca). All first-year students in the Faculty of Arts and Science (St. George campus), regardless of college membership, are eligible for admission to Vic One. Admission decisions are based on extra-curricular activities, a short original essay and the student’s entering grades.

PLEASE NOTE: Vic One students are NOT eligible to enrol in Vic One Hundred courses, First-Year Foundations seminars or any other One program.

Vic One Hundred: First Year Seminars 

Vic One Hundred is a Victoria College initiative that offers first-year Arts and Science students the opportunity to experience a small class environment. These limited enrolment courses facilitate close contact with distinguished teaching faculty and fellow students, while providing an excellent gateway to, and foundation for, subsequent studies.

Combined Degree Programs (CDP) offered with Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)

  • Combined Degree Program in HBA/HBSc and Master of Teaching (MT)
  • Combined Degree Program (CDP) in Education and Society, HBA/HBSc and Master of Arts, Child Study and Education (MA-CSE) (Victoria College and OISE)

Students enrolled in the Minor in Education and Society may apply for one of these Combined Degree Programs. For details about application and program requirements, see the Combined Degree Programs section.

Creative Expression and Society Program

The Minor in Creative Expression and Society allows students to develop creative and communicative proficiency by taking part in one or more workshop-style courses in fiction, non-fiction, drama or poetry writing and/or creative expression through aural and visual media. Students will also explore the reciprocal relationship of the creative arts and society by studying social issues in the arts, the influence of writers and artists on society, and the impact of society and the marketplace on creative endeavours. Courses explore such topics as the arts and public opinion; reception and interpretation; marketing and reviewing; censorship and criticism; ethics and accountability. This program fosters the exercise of creativity while making the relationship of creative expression and social conditions a subject for reflection and dialogue.

Education and Society Program

The Vic-sponsored Education and Society Minor is open to all Arts and Science students. This program is for those who are interested in education policy, the sociology of education, and teaching as a skill that is relevant to many careers. The Minor program provides strong background for admission to a teacher education program and is required for admission to the Combined Degree Programs with OISE (separate application required, see above).

Literature and Critical Theory Program

The Literature and Critical Theory program is based on a pair of ideas. The first is that many of the most important issues that engage our attention call for a multidisciplinary approach. The second is that the kind of critical analysis demanded by the study of literary texts offers powerful tools for investigating other cultural and social forms, both past and present. Central to the program is the comparative study of forms of representation – texts, media, institutions, and theories — in diverse cultures and historical periods. This requires thinking seriously about what it means to compare and what it means to translate.

The Literature and Critical Theory program will attract students who are interested in exploring and generating links between literature and historical, cultural, political, social, and psychological forces. The program trains students to think about how problems of the present are tied to those of the past, and to consider critically how we both represent this past and imagine possible futures. Students will be engaged in the practice of close, contextualized analyses of literary texts and other discursive forms, including artefacts, institutions and social practices, originating in different languages, geographical locations, and historical periods.

Literary production, like all forms of cultural production, invariably exceeds the boundaries of the nation, and increasingly so in today’s globalized world. The boundaries between various cultural media are similarly porous, and the aesthetic values by which we identify, judge, and classify literary and cultural objects are historically shaped. For these reasons, students will be encouraged to study in more than one language and to work with a variety of media. Our courses explore literary and cultural movements across languages, geographical regions, epochs, media, and disciplines.

Material Culture and Semiotics Program

What does it mean to live in a “material world”? What might we learn from studying the signs that surround us? In an increasingly consumer-oriented, globalized and digital age, how do objects and signs express the longstanding beliefs and values of different societies? The Minor in Material Culture and Semiotics is a unique, future-oriented program of study that combines the study of objects such as clothing, household goods, machinery, and built forms with semiotics – the science of signs, sense-making, and cultural interpretation. Courses examine the meanings people invest in their things, across cultures and time periods, and consider processes of production, consumption, invention, exchange, use, re-use, divestment, disposal, collection, and exhibition. Material Culture and Semiotics thus offers an interdisciplinary space in which to understand contemporary and emerging society through engagement with historical and theoretical perspectives on human behaviour and meaning-making. Students have the opportunity to participate in an internship course with a placement in museums, archives, cultural institutions, or creative design and advertising-oriented businesses. The Minor is designed to complement programs in such disciplines as Anthropology, Art History, History, Book and Media Studies, and History of Science and Technology and to prepare students for careers in such fields as marketing and advertising, museums and cultural institutions, communications, journalism, and education.

Renaissance Studies Program 

The Renaissance Studies Program lets you study one of the most critical periods in European and world history. Changes in art and literature, in social and political development, and in technology and science transformed European concepts of the individual, society, and the world.

Many aspects of our modern world had their origin in this period: our emphasis on the study of human affairs; our irrepressible interest in the exploration of the universe, in science, and in medicine; the institutions of church and state as we know them today. The Renaissance is also a period of unparalleled European contacts with non-European civilizations – from the powerful Islamic world of the Near East and North Africa to the great pre-Columbian civilizations of the Americas, from the uncharted forests of equatorial Africa to the exotic lands of the Indian subcontinent and the Far East, nothing seemed too distant or too inaccessible for the European mind or merchant.

This interdisciplinary program is particularly attractive to students of history, politics, literature, fine art, history of science, music and theatre, because it assembles aspects of all these studies to focus on one seminal period in Western civilization.

Science, Technology, and Society Program

The influence of scientific research and its applications is evident in virtually all aspects of modern life, from our conception of societal obligation and familial relations, to our interaction with the commonplace materials and objects we use to sustain ourselves. However, scientific and technological development is in turn affected by and shaped by politics, public opinion, moral beliefs and cultural practices. 

Courses in this program explore topics such as ethical uses of technology, scientific revolutions and controversies, science-related policy and politics, modeling and communication of scientific research, and knowledge transfer from research to commercial and societal applications.