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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Courses generally run two hours per week for six consecutive weeks and are offered in morning or afternoon sessions. LALL offers courses three times a year:

  • Spring semester: usually runs early April to mid-May.
  • Fall semester: usually runs mid-October to end of November.
  • Winter semester: usually runs end of January to mid-March (no classes held during the university's reading week).

Note: Your instructor may recommend additional items for purchases (e.g. books). These are only recommendations and are not mandatory for participation in the course.


Waterloo Course Offerings for Winter 2019

Courses on the Waterloo campus for the winter 2019 term will begin the week of Jan. 28, 2019. Courses will run for six weeks until the week of March 11, due a mid-semester break the week of February 18. 

You’ve Come a Long Way Baby? Historical Reflections on the Status of Women in Canada since Confederation

  • Dates: Mondays, January 29 to March 11 (No class February 18)
  • Location: 202 Regina St. N.
  • Time: 10:00–11:50 a.m. 

Course Description

In 2018 the #MeToo Movement in Canada pushed back against shortfalls in the feminist agenda to make women equal and safer in public life, employment, and under the law. Taking on the problems of sexual harassment in the work place, sexual assault, and the glass ceiling in corporate life, a new generation of feminists has joined forces with older guard feminists, and avowed male feminists like Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to seek justice and gender equity. Trudeau gave Canada its first equally balanced ratios of women and men in Cabinet when he established his government in 2015.  Despite the gender gaps and gaffs, over the past 150 years Canadian women and girls have experienced dramatic changes in their legal rights, educational opportunities, available career paths, and life style choices. While inequity remains, the status of women in Canada has come a long way. Each week, this course will reflect on the twists and turns in the rights of women in Canada from the late nineteenth century to the present as they relate to a different issue in the history of women in Canada. 

Weekly Outline:

1) The Legal Status of Women and Wives from Confederation to the Women’s Movement of the 1960s

2) Indigenous Women: Indian Acts to Reconciliation and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

3) Immigrant Women and the Reaction of Canadians to “Strangers” 

4) Women and War: War Work, War Brides and Military Service

5) Women and the Ivory Towers of Education and the Law

6) Persons Status to Feminist Government in the Age of # MeToo  


Debra Nash-Chambers has taught on the Waterloo and Brantford campuses of WLU for the past thirteen years and in 2017 she was awarded the Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award for Part-Time Faculty. Currently, she teaches in the Department of History and in the North American Studies Program for the Department of Political Science. She received her PhD in Social History from the University of Guelph and her interest in late nineteenth and twentieth century social justice issues began with her graduate research. She created and teaches a course titled Seeking Justice: Family and Law in Canada 1867-1969 which explores the implication of race, gender, ethnicity and wealth in finding legal justice in Canada and in Winter 2019 she will teach the undergraduate course Canadian Women's & Gender History. Her interest in gender-related social justice issues prompted her to offer You’ve Come a Long Way Baby? Historical Reflections on the Status of Women in Canada since Confederation. Beyond Laurier, she has been active in heritage and public history initiatives as a member of the Guelph Museums Advisory Committee and she serves on the editorial board of the Guelph Historical Society’s journal Historic Guelph, The Royal City.

Artificial Intelligence: Developments, Issues, Future

  • Dates: Mondays, January 28 to March 11
  • Location: 202 Regina St. N.
  • Time: 1:00–2:50 p.m.

Course Description

The media publishes many daily news stories about Artificial Intelligence (AI) achievements and issues. AI is the major driver of what has been called the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The course will include:

  • A summary of recent developments in AI technology including the search for the Holy Grail of machine learning -- the so-called master algorithm
  • A description of leading-edge applications of AI in the fields of automation, health care, law enforcement and consumerism
  • Discussions of the major issues associated with AI, including privacy, human engineering, data ownership, algorithm morality, accountability and super AI
  • The battle for control of AI
  • Forecasts of the future from renowned experts

Classes will include time for discussion. 


John B. Moore is Professor Emeritus at the University of Waterloo. He has been a high school teacher, systems engineer with IBM, professor of Management Science at UW, author of five books on computing, business owner, computer consultant and past president of the Rotary Club of Kitchener.

Living Fully: Inviting the Wisdom of Death and Dying into Life

  • Dates: Wednesdays, January 30 to March 13 (no class February 20)
  • Location: 202 Regina St. N.
  • Time: 10:00–11:50 a.m.

Course Description

Death matters in all of our decisions, from how we cross the street and what we eat to which risks we take in life. So how then might an increased understanding of our mortality serve us as a valuable companion to living fully?

In this multidisciplinary course, we will explore death matters–often considered dark and stark–with humour and joy as well as reflection and inquiry to learn how to live more fully regardless of circumstances. We will examine how we can gain insights from end-of-life experiences to navigate a personal crisis or life transition.

We will focus our intention on gaining a deeper awareness of ourselves as mortal beings and, in turn, a more meaningful sensitivity to the dying as well as their caregivers. Stories, videos, art and poetry highlight the wisdom we can glean from learning about death and dying to help us not only cope with loss, grief or chronic illnesses but arrive at a richer appreciation of life.

Death and dying, like birth and birthing, have become almost exclusively medical events in modern society. Most of us end life as we began it—in an institution such as a hospital, with “strangers at the bedside,” as David Rothman writes. Is it indeed possible to be part of this medicalized process and yet grasp and connect to dying and death from within the experience of the individual?

This course explores the meaning of death and its cultural construction in western and non-western societies; the definitions of death and the place of the individual at the intersection of physiological, technological, legal, and philosophical interpretations; and the experience of death in the personal and in the public spheres.


Martina C Steiger, ThD, Professor Emeritus at Holos University Graduate Seminary, is a 2013 graduate of the Master of Science program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University in New York. She currently works as a narrative coach, transformative educator and Narrative Medicine Practitioner in private practice. Facilitation of reflective workshops for staff and volunteers at the Hospice of Waterloo Region constitutes a significant aspect of her work.

Rise of an Empire: Rome When it was a Republic

  • Dates: Fridays, February 1 to March 15 (no class February 22)
  • Location: 202 Regina St. N.
  • Time: 10:00-11:50 a.m.

Course Description

When we think of Rome, the standard picture is the capital city of a vast Empire that stretched across three continents. For several centuries it was unrivaled in its power. Yet, Rome's rise to this position was not inevitable and we must ask how a small village in west-central Italy grew to amass so much power. What circumstances led to its meteoric rise and its ability to control such a vast territory for so long a period? This course will explore the factors that prompted Rome's growth and examine the key individuals and events that spurred the rise of an empire.


Scott Gallimore is an Associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology & Heritage Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is a Roman archaeologist who has worked on numerous archaeological projects in different parts of Greece. He conducts research on ancient landscapes and the economic history of the Roman Empire. Dr. Gallimore is also a recipient of the 2017 Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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