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14.0 Course Descriptions 2019/2020

14.0.1 Course Selection Notes

  1. Not all courses listed are offered every year; some are offered every second or third year. For information about course availability, students should consult the department offering the course. The Concordia Timetable is the official list of courses offered in a given academic year and is available online.
  2. First-year students may not register in senior-level courses except with the consent of the department.
  3. Enrolment in some courses may be limited to students in particular programs, or restricted for other academic reasons.
  4. Students working toward a Concordia Arts or Science degree may not count more than 18 credits from courses outside the Faculties of Arts and Science toward their degrees. Courses offered through the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Management are outside the Faculties of Arts and Science. Faculty information is indicated for each course. For complete information, students should consult the General Academic Requirements for their program.

14.0.2 Course Information

Course sections are listed alphabetically by discipline. Within the sections for the different disciplines, courses are listed in alphanumerical order by course code. Each course listing contains the course’s code, title, credit value, instruction hours, description of the course content and, if applicable, notes, prerequisites, and corequisites.

Course codes are alpha-numeric. The alphabetical code indicates the discipline of study (e.g., BIO for Biology, ENG for English, PSY for Psychology, etc.); the three-digit numerical code is interpreted as follows:

100–199 junior-level courses, normally taken by first-year students.
200–399 senior-level courses open to students with at least second-year standing (18 credits or more).
400–499 senior-level courses for students completing Concordia degrees, normally taken in the third or fourth year of undergraduate studies.
500–599 master’s degree courses and senior-level courses open only to students admitted to an after-degree program.
600–699 master’s degree courses and senior-level courses open only to students with an applicable degree and other required qualifications.

Credit Value

The credit value indicates the weight of the course used for calculating the Grade Point Average and for meeting degree requirements. Normally, 1.5- and 3-credit courses are completed at the end of one semester and 6-credit courses at the end of the academic year (two semesters).

Instruction Hours

The numbers within the parentheses indicate the hours of instruction in a week required by that course:

  • The first number indicates lecture hours.
  • The second number indicates seminar hours (s), or lecture-lab (L).
  • The third number indicates laboratory hours.
  • The fourth number, if present, indicates online hours.
  • The presence of a forward slash (/) indicates that the lab or seminar does not meet weekly. For example, 3/2 indicates 3 hours held every 2 weeks.

For example, 6 (3-1s-3) indicates a 6-credit course with 3 hours of lecture, 1 hour of seminar, and 3 hours of lab per week for the full two semesters.


Prerequisites are courses that students must have successfully completed before registering in the course. See section 4.2.2 of this Calendar.


Corequisites are courses in which students must register during the same term of study; corequisites may have been successfully completed previous to registration in the course. See section 4.2.2 of this Calendar.

14.1 Course Descriptions by Discipline