YORK UNIVERSITY
FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES
Meeting of Council
Minutes
Thursday, June 5, 2014
3:00 p.m.
280N York Lanes
Present:
E. Armstrong, M. Biehl, B. Bradbury, B. Crow (Dean), D. Cohn, S. Hildebrandt (Academic Affairs
Officer), N. Huq, T. Hwong (Vice-Chair), E. Jensen, K. Krasny (Associate Dean and Secretary of
Council), R. Lenton, A. MacLennan, L. McCann, C. Mulas, P. O’Brien, F. Quadir (Associate Dean),
M. Reisenleitner (Chair), M. Robertson, M.M. Schiff (Assistant Secretary of Council), W. Taylor, L.
Xie
Regrets:
L. Erwin, T. Holmes, S. Horowitz, H.I. Macdonald, A. Valente, C. Verheggen, A. Zalik, J. Zemans
1. Welcome and Chair=s Remarks
Chair Markus Reisenleitner welcomed members of Council to the session’s last meeting.
2. Minutes of Previous Meeting (April 3, 2014)
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved.
3. Business Arising from the Minutes
***ForInformation***
New Graduate Diplomas
Approved by FGS Academic Planning & Policy Committee on November 20, 2013, by Faculty Council on December
5, 2013, by Senate Academic Standards, Curriculum and Pedagogy Committee on January 8, 2014, by Senate January
23, 2014; revised based on recommendations by Quality Council
a) Graduate Diploma in Comparative Literature (Type 2, Concurrent)
b) Graduate Diploma in World Literature (Type 2, Concurrent)
Letter from Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
The Graduate Diplomas in Comparative Literature and World Literature were brought back to Council for information
subsequent to revisions recommended by Quality Council after being approved at Senate. Revisions clarified the
distinctions between the two diplomas including their admissions criteria, and addressed a concern regarding
insufficient requirements. An additional research paper was added.
4. Dean’s Remarks
i) Convocation
Dean Barbara Crow asked colleagues to attend in upcoming convocation ceremonies, stressing how graduands
appreciate their participation.
ii) Dissertation Prize Lunch
The Dean hosted a lunch with recipients of the Faculty’s Dissertation Prize and related that it was a great experience
hearing about their work.
iii) Standing Committees
Dean Crow thanked members of outgoing committees for their efforts, and welcomed incoming volunteers.
iv) Administrative and Academic Program Review
The Dean updated councillors concerning this review process, and stated that more information would be available
soon.
v) Task Force on Graduate Students with Disabilities
This Task Force is moving forward, with a report expected soon. A slate of recommendations is expected in the Fall.
Chair Markus Reisenleitner noted that a recent survey supported mandatory training sessions for graduate student
instructors of students with disabilities.
vi) New Practice for Scholarships
Dean Crow informed Council that FGS now writes to all students with a minimum grade point average.
vii) Graduate Admissions
The Dean reported that the Faculty did not meet its enrolment targets, despite offering the lowest tuition, and best
funding, and among the best graduate programs. Reaching targets is especially important in times of differentiation.
300 graduate spaces have been lost, with York has the only graduate school that has lost allocations.
In reply to a question, Dean Crow stated that the Faculty is studying doctoral pathways including York.
viii) Chair
Dean Barbara Crow thanked Markus Reisenleitner, outgoing Chair of Council and Academic Planning & Policy
Committee, for his service, and for being an incredible advocate for graduate education.
5. Report of the Nominating Committee
A nomination slate was circulated with the agenda. There were no additional nominations from the floor of Council.
It was noted that nominations would remain open until June 12 at 4:00 p.m.
6. Changes to Admissions and Degree Requirements
Approved at the May 21, 2014, meeting of the FGS Academic Planning & Policy Committee
***ForApproval***
a) Graduate Program in Business Administration
New Specialization in Global Retail Management | Motion
After a brief discussion about the program of study, with clarification by Schulich School of Business Associate Dean
Markus Biehl, it was moved, seconded, and CARRIED, unanimously,
“that the proposal for a new specialization in global retail management in the Graduate Program in Business
Administration (Faculty of Graduate Studies) be APPROVED.”
b) Graduate Program in Physics & Astronomy
Change to course requirements to require Physics & Astronomy 5000 3.0: “Quantum Mechanics I” and 5020 3.0:
“Electromagnetism”; replace Physics & Astronomy 5000 3.0 with 5120 3.0 as a core course; introduce supervisory
committee and research evaluation requirements for MSc by Research Project; reduce course requirements for MSc by
Research Project from 18 to 15 half courses or equivalent, including new credit for Physics & Astronomy 6001 3.0:
“Research Evaluation”; delete Language and Cognate Requirements text (Master’s)
Change to course requirements to make Physics & Astronomy 5000 3.0: “Quantum Mechanics I” and 5020 3.0:
“Electromagnetism” mandatory courses for the Physics stream, replacing requirement that students choose 2 of 3 core
courses; replace Physics & Astronomy 5000 3.0 with 5120 3.0 as a core course for Astronomy stream students; delete
Physics & Astronomy 5190 3.0: “Galactic Astronomy” and 5290 3.0: “Extragalactic Astronomy” from Astronomy
stream course requirements; delete Language and Cognate Requirements text (PhD)
Director Wendy Taylor answered questions about the program’s course requirements. Chair Markus Reisenleitner
stated that after close scrutiny of the changes, the Academic Planning & Policy Committee decided that the program
could decide what was best for students with respect to course coverage. It was moved, seconded, and CARRIED,
unanimously,
“that the proposed changes in degree requirements for the Graduate Program in Physics & Astronomy
(Faculty of Graduate Studies) be APPROVED.”
7. Changes to Diploma Requirements
***ForApproval***
Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies
Change to remove graduate diploma committee and replace with advising by Director and Graduate Diploma
Coordinator
It was moved, seconded, and CARRIED,
“that the changes to diploma requirements proposed by the Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies (Faculty of
Graduate Studies) be APPROVED.”
8. Summer Authority
It was moved, seconded, and CARRIED, unanimously,
Athat all items that need Council approval be delegated to the FGS Academic Planning & Policy Committee
after the last meeting of Council in this academic year and until the first meeting of Council in the next
academic [email protected]
9. Curricular Changes
Approved by Assistant Secretary of Council M. Michael Schiff on April 2 and May 13, 2014, and received for
information by the FGS Academic Planning & Policy Committee’s Academic Affairs Subcommittee on April 11 and
May 16, 2014, and by FGS Academic Planning & Policy Committee on April 16 and May 21, 2014
Members of Council were invited to view these documents in the FGS Council office, 230 York Lanes, or
electronically, by contacting M. Michael Schiff, Assistant Secretary of Council.
The items were received for information.
***ForInformation***
a) Graduate Program in Business Administration
New Course Proposal
Marketing 6800 3.0: “Customer Experience Design”/Prerequisite: Marketing 5200 3.0
b) Graduate Program in Computer Science & Engineering
New Course Proposal
Computer Science 6444 3.0: “Mining Software Engineering Data to Support the Development, Testing and
Maintenance of Large Scale Software Systems”
c) Graduate Program in Education
New Course Proposals
Education 5414 3.0: “Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Education”
Education 5541 3.0: “Studies in Childhood: Issues in Research and Representation”
d) Graduate Program in Études françaises
New Course Proposals
Études françaises 6207 3.0: “Écritures en exil de la diaspora noire au Canada : entre oralité et textualité, mixité et
hybridités linguistiques”
Études françaises 6900 3.0: “Cours de lecture dirigée / Cours individuel”
e) Graduate Program in Executive Master’s in Business Administration
New Course Proposal
Executive Master’s in Business Administration 6030 2.0: “Managing People for Competitive Advantage”
f) Graduate Program in Film
New Course Proposals
Film 6247 3.0: “Feminist Film and Cultural Theory”
Film 6248 3.0: “Red Hollywood: Marxist Cultural Politics and Popular Film”
Film 6249 3.0: “Still/Moving: Cinema and Photography”
g) Graduate Program in History
New Course Proposal
History 5901 3.0: “African Diaspora” [full course 5901 6.0 remains]
Crosslisting
History 5480 3.0: “The Making of Asian Studies: Critical Perspectives”/Same as Geography 5700 3.0
h) Graduate Program in Humanities
New, Crosslisted Course Proposal
Humanities 6157 3.0: “Comparative and World Literature Seminar: History and Practice”/Same as English 6157 3.0
and Translation 6157 3.0
Crosslistings
Humanities 6142 3.0: “No Place for Fairness: Indigenous Rights, Memory and Oral Traditions in Canada”/Same as
History 5192 3.0
Humanities 6146 3.0: “Borders of Knowledge: Metis Thought in International Context”/Same as History 5193 3.0
i) Graduate Program in International Business Administration
New Course Proposals
International Business Administration 5001 0.0: “Contemporary Challenges and Strategic Thinking ”
International Business Administration 5002 1.5: “Managerial Decisions Analysis”
International Business Administration 5100 0.0: “Integrative Management Experiences”
International Business Administration 5101 3.0: “Financial Accounting for International Managers”
International Business Administration 5102 3.0: “The Economic Environment of International Business”
International Business Administration 5103 3.0: “Introduction to Managerial Finance for International Managers”
International Business Administration 5104 3.0: “Managing People and Teams in a Global Context”
International Business Administration 5105 1.5: “Global Management Accounting”
Changes in Course Numbers and Rubrics
International Business Administration from INTL 5550 0.0 to IMBA 5000 0.0: “Professional Development for
International Managers”
International Business Administration from INTL 5410 0.0 to IMBA 5110 0.0: “Business Communication and
Culture – ESL I”
International Business Administration from INTL 5420 0.0 to IMBA 5111 0.0: “Business Communication and
Culture – French I”
International Business Administration from INTL 5430 0.0 to IMBA 5112 0.0: “Business Communication and
Culture – German I”
International Business Administration from INTL 5440 0.0 to IMBA 5113 0.0: “Business Communication and
Culture – Japanese I”
International Business Administration from INTL 5450 0.0 to IMBA 5114 0.0: “Business Communication and
Culture – Mandarin I”
International Business Administration from INTL 5460 0.0 to IMBA 5115 0.0: “Business Communication and
Culture – Spanish I”
International Business Administration from INTL 5410 0.0 to IMBA 5210 0.0: “Business Communication and
Culture ESL II”
International Business Administration from INTL 5420 0.0 to IMBA 5211 0.0: “Business Communication and
Culture – French II”
International Business Administration from INTL 5430 0.0 to IMBA 5212 0.0: “Business Communication and
Culture – German II”
International Business Administration from INTL 5440 0.0 to IMBA 5213 0.0: “Business Communication and
Culture– Japanese II”
International Business Administration from INTL 5450 0.0 to IMBA 5214 0.0: “Business Communication and
Culture–Mandarin II”
International Business Administration from INTL 5460 0.0 to IMBA 5215 0.0: “Business Communication and
Culture – Spanish II”
International Business Administration from INTL 6060 9.00 IMBA 5300 9.0: “International Work Term”
International Business Administration from INTL 6200 3.00 IMBA 6200 3.0: “International Field Study”
j) Graduate Program in Kinesiology & Health Science
New Course Proposal
Kinesiology & Health Science 6315 3.0: “Redox Biology and Oxidative Stress in Health and Disease”/Prerequisites:
One of Health Kinesiology 4510 3.0, 4515 3.0, 4516 3.0 or 4518 3.0 or equivalent or permission of the instructor
k) Graduate Program in Law
Part-Time LLM Specializing in Canadian Common Law
New Course Proposals
Law 6840 6.0: “Canadian Contract Law”
Law 6850 6.0: “Canadian Tort Law”
Law 6851P 6.0: “Canadian Civil and Administrative Procedure”
l) Graduate Program in Linguistics & Applied Linguistics
Crosslisting
Linguistics & Applied Linguistics 6460 3.0: “Language Policy and Planning”/Same as Education 5206 3.0
Change in Course Number (Variance)
Linguistics & Applied Linguistics 6290T 3.0: “Multilingual Education”/Same as Education 5383 3.0
m) Graduate Program in Mathematics & Statistics
New Course Proposals
Mathematics & Statistics 5451 3.0: “Topics in Geometry for Teachers”
Mathematics & Statistics 6904 3.0: “Modern Optimization”
n) Graduate Program in Physics & Astronomy
New, Integrated Course Proposal
Physics & Astronomy 5590 3.0: “Observational and Theoretical Cosmology”/Integrated with the undergraduate
course Science Physics 4170 3.0
New Course Proposal
Physics & Astronomy 5400 3.0: “Physics Research”
Change in Course Title and Description
Physics & Astronomy 5230 3.0: from “General Relativity and Cosmology” to “General Relativity”
Changes in Course Descriptions
Physics & Astronomy 5490 3.0: “Astronomical Research”
Physics & Astronomy 5400 3.0: “Physics Research”
o) Graduate Program in Social & Political Thought
New Course Proposal [new core course]
Social & Political Thought 6104 6.0: “Social and Political Thought: Theories, Approaches, and Methods”
p) Graduate Program in Social Anthropology
New Course Proposal
Social Anthropology 5235 3.0: “Anthropological Approaches to Nationalism and Ethnicity: the Politics of Identity”
q) Graduate Program in Sociology
New Course Proposal
Sociology 6775 3.0: “On the Margins and the Political: Debate and Experiences”
10. Senate Synopses
***ForInformation***
Summaries of the Senate meetings of March 27, 2014, April 24, 2014 and May 22, 2014.
The Senate synopses were received for information.
10.
Other Business
Chair Markus Reisenleitner spoke about investigating ways to assist graduate students with timely completion and
enhancing the graduate student experience during their studies. Council was in favour of surveying students about
their experiences.
11.
Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 4:20 p.m.
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