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                                YORK UNIVERSITY
                           FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES
                                  Meeting of Council

                                           Minutes

                                                                 Thursday, December 6, 2007
                                                                                 4:00 p.m.
                                                                        N940 Ross Building


Present:   T. Abbruzzese, N. Ashkenazi, N. Aylwin, H. Bean, S. Benchimol, M. Coghlan, S.B.
           Collins, T. Crawshaw, J. Cumby, D. Dadgari, A. Eckford, J. Edmondson (Chair), N.
           Elson, N.S. Fisher-Stitt, J. Gambarotto-McKay (Academic Affairs Officer), V. Gates,
           C. Gerritsen, B. Godard, S. Grabke, A. Grimes, M. Hamadeh, L. Hanzel, J. Harman,
           D. Henriques, K. Hoffman, K. Holloway, S.R. Horowitz, N. Israelite, C. James, K.
           Kempadoo, P. Kelly, N. Khanani, M. Kip, N. Lodhi, M. Marcuzzi, G. McGoldrick,
           A.S. Medeiros, M. Mozurkewich, D. Murphy, J. Nonnekes (Executive Officer), N.
           Norquay, L. Packer, S. Pereira (Student Affairs Officer), F.B. Pilkington, P.Y.
           Pouliot, E. Rosser, A. Rubenstein, C. Shanahan, B. Spotton Visano, E. Tepperman, K.
           Tokarsky, F. Tsutagawa, S. Ullah, S. Warwick (Associate Dean), R. Wildes, L.
           Wright (Vice-Chair)

Guests:    D. Cabianca, N. Daniels, S. Paneduro, S. Renault-Steele, K. Thomson, S. Wright

Regrets:   S. Alsop, C. Archer, A. Griffith, W. Janczak, M.-A. Labranche, P. Lampert, O.
           Okafor, L. Packer, D. Peers, N. Razack, A. Weiss, J. Zemans

1.     Welcome and Chair’s Remarks

       Chair Jonathan Edmondson welcomed members of Council, passing along Dean Douglas
       Peers’ regrets. The Dean was attending the Northeastern Association of Graduate
       Schools annual meeting

       As well, the Chair welcomed new Executive Officer Joanne Nonnekes to her first
       meeting of Council.

2.     Minutes of Previous Meeting (October 4, 2007)

       The minutes were approved, with a small amendment.

3.     Business Arising from the Minutes

       There was no business arising from the minutes.

4.     Dean’s Remarks
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     In reply to a question about bursaries, Associate Dean Susan Warwick updated Council
     noting that data has been collected about recent disbursements, and that a third review
     was conducted. It was expected that additional funds would be allocated to graduate
     students in the greatest need.

5.   Report of the Nominating Committee

     *** For Information ***

     Chair Jonathan Edmondson presented the results of the FGS by-election on behalf of
     Nominating Committee: David Mutimer was elected to the FGS Awards Committee, and
     Asia Weiss was elected to Senate Academic Planning & Policy Committee. The Chair
     noted that despite the electronic voting process, turnout for this by-election was
     unfortunately very low.

     As required by Senate regulations approved in 2006-07, Chair Edmondson reported that
     graduate student senators are Jason Harman and Shelley McCabe.

6.   Faculty of Graduate Studies Academic Planning & Policy Committee: Legislation
     Concerning Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Submission
     Approved at the November 21, 2007, meeting of FGS Academic Planning & Policy
     Committee

     *** For Approval ***

     Associate Dean Susan Warwick presented the following motion on behalf of FGS
     Academic Planning & Policy Committee:

        “that the Committee recommend to Council that the motion approved by
        Faculty Council with respect to Changes to dissertation regulations (Section 33)
        on June 7, 2007, be rescinded.”

     The motion being rescinded reads:

     “that the proposed changes to Faculty of Graduate Studies’ regulations with respect
     to dissertation proposals be APPROVED.”

     The regulation under consideration, approved at the June 7, 2007, meeting of Faculty
     Council, read as follows:

        For doctoral students to remain in good academic standing they must have a supervisor and a
        supervisory committee in place as well as a dissertation proposal submitted in accordance with
        program requirements. The minimum Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements are as follows:

        A supervisor must be recommended by the appropriate graduate program director for approval by the
        Dean of Graduate Studies no later than the end of the fifth term of study (end of second term of PhD II).
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        Students will not be able to register in the seventh term of study (the onset of PhD III) unless a
        supervisor has been approved.

        A supervisory committee and a dissertation proposal must be recommended by the appropriate
        graduate program director for approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies no later than the end of the
        eighth term of study (end of second term of PhD III). Students will not be able to register in the tenth
        term of study (the onset of PhD IV) unless a supervisory committee and a dissertation proposal have
        been approved.

     After some discussion, the motion to rescind the June 7, 2007, approval of the changes to
     Faculty regulations, as shown above, was moved, seconded and CARRIED.

     Associate Dean Susan Warwick presented the following follow-up motion on behalf of
     FGS Academic Planning & Policy Committee:

        “The appropriate graduate program director must recommend for approval by
        the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies a dissertation proposal for each
        student no later than the end of the eleventh term of study (end of second term of
        PhD IV) OR the appropriate graduate program director must forward to the
        Dean of Graduate Studies the student's completed annual Report on Progress by
        the end of the eleventh term of study (end of second term of PhD IV).”

     The Faculty of Graduate Studies considers dissertation proposals for approval when
     received, but there is no benchmark for when that should occur. This motion provides a
     clear and uniform timeline. Associate Dean Susan Warwick informed Council that half
     of the petitions received by the Faculty of Graduate Studies involve time extensions.
     Problems with progress in the current model are typically not reported until the end of the
     sixth year when students petition for time extensions. Associate Dean Warwick
     reminded councillors that the revised regulation incurs no consequences and simply
     allows the Faculty to review students’ progress.

     Council discussed the revised regulation. Associate Dean Warwick reviewed how the
     Faculty could assist if progress reports indicate that supervisory committees are acting in
     a timely manner. Councillors discussed assisting students with other kinds of support.
     Associate Dean Warwick noted that without reports on progress it is difficult for the
     Faculty to know how best to assist students. After further discussion, the question was
     called, and the above motion to set a timeline for reporting dissertation proposal progress
     to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, was moved, seconded and DEFEATED.

7.   New Graduate Diploma

     *** For Approval ***

     Proposed new GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN NEUROSCIENCE (TYPE 2-“DEGREE-
     CONCURRENT”)
     Approved at the November 21, 2007, meeting of FGS Academic Planning & Policy
     Committee
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     New Graduate Diploma Proposal

     New Course Proposals
     Kinesiology & Health Science 6155 3.0: “Fundamentals of Neuroscience I: Structures,
        Neurons and Synapses”/Same as Biology 5146 3.0 and Psychology 6257 3.0
     Psychology 6253 3.0: “Fundamentals of Neuroscience II: Circuits, Systems and
        Behaviour”/Same as Biology 5147 3.0 and Kinesiology & Health Science 6156 3.0

     Councillor Denise Henriques introduced this item to Council. The proposed new
     Graduate Diploma in Neuroscience builds on existing strengths in the Graduate
     Programs in Biology, Kinesiology & Health Science and Psychology. It was moved,
     seconded and CARRIED, unanimously,

     “that the proposed new Graduate Diploma in Neuroscience (Type 2-“Degree-
     Concurrent”) (Faculty of Graduate Studies) be APPROVED.”

8.   Changes in Degree Requirements

     ***    For    Approval***

     GRADUATE PROGRAM IN DESIGN
     Approved at the October 15, 2007, meeting of FGS Academic Planning & Policy
     Committee's Academic Affairs Subcommittee and the November 21, 2007, meeting of
     FGS Academic Planning & Policy Committee

     Change in Degree Requirements
     Change in course requirements to split existing full-course design practicum into two
        half-course design studio courses

     These changes offer students more flexibility in their studies. It was moved, seconded
     and CARRIED, unanimously,

     “that the changes in degree requirements proposed by the Graduate Program in
     Design (Faculty of Graduate Studies) be APPROVED.”

9.   Changes in Diploma Requirements

     *** For Approval ***

     GRADUATE         DIPLOMAS        IN     EARLY         CHILDHOOD         EDUCATION,
     ENVIRONMENTAL/SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION, MATHEMATICS EDUCATION AND
     POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION
     Approved at the August 1, 2007, meeting of FGS Academic Planning & Policy
     Committee's Academic Affairs Subcommittee, referred back to the program at the August
     15, 2007, meeting of FGS Academic Planning & Policy Committee
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      Changes in Diploma Requirements
      Change to the Graduate Diplomas in Early Childhood Education,
         Environmental/Sustainability Education, Mathematics Education and Post-Secondary
         Education so that students are not required to undertake the thesis or major research
         paper options only but may alternatively obtain the graduate diploma by project,
         paper, video, etc.

      Last year the Graduate Program in Education added a course-only master’s degree, so
      students do not have to complete, for example, a major research paper or thesis. This
      proposal allows students undertaking graduate diplomas housed in the Graduate Program
      in Education completing their studies by the new coursework option to undertake these
      diplomas. It was moved, seconded and CARRIED, unanimously,

      “that the changes in diploma requirements proposed by the Graduate Program in
      Education for the Graduate Diplomas in Early Childhood Education,
      Environmental/Sustainability Education, Mathematics Education and Post-
      Secondary Education (Faculty of Graduate Studies) be APPROVED.”

10.   Curricular Changes
      Approved at the October 15 and November 7, 2007, meetings of FGS Academic Planning
      & Policy Committee's Academic Affairs Subcommittee and received for information at
      the October 24 and November 21, 2007, meetings of FGS Academic Planning & Policy
      Committee

      Members of Council were invited to view these documents in the FGS Council office.
      The items were received for information.

      *** For Information ***

      a) GRADUATE PROGRAM IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

      New Course Proposal
      Finance 6975 1.5: “Going Private – Fundamentals of the Private Equity Process”

      b) GRADUATE PROGRAM IN COMMUNICATION & CULTURE

      New Course Proposals
      Communication & Culture 6109C 3.0: “Special Topics: Friedrich Kittler and the
        Materialities of Communication”
      Communication & Culture 6523 3.0: “Communication and the Sociotechnical:
        Perspectives, Debates, Applications”
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c) GRADUATE PROGRAM IN COMPUTER SCIENCE

New Course Proposal
Computer Science 6222 3.0: “Coding and Information Theory”

d) GRADUATE PROGRAM IN DESIGN

New Course Proposals
Design 5108 3.0: “Design Studio 1"/Prerequisites: registration in the Graduate
   Program in Design or permission from the graduate program director
Design 5109 3.0: “Design Studio 2"/Prerequisites: Design 5108 3.0 or
   permission from the graduate program director

Course Deletions
Design 5001 6.0: “Design Practicum”

e) GRADUATE PROGRAM IN ECONOMICS

New Course Proposals
Economics 5440 3.0: “Auction Theory in Industrial Organization”
Economics 5820 3.0: “International Trade Theory II”

f) GRADUATE PROGRAM IN EDUCATION

New Course Proposal
Education 5546 3.0:       “Pedagogical Documentation in Early Childhood
Education”/Prerequisite: Education 5545 3.0 or permission of the instructor

New Course Proposal
Education 5248 3.0: “Aesthetics, Music, Education”

g) GRADUATE PROGRAM IN ENGLISH

New, Crosslisted Course Proposal
English 6950 3.0: “Postcolonial Theory”/Same as Social & Political Thought
   6630 3.0

h) GRADUATE PROGRAM IN FILM

Changes in Course Numbers
Film from 5130 6.0 to 5120 6.0: “Featured Screenwriting II”
Film from 5120 3.0 to 5130 3.0: “Selected Topics in Screenwriting”

i) GRADUATE PROGRAM IN GEOGRAPHY

New, Integrated Course Proposal
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        Geography 5602 3.0: “Climatology of High Latitudes”/Integrated with the
           undergraduate course Science Geography 4205 3.0

        j) GRADUATE PROGRAM IN HUMANITIES

        New Course Proposals
        Humanities 6127 3.0: “Contemporary Theory and the Humanities”
        Humanities 6129 3.0: “Black Women’s Writing in the African Diaspora”
        Humanities 6130 3.0: “Critical Methodologies for Humanities Research”
        Humanities 6131 3.0: “Translation Studies in the Humanities”
        Humanities 6132 3.0: “Race-thinking, Modernity and Postcolonial Melancholia”
        Humanities 6207 3.0: “Religion and Contemporary Cinema”
        Humanities 6215 3.0: “Secularism and its Challenges”
        Humanities 6302 3.0: “Culture and Technology”
        Humanities 6308 3.0: “Images of Animals”

        Change in Course Title
        Humanities 6309 3.0: from “Essays on the Philosophy of Freedom: Kant,
           Schelling, Heidegger and Zizek” to “Essays on the Philosophy of Freedom”

        k) GRADUATE PROGRAM IN KINESIOLOGY & HEALTH SCIENCE

        New Course Proposals
        Kinesiology & Health Science 6390 3.0: “Aging, Body Composition and Chronic
           Disease: Lifestyle Therapeutic Interventions”
        Kinesiology & Health Science 6393 3.0: “Advanced Protein and Amino Acid
           Nutrition and Metabolism”
        Kinesiology & Health Science 6440 3.0: “Current Issues in the Psychology of
           Skilled Performance”
        Kinesiology & Health Science 6460 3.0: “Applied Epidemiology”
        Kinesiology & Health Science 6500 3.0: “Human Thermal Physiology”

        l) GRADUATE PROGRAM IN LAW

        New Course Proposals
        Law 6122 6.0: “Economic Issues: Child and Spousal Support”
        Law 6123 3.0: “Economic Issues: Property, Pensions and Possession of the
Home”
        Law 6127 3.0: “Non-Adversarial Resolution to Family Law Disputes”

        m) GRADUATE PROGRAM IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

        New, Integrated Course Proposal
        Political Science 5420 3.0:      “People Power and Colour Revolutions in
            Authoritarian Societies”/Integrated with the undergraduate course Arts
            Political Science 4420 3.0
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New Course Proposals
Political Science 6175 3.0: “Politics and Policies in Aging Societies”
Political Science 6185 3.0: “Governmentalities of Urban Poverty”

Crosslisting
Political Science 6285 3.0: “Global Capital”/Same as Social & Political Thought
6220 3.0

Change to Course Title and Description
Political Science 5175 6.0: from “Canadian Federalism in Comparative
    Perspective”     to   “Canadian     Constitutionalism    in    Comparative
    Perspective”/Integrated with the undergraduate course Arts Political Science
    4175 6.0

n) GRADUATE PROGRAM IN SOCIAL & POLITICAL THOUGHT

New Course Proposal
Social & Political Thought 6195C 3.0: “Marx’s Critical/Dialectical Procedure”

o) GRADUATE PROGRAM IN SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY

New Course Proposals
Social Anthropology 5220 3.0: “Technoscientific Cultures: Foundations in
   Anthropology of Science and Technology”
Social Anthropology 5230 3.0: “Themes in Visual Anthropology”

p) GRADUATE PROGRAM IN SOCIOLOGY

New Course Proposals
Sociology 6613 3.0/6.0: “Migrant Incorporations and Social Transformation”
Sociology 6664 3.0: “Economic Sociology”
Sociology 6810 3.0: “Topics in Biopolitics”
Sociology 6684 3.0/6.0: “Gender and Critical Social Policy Analysis”
Sociology 6893 3.0:      “Colonialism, Race and the Law:            Sociological
Implications”

Change in Course Weighting
Sociology 6611 from 6.0 to 3.0/6.0: “International Migration, Ethnic Relations
and Identity”

q) GRADUATE PROGRAM IN TRANSLATION

New Course Proposals
Translation 5160 3.0: “Method in Multicultural Environments”
Translation 5165 3.0: “Traduction et éthique”
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      r) GRADUATE PROGRAM IN WOMEN’S STUDIES

      New Course Proposal
      Women’s Studies 6404 3.0: “Theorizing Women’s Work”

11.   Senate Synopses

      ***    For    Information***

      Summary of Senate meetings of September 27 and October 25 , 2007

      The Senate summaries were received for information.

12.   Other Business

      Chair Jonathan Edmondson reminded councillors that the next meeting was
      scheduled for January 3, 2008, although from time to time the January meeting is
      not held for lack of sufficient business.

13.   Adjournment

      The meeting adjourned at 5:15 p.m.

				
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