1 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 2 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). 3 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 4 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 5 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” 6 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 7 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 8 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” 9 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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