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YORK UNIVERSITY
FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES

Meeting of Council

Minutes


Thursday, January 7, 2016

3:00 p.m.
N940 Ross Building (Senate Chamber)

Present: T. Abdullah, H. Ali, V.R. Alston, M. Annisette, M. Azadi, M. Biehl, A. Campbell, E. Canel, J. Chartrand, E. Cohen, J. Coutinho, N. Couto, B. Crow (Dean), R. Das, C. Davidson, S. Datta (Chair), C. Ehrlich, S. Elharar, J. Farmer, J. Forbes, S. Frederiksen, G. Georgopolous, S. Henry, S. Horowitz, D.J. Horvath, S. Islam, A. Joshi, M. Kamstra, M. Kipping, T. Kirchner, M. Kristal, G. Langlois, G. Lavoie, R. Lenton, A. MacLennan, D. McArthur, M. Milo, A. Moir, H. Moore, A. Mukherjee, J. Naggar, N. Nirupama, S. Pisana, K. Ruff, M.M. Schiff (Assistant Secretary of Council), T. Thomas, C. van Daalen-Smith, F. vanBreugel, R. Verley, S. Whitaker (Academic Affairs Officer), W. Wong, A. Wong-Kee-You, M. Zabrocki, J. Zemans, M. Zryd (Associate Dean and Secretary)

Guest: C. Underhill, V. Watkins

Regrets: M. Coghlan, S. Dimock, C. Farrell, L. Foster, J. Greyson, S. Hayashi, A. Parker, M. Riddell, S. Ross, D.N. Scott, V. Shea, C. Verheggen, C. Wall, J. Whitehead


1. Welcome and Chair’s Remarks

Chair Suprakash Datta welcomed councillors to the first meeting of Council in 2016.



2. Minutes of Previous Meeting (December 3, 2015) (.docx)

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved.



3. Business Arising from the Minutes

UAP Consultation Submissions
FGS UAP Consultation Submission

There was no business arising from the minutes. Chair Suprakash Datta noted that UAP documents were linked on the agenda for information about the previous meeting’s discussion, and how discussions were proceeding.



4. Dean’s Remarks

  1. Enrolment

Dean Barbara Crow informed Council that the Faculty of Graduate Studies has met doctoral enrolment targets.

  1. Communications

Dean Crow stated that the Faculty has completely changed how it communicates with the community, with improvements in circulating information and distributing notices.

  1. Graduate Students’ Association

The Dean reported that the Faculty has met regularly with the Graduate Students’ Association and is moving forward together on a number of items.

  1. Digital Records

Dean Crow stated that the Faculty has taken steps to improve and consolidate electronic records and record systems.

  1. University Academic Plan

Dean Crow reminded councillors about issues related to the University Academic Plan in its current iteration. She informed Council about a working group on revisioning the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The group will consult Council.

  1. Other

The Dean discussed Mental Health Workshops, Sexual Assault and Anti-Oppression Training. In reply to a question, Dean Crow spoke about enrolment targets, now under review.

5. Brief Review of Program, Curriculum and Course Approval Processes

Associate Dean Mike Zryd
For Discussion

Associate Dean (Academic) Mike Zryd addressed Council about collegial processes, including orientation for Standing Committees. The Faculty has been reviewing procedures and policies, including Council membership and petitions guidelines and regulations. Curriculum procedures are being reviewed and improved.

6. New Graduate Program

Approved by FGS Academic Planning & Policy Committee on October 21, 2015

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Proposed Graduate Program in Management (including new degree and rubric: MSTM)
Appraisal report | Response to consultants

Markus Biehl, Associate Dean, Schulich School of Business, and member of Faculty Council, introduced this new one-year Management Master’s degree, intended for junior managers who may have non-business undergraduate degrees, unlike the work experience required for the MBA.

Ananya Mukherjee-Reed, Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, argued against the proposal on the basis of limited consultation. She expressed concerns that the proposal would also limit opportunities for similar new graduate programs potentially offered by her Faculty. She asked how the new proposal would affect existing Graduate Programs in Public & International Affairs and Public Policy, Administration & Law; and if the new program covered government and non-profit areas of study. She also asked about the differences between this program and the MBA. Dean Mukherjee-Reed also stated that University reviews had recommended more professional content in liberal arts programs, and more liberal arts in professional programs. Of great concern was a limitation on offering similar programs of study at the graduate level in her own Faculty. She asked that the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies not be precluded from such offerings.

Dezsö Horváth, Dean, Schulich School of Business, spoke about the consultation process, and then explained the differences between his Faculty’s two-year and one-year (proposed) offerings. He stated that the new program is not designed for government and non-profit or public servant students. He emphasized that there is no duplication between this new offering and the existing Graduate Programs in Public & International Affairs and Public Policy, Administration & Law. He agreed to remove a reference to government and public sector from the proposal. In reply to Dean Mukherjee-Reed, he stressed that the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies is free to consult about and propose new graduate program for approval.

Dean Barbara Crow stressed that this new graduate program has followed due process and was scrutinized by the Faculty including its Academic Planning & Policy Committee. Appropriate consultations took place. As well, there have been many conversations about ways to bring professional skills into graduate programs’ learning outcomes.

With the deletion of a reference to government and public sector education, it was moved, seconded and CARRIED,

that the proposed new Graduate Program in Management (Faculty of Graduate Studies) be APPROVED.”

7. Changes in Degree Name, Fields and Admissions and Degree Requirements

Approved by FGS Academic Planning & Policy Committee on December 9, 2015

Graduate Program in Computer Science & Engineering

Add Electrical Engineering field to Master of Applied Science degree

It was moved, seconded and CARRIED, unanimously,

that the changes in degree name, fields and admissions and degree requirements proposed by the Graduate Program in Computer Science & Engineering (Faculty of Graduate Studies) be APPROVED.”

8. Changes in Degree Requirements

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Graduate Program in Law
Approved by FGS Academic Planning & Policy Committee on December 9, 2015

Part-Time LLM Specializing in Dispute Resolution
Change to add coursework-only option

Victoria Watkins, Executive Director of the Part-Time LLM program, introduced this item to Council, noting that the LLM specializing in dispute resolution is the only one of 18 specializations that does not yet have a coursework-only option. She stated that there is significant demand among students for this option. It was moved, seconded and CARRIED, unanimously,

that the proposed coursework-only option in the Graduate Program in Law Part-Time LLM Specializing in Dispute Resolution (Faculty of Graduate Studies) be APPROVED.”

9. Changes in Faculty Regulations

Approved by FGS Academic Planning & Policy Committee on December 9, 2015

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Changes in academic petitions and appeals policies:

Academic petitions: procedural guidelines
Appeals of petitions decisions: procedural guidelines
Appeals to Senate Appeals Committee

Academic Affairs Officer Sarah Whitaker introduced this item on behalf of the Faculty Council’s Academic Planning & Policy Committee. These change, she stated, are being made to ensure quick, efficient and knowledgeable decisioning, among the high volume of petitions and appeals being considered by Faculty governance bodies. The changes institute a 12 month deadline for the initiation of petitions from the time an issue arises; and correct language that describes who in the Faculty may assist in the process. Notifications may proceed by email. After a brief discussion, it was moved, seconded, and CARRIED,

that the proposed changes in Faculty regulations (Faculty of Graduate Studies) be APPROVED.”

10. Curricular Changes

Approved by FGS Academic Planning & Policy Committee’s Academic Affairs Subcommittee on December 3, 2015 and received for information by Academic Planning & Policy Committee on December 9, 2015

The following items were available for review by contacting the Coordinator, Faculty Governance, M. Michael Schiff. The items were received for information.

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a) Graduate Program in Business Administration


Change in Course Description and Rubric
Ethics 6950 1.5: “Ethics and Finance” from ETHC to BSUS

Course Deletions
Operations Management and Information Systems 5211 1.5: “Operations Management”
Operations Management and Information Systems 6001 3.0: “Methods and Models in Operational Research”
Operations Management and Information Systems 6351 3.0: “Advanced Spreadsheet Modelling & Programming for Business”
Operations Management and Information Systems 6501 3.0: “Global Operations and Information Management”
Operations Management and Information Systems 6551 3.0: “Inventory Management”
Operations Management and Information Systems 6554 3.0: “Operations Management and Control”
Operations Management and Information Systems 6561 3.0: “Supply Chain Management”
Operations Management and Information Systems 6701 3.0: “Managing New Technology”
Operations Management and Information Systems 6711 3.0: “Management Information Systems”
Operations Management and Information Systems 6721 3.0: “Systems Analysis and Design”
Operations Management and Information Systems 6730 3.0: “Management Issues in Planning, Implementation and Operating I T Systems”
Operations Management and Information Systems 6731 3.0: “Management Issues in Planning, Implementation and Operating I T Systems”
Operations Management and Information Systems 6740 3.0: “eBusiness Technology”
Operations Management and Information Systems 6741 3.0: “eBusiness Technology”
Operations Management and Information Systems 6770 3.0: “Manufacturing & Operations Strategy”
Operations Management and Information Systems 6953 3.0: “Projects in Operations Management”
Operations Management and Information Systems 6971 3.0: “Service Science”
Strategic Management 6960 3.0: “Strategic Management of eBusiness”
Ethics 6900 1.5 or 3.0: “Individual Study”

b) Graduate Program in Chemistry


New Course Proposal
Chemistry 5750 3.0:   “Night-time Chemistry of the Atmosphere”

c) Graduate Program in Computer Science & Engineering


New Course Proposal
Computer Science & Engineering 5612 3.0:   “Digital Very Large Scale Integration”

Change in Course Description
Computer Science & Engineering 6002 3.0:   “Directed Reading”

d) Graduate Program in Critical Studies in Disability


New Course Proposal
Critical Studies in Disability 5085 3.0: “Indigeneity and Disability: Intersections of Health and Human Rights”

e) Graduate Program in Design


Change in Course Title and Description
Design 5102 3.0: from “Design Issues” to “Design Issues and Critical Making” /Crosslisted with Communication & Culture 6525 3.0

f) Graduate Program in Development Studies


New, Integrated Course Proposal
Development Studies 5126 3.0: “Special Topics: The Business of Fair Trade and Development”/Integrated with the undergraduate course Social Science 4048 3.0

g) Graduate Program in Education


New Course Proposal
Education 5935 3.0: “Understanding Youth Homelessness: Its Causes and Conditions, and What We Can Do About It”

h) Graduate Program in English


New Course Proposals
English 6610 3.0: “Writing as Resistance/Writing as Resistant: Language Poetry, Language, and Politics”
English 6743 3.0: “The International Avant-Garde (1896-1947)”

i) Graduate Program in Environmental Studies


New Course Proposal
Environmental Studies 5081 3.0: “Systems Thinking in Environmental Studies: Theory and Methodology”

j) Graduate Program in Executive Master’s in Business Administration


New Course Proposal
Executive Master’s in Business Administration 6260 2.0: “Entrepreneurial Family Firms, Equity Growth & Global Corporate Restructuring”

k) Graduate Program in Film


Crosslisting
Film 6242 3.0: “Space”/Same as Social & Political Thought 6322 3.0

l) Graduate Program in Humanities


New Course Proposals
Humanities 6163 3.0: “Critical Posthumanism(s)”
Humanities 6232 3.0: “The Ethics of Metaphysics and the Metaphysics of Ethics: From the Ethics of Spinoza to Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morals”
Humanities 6331 3.0: “Post-secular Cinema: Rethinking Modernity and Religion through Film-Philosophy”

m) Graduate Program in Kinesiology & Health Science


New Course Proposal
Kinesiology & Health Science 6475 3.0: “Sport, Physical Activity and Health Policy: Development, Analysis, and Evaluation”

n) Graduate Program in Law


Part-Time LLM Specialising in Canadian Common Law
New Course Proposal
Law 6516 3.0: “The Canadian Law of Obligations (Contracts and Torts)”

Part-Time LLM Specialising in International Business Law
New Course Proposal
Law 6299 3.0: “International Sales Law”

o) Graduate Program in Political Science


Change in Course Title
Political Science 6570 3.0: from “Advanced Topics in the Politics of the Third World: State and Revolution, Class and Identity, in the Underdeveloped South” to “Advanced Topics in the Politics of the Global South: Developmental States in the Twenty-first Century”

p) Graduate Program in Psychology


Change in Course Description [change in internship hours]
Psychology 6840 6.0: “Clinical Internship”
Psychology 6840A 3.0: “Clinical Internship I”
Psychology 6840B 3.0: “Clinical Internship II”

q) Graduate Program in Public & International Affairs


New Course Proposal
Public & International Affairs 6339 3.0: “The Dynamics of International Development”

r) Graduate Program in Social & Political Thought


New Course Proposals
Social & Political Thought 6148 3.0: “The Emancipatory Turn?: Recent Themes in Continental Political Theory”
Social & Political Thought 6149 3.0: “The Critique of Domination in Modern Social Theory: From Critical Analysis to Human Rights”
Social & Political Thought 6163 3.0: “Pierre Bourdieu: Major Works and Issues”
Social & Political Thought 6186 6.0: “Empire’s Theory Colonialism’s Critics”
Social & Political Thought 6665 3.0: “Theorizing Modernity and Problems of Postcolonial Theorizations”
Social & Political Thought 6671 3.0: “Feminist Theories: Subjectivity, Power, Culture and Difference in Social and Political Thought”

Crosslisting
Social & Political Thought 6322 3.0: “Space and Film”/Same as Communication & Culture 6132 3.0 and Film 6242 3.0 [adds Communication & Culture and Social & Political Thought]

s) Graduate Program in Social Work


New Course Proposals
Social Work 6125 3.0: “Quantitative Designs, Statistical Literacy and Critical Reasoning for Social Work Research and Practice”
Social Work 5981 3.0: “Critical Social Work and Animals: Trans-Species Social Justice”
Social Work 5976 3.0: “Indigenous Worldviews and Implications to Social Work”

t) Graduate Program in Theatre & Performance Studies


New Course Proposal
Theatre & Performance Studies 5800 3.0: “Sound: Experimental Practices, Critical Studies”

11. Senate Synopses

Summaries of Senate meetings of November 26 and December 10, 2015

The Senate summaries were received for information.



12. Other Business

There was no other business.



12. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 4:00 p.m.

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