History, Political Science and Contemporary Issues
Make sense of the past and the present.
These days, we have to sift through a lot of information—from news outlets and other media—to separate truth from opinion. As informed citizens, we want to determine what information is relevant and accurate. Our courses will help you to see the big issues of yesterday and today—including historical, political, cultural and demographic—from varying perspectives.
Seek the knowledge you need to understand the world we live in with our courses in History, Political Science and Contemporary Issues.
Deepen your understanding of Canada
In the Canadian Studies Diploma program, you'll satisfy your academic, professional and/or personal interest in subjects relating to Canada by learning about the country through different lenses, including: multiculturalism, arts, history, policies and politics, society.
- A History of Ross Bay Cemetery
- A History of the James Bay Neighbourhood
- A Journey through Iran
- A Journey through Iran (Mary Winspear Centre)
- A New Look at James Bay History
- Apocalypse Now: Christian Right Literature and Politics
- Artificial Intelligence in Border Management
- Borders and Law in the 21st Century
- China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Multiple Perspectives
- Chinese New Year Customs
- Chinese Victoria: History of Victoria's Chinatown
- Christmas in Old Victoria
- Conservation Conflict Transformation: Processes and Principles
- Conspiracies and Radicalization in the "Post-Truth" Era
- Conspiracies and Radicalization in the Post-truth Era (Mary Winspear Centre)
- Conspiracy Thinking: A Rational Guide to Thinking Irrationally
- Conspiratorial Thinking in the Age of COVID
- Dirty Money, Secret Sex: Political Scandals in Canada
- Emily Carr's James Bay
- Emotional Politics in Canada
- Empire and Desire: The Ottoman Palace in Western Imagination
- Fairfield History
- Ghosts and Legends of Victoria
- Good Fire Ahead: Controlled Burning in the American West
- Haunted Victoria
- How Does Immigration Impact Communities (Mary Winspear Centre)
- How to Give a Great Presentation
- Industrial Victoria
- Introduction to the Human Dimensions of Climate Change
- Jack the Ripper and the Royal Family: Murder and Myth
- James Teit and Indigenous Rights in BC, 1880s - 1920s
- Legalizing Illegal Mass Surveillance
- Managing Borders and Bodies in the 21st Century
- Mental Health and Substance Use & Supporting Others, Caring for Yourself
- Murder and the Media in Victorian England
- Music for the Soul: The Story of Gospel Music
- Neoliberalism in Canada: Its Origins, Impact and Future - Mary Winspear
- Networks and Borderlands: Bordering Processes in the 21st Century
- Networks of Rage: Far-Right Extremism Online
- Not Just a Little Bit of Olde England
- Petty Traitors and Domestic Tyrants: Spouse Murder in England, 1660–1800
- Police Ethics: Its Nature and Implications
- Politics, Policies and Planning for Climate Action
- Rockland History and Architecture
- Secrets of Ancient Egypt’s Lost Turquoise Mines
- Shakespeare’s Adopted Children
- Skepticism and Critical Thinking in the 21st Century
- Social Networks: How Conspiracy Theories Move in Digital Spaces
- The Changing Face of Victoria's Chinatown in the 21st Century
- The European Union and the World: Impact and Value
- The First Treaties: The Roots of Indigenous-Settler Relations in Canada
- The History of the Blues
- The Russian Invasion of Ukraine: Understanding the Deeper Causes - Mary Winspear
- The Social Construction of Borders
- The Storm Rises: Qanon as Conspiracy and Quasi-religious Movement
- Towards a Federal Europe: Democracy in the 21st Century
- Trade and Customs Borders in the 21st Century
- Transformation in Complex Systems
- Troy Revisited
- Ukraine and the Middle East: Impact and Responses
- UVic’s Transformative Climate Action Program: What can it do for you?
- Victoria 100 Years Ago: A Look at 1923
- Victorian Cities of the Dead
- Writing Historical Fiction
Deans’ Lecture Series
Research is continually reshaping the way we live and think. Meet distinguished members of the faculties at the University of Victoria and learn about their research interests in these FREE online lectures.
In Pursuit of Knowledge - Winter
This series of daytime lectures will acquaint you with UVic faculty and their many areas of interest.
Peninsula Pursuits courses generally take place at the Mary Winspear Centre and focus on the interests of the people who live and work in the community.
UVic on the Peninsula
Each term we offer a selection of lectures and short courses in Sidney, most of which take place at the Mary Winspear Centre.
This interdisciplinary program, leading to a Diploma in Canadian Studies, is designed to offer students a way to critically examine Canada through a variety of disciplinary lenses.
Climate Action Planning
The Climate Action Planning micro-credential (CAP) is a great opportunity to learn the foundations of planning for climate action. You will develop the skills needed for you as a professional to put into action at all government levels.
Fundamentals for the Homelessness Serving Sector
If you provide support to people who are experiencing homelessness or are at-risk of homelessness, the new Fundamentals for the Homelessness Serving Sector micro-credential program is for you. You will enhance your knowledge and gain the skills and competencies necessary for paid or volunteer roles in the sector.
Intercultural Studies and Practice
The Diploma in Intercultural Studies and Practice (ISP) prepares students to play a productive and socially responsible role in an increasingly multicultural and diverse world. The program aims to develop social responsibility and a clearer understanding and awareness of the complex issues at play in a multicultural society.
Modern Border Management: Trade and Customs
This micro-credential program will explore how the regulatory environment of trading networks redesigns borders functionally and changes customs policies and practices.
Modern Border Management: (Im)migration and Mobility
This micro-credential program will examine local and regional changes affecting the politics and policies of cross border regions and transboundary people.
Social Justice Studies
The aim of the Social Justice Studies (SJS) diploma program is to provide students with a thorough understanding of the range of ways in which scholars, researchers and students address and engage with issues surrounding social inequities and injustices in the contemporary world.
Transformative Climate Action
The need for transformative climate action is urgent. An effective and practical response requires significant changes to how we live. The Transformative Climate Action Certificate (TCA) provides the tools needed to make social, cultural and political changes that support diverse, ethical and flourishing communities.
On Monday, Sept. 30, staff at the Division of Continuing Studies took part in the annual Orange Shirt Day along with other UVic faculty, staff and students. The event was created to show respect for residential school survivors and their families, and to commit to the principle that every child matters.Read Story
By Dr. Jo-Anne Clarke, Dean, Continuing Studies When Joanne and Mike Rada retired, they weren't quite ready for a quiet home and settled life.Read Story
We are sad to announce the passing of one of our most committed students, Nan Walmsley. Nan passed away peacefully at home, Sept. 13, surrounded by her family. She lived 97 fulfilling years.Read Story
Olav Krigolson is a neuroscientist and UVic professor, and one of our most popular instructors at Continuing Studies. In the four years he's been teaching with us, he's taught 22 courses with over 880 registrations.Read Story
After nearly a decade working for Continuing Studies at UVic, it goes without saying that Preston Randall is an integral part of the team. He knows the division’s systems, people and workflows like the back of his hand.Read Story
What is it that prompts someone to take a Continuing Studies course? Well it’s different for everyone of course, but for retired physician Dr. Heidi Martins it was to expand her perspective on the world.Read Story
For Elizabeth—or Liz, as she’s known around the office—one of the best parts of her job is meeting those members of the community who consider themselves to be lifelong learners. As a program coordinator within the Division of Continuing Studies’ Arts and Science unit, Liz coordinates the humanities courses, as well as the ever-popular Deans’ Lunchtime Lecture Series.Read Story
As I prepare for graduation and think about my next challenge in graduate studies, I must acknowledge that I would most likely never have attended university had it not been for the Humanities Diploma program.Read Story
"Nan" Walmsley celebrates her 90th birthday this year but shows no sign of slowing down in her quest to learn new things. Since fall 1998, she has taken around 165 courses through Continuing Studies.Read Story
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