COVID-19 Update for Students:

All course delivery in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will be online for the 2020 Fall term. Students registered for classes should watch their emails for messages and updates from their instructors. In the meantime, if students have specific or additional questions about online course delivery or about how this may affect their studies, please contact the appropriate department or program or academic advisor directly. For further information from the university, please visit the COVID-19 Information and Updates webpage.

New students to FASS can find additional information and resources, including facts about departments, video interviews with department and program professors, a recording of a mini-lecture by one of our faculty members, information on the Dal Coordinated Arts Program, First-Year Interest Groups and more, by visiting this page for First-Year FASS Students.


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FASS in Dal News

  • Ask an expert: Political scientist Ruben Zaiotti on the pros and cons of the 'Atlantic bubble'
    At a time when many Canadian provinces are facing a surge in new COVID-19 cases, Atlantic Canada has garnered national attention for its ability to stave off any major new increases — thanks, in part, to more robust regional border controls. Political Science's Ruben Zaiotti explains some of the drawbacks of this approach and how it might be relaxed.
  • Pandemic politics: Course explores the implications of our moment
    A new Dal course, "The Politics of Pandemics," is offering students a window into how global pandemics affect societies, addressing some of the most pressing questions and concerns of COVID-19 and beyond.
  • Revitalizing an old art
    Performer and playwright Katerina Bakolias (BA’15) knew she wanted to incorporate her grandfather’s stories into a creative project after receiving a grant from the National Theatre School’s Art Apart Program, so she transformed them into radio plays to create My Grandfather’s True Stories.
  • Pandemic, the class: Real‑time simulation‑based course challenges students to prevent virus outbreaks
    Robert Huish, an associate professor in the Department of International Development Studies, used the board game Pandemic as inspiration for a new course launching this fall that casts students in different roles with the collaborative goal of preventing and managing pandemics.
  • Royal recognition: Get to know the five Dal researchers newly appointed to the Royal Society of Canada
    The Royal Society of Canada, which brings together scholars, artists and scientists peer-elected as the best in their fields, is welcoming five new Dalhousie members this year: new Fellows Leonard Diepeveen (Arts and Social Sciences), Jennifer Llewellyn (Law) and Douglas Wallace (Science), and new College members Hélène Deacon (Science) and Rita Orji (Computer Science).
  • Dalhousie team of Canada Research Chairs continues to grow
    Three Dalhousie scholars are part of the newest cohort of Canada Research Chairs (CRCs), with new chairs focused on immigrants and refugees, the impacts of climate change on coastal zones, and the integration of gender and sexuality into reconciliation.
  • Ask an expert: Lori Turnbull on Erin O’Toole’s Conservative leadership victory
    Canada’s Conservative Party elected its new leader this week, bringing a fresh face to the official opposition in Parliament and a new challenger to Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. We chatted with Dal's Lori Turnbull about O’Toole’s successful campaign and what a federal election with him at the helm of the Conservatives could look like.
  • Music education has a race problem, and universities must address it
    The recent furor from senior academics in response to a public lecture about the whiteness of music education reflects a longstanding race problem in music. It's time to address this, writes Musicology Professor and Fountain School Director Jacqueline Warwick.
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