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Why does war recur?

Everyone claims to be opposed to war, yet war is one of the constants of history. Why is that? Why can’t we rid ourselves of war? Woodsworth One students kicked off the Winter Term exploring the many different  ways to study war, and evaluating different explanations for why wars recur.

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WDW One Students Explore their Strengths

This week’s Co-Curricular activity was called “Exploring your Strengths for Academic Success.” Before class, students were required to fill out the Clifton StrengthsFinder Assessment, created by  Gallup, Inc.,  a global, research-based consulting company. The StrengthsFinder assessment helps students identify their top five signature themes of talent and gives them action to help them develop academically, […]

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Getting Ready for Second Semester!

This week we’ll be starting the Winter term, which focuses on global affairs and emerging technologies.  We’ll talk about anarchy, war, cooperation, and trade. Why do wars occur? And how do they transform global order? How does cooperation come about?  The second section of the term focuses on emerging technologies that promise to transform existing […]

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Order is restored in Jellystan…or is it?

This fall Woodsworth ONE students traveled to the fictional island country of Jellystan, where the currency is jellybeans. Throughout the term Jellystan experienced a number of events which prompted students to consider the trade-offs between self-interest and the community good. Students were challenged to figure out how to respond to these disturbances and in the […]

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WDW One Visits the Ontario Legislature!

Woodsworth One students recently toured Queen’s Park as part of our discussion about laws and social order. How do laws arise? How do they create order, and how do they change in response to disorder? Our tour guides spoke about the history of Queen’s Park, Ontario’s legal system, and the rules that govern our province.

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Field Trip to the Distillery District!

Woodsworth One students travelled to the Distillery District recently for an up-close look at the way the Industrial Revolution transformed societies around the globe. Our tour guides told us about the history of the neighborhood, its connection with Europe, and the manner in which manufacturing was established and evolved. We also learned about the Irish […]

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Innovative Writing Workshop

Ronna Bloom, University of Toronto’s Poet in Community, led a powerful and unusual writing workshop for the WDW One community in October. Students learned how to use writing methods to address “blockages” in both their academic work and personal lives. This exercise was particularly timely, as students are headed toward their first set of university […]

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Come see us at the University of Toronto Fall Campus Day this Saturday!

This Saturday, October 19th, the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus will be holding their annual Fall Campus Day! If you’re a prospective student, you can come and check out different programs, colleges, residences, and services at UofT–including the Woodsworth One Program! We will be set up in the main hall of Woodsworth College, located […]

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WDW One Travels to Jellystan

This month WDW One students travelled to the fictional island country of Jellystan, where the currency is jellybeans. Through a variety of games and activities we explored some of the challenges of building social order. What happens when a community of rational actors share a common resource? How can we promote cooperation and coordination among […]

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Program Update: We’re three weeks in!

The Woodsworth One Program is well under way, having completed three full weeks of lectures and co-curricular activities. This year we are running three 25-person seminars focusing on the themes of Order and Disorder. The program also features a unique 2 hour co-curricular activity each week where all 75 students come together to expand upon […]

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