Our Streams

Woodsworth One offers two streams based on different themes: Order & Disorder and Popular Culture Today. Classes are capped at 25 students in each stream. This enables students to rapidly build a community, get to know the professor, and develop a solid academic foundation. 

Each stream is interdisciplinary, which means that it draws from a number of different academic disciplines. Students may be suited to a particular stream based on their interests, future programs of study, or the other introductory courses they are considering for their first year at UofT. For example, the Order & Disorder stream draws upon Political Science, Sociology, Criminology, History, Philosophy and Economics. The Popular Culture Today stream intersects with Music History & Culture, Anthropology, Art History, Book and Media Studies, and more. 

We recommend that you explore the information for both streams to see which is best suited to you!

Please note: WDW One is only open to students in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Students in Commerce, Life Sciences and other programs are not eligible, owing to conflicting schedules. 

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The course material overlaps with many other Social Science disciplines. Students in our program are interested in the following areas of study: 

  • Criminology
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Ethics, Society & Law
  • Employment Relations
  • International Relations
  • Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies
  • Equity Studies
  • Economics
  • Psychology

The co-curricular activities in this section will also explore opportunities for careers in law, politics, economics, and advocacy.


Students in this stream are required to take two half-credit courses (one in the fall term, one in the winter term). This counts as one total credit toward their undergraduate degree.

WDW151H1 – Order and Disorder I: Individuals, Groups, and Society
Societies require law and order, but at what point does order become oppression? How do crime, immigration, and economic inequality intersect with the law? What are the intended and unintended effects of our laws?

WDW152H1 – Order and Disorder II: Global Affairs and Emerging Technologies
What causes war and what have been the trends in warfare? How does cooperation arise? How have trading relationships created global order? How has technology transformed global order in the past, and how might emerging technologies such as Big Data and 3-D Printing transform our current world?


Students in the O&D stream are encouraged to take at least one of the following courses:

  • POL 101Y1 (Full-Year Course) – Democracy, Dictatorship, War, and Peace: An Introduction
  • PHL100Y1 (Full-Year Course) – Introduction to Philosophy
  • SOC100H1 (Half Credit Course – Fall) – Introduction to Sociology and/or SOC150H1 (Half Credit Course – Winter) – Sociological Inquiries
  • Any 100-level HIS course


The course material is meant to interact with the material in both Humanities and Social Science disciplines. Many students in our program are interested in the following areas of study: 

  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Book & Media Studies
  • Cinema Studies
  • English
  • Literature & Critical Theory
  • Music History & Culture
  • Visual Studies
  • Writing & Rhetoric

The co-curricular activities for this section specifically focus on exploring career opportunities in the arts and culture sector.


Students in this stream are required to take two half-credit courses (one in the fall term, one in the winter term). This counts as one total credit toward their undergraduate degree.

WDW153H1 – Popular Culture Today I: Issues & Perspectives
Popular culture, which might best be defined as culture about everyone, by everyone, and for everyone, is an increasingly important part of life. This interdisciplinary seminar examines from multiple perspectives its impact as art movement, agent of social change, and universal language of the digital age.

WDW154H1 – Popular Culture Today II – Protest and Popular Culture (Spots still available!)

This course will be taught by Dr. Thomas Socknat. To learn more about Dr. Socknat, please visit our Meet The Team page. 

“Millions of people take to the streets of major cities around the globe to protest the Iraq war in 2003.” “More than 35 cities and towns across Canada hold rallies to stop the war in Afghanistan.” “The Arab Spring calls for democratic change as demonstrators filled Egypt’s Tahir Square in 2011.” “Black Lives Matter protests sweep American cities in 2016.” These and other headlines confirm that protests, recently almost all orchestrated through social media, continue to form an important aspect of popular culture, but these protests are only the latest stage in the evolution of an organized, citizen initiated campaign for social, economic and political justice that has intersected with popular culture.

This course examines how various forms of popular culture, such as films, music, art, literature, TV, internet sites and social media, reflect and promote protest movements, past and present. Special emphasis will be placed on the interplay of popular culture with the peace movement/anti-war protests, the civil rights movement/anti-discrimination protests, the environmental movement/anti-pollution protests, the Aboriginal rights movement/anti-colonialism protests, the occupy movement/anti-globalization and economic injustice protests and Black Lives Matter/anti-racism protests. For example, this convergence of protest and popular culture was recently highlighted with Beyoncé’s “Formation” half-time performance at the 2016 Super bowl game and with Bob Dylan, the composer of leading protest songs of the 1960s, being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

The course, based on a variety of interdisciplinary readings and other forms of popular culture, is taught in an interactive seminar format with co-curricular sessions with guest speakers and field trips and will assist students in developing skills in academic research and writing, as well as in presentations and discussions.



Students in this stream are encouraged to also take at least one of the following First-Year courses:

  • ANT100Y (Introduction to Anthropology),
  • CIN105Y (Introduction to Film Study),
  • ENG140Y (Literature for Our Time),
  • SOC102H (Social Inequalities) and SOC103H (Institutions & Processes)