Humanities

Find your edge in UVic's Faculty of Humanities.

The humanities are concerned with the complex, ever-evolving questions of what it means to be human. The humanities equip us to make critical and difficult choices, to recognize the difference between what is right and what is easy, and to take responsibility for our choices. 

The Faculty of Humanities offers a number of courses that reflect our values, mission and strengths. 

Fall 2023

HUMA 120A: Making of Intellectual Life

Instructor: Michael Reed

From the Greco-Roman through the Medieval and Renaissance periods, this course explores the world of ideas that shaped our ways of thinking and of living together through a survey of intellectual inquiry and of its traditions, including philosophy, religion, literature, art, music, mathematics, physics and astronomy.

Spring 2024

HUMA 120B: Making of the Modern Mind

Instructor: Michael Reed

From 1500 to the present, this course explores how challenges to authority built the modern world and defined progress, doubt, individuality, equity and plurality through a survey of the main questions about the world, humankind, science and society as they have been addressed by scholars, scientists and artists.

HUMA 485: Justice and Being Human*

Instructor: Audrey Yap

This will be a class on justice and the humanities taught both at UVic and Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre (VIRCC). Enrolled UVic students will spend one class each week (Mondays) learning online alongside incarcerated students at the correctional centres, and the other class (Thursdays) with the other UVic students on campus. There will be two general types of readings: some on the transformative power of pedagogy for social justice, and some on what it means to be human and create a just society. What underlies this course is the transformative power of education, but also different ways of looking at education, in which it is not simply the transmission of knowledge from one party to another, but the co-creation of knowledge by people with different perspectives on and experiences of the world.

*Registration by permission of the faculty only. Email for more information.