Vantage One Bachelor of Arts: Global Citizenship

An international approach to community concerns

The Vantage One Arts stream explores processes that are shaping the contemporary world – globalization, urbanization, mobility, new forms of civil and political action – in the context of themes of environmental sustainability and personal responsibility in engagement with these processes. Coursework includes geography, political science, psychology, research and writing. Complete your BA at the UBC Vancouver campus.

Wondering how you can progress from Vantage One to Year 2 of your UBC degree? Learn more here.

Courses

Between September and July, you will be registered in the following courses:

ASTU 204A (3)
Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities

GEOG 121 (3)
Geography, Modernity and Globalization I
The course covers the Human geography of the modern world for the period 1750–1945. Themes include pre-industrial societies, global encounters and conflicts, urbanization and regional growth; global migrations, trade and communications; imperialism and anti-imperialism; environment and warp

GEOG 122 (3)
Geography, Modernity and Globalization II
The course examines the Human geography of the modern world since 1945. Themes include global interdependence in economic geography, geopolitics, and cultural geography; consequences of modernization, including demography, urbanization and environmental effects; regional case studies; and reactions to modernization.

LLED 200 (3)
Introduction to Writing in Academic and Professional Registers
This course introduces students to writing in university. It promotes deeper understanding of the role of language in achieving academic and professional registers by providing explicit instruction in language-linked strategies for writing effectively, individualized feedback, and extensive opportunities to write across a variety of university registers.

POLI 100 (3)
Introduction to Politics
This course offers a general introduction to the study of politics. Topics covered include key concepts such as power, ideology and identity; relevant actors including states, citizens and institutions; systems including democracy and authoritarianism; and various trends in contemporary politics such as globalization and conflict.

POLI 220 (3)
Introduction to Comparative Politics
This course explores a range of topics including the usefulness and potential limitations of comparative analysis, political ideologies, regime type, the role of civil society, nationalism, democratization, economic development, conflict and political culture. While much of this course focuses on the comparison of states and systems within states, it also explores differences and commonalities between other political groupings including resistance movements, regional institutions and non-state armed groups.

PSYC 101 (3)
Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology
Introduction to Methods and Statistics, Biopsychology, Learning, Perception, Memory, and Cognition.

PSYC 102 (3)
Introduction to Developmental, Social, Personality, and Clinical Psychology
This course introduces some of the major research areas within the field of psychology: the scientific study of behaviour. The course begins with an overview of the field of psychology and its research methods. It then deals with several fundamental topics in psychology: social behaviour, intelligence, motivation, emotion, development and personality. The course concludes with the topic of psychological disorders.

VANT 140 (3)
Content and Language Enrichment Tutorials
Sustained language support for linked content courses in International Program. Students develop strategies for self-directed learning.

VANT 148 (2)
UBC Vantage College Projects
Projects linked to topics explored in the UBC Vantage College Vantage One Program curricula.

VANT 149 (1)
Multidisciplinary Research Project
Research project that culminates in student-led conference and research presentation.

WRDS 150 (3)
Arts Studies in Writing
This interdisciplinary academic writing course provides students with opportunities to learn how to participate in the research cultures of the university.  In this version of the course, students are introduced to social scientific ways of thinking and writing, and offered opportunities to contribute, as novice researchers, to scholarly conversations about global citizenship.  

Outside electives

You will be able to select from a number of pre-approved electives.

Vantage One Arts Course Table

All Vantage One Arts students must complete ASTU 204A, LLED 200, WRDS 150, VANT 140 and VANT148 throughout Term 1 and Term 2. 
In addition to these five mandatory courses, students must choose one of three ‘course bundles’ detailed below, depending on their areas of interest.
 

TERM 1

GROUP A GROUP B GROUP C
​PSYC 101 (3)
GEOG 121 (3)
HIST 104 (3)

POLI 100 (3)
GEOG 121 (3)
HIST 104 (3)

POLI 100 (3)
PSYC 101 (3)
SOCI 101 (3)

ASTU 204A (3)
LLED 200 (3)
​VANT 140 (3)
​VANT 148 (2)

ASTU 204A (3)
LLED 200 (3)
​VANT 140 (3)
​VANT 148 (2)
ASTU 204A (3)
LLED 200 (3)
​VANT 140 (3)
​VANT 148 (2)

 

TERM 2

GROUP A GROUP B GROUP C
​PSYC 102 (3)
GEOG 122 (3)
HIST 105 (3)
 
POLI 220 (3)
GEOG 122 (3)
HIST 105 (3)

POLI 220 (3)
PSYC 102 (3)
SOCI 102 (3)

WRDS 150 (3)
​LLED 200 (cont.)
​VANT 140  (cont.)
​VANT 148 (cont.)

WRDS 150 (3)
​LLED 200 (cont.)
​VANT 140  (cont.)
​VANT 148 (cont.)
WRDS 150 (3)
​LLED 200 (cont.)
​VANT 140  (cont.)
​VANT 148 (cont.)

 

SUMMER TERM (UBCV)

GROUP A GROUP B GROUP C

ELECTIVE OF CHOICE (3)
​VANT 149 (1)

ELECTIVE OF CHOICE (3)
​VANT 149 (1)
ELECTIVE OF CHOICE (3)
​VANT 149 (1)

Example Weekly Schedule

Vantage One Arts Schedule Term One