Fourth Year

Fourth Year Courses

Integrated Seminar (ARTHUM 4410E)

Each year, SASAH’s 4th Year Capstone Seminar centers on a specific theme or topic of contemporary significance. Building on students' Experiential Learning and Internship engagements throughout SASAH, the Seminar introduces students to a leading professional from a particular field that complements aspects of their expansive education within the first three years of the program. The visiting lecturer is invited to teach with the support of the SASAH Director and to access resources that enable the development of an ambitious and innovative course offering resulting in a singular opportunity for 4th year students each given year. In an exciting role involved with furthering educational innovation, the visiting lecturer typically invites guest speakers and hosts events involving the students and the wider community, in order to extend the reach and dynamism of the course and the SASAH Program. The curriculum for the course is determined by the visiting lecturer in dialogue with SASAH faculty and in recognition that students will engage with the seminar’s themes alongside some of their own research interests and community investments developed throughout their programs. Among the variety of assignments presented by the visiting lecturer, students may be challenged to produce an ambitious campaign or other public presentation; design and execute an Independent Research Project; or design and present an exhibition or video/media program.  

This year we are pleased to announce that Steve Cordes, Executive Director of Youth Opportunities Unlimited, is our visiting lecturer.

Pre-requisite: ArtHum 2200E, 2220F/G and 2230F/G

Experiential Learning in the Arts and Humanities (ARTHUM 4490 F/G to 4493 F/G, 4494 W/X)

Students will enroll in one or two Experiential Learning (EL) course(s) to get credit for the professional experience(s) they undertake to fulfill their 1.0 course EL requirement. The EL courses focus on practical and professional capabilities that complement the soft and hard skills students develop in the Program. Guided by SASAH’s EL Specialist and onsite supervisor, students undertake an internship(s) or community-engaged learning (CEL) to prepare for careers in any number of fields, including communications, education, event planning, law, project management, publishing, etc. The EL courses are supplemented by ARTHUM 3380Y, in which students are instructed on, among other things, the job search, professional network, resume and cover letter, LinkedIn profile, and job and informational interviews.

The SASAH EL Specialist will advise students on the course(s) in which they should enroll. Module requirement is 1.0 courses from ARTHUM 4490F, 4491F, 4492G, 4493G or 4494W/X. 


Previous Visiting Lecturers

Carol Off (2023-2024)

Carol Off, who hosted the CBC radio's As It Happens, the network's flagship evening radio program covering human interest stories worldwide for 16 years, was our visiting lecturer in 2023-2024. With extensive experience in both Canadian and international current affairs, Off has covered conflicts in the Middle East, Haiti, the Balkans and the sub-continent, as well as events in the former Soviet Union, Europe, Asia, the United States and Canada. She reported the fallout from the 9/11 disasters with news features and documentaries from New York, Washington, London, Cairo and Afghanistan. She has won numerous awards for her CBC television documentaries in Asia, Africa and Europe and is the author of four books. 

The fourth-year capstone course, called Endangered Words, explored the weaponization of language, including words that have become especially polarized – even contaminated – such as liberty, equality, freedom and democracy. 

Ivan Coyote (2022-2023)

Ivan Coyote is a writer and storyteller. Born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, they are the author of twelve books, the creator of four films, six stage shows, and three albums that combine storytelling with music. Coyote’s books have won the ReLit Award, been named a Stonewall Honour Book, been longlisted for Canada Reads, and been shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Prize for non-fiction. In 2017 Ivan was given an honorary Doctor of Laws from Simon Fraser University for their writing and activism. They have toured public schools solo around the world for 17 years now, using the power of a personal story to fight bullying and make schools safer for students, staff and parents. In 2019 Ivan marked 25 years on the road as an international touring storyteller and musician, and released their twelfth book, Rebent Sinner, with Arsenal Pulp Press. Coyote’s stories grapple with the complex and intensely personal topics of gender identity, family, class, and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, and a quick wit. Ivan's stories manage to handle both the hilarious and the historical with reverence and compassion, and remind us all of our own fallible and imperfect humanity, while at the same time inspiring us to change the world. Ivan was awarded the Freedom to Read Award for 2020 by the Writer's Union of Canada, in recognition of work that is passionately supportive of the freedom to read and free expression.

In the fall term, with the guidance of the instructor, students conceived of, created and presented a project containing two or more elements: ex. text and visuals, or music and poetry. Real-world topics also included grant writing, contracts, timelines, and project outlines.

Dennis Garnhum (2021-2022)

Dennis Garnhum became the Artistic Director of the Grand Theatre in the fall of 2016; a move that was a coming home for Dennis. Growing up in London, his theatre career began at the Grand with a role in Antler River at age 13.  Since his return to London, Dennis has created several new programs: COMPASS New Play Development Program, 100 Schools educational outreach, and 1000 Seats community initiative.  

Dennis’ career has taken him across North America, directing at a number of companies including Vancouver Opera, National Arts Centre, Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Florida Grand Opera, American Conservancy Theatre (San Francisco), Bard on the Beach, Pacific Opera Victoria, Belfry Theatre, and Neptune Theatre. His co-adaptation (with author Cathy Ostlere) of Lost – A Memoir was nominated for a 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award. Before taking on his role at the Grand, Dennis was Artistic Director of Theatre Calgary from 2005 to 2016. During his tenure, eight world premieres were developed and staged. Dennis is a recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee and a Calgary Award for Community Achievement in Arts.  

The topic for the 2021-2022 course was 'Defining Beauty'. What makes something beautiful? How does the notion of beauty translate in a contemporary world, either by looking at a painting, having a unique experience, or witnessing the act of beauty in another? Students explored the defition of beauty in the areas of performance, body, environment, visual arts, words, adventures, and ceremony. 

Examples of student projects can be found online in SASAH's yearbook, Pegasus.

David Simmonds (2020-2021)

David Simmonds




David Simmonds is a member of the expert panel at the Canadian Centre for the Purpose of the Corporation. Most recently, David was Senior Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs for McKesson Canada. A member of the company’s executive leadership team, David was responsible for internal communications, external affairs, media relations, government relations, corporate and event marketing, corporate social responsibility and strategic partnerships for McKesson’s business units in Canada. His quests included, Evan Dell'Aquilla, Zach Stafford, Del Ray McKesson, Jamie Watt, Helen Kennedy, and Sam Andrey.


For the final project in this course, students were tasked with creating campaigns for change.

Theory and practice of persuasion - “Every day, those with social power have opportunities to drive decisions that impact organizations, individuals, and the public at large. How successful they are rests in large part on their ability to effectively use power, influence, and persuasion to move individuals to ‘think, say, or act’ in a way that benefits their perspective / POV."

Jamelie Hassan (2019-2020)

4410E 2019-2020

Visiting Professor Jamelie Hassan with students from her ArtHum 4410E course.

Jamelie Hassan is an award-winning visual artist based in London, Ontario, Canada. She has also coordinated numerous cultural programs, including Orientalism and Ephemera (2006-2010). Her mixed media installation works have been presented across Canada and internationally. In 2018 she received an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from OCAD University, Toronto. Her guests included, Jim Drobnick, Jennifer Fischer, Salah Hassan, John Greyson, and Dr. Tarek Loubani. Jamelie also took her students to the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, and the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

4410E 2019 

Shelley Niro (2018-2019)

S. Niro

Shelley Niro is a multi-diciplinary artist, and a member of the Six Nations Reserve, Turtle Clan, Bay of Quinte Mohawk. She has worked in a variety of media, including beadwork, painting, photography, and film. Her work challenges stereotypical images of Indigenous peoples. Her guests included, Sam Thomas, Robin Bourgeois, ElizaBeth Hill, and Darlene Naponse. Shelley also took her students to the ImagiNative Film Festival in Toronto.

class pic

Lainey Lui (2017-2018)

Lainey Lui 
Lainey Lui is a co-host of CTV’s The Social, a senior reporter for CTV’s Etalk, and the head writer for Her guests included, Anne Helen Peterson, Jann Arden, and Nico Lang. She also invited her students to a taping of The Social.

images for Lainey's class

Paul Kennedy (2016-2017)

Paul Kennedy
Paul Kennedy has been the host of CBS’s Ideas since 1999. His guests included, Sally Armstrong, Joe MacInnis, Richard Susskind, Michael Stadtlander, David Bentley, Katherine Switzer, Zita Cobb, Payam Akhavan, and Jim Stayer.

images from Paul's class