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Just before reading week, UNB Saint John students interested in history and politics gathered at the Whitebone Pizzeria to hear about courses being offered next fall.
The Department of History and Politics hosted a Course Unveiling Extravaganza consisting of games, food, prizes, and information about all the opportunities that the department has to offer.
The idea for a course reveal—the first of its kind at UNB Saint John—was developed by Dr. Spinney, who sought to make course registration more engaging for students. For several weeks, Dr. Spinney, with the help of other members of the department, created posters, designed displays, and gathering information about next year’s course schedule.
The event was complete with decorations and activities, including “Course Bingo”, a game designed to bring students together and to familiarize them with their wide array of course options for the 2023-2024 school year.
Students also had the opportunity to check out informational displays on unique courses available in the fall, including “Murder in Canada: A Social and Legal History” and “Urbanization, Poverty, and Politics”. The professors of these subjects were also present at the event to provide additional details about their courses, both exciting pilots and old favourites. According to Dr. Lewis, “there was a great turnout … One student even declared their major on-site.”
In addition to providing more detailed information on available courses, the Course Unveiling created an atmosphere of community for students in the Department of History and Politics, bringing them together through the subjects they love. Hopefully, UNB embraces this successful model and hosts similar events in the future.
Course registration opens on Monday, March 20. Students can register through their myUNB intranet portal. Course registration can be found here.