UTSC Courses

CTL courses offer students across the disciplines the opportunity to expand the scope of their academic engagement.

CTLA01H Foundations in Effective Academic Communication: This highly interactive course for English language learners is designed to fast-track the development of critical thinking, reading, writing and oral communication skills. Through the emphasis on academic writing and rapid expansion of vocabulary, students will gain practical experience with university-level academic texts and assignment expectations.

CTLA02H Exploring Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Academic Contexts: This course develops students’ academic and communication skills through a critical exploration of Canadian culture and academic expectations. Using audiovisual and textual media, students learn through interactive online and in-class collaborative discussions. This course aims to foster dynamic academic acculturation for international students and develop their multi-literate engagement in English.

CTLA20H Writing for Change: Foundational Academic Skills to Make a Difference in Your Community: This course uses the mode of advocacy writing to teach the foundational skills necessary for all effective communication. Students learn to convey their ideas about issues relevant to their communities with attention to structure, voice, evidence, and writing mechanics. Available only to students in the UTSC Transitional Year Program.

CTLA21H Math4life: Developing Mathematical Thinking and Skills in Practical Contexts: This course teaches basic mathematics concepts such as Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry, Data Collection and Interpretation, Sets, and Functions through activities that require students to solve related practical problems. CTLA21 draws on African and Indigenous cultural knowledges and perspectives to connect the study of mathematics to students’ interests and lived experiences. Available only to students in the UTSC Transitional Year Program.

CTLB03H Introduction to Community-Engaged Learning: In this experiential learning course, students apply discipline-specific academic concepts as they work with community partners in the service of others. Working either within the academic community or with a discipline-related off-campus community partner, students develop problem-solving, professional communication and self-reflective learning skills. For more information on this course, click go to our Experiential Learning site.