Online and remote course offerings open to students from across the Maple League:
Acadia, Bishop’s, Mount Allison and St. Francis Xavier 

For the Winter 2021 session, we are pleased to offer a diverse roster of courses available through online/remote learning across our four institutions.

The unprecedented situation brought about by the COVID-19 global pandemic has underscored the deep value of our universities’ collaborative partnership in order to offer our students these additional opportunities.



1. View the list of available courses below: 

Course: Analytical Techniques
Host School: Mount Allison
Course Number: MUSC 4181
Course Instructor: Alan Dodson
Cap: 18
Schedule: Hybrid, Thursdays 10:00 am AST/9:00 am EST

Description: This course provides an introduction to Schenkerian analysis. The prerequisite is Materials of Music IV (MUSC 2111) or equivalent.

Heinrich Schenker’s theory of structural levels seeks to account for the coherence of tonal “masterworks” from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe in a manner that emphasizes linear motion, hierarchical relationships, and the interrelationship of harmony and melody. Other music theorists have more recently expanded the purview of Schenkerian analysis to encompass earlier and later styles of Western art music as well as jazz, popular music, and non-Western music.

Although analysis exercises are the main focus of this course, we will also study some readings on the contexts and aims of Schenkerian analysis, including a recent controversy over Schenker’s anti-Black racism.


Course: Directed Readings in Latin
Host School: Mount Allison
Course Number: LATI 4001
Course Instructor: Ilaria Battiloro
Cap: 10
Schedule: Online (synchronous), Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 – 9:20 am AST/ 7:30 – 8:20 am EST

Description: This is an advanced course for students with a good foundation in the language, who are now ready to read extensive and un-adapted prose texts. This semester we will have a close reading of Tacitus’ Germaniato introduce students to Latin prose and the literary and historical background of the work. As a Latin course, we will continue to work on grammar, syntax and vocabulary, although closer attention will be paid to the morphological and syntactical characteristics of Tacitus’ prose. Moreover, students will be introduced to the basics of textual analysis. Additional passages from other works by Tacitus (Agricola, Histories) will be provided with interlinear translation to be carefully studied at home and later discussed in class. Interlinear translations will help students improve their reading and translation skills and solidify their understanding of Latin syntax and vocabulary.


Course: Special Topics in Economics: Freakonomics
Host School: Mount Allison
Course Number: ECON 2991
Course Instructor: Carla VanBeselaere
Cap: 40
Schedule: Online (synchronous), Tuesday, Thursday 2:30 – 3:50 pm AST/1:30 am -2:50 pm EST

Description: In this course we will consider how the economic approach can be used to analyze social issues that are beyond the usual scope considered by economists. To achieve this, we will develop a systematic approach to describing how people make decisions in an environment of scarcity. We will look at specific cases in which people face and respond to incentives in non-traditional economic environments. This will involve studying practical applications of empirical tools with occasional deviations to examine underlying theoretical issues. Topics to be discussed include why schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers cheat, why drug dealers live with their mothers, where all the criminals have gone, how prostitutes respond to market pressures, and why people are generous. This course will be primarily based on readings from the books Freakonomics and Super Freakonomics.


Course: International Human Resource Management
Host School: St. FX
Course Number: BSAD 474
Course Instructor: Stefan Litz
Cap: 15-20
Schedule: Online (synchronous), Mondays 11:15am -12:30 pm AST/10:15 – 11:30 am EST, Thursdays 12:45-2:00 pm AST/11:45am – 1:00pm EST

Description: Students will explore the challenges of managing human resources in an increasingly international business context. The course covers a range of topics relevant for IRHM practitioners including the role of culture, international business strategies and IHRM models, international recruitment, expatriation and repatriation, international compensation, and performance management. A comparative approach to selected topics like employment governance and industrial relations is included. Key international employment regulators and regulative frameworks are also covered. Methods: lectures, cases, simulation, presentations.


Course: Genocide & Justice
Host School: Acadia
Course Number: HIST 3303
Course Instructor: James Sedgwick
Cap: 30 (24 from Acadia, 6 Maple League Spots)
Schedule: Online (asynchronous)

Description: This course explores atrocity and accountability in the modern world. Using first-hand accounts and academic analyses, students will review historical cases of genocide through two lenses: 1) the lived experiences of mass violence, and 2) international responses to atrocity. The tragic link between genocide and justice will be traced throughout as we confront history’s darkest deeds.


Course: Environmental Earth Science Field Course
Host School: St. FX
Course Number: ESCI 376
Course Instructor: Dave Risk
Cap: 15-18
Schedule: In person field course, TBA

Description: A field and lab course which introduces field techniques in environmental Earth sciences, including sampling, collection, analysis, and interpretation of climatological, geo-chemical, biogeochemical, hydrological, geophysical, and surficial geological data. Topics include spatial variability in natural physical and chemical processes; field sampling techniques and tools; lab and computer-aided analysis of data. A 10-day course held in May. Prerequisites: ESCI 172 or CLEN 102; ESCI 272/CLEN202


Course: Special Topics “’This is Sparta’: Ancient City & Modern Identity”
Host School: Acadia
Course Number: HIST 3693
Course Instructor: Chelsea Gardner
Cap: 15-18
Schedule: Online (synchronous) Wednesdays 9:00am-12:00pm AST/8:00-11:00am EST

Description: This special topics course is called “‘This is Sparta’: Ancient City & Modern Identity”; it is currently in development and a description follows here. The first portion of the course comprises a close examination of the history and archaeology of Sparta from prehistory through the Roman period, using ancient texts in translation and exploring the material culture and archaeology of the ancient city. The second half of the course involves a post-antique study of the reception of Sparta, from the western European infatuation with Neoclassicism and philhellenism from the 16thcenturyonward, to the misappropriation of ancient Spartan idealism fascist and neofascist politics, both in Europe and North America. The delivery of this course will be seminar-style, wherein students are responsible for weekly readings and subsequent in-class discussions on various themes, including: Spartan art, culture, religious sanctuaries, philosophy, gender roles, political & athletic institutions, and death & commemoration; Sparta at war; the Spartan “mirage”; Sparta in 20th& 21stcenturypopular culture with a focus on television, film, &graphic novels; historical travel to and writings about Sparta; Sparta in international relations; and the legacy of Sparta in modern politics. No textbook is required, and readings will be provided by the instructor.


Course: Scientific Terminology*
Host School: Open Acadia; Acadia University
Course Number: CLAS 2233 NT
Course Instructor: Katherine Liong
Cap: 50
Schedule: Asynchronous

Description: The Greek and Latin origins of the technical vocabulary of modern science. For biology and pre-med students, but of obvious interest to students of all sciences. An examination of the Greek and Latin root words in scientific terminology and their combination and modification in English. Prerequisite: 30 hours of university courses or permission of the instructor.

*Please note this course is offered through Open Acadia and will require a Letter of Permission (LOP). As is customary with LOP courses, tuition will be paid directly to the host (Open Acadia) and grades will not be converted to home grading scales and therefore appear as Pass/Fail (P/F).

For more information about any of the Maple League online/remote course offerings for Winter 2021, please view the respective university’s Academic Calendar (linked below). You can also contact the Department or Faculty offering the course in question.

Acadia Academic Calendar

Bishop’s Academic Calendar

Mount Allison Academic Calendar

St. Francis Xavier Academic Calendar

IMPORTANT: Speak to your academic advisor, program advisor or departmental chairperson to understand how the course(s) you wish to take will fit with your academic program.


2. Complete and submit the Maple League Visiting Student Application Form

Click here to download the form: Maple League Visiting Student Application

Once downloaded, you may print and fill out the form by hand or complete it electronically as a fillable PDF. We recommend adding your name to the file name when you save the file (e.g., “Maple League Visiting Student Application Firstname Lastname”).

Submit the form by email to your home university’s Registrar’s Office. Your home university is the university where you are normally enrolled in an academic program.

Registrar’s Offices:



Mount Allison:

St. Francis Xavier:

Your home university’s Registrar will coordinate submission of the form to the host university (the university offering the course). Tuition will be payable to the home university once your registration is confirmed.

Questions? Do not hesitate to contact your academic advisor or program or department chair if you have questions about how your chosen course(s) will fit with your specific program and academic profile.