Undergraduate Courses

Queen’s undergraduate students and visiting students from other universities are encouraged to enroll in one or more of the Queen’s Global Summer affiliated courses, including the flagship course QGSP 200 – Global Goals: Introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals.

See the full list of courses below. Each course speaks to several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and will provide an excellent foundation for discussing and engaging with issues of global significance.

Classes begin on Monday, July 4, and the last day to enrol in courses in Friday, July 8

Application instructions and accommodation information for visiting students, and registration instructions for all students, is also included below. 

Dr. Warren Mabee and Dr. Amitava Chowdhury 

Global Goals is an introduction to the United Nations Global Goals (currently, Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs) aimed at providing foundational skills and knowledge on issues of global relevance. The course combines lectures and supervised groupwork during the first half of the six-week term, and community engagement group projects during the second half of the term. The experiential learning group projects focus on individual global goals as a means for interdisciplinary problem solving.

Specific modules focus on inequity, food security, gender equality, health and wellbeing, Indigeneity, biodiversity, climate action, policy. Individual capstone projects will put particular emphasis on the Sustainable Development Goals in practice and practical means for apprehending global problems. The course includes a trip to the Queen’s Biological Station for on-location lectures and fieldwork on biodiversity and Indigenous ways of knowing.


Dr. Marta Straznicky  

What does it mean to write about being or having been on the move? What forms of writing do people use to tell stories about their changed or changing relationships to place? How do the energies of departure, transit, arrival, and return shape ideas of home, community, identity and belonging in life writing? In this course, we will explore and experiment with the writing of memoir in relation to the experience of migrancy. Approaching memoir as a cultural practice, a personal process and a pathway to place rather than a fixed form, we will read a selection of texts about memories, perceptions, and understandings of displacement and mobility across nations, geographies, cultures, ethnicities, families, languages, generations, bodies, subjectivities, ways of knowing, and more. Our readings will include a small number of scholarly articles in migration studies but will mainly consist of memoirs that represent different types of migration and a variety of storytelling techniques, provisionally Shailja Patel, Migritude (2010), Wab Kinew, The Reason You Walk: A Memoir (2015), Malala Yousafzai, We are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls around the World (2019), and Mondiant Dogon, Those We Throw Away are Diamonds: A Refugee’s Search for Home (2021). Alongside our readings and critical discussions, we will engage in our own writing practice, using the practical work of memoir to begin developing a voice, style, and form to narrate experiences of migrancy that—whether directly or indirectly—are part of our lived reality. Students are welcome to work in any written medium or blend of media (letters, journal/diary, documentary, poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, to name a few). There will be an optional day-long field trip on July 25th to Queen’s University Biological Station at Lake Opinicon where we will experiment with writing outdoors and in movement. The requirements of the course are that you attend and participate regularly in classes and writing workshops, prepare short critical responses to readings, and undertake (not necessarily finish) a final project.


Dr. Ayca Tomac 

This course focuses on the digital technologies that all of us participate in and consume on everyday basis. It gives students the tools to contextualize, analyze and shape the Web that connects and disconnects us, its political, economic, social and cultural shifts as well as its impacts on global development. Through a multitude of themes such as digital identity, privacy, government and corporate surveillance, counter cultural productions and practices, the students will engage with the critical debates on digital culture, analyze their relationships with information and technology, and reflect on ethics of digital tools and practices. The course involves analytical and critical participation in digital space in the form of digital research, multimedia usage and technocultural production.


Shari Hughson 

Design Thinking aims to help students learn design thinking techniques and apply them to real-life case studies. The course will take a cross-disciplinary approach wherein students from various academic and professional backgrounds will engage in co-creation, peer review, online discussions, brainstorming and prototyping activities, to create solutions to real life problems. Students will complete in groups an experiential design sprint on SDG goals: Sustainable Cities and Communities; and Good Health and Well-Being.  Delivering a real solution that would make an impact in the world. 

Note: This course is a hybrid class.  It can be completed fully online (remote) AND for the live class time, you can participate online or in person in the Kingston classroom. The live sessions on Wed 18:30 – 21:30 are simultaneously offered in person in Kingston and live stream on zoom, as well as being recorded for viewing later. 


Julie Reimer

Marine issues such as fisheries and aquaculture, climate change, oil and gas development, shipping, coastal development and marine protected areas will be explored in the context of factors that create environmental problems and the steps that are being taken to solve them. Assignments are modeled on real-world examples to develop skills for creating positive change to promote sustainable practices. This course will be highly complementary to other courses in Oceanography or Limnology (GEOL 200, BIOL 335, GPHY 303).


Christa Pufahl

When viewed from space, the Earth's surface appears to be predominantly covered by water.  In fact, the world’s ocean covers 71% of the Earth’s surface and contains 97% of the planet’s water.  An estimated 50 to 80% (UNESCO) of all life on Earth is found under the ocean surface.  Not only does the ocean contain almost all the planet’s water and host at least half of all life, but it also plays an integral role in many of the Earth’s systems, including climate and weather.  This course examines and explores this vast, underexplored part of our planet, focusing on its physical, chemical and biological features. This course offers an introduction to marine science. Topics include: ocean basins and their sediments; seawater chemistry/biochemistry; ocean waves, tides and currents; ocean-atmosphere interaction; polar to tropical organism communities; marine resources; environmental concerns; global change.


Jik-hung Au

This course, designed in the spirit of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, addresses a series of humanitarian crises in China from 1926 to 1976 from a global perspective. This period shapes the course of contemporary China, leaving a profound impact on the psyche of the Chinese and shaping their international interactions today. Students will learn how China struggled and adapted to the international order during the tumultuous 50 years under the influence of major global events, particularly the Second World War and the Cold War. Topics to be discussed begin with the impact of the Soviet Union on Chinese nationalism and civil war, and end with China’s rapprochement with the United States at the end of the Cultural Revolution. While the course focuses on Chinese experiences of war, famine, refugee crisis, economic dislocation, and poverty, it draws attention to how such experiences should be accounted for in a global framework. It will examine the successes and failures of Chinese governance in the context of foreign invasion, domestic turmoil, and global competition for dominance. The two-month course will provide sufficient time for the study and discussion of the period in focus, giving students a new perspective on the standard narrative of the rise of China and encouraging them to reflect on the sustainability of the China model. The course caters to students with or without prior knowledge of Chinese history.


Antonio Macedo 

This course offers an overview of the theoretical framework behind the study of intercultural communication and proposes practical applications of these theories, including online modules on Intercultural Competence by the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC). Students will obtain a Certificate by QUIC.

Note: this course is being offered in-person on Queen's main campus.


Andrew Lopez and Arthur Hill

An examination of whether life has ‘meaning’, and a consideration of different philosophical interpretations of the meaning of life, the significance of death for the meaning of life, and whether it even makes sense to speak of life as having meaning. 


If you’re a current Queen’s undergraduate student or have been admitted to Queen’s as a visiting student, you can register for these courses via SOLUS.  For example, to register for QGSP 200, follow the visual guide below. 

For tuition and fees please see the Office of the University Registrar.

To request special permission to register, please contact artsci.qgs@queensu.ca


International visiting students studying enrolled in a QGS-affiliated course on a Letter of Permission from their home University/Institution are eligible for the Queen’s Global Summer Award to assist with tuition costs for QGS-affiliated undergraduate courses.  International Students will be automatically assessed for the Queen’s Global Summer Award when they accept their offer of Admission, and the award will be credited to their SOLUS student fee account within 10 business days of accepting their offer of admission.  Please wait to pay tuition fees for undergraduate QGS affiliated courses until 10 business days after you accept your offer of admission in order for the award to apply to your SOLUS fee account.

Tuition Fee Per 3 Unit QGS affiliated undergraduate course

Queen's Global Summer Award

Tuition Fee owing for International students for 3 Unit QGS affiliated undergraduate course*




* Note Funding for the Queen's Global Summer Award applies to the partial cost of tuition fees only, international visiting students are responsible for the balance of Tuition fees, the Student Activity Levy ($10 per 3 unit course), accommodation costs and the cost of the University Healthcare Insurance Plan (UHIP).