“[The guest speakers] were incredible!! I loved hearing from people in the field and learning what is really happening in Canada.”

Nicole WhiteNEW111H, 2020

“I loved my fellow peers, they are so kind and there was truly a sense of community within the classroom. No hierarchies, no statuses, no labels—just learning, love, and support.”

Dania AhmedNEW112H, 2020

“The workshops [in New One] were very valuable to me and I believe they helped clear my mind for what I wanted to do in the future in school and after it.”

Kyle PottsNEW113H, 2020

Want the opportunity to acquire the critical skills necessary for success at U of T? New College offers a unique First-Year Foundation Program for intellectually curious and socially engaged students called NEW ONE: Learning without Borders. NEW ONE classes are small, with a maximum of 25 students in each class, giving you the opportunity to work closely with dynamic faculty and fellow students, and to get enhanced support in meeting university expectations for research and writing.

Why should I take New One?

In New One you’ll acquire key academic skills by exploring, questioning and deepening your understanding of aspects of your daily life that can easily be taken for granted—the food we eat, the languages we speak, the technology we can’t live without, the art we use to express ourselves, and the science that is part of our every-day lives. NEW ONE explores the “backstory” of common activities while providing you with the tools to face some of the global challenges of the 21st century.

As well as offering exciting subject matter, NEW ONE helps to prepare you for academic success with hands-on workshops on everything from research and writing, to program and career advising, managing stress, and working on time management.

The small class size provides not only closer connections with engaging faculty but also opportunity to take part in different kinds of activities, including field trips, community events, guest speakers, debates, game-based learning and small-group discussions, as well as lectures. Past field trips have been to Kensington Market, the Hacklab, Mozilla, Daniels Spectrum and even ChocoSol, for a chocolate-making workshop.

Students who are new to Toronto, as well as those who have lived here all their lives, will enjoy exploring the city and some of the many communities within it.  

New One offers ten half-credit courses, five in the Fall and five in the Winter term. For the best experience, students are encouraged to sign up for one half course each term. However, NEW ONE also welcomes students who wish to join the program for only one term. NEW ONE courses satisfy Breadth Category #3, Society and its Institutions, except for NEW104 and NEW114 which fulfill Breadth Category #1, Creative and Cultural Representations.

Course Topics for 2021–2022

Please note, available courses are subject to change. Please check back for the final calendar.

FALL 2021

NEW101H: The Everyday Politics of Food

How often do we reflect on the environmental, social, and economic impact of our everyday food choices?

NEW102H: Exploring Multilingual Toronto

More than 200 languages are spoken in Toronto. How does language connect and divide people, places, and communities?

NEW103H: Digital technology and society

How have the Internet and other forms of digital technology shaped the way we relate to the city in which we live, our political institutions, and the people around us?

NEW104H: Creating Community: Art, Identity and Belonging

How is art implicated in the process of community building? How does art foster a sense of community identity and belonging?

NEW106H: Science, Health, & Social Justice

How can scientific knowledge and research be mobilized to impact individual and global health? How is health impacted by social, racial, and economic inequalities?


NEW111H Food, Ethics, and Sustainability

How do we produce and ensure access to nutritious and environmentally sustainable food for all?

NEW112H Language Freedom and Power

How do we imagine a balance between the need for communication, freedom of expression, and protection for marginalized groups?

NEW113H Unpacking Digital Technology

What are the social and material implications of the digital technologies we use every day—for the present and for the future?

NEW114H Art for Social Change

How does art contribute to social change? How do artistic productions draw attention to social problems, mobilize support for and symbolize social movements, and inspire new visions for imagined futures?

NEW116H Science & Global Threats

What is the role of science in addressing current global threats? What are the possibilities and the limitations of scientific research and knowledge in tackling complex problems such as climate change, pandemics, and pollution?