2000 Level Courses

AP/HUMA 2002 6.00 Questioning Culture EVENING COURSE

EVENING COURSE

Designed to introduce students. to the theoretical study of contemporary culture in past and contemporary society, offering tools for questioning and decoding the social and political contexts of cultural production. Areas of focus include popular media, consumer culture, digital culture, technology, music, subcultures, issues of gender, ideology, race, nationalism, ethnicity and identity.
As a subject area the study of culture defies easy description or encapsulation. While sometimes associated with the particular directions of the Birmingham School in the United Kingdom, the practice and teaching of Cultural Studies around the world is resolutely interdisciplinary and representative of a wide range of interests, issues and concerns. In this course we will map some of the territory of Cultural Studies with the broad aim being to create a critical “toolbox” with which to critically approach the study of culture, especially within the equally broad scope of media and communications studies, technology and artistic expression.

COURSE DIRECTOR: J. Kispal-Kovacs

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities and Culture & Expression Majors and Minors.

AP/HUMA 2105 6.00 Roman Literature & Culture

"An introduction to Roman literature and culture, circa 200 BC to AD 200. Emphasis is placed on the literature, art and architecture of the Romans and on the impact of Roman culture on those peoples under Roman rule. Previously offered as: AP/HUMA 2105 9.00.

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities & Classical Studies Majors and Minors.

AP/HUMA 2210 6.00 Media, Culture & Technology

Combining historical and theoretical perspectives, the course explores media technologies from the invention of the printing press to networked digital media. Assessing the relationship between technology and culture, and how media technology mediates communication and cultural transformation, will be among the main concerns.

COURSE DIRECTOR: J. Kispal-Kovacs

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities and Culture & Expression Majors and Minors.

AP/HUMA 2215 6.00 Understanding Movies

Designed for the student who enjoys film but has no background in art or criticism. It will introduce students to a variety of strategies that will help the student articulate how movies use sound and image to represent the world.

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities and Culture & Expression Majors and Minors.

AP/HUMA 2310 6.00 The Caribbean and Canada

This course introduces students to the major cultural characteristics of the contemporary Caribbean and its communities in Canada through an examination of the work of scholars, writers, and artists of the region and its diaspora. The course uses lectures, films and readings (scholarly works, novels, short stories, poems, song lyrics and other texts) to explore the historical roots and contemporary manifestations of the struggles for independence and national identity in the region.

COURSE DIRECTORS: D. Trotman &  M. Wood

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities Majors & Minors

AP/HUMA 2600 6.00 Humanities For A Global Age

This course provides students with important contexts for the study of the Humanities, including the place of Humanities in the curriculum of the modern university, key concepts for intellectual debate in the Humanities, and the place of Humanities-type inquiry in globalized world culture.

It is often said that we live in a global age, and without doubt that is in many ways true. But what is a global age? And what does it mean for us to live in one? The answers to these questions commonly involve economic, statistical, historical and geopolitical methods and theories. This course investigates the new global age from the perspectives of academic disciplines which together comprise “the humanities” (literary and art criticism, cultural studies, philosophy, religious studies, political theory, history), and shows how an interdisciplinary combination of Humanities subjects can help us understand what it is to live in a global age. How may diverse groups of people who nevertheless have more and more contact with each understand themselves in ways that will encourage understanding and discourage conflict? The course also traces the history and the problematic of the humanities themselves, including their place in the university. Why and how do particular methods, theories, and institutions get created when they do? What do they illuminate/enable and what do they obscure/disable? In pursuing these issues, the course will make use of readings in philosophy, social and political theory, history, film, art, literature, criticism, and cultural studies.

COURSE DIRECTOR: D. Freake

RESERVED SPACES:  All spaces reserved for Humanities Majors and Minors.

AP/HUMA 2805 6.00 World Religions in Canada

Tracing the origins and development of different religious communities, this course identifies and analyzes ways in which the religious reflects, shapes and embodies the social and cultural diversity and plurality of everyday life in Canada. It invites students to explore a variety of religious experiences and traditions, as they are domesticated in local and familiar contexts upon Canada’s social and cultural landscape. The course examines the sacred texts, myths, doctrines, ethics, rituals, institutions and attitudes to contemporary issues of Indigenous peoples, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs in their personal spiritual and communal religious lives. The course compares and contrasts classical and Canadian forms of the religious traditions studied, both in terms of their historical dispersion and in terms of their dealings one with another in today’s Canada in urban, suburban and rural environments. Students are encouraged to investigate the contemporary status and future development of the spiritual and the religious in Canada, especially instances of their individual and institutional manifestation in material culture and the popular media.

COURSE DIRECTOR: J. Scott

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities and Religious Studies Majors and Minors.

AP/HUMA 2920 6.00 Knowledge, Technology & Culture

Explores technologies of knowledge in social and cultural context, examining histories of classification, ethical and political concerns about information, debates over artificial intelligence and artificial life, and the social impact of technologies like the book, telegraph and computer.

COURSE DIRECTOR: D. Cecchetto

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities Majors & Minors

AP/CCY 2999 6.00 Global Cultures of Children and Young People

This course is a critical, cross-disciplinary introduction to the global cultures of children and young people. It explores the ways young people in diverse places and spaces participate in and express social and cultural values and practices. It seeks to understand culture in the contexts of everyday social practice and the shared values and beliefs of distinct social groups, and as an expression of the arts, music, and literature. Of particular importance are the lived experiences of children as well as their knowledges and cultures. Informed by the fields of childhood and youth studies, the course builds on knowledge students acquire in CCY/ HUMA 1999 6.0 and defines children and young people as distinct social groups within larger adult cultures and social structures.
Understanding childhood as culturally defined, and young people as agents in and of culture, the course argues that children are not mere receivers of culture but active producers of it as well. Some topics that may be explored in the course include the cultural politics of the innocent child; the habitus of childhood; children's play and folklore; children's and young people's material cultures; children's friendships; children's musical cultures; youth cultures; visual culture and young people; children's and young adult literature; children's literacies; new media and participatory cultures.

COURSE DIRECTOR:  A. Sriskandarajah

RESERVED SPACES: All spaces reserved for Children’s Studies (CCY) Majors and Minors.

Prerequisite: CCY 1999 6.00

Course Credit Exclusion: AP/HUMA 2690 6.00 AND HUMA 2690 9.00