3000 Level Courses

AP/HUMA 3016 6.00 Animals in Human Culture

This course offers an interdisciplinary study of the images, meanings and values that humans have assigned to animals in specific historical and cultural contexts. The question "What is an Animal?," and various perspectives on why the answer matters, will be explored through readings in and encounters with social history, cultural studies, fiction, philosophy, animal rights, literature and visual culture. Course credit exclusions: None.

Course Director: J. Berland
RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities Majors and Minors.

AP/HUMA 3019 6.00 Cultural Transgressions: The Trickster's Creative Chaos

This course examines the ways in which tricksters are boundary crossers and the course
engages with the intersections of social categories of gender, class, race and sexual
identity/orientation in the examination of the trickster figure's movement between these
social categories or boundaries.
The course begins with the critical interdisciplinary approaches that shape an
understanding of the figure and establish theoretical frameworks for the analysis of
trickster texts. Examples of trickster texts in the first term link the trickster to creation
stories from a diverse range of traditions including the Greek Hermes and Prometheus,
Indigenous tricksters such as Coyote and Nanabush, the Monkey King from Asian
tradition, West African and Caribbean Anansi and Esu-Elegbara, the Jewish tricksters
Joha and Lilith, and Jesus in the Judeo-Christian tradition. The examination of these
examples gives students opportunities to apply the theory that introduces the course. The
second term develops the theoretical framework of the first term with the introduction
and application of postmodern theories of the trickster to contemporary examples
including gonzo tricksters, celebrity 'trickstars', outlaw/heroes, hucksters, hackers, and
hip hop 'gangstas'.


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

AP/HUMA 3103 6.00 Childhood And Children In The Ancient Mediterranean

The course will examine childhood experience and the social construction of childhood in the ancient Mediterranean from the Bronze Age down to the end of classical antiquity.


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

AP/HUMA 3105 6.00 Greek & Roman Religion

This course examines Greek and Roman religious beliefs and practices from an interdisciplinary perspective. Special attention is given to four major approaches to the divine (ritual, myth, art and philosophy) and their integration with other aspects of society and culture.
Course credit exclusions: None.

PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/HUMA 3520 6.00 (prior to Winter 2007), AS/HUMA 3105 6.00.


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

AP/HUMA 3108 6.00 Ancient Greek & Roman Comic Drama

This course explores the evolving tradition of ancient Greek and Roman comic drama from later fifth-century BCE Athens to the early second-century Roman Republic, studying the works of the playwrights Aristophanes, Menander, Plautus and Terence, their influence on the development of the Western Canon, selected topics in Greek and Roman social and cultural history, and the theory of the comic.

Course Director: R. Tordoff

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

AP/HUMA 3110 6.00 Roman Culture & Society

The course examines literature, art and architecture in its social and cultural context within a specified period of Roman history. The course may focus on either the late Republic, the ages of Augustus, Nero or the Trajan.


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

AP/HUMA 3140 6.00 Digital Culture In The Humanities EVENING COURSE

Explores the influence of digital technologies on particular aspects of the arts, popular culture, the internet as well as in venues where culture is archived such as universities and museums in North America and internationally. Critical analysis of these cultural practices is enriched with the development of a simple multimedia project. No technical knowledge expected or required.


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

AP/HUMA 3165 3.00 Griots to Emcees: Examining Culture, Performance & Spoken Word EVENING COURSE


Explores the form, function and content of Spoken Word, in terms of language, rhythm, historical developments, social- political contexts, as well as key artists of poetry, rap, dub, slam, lyricism and spoken word as live and direct purveyors of culture. By examining performance as text and artist/creator narratives, commentaries and cultural discourse, students survey the continuum through African storytelling traditions to contemporary global evolutions of lyricism and spoken word. Students explore the varied modes of oral/aural dissemination - including the stage, the page, audio recording, theatre, film and digital media - and analyze orality and voice as tools of cultural affirmation and resistance. The course includes a writing/performance intensive component

COURSE DIRECTOR:  W. Motion Bratwaite
RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities and Culture & Expression Majors and Minors.

AP/HUMA 3201 6.00 Culture, Meaning & Form EVENING COURSE


Explores cultural expression as a social act. What happens when material culture is caught between opposing forces: corporations and governments? To the individual voices of resisting dissidents arguing for originality, individuality and authenticity? Cultural theories provide tools for analysis of these questions. Areas of concentration include: print media, film and other forms of popular culture.


RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities and Culture & Expression Majors and Minors.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusion: AK/CLTR 3100 6.00.

AP/HUMA 3207 6.00 Doing Culture: Narratives of Cultural Production EVENING COURSE

Students discover how cultural production is fostered and disseminated from a hands-on perspective in this blended-learning course. Building on cultural theories and engaging with examples of local cultural production, students work in small groups with partner organizations to conduct community-based research.
Officially understood as critical to Canadian identity, ‘the cultural’ is influenced by its creators, its audience and the political climate that surrounds it. The culture sector is often under the spotlight to provide documented evidence of culture’s value and impact. Blending theory and practice, student learn valuable, transferable skills that enable them to contribute meaningfully to their chosen partner organizations, at the same time developing professional contacts while exploring career possibilities in the cultural sector.
First term includes equally-divided online and in-class time as students develop knowledge of key cultural theories, narrative-based research methods and research design; project management; professional oral and written communication, and techniques of visual presentation. Research projects, conducted online and through performing on-site research, occur in the second term. Regular in-class sessions provide opportunities to share experiences and receive feedback. Course director maintains regular contact with each group and organization throughout the term. Final projects are presented to the class and students’ project partners.

Participation 25% - 10% in person/online; 15% short assignments based on class discussions and readings
Project Proposal 20%
Final Project 30%
Research Presentation 15%
Research Ethics Assignment 5%
Transcription of Interviews 5%

Doing Narrative Research by Molly Andrews, Corrine Squire & Maria Tamboukou (2013) Sage Publications

Andrews, Molly; Squire, Corinne: Taboukou, Maria (eds). Doing Narrative Research. Sage Publishers, 2013.

Beck, Andrew (ed) Cultural Work: Understanding the cultural Industries. London; New York : Routledge, 2003.

de Roeper, Julia. “Serving Three Masters: The Cultural Gatekeeper's Dilemma”, in The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society Volume 38, Issue 1, 2008.

Elson, Peter R., Rogers, Dustin. Voices of Community: The Representation of Nonprofit Organizations and Social Enterprises in Ontario and Quebec. Toronto: University of Toronto Social Economy Centre. 2010.

Glover, Troy, “Narrative Inquiry and the Study of Grassroots Associations” in Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, Vol. 15, No. 1, March 2004.

Lowes, Mark. “Placemarketing and the Discourse of Creativity in Toronto’s “Creative City” Revitalization Strategy” in Canadian Journal of Media Studies (CJMS), Fall 2015.

Mulcahy, Kevin V. “Cultural Policy: Definitions and Theoretical Approaches”, in The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, 35:4.

Ponzanesi, Sandra. “The Postcolonial Cultural Industry: Notes on Theory and Practice” in The Postcolonial Cultural Industry - Icons, Markets, Mythologies. London, New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014.

Tremblay, Crystal. Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) as a Tool for Empowerment and Public Policy. Office of Community-Based Research, University of Victoria. 2009

White, Tabitha R; Hede, Anne-Marie. “Using Narrative Inquiry to Explore the Impact of Art on Individuals” in Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, 38.1 Spring 2008.


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

AP HUMA 3226 3.00 Representations of Nature

This course explores visual representations of nature, examining the historical and cultural contexts of specific technologies and practices of representation.

The course fosters critical reflection upon how visual representations of nature affect our understanding of nature. Its philosophical focus is the notion of representation, as a crucial common link between scientific, artistic and cultural visual practices. It addresses questions on the nature and role of visual representations in science and culture, including what counts as objective or accurate representation. The course also analyzes the technological and material conditions of visualization. It examines how various technologies, from scientific instruments to practices of cultural image making, shape our perceptions and conceptions of nature. In science, visual representations are used to depict and communicate understandings of nature. Visualization techniques also assist scientists in making sense of natural phenomena, by making non-visible processes manifest and by offering material forms in which to imagine and conceive natural processes. But imaging practices also operate widely in culture as means for depicting and shaping understandings of natural phenomena. The course explores how phenomena are constructed in the process of representing them, and how the products thus made manifest are artifacts as well as natural entities. It considers how through particular modes of representation, informed by historically and culturally specific contexts, nature is reconceived.

Readings include theoretical works as well as case studies. They are drawn from a diversity of fields – science and technology studies, cultural studies, anthropology, art history and environmental studies.

Course credit exclusion: AP/HUMA 4226 3.00.

Course Director: J. Steigerwald
RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities Majors and Minors.

AP/HUMA 3230 6.00 Illness in the Popular Eye

Addresses illness as a narrative device in film and other forms of media and by so doing, raises social and cultural concerns regarding the body, protest, transcendence and healing, as well as gender/sexual politics.


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

AP/HUMA 3255 3.00 Indigenous Film Studies ONLINE


This course introduces students to Indigenous cinema in the United States and Canada, although films from Mexico, the Andes (Quechua) and Brazil will be screened when available. Students view approximately ten films and read works of film theory and criticism in order to analyze how Indigenous peoples use the moving image to re-present themselves and tell their own stories.


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

AP/HUMA 3318 3.00 Black Popular Culture EVENING COURSE


This course analyzes Black popular cultural forms and expressions in the Diaspora including music, film, television, style, contemporary visual arts, and as taken up in Black cultural theory. Understood as an analysis and response to the conditions of contemporary Black life, to decolonizing and civil rights struggles, and as a resistant and/or liberatory politics, Black popular culture is also internationally influential . Investigation will include issues of production, reception and commodification. The course will serve as an introduction to such theorists as Sylvia Wynter, Stuart Hall, Kobena Mercer, Paul Gilroy and Rinaldo Walcott. It will conclude with an introduction to Afrofuturism.


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

AP/HUMA 3421 3.00 Interpreting the New Testament Pt. 1

A historical and literary study of the traditions of Paul and of the Beloved Disciple (“John”) as they developed from the time of their founders through several generations of followers.
Course credit exclusions: None.


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

AP/HUMA 3422 3.00 Interpreting the New Testament Pt. 2

A historical and literary study of the synoptic gospels (Mark, Matthew, Luke) and of other early Christian literature of the first three generations.

Course credit exclusions: None.


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

AP/HUMA 3423 3.00 The New Testament Apocrypha EVENING COURSE

Analyzes texts excluded from the New Testament, such as the Gospel of Thomas, the Infancy Gospel of James, and the Apocalypse of Peter. Discusses what these texts truly say about Jesus and why they are important for the study of Early Christianity.
Course credit exclusion: AP/HUMA 3457 6.00.


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

AP/HUMA 3481 6.00 Studies in World Religions

Examines selected religions such as Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Judaism with special reference to selected texts, traditions and thought.

T. Michael

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities & Religious Studies Majors and Minors.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusion: AK/HUMA 3481 6.00.

AP/HUMA 3500 6.00 Chinese Cultures in Literature and Film

This course offers a picture of the cultural life of three variant Chinese communities through an analysis of major works of literature and film, as well as an understanding of the interaction between these groups and the contemporary globalized context.
Course credit exclusions: None.


RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities & East Asian Studies Majors and Minors

AP/HUMA 3519 6.00 Contemporary Women’s Rituals

Women have been creating their own significant rituals both inside and outside established religious movements for centuries. Understanding the nature of women's rituals allows us to comprehend more fully women's relationship to humanity and to the numinous. This course will explore the phenomenon of women ritualizing and analyze a variety of contemporary women's rituals in light of classical and feminist ritual theory and methodologies. We will be analyzing rituals sanctioned by both monotheistic and polytheistic traditions as well as contemporary women's re-visioning and recreating of liturgy and ritual. Our approach will be interdisciplinary. We will introduce, develop, and expand upon several themes in ritual theory and women's liturgical communities.


RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities & Religious Studies Majors and Minors.
Course Credit Exclusion: AP/WMST 3519 6.00 (prior to fall 2010).

AP/HUMA 3523 6.00 Feminism and Film

Feminist filmmakers, in exploring social and cultural manifestations of women’s various locations, deploy film as a cultural form to represent women and to tell their stories. Charting these debates, we explore cultural theory and feminist film theory to consider the filmic representation of the feminine body, the orchestration of the female voice and the organization of women’s desire in cinema, encouraging new readings of the complex subject ‘woman’.

Course Journal 20% (10% each term); On-line Forum Discussions 20% (10% each term); Research paper/project 20%; Group Presentation 20% (additional 5% for Personal Response); Participation 15%.

Practices of Looking Marita Sturken/Lisa Cartwright; Introducing Postfeminism Sophia Phoca and Rebecca Wright.
Course Kit, including bell hooks “Doing It For Daddy” and “Whose Pussy is This a Feminist Comment?”; Trinh T. Minh-ha “Grandmother’s Story”: Hoi F. Cheu “Feminist Film Theory and the Post feminist Era: Disney’s Mulan” among others.


G. Vanstone

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

AP/HUMA 3605 3.00 Imagining the European City

This course examines selected traditions of imagining cities in European literature and film. It introduces students to the most significant source material and theories in the European tradition and provides examples of how narratives and visual representations have come to shape our understanding of the urban.
Course credit exclusions: AP/HUMA 3605 6.00.

COURSE DIRECTOR: M. Reisenleitner

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

AP/HUMA 3665 3.00 African Oral Tradition

This course introduces students to aspects of the traditional cultures of Africa. Drawing upon historical and contemporary examples, the course examines the particular features of verbal art as performance and the social functions it serves in everyday social contexts.
Course credit exclusions: None.

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

AP/HUMA 3691 3.00 Picture Books In Children’s Culture

The genre of picture books, the only genre unique to Children's Literature, provides a complex site for theories of narratology, simultaneously invoking differing codes of meaning-making from literary, visual, and performative arts. Students will read critical sources about narratology, literary theory, and picture book theory in conjunction with a variety of picture books that expose them to the historical development of the genre. They will study a diverse representation of genres of picture books, including fiction, non-fiction, verse, wordless picture books, postmodern picture books, and other illustrated texts such as comic books, manga, and graphic novels. Course participants will explore together how pictures mean, how text means, and how pictures and words inform, animate, and unsettle each other in the art and performance of the picture book. Attention will be paid both to sites of production and reception in the readings, class discussions, and written assignments in this course on the semiotics of picture books.

Participation (including visit to Lillian Smith library) -- 10%; In-class and online quizzes – 10%; Seminar Presentation – 20%; Position papers (4) - 20%; Research Essay Outline and Annotated Bibliography – 10%; Research Essay - 30%. (Subject to change).

Amulet, Kazu Kibuishi; Children’s Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling, Martin Salisbury and Morag Styles; The Freddie Stories, Lynda Barry. Harvey, Hervé Bouchard and Janice Nadeau; Shaun Tan, Lost & Found; Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, Skim; Geneviève Castrée, Susceptible; The Twentieth Century Children’s Book Treasury, Janet Schulman; Wonderstruck, Brian Selznick; Words About Pictures: The Narrative Art of Children’s Picture Books, Perry Nodelman; (Subject to Change).


RESERVED SPACES: All spaces reserved for Yr 03 & 04 Children’s Studies Majors and Minors.

AP/HUMA 3693 3.00 The Rainbow List

While “queer fiction for children and young adults remains, like queer theory, a contentious and confused area for many” (Kerry Mallan), it is also true that representations of GLTBQ children and youth have become ubiquitous in the twenty-first century, both in mainstream television programs such as Glee, and in online projects including the “It Gets Better” and “Make It Better” Campaigns. GLBTQ themes and issues are now frequently incorporated into literary narratives, while organizations such as the “Rainbow Project” actively seek to evaluate and promote “significant and authentic” GLBTQ content (“Rainbow Book List”).


RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities & Children’s Studies Majors and Minors.

AP/HUMA 3695 6.00 Listening To Children: Ethics & Methodology Of Child Centred Studies


This course will explore modes and methodologies for child-centred research with a focus on ethical standards and guidelines that shape the field and sustain best practice for research with children. Students will learn and follow the ethics set forth by the Government of Canada Tri-Council Policy Statement on ethical conduct for research with humans (TCPS2). Students will be required to complete the York University Research Ethics Protocols for research with humans and will examine the review process for all research with children and youth.

Under the UN Convention of Rights of the Child (adopted 1989), young people under 18 are defined as a vulnerable population with special rights of provision, protection and participation. Therefore, realizing a child-centred approach is central to examining how children can be an integral part of the research process without being subjected to objectification and/or marginalization. This course will build concrete skills in research methodologies while providing a framework for conceiving and undertaking research with children from diverse populations. Drawing on case studies and research projects undertaken by students in the class, we will explore both creative and standard methodologies for unique research situations that recognize and support children’s agency in the world of research. Not being bound by any one mode of research, this course will provide access to cultivating the necessary skills for successful research across the broad field of children’s studies and beyond.

Coursework will include conceptualizing and building a research project, completing fieldwork and research tasks, research reports, ethics applications, presentations, discussions, listening, watching, reading, critical thinking and more. Most significantly, this course requires active participation by everyone in the class and a willingness to explore diverse frameworks for research design, implementation and analysis that are firmly grounded in ethical practice and standards for research with children.

Course Goals: Expand knowledge about research methodologies and ethics in the field of Children’s Studies; Learn and develop skills needed for fieldwork with children in diverse settings; Develop and realize a comprehensive research project with children; Understand the complexity of ethics that underscore all research with children and complete and successfully gain ethics approval for a research project; Identify goals for applying knowledge and understanding of research with children; Develop skills to review and critique ethical and methodological issues in case studies and reports.

Research project proposal (15%); Ethics Review Package (15%); Research Report (15%); Research Presentation (10%); Class Assignments (25%); Learning Workshop (10%); Participation (10%).

Title: Doing Research With Children: A Practical Guide. 2013.
Author: Grieg, Taylor and MacKay
ISBN: 9780-85702-885-3
Publisher: Sage Publications

Title: The Ethics of Research with Children and Young People. 2011.
Author: Alderson and Morrow
ISBN: 9780-857021373
Publisher: Sage Publications
Also available as an e-book.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. http://www.unicef.org/crc/

SECTION A (FALL TERM):  K. Chakraborty

RESERVED SPACES: All spaces reserved for Children’s Studies Majors and Minors.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusion: AS/HUMA 3695 6.00.

AP/HUMA 3697 3.00 Writing By Children And Youth

Analyzes various types of writing by children and youth rather than what is usually (and problematically) understood by "children's literature"--writing by adults for children. Can adults access "authentic" children's writing? Can such writing be considered literature? If so, what can literature written by children tell us about children and about literature?


RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities & Children’s Studies Majors and Minors.

AP/HUMA 3698 3.00 Canadian Children's Rights to Health


This course critically analyzes children's health and quality of life. Students will explore multiple influences on contemporary Canadian children's health. The course ethos is the respect of children and youth as human beings, with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of The Child viewed as the most important social determinant of health for Canadian children and youth.
Course credit exclusion: HH/NURS 3760 3.00. Open to: Children's Studies majors and minors.

COURSE DIRECTOR: C. van Daalen-Smith

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities & Children’s Studies Majors and Minors.

AP/HUMA 3803 3.00 Methods In The Study Of Religion

Explores the key approaches to the study of religion through an examination of various methodologies. Working through well-known case studies, students investigate a variety of approaches in practice to explore how questions of method shape our broader understanding of religious traditions.

This course explores key disciplinary approaches in the study of religion to understand how the choice of method shapes one’s understanding of beliefs, rituals, everyday practices and religious meaning in general. We begin by asking questions about the value and significance of the term 'religion', which is neither self-evident nor easily defined. The course examines different disciplinary perspectives that inform the ways in which religion is approached, understood and conceptualized, while providing an opportunity for students to appreciate the complex role religion plays in today’s world at many levels of social, cultural and political action. Finally, the course offers an overview of the field of ‘Religious Studies’ in terms of its historical and methodological scope, and examines its implications and challenges in light of many current issues such as secularism, spirituality, fundamentalism, globalization, minority and gender rights, and others.

Oral in-class presentation; course blog; research essay; test.

The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion

A. Buturovic

RESERVED SPACES: All spaces reserved for Religious Studies Majors and Minors only.

AP/HUMA 3804 3.00 Theories in the Study Of Religion

Introduces students to the foundational theorists and key questions in the history of the academic study of religion. This course examines the lenses through which we view religion, that is, how differing theoretical models shape our understanding of religion as a human phenomenon. Starting with Marx, Durkheim and Weber, the course explores a variety of theoretical models and contemporary debates.


RESERVED SPACES: All spaces reserved for Religious Studies Majors and Minors only.

AP/HUMA 3816 3.00 The Balkans

Since the early 20th century, the term “Balkan” has become a metaphor for violent fragmentation, reversion to chaos and disorder, and return to non-civilization. Terms such as “Balkanization,” “Balkan ghosts,” “Balkan hatreds,” have gained currency in both popular and academic discourse. Yet the Balkans are also a historical reality comprising rich and nuanced experiences of religious and ethnic diversity, and centuries-long interaction and coexistence among Orthodox, Catholic and other Christians, Muslims, and Jews. The goal of this course is to examine the multiplicity of Balkan religious and cultural experiences. Emphasis is placed on the intersections between religion, culture, and identity: what they are, how they are shaped, and under what circumstances. The course engages in an interdisciplinary examination of this complex religious and ethnic mosaic by focusing on a wide range of sources: literary, historical, ethnographic, journalistic, and travel. It looks at the ways in which different Balkan religious cultures have historically coexisted and interacted, investigates the factors that have periodically led them to outbreaks of conflict and violence, and explores the ways through which the Balkans have been represented by outsiders.

Map Quiz: 10%
Research proposal and presentation of project: 15%
Research paper (8-10 pgs.): 20%
Panel discussion: 15% (10% group mark + 5% personal mark:
Participation (in-class and online activities): 20%
Term Test: 20%

Representative readings:
*Andrew Baruch Wachtel. The Balkans in World History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008
* Robert Bideleux and Ian Jeffries. The Balkans: A Post-communist History. New York, NY: Routledge, 2006 [E-book]

*Scholarly articles and visuals from the electronic reserve of Scott library.

M. Simidchieva

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities & Religious Studies Majors and Minors.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusion: AS/HUMA 3816 3.00.

AP/HUMA 3818 3.00 Sacred Space in Islam

Examines the plurality of rituals and devotional practices in Islam and the variety of spaces and places engendered by Muslim worship and devotion from early Islam to the contemporary period. It examines the diversity of forms of Muslim worship and devotional practices such as prayer, pilgrimage, tomb visitations, as well as individual contemplation and remembrance practices. It examines places such as mosques, sufi lodges, tombs, mausoleums, homes and landscapes.
Course credits exclusions: None.


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

AP/HUMA 3826 3.00 Religion and Film

This course examines the role and representation of the religious in popular film. It introduces students to the vocabularies of Religious Studies and Film Studies, and critically explores the relationship between religion and film as aspects of contemporary culture. Drawing mainly on mass-distributed films from Europe and North America, the course analyzes the ways in which contemporary cinema narrativizes Aboriginal, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and other religious myths, histories, rituals, institutions, ethics, and doctrines. Issues addressed include: To what extent do particular films reflect the personal beliefs of particular film directors? How are religious leaders, institutions and histories portrayed in contemporary cinema, and to what purpose? How do popular films embody religious symbols, rituals and values, and to what end? How does contemporary cinema represent the teachings and traditions of different religions, in both personal and societal terms? How does the cinema help shape our attitudes towards religious “others”? Topics for discussion include: the creator and the created; free will and destiny; sin and salvation; evil and responsibility; selfhood and society; reality and illusion; transcendence and the afterlife. Some prior knowledge of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Maori traditions will be helpful.

1) Participation 10%
2) Quizzes 20%
3) Mid-term test 20%
4) Final examination 50%

Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, final cut 2007 [1982]), The Quarrel (Eli Cohen, 1993), Jesus of Montréal (Denys Arcand, 1989), My Son the Fanatic (Udayan Prasad, 1997), Water (Deepa Mehta, 2005), Kundun (Martin Scorcese, 1997), Whale Rider (Niki Caro, 2002),

Critical readings accompany each film.

J. Scott

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

AP/HUMA 3831 3.00 Torah And Tradition: Jewish Religious Expressions From Antiquity To The Present ONLINE

This course offers an exploration of Jewish beliefs, institutions, and bodies of literature, emphasizing continuities and changes in religious expression within and across different places, circumstances, and times. Themes covered include God, the Jewish people, Torah and its interpretation, the land of Israel; the commandments (mitzvot) and their legal (halakhic) expressions; the Sabbath; daily and calendrical cycles of holiness; rites of passage, and messianic teachings. Particular attention will be paid to the varieties of Jewish religious denominations in modern times.

The course’s learning objectives are multifold. Substantively, the course aims to impart to students a sense of the major periods in the life of Jewish religious expression and illustrate how an essential matrix of elements (God, Torah, Israel) has structured, in a recognizably continuous way, the lives of Jews while also generating new and at times highly distinct visions of God, Jewish doctrine, life cycle events, and the like. Methodologically, it emphasizes study of primary sources in translation (apart from a very few primary sources originally composed in English). In so doing, the course seeks to hone student awareness of the peculiarities of genre, the frequent indeterminacy of evidence, and difficulties involved in formulating careful historical assessments.

In paying attention to the varieties of Judaism that have come to historical expression, the course raises larger questions about the religious dimension in human affairs and about what religion is and does.

This course will be offered totally online. Lectures and many of the readings will be posted on the course website. All assignments will be submitted online except for the final examination in the official final examination period of the university.

ASSIGNMENTS: (subject to change)
• Short papers reacting to readings - 30%
• Term paper - 30%
• Final exam - 40%

REPRESENTATIVE READINGS: (subject to change)
• Segal, Eliezer, Introducing Judaism (Routledge, 2009)
• Fishman, Sylvia Barack, The Way into Varieties of Jewishness (Woodstock, Vermont, 2007).
• Schiffman, Lawrence H. (ed.), Texts and Traditions: A Source Reader for the Study of Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism (Hoboken, New Jersey, 1998).

M. Lockshin

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities & Jewish Studies and Religious Studies Majors and Minors.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusion: AS/HUMA 3831 3.00.

AP/HUMA 3850 6.00 The Final Solution: Perspectives On The Holocaust

The attempt of the Nazis to annihilate world Jewry was in many ways unprecedented in human annals. It was a turning-point in history, the way for which was prepared by revolutionary political, social, technological, and philosophical developments. In other ways, however, it was a not unpredictable outgrowth of the past. Although analysis may be difficult and painful, especially for survivors, the Holocaust must be analyzed and understood if those who live on are to learn from it. Such analysis involves the examination of different aspects of life, using the tools of the historian, the theologian, the literary critic, and, to a lesser extent, the social scientist.

The course is divided into several sections, each of which approaches a different aspect of the Holocaust: the historical and philosophical background, the psychological and historical reality, the religious questions that arise in its aftermath.


RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities, Jewish Studies & Religious Studies Majors and Minors.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusion: AS/HUMA 3850 6.00.

AP/HUMA 3858 3.00 Biblical Archaeology

This course surveys the material culture of the land known variously as Canaan, Israel, Judah, Judea, Palestine, and the Holy Land, from the Neolithic or "New Stone" Age (as of ca. 8500 BCE) until the Persian Period (539-330 BCE).
Course credit exclusions: None.


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

AP/HUMA 3904 6.00 Experiencing Canadian Culture

An exploration through the lens of mythology and storytelling of how a unique Canadian sensibility manifests itself in contemporary cultural forms such as novels, films, art, theatre, music and academic sources. Students are encouraged to attend contemporary plays, movies, readings, art shows and concerts to supplement reading materials.

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities and Culture & Expression Majors and Minors.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/CLTR 3570 6.00, AK/HUMA 3640 6.00 (prior to Fall/Winter 1999-2000).

AP/HUMA 3908 3.00 Arts and the Law: Policies & Perspectives

Examines the interaction between the creative arts and contemporary legal and social issues presented by new forms of technology, the relationship between copyright and creativity, the concept of creative works as private property, and the conflict between artists and consumers in the digital age.
Course credit exclusion: FA/FACS 3360 3.00 (prior to Fall 2011).


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

AP/HUMA 3925 6.00 Interfaces: Technology & the Human

This course examines from a humanist perspective the shifting relationships between social and cultural practices and technologies. It explores several key interfaces, including structures of belief, aesthetic practices and identity formation.
Course credit exclusions: None.

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

AP/HUMA 3975 3.00 Science And Religion

Ordinarily, when we consider the relationship between modern science and religion, our thoughts are dominated by a series of vivid scenes from the past. We may remember the heroism of the seventeenth century scientist, Galileo who, when forced by the Catholic Church to abjure his belief in the heliocentric world system, defiantly murmured under his breath, “yet the earth still moves,” as he was led away from his trial. Or the famous debates of 1860 on the validity of evolutionary theory, which pitted the biologist T. H. Huxley against Bishop Samuel Wilberforce, may come to mind. Perhaps we may even recall the sensational Scopes trial of the twentieth century as symbolic of the relations between science and religion. Dramatic, confrontational episodes such as these have come to symbolize our sense that ever since the seventeenth century there has been a war between supporters of science and the upholders of religion. But does the “conflict” thesis really capture the historical reality?

In this course we will examine the relationship between science and religion through a study of the implications of scientific thought for significant intellectual developments from the seventeenth century to the present. We will focus on the words and thoughts of major thinkers who tried to articulate their views on the relationship between science and religion, starting with the ideas of the seventeenth and eighteenth century intellectuals who investigated the consequences of Newtonian science for the religious perspective. Next, we will discuss the disruption of the harmonious relationship between science and religion in the nineteenth century by new discoveries in geology and Darwin’s theory of evolution. Then, we will study important twentieth century developments including the challenges presented by relativity theory, quantum physics, modern astronomy, and creationism to the peaceful co-existence of science and religion. Finally, we will examine the relationship between science and unbelief as well as the science-religion issue outside of the west. Throughout the course we will question the validity of the “conflict” thesis, or even its opposite the “harmony” thesis, to accurately describe the historical relationship between science and religion.

Research essay 30%; Oral report 20%; Final take home essay 30%; Class participation 20%.

Peter Harrison (ed.). The Cambridge Companion to Science and Religion (Cambridge);
David Lindberg and Ronald L. Number (eds). When Science and Christianity Meet(University of Chicago Press);
Ronald Numbers (ed.). Galileo Goes to Jailand Other Myths About Science and Religion (Harvard UP);
Ronald Numbers and John Brooke (ed.). Science and Religion Around the World(Oxford UP).

B. Lightman

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities and Science & Technology Majors and Minors.
Course credit exclusions: AP/HUMA 3975 6.00, SC/STS 3975 6.00.