General Education Courses

AP/HUMA 1100 9.00 Worlds Of Ancient Greece & Rome

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

This first-year Foundations-level course is devoted to a careful, disciplined, and interdisciplinary study of major primary texts from ancient Greece and Rome (considered in translation from ancient Greek and Latin) with a view to developing a critical examination of the ancient Greeks and Romans in light of their conception of themselves, in proper historical context.  Students who read the assigned primary texts and engage seriously with the content discussed in lectures and tutorials will develop their reading comprehension, capacity for analysis and interpretation, critical thinking, and oral and written communication.  Material will be drawn from ancient Greek and Roman epic poetry (Homer, Virgil) and tragedy (Seneca, Euripides, Aeschylus, and Sophocles).  In the final part of the course, we shall study selections from the New Testament, whose writings emerge during the early Roman Empire, together with a short work on moral philosophy from Immanuel Kant, one of the most influential philosophers of the modern period.  In comparing and contrasting Greek and Roman values on the one hand with biblical and modern values on the other, we shall gain a richer and fuller appreciation of the fundamental differences between them in light of the distinctiveness of each.

Lectures for this course will be audiotaped and made available to students throughout the academic year to supplement their learning.

Required readings (in order of study): Homer, The Iliad; Seneca, Thyestes; Euripides: Iphigenia at Aulis; Aeschylus: Agamemnon and Libation Bearers; Virgil: The Aeneid; The New Testament: The Gospel of Matthew; Kant: Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals; Sophocles: Oedipus the King.

Course assessments: first essay or in-tutorial test (20%); December exam (20%); second essay or in-tutorial test (20%); April exam (20%); tutorial preparedness and participation (10%); tutorial quizzes based on readings and lectures (10%).

COURSE DIRECTOR: M. Khimji

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

Course Credit Exclusion: AP/HUMA 1710 6.00

AP/HUMA 1105 9.00 Myth And Imagination In Greece And Rome

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for

This course is a study of the fascinating myths of the ancient Greeks and Romans, which capture cultural, literary, religious, historical, political and philosophical themes of their times. Greek and Roman myths preserved their universal and eternal appeal over millennia, and continue to be a source of inspiration and reference in the world of literature, arts, and social sciences. This is an introductory course and it assumes no prior study of the subject as a prerequisite. An emphasis will be placed on various myths and their interdisciplinary nature. Students will achieve a deeper understanding of mythology in the Greek and Roman worlds. They will learn about love, war, tyranny, democracy, law and empire, among other topics. They will unravel the emotions, passions and behaviour of different characters, exploring human nature and themes to which we can relate even as modern readers. Students will develop their analytical, critical and writing skills. Tutorials will be an additional forum where students will be encouraged to meaningfully participate in class discussions by engaging with the materials in an original, creative, critical and thoughtful manner.

Assignments: First Test 10%;First Essay 15%; Second Test 15%; Second Essay 20%; In-Class Assignments 10%; Class Participation 10%; In-Class Final Test 20%.

Required Texts: York University Course Kit: AP/HUMA 1105 9.0A Y: Myth and Imagination in Ancient Greece and Rome.

COURSE DIRECTOR: L. Kun

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

AP/HUMA 1106 9.00 Egypt in the Greek & Roman Mediterranean

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

This course looks at the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean world from the perspective of cultural exchange, focusing on Egypt from 1000 BCE to the 2nd century CE.  Students will be introduced to the history and culture of Pharaonic Egypt, study its interactions with other societies and explore the importance of religious ritual through a collaborative, performance-based assignment. The course will trace Egyptian culture from imperial dominance to long term colonization by Macedonians and Greeks and later Roman rule. The cultural and ethnic identities of Graeco-Roman Egypt will be examined through the lenses of intersectionality and social class. This course places particular emphasis on the study of religious concepts and practices, especially as expressed through ritual and performance.

COURSE DIRECTOR: R. Gillam

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

Course credit exclusion: AP/HUMA 2110 9.00 (prior to Fall 2014).

AP/HUMA 1160 9.00 The Enlightenment And Human Understanding

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

A fundamental feature of the Enlightenment is the view that human experience is the foundation of gaining knowledge and truth. We focus on selected Enlightenment writers and thinkers in order to understand this approach to learning.

This course, which is interdisciplinary in its approach, will begin with an examination of pre-Enlightenment views of method and truth. We will then examine the scientific revolution which influenced writers and thinkers in the Enlightenment period. Once this has been completed, we will turn to the writings of selected Enlightenment thinkers. Authors to be studied include Thomas Hobbes, René Descartes, Baruch Spinoza, Blaise Pascal, John Locke, George Berkeley, and David Hume. We will examine their methodological concerns as well as how the choice of method guides their respective investigations.

COURSE DIRECTOR: S. Tweyman

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

AP/HUMA 1165 9.00 Gods and Humans

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities)

 This course explores the interactions between gods and humans in literature, art, and philosophy.  We focus on critical questions, emotional struggles, and personal journeys that characterize interactions between the two worlds.  Special attention is given to the reasons why religious and secular people are interested in these interactions today.

Using texts, films, and diverse works of art, we personally, publicly, and critically engage in the richly living struggle for faith, wisdom, and beauty in our everyday world.  This course concentrates on the struggle to be good, personal trials and transformations, the challenges of modernity, and the music of the gods.

COURSE DIRECTOR: Section A: TBA; Section B (fully online): E. Bronson

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

 

AP/HUMA 1170 9.00 The Modern Age: Shapers & Definers

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

For the last couple hundred years or so, many people in the West, and increasingly beyond it, have often characterized themselves and their world as “modern.”  But what does it mean to be modern and what does it mean to live in a modern age?  What makes modernity different from other kinds of social organization and cultural expression that have existed in the world and continue to exist in it?  This course will explore these questions by taking a threefold approach.  First, we shall seek to understand the historical development of modernity through the Early Modern period, the Enlightenment, Romanticism, Modernism, and Postmodernism.  Second, we shall seek to understand what modernity is and how to think through what is involved in living in a modern world.  And, finally, we will turn to a consideration of modernity in our present world by looking at some the major contemporary assessments of modernity and by thinking about the interaction of modernity and globalization.  In working through these three approaches, we will discuss major figures (shapers and definers) from philosophy, politics, literature, and art.

COURSE DIRECTOR:  TBA

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

Course Credit Exclusion: AP/HUMA 1750 6.00.

AP/HUMA 1200 9.00 Contexts Of Canadian Culture

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

This course takes up issues relating to Canadian culture from the late nineteenth century to the present. This iteration of the course will focus specifically on issues and debates related to Canadian identity in general by examining related dramatic texts contextualized in terms of their social and historical context. The course consists of formal lectures by the course director and some experiential components. Lecture periods may involve class discussion.  They may also make use of visual material.  Lectures are complimented by tutorials, which serve to elaborate, elucidate, and illustrate central issues in the lectures and assigned texts.  They also create an opportunity for the creative and intellectual synergy that such a pedagogical community inspires. Weekly tutorial sessions have about 25 students each.

This course requires that students attend three theatrical performances, one in the first term and two in the second.  These performances are not optional and students must have the means to book their ticket and feel comfortable getting to and from the theatre downtown by themselves in the evening. 

The purpose of this course is to assist students in developing an introductory and critical overview of some historical and contemporary theories, representations, discourses and ideas related to Canadian culture as expressed in various texts.  The course emphasizes the importance of the students’ abilities to think and write critically about a variety of topics, debates, and theories central to the course and to the study of the humanities generally.

COURSE DIRECTOR: K. Bird (Section A)

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

Course Credit Exclusion: AP/HUMA 1740 6.00.

AP/HUMA 1250 6.00 Diaspora Communities and Global Cultures

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

This course focuses on the ways that diasporic people conceive of, express, and represent their experiences in migration, settlement, and culture. Diaspora is a term that describes a group of people who identify with a particular nationality, region, religion, ethnicity, culture, or language, but have, for various reasons, migrated to different parts of the world. People in diasporas may live distantly from each other or from a place they consider to be ‘home’, but may still consider themselves to be part of a collective identity, community, or culture. The cultural and historical contexts with which these groups are associated can be very different, though there may be common elements to diasporic experiences. The course asks how diasporic writers and artists confront and critique ideas of ‘tradition’ and ‘culture’. How do diaspora communities maintain connections with a ‘home’ place or culture? How do people in diasporas forge new identities? What challenges are experienced by diasporic people in their places of settlement? What new cultural formations emerge in diasporic artistic expressions such as literature, music, and film? To explore these questions, students will engage with a number of theoretical texts and thinkers on the concept of diaspora, as well as literary works, films, and music produced by and about diasporic people.
To provide a focus for discussion, this course will emphasize Canada as a location for diasporic engagement, while also considering the global reach of diaspora cultures. The course will feature works from Jewish, African, South Asian, Chinese, Caribbean, and Latin American diasporas. Topics could include: forms of diasporic labour; the African diaspora and the slave trade; people in exile; race and ethnicity in diasporas; Canadian multiculturalism and diasporic diversity; hybrid identities; second and third generation diasporas; diaspora, gender, and sexuality; and diaspora and the global city.

COURSE DIRECTOR: K. Ruddy

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

AP/HUMA 1300 9.00 Cultures Of Resistance In The Americas: The African American Experience

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

This course addresses the ways in which diasporic Africans have responded to and resisted their enslaved and subordinated status in the Americas. Resistance is first addressed in relationship to slavery, but later in the course resistance is seen in a much broader context: in response to post-colonial and post-civil rights, and as an engagement of national, economic, cultural and social forces. Thus, resistance might be understood as a continuing legacy of black peoples' existence in the Americas. Resistance is, first, read in relationship to European domination in the Americas and, second, to national and other post-emancipation forms of domination which force us to think of resistance in increasingly more complex ways. The "anatomy of prejudices"— sexism, homophobia, class oppression, racism—come under scrutiny as the course attempts to articulate the libratory project.

The course focuses, then, on the cultural experiences of African diasporic peoples, examining the issues raised through a close study of black cultures in the Caribbean, the United States and Canada. It critically engages the ways in which cultural practices and traditions have survived and been transformed in the context of black subordination. It addresses the aesthetic, religious and ethical practices that enable black people to survive and build "communities of resistance" and allow them both to carve out a space in the Americas they can call home and to contribute variously to the cultures of the region.

COURSE DIRECTORS: A. Davis & A. Medovarski

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

Prerequisite for Black Canadian Studies Certificate

AP/HUMA 1320 6.00 Ideas of America

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

This course studies the roots of contemporary issues and ideas in Canada, the United States and Mexico and how these ideas formed and developed and ultimately transformed the North American continent into the cultural and ethnic mosaic that it is today.  A comparative analysis of past and present political, economic and cultural ideas will be made through the lenses of primary and secondary academic source readings, novels and other forms of popular culture.  A one-hour in-classroom lecture and a two-hour in-depth tutorial discussion each week will cover selected topics that include immigration and refugee policies, indigenous rights and culture, the concepts of colonialism, nativism and nationalism, discrimination and racism, manifest destiny and multiculturalism.

COURSE DIRECTOR: J. Rosenfeld

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

AP/HUMA 1400 9.00 Culture And Society In East Asia

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

No single course can adequately address the richness and complexity of the cultures and societies of East Asia. However, this course will introduce students to important practices and concepts from a broadly humanistic perspective and offer a peek into what it might have been like to actually live in East Asia before widespread globalization. In order to do this, we will examine elements of the social, political, philosophical, artistic, and economic traditions that shaped both elite and popular culture in East Asia from the 1600s to the early 1800s. Our sources will include cultural artifacts (e.g., poems, paintings, clothing, etc.) from this period, writings by East Asians on their own and their neighboring societies, observations on East Asia by contemporary outsiders, and secondary sources by modern scholars who explore particularly challenging topics in depth. By analyzing both the forging of shared beliefs and the development of distinct identities in this critical period, we can better understand the ties between historical and contemporary East Asia, as well as between East Asia and the rest of the world.

Though the primary goal of the course is to teach students about a time and place quite removed from our own, the course is also designed to strengthen each student’s ability to comprehend and critique his or her own culture. As a foundation for broader study at the university level, we will place significant emphasis on analytical skills, class participation, research methods, and writing. Since many aspects of East Asian culture will fall outside of the course curriculum, students will be expected to learn the critical skills of asking important and interesting questions and then figuring out how to produce informative and satisfying answers.

COURSE DIRECTOR: G. Anderson

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

AP/HUMA 1420 9.00 Introduction to Korean Culture

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

This course offers an introduction to the study of Korean culture through a historical survey of literary, social, religious and political trends from ancient times to the present.  Emphasis will be placed on developing critical reading and writing skills in the lectures and tutorials. There will be weekly assignments to aid students in improving these skills.

COURSE DIRECTOR: T. Hyun

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

AP/HUMA 1435 9.00 Japanese Culture, Literature & Film

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

An introduction to Japanese culture centred around comparisons of major classical, modern and postmodern literary works - including manga comics - as well as their screen adaptations or other related films and anime.

COURSE DIRECTOR: T. Goossen

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

AP/HUMA 1625 9.00 Fantasy And Topographies Of Imagination

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

This interdisciplinary course utilizes a variety of materials to explore fantasy in the West, not as the opposite of reality, but as how people imagine and give meaning to their experiences, thereby both shaping and resisting what are typically believed to be the "realities" of Western cultures.

This course examines some of the dominating fantasies in the West. It explores how individuals (as well as groups) are influenced by them not simply in how they make meaning of their experiences, but also in how the dominating fantasies come to influence even what individuals might imagine. Throughout the course we will examine how individuals draw upon the dominating fantasies of the West to maintain and perpetuate cultural knowledges about the values of the culture, as well as definitions about what is human and what is "other", and what are appropriate human and non- human behaviours/relationships. We will also ask how it is possible for individuals to critique dominating fantasies by creating counter-fantasies that subvert and resist accepted knowledges and interpretations of experience and allow people to imagine things otherwise.

Some of the themes/issues that we will study include the power of words and images (with particular attention to propaganda and advertising and how we are sometimes trapped by language in the worlds that we have created); the role of fantasy in defining what is nature and natural; what First Nations people understand about North American fantasies and how works of fiction might be read as theory; the power of storytelling and learning to "read" primary and alternative worlds; the role of speculative/science fictions and utopias/dystopias in imagining how dominating fantasies might be told otherwise; political, religious and romantic quests; fantastic forms and spaces in architecture (with an exploration of how fantasy can directly structure our experience - often without our even being willing or conscious participants); the relationship of fantasy and body image/sexual identity; the "darkness of the mind" and the nature of monsters (with a focus on shifting our attention to a perspective which considers experiences from the position of that which is defined as "other" and/or "monster," and (re)imagining the boundaries between the forbidden and the allowed, desire and convention); popular fantasies and some failures of imagination; and the power of fantasy in imagining acts of subversion/resistance.

Students will learn to "read" multiple levels of texts and to "see" multiple perspectives offered through visual imagery. Together, we will be developing a collection of critical skill maps that will provide students with directions when they wish to explore a given text; that will help students to see the ways that some of the course materials relate to each other and to texts/experiences outside of the course; that will allow students to focus very narrowly on specific details/issues; and that will enable students to reflect on the paths that they have taken with respect to the course materials as well as on the paths that have yet to be taken. The selection of course materials as well as the design of lectures and course assignments have been done with special attention paid to a variety of learning preferences and styles so that students can hone the learning/critical strategies that already serve them well and be challenged to explore and develop new skills.

COURSE DIRECTOR: S. Rowley

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

AP/HUMA 1710 6.00 The Roots Of Western Culture The Ancient World (CIRCA 1000 BC-400 AD)

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

This course investigates the two major branches of Western thought: the Greco-Roman and the Judeo–Christian.  The course begins by critically thinking about how history is “made,”  reworked and transmitted, about oral culture, and how cultural identities emerge (ex. the Hebrews).   Most of the course will be engaged with the ancient Greeks from the Archaic period to the Classical and Hellenistic, and the Romans from the Republic to the early Empire.  The course will end with a consideration of the emergence of proto-orthodox Christianity within the surprising mix of philosophical and religious ideas in the Roman world.

Our aim will be to examine texts both critically and in context.  For example we will study the documentary hypothesis which suggests that the Hebrew Bible is a composite work from several sources, and we will consider how our knowledge of “the Greeks” is often based on scant physical remains, fragmentary literary sources which are themselves dependent on second and third hand authors.

Students will be introduced to many kinds of works that emerged in the ancient period:  epic poetry, lyric poetry, fables, parables, dramatic works, philosophical and medical treatises and historical prose.  We will want to engage in close readings of primary texts with a view to understanding key themes and ideas, historical, political, and social contexts, and religious beliefs and practices.  We will consider influences from even more ancient civilizations; highlight certain Greek gods and goddesses and their festivals;  consider the social status of women and slaves and differences between ethnic groups such as the Spartans and Athenians.  We will engage with the texts interpretively which will involve examining various perspectives, examining the use of art and literature for ideological ends, as well as examining our own embedded assumptions about the past.

Our primary texts will include most of the following and many more:  excerpts from the Hebrew Bible,  Homer, Hesiod,  Sappho, Aesop, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle, Herodotus, Thucydides, Hippocrates,  Livy, Virgil, Lucretius, Epicurus, Epictetus, Apuleius, Marcus Aurelius, Ovid, and excerpts from the New Testament.

COURSE DIRECTOR: C. Bigwood

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.
Course Credit Exclusion: AP/HUMA 1110 9.00.

AP/HUMA 1720 6.00 The Roots Of Western Culture The Modern Period (CIRCA 1500-1900) EVENING COURSE

EVENING COURSE

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

This course explores the great ideas of Western Culture which still influence us today by examining the writings of the men and women who expressed those ideas in their books, essays, plays, novels, art and music. It examines the Scientific Revolution, the Ages of Enlightenment and Romanticism, including the anti-slavery crusade, and probes key political, social and economic ideologies such as liberalism, neo-liberalism and Marxism as well as the foundation of new scientific perspectives and freedom for women.

The modern period can be characterized by a series of revolutions, from the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century, through the ‘Copernican’ revolution of Kant’s critical philosophy, a demand for equal rights for women, to the Bolshevik revolution in Russia in October 1917. This course traces the emergence and development of revolutions in the modern period in the scientific, philosophical, feminist, and political senses through a close reading of primary texts, in whole or in part, that represent the revolutionary impetus of the modern age. As one of the Department of Humanities General Education courses, students will develop their skills in writing essays, analyzing primary texts, and developing arguments. Students who complete all of the assigned readings will have a solid foundation of knowledge of some of the ideas that shaped the modern period.

COURSE DIRECTOR:

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

AP/HUMA 1740 6.00 The Roots Of Modern Canada EVENING COURSE

EVENING COURSE

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

This course introduces the student to some of the main themes in the development of Canadian culture as they manifest themselves in Canadian history, literature, politics and fine arts. Canadian culture is studied, in large measure, as the working out of European and other traditions in the experience and consciousness of Canadians as peoples within a North American context.

COURSE DIRECTOR:  TBA

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.
Course Credit Exclusion: AP/HUMA 1200 9.00.

AP/HUMA 1770 6.00A & M One World: Historical And Cultural Perspectives Of Globalization

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

SECTION M: This course explores the social and cultural interactions of the peoples of the World from pre history to the 21st century with the main emphasis placed on the period between 1500 and the present. From pre history onwards, people roamed the globe and interacted with each other, socially, politically, and culturally. Sometimes these interactions were the results of conquests, times of trade, yet other times the product of vast migrations over long distances. Since the 15th century, European expansion has been predominant, which produced, by the mid 20th century, the current pattern of globalization.

COURSE DIRECTOR:
J. Kispal-Kovacs (Section A)
K. Ruddy (Section M-Winter)

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

AP/HUMA 1780 6.00A Stories In Diverse Media

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

This course examines the ways that certain recurrent narratives have been realized in a range of media (oral stories, literature, film, television, virtual media).  Stories are analyzed in terms of their settings, characters, action, motivation, and meaning.  We will also examine the ways that specific media technologies affect stories, storytellers, and audiences.  We will also examine the social and cultural significance and historical context for various versions of certain archetypal stories.  The course is designed to give students a knowledge of how the process of storytelling has changed in different eras and to develop a variety of techniques for interpreting a wide range of culturally significant stories.

The course is organized in six modules.  In the first, we will examine ways of interpreting and analyzing narratives, with a particular emphasis on the “dramatistic pentad,” a method for understanding how stories work devised by the literary critic Kenneth Burke.  We will also look at ways that the means of communication can affect how stories are told and how they shape the contents of particular stories.  Each of the four modules will focus on a particular type of story—the quest, the confessional, the mystery, and the anti-narrative—as they appear in various media.  In the sixth and final module, we will consider the future of storytelling in light of contemporary technological developments, particularly those associated with social media and mobile technology.

COURSE DIRECTOR: S. Bailey (Section A)

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

AP/HUMA 1780 6.00B Stories In Diverse Media EVENING COURSE

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities)

EVENING COURSE

This course explores storytelling, expression, and communication chronologically from oral culture to cyber culture.  We will thus encounter many radically different kinds of media from early cave paintings and symbols, music, ritual and theatre through to the advent of writing, mass print, film, photography, news and television, the internet, social media and computer gaming.

In this course we will investigate how different media can change the way we express ourselves, communicate and transmit knowledge.  We will look at how new media may adapt old media forms to suit its purpose, or may be an entirely new emergent form that encourages new habits of being, different ways of seeing and representing ourselves, and of experiencing nature, time and space.

Students will come to understand why stories are not just entertainment but crucial to human culture and how stories are constructed, including the recurring themes and character types in traditional stories, as well as the development of new narrative techniques in modern and postmodern culture.    Many visual and written works will be studied including such media forms as music, paintings, comics, short stories, as well as advertising, TV series, news, and films.   Sometimes a work may be studied with a view to its construction (for example, the construction of time in comics), or with a view to its relation to other media (for example, computer gaming can be seen as a work that unifies many art forms).  Often the political and social context of the works will be studied with a view to exposing ideologies of race, gender and class.  The varying roles of the audience as they change through history and according to the media form will also be considered.  We may relate to media, for example, as an active participant, a speaker, a reader, a passive spectator,  a consumer, a user, or through a cyber body.

Students will be expected to read on average about twenty to thirty pages per week.  Sometimes you may be required to both read an article and view a film (streaming available at the moodle website) for that week.   There will also be one short novel as required reading.  The selection of reading and viewing materials will be drawn from both canonical works of the Western tradition (ex. Gilgamesh and Don Quixote) as well as from popular culture (ex. The Matrix, and  Pulp Fiction).  However, the reading and viewing assignments for this course will not only be fictional (and non-fictional) stories and films, but will also include  a number of important theorists such as Plato, Benjamin, McLuhan, Baudrillard and Jameson who analyze media, and cultural production.   Students will thus have the opportunity to study not only the writers, film makers and other artists who make creative use of the new media opportunities and the shifts in cultural sensibilities, but also various authors who worry about, or celebrate, the remarkable social changes wrought by new media.

COURSE DIRECTOR:  C. Bigwood (Section B)

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

AP/HUMA 1780 6.00C Stories In Diverse Media

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities)

Focuses on recurrent stories and themes that have been realized in a variety of media (film, literature, music, theatre, visual arts). Emphasized are various settings for the arts and their reception by audiences, viewers and readers.

COURSE DIRECTOR: S. Davidson (Section C)

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

AP/HUMA 1780 6.00D Stories In Diverse Media FULLY ONLINE

This foundational course investigates the retellings of stories in different art forms, examining how various types of media make meaning and interact with the procedures of narrative. Investigating adaptations of novels, plays, films, television, and computer media, the course explores several questions implied by the translation from one medium to another: Why are some stories retold and others are not? What is included in one text that is left out of another? How does the medium in which something is expressed affect one's perception of a particular narrative? The course will familiarize you with a selection of "stories" that traverse not only several types of art forms but also different historical and cultural moments.

After completing this course you will understand why stories are not just entertainment but crucial to human culture and how stories are constructed, as well as the development of new narrative techniques in modern and postmodern culture. Many visual and written works will be studied including such media forms as novels, plays, comics, short stories, as well as advertising, TV programs, news and a number of films. The selection of reading and viewing materials will be drawn from both literary works as well as from popular culture (such as The Simpsons, Sherlock Holmes and Batman) and non-fictional readings from various authors who investigate the many changes brought on by new developments in media and technology.

COURSE DIRECTOR: A. Kitzmann

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

AP/HUMA 1825 9.00 Law And Morality in Literature & Culture

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

In this course, we will learn about how law and morality developed in the history of ideas in the “West.” We will study law and morality in the ancient Greco-Roman world, in the biblical thought of the early modern period, in the secular Enlightenment and, finally, in the aftermath of world wars and genocide. We will explore themes of vengeance and forgiveness, justification and arbitrariness, moderation and extremism, war and peace, equality and discrimination, nationalism and internationalism, trauma and witnessing, and the role of critique and healing in the pursuit of justice. We will do close readings of texts that show how these issues shape the cultural horizon of our modern legal institutions. The course spans the study of law, history, religion, philosophy, literature, and politics.

COURSE DIRECTOR:  N. Braganza

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 new students.

AP/HUMA 1845 6.00 Islamic Traditions

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

This course examines the beliefs, doctrines and institutions that have constituted the Islamic tradition from its inception until the present. While analyzing some of the most important primary sources that have emerged within Islamic tradition, particular attention is placed on the variety of interpretive strategies used by Muslim exegetes, theologians, legal scholars, Sufis, feminists, etc. in their approach to issues related to the sacred texts, the Qur’an and the Hadith. Since Islamic tradition is also viewed as a cultural construct, the course explores its different manifestations throughout the Muslim world and beyond. In line with that view, the course examines the Islamic tradition in terms of its system (“Great Tradition”) and dynamics (“Little traditions”), which find expression in a wide scope of doctrines, interpretations, and concerns facing Muslims now and in the past.

Required reading: (Section A)

* Frederic Denny, An Introduction to Islam. 4th ed. Prentice Hall, 2011 (Older editions can also be used.)

*Chapters of e-books and academic articles from the Scott library digital reserves, linked to the course Moodle website

 Assignments:(Section A)

*In-class quizzes (Five administered, four best graded, 5 % each) 20 %

*Two Term Tests 40%

*Annotations and critical reflections, based on scholarly articles from the Scott library electronic reserve, posted on the Moodle website (Turnitin assignment, Fall Term) 10%

*Research proposal and annotated bibliography, based on sources used in the course, and on selected articles from the electronic resources of Scott library  (Turnitin assignment, Winter term), 15%

*Participation 15%

COURSE DIRECTOR: M. Simidchieva (Section A)
RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 new students.

AP/HUMA 1845 6.00M (WINTER) FULLY ONLINE Islamic Traditions

This course examines the beliefs, doctrines and institutions that have constituted the Islamic tradition from its inception until the present. While examining some of the most important primary sources that have emerged within Islamic tradition, particular attention is placed on the variety of interpretive strategies used by Muslim exegetes, theologians, legal scholars, Sufis, feminists, etc. in their approach to a variety of issues related to the sacred texts, the Qur’an and the Hadith. Since Islamic tradition is also viewed as a cultural construct, the course also explores its different manifestations throughout the Muslim world and beyond. In line with that view, the course considers the Islamic tradition in terms of its system (“Great Tradition”) and dynamics (“Little Traditions”), which find expression in a wide scope of doctrines, interpretations, and concerns facing Muslims now and in the past.

This course is designed to offer a basic insight into the historical and ideological unity and diversity of Islam. It is an introductory course aimed to provide a comprehensive survey of this religious tradition in accordance with the expectations of a first-year University course. As part of the General Education program, the broader goals of this course are to strengthen and develop transferable critical (academic) skills necessary for successful engagement with course material at the university level, in any academic discipline. Some of these skills include: analytical and critical thinking; effective reading of scholarly texts; research and writing techniques; defining, communicating, and defending a viewpoint; building an argument; collaboration with peers.

 Mode of delivery: Fully online

 Course textbook:

Frederic Mathewson Denny. An Introduction to Islam. 4th edition (Routledge, 2016)

 Assignments and Grade Distribution:

Participation: 10%

Academic Skills in Context: 20 %

Group Project:  10%

Class Project: 5%

Quizzes (3% each X 5) 15%

Midterm exam:  10%

Final Exam: 15%

 All quizzes, assignments, and exams are administered online.

COURSE DIRECTOR: S. Zecevic
RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 new students.

AP/HUMA 1846 6.00 Arts & Culture in South Asia

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

This course examines Indian literature, arts and culture in historical and contemporary context. The course is organized around themes and issues in Indian and South Asian culture. To contextualize the assigned material, class lectures and tutorials will explore the region’s various religious traditions, histories and politics. Arts and literature will provide a framework through which to explore a range of contemporary issues in India and the South Asian subcontinent, including (but not limited to): religion and social difference; communalism and religious conflict; environment, landscape and displacement; histories of music and dance; boundaries, nations, and partitions; gender, sexuality and rights; caste identities and caste-based oppression.

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

AP/HUMA 1850 6.00 The Bible And Modern Contexts EVENING COURSE

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

EVENING COURSE

This course offers a survey of much of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and the Christian Bible (New Testament). We begin with a discussion of pre-Israelite religion (i.e., a reconstruction of religion in Palestine before the composition of the Hebrew Bible) and its parallels in Mesopotamian and Egyptian religious practices and texts. Then, we move through the texts of the Hebrew Bible from Genesis to Daniel, discussing each text’s origins, themes, aims and parallels in ancient literature. In the second term we begin an examination of the New Testament noting, again, each text’s origins, themes, aims and parallels in other literature of the time. Throughout the course we will note the historical context of each of the writings, and how ideas and imagery develop over time, from one text/location to another. Students taking the course will finish having a firm grasp of how the Bible is approached in the Humanities and a sound knowledge of fundamental writings that continue to influence Western culture.

COURSE DIRECTORS (Section A): T. Burke & T. Michael

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

AP/HUMA 1860 6.00 The Nature Of Religion EVENING(A) ONLINE(B)

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

EVENING COURSE *1860 6.0A
ONLINE COURSE *1860 6.0B

Explores the nature of religious faith, religious language (myth and symbol) and clusters of religious beliefs through an examination of the primary texts of several major world religions. Methodologies for the study of religion will also be examined.

This course is a critical study, based on classical and contemporary readings, of such issues as: the basis of religious claims, the meaning of religious discourse, the relationship between faith and reason, the nature and existence of God, the nature of religious experience, and the problems of evil and human destiny.

We will critically examine the nature and various expressions of religious questions about human life, death, suffering, and the afterlife. One of our main goals is to better appreciate religion as it exists in a modern global society. We will examine many different views and ideas in this course. What is sacred? What role do myth, ritual, and scripture play in people’s lives today? Should we (I) care about the transcendent?

COURSE DIRECTOR: D. Burke

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

Course credit exclusions: AP/HUMA 1865 6.00, AP/HUMA 2800 9.00 (prior to Fall 2014), AP/SOSC 2600 9.00 (prior to Fall 2014).

AP/HUMA 1865 6.00 Introduction to the Study of Religion

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

This course introduces students to a variety of human religious experiences and traditions. This year we will explore the history, literature, practices and contemporary issues of the following religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese and Japanese traditions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We will study and critically analyze the sacred texts in translation and the various concepts of the lived traditions. As a Foundations course we will include the teaching in both lectures and tutorials of a variety of critical skills and basic research methodologies including: critical reading of primary and secondary sources, forms of essay writing and referencing in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and critical thinking.

COURSE DIRECTORS: G. Anderson & D.Burke

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.
Course Credit Exclusions: AP/HUMA 1860 6.00, AP/HUMA 2800 9.00 (prior to Fall 2014),
AP/SOSC 2600 9.00 (prior to Fall 2014).

AP/HUMA 1870 6.00 The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament And The Arts

Note: Successful completion of this course fulfills General Education requirements in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.

This course looks at selected passages from the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and their interpretative reflection in the western artistic tradition, including pictorial/representational art, music, literature, and cinema.

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA

RESERVED SPACES: All spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

AP/HUMA 1875 9.00 Christianity in Context

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

This is an introductory course. It offers a general overview of the Christian tradition. From its beginnings, Christianity has been inextricably intertwined with the societies and cultures surrounding it. The focus of this course is the rituals, practices, beliefs and texts of Christianity, and how they were shaped by the political, social and cultural environments with which Christianity came into contact as it spread around the globe. Particular attention is paid to the diversity of Christian beliefs and practices resulting from those interactions.

This course examines Christianity as a socio-historical phenomenon. It explores with the tools of the academic study of religion the movements, texts, beliefs and practices of this religious tradition and the factors and forces shaping them.

COURSE DIRECTOR:  T. Michael

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

AP/HUMA 1880 6.00 The Jewish Experience:Civilization and Culture

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

An examination of developments within both Jewish culture/society and Jewish-gentile relations from antiquity to the present. This course focuses on how Jews repeatedly adapted to new societies and cultures, preserving their identity in periods of both acceptance and rejection.

COURSE DIRECTOR:  K. Weiser

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

AP/HUMA 1900 9.00 Traditional and Popular Culture

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

This course deals with the form, meaning and content of traditional and popular levels of culture, and discusses the respective roles of each in the human environment.

Genres of traditional culture studied include folktales, legends, myth, and traditional belief. The course will also study popular culture, the impact of the mass media, and how they contribute to the creation of gender and ethnic stereotypes.

Course Director: G. Butler

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

AP/HUMA 1905 9.00 Science Fiction Culture

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

Science fiction has emerged as one of the most popular genres in our contemporary culture. Why are science fiction texts, including novels, short stories, films, and television shows, so culturally pervasive, and what does their popularity tell us about the impact of science and technology? This course will examine how science fiction, from its origins with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to its more recent manifestations, has given cultural expressions to changing--and often ambivalent--attitudes towards modern science and technology.

The first half of the course will focus on the historical development of science fiction and the parallel developments of science and technology in their cultural context. Among the topics to be covered are responses to Enlightenment and Victorian science, representations of the scientist, scientific utopias, the mechanized society, and the reactions of science fiction authors to the brave new worlds of genetics, the Bomb, and space travel. In the second term we will concentrate on the attitudes of contemporary science fiction writers and film makers towards the cultural significance of science and technology. Themes to be discussed include feminist sf, the physics of time travel, the infinite universes of some interpretations of quantum mechanics, the threat of catastrophe (including environmental) due to technological progress, depictions of the process of scientific discovery, the complex relationship between science and religion, the ethical issues raised by the biotechnology revolution, and the disappearing boundaries between human and computer.

COURSE DIRECTORS: J. Keeping & A. Weiss

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

AP/HUMA 1910 9.00 Science And The Humanities

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

This course is concerned with the different and changing relationships of the sciences and the humanities.  Human beings are a part of nature and are often studied as natural objects. Indeed, many would argue that science is best able to determine what constitutes human nature. Many developments in the sciences also have a direct impact on the personal and social lives of human beings, in both positive and negative ways. But science is itself a human activity practiced in specific social contexts. Natural objects are studied by human subjects whose interests and assumptions shape their view of the phenomena they examine.  The particular understandings of nature put forward by particular scientists are informed by a wide range of sources, from philosophy to religion, to art, literature, and politics.  This applies as much to the beginning of the twenty-first century as it does to the beginning of the sixteenth century.

The course explores themes in the study of nature and science both in the past and in the present. The interactions between the sciences and the humanities are examined in the course through topics including: How did science acquire cultural authority? How is science tied to cultural or national identity? To what extent can or should the sciences define what it means to be human? What are the changing images of the human body that science has given over time? What are the social and ethical responsibilities of scientists and who should determine such responsibilities? This course pursues such issues by examining the works of a wide range of natural and social scientists, philosophers, literary figures and artists.

COURSE DIRECTORS: K. Anderson & J. Steigerwald

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

Course Credit Exclusions: AP/HIST 2810 6.00, AP/STS 2010 6.00, SC/STS 2010 6.00.

AP/HUMA 1950 6.00 Concepts Of Male & Female In The West EVENING COURSE

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

EVENING COURSE

An examination of the origins of, and the interrelationships among, gender, male and female concepts and roles through myth, literature, art and artifacts from various Western cultures, past and present.

COURSE DIRECTOR: J. Bell

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.

Course credit exclusions: AP/HUMA 1951 9.00.

AP/HUMA 1951 9.00 Introduction To Gender

Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit (Humanities).

Course is on Moodle and includes lecture outlines that you can download.

This course explores gender concepts in the West as they have developed and changed in response to a range of historical developments such as individualism, religious doctrines, concepts of love, the needs of capitalism, and others. Gender is broadly understood to involve both subjective experiences and social interactions. The course examines the ways in which these interact and the consequences for individuals of deviation from socially mandated norms. We explore the ways in which gender involves the concepts of anatomical sex, sexuality, love, work, romance, marriage and family as well as the ways in which these concepts control and regulate both the individual and our social and material world. Throughout the course we explore the function of various dualisms such as male-female, mind-body, active-passive, heterosexual-homosexual and others that both function to structure gender and to create categories of oppressor and oppressed.

As a general education course we will concentrate on the study and application of a wide range of theoretical perspectives to the analysis and critique of cultural productions. The works encountered in the course are drawn from the Humanities disciplines and include theoretical works, works of literature and theology, film, music and popular culture. The theoretical frameworks we encounter include a variety of feminist and other oppositional theories, psychoanalytic theory, critical theory, semiotics, and postmodern approaches. The course will also provide an introduction to mindful meditations techniques which can be used to aid in the development of focus, concentration and stress reduction.

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces are reserved for Year 01 students.
Course Credit Exclusions: AP/HUMA 1950 6.00, AP/HUMA 1950 9.00 (prior to Fall 2013).