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'.

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA

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

AP/HUMA 3102 3.00 Ancient Greek Tragic Drama FULLY ONLINE

An overview of the society, culture, politics and history of fifth-century Athens providing the context for a close reading of selected ancient Greek tragedies and a range of modern critical approaches to Greek tragedy.
Course credit exclusion: AP/HUMA 3100 6.00.

PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusion: AS/HUMA 3100 6.00.

COURSE DIRECTOR: R. Tordoff

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

COURSE DIRECTOR: R. Wei

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

AP/HUMA 3104 6.00 Eros and Amor: Sex and Gender in Greco-Roman Literature

Examines issues of gender and sexuality in Greco-Roman culture through reading Greek and Roman literature in translation.

COURSE DIRECTOR: S. Blake

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

AP/HUMA 3106 6.00 Writing Lives: Greco-Roman Biography

This course explores the importance of biographical and autobiographical writing in the ancient Mediterranean among Greeks, Romans, and minority populations, focusing less on the subjects of each life and more on literary, ethnic, social, cultural.

COURSE DIRECTOR: P. Harland

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

AP/HUMA 3109 3.00 Law & Culture in the Ancient World

A survey of legal concepts, practices, and narratives in the ancient world (Greece, Rome, and the Near East). Students will learn how the law is shaped by culture and history and how law and legal values are expressed in language, literature, rituals, and art.

COURSE DIRECTOR: R. Fisher

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

 

AP/HUMA 3160 3.00 Sound, Politics and Media Art

This course considers sound as a social, aesthetic, historical, material, and political phenomenon, highlighting how it integrates with contemporary artistic practices. Students will learn about sound art experimental music; be introduced to the physics of sound; and explore how sonic and extra-sonic forces collide. Through these foci, the course addresses the cultural politics of sound, sound-making, hearing, and performance.

COURSE DIRECTOR: D. Cecchetto

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 S1 2020 & FW

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: TBA

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

 

AP/HUMA 3201 6.00 Culture, Meaning & Form

Culture, Meaning and Form explores the remarkable degree to which traditional notions about culture/popular culture shape our understanding of the world and ourselves.  Throughout the year, we explore the intersections of meaning and form in cultural settings that encompass the formal, the institutional, the artistic and the “ordinary” everyday to see why culture/popular culture matters.  Specifically, we investigate a wide range of cultural production formats including TV, the shopping mall, government policies, public housing developments, social media, popular music and technology. Theoretical paradigms are central to our investigation and form a critical “toolbox” facilitating our exploration into the underlying significance(s) of cultural expression.

Core questions driving our inquiry include ‘how are new ideas of self and society reflected in forms of popular culture?”  Is popular culture a form of resistance or domination?  What happens when material culture is caught between opposing forces: corporations, governments, ideologies and interests?  As a means of fostering dialogue in an atmosphere of mutual exploration and debate, this course is organized around a mix of lectures, in-class discussions and student-led seminars.

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA

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

AP/HUMA 3207 6.00 Doing Culture: Narratives of Cultural Production SU 2020 & FW

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.

COURSE DIRECTOR: C. Steele

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

AP/HUMA 3255 3.00 Indigenous Film Studies S1 2020 FULLY ONLINE

FULLY 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.

COURSE DIRECTOR: V. Alston

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

AP/HUMA 3305 3.00 The Calypso and Caribbean Oral Literature

This course examines developments in the calypso circa 1922-1992, including changes in its form, function and content. The course also explores the calypso for commentaries on nationhood, community relations in a multi-ethnic society and issues of sexuality and gender relations.

COURSE DIRECTOR: D. Trotman

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

AP/HUMA 3315 3.00 Black Literatures and Cultures in Canada FULLY ONLINE

This course challenges the positioning of the African American experience as a dominant referent for black cultures in the Americas through an examination of fictional writing produced by blacks in Canada and the notion of a transatlantic African diasporic sensibility.

COURSE DIRECTOR: D. Ballantyne

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

AP/HUMA 3318 3.00 Black Popular Culture EVENING COURSE

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.

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA

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

AP/HUMA 3423 3.00 The New Testament Apocrypha

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.

COURSE DIRECTOR:  T. Burke

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.

COURSE DIRECTOR: T. Michael

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

AP/HUMA 3500 6.00 Chinese Cultures in Literature & Film SU 2020

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 DIRECTOR: G. Anderson

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

AP/HUMA 3500 6.00 Chinese Cultures in Literature & Film FW 2020

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 DIRECTOR: P. Giordan

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.

COURSE DIRECTOR: S. Rowley

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

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 DIRECTOR: G. Vanstone

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

AP/HUMA 3536 3.00 Indigenous People, Legend and Memory FULLY ONLINE

This course examines concepts and relationships among history, literature and nature in Europe and North America.
Previously offered as: AP/MIST 3536 3.00
Course credit exclusion: AP/REI 3536 3.00 (prior to Fall 2013).

PRIOR TO FALL 2008: Course credit exclusions: AK/EN 3536 3.00.

COURSE DIRECTOR: B. Lawrence

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

 

AP/HUMA 3605 3.00 Imagining the European City

At the beginning of the 21st century, over half of the world’s population live in cities. Yet urbanity as a way of life is hard to define and understand. How do cities relate to their own histories in view of constant migration and accelerated change?

Where does the tradition of cities being experienced as dangerous, threatening and dirty come from? What cultural factors influence whether a city “succeeds” or “fails”? What is distinctive about urban life, and is there a distinctly European tradition of urbanity that has gone global?

While Europe is no longer setting the pace and shape of urbanization, understanding how cities such as Paris, London, or Vienna have been imagined can provide answers to these questions. By exploring the ways European cities have been represented in literature and film, this course looks at the links between how cities are imagined and how their built environment is shaped and transformed. The course focuses on the modern city but also includes discussions of their histories and traditions. The course also looks at cities in other parts of the world that help us understand how European traditions have (or have not) shaped global urbanity.

COURSE DIRECTOR: M. Reisenleitner

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

AP/HUMA 3690 6.00 Children's Literature & Film Adaptation SU 2020 FULLY ONLINE

This course analyzes changing constructions of childhood and adolescence in children's literature and adaptations of these constructions in film versions. Issues of 'translation' are highlighted both in critical readings and through the pairing of literary and film texts.

COURSE DIRECTOR: R. Woodall

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

AP/HUMA 3690 6.00 Children's Literature & Film Adaptation FW2020

This course analyzes changing constructions of childhood and adolescence in children's literature and adaptations of these constructions in film versions. Issues of 'translation' are highlighted both in critical readings and through the pairing of literary and film texts.

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA

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

AP/HUMA 3691 3.00 Picture Books In Children’s Culture S1 2020 FULLY ONLINE

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.

COURSE DIRECTOR: L. Wiseman

RESERVED SPACES: ALL spaces reserved for Humanities and CCY Majors and Minors.

AP/HUMA 3692 6.00 Representations of Children's Alterity SU 2020 FULLY ONLINE

Analyzes representations of children's and youths' alterity in picture books, graphic novels, novels, life writing, documentary and fiction films, photographs, art, advertising, and non-fiction for children and adults. Alterity refers to the "Other," marginalized through gender, sexuality, race, class, physical and mental (dis)abilities, religion, nation, and the difference between being human and being animal, cyborg, vampire, or alien. Notes: Priority will be given to Children's Studies and Humanities majors and minors.

COURSE DIRECTOR: P. Ramsarran

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

AP/HUMA 3692 6.00 Representations of Children's Alterity FW2020

Analyzes representations of children's and youths' alterity in picture books, graphic novels, novels, life writing, documentary and fiction films, photographs, art, advertising, and non-fiction for children and adults. Alterity refers to the "Other," marginalized through gender, sexuality, race, class, physical and mental (dis)abilities, religion, nation, and the difference between being human and being animal, cyborg, vampire, or alien. Notes: Priority will be given to Children's Studies and Humanities majors and minors.

COURSE DIRECTOR:  K. Verrall

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

AP/HUMA 3693 3.00 The Rainbow List: GLBTQ literature and culture for children and youth S2 2020

Each year, the Rainbow Project Committee announces its annual Rainbow List. These titles reflect significant gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans-gendered and queer-questioning (GLBTQ) experience for young people from birth to age 18. This course analyzes some of that literature in addition to other expressions and representations of GLBTQ children and youth (film, television, digital media, music, etc.) in a variety of child-centred socio-cultural contexts.
Note: Priority will be given to Children's Studies and Humanities majors and minors.

COURSE DIRECTOR: G. Jolly

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

AP/HUMA 3693 3.00 The Rainbow List: GLBTQ literature and culture for children and youth FW 2020

Each year, the Rainbow Project Committee announces its annual Rainbow List. These titles reflect significant gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans-gendered and queer-questioning (GLBTQ) experience for young people from birth to age 18. This course analyzes some of that literature in addition to other expressions and representations of GLBTQ children and youth (film, television, digital media, music, etc.) in a variety of child-centred socio-cultural contexts.

Note: Priority will be given to Children's Studies and Humanities majors and minors.

COURSE DIRECTOR: C. Cowdy

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.

COURSE DIRECTOR: A. Buturovic

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

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.

COURSE DIRECTOR:  T. Burke

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

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 DIRECTOR: A. Buturovic

RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities & Religious Studies majors and minors.

AP HUMA 3829 3.00 A Convenient Hatred: Antisemitism

Examines the evolution of anti-Jewish thought and behaviour as a response to the crisis of modernity. It examines the role of antisemitism in 19th- and 20th-century European ideological, political and socio-economic developments and the Jewish responses to antisemitism.

COURSE DIRECTOR:  K. Weiser

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

AP/HUMA 3831 3.00 Torah And Tradition: Jewish Religious Expressions From Antiquity To The Present SU 2020 & FW 2020 FULLY ONLINE

FULLY 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.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
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.

COURSE DIRECTOR: M. Lockshin

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

AP HUMA 3855 6.00 Responses to the Holocaust

This course explores responses to the Holocaust in imaginative texts - fiction, poetry and film - alongside autobiographical, historical and philosophical accounts. Works by survivors and others enable us to examine forms of Holocaust memory, and their concomitant implications.

COURSE DIRECTOR: S. Horowitz

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

AP/HUMA 3903 6. 00 Popular Expression in North American Music SU 2020

A survey of North American musical idioms from their Indigenous, European and African antecedents to the present. Selected styles and creators are situated within their immediate contexts of commerce, identity, and aesthetic norms.

COURSE DIRECTOR: J. Bakan

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

AP/HUMA 3908 3.00 The Arts and the Law: Policies and 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 DIRECTOR: R. Fisher
RESERVED SPACES: Some spaces reserved for Humanities and Culture & Expression Majors and Minors.