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Honours English - Cultural Studies (60 credits)

Offered by: English     Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Program Requirements

Entry to Honours is by application, normally after two terms in a Departmental program, including at least 18 credits of English. The Faculty of Arts requires that all students admitted to Honours programs complete a second-program minor in addition to their Honours program.

Admission to the Honours program is limited to a small number of students with excellent records. The minimum CGPA for application to the Honours program is 3.50; students meeting the 3.50 minimum in English Department courses alone (although not in CGPA) may also apply and make a case for their acceptance. In neither instance is admission guaranteed. After admission into the Honours program, the student is required to maintain a CGPA at a level set by the Faculty for graduation with Honours and a program GPA at the level set by the Department.

The Honours program in English requires 60 credits. Students intending to apply for Honours should plan to complete as many of the specific requirements of their option as possible within the first two years. With the written approval of an adviser, up to 9 credits may be taken outside the Department. All Honours students must complete at least 6 of their complementary credits at the 500 level. Ideally, 500-level seminars chosen will be relevant to the area of the student's independent study in the Honours Essay course (ENGL 491D1/ENGL 491D2), taken without exception in the final year of the program. The Honours Essay is first planned in consultation with a supervisor at the time of application to the Honours program; it is then guided and evaluated by that supervisor during the completion of ENGL 491. Graduation with Honours requires 60 credits of English, a minimum mark of B+ on the Honours Essay, a minimum CGPA of 3.00, and a minimum program GPA of 3.50. Graduation with First Class Honours requires a mark of A on the Honours Essay, a minimum CGPA of 3.50, and a minimum program GPA of 3.70.

Required Courses (15 credits)

ENGL 275, ENGL 277, and ENGL 359 should be taken in the first two terms in the program.

  • ENGL 275 Introduction to Cultural Studies (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : A survey of cultural studies, its history and subject matter, presenting key interpretive and analytic concepts, the aesthetic and political issues involved in the construction of sign systems, definitions of culture and cultural values conceptualized both as a way of life and as a set of actual practices and products.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Berkeley Kaite (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Required of all U1 Cultural Studies students
  • ENGL 277 Introduction to Film Studies (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : An introduction to key concepts in film studies. Exemplary works from the history of film will be studied to introduce students to such topics as the aesthetics of film; sound's production of meaning; film as narrative; film and genre; period and national cinemas; film's role in culture.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Derek Nystrom (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Restriction: Cultural Studies Major and Honours program students.
  • ENGL 359 The Poetics of the Image (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : This course, normally taken in tandem with ENGL 276, examines contemporary debates about the aesthetic dimensions as well as social roles of pictorial, theatrical, cinematic, and other representations, the meanings, effects, and aesthetic significance of which depend on their having visually recognizable features.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Ara Osterweil (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Restriction: Limited to students in the English Major Concentration, Cultural Studies Option
  • ENGL 491D1 Honours Essay (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts)

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall and Winter
    • Students must register for both ENGL 491D1 and ENGL 491D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ENGL 491D1 and ENGL 491D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
    • ENGL 491D1 and ENGL 491D2 together are equivalent to ENGL 491
  • ENGL 491D2 Honours Essay (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : See ENGL 491D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: ENGL 491D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ENGL 491D1 and ENGL 491D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
    • ENGL 491D1 and ENGL 491D2 together are equivalent to ENGL 491

Complementary Courses (45 credits)

45 credits selected as described below. At least 6 of the 45 credits must be at the 500 level. A maximum of 9 credits may be from another department with the signed permission of the program adviser.

Note on Topics Courses: The Department of English offers courses which change topic from academic year to academic year. Depending on the topic in a specific year, these courses may count toward different program requirements. At the time they register for a topics course, students should confirm with their program adviser the program requirement it fulfils for that academic year.

Major Figures

3 credits from a list of courses on Major Figures in Cultural Studies:

Canadian Component

3 credits from a list of courses with a Canadian component:

  • ENGL 393 Canadian Cinema (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : A study of Canadian cinema.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
  • ENGL 440 First Nations and Inuit Literature and Media (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : An introduction to Inuit and First Nations literature and media in Canada, including oral literature and the development of aboriginal television and film.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Marianne A Stenbaek (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken ENGL 415 or ENGL 419 as "Native Canadian Literature" or as "Inuit Literature".
  • ENGL 441 Special Topics in Canadian Cultural Studies (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Advanced study of a specific area of Canadian culture or Canadian cultural theory.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Theory or Criticism

3 credits from a list of courses on Theory or Criticism:

  • ENGL 317 Theory of English Studies 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Philosophical approaches.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Restriction: Limited to students in English Major and Honours Programs
  • ENGL 318 Theory of English Studies 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Socio-Historical approaches.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Paula Derdiger (Winter)

    • Fall
    • Restriction: Limited to students in English Major and Honours Programs
  • ENGL 319 Theory of English Studies 3 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Issues in interpretation: authorship, performance, reception.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Restriction: Limited to students in English Major and Honours Programs
  • ENGL 322 Theories of the Text (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : A course focusing on textuality (as opposed to, say, intentionality and interpretation) and on how specific effects are made - how texts work and produce meaning, including rhetoric and form.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Restriction: Limited to students in English Major and Honours Programs.
  • ENGL 346 Materiality and Sociology of Text (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Writing, printing, distribution, marketing, and placement within canon-making institutions; the influence of material forms of production and transmission on the creation and reception of literature, film, and theatre.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Thomas Mole (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Restriction: Limited to students in English Major and Honours Programs.
  • ENGL 352 Theories of Difference (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Introduction to a selection of theories that have influenced thinking about difference across the humanities and social sciences, including gender, sexuality, race, class and hierarchical structures, language, religion, ethnicity, and personal identity.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Monica Popescu (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Restriction: Limited to students in English Major and Honours Programs.

Historical Dimension

6 credits from a list of courses in Cultural Studies with an historical dimension:

400-Level Theory

3 credits from a list of 400-level courses in Cultural Studies with a theoretical component:

  • ENGL 454 Topics in Cultural Studies and Gender (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Current studies focusing on the gendered dimensions of cultural life, including the production and reception of mainstream, avant-garde, and alternative cultures.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • ENGL 479 Philosophy of Film (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Philosophical approaches to and topics in the study of cinema.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
  • ENGL 484 Seminar in the Film (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : In-depth study of specific topics related to the film, which vary from year to year.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Restriction: Permission of instructor required
  • ENGL 488 Special Topics / Communications and Mass Media 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : An advanced seminar in varying themes in communications for students in their final year of the Cultural Studies program.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Derek Nystrom (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
    • Restriction: Limited to students in English Major programs.
  • ENGL 489 Culture and Critical Theory 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Intensive study of advanced theoretical topics in the study of culture.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Paula Derdiger (Fall)

    • Winter
  • ENGL 490 Culture and Critical Theory 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Intensive study of advanced theoretical topics in the study of culture.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Berkeley Kaite (Winter)

    • Winter
  • ENGL 492 Image and Text (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Study of the relationship between verbal and visual aspects of a range of cultural artifacts. Topics may include iconography; illuminated manuscripts; book illustrations; cartoons and caricature.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
  • ENGL 497 Seminar in Cultural Studies (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : .

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall

Literature and/or Drama and Theory

12 credits in ENGL courses specific to English Literature and/or Drama and Theatre, of which at least 6 credits are at the 300 level or higher. Please consult the complementary course lists for the English Literature and Drama and Theatre programs for course choices.

Additional Cultural Studies

15 additional credits from the option's offerings which includes all the courses specifically listed in the Cultural Studies categories above and the courses listed below. Any ENGL course not on these Cultural Studies lists, such as courses in Literature, may not count toward the Honours English - Cultural Studies.

  • ENGL 280 Introduction to Film as Mass Medium (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : An introduction to film's social, historical, and technological contexts, including its relationships to other mass media.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Students will be required to pay a screening fee.
  • ENGL 354 Sexuality and Representation (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Topics on representations of sexuality with reference to its cultural contexts.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Priority will be given to English Major/Honours students in second year of program
  • ENGL 366 Film Genre (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : A discussion of an individual genre of cinema; concept of genre.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Alanna Michael Thain (Winter)

    • Winter
  • ENGL 378 Media and Culture (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : An introduction to the study of television and its distinctive aesthetic, generic, and discursive features.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Marianne A Stenbaek (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: ENGL 275
  • ENGL 379 Film Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Topics in film studies. Topic varies by year.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
  • ENGL 380 Non-Fiction Media: Cinema, Television, Radio (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Historical, formal, and thematic analysis of non-fictional and documentary works within cinema, television, and radio.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • ENGL 382 International Cinema 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : A study of a significant national cinema, or a thematic, formal, and/or historical study of film in an international context.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • ENGL 383 Studies in Communications 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Studies in the relationships between the media and culture.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Berkeley Kaite (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Restriction: Permission of instructor required
  • ENGL 385 Topics in Literature and Film (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : A study of selected topics in literature and film. Topics vary by year.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
  • ENGL 386 Fans, Celebrities, Audiences (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : A study of celebrity, audience behaviour, and fan culture, including the symbolic function of the celebrity, the celebrity as 'text', and the interaction of fandom with the production of conventions and meaning in popular cultural forms.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
  • ENGL 388 Studies in Popular Culture (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : History and development of important forms of popular culture. Topics may include traditional ballads; fairs; carnivals and popular festivity; material culture; popular fiction; mainstream television.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Marianne A Stenbaek (Winter)

    • Winter
  • ENGL 389 Studies in Popular Culture (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : History and development of important forms of popular culture.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Theodore W Folkerth (Winter)

    • Winter
  • ENGL 390 Political and Cultural Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : The intersection between theories of culture and theories of society.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • ENGL 391 Special Topics: Cultural Studies 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Current issues in cultural studies. Topics will include contemporary debates on high culture and the literary canon, and the question of aesthetic value and aesthetic judgment.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Alanna Michael Thain (Fall)

    • Fall
  • ENGL 395 Cultural and Theatre Studies (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : The relationships between theatre and forms of popular culture, including but not limited to cinematic and televisual adaptations of theatrical works.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: ENGL 275
  • ENGL 398 Psychoanalytic Approaches to Cultural Studies (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Various psychoanalytic approaches to cultural production and reception.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • ENGL 476 Alternative Approaches to Media 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Study of alternative uses of contemporary media with particular emphasis on the forms of independent video and community television and their relationship to mainstream television and film.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Alanna Michael Thain (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Workshop course. Departmental permission required
  • ENGL 482 International Cinema 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Intensive study of a particular tradition or movement in international cinema.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • ENGL 585 Cultural Studies: Film (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Advanced study of a specific topic in film.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
  • ENGL 586 Cultural Studies: Other Media (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Advanced study of a specific topic in a medium or media other than film, such as television, advertising, radio, or the internet.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • ENGL 587 Theoretical Approaches to Cultural Studies (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Advanced study of theoretical issues in and approaches to cultural studies.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Alanna Michael Thain (Winter)

    • Winter
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