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ANTH 338 Native Peoples of N America Not offered in 2014-2015

ANTH 436 North American Native Peoples Winter 2015

Art History and Communication Studies

ARTH 315 Indigenous Art and Culture/CANS 315 Indigenous Art and Culture: Indigenous Art and Culture. Fall 2014

COMS 300 Media and Modernity in 20th C(CRN 13918) Media and Modernity in the 20th Century (3 credits), Winter 2015

Canadian Studies

CANS 200 Intro to the Study of Canada Introduction to Canadian Studies Fall 2014

This course is an introduction to the ideas and methods that scholars have applied to and derived from the study of Canada. It has been designed to familiarize you with some of the foremost issues, which have shaped and continue to influence contemporary life in Canada. You will be introduced to the anthropology, history, geography, and sociology of Canada as well as its politics, literature, and culture. CANS 200 will examine how Canadians have lived together: how they have interacted with one another; earned a living; and, responded to various political regimes. Thus, Aboriginal Peoples, the Canadian nation, the Québec nation, and the communities of men, women, and children of different class, ethnic, linguistic, and national backgrounds, and who inhabited all of Canada, are central. The course will also consider long-standing and shifting deliberations about identity, citizenship, and representations of what constituted exemplary Canadians and French-Canadians/Quebecois.

CANS 300 Topics in Canadian Studies 1 Not offered in 2014-2015

CANS 301 Topics in Canadian Studies 2 Popular Music in Quebec Fall 2014

This course will examine the key social, political, cultural and historical aspects of popular music in Quebec. By 1900, Montreal had became an important centre of the music recording industry, with the establishment here of the Berliner Gram-O-Phone Company. In Canada, as elsewhere, records and radio quickly and permanently people’s relationships toward music. Between the two world wars, pop music from United States and the chansonnette from France influenced local singers and entertainers and contributed to the development of a vibrant local industry. In the 1940s and 1950s, while publications like La Bonne Chanson would attempt to "purify" the popular and traditional musical repertoire in Quebec, country-western and other genres would find their place inside and outside the cities of Quebec. In the 1950s and 1960s, les boîtes à chansons and so-called yé-yé “rock” bands would multiply throughout the province. The counter-culture of the 1960s and 1970s led to the development in Quebec of new record labels and the enormous popularity of Quebec performers like Robert Charlebois or the group Harmonium. From the 1980s onwards, popular music in Quebec has been marked both by the internationalization and standardization of popular music and by the emergence of a variety of underground forms, due in part to the democratisation of technology and the reappearance of small independent labels.

CANS 306 Issues in Native Studies Issues in Native Studies Winter 2015

A survey of the present-day achievements, problems and concerns within Native societies across Canada but with particular focus on the Cree of eastern James Bay. Questions of political organization and leadership, land claims, education and economic and business development will be examined in their present-day complexity, as well as historical antecedents. Contemporary topics and issues will also be discussed in the historical context. Class discussion and participation, based on readings, is an integral part of this course.

CANS 310 Cdn Cultures: Context&Issues Canadian Cultures: Context and Issues Winter 2015

This interdisciplinary course examines “Canadian cultures” in multiple contexts, using a variety of cultural productions (eg. NFB films, music videos, citizenship guides, literature, exhibitions) to explore how culture is experienced, contested and negotiated within and between communities, and in relation to different nationalisms. Working with diverse case studies, culture will be framed in historical and political contexts. Knowledge of French is not necessary, though Québécois cultural issues will be addressed. This course is not open to students who have taken CANS 202.

CANS 405 Canadian Studies Seminar 5 Canada and Quebec: A comparative perspective on language policy and planning Winter 2015

Cross-listed with QCST. This course provides students with an advanced, comparative exploration of provincial and federal language policy and planning (LPP). The course begins with a general introduction to the field, including models and types of LPP as well as theoretical considerations of language rights. The course then proceeds to provide students with an awareness and understanding of the three interrelated components of LPP in Quebec compared to Canada: (1) actual language practice, (2) beliefs and values relating to language, and (3) language management. While the language debate tends to focus on English and French, this course aims to provide a more comprehensive critical overview by also considering LPP with regard to First Nations and immigrant languages. Moreover, the course considers issues such as social identity, citizenship, and linguistic nationalism in relationship to LPP at the provincial compared to the federal level, offering students insight into the current issues facing this field and inviting them to move beyond the present so as to imagine new ways of responding to the linguistic challenges and opportunities facing Quebec and Canada. The course thus draws on insights from sociolinguistics, the social psychology of language, and politics in order to provide a comprehensive, comparative and critical perspective on LPP in Quebec compared to Canada.

CANS 413 Canada and Quebec Seminar Living in Montreal: History of Ethnicity from the 19th Century to Contemporary Society Winter 2015

Cross-listed with QCST 440. In light of the 2008 Bouchard-Taylor Commission report, public deliberations about reasonable accommodation, and the debates of the 2012 Québec election campaign on secularization and identity, this seminar focuses on ethnicity in Montréal from the nineteenth century to contemporary society. The course takes into account both the city’s multiethnic character and the methodologies that scholars have developed to study ethnicity. An historical approach provides an opportunity to examine and to understand past and present challenges to and opportunities for rapprochement between all Montrealers and the rest of Québec. Therefore, we will examine how various groups formed different communities, interacted with one another, earned their living, and responded to diverse political regimes. In deconstructing the changing discourses around nationalism, we will also explore who was considered Quebecois(e) and who was categorized as the “Other”. This interdisciplinary seminar has been designed to provide students with a variety of learning opportunities. They will be introduced to key publications of historians, geographers, anthropologists, sociologists, and political scientists, to scholars who do cutting-edge research on aspects of ethnicity in Montréal, and to community leaders and workers who deal directly with the city’s various cultural communities. Students will visit the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre, the archives of the Canadian Jewish Congress, go on a guided walking tour, and watch documentary and feature-length films. IMPORTANT NOTE: Lectures will be in English, however, students must be able to read French.


ENGL 393 Canadian Cinema Canadian Cinema: Quebec Cinema Winter 2015

This course will explore Quebecois cinema in all of its dimensions. Rather than a historical overview, this course will explore themes and concepts through cinema, as it engages questions of art, memory, history, politics and popular culture. We will explore questions ranging from the cinema as a site of social mixing and resistance to state politics, the impact of the NFB’s move to Montreal and its relation to local film production, Quebec’s importance as a site for experimentation with new technologies and expanded cinema (from Expo 67 to today’s crossover into 3-D and gaming), the movements and exchanges between Quebec cinema and the international film world from the French New wave to Hollywood, and more. Directors may include include Claude Jutra, Xavier Dolan, Philippe Falardeau, Michel Brault, Pierre Perrault, Alanis Obomsawin, Pierre Falardeau, Jean Marc Vallée, Norman McLaren, Fréderic Back, Caroline Leaf, Mireille Dansereau, Rodrigue Jean, Micheline Lanctôt, Robert Lepage, Denis Côté, Gilles Groulx, Gilles Carle, Denis Héroux, Denys Arcand, Denis Villeneuve, Kim Nygyun, Paule Baillargeon.

ENGL 413 Sp Topics in Cdn Drama&Theatre Special Topics in Canadian Drama and Theatre: The Case of Quebec Winter 2015

Expected Student Preparation: Previous university-level courses in drama and theatre, literature, or cultural studies.

This course will offer a selective survey of Quebecois drama, theatre, and performance from the 1960s to the present. With a focus on French-language theatre (to be read in English translation), we will trace the changing aesthetics and politics of this dynamic dramatic tradition, being careful to read them in light of the shifting performance and social contexts. The class will be framed by an opening consideration the role institutionalization, professionalization, and nationalism played on Quebecois theatre’s efflorescence in the 1960s and 70s and by a closing unit on Quebec performance’s place on the international stage. In between we will read (and view, where possible) plays by established as well as up-and-coming playwrights, some of whom will be invited to discuss their work with us. Units of study may include some of the following: the language question on the Quebec stage; the theatre of images; corporeal dramaturgies; feminist theatrics; queer drama; representations of the self and the other; popular performance. Wherever possible, and depending on the theatrical season’s offerings, we will go to see contemporary Quebec theatre together.

Texts: In addition to a course-pack available at the McGill Bookstore, other texts may include:

  • Louise H. Forsyth, Anthology of Quebec Women’s Plays in English Translation. Vol 3, 2004-8
  • Larry Tremblay, The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi
  • Michel Tremblay, Les belles-soeurs
  • Nathalie Claude, The Salon automaton
  • Marianne Ackerman, L’Affaire Tartuffe
  • Wajdi Mouawad, Incendies
  • Abla Farhoud, When I Was Grown Up, or The Girls from the 5-and-10
  • Michel-Marc Bouchard, Lilies
  • Normand Chaurette, Provincetown Playhouse 1919
  • Louisette Dussault, Mummy
  • Broue / Brew

Evaluation: Participation (15%); Group Presentation (25%); Short paper (20%); Final Research paper (40%)

Format: Lectures and discusssions

Enrollment Cap: 30

ENGL 430 Studies in Drama Not offered in 2014-2015


ENVR 380 Topics in Environment 1 Not offered in 2014-2015

French Language & Literature

FREN 198 FYS:Intro to French&Québec Lit Not offered in 2014-2015

FREN 199 FYS: Littérature française Not offered in 2014-2015

FREN 252 Littérature québécoise Littérature québécoise Winter 2015

Préalables, restrictions et cours conjoints: Aucun préalable

Contenu: Introduction à la littérature québécoise des origines à nos jours. Aperçu des grandes périodes et des courants principaux. Présentation de quelques auteurs majeurs et analyse de quatre œuvres représentatives.

Formule pédagogique: Cours magistraux.

Lectures obligatoires:

  • Louis Hémon, Maria Chapdelaine, Montréal, Boréal, coll. « Boréal compact ».
  • Marie-Claire Blais, Une saison dans la vie d’Emmanuel, Montréal, Boréal, coll. « Boréal compact ».
  • Réjean Ducharme, L’Hiver de force, Paris, Gallimard, coll. « Folio ».
  • Suzanne Jacob, Rouge, mère et fils, Montréal, Boréal, coll. « Boréal compact ».
  • Recueil de textes (« Course pack »), en vente à la librairie de McGill dès la rentrée


A. Deux tests en classe, sans notes ni livres (2 x 20%)

Chaque test comprend deux parties :

  • contrôle des connaissances présentées en classe
  • contrôle de la lecture des œuvres au programme et des textes réunis dans le receuil de textes (« Course pack »)

B. Examen final (« formal »), sans notes ni livres (60%)
L’examen portera sur l’ensemble de la matière du cours tout en mettant l’accent sur les quatre œuvres étudiées. Il n’y aura pas de possibilité d’effectuer des travaux supplémentaires pour améliorer sa note; les étudiants ayant obtenu la note F ou J pourront se présenter à un examen de reprise d’une valeur de 100%.

FREN 372 Littérature québécoise 1 Littérature québécoise 1 Fall 2014

Préalables, restrictions et cours conjoints: Aucun préalable.

Contenu: Ce cours portera sur l’œuvre d’André Major (1942 —). L'accent se mettra sur ses textes de fiction et de nature autobiographique.

Formule pédagogique: Cours magistraux et séances de discussion structurée.

Lectures obligatoires:

  • Major, André. Le cabochon, Montréal, Hexagone/Typo, 1989 [1964].
  • Major, André. À quoi ça rime? Montréal, Boréal, 2013.
  • Recueil de textes (« Course Pack ») : FREN 372 ­– Littérature québécoise 1, disponible à la librairie McGill.


  • Assiduité en classe et participation: 10%
  • Deux contrôles de lecture: 20%
  • Une bibliographie critique: 20%
  • Un travail de recherche (de 10 à 12 pages à double interligne): 50%

FREN 382 Littérature québécoise 2 Not offered in 2014-2015

FREN 434 Sociolinguistique du français Sociolinguistique du français Fall 2014

Préalables, restrictions et cours conjoints: Aucun préalable.

Contenu: Introduction générale : linguistique et sociolinguistique. Principales notions de sociolinguistique. Structures sociolinguistiques du français au Québec : indicateurs, marqueurs et stéréotypes. Langues en contact : diglossie, bilinguisme, multilinguisme, sabirs et créoles. La norme : formation de la langue commune, normes régionales, norme scolaire. Planification linguistique, politique linguistique.

Formule pédagogique: Cours magistraux.

Lectures obligatoires:

  • Bouchard, Chantal. On n’emprunte qu’aux riches ; la valeur sociolinguistique et symbolique des emprunts, Montréal, Fides, 1999.
  • S. Detey, J.Durand, B. Laks, C. Lyche. Les variétés de français dans l'espace francophone, ressources pour l'enseignement, Éditions Ophrys, Paris 2010.
  • Ostiguy, L. et C. Tousignant. Le français au Québec, normes et usages, Montréal, Guérin universitaire, 1993.


  • Tests (2) : 50%
  • Travail écrit : 40%
  • Présence/participation : 10%

FREN 480 Litt. québécoise contemporaine Litt. québécoise contemporaine Winter 2015

FREN 487 course description not available Not offered in 2014-2015

FREN 595 Sém avancé lettres françaises Not offered in 2014-2015


HIST 202 Survey: Canada to 1867 Survey: Canada to 1867 Fall 2014

HIST 203 Survey:Canada since 1867 Survey: Canada since 1867 Winter 2015

HIST 223 Natives of the Americas Natives of the Americas Winter 2015

HIST 303 History of Quebec History of Quebec Fall 2014

HIST 322 History of Forced Migrations Not offered in 2014-2015

HIST 333 Natives and French Natives and French Fall 2014

HIST 335 Science and Medicine in Canada Not offered in 2014-2015

HIST 353 History of Montreal Not offered in 2014-2015

HIST 363 Canada 1870-1914 Canada 1870- 1914 Fall 2014

HIST 364 Canada 1914-1945 Not offered in 2014-2015

HIST 367 Canada since 1945 Canada since 1945 Winter 2015

HIST 580D1 European&Nat-Amer Encounters Not offered in 2014-2015

Political Science

POLI 221 Government of Canada Government of Canada Fall 2014

POLI 222 Political Proc&Behav in Canada Political Procedure & Behaviour in Canada Winter 2015

POLI 226 La vie politique québécoise La vie politique québéçoise Winter 2015

POLI 326 Provincial Politics Provincial Politics- Fall 2014

POLI 336 Le Québec et le Canada Not offered in 2014-2015

POLI 342 Canadian Foreign Policy Not offered in 2014-2015

Aboriginal Politics in Canada Fall 2014

POLI 378 The Canadian Judicial Process The Canadian Judicial Process Fall 2014

POLI 412 Canadian Voting/Public Opinion Not offered in 2014-2015

POLI 417 Health Care in Canada Not offered in 2014-2015

Quebec Studies

QCST 300 Quebec Culture and Society Quebec Culture and Society Fall 2014

QCST 440 Contemporary Issues in Quebec Contemporary Issues in Quebec Winter 2015

QCST 472D1 course description not available Tutorial/Travaux dirigés


SOCI 222 Urban Sociology Urban Sociology Winter 2015

SOCI 230 Sociology of Ethnic Relations Sociology of Ethnic Relations Winter 2015

SOCI 327 course description not available Jews in North America- Winter 2015

SOCI 475 Cnd Ethnic Studies Seminar Not offered in 2014-2015