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These variable-content courses provide opportunities for topics in cross-period studies, inter- and transdisciplinary studies and cultural studies, among others that are not available in regular offerings. Consult the School for specific offerings in a given semester. Reading-intensive course. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  • Utilize theoretical concepts and analytical methods to interpret and contextualize works of and tendencies in contemporary culture, such as in literature, film, television/digital media, music, food, clothing, visual cultures, medicine, technology, video gaming, comics, animation, etc.
  • Assess challenging or contradictory social and ethical implications of currents and issues in contemporary cultural production and critical theory.
  • Synthesize methodological approaches in a recursive process of reflecting and re-reflecting, application and re-application.
  • Create an innovative and compelling critical and/or creative project, based on the topic(s), motivating questions, and theoretical apparatus studied in and for course activities and assignments over the term.
  • Gain and refine new proficiencies with online research and networking tools and software through online content generation.
  • Evaluate diverse cultural works as an active, informed, and critically aware reader, viewer, and listener.

Course Topics

  • Historical Groundwork: Taking Art off the Pedestal
  • Historical Groundwork—What is Mass Culture?
  • Cultural Reproductions—Contemporary Sightings
  • Reproductive Technologies—Viewing the Womb
  • Reproduction and Consumption—Are We What We Eat?
  • Androids, Cyborgs...and Animals?
  • Cyborgs, Animals....and Women?
  • On Longing; and Gender as Impersonation—Are We What We Wear?
  • Race and Mimicry—Repeating, “Racing,” and “Erasing” Cultures 
  • “Reel Realities”?
  • Reinventing the Real (and/or Realism)

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 1.00 credits in English 

Assessment

Assessment Item Weight
Blog Entries 30%
Discussions – First Impressions 12%
Discussions – Synthetic Readings 18%
Final Project: Detailed Creative and/or Critical Proposal 25%
Final Project: Five-entry Annotated Bibliography 15%
Total 100%

 

Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.

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Section Title
Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies
Type
Online
Dates
September 08, 2022 to December 02, 2022
Contact Hours
36.0
Delivery Options
Online  
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39
Domestic Tuition Fee - Non-Ontario (0.5 units) $713.81
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $3,106.72
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Reading List / Textbook
The eBook is not available to be sold within the Bookstore, however it can be purchased on Vitalsource.
Section Notes
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Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki ISBN 978-0140280463
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick ISBN 978-0345404473
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? by Mark Fisher ISBN Print: 978-1846943171 eBook: 9781780997346
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