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The humanities program offers a wide-ranging and integrated interdisciplinary curriculum. Our courses explore, examine and appraise cultures affected by conquest, colonization and other forms of domination to better comprehend both their unique traditions and their dialogues of resistance. Other offerings analyze the ways in which new technologies and digital media have changed understandings of natural and human worlds. Still others investigate the dynamic relationship between the creative human imagination and diverse cultural locations.

AP/HUMA 1010 3.00

Word Power: Building Essential English Vocabulary Using Latin and Greek Roots

This course is designed to teach students how to build their vocabulary systematically through the study of Latin and Greek elements in essential English words ...

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AP/HUMA 1074 6.00

The Chinese Body in Cross-Cultural Perspective: Medicine, Food, and Footbinding

This course uses the Chinese body as an entry point into the richness and complexity of daily life as it was lived and experienced in ...

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AP/HUMA 1100 9.00

Worlds Of Ancient Greece & Rome

A study of the classical world with a view to understanding the origin and evolution of some of the literary, philosophical and political ideals of ...

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AP/HUMA 1105 9.00

Myth And Imagination In Greece And Rome

An introduction to ancient and modern myths and theories about myths and mythology in comparative perspectives and their influences on modern literature and art.

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AP/HUMA 1106 9.00

Egypt in the Greek & Roman Mediterranean

An examination of Egypt and Egyptians in the imagination and history of the cultures of the Greek and Roman Mediterranean. Course credit exclusion: AP/HUMA 2110 ...

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AP/HUMA 1110 9.00

Greek and Biblical Traditions

The stories, symbols The stories, symbols and myths of Greek and Biblical literature have provided the basic images for Western society's interpretation of itself and ...

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AP/HUMA 1115 9.00

Transformations of Ancient Literature

This course examines modern adaptations and transformations of ancient Greek ad Latin literature. Particular attention is paid to religious, political, and social context. Note: This ...

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AP/HUMA 1125 9.00

Civilization of Medieval and Renaissance Europe

Sampling epic, romance, autobiography, short story, drama, music, political theory, science and the visual arts, this course traces European high culture from the Middle Ages ...

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AP/HUMA 1160 9.00

The Enlightenment And Human Understanding

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 ...

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AP/HUMA 1165 9.00

Gods and Humans

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 ...

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AP/HUMA 1170 9.00

The Modern Age: Shapers & Definers

Introduces the student to some of the important shapers and definers of the modern (Western) artistic and intellectual tradition, along with some of the movements ...

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AP/HUMA 1190 9.00

Nationalism, Authority and Resistance: Perspectives on German Culture and Society

Germany might exemplify the problems, conflicts, and possibilities of the modern world better than any other single state. It has careened from an open democracy ...

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AP/HUMA 1200 9.00

Contexts Of Canadian Culture

Topics illustrating the ways in which culture in Canada resembles and is different from other cultures. The emphasis is on the 20th century. Materials to ...

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AP/HUMA 1220 6.00

Canadian Language and Culture

This course has two main objectives. First, it aims at fostering those language skills which students using English as a second language need to succeed ...

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AP/HUMA 1250 6.00

Diaspora Communities and Global Cultures

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 ...

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AP/HUMA 1300 9.00

Cultures Of Resistance In The Americas: The African American Experience

Examines oppression and the ways in which Afro-American, Amerindian and racially-mixed communities in the Caribbean, Latin America, Canada and the United States use cultural patterns ...

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AP/HUMA 1320 6.00

Ideas of America: The Cultures of North America

This course addresses cultural developments and transformations in North America from the period of European contact to the present. Following a comparative investigation of imperialism ...

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AP/HUMA 1400 9.00

Culture And Society In East Asia

Introduction to traditional East Asian civilization by examining daily life in 18th-century Peking and Edo (Tokyo), and their rural hinterland. Topics include the physical setting, ...

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AP/HUMA 1420 9.00

Introduction to Korean Culture

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. ...

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AP/HUMA 1435 9.00

Japanese Culture, Literature & Film

An introduction to Japanese culture centred around comparisons of major classical, modern and postmodern literary works - including manga comics - as well as their ...

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AP/HUMA 1625 9.00

Fantasy And Topographies Of Imagination

This course utilizes a variety of materials to explore fantasy in the West, not as the opposite of reality, but as how people imagine/give meaning ...

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AP/HUMA 1700 9.00

Writing: Process and Practice

This course considers a wide range of written expression including fiction, nonfiction, poetry and other genres, with an emphasis on the theory and practice of ...

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AP/HUMA 1710 6.00

The Roots Of Western Culture The Ancient World (CIRCA 1000 BC-400 AD)

Two historical cultures have had an important role in shaping modern thought: the Graeco-Roman and Judaeo-Christian. This course explores these cultures through selective study of ...

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AP/HUMA 1720 6.00

The Roots Of Western Culture The Modern Period (CIRCA 1500-1900) EVENING COURSE

Our modern conception of ourselves has evolved from issues debated particularly since the reformation and scientific revolution. This course will explore these issues by drawing ...

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AP/HUMA 1740 6.00

The Roots Of Modern Canada

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 ...

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AP/HUMA 1745 6.00

Thinking about Contemporary Canada

Examines issues critical to Canadian society and culture through texts representing a range of voices and genres - from text to film, official to creative, ...

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AP/HUMA 1751 6.00

Italian Culture: The Great Ideas and the Masterworks

This interdisciplinary course examines Italy's contribution to the development of Western culture from the Middle Ages to the Age of Romanticism. We study representative works ...

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AP/HUMA 1761 9.00

Italian Cinema, Literature and Society

The course focuses on 12 of the most significant films since the Second World War in the context of the radical changes that have taken ...

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AP/HUMA 1770 6.00

One World: Historical And Cultural Perspectives Of Globalization

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 ...

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AP/HUMA 1770 6.00

One World: Historical and Cultural Perspectives of Globalization

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 ...

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AP/HUMA 1780 6.00

Stories In Diverse Media

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 ...

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AP/HUMA 1825 9.00

Law And Morality in Literature & Culture

Examines aspects of the relationships between law and morality in literary, filmic and philosophical works from Ancient Greece to the Modern Word and in several ...

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AP/HUMA 1840 9.00

Existence, Freedom and Meaning: The Idea of Human in European Thought

Major works of literature, philosophy, religion and science since the Renaissance are read and discussed in a search for the distinctively human.

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AP/HUMA 1844 6.00

Muslim Travel Narratives: Journeys through the Muslim World

This course explores the ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity of the Muslim world through the travelogues and memoirs of Muslim scholars, pilgrims, envoys and adventurers, ...

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AP/HUMA 1845 6.00

Islamic Traditions

Examines the beliefs, rituals, doctrines and teachings that have constituted the Islamic tradition from its inception until the present. Course credit exclusion: AP/HUMA 2815 9.00 ...

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AP/HUMA 1846 6.00

Arts & Culture in South Asia

Examines the cultures of South Asia in historical and contemporary context, exploring the relationship between cultural expression, religion, history, and politics. Course credit exclusion: AP/HUMA ...

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AP/HUMA 1850 6.00

The Bible And Modern Contexts

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 ...

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AP/HUMA 1855 9.00

Buddhism and Asian Cultures

This course introduces students to the diversity of Buddhist ideas and practices in Asia. Exploring Buddhism as a living tradition, the course focuses on the ...

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AP/HUMA 1860

The Nature Of Religion

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 ...

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AP/HUMA 1865 6.00

Introduction to World Religions

A comparative examination of the history, literature, practices and social aspects of the religious traditions of South Asia (Buddhism, Hinduism), East Asia (China, Korea, Japan), ...

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AP/HUMA 1870 6.00

The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and the Arts

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, ...

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AP/HUMA 1875 9.00

Christianity in Context

Examines the movements, texts, beliefs and practices of Christianity, and explores the factors and forces shaping them from its beginnings to the present day. Course ...

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AP/HUMA 1880 6.00

The Jewish Experience, Civilization and Culture

An examination of the interaction of Jews and gentiles in selected periods from antiquity through the 20th century. A case study in ethnic adaptation, the ...

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AP/HUMA 1900 9.00

Introduction to Traditional and Popular Culture

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

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AP/HUMA 1905 9.00

Science Fiction Culture

Explores how the medium of science fiction has given cultural expression to changing attitudes towards modern science and technology. Topics include science fiction and the ...

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AP/HUMA 1909 6.00

Techno-Science and Popular Culture

This course examines how science and technology are presented to a popular audience through many different forms of media. Our hopes and fears about contemporary ...

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AP/HUMA 1910 9.00

Science and the Humanities: Nature and Human Nature

This course investigates how scientific thinking about the place of human beings in nature involves humanistic thinking about the place of nature in being human. ...

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AP/HUMA 1911 9.00

Darwin, Einstein and the Humanities

This course is concerned with the origins and impact of the ideas of two of the most significant scientists of the modern era, Charles Darwin ...

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AP/HUMA 1950 6.00

Concepts of Male and Female in the West

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 ...

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AP/HUMA 1951 9.00

Introduction To Gender

From the perspective of Humanities disciplines and popular culture, this course explores gender in the West as both subjective experience and social interactions. It traces ...

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AP/HUMA 1953 6.00

Canadian Writers in Person

Explores the works of 12 contemporary Canadian writers who give readings to the class and respond to questions about their work.

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AP/HUMA 2002 6.00

Questioning Culture

EVENING COURSE Designed to introduce students to the theoretical study of contemporary culture in past and contemporary society, offering tools for questioning and decoding the ...

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AP/HUMA 2100 6.00

The World of Ancient Greeks

A study of the culture of the Greek speaking peoples of the Hellenic and Hellenistic Mediterranean at various points in their development and evolution. Areas ...

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AP/HUMA 2105 6.00

Roman Literature and Culture

An introduction to Roman literature and culture, circa 200 BC to AD 200. Emphasis is placed on the literature, art and architecture of the Romans ...

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AP/HUMA 2205 3.00

In Other Worlds: The Arts & Artists in Digital Environments

This interdisciplinary course critically examines digital environments including 3D, virtual and augmented realities as new forms of social literacy and new forums for the fine, ...

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AP/HUMA 2210 6.00

Media, Culture & Technology

Combining historical and theoretical content, the course surveys the invention and evolution of media technologies from the invention of writing to the Internet. How technologies ...

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AP/HUMA 2215 6.00

Understanding Movies

Designed for the student who enjoys film but has no background in art or criticism. It will introduce students to a variety of strategies that ...

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AP/HUMA 2220 3.00

Communication, Presentation Skills and Voice

A practical course for students wanting to develop public speaking and presentation skills. Story-telling exercises, extemporaneous speech making, and text analysis facilitate expertise in public ...

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AP/HUMA 2225 6.00

Popular Technologies and Cultural Practice

Examines the role of consumer technologies, ranging from the automobile to the iPod in terms of how they affect the cultural landscapes of contemporary culture ...

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AP/HUMA 2230 6.00

Music in Human Experience

Introduction to emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and symbolic uses of music through case studies of individual cultures, including consideration of social, political, and historical settings.

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AP/HUMA 2310 6.00

The Caribbean and Canada: Culture, Identity and Diaspora

Introduces students to the major cultural characteristics of the contemporary Caribbean through an examination of the writers, artists and scholars of the region. Previously offered ...

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AP/HUMA 2600 6.00

Humanities For A Global Age

Provides students with important contexts for the study of the Humanities, including the place of Humanities in the curriculum of the modern university, key concepts ...

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AP/HUMA 2670 6.00

Film and Literature

Film images in their flux often demand that we uncritically accept them. This course will investigate their meanings and truth and seek to develop a ...

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AP/HUMA 2700 6.00

Persian Literature and Culture

Examines historical, cultural and social processes that have formed Iranian culture and civilization, ranging from ancient Persia to contemporary Iran. The course studies and analyzes ...

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AP/HUMA 2710 6.00

Introduction to Arab Culture

Introduces the diversity of Arab cultures: their values, practices, and cultural products, such as literature, music, Internet and cinema, from the 19th century to present ...

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AP/HUMA 2800 6.00

Iranian Cinema: Aesthetics and Culture

This course is designed to introduce students to Iranian cinema. Students study the aesthetics and the socio-cultural impact of Iranian films. The Iranian national film ...

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AP/HUMA 2805 6.00

World Religions in Canada

Tracing the origins and histories of different Canadian religious communities, this course identifies and analyzes ways in which the religious reflects, shapes and embodies the ...

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AP/HUMA 2920 6.00

Knowledge, Technology & Culture

Explores technologies of knowledge in social and cultural context, examining histories of classification, ethical and political concerns about information, debates over artificial intelligence and artificial ...

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AP/HUMA 2999 6.00

Global Cultures of Children and Young People

This course is a critical, cross-disciplinary introduction to the global cultures of children and young people. It explores the ways young people in diverse places ...

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AP/HUMA 3000 6.00

Directed Reading

Students will do supervised reading and writing in one or two selected areas. Students wishing to enrol should contact the Department of Humanities.

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AP/HUMA 3000 3.00

Directed Reading

Students will do supervised reading and writing in one or two selected areas. Students wishing to enrol should contact the Department of Humanities.

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AP/HUMA 3013 3.00

Comedy

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AP/HUMA 3014 6.00

Tragedy in Western Literature: Ancient and Modern

A study of concepts of tragedy and tragic themes in literature from antiquity to the present viewed in their cultural and historical contexts as well ...

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AP/HUMA 3016 6.00

Animals in Human Culture

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 ...

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AP/HUMA 3019 6.00

Cultural Transgressions: The Trickster's Creative Chaos

Through the study of selected examples of tricksters from a diverse range of cultural contexts and historical periods, this course examines the importance of cultural ...

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AP/HUMA 3100 6.00

Greek Drama and Culture

A survey of ancient Greek drama in translation. The plays will be looked at mainly in terms of structure, of religious thought, and of political ...

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AP/HUMA 3102 3.00

Ancient Greek Tragic Drama

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 ...

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AP/HUMA 3103 6.00

Childhood And Children In The Ancient Mediterranean

Examines childhood experience and the social construction of childhood in the ancient Mediterranean from the Bronze Age to the end of classical antiquity. Course credit ...

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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.

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AP/HUMA 3105 6.00

Greek and Roman Religion

Examines Greek and Roman religious beliefs and practices from an interdisciplinary perspective. Special attention is given to four major approaches to the divine (ritual, myth, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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AP/HUMA 3115 6.00

Myth in Ancient Greece: Texts and Theories

This course examines Greek myths of gods and heroes in their social, religious and historical contexts through close reading of primary texts and visual representations ...

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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 ...

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AP/HUMA 3165 3.00

Griots to Emcees: Examining Culture, Performance & Spoken Word

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 ...

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AP/HUMA 3201 6.00

Culture, Meaning & Form

Explores cultural expression as a social act. What happens when material culture is caught between opposing forces: corporations and governments? To the individual voices of ...

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AP/HUMA 3207 6.00

Doing Culture: Narratives of Cultural Production

Offers students opportunities to engage with the local cultural sector in order to better understand the relevancy of cultural organizations in a multicultural city. The ...

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AP/HUMA 3210 3.00

The Scene of the Crime - Criminality and Modern Culture

A study of the production of ideas of criminality in Western thought since 1850 to the present, within the context of the social, cultural, political ...

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AP/HUMA 3255 3.00

Indigenous Film Studies

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 ...

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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 ...

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AP/HUMA 3312 6.00

Media and the Idea of Italy

Examines the history of the idea of Italy by studying the role of media in the evolution of Italian cultural and national identity from the ...

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AP/HUMA 3315 3.00

Black Literatures and Cultures in Canada

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 ...

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AP/HUMA 3318 3.00

Black Popular Culture

Analyzes popular Black popular culture in Diaspora, including music, film, television, style, contemporary visual arts, and including such issues as production, reception and commodification, through ...

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AP/HUMA 3421 3.00

Origins of Christianity I: Paul and The First Generation (up to 65 CE)

This course explores the literary, social and cultural context of the apostle Paul and the recipients of his letters while also considering the legacies of ...

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AP/HUMA 3422 3.00

Origins of Christianity II: Gospel Portraits of Jesus & Writings of the Second Generation (65-135 CE)

This course takes a historical approach to writings produced in the second generation of the Jesus movements, including the gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke, and ...

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AP/HUMA 3423 6.00

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 ...

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AP/HUMA 3424 3.00

The History of the Bible

Traces the development, transmission, and translation of the Bible from early attempts to develop the canon to the construction of current English Bibles. Discusses figures ...

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AP/HUMA 3425 3.00

Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls provide an intriguing window into the development of early Christianity and rabbinic Judaism. This course examines the texts, the communities which ...

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AP/HUMA 3457 3.00

Gnosticism

Examines the early, radical alternative version of Christianity and Judaism based on mystical self-knowledge (gnosis), and the challenge it posed to orthodox views on such ...

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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.

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AP/HUMA 3500 6.00

Chinese Cultures in Literature & Film

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 ...

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AP/HUMA 3510 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.

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AP/HUMA 3510 6.00

Religion, Gender and Korean Culture

Explores the interactions of religion and gender from the traditional to the modern period in Korea, and relates this material to the general process of ...

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AP/HUMA 3519 6.00

Contemporary Women's Rituals: An Introduction

Women have been creating their own significant rituals both inside and outside established religious movements for centuries. This course explores this phenomenon and analyzes a ...

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AP/HUMA 3523 6.00

Feminism and Film

Feminist filmmakers deploy film as a provocative cultural form to explore women's complex social and cultural locations and issues. This course explores theoretical and practical ...

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AP/HUMA 3535 3.00

Indigenous Knowledge and the Environment

Analyzes the history and theories of Canada from the perspectives of indigenous knowledge and environment. Previously offered as AP/MIST 3535 3.00

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AP/HUMA 3536 3.00

Indigenous People, Legend and Memory

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: ...

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AP/HUMA 3605 3.00

Imagining the European City in Literature and Film

Examines selected traditions of imagining cities in European literature and film. It introduces students to the most significant source material and theories in the European ...

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AP/HUMA 3617 3.00

Heroes, Marvels, Monsters and Beauties in Portuguese Literature

Introduces students to the literary representations of heroes, marvels, monsters and beauties in Portuguese literature. Analyses the nature and extent of these themes in different ...

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AP/HUMA 3665 3.00

African Oral Tradition

This course introduces students to aspects of the traditional cultures of Africa. Drawing upon historical and contemporary examples, the course examines the particular features of ...

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AP/HUMA 3688 3.00

Holocaust Literature of Children and Youth

'This was the ghetto: where children grew down instead of up (Spinelli, Milkweed, 2003, 153). This course analyzes themes and art relevant to children and ...

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AP/HUMA 3690 6.00

Children's Literature & Film Adaptation

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 ...

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AP/HUMA 3691 3.00

Picture Books In Children’s Culture

Analyzes interrelationships between literary, visual, and performative arts in children's picture books. Explores relationships between adult and child readers as they mutually make meaning in ...

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AP/HUMA 3692 6.00

Representations of Children's Alterity

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 ...

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AP/HUMA 3693 3.00

The Rainbow List: GLBTQ literature and culture for children and youth

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 ...

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AP/HUMA 3795 3.00

A Cultural History of Satan: Personified Evil in Early Judaism and in Christianity

This course investigates the origins, development, significance, and social functions of personified evil--Satan and his demons--in early Judaism and in the history of Christianity. We ...

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/HUMA 3800 6.00

God Online: Religion in the Digital Age

An interdisciplinary investigation into the changing nature of traditional religions in the digital age. This course examines ways in which religion is being shaped by ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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AP/HUMA 3810 6.00

Ancient Israelite Literature: The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament in Context

A survey of the literature of ancient Israel concentrating on the Hebrew Bible with the context of its world. Students examine the text in translation ...

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AP/HUMA 3816 3.00

Religion, Culture and Identity in the Balkans

This course explores the intersections between religion, culture and identity in the Balkans. It offers an interdisciplinary examination of this complex religious and ethnic mosaic ...

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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 ...

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AP/HUMA 3826 3.00

Religion and Film

Examines the role and representation of the religious in popular film. It identifies and analyzes ways in which contemporary cinema reflects, shapes and embodies our ...

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AP/HUMA 3829 3.00

A Convenient Hatred: Antisemitism Before, During and After the Holocaust

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 ...

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AP/HUMA 3831 3.00

Torah And Tradition: Jewish Religious Expressions From Antiquity To The Present

Offers a historical exploration of Jewish beliefs, institutions, and bodies of literature over the ages, emphasizing continuities and changes in religious expression within and across ...

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AP/HUMA 3843 3.00

Jerusalem: Sacred City, Contested City

Since antiquity, Jerusalem has been a focal point for both spiritual transcendence and earthly strife. This course explores the history of a city holy to ...

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AP/HUMA 3855 6.00

Imagining the Worst: 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 ...

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AP/HUMA 3903 6.00

Popular Expression in North American Music

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 ...

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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, ...

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AP/HUMA 3910 3.00

American Film And Television

Studies the development of American film and television. Includes historical overviews and critical studies of the various forms of production, distribution and exhibition that characterize ...

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AP/HUMA 3917 6.00

Contemporary Jewish Life in North America

This course develops an understanding of contemporary North American Jewry using findings of social science. Social, cultural, political and religious issues concerning the Jewish community ...

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AP/HUMA 3975 3.00

Science and Religion in Modern Western Culture

Examination of the relationship between science and religion through a study of the implications of the following intellectual developments for religious thought: the rise and ...

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AP/HUMA 3985 3.00

Recent German Film and Culture (in translation)

The course focuses on major filmmakers and trends in German film after 1989. Topics include film and authorship, art vs. popular cinema, approaches to history ...

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AP/HUMA 3998 6.00

The Social and Textual Production of Children's Literature:Research Methods

This course incorporates book history, Childhood Studies, literary analysis, and digital humanities methodologies in its exploration of the social and textual production of children's literature. ...

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AP/HUMA 3999 6.00

Research with Children and Young People: Methods

This course explores methods and methodologies for child-centred research with a focus on ethical standards and guidelines that shape the field and sustain best practice ...

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AP/HUMA 4000 3.00

Directed Reading

In any given year, a limited number of faculty members may be available to supervise a special program of study (for a limited number of ...

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AP/HUMA 4000 6.00

Directed Reading

In any given year, a limited number of faculty members may be available to supervise a special program of study (for a limited number of ...

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AP/HUMA 4002 6.00

Interdisciplinary Capstone Project

The Interdisciplinary Capstone Project allows upper-year undergraduate students in LA&PS to work in multi-disciplinary teams with students from across the university on pressing, 'real-world¿ challenges ...

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AP/HUMA 4102 6.00

Caligula, Claudius and Nero: Roman Emperors Between Myth and History

The course examines contemporary and posthumous literary and iconographic representations of Caligula, Claudius and Nero, Roman emperors from AD 37 to 68, and explores the ...

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AP/HUMA 4107 6.00

The Ancient Greek and Roman Novel

This course studies selected ancient Greek and Roman novels in English translation, the social and literary currents which shape their narratives, and their role in ...

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AP/HUMA 4130 6.00

Embodied Understanding: Integrating Body, Mind and Spirit

A theoretical and experiential exploration of holistic human ontologies, epistemologies and conceptual grammar, and of their personal, social, political and pedagogical ramifications, using both Western ...

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AP/HUMA 4140 6.00

Childhood In Canadian Culture

Explores the human condition of childhood as portrayed and experienced in Canadian culture over time.

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AP/HUMA 4141 6.00

Children, Youth And Digital Culture

Investigates how children and youth use digital technologies and new media both as "extensions" of individual identities and facilitators of "youth culture." Texting, sexting, tweeting, ...

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AP/HUMA 4142 6.00

Contemporary Children’s Culture

This course analyses contemporary forms of culture created (or appropriated) by children or produced for children by adults; it also explores the effects of these ...

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AP/HUMA 4145 6.00

Fantasy And Children’s Culture

Explores the fantasy mode in childhood and children's culture made by and for them, including literature, film, toys, songs and games.

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AP/HUMA 4148 3.00

Children and the Law in Historical Perspective

This course explores the history of children and childhood in the Anglo-American legal tradition. By reading and studying historical, literary, and cultural materials, students will ...

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AP/HUMA 4149 3.00

Contemporary Canadian Childhood and the Law

Explores childhood experience and the social construction of childhood in Canadian law. Students will examine the social policies that inform the law, consider how children ...

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AP/HUMA 4150 6.00

Life Writing

This course explores the genre of life writing through an analysis of its conventions as well as traditional and experimental applications. Central questions include: What ...

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AP/HUMA 4157 3.00

The Global Circulation of Knowledge

How is scientific knowledge and its associated technologies transformed as they cross cultural boundaries? This course analyzes scientific theories, objects, and technologies in circulation, as ...

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AP/HUMA 4160 6.00

Storytelling, Multicentered Worlds and Resistance

Examines the power of stories to reflect, shape, and change our multicultural and multicentered worlds. Analyses the notion of "the local" and relationships among human ...

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AP/HUMA 4170 6.00

Deconstructing Post-modernism

While surveying the manifestations and strategies of post-modernism and deconstruction, this course traces the two concepts' precedents and assesses the claims and counter-claims made by ...

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AP/HUMA 4180 3.00

Europe à la mode: Fashion and the Critical Methodologies of European Studies

What makes "fashion" a European idea? What makes "Europe" a fashionable idea? This course explores a range of representative traditions in European Course credit exclusion: ...

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AP/HUMA 4185 6.00

Modern Moods: Nostalgia and Melancholy

This interdisciplinary course compares the cultural history of two modes of affective experience: melancholy and nostalgia. Based on carefully selected examples, students follow how the ...

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AP/HUMA 4190 6.00

Faith, Reason, and Modern Self-consciousness in European Thought

Examines texts in Ancient Greek philosophy, the Bible, and modern European thought in order to assess the fruitfulness of viewing modern self-consciousness in terms of ...

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AP/HUMA 4227 3.00

Mind and Matter in Victorian Culture

Through a reading of the contemporary scientific literature on materialism, the mind and the economy, this course examines Victorian debates on science and its application ...

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AP/HUMA 4230 3.00

Informational Identities: The Self in the Age of Technology

This course examines the effects of technologies of information and communication upon the construction and functioning of a personal identity. The course also examines the ...

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AP/HUMA 4300 3.00

Aspects of Modern Latin American and Caribbean Studies: Culture and Politics

This course draws on oral history, novels, and some of the most accessible and entertaining social scientific studies to explore some of the central themes ...

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AP/HUMA 4301 3.00

Horror, Crime, and the Law in Indigenous and African Diaspora Fiction and Performance

The course engages with horror and crime fiction, films, plays, and the graphic novel, as well as the latter's adaptations to multiplayer online gaming. While ...

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AP/HUMA 4302 3.00

African, African Diaspora, and Indigenous North American Speculative and Science Fiction

This course examines African, African Diaspora, and Indigenous North American speculative and science fiction as works of art, first and foremost, but also as art ...

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AP/HUMA 4303 6.00

Envisioning the African Diaspora and Migration in Still and Moving Images

This course is about photographs, cinema, and the archival evidence of the African Diaspora in North America, Latin America, and Europe. Self-images provide a means ...

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AP/HUMA 4305 3.00

Black Canadian Studies Practicum

This course provides students with practical experience analyzing issues through the lens of Black Canadian Studies with placement in the offices of elected officials. Prerequisites: ...

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AP/HUMA 4306 3.00

Imagining Slavery and Freedom

This fourth-year seminar combines creative texts—novels, music, films and other visual arts—alongside slave narratives, nonfiction and theoretical works in a critical examination of questions of ...

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AP/HUMA 4410 6.00

Narratives of the Family in Modern Korea

This course places the development of novels, tales, folk operas and other narratives focusing on the family within the context of changing cultural patterns in ...

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AP/HUMA 4416 3.00

Citing the Classics: The Premodern in Modern Japanese Literature and Film

Many works by 20th-century Japanese authors and filmmakers are based on ancient texts like Noh plays, ghost stories and Buddhist fables and folk tales. This ...

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AP/HUMA 4430 6.00

Living Confucianism: Confucian Philosophy and Practice in Traditional and Contemporary East Asia

Examines the development of Confucianism in historical, philosophical and socio-political contexts across China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam with particular attention paid to the tradition's implications ...

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AP/HUMA 4515 3.00

North Korea: Culture, Literature, Film

This course explores the development of literature and films in North Korea from the late 1940s to the present. Students use various approaches to the ...

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AP/HUMA 4605 3.00

Literary Utopias in Western Civilization

Introduces students to the canon of European utopian fiction in historical context. Emphasis will be on literary utopias and their social, cultural, and philosophical backgrounds.

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AP/HUMA 4607 6.00

Crossing Lines: Laws, Morality, and Migration in European Fiction

The course explores challenges to creative expression presented by political and cultural boundaries and legal, moral, and religious laws/codes. We will study classics of modern ...

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AP/HUMA 4630 3.00

Text and Interpretation

Examines selected issues in the study of textual interpretation including selected interpretive controversies; the roles that the author, audiences and interpreter's perspective play; genre disputes; ...

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AP/HUMA 4730 6.00

Topics in Arts and Ideas

A study of the sources, contexts, expressions, and inter-relationships of the ideas and the non-literary arts of a place or period. Social, literary, philosophical and ...

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AP/HUMA 4730 6.00

Topics in Arts and Ideas

A study of the sources, contexts, expressions, and inter-relationships of the ideas and the non-literary arts of a place or period. Social, literary, philosophical and ...

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AP/HUMA 4770 3.00

Buddhism in Modern Southeast Asia: Community, Conflict and Change

Explores Buddhist responses to the changing conditions of modernity in Southeast Asia. Seeking to understand Buddhism as a living religion, it investigates how Buddhists have ...

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AP/HUMA 4771 3.00

Buddhism as Seen from the West: The Colonial Encounter and the Study of Buddhism

Explores how the colonial encounter shaped the academic study of Buddhism and the image of Buddhism in the West. Reading popular and scholarly accounts of ...

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AP/HUMA 4803 6.00

Church, Mosque and Synagogue: Jews, Muslims and Christians in Medieval Spain

Explores the contours of Christian-Muslim-Jewish co-existence in medieval Spain, focusing on religious and social themes. Topics include conversion, cross-traditional intellectual stimuli, sacred violence and positive ...

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AP/HUMA 4812 3.00

Christianity and Film

Examines the role and representation of the Christian in popular film. It identifies and analyzes ways in which contemporary cinema reflects, shapes and embodies Christian ...

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AP/HUMA 4813 6.00

The Arabian Nights: Morality, Sexuality and Strategies of Interpretation

Provides the students with an opportunity to critically engage in analysis of the genesis of the myths claiming 'veracity' and 'historicity' of the selected tales ...

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AP/HUMA 4815 6.00

Studies in Islamic Mysticism

The course examines the development of Islamic mystical tradition (Sufism) in reference to two issues: one, the development of Sufism as a form of social ...

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AP/HUMA 4816 6.00

Women In Islamic Literature

The course focuses on the representation of Muslim women in modern Islamic literatures (novel and short stories) and other forms of Islamic cultural production, such ...

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AP/HUMA 4818 3.00

Shaping Jewish Memory: Meaning, Imagination, and Identity

This course explores how Jewish communities and individuals have remembered, interpreted and given meaning to the past to shape identity and values. It studies fiction, ...

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AP/HUMA 4819 3.00

Visions of the End: Early Jewish and Christian Apocalypticism

This course investigates the origins and development of apocalypticism within ancient Judaism and early Christianity, covering apocalyptic literature (e.g. Daniel, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and ...

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AP/HUMA 4824 3.00

Imagining Anne Frank: The Girl, the Diary, the Afterlives

Analyzes Anne Frank's World War II diary from literary, cultural, and historical perspectives. Examines the evolution of Frank and the diary as cultural icons by ...

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AP/HUMA 4825 6.00

Diversity in Early Christianity

This course explores diversity in early Christian thought and practice by investigating groups traditionally viewed as "heretical". This will include analysis of the New Testament ...

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AP/HUMA 4884 3.00

Utopias and Nightmares: Visions of the Future in Modern German Culture

This course examines utopian and dystopian discourses in Modern German culture. Studying a variety of texts from literature, cinema and other forms of cultural production, ...

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AP/HUMA 4903 6.00

Architecture and Social Change

Probes the complex relationship between architecture and social/cultural change in the 20th and 21st centuries with an emphasis on specific architectural ""visions"" and their intended/unintended ...

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AP/HUMA 4906 6.00

Propaganda and Culture

Investigates the employment of the created environment and other expressions of culture for propagandistic purposes, meant to advance privileged ideologies in politics, religion, and social ...

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AP/HUMA 4907 3.00

Modernism Across the Arts

Examines literary, musical, and visual arts of the modernist period to explore why there is an inter and multidisciplinary impetus during the period and how ...

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