Courses

Students diagramming ideas about power.

Fall/Winter 2021-2022 Course Offerings

Degree Requirements

MA and PhD students are required to take:

  • Theatre & Performance Studies Colloquium (Non-credit, THST 5052)
  • An approved Research Methodology course of at least 3.0 credits;
  • An approved Canadian Theatre course of at least 3.0 credits;
  • A Theatre & Performance Studies (THST) course of at least 3.0 credits that is aligned with the program's subfields.

Please note the course website is the most accurate when it comes to courses and course scheduling updates.

In addition, MA students are required to complete a professional placement for course credit (THST 5051 3.0). During the COVID-19 pandemic, students are permitted to replace the placement course with an alternative elective course.

Summer 2021 Courses

THST 5051 Theatre & Performance Studies Internship

Course Code: THST 5051 (3.0)
Day/Time: N/A
Instructor: N/A

  • THST 5051 3.0 Theatre Studies Internship
    This course is designed to give graduate students applied, professionally–oriented work experience in a field related to one of the program’s fields of specialization and/or the student’s research areas. Note: THST 5051 is REQUIRED for MA students, but PhD students may opt to take this as an elective.

THST 6500 Independent Study

Theatre & Performance Studies Credit

Course Code: THST 6500 (3.0)
Day/Time: Application Only
Instructor: Apply to desired supervisor

  • THST 6500 3.0 Independent Study
    Requests for an Independent Study course must be accompanied with an Independent Study Proposal (With the permission of the Graduate Program Director) Independent Studies Application.

Fall 2021 Courses

THST 5051 Theatre & Performance Studies Internship

Course Code: THST 5051 (3.0)
Day/Time: 0:00
Instructor:

THST 5051 3.0 Theatre & Performance Studies Internship
This course is designed to give graduate students applied, professionally-oriented work experience in a field related to one of the program's fields of specialization and/or the student's research areas. Note: This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

THEA 5111 Sustainable Design in Performance

Theatre & Performance Studies Credit

Course Code: THEA 5111 (3.0)
Day/Time: Tues. 11:30
Instructor: Ian Garrett

Sustainable Design in Performance prepares students to tackle issues of sustainability in theatrical and related artistic practice. Students will build their literacy in contemporary sustainable thinking, environmental/climate issues, emerging models of creation, pedagogy, and community stakeholder engagement through a combination of research, modelling and field work as strategic change agents in professional settings.

THST 6500 Independent Study

Theatre & Performance Studies Credit

Course Code: THST 6500A (3.0)
Day/Time: Application Only
Instructor: Apply to desired supervisor

THST 6500 3.0 Independent Study
This course is an opportunity for advanced research and in–depth reading in areas related to students’ research interests. Requests for an Independent Study course must be accompanied with an Independent Study Proposal (With the permission of the Graduate Program Director) Independent Studies Application.

THST 5052 Theatre & Performance Studies Colloquium

Course Code: THST 5052 (3.0)
Day/Time: TBD
Instructor: Ian Garrett

THST 5052 Theatre & Performance Studies Colloquium
This course discusses research approaches, pedagogical strategies, and various aspects of professional development within theatre and performance studies. This course is required for and only open to Theatre & Performance Studies MA students and first year PhD students.

THEA 5075 Solo Performance Creation

Theatre & Performance Studies Credit

Course Code: THEA 5075 (3.0)
Day/Time: Wed 14:00
Instructor: Erika Batdorf

Through sourcing exercises, presentations of student-created material, and feedback, students develop material for solo performance in any medium. The class focuses on creation rather than production. Prerequisites: Some studio training required (dance, digital media, acting…). Submission of a resume (portfolio/video if available), interest statement and permission of Instructor. Available to MFA students in theatre and MA/PhD students in Theatre and Performance Studies.

CDIS 5110 3.0 Methodology

Research Methodology Credit

Course Code: CDIS 5110 (3.0)
Day/Time: Tues. 11:30
Instructor: TBA

Explores current debates and issues on the implementation of disability research, including emphasis on emancipatory research and participant action research. Areas for discussion include an introduction to doing disability research, qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, involving persons with disabilities in policy and planning, assessment procedures, the dissemination of research findings and accessibility of information.

DANC 5330 (3.0) Anthropology of Dance in Canada

Research Methods Credit

Course Code: DANC 5330(3.0)
Day/Time: Thurs. 13:00
Instructor: Modesto Amegago

This course surveys classical, folk, tribal and social dance traditions within the Canadian cultural context and from an ethnographic perspective

THEA 5210 Graduate Research Seminar

Theatre & Performance Studies Credit

Course Code: THEA 5210 (3.0)
Day/Time:
Instructor: David Jansen

THST 5051 Theatre & Performance Studies Internship

Course Code: THST 5051 (3.0)
Day/Time: 0:00
Instructor:

THST 5051 3.0 Theatre & Performance Studies Internship
This course is designed to give graduate students applied, professionally-oriented work experience in a field related to one of the program's fields of specialization and/or the student's research areas. Note: This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

THST 5022 Performing Memory & Memorial

Canadian Theatre & Performance Credit

Course Code: THST 5022 (3.0)
Day/Time: Tues 14:30
Instructor: Belarie Zatzman

Beginning with an examination of aesthetic responses to the rupture that is the Shoah as a case study, this course explores multiple conceptions and representations of memory, memorial practices and pedagogy across a range of other histories, issues and sites.

ANTH 5155 3.0 Anthro, Art, Aesthetics and Material Culture

Research Methodology Credit

Course Code: ANTH 5155 (3.0)
Day/Time: Thurs. 11:30
Instructor: Zulfikar Hirji

DANC 5260 Dance Video and Intermedial Performance

Theatre & Performance Studies Credit

Course Code: DANC 5260 (3.0)
Day/Time: Wed 15:00
Instructor: TBA

This multidisciplinary studio course explores the design and production of dance on camera. It covers the practical aspects of video production from expressed intention through distribution. In process students have hands-on experience lighting, shooting, and editing dance video. Students also have the opportunity to investigate video production and projection for intermedial dance presentations.

THST 6600 Theatre & Performance in the Americas: Memory, Colonialism & Power

Theatre & Performance Studies Credit or Canadian Credit

Course Code: THST 6600 (3.0)
Day/Time: Tues 14:30
Instructor: Alberto Guevara

Drawing on examples from theatre and performances of the Americas (with an emphasis on First Nations Theatre and Performance), this course examines the use of theatre, spectacle, and theatricality- by the state, by oppositional groups, and by performance practitioners - to establish or challenge structures of power.

 

Winter 2022 Courses

THST 5052 Theatre & Performance Studies Colloquium

Course Code: THST 5052 (3.0)
Day/Time: TBD
Instructor: Ian Garett

  • THST 5052 Theatre & Performance Studies Colloquium
    This course discusses research approaches, pedagogical strategies, and various aspects of professional development within theatre and performance studies.  This course is required for and only open to Theatre & Performance Studies MA students and first year PhD students.

THST 5020 Performance & Culture

Canadian Theatre & Performance Credit or Canadian Credit

Course Code: THST 5020 (3.0)
Day/Time: Thurs 14:30
Instructor: David Jansen

  • THST 5020 3.0 Performance & Culture
    Examines the current range of contemporary scholarship that employs performance as a tool for analyzing cultural processes. Inherently interdisciplinary in scope, the seminar engages with recent performance studies scholarship and its intersections with critical race theory, historiography, cultural studies, museum studies, technology studies, and popular culture.

THST 6400 Issues in Dance Ethnography and Cultural Studies

Research Methodology Credit

Course Code: THST 6400 (3.0)
Day/Time: Wednesday 14:30 (180 mins)
Instructor: Patrick Alcedo

  • DANC 6400 3.00   Issues in Dance Ethnography and Cultural Studies
    This course surveys a wide range of theoretical approaches to the study of dance from ethnographic and cultural studies perspectives. Included are the study of dance as a system of communication, dance as part of social structure, dance as ethnicity and dance as sacred art.

THEA 5221 The Interactive Stage: Explorations in Electronically Mediated Performances

Theatre & Performance Studies Credit

Course Code: THEA 5221 (3.0)
Day/Time: Friday 12:00 (180 mins)
Instructor: Fraya Olafson

  • THEA 5221 3.0 The Interactive Stage: Explorations in Electronically Mediated Performances (Cross listed with DANC 5221)
    This course explores the creation of interactive stage environments for live performance. Students investigate various strategies whereby on-stage 'events' (physical, vocal, physiological, etc.) manipulate audio, video and/or lighting events. Students are introduced to dedicated interactive and show control software, and become adept at programming interactive environments. Prerequisite: Fine Arts Fine Arts Cultural Studies 2936 3.0 or Dance 3220 3.0 or Dance 4220 3.0 or equivalent or permission of the instructor.

THEA 5076 Solo Performance Production

Theatre & Performance Studies Credit

Course Code: THEA 5076 (3.0)
Day/Time: Wed 10:00
Instructor: Erika Batdorf

Continued creation of a performance piece begun in Theatre 5075 3.0 in any medium. The student is mentored while creating a 'mood-board', building a support team, long term planning for creation and advancing previously devised or created material. The class also examines grants for performance creation. There is one performance scheduled downtown to showcase an excerpt of the work.

Prerequisites: Theatre 5075 3.0

THST 5051 Theatre and Performance Studies Internship

Course Code: THST 5051 (3.0)
Day/Time: N/A
Instructor: N/A

  • THST 5051 3.0 Theatre and Performance Studies Internship
    This course is designed to give graduate students applied, professionally–oriented work experience in a field related to one of the program’s fields of specialization and/or the student’s research areas. Note: THST 5051 is REQUIRED for MA students, but PhD students may opt to take this as an elective.

THST 6500 Independent Study

Theatre & Performance Studies Credit

Course Code: THST 6500A (3.0)
Day/Time: Application Only
Instructor: Apply to desired supervisor

  • THST 6500A 3.0 Independent Study
    This course is an opportunity for advanced research and in–depth reading in areas related to students’ research interests. Requests for an Independent Study course must be accompanied with an Independent Study Proposal (With the permission of the Graduate Program Director) Independent Studies Application.

THST 5010 Theatre Laboratory

Research Methodology Credit

Course Code: THST 5010 (3.0)
Day/Time: Mon 11:30
Instructor: Magda Kazubowski-Houston

This course will examine methods for transforming research into performance practice and for using performance practice as a laboratory for conducting research. Bridging the assumed divide between practice and theory, students will create performances that explore the central questions engaged by their research projects.

THST 6320 Performance Art: Politics and Aesthetics

Theatre & Performance Credit

Course Code: THST 6320 (3.0)
Day/Time: Tues 11:30
Instructor: Archer Pechawis

Explores major figures and artworks that have defined performance art as a genre. This course examines a range of interdisciplinary practices that fall under the rubric of "performance," including solo shows, installations, photographic portraiture, happenings, site-specific performance, and stand-up comedy.

FILM 6230 Contemporary Cinema Media Studies Theory

Theatre & Performance Studies Credit

Course Code: FILM 6230 (3.0)
Day/Time: Wed 14:30
Instructor: Mary Bunch

This course is intended as an in depth study of major theoretical schools and debates within contemporary film theory. The course is divided into three key units, each of which will focus on the historical development, methodological principles and philosophic underpinning of a specific school. This is a required course for all Critical and Historical Studies students.

FILM 6215 21st Century Critical Thought

Theatre & Performance Studies Credit

Course Code: FILM 6215 (3.0)
Day/Time: Mon 14:30
Instructor: Marc Couroux

This course provides an overview for Film/Cinema & Media Studies graduate students (MFA, MA, and PhD) of tendencies in contemporary critical theory covering a wide range of approaches, oriented towards multiple constituencies, and emphasizing the use of theory as a speculative agent within creative work with an emphasis on moving image and sonic practice. Students will become conversant with theoretical perspectives through presentations on selected readings, culminating in a speculative proposal leveraging theory in order to imagine the future of their artistic practice.

ANTH 6020 Advanced Methods In Anthropology

Research Methodologies Credit

Course Code: ANTH 6020 (3.0)
Day/Time: Thursday 10:00 (180 mins)
Instructor: Denielle Elliott

  • ANTH 6020 3.00 Advanced Methods In Anthropology
    This course explores the creation of interactive stage environments for live performance. Students investigate various strategies whereby on-stage 'events' (physical, vocal, physiological, etc.) manipulate audio, video and/or lighting events. Students are introduced to dedicated interactive and show control software, and become adept at programming interactive environments. Prerequisite: Fine Arts Fine Arts Cultural Studies 2936 3.0 or Dance 3220 3.0 or Dance 4220 3.0 or equivalent or permission of the instructor.

DANC 6200 3.0 Advanced Research & Dissertation Seminar

Theatre & Performance Studies Credit

Course Code: DANC 6200 (3.0)
Day/Time: Thurs 10:00
Instructor: Mary Fogarty

Provides a framework within which PhD candidates meet together to explore the methodologies and approaches to scholarly writing that are relevant to their research areas.

Year 2021–2022 Courses

INST 5000 Interdisciplinary Seminar

Course Code: INST 5000 (6.0)
Day/Time: N/A
Instructor: TBD

Theatre & Performance Studies Credit

  • INST 5000 6.0 Interdisciplinary Seminar
    Discussion conducted by the Candidate's Supervisory Committee, focusing on the Candidate's thesis area and designed to integrate the knowledge gained in courses taken under other graduate programs.

Schedule is subject to change. For classroom locations and catalogue numbers, please click here.

*Please note: Though many of these courses fulfill more than one course requirement, you may not use one course to satisfy two requirements - you must take one course per requirement.

 

Cognate Courses

The Cognate Course listing highlights courses that are regularly offered by outside departments and which may be of interest to students in the Theatre & Performance Studies MA/PhD program. These courses may be taken to fulfill elective coursework requirements. Students are expected to choose courses that are applicable to their research projects and areas of specialization in Theatre & Performance Studies. To enroll in these courses, you must receive permission from the department that is offering the course, and the Graduate Program in Theatre & Performance Studies. Please complete the Letter of Permission form and submit to the graduate program office.

NOTE: This isn’t an exhaustive list of all possible cognate courses being offered, and we strongly encourage our students take advantage of courses in both the School of Arts, Media, Performance, and Design, and throughout the university, in order to develop as interdisciplinary thinkers.  Students may also request permission to take graduate level courses not listed here, provided that they are related to the student’s research interests. The courses website provides detailed information on all courses offered in a given term.  For course descriptions, you can search here.

ANTH 5000 3.0 Graduate Seminar in Ethnographic Research, Practice

  • Explores 'ethnography' as an anthropological concept and practice. It aims to: 1) examine ethnographic approaches across a range of anthropological fields; 2) explore the ethnographic process from planning to writing to disseminating ethnographic material; and 3) develop proficiencies and professional skills associated with proposal and grant-writing for research projects and the presentation of research.

ANTH 5020 3.0 Methods in Social Anthropology

  • Provides a general overview of research methodology. Its primary focus is on the nature of anthropological field work and the traditional data gathering techniques which flow from our role as participant observers. Lectures and class discussions are supplemented by practical exercises in interviewing, census taking, questionnaire construction and the use of computers. The course examines the multi-faceted role of the field worker in the context of the rapidly changing social reality within which modern anthropological research takes place.

ANTH 5060 3.00 Classic and Contemporary Theory in Social Anthropology

  • The focus of this course is on contemporary anthropological theory with attention to the discipline's history and key debates. Examines critical 'turns' in anthropological theory of the late 20th century and tracks their implications for contemporary practice, including reflexivity and experimentation in ethnographic research and writing, as well as feminist, postmodern, postcolonial and decolonial theories. Required course for MA and PhD degrees.

ANTH 5125 3.0 Anticipating the Alien

  • Explores SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, from the anthropological perspective. SETI addresses the enduring human question, “Are we alone?”, through astronomical techniques, but also has a deep philosophical history involving ideas of Others and remarkable public appeal.

ANTH 5175 3.0 Discourses of Race and Racist Discourse

  • Paradoxically, while the social meanings attached to "race" are recognized as groundless, race persists in defining and confining identities, facilitating social cohesion, and making subjectivies that transcend time and space. The focus on discourse in this course explores this paradox. We examine connections between language and different form of knowledge - of culture, History, Anthropology - in making and sustaining race. We consider how discourses of identity and difference, culture and nature, converge with discourses of the body in multiple representations to make race, like gender, one of the most naturalized discourses of our time.

ANTH 5180 3.0 Commodifying Culture: Ethnographic Explorations in Informational Capitalism from Global Intellectual Property to Moral Economies of Care

  • This course addresses the ethnographic exploration of the implications of the global expansion of intellectual property (IP) into new subject areas (from human cells to plant genetic resources, food, software, and pharmaceuticals) since the 1990s. We explore how anthropological research and practice has been transformed by these developments, considering copyright, trademarks, patents, and traditional knowledge, drawing examples from societies around the world, including our own.

ANTH 5195 3.0 Matters of Nature

  • This course critically engages with the vast and growing body of work in anthropology, geography and science studies that addresses the discursive and material contours of society-nature relations in historically situated and geographically diverse sites.

ANTH 5280 3.0 Bodies and Biotechnologies in Anthropology

  • The disciplinary focus of anthropology, and more specifically the anthropology of the body, offers students a critical theoretical perspective and point of departure for the study of the contingency of, and relationship between, bodies and biotechnologies.

ANTH 6020 3.00 Advanced Methods In Anthropology

  • The course deals primarily with traditional field methods used in anthropological field research. It explores the many ramifications of the role of participant observer in small-scale research settings.

ANTH 6040 3.00 Placement Option PhD

  • In certain instances a Candidate for the Doctoral degree may elect to do an Internship option in order to fulfill course requirements. For example, students specializing in the field of medical anthropology might work in a hospital or psychiatric setting; students concentrating on ethnicity would work with a voluntary association or agency working with immigrants, etc. Prior approval by the Graduate Program Director is required. Final Grade to be based on an evaluation by the affiliate institution, communicated in writing to the Graduate Director.

ARTH 5170 3.0 Museum and Gallery

  • Seminar survey of the history of museums will precede the study of cataloguing methods (accession catalogue, exhibition catalogue, catalogue raisonné and of the basic procedures of art works preservation. The ethical and legal implications of the art trade will be discussed. A demonstration of mounting an exhibition will be performed. Scientific methods of research in dating and attribution of works of art will be studied.

ARTH 5175 3.0 Curatorial Practice

  • This course integrates both theoretical and practical aspects of curatorial practice.  Curatorial engagements from an array of theoretical perspectives and methodologies such as cultural analysis, collaboration, institutional critique, performative interventions and networked interactivity are investigated.  Current debates concerning how exhibitions function as forms of research and knowledge production, as well as their ideological and social conditions are also examined.

ARTH 5190 3.0 Placement (experiential education

  • TBD

ARTM 6300 3.0 Cultural Policy

  • This course examines Canadian arts and cultural policy, its historical development, and the formulation and execution of municipal, provincial and federal policies, with a particular focus on current issues and strategies for the future in the arts and cultural industries.  The course has a research focus.  Where appropriate, comparative analysis will examine other policy models with reference to the UK, the United States, Europe, and Asia.

ARTM 6301 3.0 Issues in Arts and Cultural Management

  • This course will explore the dynamics of different perspectives on the human and economic resources involved in the production, distribution, and support of the arts and cultural products in Canada. The central question of this course concerns the management issues that arise from these dynamics. This is a prerequisite course for the MBA Program in Arts and Media Administration. It is intended to service those students who have a real interest in managing in the arts and cultural sector. However, for those students who wish to discover the sector and to test their interest, this is also a useful course.

ARTM 6340 3.0 Managing the Broadcast and Digital Worlds

  • This course identifies and examines central issues in the management of public and private television enterprises in Canada, and online programming undertakings.  Students will analyze the current environment and scenarios for the future of Canadian broadcasting; they will also investigate how broadcasters, programmers, and producers are managing content and revenue on both traditional and digital platforms and in new partnerships.  Note: This course requires an application and permission from the instructor.

ARTM 6350 3.0 The Business of Creativity in the Cultural Sector

  • Negotiation and management of creative rights processes and people are core to the strategic competence of arts and media organizations and their relationship with audiences. Technological developments are changing the way that these organizations approach their business. This course examines this complex evolving business through such topics as: perspectives on creativity; power, conflict and politics relating to managing unions, free-lance talent and celebrities; decision-making for market-risk; financing models, and the impact of the competitive and regulatory environment on management in the cultural sector. This course will be particularly valuable for those interested in the cultural industries including film, music, publishing, broadcasting and the performing arts. Recommended Pre-requisite: ARTM 6301

ARTM 6360 3.0 Business Solutions for Digital Media

  • The rapidly changing global digital media economy is creating new business models for the Arts, Media, and Entertainment sector.  This course examines how such models draw on management, creative, and policy resources in radically different ways.  Students will acquire knowledge and insights to manage digital media's needs for creativity, entrepreneurship, measurement, financial structures, and monetization, in large and small organizations.

CDIS 5055 3.0 Knowledge Production

  • This course builds on students' understanding of knowledge production and methods associated with the research pradigms. It examines the politics of knowledge production, including how institutions and other social structures influence research question and what knowledge is deemed legitimate.

CDIS 5100 Disability Studies: An Overview

  • Provides a broad overview of definitions and paradigms of impairment and disability: medical, psychological, sociopolitical and theoretical perspectives; functionalist, role theory, interactionism, disability and human rights issue, and recent developments in feminist and postmodern approaches to disability. Attention is given to the historical and cultural development of concepts and categories of disability; disability theory and policy at provincial, national and international levels; and implications of theory and practice for the lives of persons with disabilities.

DANC 5300 3.0 Methods and Materials for Movement Observation

  • Various frameworks for the study and description and documentation of human movement may be offered, e.g., Laban Movement Analysis or Motif Writing.  Lecture-discussion, movement work, readings, field study, and individualized projects are included.

DANC 6200 3.0 Advanced Dissertation Writing Seminar

  • This seminar provides a framework within which PhD candidates meet together to explore the methodologies and approaches to scholarly writing that are relevant to their research areas.

DANC 6300 3.0 Topics in Dance History & Histography

  • This course surveys the wide range of theories, methods, and issues that have animated historical research on dance and movement practices.

DANC 6400 3.0 Issues in Dance Ethnography and Cultural Studies

  • This course surveys a wide range of theoretical approaches to the study of dance from ethnographic and cultural studies perspectives.  Included are the study of dance as a system of communication, dance as part of social structure, dance as ethnicity and dance as sacred art.

ARTH 5175 3.0 Curatorial Practice

  • This course studies one of the most popular dramatic genres of the English Renaissance: the history play.  It explores Shakespeare's two English tetralogies and the Roman plays, and investigates the meaning of history and its uses in early modern England. This course is held on Glendon Campus.

ARTH 6544 3.0 Sophocles Antigone in Modern and Contemporary International Relations

  • This course examines international theatrical responses to Sophocles' Antigone. 2500 years later the tragedy resonates urgently in the 21stcentury. We study the cultural and political contexts of the Greek play and its re-visionings and interrogate philosophical, theatrical, thematic and theoretical concerns.

EDUC 5472 3.0 Visual Cultures & Sexualities

  • The course looks at contemporary debates in the theory, practice and pedagogies of visual culture with a focus on visual representations of sexualized/gendered bodies, and the ways in which these representations may work to constitute, disrupt, complicate, etc., cultural practices.

EDUC 5235 3.0 Un-learning the Archive: Facts, Fictions & Missing Histories

  • This course addresses the archive – institutional and informal – as a source of historical authority, and as a site of resistance. Students engage in various archival encounters to develop an understanding of archives in relation to research, learning and teaching.

EDUC 5221 3.0 Life History Research Methods & Applications

  • Examines both the methods and uses of life history research within the field of education. Various forms of life history research are explored through a variety of theoretical and thematic lenses. Contested terrain is also examined.

EDUC 5225 3.0 (De) Colonizing Research Methodologies

  • This course examines the colonizing roots, contemporary problems, and possibilities of field-based research methodologies with relevance to education. From issues in science and positivism to anthropological questions of representation and ethics, the course asks what it means to decolonize methodology.

EDUC 5420 3.0 Race, Culture & Schooling

  • The course explores the historical and ideological relationships between dominant and minority groups in Canada and the structure of social and cultural power among them. The course examines how theories and unquestioned assumptions about race and ethnicity, precipitated historically and perpetuated through myths and stereotypes, mediate the teaching-learning process today. Participants will critically evaluate the extent to which race and ethno-cultural policy, provision and pedagogy have achieved equity education for all students. A more progressive and reconstructonist approach to multicultural and anti-racist education will be explored.

EDUC 5611 3.0 Indigenous Ways of Knowing

  • This course examines indigenous scholarship among First Nations in what is now known as Canada and the United States. The ways of knowing which give expression to indigenous conceptualizations and their intersections with western European languages and scholarly paradigms is the point of departure for this exploration.

EDUC 5940 3.0 Visual Research Methods

  • This course explores the practice and use of visual research methods, particularly in participatory and community-based contexts. The course will offer an introduction to visual research methods in education and across the social sciences, and will examine theories and practices of visual narrative inquiry, digital storytelling, participatory video, photo-voice, photo elicitation, story mapping, and other visual research methods.

EN 6562 3.0 PLAY

  • In his Critique of Judgment, Kant asserts that "play" is "purposiveness without purpose."  In this course we consider this and other apparent paradoxes of "play" as we examine the concept in modern and contemporary performance.

EN 6961 3.0 Demon Theory: Indigenous Critical Theory

  • This course introduces graduate students to scholarly conversations currently underway in Indigenous Critical Theory.  We seek to understand the major debates around tropes central to the scholarship on North American Literature and Film: Memory, Survivance, and Sovereignty, as well as the criticism of those tropes.

EN 6424 3.0 Victorian Sexualities

  • This course examines Victorian representations of sexual pleasure and anxiety in a range of theoretical, historical, scientific, and literary texts.

EN 6988 3.0 Girlhood

  • Many scholars contend that girlhood is a modern invention.  However, girls appear in many early modern texts.  This course examines early modern conceptions of girlhood, looking at literary as well as historical figures, and seeking to locate a space for girls within current feminist theory.

FILM 5300 3.0 Independent (Creative) Producing for New Media and Independent Cinema

  • This graduate studio course teaches advanced creative producing skills and practices relevant to the Canadian independent media landscape, focusing on the changing worlds of new media platforms and independent cinema. Independent Producing addresses every aspect of the creation of new digital media/cinema projects (development, prep, production, post-production and distribution), and is suitable for students who wish to develop advanced skills in these areas.

FILM 5081 3.0 Directing Actors

  • Directing Actors is a studio course that critically explores the theory and practice of directing actors on screen. Each week in a hands-on workshop setting, graduate students study diverse methods for scene study, auditioning, rehearsing, visualizing relationships, blocking for the camera, directing and re-directing actors in a variety of filmed scenes.

FILM 6210 3.0 Theoretical Issues in Cinema and Media Studies

  • An intensive examination of selected precepts and principles which have influenced the practice of filmmaking and its critical evaluation.

FILM 6215 3.0 21st Century Critical Theory and Film & Media Arts

  • This course provides an overview for Film/Cinema & Media Studies graduate students (MFA, MA, and PhD) of tendencies in contemporary critical theory covering a wide range of approaches, oriented towards multiple constituencies, and emphasizing the use of theory as a speculative agent within creative work with an emphasis on moving image and sonic practice. Students will become conversant with theoretical perspectives through presentations on selected readings, culminating in a speculative proposal leveraging theory in order to imagine the future of their artistic practice.

FILM 6220 3.0 Methods & Research

  • Methods and Research in Film Studies. A discussion of the various methodologies developed by film critics and historians to understand the moving image and its contextual relationship to the social world. Influential examples from the critical and historical literature are examined. The course also includes practical experience in bibliographical and research methods.

FILM 6253 3.0 Representing Capital

  • Applies a variety of methodologies, including cultural materialism, ideological analysis, critical theory, affect theory, critical race theory, feminist theory, semiotics, and aesthetic theory, to cinema and media representations of capital and capitalist social and power relations.

FILM 6254 3.0 Critical Visualization as Media Practice: Connecting Data to Social Practice

  • Data and visualization are used by powerful actors to command and control territories, peoples, and environments. Critical analysis of visualization and reframing it as a media practice that can help resist, speculate, remember, and heal is necessary to counter colonial and oppressive uses of data. In this course, we will analyse and create critical visualizations projects that do this.

FILM 6320B 3.0 Selected Topics in History and Criticism

  • Chinese Cinema

FILM 6430 3.0 Film Festivals: Cultures & Curations

  • Examines the proliferation of film festivals around the world as integrally tied to changes in geopolitical and digital media cultures. It uses several different festivals as sites of analysis to compare social mandates, curation, marketing and outreach as well as funding. New theories of these cinephilic and community cultures inform the course of study.

FILM 7000 3.0 Cinema and Media Studies: Key Concepts

  • Explores key concepts, texts and debates in the field of contemporary cinema and media studies. While maintaining a focus on the intellectual and material histories of cinema studies and media studies as disciplines (and their recent convergence), including epistemological and ontological frameworks, methodological approaches, and institutional and technological supports, the course will emphasize recent developments in cinema and media studies. Three broad areas of study will structure the course: cinema and cultural theory; national and transnational cinema; cinema and technologies of the image. Open to PhD students only.

FILM 7020 3.0 Advanced Methods & Research in Cinema & Media Studies

  • Surveys and critically examines advanced research methods and methodologies in Cinema & Media Studies and cognate disciplines to support doctoral students in their preparation for dissertation proposals and dissertation research. Open to PhD students only.

GFWS 6112 3.0 Queer Affect Theory: Public Feelings and Queer/Feminist Cultural Production

  • This course analyzes queer and feminist cultural production through the framework of affect theory and vice versa.  This course focuses on recent work in the visual and performing arts, women's studies, cultural studies, sexuality studies, critical disability studies and critical race theory in order to consider how scholars and artists take up affect, feeling and emotion through activist cultural production.

GFWS 6123 3.0 Critical Sexuality

  • This course is designed to introduce graduate students to the critical study of gender and sexuality.  This course is intended to enable students to identify conflicts and areas of contestation within the field of gender and sexuality studies by using a variety of feminist theoretical and methodological critiques.

HIST 6080 6.0 History of Social Sciences, Health, and Environments

  • The course explores several key areas, both thematically and historiographically, in the development of modern science and technology since the Renaissance, with a particular focus upon the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The emphasis of the course will be upon social history of science and technology.

MUSI 5190 3.0 African-American Traditional Music

  • TBA

VISA 5610 3.0 Theoretical Issues in Contemporary Art

  • This course examines recent theoretical interventions in the formulation of critical practice in the field of the visual arts. Working from the premise that ‘art’ and theory are social constructions and therefore, are historically specific practices, this course addresses the intersection between theory and practice at particular moments in time, taking into consideration the implicit and explicit references of artists, critics, historians, and contemporary cultural theorists.

 

Photo above: The Pseudopark, a shoebox theatre installation by MA alumnus Tania Senewiratne (General Manager of Obsidian Theatre) responding to gentrification in Regent Park. Created as part of the 2016 Summer Institute on Imaging Urban Geographies. Photo by Tania Senewiratne