This page lists all current English undergraduate courses by level. For information on graduate courses, see the Graduate Courses page. For information on courses offered in the current academic year, see This Year's Courses. For official course descriptions, see the undergraduate calendar.
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Pre-University English: Essentials of Composition (ENGL 51): An introduction to the process of writing from drafting to revising to polishing.
Fiction (ENGL 100A): An introduction to fiction through the detailed examination of a range of novels and/or short stories.
Poetry (ENGL 100B): An introduction to poetry through a detailed examination of a range of poetic texts.
Drama (ENGL 100C): An introduction to dramatic literature through the detailed examination of a range of dramatic texts.
Introduction to Literary Studies (ENGL 101A): An introduction to the study of literature, covering such areas of enquiry as literary history, genre, criticism, analysis, and theory.
Introduction to Rhetorical Studies (ENGL 101B): An introduction to the study and practice of persuasion, including the history and theory of rhetoric, the structures and strategies of arguments, and the analysis of texts and artifacts.
Varieties of English (ENGL 103B): An introduction to the study of varieties of the English language - regional, social, temporal, functional, and stylistic.
Rhetoric in Popular Culture (ENGL 104): An examination of the role of persuasion in contemporary society by focusing on one or more topic areas: film, television, video games, comic books, music, fashion, etc.
The Superhero (ENGL 108A): An examination of hero figures, ranging broadly from ancient characters such as Gilgamesh to the modern comic book superhero.
Global English Literatures (ENGL 108B): An exploration of texts from a range of geographical locations, such as South Africa, Australia, the Caribbean, India, New Zealand, and Pakistan.
Literature and the Environment (ENGL 108C): A literary and rhetorical examination of some of the main currents of environmental thought through the study of literature, film, advertising, and popular culture.
Digital Lives (ENGL 108D): An examination of how digital communication technologies create and promote online identities and social spaces, as well as interpersonal and communal interactions.
Women in Literature (ENGL 108E): A study of the role and representation of women, gender, and sexuality in literature in English.
The Rebel (ENGL 108F): A study of various works of literature in which the protagonist is a rebel against existing norms.
Isolation and Alienation (ENGL 108H): The study of a variety of works centering on the theme of individuals in crisis, the stress being on people at variance with their inner selves, other persons, or their world.
Youth and Adolescence (ENGL 108M): Studies the portrayal of young protagonists as they respond to the mores of adult society; their own physical, mental, and psychological development; and the expectations placed upon them by themselves and by others.
Popular Potter (ENGL 108P): This course examines all seven of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels.
Tolkien: From Book to Film (ENGL 108T): A study of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-55), and their film adaptations by Peter Jackson (2001-03, 2012-14).
Introduction to Academic Writing (ENGL 109): An exploration of a variety of issues in academic writing such as style, argument, and the presentation of information.
Communications in Mathematics & Computer Science (ENGL 119): This course builds students' oral and written communication skills to prepare them for academic and workplace demands.
Written Academic English (ENGL 129R): Designed specifically for students for whom English is not the first language, this writing skills course provides instruction in grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, elements of composition, and academic essay writing, including a focus on theme, development of central ideas, exposition, and argumentation.
The Use of English (ENGL 140R): This course examines the uses of spoken and written English in a variety of contexts (colloquial, scientific, legal, political, commercial, journalistic, literary etc.) in order to increase critical awareness of the language and to help students write more clearly and effectively.
Shakespeare (ENGL 190): Designed for students in all faculties, the course examines some of Shakespeare's comedies, history plays, and tragedies. Shakespeare's variety and flexibility in developing characters and dramatic structures are stressed, as are significant themes.
Survey of British Literature 1 (ENGL 200A): An historical survey of major figures, types, and trends in British literature from the Middle Ages to the late 18th century.
Survey of British Literature 2 (ENGL 200B): An historical survey of major figures, types, and trends in British literature from the late 18th century to the present.
The Short Story (ENGL 201): This course deals with the history and techniques of the short story, with emphasis upon works by such British, American, and Canadian writers as Henry James, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, Ernest Hemingway, and Alice Munro.
The Bible and Literature 1 (ENGL 202A): A study of the major stories, themes and literary characteristics of the Old Testament of the King James Bible and of its influence on other English literature.
The Bible and Literature 2 (ENGL 202B): A study of the major stories, themes and literary characteristics of the New Testament of the King James Bible and of its influence on English literature.
Designing Digital Images and Hypertext (ENGL 203): This course draws on multiple theoretical perspectives to introduce students to the fundamental principles of multi-modal communication design in its social context.
Designing Digital Video (ENGL 204): This course introduces students to the principles of designing time-based multi-modal communication in a social context.
The Canadian Short Story (ENGL 205R): Exploration of the Canadian short story, from its beginnings - in the bush, in the north, on the land, in the small towns - through the struggles of an urbanizing society to the present.
Writing Lives (ENGL 206): This course studies the ways the self is constructed through text by examining a variety of life-writing approaches, organized from youth to old age, along with theories of identity, memory, gender, narrative, cultural studies, and autobiography as a genre.
Forms of Fantasy (ENGL 208A): A study of fantasy literature, including some subgenres such as romances, fairy tales, fables, and gothic and horror fiction.
Science Fiction (ENGL 208B): Various examples drawn, for instance, from Utopian and anti-Utopian science fiction, social science fiction, "gadget" science fiction, parapsychology, and alternate worlds and beings will be considered.
Studies in Children's Literature (ENGL 208C): A critical examination of works of children's literature.
Women Writing since 1900 (ENGL 208E): This course explores work of women writers, their challenges to social and literary conventions, and their development of voice through major literary movements of the twentieth century and beyond.
Gothic Monsters (ENGL 208G): A study of monstrosity, fear, terror, and horror in the gothic mode from its origins to the present, with attention to the ways various genres (from the novel to new media) represent gothic sexualities, genders, politics, and aesthetics.
Arthurian Legend (ENGL 208H): The story of Arthur and his knights of the Round Table will be discussed as it is treated at various times in various works and genres.
Detective Fiction (ENGL 208K): A study of the "detective novel", the "novel of crime", the "thriller", the "novel of intrigue", and of "espionage" with texts drawn from various time periods and national literatures.
Race and English Literature (ENGL 208L): An introduction to representations of race in English writings, and the ways in which racial ideas are transmitted and resisted in literature, from the middle ages to the present.
Travel Literature (ENGL 208M): The course examines the forms and functions of travel literature as a genre.
Sex and Marriage in Literature (ENGL 208N): An examination of changing attitudes toward sex and marriage as those attitudes are expressed in literary works written in English during the various periods of literary production from the medieval period to the modern age.
Advanced Academic Writing (ENGL 209): This course will explore relationships between audience, situation, purpose, and form in academic writing in the disciplines.
Genres of Creative Writing (ENGL 210C): This course introduces students to both contemporary and historical forms of creative writing.
Genres of Technical Communication (ENGL 210E): This course explores writing, presentation, and design across various genres of technical communication, with a primary focus on printed and/or online computer documentation.
Genres of Business Communication (ENGL 210F): This courses explores the genres of communication in business and other organizations, such as reports (of several kinds), letters, email messages, marketing materials, public relations materials, and any other types of organizational communication.
Grant Writing (ENGL 210G): The course covers researching, organizing, drafting, and editing proposals and applications for government grants for organizations.
Arts Writing (ENGL 210H): A study of the various forms, processes, and modes of publication of professional writing in the arts.
Legal Writing (ENGL 210I): A study of the principles, processes, and various forms of writing used in the practice of law and drafting of legislation.
Technical Editing (ENGL 210J): This course will introduce students to practices and tools of technical editing, such as language and format editing, verification and fact-checking, style guide consistency, discourse appropriateness, and the use of profession-specific software.
First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Literatures (ENGL 211): This course examines literary works in a variety of genres by First Nations, Metis, and Inuit authors in Canada.
Convict Literature (ENGL 212 ): This course examines the representation of the prison experience in literary works written by or about prisoners as well as the legal contexts of their imprisonment.
Literature and the Law (ENGL 213): A study of literary works that involve legal matters and/or have led to litigation on such grounds as obscenity, treason, heresy, libel, and plagiarism.
Canadian Children's Literature (ENGL 217): A study of 19th- and 20th-century Canadian literature for children.
Mennonite Literature (ENGL 218): A study of poetry and fiction by authors of Canadian Mennonite heritage, since 1962.
Languages and Society I (ENGL 220A): This course examines the role that languages play in multilingual societies from a linguistic perspective.
Languages and Society II (ENGL 220B): This course examines the role that languages play in multilingual societies from a social and cultural perspective.
American Literature and Popular Culture (ENGL 247): An introduction to American literary and cultural studies through the examination of selected movements, moments, topics, or figures, drawing on both literature and other media.
Criticism 1 (ENGL 251A): An introduction to strategies of reading, interpretation, and analysis of literary and non-literary texts, focusing on narrative, poetics, discourse, and rhetoric, and the acquisition of critical vocabulary.
Criticism 2 (ENGL 251B): An introduction to the theorizing of literary and non-literary texts.
Irish Literature and the "Troubles" (ENGL 260): A study of Irish literature written during and about the "Troubles" (1916-1923; 1968 - present), focussing on the relationship between literature and its social, historical, and cultural contexts.
Fiction and Film (ENGL 275): A study of the relationships between written and cinematic narrative focussing on adaptations of fiction to film and the different narrative techniques of each medium.
Literatures of Migration (ENGL 280): This course explores the literatures of one or more diasporic communities in North America (for example, African, Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, South Asian) and topics such as memory, generational difference, and cultural hybridity.
Global Shakespeare (ENGL 290): An analysis of the history and forms of international Shakespeare, which may include 20th- and 21st- century print, theatrical, film, and multimedia productions and adaptations from Africa, eastern Europe, southern and eastern Asia, and Central and South America.
Global Literatures (ENGL 291): An examination of literature from around the world that explores such themes as colonialism, migration, transnationalism, and the global.
Contemporary Issues in Language, Writing, and Rhetoric (ENGL 292): The course inductively defines the fields of Rhetoric and Professional Writing through an exploration of contemporary issues in language, writing, and rhetoric, as those issues are identified and dealt with, in the pertinent scholarly and professional journals, by current researchers and their work.
Introduction to Digital Media Studies (ENGL 293): A study of theories of digital media, including critical, rhetorical, and semiotic approaches, and of the interpretation and creation of digital media artifacts.
Game Studies (ENGL 294): This course introduces students to the field of humanities-based game studies.
Social Media (ENGL 295): This course surveys the popular social media landscape and charts scholarly approaches, both methodological and theoretical, to understanding and analyzing social media texts.
Honours Literary Studies (ENGL 301H): Through lectures, discussion, and presentations by visiting faculty, this course provides Honours students with an enriched survey of the discipline of literary studies.
Special Topics in Digital Design (ENGL 303): In this course students will learn advanced digital design theory.
Designing with Digital Sound (ENGL 304): An introduction to sound analysis and production, with emphasis on film and video games.
Old English 1 (ENGL 305A): An introduction to the English language in its earliest form and to English prose in pre-Conquest England, examining Old English prose style, its principal practitioners, and their world view.
Old English 2 (ENGL 305B): An introduction to Old English poetry, noting in representative Old English poems those things about its purpose, style, and its audience which make it unique but which also provide the beginnings of the English poetic tradition.
Introduction to Linguistics (ENGL 306A): Introduction to linguistics and the principles of linguistic analysis through an examination of English phonology, forms, syntax, and discourse.
Modern English Grammar (ENGL 306B): Introduction to modern English grammar and structure - its meaningful forms and syntax.
Historical Linguistics (ENGL 306C): Introduction to historical-reconstruction and comparative analysis, including phonological, morphological, and syntactic changes as they manifest themselves in language.
The History of English (ENGL 306D): Introduction to the linguistic history of English from earliest documents to the present, with some consideration of various modern dialects.
Introduction to Semiotics (ENGL 306F): A study of systems of signs, codes, and signification in language, culture, and literature.
Approaches to Style (ENGL 306G): Theories of style and approaches to the stylistic analysis of both literary and non-literary texts.
Classical Rhetoric (ENGL 309A): A study of rhetorical theories from the Classical period (Pre-Socratic to Augustine) with an emphasis on how these theories reflect changing attitudes towards language, reality, and the self.
Medieval to Pre-Modern Rhetoric (ENGL 309B): A study of rhetorical theories and practices from late antiquity and the medieval, Renaissance, and Enlightenment periods, with an emphasis on how those theories and practices reflect changing attitudes towards language, society, and the self.
Contemporary Rhetoric (ENGL 309C): An examination of contemporary rhetorical theory and its relationships to criticism, interdisciplinary studies, and digital applications.
Speech Writing (ENGL 309E): A study of the analysis, writing, and editing of speeches.
The Discourse of Dissent (ENGL 309G): A study of the social, historical, and rhetorical dimensions of collective action.
Chaucer 1 (ENGL 310A): An introduction to the poetry and the prose translations of Geoffrey Chaucer, including his dream allegories, "Troilus and Criseyde," and related compositions.
Chaucer 2 (ENGL 310B): A study of Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales".
Non-Chaucerian Middle English Literature (ENGL 310C): A study of non-Chaucerian English writings during the later Middle Ages; the Middle English romance, including "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"; alliterative literature, such as "Piers Plowman"; and representative examples of Middle English non-Chaucerian verse.
Early Canadian Literatures (ENGL 313): This course examines a selection of pre-1920 Canadian texts concerning first contact, imperialism, colonization, incipient nationhood, and early multi-racial immigration that participate in the ongoing invention of Canada.
Modern Canadian Literature (ENGL 315): This course focuses on the varied ways in which 20th-century writers of poetry and prose participate in the shaping of Canadian literary culture, with emphasis on the literature of the middle decades.
Canadian Drama (ENGL 316): This course explores traditions and experiments in Canadian drama through an analysis of Canadian plays, especially those from 1960 to the present, in their historical and theatrical contexts.
Contemporary Canadian Literature (ENGL 318): This course examines Canadian Literature written in the latter decades of the 20th century and into the 21st century.
History and Theory of Media 1 (ENGL 319): This course explores the development of media technologies such as writing and print (including the book) from their beginnings to the twentieth century.
History and Theory of Media 2 (ENGL 320): This course explores the social, political, and cultural contexts and consequences of contemporary technologies of representation such as print and visual media, photography and film, audio recordings, computer-mediated communications, and interactive digital media.
Postcolonial Literature of the Americas (ENGL 322): This course examines postcolonial literature in English from Canada, the U.S., and the Caribbean.
Austen (ENGL 325): A study of selected novels by Jane Austen, including Pride and Prejudice and Emma.
Sixteenth-Century Literature 1 (ENGL 330A): A study of short poems by such writers as Wyatt, Gascoigne, Whitney, Ralegh, Spenser, the Sidneys, Shakespeare, and Donne.
Sixteenth-Century Literature 2 (ENGL 330B): A study of selected genres, topics, and works from Tudor literature.
Creative Writing 1 (ENGL 335): Aimed at encouraging students to develop their creative and critical potentials, the course consists of supervised practice, tutorials, and seminar discussions.
Creative Writing 2 (ENGL 336): Designed to assist advanced creative writers to develop their skills in various genres by means of workshop processes, supervised practice, and critical discussion of one or more major projects.
American Literature to 1860 (ENGL 342): A study of developments in early American Literature, possibly including Anglo-European movements such as gothicism and romanticism; captivity narratives and other colonial writings; Afro-American, Native American, and other minority traditions; sentimental and domestic fiction; and indigenous American forms such as the frontier romance, and other minority literatures.
American Literature 1860-1910 (ENGL 343): A survey of literary developments in America from the Civil War through the turn of the twentieth-century, including significant movements of the period such as realism, regionalism, and naturalism; the New Woman's writing and other developments in women's literatures; popular forms such as the Western; and minority literatures.
Modern American Literature (ENGL 344): A study of American Literature from the early twentieth century through the second world war, emphasizing aesthetic innovation in the modernist movement, and its aftermath in the social writings of the 1930s.
American Literature in a Global Context (ENGL 345): A study of the ways in which movements of peoples and cultures have shaped American literature.
American Fiction (ENGL 346): A study of four to five writers.
American Literature Since 1945 (ENGL 347): A study of the movements of American Literature following the second world war.
American Poetry Since 1850 (ENGL 348): A study of poems, poets, ideas, and movements, contributing to the growth of a distinctive American poetry from Whitman and Dickinson to the twenty-first century.
Seventeenth-Century Literature 1 (ENGL 350A): A study of literature by such writers as Jonson, Donne, Wroth, Herbert, Bacon, Milton, Behn, and Dryden.
Seventeenth-Century Literature 2 (ENGL 350B): An intensive study of Milton's epic, Paradise Lost, in its historical and literary contexts.
English Drama to 1642 (ENGL 361): The Middle Ages, the Elizabethans and Jacobeans (excluding Shakespeare), and the Spanish Golden Age.
Shakespeare 1 (ENGL 362): A study of the plays written before 1599-1600, excluding Julius Caesar.
Shakespeare 2 (ENGL 363): A study of the plays written after 1599-1600, including Julius Caesar.
Shakespeare in Performance at The Stratford Festival (ENGL 364): An historical, theoretical, and analytical introduction to Shakespeare's plays in performance, both on stage and screen, this course focuses on specific problems and decisive issues of past productions and of those in the current Stratford Festival season.
Selected Studies (ENGL 365): Designed to provide a study in-depth of problems and/or authors selected by the instructor.
Selected Studies (ENGL 366): Designed to provide a study in-depth of problems and/or authors selected by the instructor.
Editing Literary Works (ENGL 371): Investigating scholarly, educational, popular, and electronic editions, this course explores the theory and practice of editing literary texts.
Applied English Grammar 1 (ENGL 376R): In exploring different definitions and types of grammar (e.g. descriptive vs. prescriptive), students develop their own critical framework for explaining the structure of English.
Applied English Grammar 2 (ENGL 377R): A continuation of ENGL 376R. Practical applications of language theories to error analysis and correction.
Professional Communications in Statistics and Actuarial Science (ENGL 378): This course introduces students to oral and written communication in the fields of Statistics and Actuarial Science.
Information Design (ENGL 392A): The theory and practice of design for print and digital media, including the study of design concepts such as space, colour, typography, interactivity, immersion, motion, and presence.
Visual Rhetoric (ENGL 392B): This course introduces students to the study of images from a rhetorical perspective, including the interaction of texts and images in such professional writing fields as advertising, book illustration, technical documentation, journalism, and public relations.
Digital Design Research Project (ENGL 403): Students work in small groups under the supervision of a faculty researcher on an ongoing, large-scale, digital design project.
Advanced Rhetorical Study (ENGL 406): Topics may include communication, media, politics, science, and social movements.
Language and Politics (ENGL 407): This course explores how language shapes and is shaped by the unequal distribution of power in modern societies.
Writing for the Media (ENGL 408A): This course examines the genres and strategies of both journalism and public relations.
The Discourse of Advertising (ENGL 408B): This course introduces students to writing and editing advertising copy and to models of discourse and rhetorical analysis of advertising texts.
The Rhetoric of Digital Design: Theory and Practice (ENGL 408C): Students apply a variety of analytic perspectives - design discourse, multimodal discourse, rhetorical theory, social semiotics - to the design and production of a major digital project (or compilation of projects) using professional software and hardware tools.
Rhetoric of Argumentation (ENGL 409A): This course studies the discursive, social, and rhetorical principles of argumentation, including topics such as evidence, reasoning, and the organization and presentation of arguments.
Restoration Literature (ENGL 410A): A selection of literature, including drama, from the period 1660-1700 by such authors as Cavendish, Dryden, Behn, Etherege, Rochester, and Wycherley.
Eighteenth-Century Literature 1 (ENGL 410B): A selection of early and mid eighteenth-century literature by such writers as Finch, Pope, Swift, Congreve, Manley, Montagu, Addison, and Steele.
Eighteenth-Century Literature 2 (ENGL 410C): A selection of mid- and late eighteenth-century fiction by such writers as Thomson, Gray, Smart, Thrale, Johnson, Sheridan, and Wheatley.
Eighteenth-Century Fiction I (ENGL 410D): A selection of late-seventeenth and eighteenth-century fiction by such writers as Behn, Manley, Haywood, Defoe, Richardson, and Fielding.
Eighteenth-Century Fiction II (ENGL 410E): A selection of mid- and late eighteenth-century fiction by such writers as Fielding, Haywood, Sterne, Burney, Radcliffe, and Austen.
Eighteenth-Century Women Writers (ENGL 410F): A selection of writing by women such as Behn, Finch, Montagu, Fielding, Edgeworth, and Austen.
Literature of the Romantic Period 1 (ENGL 430A): An examination of the first generation of Romantic writers, including such authors as Barbauld, Blake, Wollstonecraft, Wordsworth, and Coleridge.
Literature of the Romantic Period 2 (ENGL 430B): An examination of the second generation of Romantic writers, including such authors as Byron, P. B. Shelley, Mary Shelley, Keats, and Hemans.
Literature of the Victorian Age 1 (ENGL 451A): A critical study of selected poetry by authors such as Robert Browning, Tennyson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Christina Rossetti.
Literature of the Victorian Age 2 (ENGL 451B): A critical study of novels by such authors as Dickens, the Brontës, George Eliot, and Hardy, as well as social and cultural criticism by authors such as Newman, Ruskin, or Mill.
Early Literature of the Modernist Period in the United Kingdom and Ireland (ENGL 460A): A study of the literatures of the United Kingdom before and after World War I, including such writers as Conrad, Forster, Hopkins, Mansfield, Shaw, Synge, Wilde, and Yeats.
Literature of the Modernist Period in the United Kingdom and Ireland (ENGL 460B): A study of the literatures of the United Kingdom and Ireland from World War I to World War II, including such writers as Auden, Eliot, Isherwood, Joyce, Lawrence, Orwell, West, and Woolf.
Literature of the Postwar Period in the United Kingdom and Ireland (ENGL 460C): A study of the literatures of the United Kingdom and Ireland after World War II, including such writers as Beckett, Greene, Larkin, Murdoch, Osborne, Pinter, and Spark.
Contemporary Literature of the United Kingdom and Ireland (ENGL 460D): A study of the contemporary literatures of the United Kingdom and Ireland, including such writers as Byatt, Boland, Drabble, Heaney, Hughes, Rushdie, and Stoppard.
Postcolonial Literatures (ENGL 463): This course examines postcolonial literature (fiction, poetry, and drama) from Africa, Australia, Britain, India, New Zealand, and Pakistan.
Contemporary Critical Theory (ENGL 470A): An examination of several topics in recent critical theory, such as gender, race, subjectivity, textuality, and popular culture.
History of Literary Criticism (ENGL 470B): A historical survey of major critical texts and movements from the Greek and Roman classics to the New Criticism of the mid-20th century, examining different critical theories and practices in a context of cultural changes.
Literary Studies in Electronic Forms (ENGL 470C): A critical examination of literary publication, editing, research, and criticism in CD-ROM and on-line.
Adapting Literary Works (ENGL 471): Focusing on adaptation of classic works of literature in English, this course examines the problems, possibilities, and principles of representing such works in other literary forms and in other media.
Research Methods in Technical Communication (ENGL 472): This course teaches students the practice and theory of research methods in the field of technical and professional communication.
Topics in the History and Theory of Language (ENGL 481): A special study of a selected topic in the history and theory of language.
Topics in Literatures Medieval to Romantic (ENGL 484): A special study of a selected topic, author, genre, or period in Medieval to Romantic literatures.
Topics in Literatures Romantic to Modern (ENGL 485): A special study of a selected topic, author, genre, or period in Romantic to Modern literatures.
Topics in Literatures Modern to Contemporary (ENGL 486): A special study of a selected topic, author, genre, or period in Modern to Contemporary literatures.
Topics in the History and Theory of Rhetoric (ENGL 492): A special study of a selected topic in the history and theory of rhetoric.
Topics in Professional Writing and Communication Design (ENGL 493): A special study of a selected topic in professional writing and communication design.
Topics in Forms of Media and Critical Analysis (ENGL 494): A special study of a selected topic in forms of media and critical analysis.
Supervision of Honours Essay (ENGL 495A): Senior Honours Essay will be completed under supervision.
Supervision of Honours Essay (ENGL 495B): Senior Honours Essay will be completed under supervision.