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This Year's Courses

Below is a listing of this year's undergraduate courses. For information on current graduate courses, see the Graduate Courses page. You can explore your English program options by visiting our Undergraduate program page and our Graduate program page.

Click on the course name for more information about the course. For information about when courses are scheduled, go to Quest (Self-Service > Class Search).

Note: Course offerings are subject to change/cancellation. For further information on course offerings, please feel free to contact Jenny Conroy.

Fall 2016 


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.

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.

The Superhero (ENGL 108A): An examination of hero figures, ranging broadly from ancient characters such as Gilgamesh to the modern comic book superhero.

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.

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.

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.

Designing Digital Video (ENGL 204): This course introduces students to the principles of designing time-based multi-modal communication in a social context.

Forms of Fantasy (ENGL 208A): A study of fantasy literature, including some subgenres such as romances, fairy tales, fables, and gothic and horror fiction.

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.

Travel Literature (ENGL 208M): The course examines the forms and functions of travel literature as a genre.

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.

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.

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.

Languages and Society I (ENGL 220A): This course examines the role that languages play in multilingual societies from a linguistic perspective.

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.

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

Special Topics in Digital Design (ENGL 303): In this course students will learn advanced digital design theory. 

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.

Introduction to Linguistics (ENGL 306A): Introduction to linguistics and the principles of linguistic analysis through an examination of English phonology, forms, syntax, and discourse.

Introduction to Semiotics (ENGL 306F): A study of systems of signs, codes, and signification in language, culture, and literature.

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.

Contemporary Rhetoric (ENGL 309C): An examination of contemporary rhetorical theory and its relationships to criticism, interdisciplinary studies, and digital applications.

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.

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.

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.

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 Literature Since 1945 (ENGL 347): A study of the movements of American Literature following the second world war. 

Seventeenth-Century Literature 1 (ENGL 350A): A study of literature by such writers as Jonson, Donne, Wroth, Herbert, Bacon, Milton, Behn, and Dryden.

Shakespeare 1 (ENGL 362): A study of the plays written before 1599-1600, excluding Julius Caesar.

Editing Literary Works (ENGL 371): Investigating scholarly, educational, popular, and electronic editions, this course explores the theory and practice of editing literary texts.

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. 

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.

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. 

Winter 2017


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.

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.

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.

The Rebel (ENGL 108F): A study of various works of literature in which the protagonist is a rebel against existing norms.

Popular Potter (ENGL 108P): This course examines all seven of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels.

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.

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.

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.

Advanced Academic Writing (ENGL 209): This course will explore relationships between audience, situation, purpose, and form in academic writing in the disciplines.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Introduction to Linguistics (ENGL 306A): Introduction to linguistics and the principles of linguistic analysis through an examination of English phonology, forms, syntax, and discourse.

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 2 (ENGL 310B): A study of Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales".

Contemporary Canadian Literature (ENGL 318): This course examines Canadian Literature written in the latter decades of the 20th century and into the 21st century.

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.

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 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.

Seventeenth-Century Literature 2  (ENGL 350B): An intensive study of Milton's epic, Paradise Lost, in its historical and literary contexts.

Shakespeare 2 (ENGL 363): A study of the plays written after 1599-1600, including Julius Caesar.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Postcolonial Literatures (ENGL 463): This course examines postcolonial literature (fiction, poetry, and drama) from Africa, Australia, Britain, India, New Zealand, and Pakistan. 

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 Forms of Media and Critical Analysis (ENGL 494): A special study of a selected topic in forms of media and critical analysis.

Spring 2017


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.

The Superhero (ENGL 108A): An examination of hero figures, ranging broadly from ancient characters such as Gilgamesh to the modern comic book superhero.

Popular Potter (ENGL 108P): This course examines all seven of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels.

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.

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.

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.

Designing Digital Video (ENGL 204): This course introduces students to the principles of designing time-based multi-modal communication in a social context.

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.

Criticism 2 (ENGL 251B): An introduction to the theorizing of literary and non-literary texts. 

Game Studies (ENGL 294): This course introduces students to the field of humanities-based game studies.

Designing with Digital Sound (ENGL 304): An introduction to sound analysis and production, with emphasis on film and video games.

Introduction to Linguistics (ENGL 306A): Introduction to linguistics and the principles of linguistic analysis through an examination of English phonology, forms, syntax, and discourse.

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.


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.

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. 

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.

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. 

Topics in Forms of Media and Critical Analysis (ENGL 494): A special study of a selected topic in forms of media and critical analysis. This spring we will be studying how the principles of visual rhetoric apply to various forms of graphic narratives, such as graphic novels and cartoons.