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Below is a listing of this year's undergraduate courses. Also see our other course lists:

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.

Last updated: December 2, 2019

Fall 2019


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.

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.

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.

Gender and Representation (ENGL 108E): A study of the ways gender in all its diversity is constructed and gendered experience is expressed in literature, rhetoric, and a variety of media.

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

Horror (ENGL 108G): A study of the contemporary horror genre in literature and film. Topics may include the history of horror, the construction of fear, and the development of horror archetypes. Authors and creators may include H.P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, George Romero, and Stephen King.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Genres of Creative Writing (ENGL 210C): This course introduces students to both contemporary and historical forms of creative writing.

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.

Canadian Children's Literature  (ENGL 217): A study of 19th- and 20th-century Canadian literature for children.

Literature for an Ailing Planet (ENGL 248): Can the humanities change how cultures relate to environments and the natural world? This course surveys environmental thought in works of literature and in popular culture.

Rhetorical Theory and Criticism (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.

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

Special Topics in Digital Design (ENGL 303): In this course students will learn advanced digital design theory. They will participate in workshops with professional designers, develop specialized digital materials and contribute signature work to their Digital Portfolio.

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.

Rhetoric, Classical to Enlightenment (ENGL 309A): A study of rhetorical theories from antiquity through the Renaissance to the eighteenth century, with an emphasis on how these theories 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.

The Discourse of Dissent (ENGL 309G): A study of the social, historical, and rhetorical dimensions of collective action.

Austen (ENGL 325): A study of selected novels by Jane Austen, including Pride and Prejudice and Emma. 

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 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.

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.

Advanced Rhetorical Study (ENGL 406): Politics and Bullshit
Democratic politics are about living together in the best, most productive way for all of us, right? Keeping the streets lit at night, the water flowing in our taps, our health good, our collective lives full of value? Then why is it so full of bullshit, the relentless distortion of facts and feelings for the aggrandizement of individuals and the enrichment of the few? Well, let’s have a look. We have a federal election whose campaign will be run and whose results will be known in the fall term, 2019. With that election in full swing, and with time for a post-mortem, this course will probe politics and bullshit in real time.

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.

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 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.

Topics in the History and Theory of Rhetoric (ENGL 492): “Sweet Smoke of Rhetoric!”: Shakespearean Persuasion in Theory and Practice
Although humanism was closely associated with the rediscovery of key manuscripts of ancient rhetoric, Renaissance theorists and artists were not content with parroting classical authorities—they appropriated Greek and Latin rhetoric for their own purposes. The plays of William Shakespeare provide a dramatic example of this transfiguration of ancient rhetoric at work. Ranging over the tragedies, histories, comedies, and romances, this course investigates how Shakespeare “figured and disfigured” the classical rhetoric drubbed into him as a boy at the King’s New School. At the level of practice, it examines how Shakespeare retools classical rhetoric in the “quick forge” of his imagination, fashioning a new kind of vernacular English eloquence for the London commercial theatre stage. At the level of theory, it examines how Shakespeare rehearses the vexing ethical, political, and philosophical problems rhetoric posed for his culture. Over the course of the semester, we will see how Shakespeare dramatizes the arts of persuasion in all their comic and tragic ambivalence: rhetoric can be both intoxicating and toxic, “ravish like enchanting harmony” and poison the mind with “pestilent speeches.”

Topics in Professional Writing and Communication Design (ENGL 493): Becoming an Expert on Experts
Communicating expert knowledge to a diverse range of audiences is central to professional communication. For technical communication, the subject-matter-expert is a central resource as we craft technical documents; for the scientific popularizer, the expert researcher helps us craft messaging about key findings; for health communicators, medical and health professionals help shape complex information we deliver to patients and shape public health messaging; and so continues the important role of experts in all areas of professional communication. Becoming an expert on experts is part of the required repertoire of the professional communicator. In this course we explore how to theorize expertise, how to assess the credibility of experts, and where to locate expert knowledge relative to our needs as communicators of technical, scientific, health, and other forms of professional communication. We also examine the expertise of professional writers and how one establishes credibility in their professional life.

Winter 2020


Fiction (ENGL 100A): An introduction to fiction through the detailed examination of a range of novels and/or short stories. 

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.

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).

Literature and Medicine (ENGL 108X): How can literature help us understand the body, illness, and healing? The course considers the perspectives of patients and medical practitioners across a range of works, including poetry, fiction, medical texts, and other nonfiction.

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 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.

Race and Literature (ENGL 208L): From William Shakespeare to Bharati Mukherjee, this course is a basic introduction to some ground-breaking writers and their eye-opening explorations of “race.”

Open to all students, the course will appeal to those interested in how ideas of race have been represented, transmitted, and resisted in English literature.

Topics will include: the invention of race, Eurocentrism and geography, racial beauty myths, and internalized racism.

Writers will include: William Shakespeare, Aphra Behn, Phillis Wheatley, Olaudah Equiano, Zora Neale Hurston, Tomson Highway, Chinua Achebe, and Bharati Mukherjee.

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.

Literary Theory and Criticism (ENGL 251): What exactly are we doing when we study literature? By examining a selection of critical methods and theoretical approaches, this course will enhance understanding of the many different emphases, values, and priorities critics bring to literature, and the many available perspectives on what constitutes literature's significance.

Fiction and Film (ENGL 275): A study of the relationships between written and cinematic narrative focusing on adaptations of fiction to film and the different narrative techniques of each medium.

Rhetorical Theory and Criticism (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.

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.

Critical Discourse Analysis (ENGL 306G): This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of critical discourse analysis (CDA), the close study of language and its effects in social context. Students will learn to apply discourse-analytical tools to a wide range of texts, conversations, images, and other artifacts.

Rhetoric, Classical to Enlightenment (ENGL 309A): A study of rhetorical theories from antiquity through the Renaissance to the eighteenth century, with an emphasis on how these theories 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.

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

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.

Topics in Creative Writing (ENGL 332): This course will focus on a selected genre, approach, creative method, or other aspect of Creative Writing. Please see course instructor for details.

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.

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.

Global Asian Diasporas (ENGL 346R): This course explores the literature and culture from one or more global Asian diasporas, with particular emphasis on cultures of East Asian origin. Topics may include identity, transnationalism, imperialism, war, labour, migration, and popular culture.

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

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.

Language and Politics (ENGL 407): This course explores how language shapes and is shaped by the unequal distribution of power in modern societies.

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.

Eighteenth-Century Women Writers (ENGL 410F): A selection of writing by women such as Behn, Finch, Montagu, Fielding, Edgeworth, and Austen.

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.

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.

Topics in Literatures Romantic to Modern (ENGL 485): Bleak House, bleak world. 

This course focusses on Charles Dickens’ Bleak House, a novel published in twenty monthly parts between March 1852 and September 1853. In the course, we will try to mimic the Victorian reading experience by reading and discussing two of the original monthly installments each week for ten weeks.

One of Dickens’ best novels, Bleak House begins in the infamous court of Chancery—a London law court that deals with matters such as wills, adoptions, custody, and guardianships—and then radiates out to include slums and country houses, street sweepers and baronets, romance and murder. Running in tandem with this narrative is a second one, told in the first person by a young woman named Esther Summerson.

We will consider how our interpretative habits and strategies change when we read a novel over ten weeks. We will also discuss topics such as the novel’s representation of law and bureaucracy; family and family history; class; gender; illness and disability; politics; and sentiment.

In addition, we will read other material from the 1850s to contextualize Bleak House, along with relevant literary and cultural criticism. Having a printed copy of Bleak House is required; do not read in advance.

Topics in Forms of Media and Critical Analysis (ENGL 494): Rhetoric of the Selfie
Catch your light and find your angle: This course considers the “rhetoric of the selfie” using interdisciplinary research and an intersectional lens. How does the selfie operate as a means of self-expression, a mode of communication, an artistic object, or an activist practice? Who creates selfies, and for what kinds of audiences and purposes, and in which contexts? Does selfie culture empower or oppress? What is “selfie culture” and is it just one thing? This course has a meta-critical orientation as well: how can we use literary tools on everyday texts? Is the selfie an appropriate object of scholarly scrutiny? How can we ensure ethical uses of primary materials, neither appropriating nor suppressing the expressions of those we would study?

Spring 2020


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.

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.

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.

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.

Literary Theory and Criticism (ENGL 251): What exactly are we doing when we study literature? By examining a selection of critical methods and theoretical approaches, this course will enhance understanding of the many different emphases, values, and priorities critics bring to literature, and the many available perspectives on what constitutes literature's significance.

Rhetorical Theory and Criticism (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.

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

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

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.

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. 

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.

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

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.

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.

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