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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.

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

Last updated: June 6, 2018

Fall 2018


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.

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.

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.

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.

Studies in Children's Literature (ENGL 208C): A critical examination of works of children's literature.

Gothic Monsters (ENGL 208G): This course offers a literary history of fear, terror, and horror, from the foundations of the gothic novel (Frankenstein, Dracula) through early film adaptations, the 1970s horror revival (Anne Rice, Steven King, "goth" music and fashion, and recent offerings from the gothic web (e.g., the Slenderman phenomenon).

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 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.

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. They will participate in workshops with professional designers, develop specialized digital materials and contribute signature work to their Digital Portfolio.

Designing with Digital Sound (ENGL 304): In this course, students will be introduced to sound analysis and production. Students will learn to record, edit, and implement sound in a variety of linear and non-linear media forms, 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.

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.

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

Postcolonial Literature of the Americas (ENGL 322): This course examines postcolonial literature in English from Canada, the U.S., and the Caribbean. Through study of both written and oral genres, we will discuss how language practices adapt to and are created in colonial and postcolonial contexts. Topics may include diaspora and migration, nationalism, gender, neo-colonialism, and multiculturalism.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Professional Writing and Communication Design (ENGL 493): A special study of a selected topic in professional writing and communication design.

Winter 2019


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.

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.

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.

Literature and Medicine (ENGL 108P): 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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Contemporary Canadian Literature (ENGL 318): This course examines Canadian Literature written in the latter decades of the 20th century and into the 21st century. Literary works are studied in relation to relevant contemporary social, cultural and political topics, such as nationalism, aboriginality, multiculturalism and diaspora.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Literature of the Victorian Age 1 (ENGL 451A): A critical study of early to mid-Victorian literature, including authors such as Carlyle, Arnold, Tennyson, the Brontës, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Gaskell, Ruskin, and Dickens. Topics may include liberty, work, gender, class, imperialism, and poetry.

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.

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

Spring 2019


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.

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.

Studies in Children's Literature (ENGL 208C): A critical examination of works of children's literature.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Topics may include colonialism, immigration and migration, literary influence across borders and languages, nativism and internationalism, racial and ethnic styles and exchanges.

American Fiction (ENGL 346): A study of four to five writers. Topics may include the evolution of narrative style, realism and anti-realism, literature and story, fiction and history, the novel and film, gender and ethnicity.

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.

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.

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. Scholars studied may include Richard Whatley, Jurgen Habermas, Stephen Toulmin, Chaim Perelman, Lucie Olbrecht-Tyteca, Kenneth Burke, and Pierre Bourdieu.

Topics in the History and Theory of Language (ENGL 481): A special study of a selected topic in the history and theory of language.