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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
August 22, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Course Offerings 2013-2014

Please note:  This is a tentative schedule.

Core Courses

CQ600 Colloquium [0.5 credit]
Offered: Fall 2013 and Winter 2014 (bi-weekly, two-term course)
Instructor: Dr. Andrew Herman (CAST Director)

All students are required to attend this bi-weekly colloquium during fall and winter semesters. The colloquium includes such activities as talks by visiting scholars and CAST faculty, workshops to develop scholarly skills and student research presentations. Credit will be established on a pass/fail basis. 

CQ601 Cultural Analysis and Social Theory [0.5 credit]
Offered: Fall 2013
Instructor: K. Campbell

This course reviews important issues in cultural analysis and social theory, such as the politics and practices of representation, the relationship between knowledge and power (both within and between cultures), the relationship between race, class and gender, discourse and the production of alterity and difference, ethnographic authority, instrumental reason and modernity, relativism versus universalism, hegemonic and counter-hegemonic forces in both the mass media and everyday life.

CQ602 Approaches to Cultural Analysis [0.5 credit]
Offered: Fall 2013
Instructor: Dr. Andrew Herman

This course examines various concepts and methods of qualitative research and analysis. These include but are not limited to discourse analysis, narrative analysis, semiotic analysis, visual analysis, and ethnographic practice and representation. It explores issues arising from questions of positionality, reflexivity, ethics and responsibility, and writing. The course begins from the assumption  that theory and method are inextricably tied and that doing cultural analysis fully engages the researcher in (self)reflection on the symbolic-expressive dimensions of social life.

Elective Courses

The elective courses in each field are listed below as is their availability. Note that based on student interest, the Spring course offering will be confirmed in the Fall.

Field One:  Globalization, Identity and Social Movements

CQ610 Race, Gender and Imperialization [0.5 credit]
Offered: Fall 2013
Instructor: Dr. Jasmin Zine

This course critically examines the historical and discursive practices through which racialization developed within colonial relations and contestations with particular attention to the intersection of gender and racialization in various literary, visual and ethnographic colonial and post-colonial narratives. Using an anti-colonial framework, this course also examines how race and gender are constituted within contemporary imperialist practices such globalization and the current “war on terror.” 

Field Two:  Body Politics: Gender, Sexuality and Embodiment

CQ621 The Social Body [0.5 credit]
Offered: Winter 2014
Instructor: Dr. Morgan Holmes

Drawing on the notion that subjects do not simply consume images and discourses passively, but actively shape them through interpretation, circulation and regeneration, the course examines the manner in which bodies and embodiment shape and are shaped by the cultural milieu in which they are perceived, circulated and circumscribed.  Topics for consideration include 'deviant bodies' (racialized, gendered, medicalized), and idealized bodies (including but not limited to various enhancement technologies for performance and appearance). 

Field Three:  Cultural Representation and Social Theory

CQ642: Remembering the Past: Memory, Memorialization and Politics
Offered: Winter 2014
Instructor:  Dr. Marta Marin-Domine

This course examines the relation between Memory and Politics through various practices of collective memorialization ? both official and unofficial ? in modern society. The aim of the course is twofold: to offer  students a guide through the most relevant theories of memory and to invite them to reflect upon the theoretical approaches through the analysis of cultural productions (literature, digital media, cinema, art, government programs, museums, etc) as to be able to analyze how the diverse modalities of collective memory representation affect our construction of the past and organize the present. The course invites its participants to actively explore the difference between memory and history and the way discourses on memory shape social identity.