Option Courses (2000-2199 Level): Courses with no prerequisites – these are for everybody!
2017 - Reading Popular Culture
"If Shakespeare were alive today, he'd be writing for television." This course addresses the many forms of popular culture, including television, music, popular fiction and film, urban myths, and celebrities. The aim of this course is to encourage students to develop a critical understanding of all aspects of popular culture. 3 hours, 1.0 course
|Fall/Winter||2017 / 001||N. Joseph||Syllabus|
|Fall/Winter||2017 / 001 (Evening)||T. Phu||Syllabus|
2018A – The Culture of Leadership I: Heroes, Tyrants, Celebrities
This course addresses the complex nature of leadership represented in key works of literature and culture, from Malory to Alice Munro, Shakespeare to David Mamet. We will focus on the ethical dilemmas and moral choices faced by leaders to ask what role a leader plays: hero, manager, thinker, strategist, artist, figurehead, authority? 3 hours, 0.5 course
|Fall 2014||2018A / 001 (Evening)||J.Faflak|
2019B – The Culture of Leadership II: Teams, Communities, Mobs
This course examines key cultural works and events that reflect the complexities of group leadership, from Shakespeare to Busby Berkeley, Conrad to Coetzee. We will focus on how various groups and group events – nations, empires, corporations, revolutions, mobs, flash mobs -- organize themselves, for better or worse. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course
|Winter 2015||2019B / 001 (Evening)||J.Lambier||Syllabus|
2033E – Children’s Literature
Readings from significant books written for children, selected primarily for literary quality. Some attention will be given to the historic evolution of "Children's Literature" as a separate class, but the principal aim of the course will be to consider the nature and development of the two major genres: nonsense verse and romance. 2 lecture hours, 1tutorial hour. 1.0 course
|Fall/Winter||2033E / 001||G. Ceraldi||Syllabus|
|Fall/Winter||2033E / 002 (Evening)||G. Ceraldi||Syllabus|
|Fall/Winter||2033E / 650 (Online)||M. Stephenson||Syllabus|
|Fall/Winter||2033E - 651 (Online)||M. Hartley||Syllabus|
2041F – Fall Theatre Production: Doctor Faustus
In this course, students participating in the Department of English and Writing Studies' Fall Theatre Production (Doctor Faustus) explore in theory and practice approaches to text in performance. Only students working as an actor, director, stage manager, assistant stage manager, lighting, set or costume designer may enroll. Please note: Auditions took place April 8, 9 and 10, 2014. Permission of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies required to enroll. 0.5 course.
|Fall 2014||2041F / 001||J.Devereux||Syllabus|
From Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, a consideration of the history and development of science fiction. Will include science fiction themes such as the Other, new technologies, chaos theory, cybernetics, paradoxes of space/time travel, first contact, and alien worlds. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.
|Fall 2014||2071F / 001||J. Kelly||Syllabus|
|Fall 2014||2071F / 650 (Online)||M. Stephenson||Syllabus|
2072G– Speculative Fiction: Fantasy
A study of the purposes and historical origins of fantasy, and modern developments in fantasy: alternate worlds, horror or ghost stories, sword & sorcery, heroic fantasy. May include writers such as Tolkien, Simmons, Peake, Herbert, Beagle, Rowling. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.
|Winter 2015||2072G / 001||J.Kelly||Syllabus|
|Winter 2015||2072G / 650 (Online)||M. Stephenson||Syllabus|
2091F – Special Topics: Alice Munro and Other Local Geniuses
This course uses the work of Alice Munro as a starting point and touchstone for an exploration of the value of the local imagination in literature since the 1970s, considering Munro and others who have found inspiration in London, Ontario and the surrounding area for their fiction, poetry and drama. The class will meet on campus and in a variety of local off-campus locations on field trip days, and will incorporate guest speakers on a variety of topics, cultivating connections with local cultural communities and institutions. This course includes a community engaged learning component. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.
|Fall 2014||2091F / 001 (Evening)||M. Jones||Syllabus|
2092F/G– Special Topics: The Many Faces of Harry Potter
This course will examine the Harry Potter series in relation to the multiple genres that it draws on, including the gothic novel, detective fiction, fantasy, adventure, and even the dystopian novel. We will read all seven books alongside other novels and short stories that illustrate the generic conventions Rowling is working with. There will also be opportunity to consider the translation of the series into film. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.
|Fall 2014||2092F / 001 (Evening)||G. Ceraldi||Syllabus|
|Winter 2015||2092G / 001 (Evening)||G. Ceraldi||Syllabus|