Fourth Year

Fourth Year Courses

Integrated Seminar (ARTHUM 4410E)

This capstone seminar will center on a specific theme or hot topic, to be examined from various disciplinary and methodological perspectives in the Arts and Humanities within which students have been trained. Building on students' local and regional community involvement to this point in the Program, the Seminar may involve travel to a national or international site for the purpose of undertaking intensive fieldwork. The seminar topic will be led by a Visiting Scholar invited to participate in the Program, with the contribution of one or more Research Fellows. Course curriculum will be determined by the Visiting Scholar and/or Research Fellows in dialogue with students, who will be asked to engage with the seminar’s themes in terms of their individual research interests developed throughout the Program. Among a variety of assignments, students will be asked to design and execute a major Independent Research Project whose applied study will reflect the results of their fieldwork; design and present an exhibition or video/media program; or produce another ambitious project.

The capstone experience for all Year Four students in the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities is the Integrated Seminar. For 2019/2020 we’re thrilled to announce that Jamelie Hassan, is our Visiting Research Fellow. Jamelie is an award-winning visual artist based in London, Ontario, Canada. She has also coordinated numerous cultural programs, including Orientalism and Ephemera (2006-2010). Her mixed media installation works have been presented across Canada and internationally. In 2018 she received an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from OCAD University, Toronto. 

This course will bridge local and regional contexts with national and international concerns. Collections will be highlighted, including visits to Eldon House History Museum, Canada Life (formerly London Life) and the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, which will be celebrating its 5th year anniversary this fall. 

On a regional level the course will include a visit to the Chippewa on the Thames and discussions around the history, culture and environment of this Indigenous community. This program will invite visitors who are artists, writers, curators, film makers and activists and whose cultural projects are implicated in what Palestinian critic, Edward Said has called “the tumult of our times”.  The course includes readings and involves an examination of diverse methods and practices which engage the public, through cultural projects, in a process of social transformation.

The winter term will be a series of seminars and lectures led by Professor Patrick Mahon, that addresses professional and academic issues, geared towards helping our graduating students transition into life beyond SASAH. Guest speakers from our Advisory Council, and from the business leadership sector will be presented.

Prerequisite: ARTHUM 2200E, 2220F/G, 2230F/G

Previous Visiting Research Fellows include:

S. Niro

Shelley Niro is a multi-diciplinary artist, and a member of the Six Nations Reserve, Turtle Clan, Bay of Quinte Mohawk. She has worked in a variety of media, including beadwork, painting, photography, and film. Her work challenges stereotypical images of Indigenous peoples. Her guest's included, Sam Thomas, Robin Bourgeois, ElizaBeth Hill, and Darlene Naponse. Shelley also took her students to the ImagiNative Film Festival in Toronto.

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Lainey Lui 
Lainey Lui is a co-host of CTV’s The Social, a senior reporter for CTV’s Etalk, and the head writer for Her guest’s included, Anne Helen Peterson, Jann Arden, and Nico Lang. She also invited her students to a taping of The Social.

images for Lainey's class


Paul Kennedy
Paul Kennedy has been the host of CBS’s Ideas since 1999. His guests included, Sally Armstrong, Joe MacInnis, Richard Susskind, Michael Stadtlander, David Bentley, Katherine Switzer, Zita Cobb, Payam Akhavan, and Jim Stayer.

images from Paul's class

Experiential Learning in the Arts and Humanities (ARTHUM 4490 F/G to 4493 F/G, 4494 W/X)

These courses will capitalize upon the various applied skills acquired in the Program in order to aid in launching students on their future academic or career trajectories. Each course will thus focus exclusively on practical and professional capabilities that complement students' critical and research skills, with an eye to preparing students for any number of fields from postgraduate study, to jobs in the private and public sectors. Students will take up either an internship or a community engaged learning project in any number of settings or in organizations with which the School collaborates: print or digital editing and publishing; public or human resources; cultural event organization; curatorial, museum, or gallery planning; film or video production, etc. The placement-oriented aspects of these courses will be supplmented by classroom-based professionalization workshops in job-searches, interviewing, resume writing, etc.

Students can choose which courses they enroll in. Module requirement is 1.0 courses from ARTHUM 4490F, 4491F, 4492G, 4493G or 4494W/X.