Course Descriptions

Cultural Studies, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

CULT: Cultural Studies

CULT 100 (3) Media and Popular Cultures in Global Context
Introduction to media and cultural studies in a global context, specifically the critical analysis of cultural texts, cultural industries, and media audiences. [3-0-0]
CULT 101 (3) Cultural Studies Practices
Key concepts and methods across the history of cultural studies including analysis of consumer society, identity, space, and memory. [3-0-0]
CULT 205 (3) Introduction to Contemporary Japan Through Pop Culture
Contemporary Japanese society through topics in popular culture, such as gender performativity, forms of play, manga, anime and film. In English. Credit will be granted for only one of CULT 205 or JPST 215. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of first-year ENGL.
Equivalency: JPST 215.
CULT 210 (3) Reading Screens
Introduction to film and other screen-based media as narrative, with a focus on both formal and ideological elements. Credit will be granted for only one of CULT 210 or ENGL 215. [3-0-3]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of first-year CULT and 3 credits of first-year ENGL.
Equivalency: ENGL 215.
CULT 215 (3) Cultural Industries
An introductory critical study of cultural industries such as television and popular music. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Second-year standing.
CULT 230 (3) Foundations: Reading Across Borders
Critical intercultural reading approaches, focusing on literature and film from the global South. Emphasis upon ideas of culture, difference, and the relations between reader and text. Credit will be granted for only one of CULT 230 or ENGL 224.
Prerequisite: 3 credits of first-year CULT and 3 credits of first-year ENGL.
Equivalency: ENGL 224.
CULT 250 (3) Foundations: Indigenous Literature
Survey of Indigenous-authored poetry, drama, fiction, and non-fiction prose, and orature in North America. Attention will be given to Indigenous methodologies and major critical trends. Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 234 or CULT 250. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of first-year CULT and 3 credits of first-year ENGL.
Equivalency: ENGL 234.
CULT 270 (3) Reading Popular Culture
Introduction to the critical analysis of contemporary popular culture forms such as architecture, video games, television, and popular fiction and cultural practices such as consumerism, participation in subcultures and social networking, from within the context of modernity. Credit will be granted for only one of CULT 270 or ENGL 232. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of first-year CULT and 3 credits of first-year ENGL.
Equivalency: ENGL 232.
CULT 275 (3) Foundations: Interdisciplinary Theory and Method in Literary Research
Study of the major trends in critical theory. Attention will be given to applications of theory in literary research. Credit will be granted for only one of CULT 275 or ENGL 250. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of first-year CULT and 3 credits of first-year ENGL.
Equivalency: ENGL 250.
CULT 300 (3) Documentary and Docudrama
Investigation of reality effect of film by tracing its origins in the dramatic genres of melodrama, realism, and naturalism into filmic genres of documentary and docudrama. Surveys modern and postmodern examples of these genres. Credit will be granted for only one of CULT 300 or ENGL 378. [3-0-3]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200-level CULT. CULT 210 or CULT 215 is recommended.
Equivalency: ENGL 378.
CULT 305 (3) English-Canadian Screen Culture
Development of English-Canadian screen culture studied by concentrating on various movements, the political economy of Anglo-Canadian screen culture, and televisual and cinematic forms and genres. Focus of the survey is on identity, nationhood, and representation. Credit will be granted for only one of CULT 305 or ENGL 377. [3-0-3]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200-level CULT. CULT 210 or CULT 215 is recommended.
Equivalency: ENGL 377.
CULT 308 (3) Spoken Word
Advanced workshop in writing and performing Spoken Word texts. Credit will be granted for only one of CULT 308 or CRWR 384 or THTR 384 . [0-3-0]
Prerequisite: 6 credits of Creative Writing and/or Theatre. Third-year standing.
Equivalency: THTR 384, CRWR 384.
CULT 309 (3) d Advanced Practice in Printmaking
Opportunity for students to continue their exploration of select media in printmaking (intaglio, relief, lithography, and screenprinting) within the context of contemporary art practice. Interdisciplinary crossover, evolving processes, and new materials will be encouraged. Credit will be granted for only one of VISA 336 or CULT 309. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: One of VISA 253, VISA 254, VISA 255. Note: for VISA 253, 254, 255, CULT students require permission of instructor.
Equivalency: VISA 336.
CULT 310 (3/6) d Advanced Practice in Photography
Advanced studio course in digital- and film-based photography. Emphasis on photography as an artistic tool. This course may be taken twice for a maximum of 6 credits. No more than 6 credits in total will be granted for CULT 310, VISA 362, or any combination thereof.
Prerequisite: VISA 244 and 256. Note: for VISA 244, CULT students require permission of instructor.
Equivalency: VISA 362.
CULT 311 (3/6) d Advanced Practice in Media Arts
Advanced interdisciplinary course addressing the importance of technology-based approaches in contemporary art, with emphasis placed upon the formation of an idea and the media most appropriate to its expression. No more than 6 credits in total will be granted for CULT 311, VISA 382, or any combination thereof.
Prerequisite: One of VISA 206, VISA 266, VISA 268, VISA 269, VISA 271.
Equivalency: VISA 382.
CULT 312 (3/9) d Internet Culture
A critical study of the cultural influence of the Internet on everyday life. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200 level CULT.
CULT 313 (3/9) d Topics in Transnational Asian Pop Culture
A critical study of Asian pop culture's transnational flows in and beyond Asia. With different topics, this course may be taken more than once for credit.
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200-level CULT
CULT 315 (3) Television Studies
The medium of television from a global perspective, and the investigation of how genres in different television broadcast regimes shape content and reception. Credit will be granted for only one of CULT 315 or ENGL 376. [3-2-0]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200 level CULT.
Equivalency: ENGL 376.
CULT 316 (3) Narrative Film Production
The theory and practice of producing a short narrative motion picture for the purpose of developing narrative film literacy. Credit will be granted for only one of CULT 316, FILM 303, or THTR 303. VISA 106, VISA 261, VISA 271, CULT 210, THTR 103, CRWR 250, or FILM 100 recommended.
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
Equivalency: FILM 303;THTR 303.
CULT 317 (3) Digital Documentary Production
Theory and practice from the point of view of producer/writer/director. Course culminates in the creation of a short-form documentary. Credit will be granted for only one of CULT 317 or FILM 371. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: Third Year standing.
Equivalency: FILM 371.
CULT 320 (3) Creative Activism: Art, Media, and Social Justice
Examination of the convergence between social justice movements, activist media, and artistic practice. Credit will be granted for only one of CULT 320 or ARTH 323.
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200 level CULT. ARTH 101, ARTH 102 or CULT 100, CULT 101 recommended.
Equivalency: ARTH 323.
CULT 325 (3) Media and the Politics of Identity
Examination of how cultural texts, including visual art, performance, literature, film, television, and social media, constitute modes of subjectivity and identity in modern Western contexts. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200 level CULT. CULT 100/101 recommended.
CULT 340 (3) Colonialism and Decolonization
Comparative analysis of the cultural project of European colonialism, including colonial discourse, resistance, and decolonization in Africa, the Caribbean, South and Southeast Asia, and North America. Credit will be granted for only one of CULT 340 or ENGL 379. CULT 230, CULT 250, or CULT 275 recommended.
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 100 or 200-level Cultural Studies.
Equivalency: ENGL 379.
CULT 341 (3) Globalization, Literature, and Culture
Postcolonial approach to cultural globalization, including neo-imperialism, transnationalism, and global identities in relation to literature, film, and other forms of cultural production. Credit will be granted for only one of CULT 341 or ENGL 341. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200-level CULT. CULT 230 is recommended.
Equivalency: ENGL 341.
CULT 346 (3) Human Rights, Literature, and Culture
Critical analysis of representational practices within humanitarian and human rights discourses, including literature, life writing, film, journalism, and marketing. Credit will be granted for only one of CULT 346 or ENGL 384. CULT 230, CULT 250, or CULT 275 recommended.
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 100 or 200-level CULT.
Equivalency: ENGL 384.
CULT 350 (3) Indigenous Literature: Intellectual Traditions
Approaches to Indigenous literary and cultural studies in North America. Consideration will be given to a range of literary movements, intellectual traditions, and critical approaches. Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 387 or CULT 350.
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200-level CULT. CULT 250 or ENGL 234 is recommended.
Equivalency: ENGL 387.
CULT 351 (3) Settler Studies, Literature, and Culture
Approaches to the interdisciplinary field of settler colonial studies in Canadian and comparative contexts in relation to literature, film, and other forms of cultural production. Examines the role of representation, narrative, and discourse in settlement, colonization, and decolonization. Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 385 or CULT 351.
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200-level CULT. CULT 250 or ENGL 234 is recommended.
Equivalency: ENGL 385.
CULT 362 (3) Selected Topics in French Literature II
Studies specific literary movements and genres through the textual analysis of selected works (fiction, drama, and poetry) taken from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The historical and literary backgrounds of the works selected are discussed. This course is taught in French. Credit will be granted for only one of CULT 362 or FREN 362. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Two of FREN 220, FREN 221, FREN 222, FREN 223 and 3 credits of 200-level CULT. CULT 230, CULT 235, and/or CULT 270 recommended.
Equivalency: FREN 362.
CULT 364 (3) Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
Study of the literature of Japan from 1868 to the present using English translations of representative readings selected from various genres. Credit will be granted for only one of CULT 364 or JPST 364. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200-level CULT. CULT 230, CULT 235, and/or CULT 270 recommended.
Equivalency: JPST 364.
CULT 366 (3) Modern Japanese Women Writers in Translation
Examines the contribution of women to the literature of Japan from the late nineteenth century and the position of women in modern Japanese society as represented in fiction and poetry. Credit will be granted for only one of CULT 366, JPST 366 or JAPN 366. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200-level CULT. CULT 230, CULT 235, and/or CULT 270 recommended.
Equivalency: JPST 366, JAPN 366.
CULT 371 (3/6) d Modern Critical Theory and Interdisciplinary Methods
Advanced survey of major trends within critical theory, with attention to issues such as subjectivity and power, the body, culture and imperialism, and social discourse. No more than 6 credits in total will be granted for CULT 371, ENGL 309 or any combination thereof. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200-level CULT or 200-level ENGL. One of CULT 270, CULT 275 recommended.
Equivalency: ENGL 309.
CULT 375 (3) Auto/Biography Survey
Histories and genres of auto/biography. Credit will be granted for only one of CULT 375 or ENGL 342.
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200-level CULT. One of CULT 270, CULT 275 recommended.
Equivalency: ENGL 342.
CULT 380 (3) Performance Art: Global Perspectives
History, theory, and practice of performance art as a visual medium, a global language, and a political force. Explores a wide range of experimental and interdisciplinary performance art practices, including key contributions by Indigenous artists. Credit will be granted for only one of THTR 309, ARTH 309 or CULT 380.
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
Equivalency: ARTH 309, THTR 309.
CULT 400 (3/9) d Topics in Popular Culture
Focus on media such as music, film, music video, television, advertising, and the Internet. No more than 9 credits in total will be granted for CULT 400, ENGL 493, or any combination thereof. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200-level CULT. CULT 210, CULT 211, and/or CULT 270 recommended.
Equivalency: ENGL 493.
CULT 401 (3/9) d Topics in Media Studies
In-depth study of contemporary media phenomena and practices. With different topics, this course may be taken more than once for credit.
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200 level CULT.
CULT 405 (3) Reading Gothic Film
The gothic/horror film as a genre that provides insight into cultural narratives regarding gender, sexuality, race, and class. Films may be approached from a number of critical perspectives, including psychoanalytic, feminist, and cultural theories. Credit will be granted for only one of CULT 405 or ENGL 455. [3-0-3]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200-level CULT; CULT 210, CULT 215, and/or CULT 270 recommended.
Equivalency: ENGL 455.
CULT 410 (3/9) d Asian Cinema
Specific Asian directors, genres, and/or cross-regional topics in film studies. In English. [3-0-3]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200 level CULT.
CULT 435 (3/9) d African Studies
An examination of African literature and other forms of cultural production using a postcolonial approach. Topics vary from year to year. This course may be taken up to three times for a maximum of 9 credits, provided courses focus on different topics. No more than 9 credits in total will be granted for CULT 435, ENGL 435, or any combination thereof. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200-level CULT. CULT 230, CULT 235, and/or CULT 270 recommended.
Equivalency: ENGL 435.
CULT 437 (3-9) d Postcolonial Studies
Examines colonialism, decolonization, and globalization, as they relate to literature and other modes of cultural production, using a cross-cultural framework. Topics vary from year to year. No more than 9 credits in total will be granted for CULT 437, ENGL 437, or any combination thereof. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200-level CULT. CULT 230 is recommended.
Equivalency: ENGL 437.
CULT 450 (3) Studies in Indigenous Literature and Criticism
Topics in Indigenous literature and criticism in North America, including particular periods and individual authors. Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 473 or CULT 450. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 300-level ENGL.
Equivalency: ENGL 473.
CULT 460 (3) Posthumanism and Critical Animal Studies
Contemporary theories in the field of critical animal studies via ecofeminism, literary studies, philosophy and history with the aim of considering the interconnectedness of speciesism, racism and sexism. Particular attention will be paid to ecofeminism and the "ethics of care" in regards to the treatment of animals. Credit will be granted for only one of CULT 460 or ENGL 457. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
Equivalency: ENGL 457.
CULT 470 (3/9) d Interdisciplinary Studies in Critical Theory
Advanced study of a particular area within critical theory. Topics may include queer theory, critical animal studies, ethics, post-humanism, and nationalism. No more than 9 credits in total will be granted for CULT 470, ENGL 412 or any combination thereof. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200-level CULT. One of CULT 270, CULT 275 recommended.
Equivalency: ENGL 412.
CULT 475 (3) Topics in Auto/Biography
Study of a particular topic in or genre of auto/biographical discourse. Credit will be granted for only one of CULT 475 or ENGL 456. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200-level CULT. CULT 375 is recommended.
Equivalency: ENGL 456.
CULT 480 (3) Performance Studies
Seminar in the interdisciplinary field of performance studies, broadly conceived as the investigation of aesthetic, ritual, and everyday life performance practices. Credit will be granted for only one of CULT 480 or THTR 411. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
Equivalency: THTR 411.
CULT 485 (3) Masculinities, Media, and Performance
Examination of the social construction of masculinities through the lens of queer and feminist theory. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing and CULT 100 or permission of the instructor.
CULT 490 (3/9) d Topics in Cultural Studies
[3-0-0]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200-level CULT
CULT 495 (3/9) c Directed Studies
Major research paper required.
Prerequisite: Third-year standing and declared CULT major.
CULT 499 (3) Community-Engaged Research in Cultural Studies
Develops professional skills in research, collaboration, and communication. Students work in collaborative teams to complete projects that support the work of community partners. Projects vary from year to year. Students must arrange own transportation to/from Kelowna-area required off-campus meetings. 65 contact hours of class and community partner interaction.
Prerequisite: Third-year standing; students must complete an application; permission granted by the Cultural Studies program. Preference will be given to students enrolled as Major, Combined Major, or Minor in CULT.

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