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 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
English literature and culture produced outside Britain and North America. Attention will be given to legacies of imperialism as well as notions of culture and difference with particular emphasis on the standpoint and perspective of the reader in relation to the text. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of first-year CULT and 3 credits of first-year ENGL.
Equivalency: ENGL 224.
CULT 235 (3) Introduction to Contemporary Japan Through Pop Culture
A thematic exploration of contemporary Japanese society through popular culture narratives (such as manga, anime, film, and video games) in English translation. Credit will be granted for only one of CULT 235, JPST 215 or JAPN 215. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of first-year CULT and 3 credits of first-year ENGL.
Equivalency: JPST 215, JAPN 215.
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 310 (3/6) d Advanced Photography
For the advanced student, examines conceptual and aesthetic considerations in photography, combined with an exploration of advanced, experimental, and digital techniques. Further understanding of photography as a means of visual expression and 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. [2-2-0]
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. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: One of VISA 265, VISA 271.
Equivalency: VISA 382.
CULT 312 (3) 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 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 320 (3) Creative Activism: Art, Media, and Social Justice
Examination of the convergence between social justice movements, activist media, and artistic practice. [3-0-0]
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) Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies
Postcolonial analysis of British colonial representation, anti-colonial nationalism, liberation, decolonization, and African, South Asian, and Caribbean identities in relation to literature, film, and other forms of cultural production. Credit will be granted for only one of CULT 340 or ENGL 379. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200-level Cultural Studies. CULT 230, CULT 235, and/or CULT 270 recommended.
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 345 (3) Studies in Backgrounds to International Literature in English
Consideration will be given to a range of literary, political, religious, and social topics. Credit will be granted for only one of CULT 345 or ENGL 345. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200-level CULT. CULT 230, CULT 235, and/or CULT 270 recommended.
Equivalency: ENGL 345.
CULT 346 (3) Human Rights, Literature, and Culture
Examines war, conflict, struggles for social justice, and the ideal of human dignity in relation to narrative, discourse, and representation. Credit will be granted for only one of CULT 346 or ENGL 384. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200-level CULT. CULT 230, CULT 235, and/or CULT 270 recommended. .
Equivalency: ENGL 384.
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 not be granted for both CULT 375 and ENGL 342. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200-level CULT. One of CULT 270, CULT 275 recommended.
Equivalency: ENGL 342.
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
[3-0-0]
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 440 (3/9) d Topics in Modern Japanese Literature and Culture
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 440, JPST 495, or any combination thereof. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: One of CULT 364, JPST 364, JAPN 364.
Equivalency: JPST 495, JAPN 495.
CULT 445 (3) Studies in International Literature in English
Special topics, varying from year to year, including studies of individual authors, genres, and nations. Credit will be granted for only one of CULT 445 or ENGL 480. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 200-level CULT. CULT 230, CULT 235, and/or CULT 270 recommended.
Equivalency: ENGL 480.
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 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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