Graduate Classes – INCC

INCC 801.0 – Reading French

To conduct research, graduate students in the Humanities and Fine Arts need to have the skills to find, read, and translate sources not available in English. Reading French enables students to fulfill their language requirement in an efficient and meaningful way, strengthening research capabilities while acquiring French reading skills in a classroom environment. This course acknowledges the status of French in Canada—not least as a language of research in the arts—and helps usher students into an international community of scholarship.

Graduate Classes – MFA in Writing

WRIT 800.3 – The Craft of Writing Fiction

This course focuses on how to write dynamic and engaging fiction. The course offers compositional strategies for writing short stories and novels. Writ 800.3 is an intensive workshop consisting of peer critiques, a craft seminar, and discussion of assigned readings. Students will meet weekly and will be required, every week, to produce writing of their own and submit it for analysis by the rest of the class and the instructor.

WRIT 801.3 – Poetry Workshop

Students in this course will meet weekly for a three-hour seminar, in which they will examine the key theories and issues in the writing of poetry. A professional writer should have experience in more than one genre: exploring the specific demands and opportunities of verse is fundamental to this program. The students will be required, every week, to produce writing of their own – commentary, then poems – and submit it for discussion by the rest of the class and the instructor.

WRIT 802.3 – Nonfiction Workshop

Students in this course will meet weekly for a three-hour seminar, in which they will examine some leading theories and methods in the making of nonfiction that could include biography, history, and investigative journalism. This course will develop the student’s proficiency in writing nonfiction for a general audience. The students will be required, every week, to produce writing and submit it for discussion by the rest of the class and the instructor.

WRIT 803.3 – Extended Forms

This capstone workshop focuses on the conceptualizing and creation of a book-length manuscript of prose (fiction, creative non-fiction) or poetry. It is also meant to sharpen editing skills and the ability to construct a theoretical basis for a writing project as well as situating that writing project within its broader literary context(s). The theory and aesthetic informing the writing project will be articulated in an Artist’s Statement. Each student will also be required to present a graduating craft talk, based on their writing project and open to other MFA students in the program. The student presenting the craft talk will be, in essence, teaching craft, using his or her own writing and reading as a basis. Extended Forms is the final workshop in the MFA.

WRIT 990.0 – The Profession of Writing

Detailed, practical attention to the professional aspects of authorship provides a crucial dimension to training to undertake a career in writing. With completion of this course, students will have a grasp of the business of writing. Students in each year of the program are required to attend the seminars comprising this course. These seminars take place approximately once a month; they provide opportunities for students to consider and discuss various public and practical aspects of their work. The seminars, whose topics may include Submitting Work for Publication, The Role of the Editor, Intellectual Property and Copyright and Writing on Contract, will be led by experts from around and beyond the University.

Graduate Classes – WGST

WGST 800.3 – Feminist Theories

The body of work which comprises "feminist theory," confounds disciplinary, linguistic, national, cultural, historical, thematic, and indeed "political" categorization. Therefore, this multi-sited interdisciplinary seminar will foreground “doing theory” as a critical activity and an imaginative mode of thought that questions existing meanings, inheritances and social phenomena, while articulating new possibilities and forms of knowledge. This course introduces students to theoretical approaches, vocabulary and key texts which have influenced feminist research, activism and practice in local and global arenas, in order to prepare them for advanced courses in our areas of specialization.

WGST 810.3 – Gender Representation and Cultural Studies

This course will explore intersections between feminist theory, cultural studies and cultural production. In particular, the course presents culture as a dynamic arena of social struggle and possibility and aims to introduce students to some of the key thinkers and critical frameworks in the field of feminist cultural studies. The course examines how meaning is generated and mediated through various cultural practices, products, archives and phenomena and engages students in the analysis of a range of cultural texts which may include digital and social media, film and television, art, advertising, visual and popular culture, print culture and literature, performance, material culture and archives. The course is divided into four units of study including a foundational unit in cultural studies theory and three additional units each of which focuses on a unique cultural text, product, phenomena, practice or archive. Each unit will examine relationships between cultural texts/ cultural phenomena and their ideological and socio-historical contexts.

WGST 811.3 – Queer and Sexualities Studies

Rooted in philosophy, literary theory and other humanities projects, queer theory can trace important elements of its genealogy to postmodern feminism, lesbian and gay studies, as well as queer activist practices. Sexualities studies is rooted in developments in sociology, anthropology, psychology and other social and human sciences, and exists in critical dialogue with queer theory. The use of the term ‘queer and sexualities’ studies is intended to include recent developments in trans studies. Students will explore the intersections of queer and sexualities theories with critical race, disabilities, intersex and transnational perspectives, in preparation for a community-engagement research project that investigates everyday struggles for actualization in evolving constructions of queer-positive publics.

WGST 812.3 – Indigenous Transnational International Gender Justice

Beginning with a focus on Indigenous cultures in local, regional and international contexts, this course examines potentials for and challenges to achieving gender justice across borders and within communities. Centered on women’s contextual relationships with the land, each other, the nation state, identity systems and other resources, the course provides a spotlight on world views that emerge at sites of resistance to colonialisms/imperialisms and racialization processes. Emphasizing women’s self-determination in social movements ranging from the interpersonal to the international, this class will introduce students to intersecting gendered struggles involving: environmental sustainability, food and water sovereignty, the feminization of poverty and migration, women in politics, anti-militarization and conflict resolution, reproductive, labour, human and children’s rights.