Undergraduate Classes – INCC

Interdisciplinary courses provide students with the opportunity to learn and integrate principles, methods, and skills that cross or transcend disciplinary boundaries. They provide students with the opportunity to explore beyond the concentration on one or two academic disciplines that is typical for students in Arts and Science.

INCC 201.3 – Dynamics of Community Involvement

Do you want to make real and lasting change in your community? Have you ever wanted to get involved but didn’t know how? This course explores how individuals experience and work to effect change within local and global communities, and it gives you an opportunity to get involved—for credit! Our particular focus is on Saskatoon’s inner city and its most pressing concerns, which include poverty, health, homelessness, racism, historical legacies such as the residential school system, and the impact of these legacies on crime, gang involvement, and addiction. We also focus on the rich history, culture and traditions of this place and its people, most specifically Aboriginal peoples, but settlers and newcomers as well. Our study is not limited to Saskatchewan, however; we place local issues and activities in the context of national and international concerns: globalization, climate change, the world-wide AIDS epidemic, and more. As an interdisciplinary course, INCC 201.3 employs the insights and methodologies of multiple fields of study, including sociology, international studies, women’s and gender studies, psychology, literature, urban planning, and education, just to name a few! The instructor will even consider your major and specific academic interests when choosing select course readings.

As a community service-learning (CSL) course, INCC 201.3 takes place not only in the classroom, but in the community. For two hours a week, you will take part in active, community-based learning at a local organization such as the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre, the Saskatoon Indian and Métis Friendship Centre, or Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon. In the classroom (2 hours per week), you will discuss these experiences in relation to selected readings and relevant concepts. You will also participate in Alternative Reading Week, an intensive, week-long service-learning experience in the community, which takes place during and around the February break. In lieu of a final exam, your major assignment will be to work in collaboration with a community partner (there are a variety to choose from) on a project that addresses community-identified needs.

This course is open to students from various colleges and areas of study and you can register through PAWS.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact the course instructor, Nancy Van Styvendale, at n.vanstyvendale@usask.ca or 966-5521.

INCC 210.3 – Digital Communication and Design: Introduction to Methods & Applications

This is a hands-on course focussing on the techniques and methods of digital communications and multimedia design. Modules include Photoshop and introduction to digital image editing; digital movies & sound editing; Web 2.0 apps; html and basic website design. This course is primarily lab-based, with graded assignments for each module. The course is introductory, and provides a foundation on which to build further technical skills. There is no final exam as students will be marked on their labs and portfolio of work. The portfolio will be a personal website that will be marked on the basis of organization of materials (user-interface design), language (appropriateness and clarity), and quality of technical production. 
For more information about this course and Digital Culture and New Media minor, contact Jon Bath.

INCC 311.3 – Digital Storytelling and New Media Poetics

Offered in cooperation with Sage Hill Writing Experience, this innovative course will provide an opportunity for digital media practitioners and U of S students to experience together all that Sage Hill has to offer. Leading the course will be media artist Ellen Moffat, whose work explores space, voice and composition using spoken word and field recordings and includes visualization of sound and the sonification of data. Short workshops will be led by guest artists/writers.

University students register through the university (contact Jon Bath, Coordinator of the Minor in Digital Culture & New Media for information), while Sage Hill participants register through Sage Hill.

INCC 380.3 Internship in Librarianship and Information Studies

The internship in librarianship and information studies introduces undergraduates to professional librarianship, with an emphasis on an academic library setting. The work experience focuses on central elements of librarianship in the University Library and is balanced with study of the roles of libraries in current information and academic environments.

Interns participate in seminar discussions as well as appropriate, meaningful work in order to advance projects in the University Library while earning course credit. The course consists of a seminar on Tuesdays from 10:00-11:20 am (which will include guest lecturers and student presentations) and approximately 70 hours of site work in the University Library. Both components are supervised by librarians from the University Library. Assignments may include reflection papers, an e-portfolio, a site work close-out report, and a term paper or project. There is no final examination.

Please apply as early as possible but no later than December 1 to allow work placements to be arranged.

Students must obtain permission from the instructor in order to register. Please submit a completed application form to candice.dahl@usask.ca.

INCC 401.3 – Digital Culture & New Media: Capstone Collaborative Design Project

This is a capstone seminar in which advanced principles of history, theory, and design are applied to a suitable interdisciplinary project in new media creation and commentary. The seminar, which builds upon the foundations established throughout the course of study, focuses on approaches to be taken in defining project objectives and scope, researching suitable contexts, and designing and implementing a new media project. Design philosophy and methods are discussed and explored in the context of the particular assignment. The course requires that the students work in groups to achieve a unified production, which may include a formal essay in addition to blogs, digital films, art, and/or soundscapes published online. Group interaction and performance is monitored throughout. When possible, guest lectures from various industrial and other representatives will be provided to enhance the student's design experience.

In Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century, Henry Jenkins (Director of the Comparative Media Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and his co-authors define participatory culture as one:

  • With relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement
  • With strong support for creating and sharing one's creations with others
  • With some type of informal mentorship whereby what is known by the most experienced is passed along to novices
  • Where members believe that their contributions matter
  • Where members feel some degree of social connection with one another (at the least they care what other people think about what they have created). (pp. 5–6)
In this course, we will practice some of the roles and activities of participatory culture. This course builds on the foundation of traditional research skills, technical skills, writing skills, and critical analysis that you have learned throughout your undergraduate education, but also involves "new media" skills of collaboration, networking, negotiation, problem solving, and play to publish and interact online.
For more information about this course and Digital Culture and New Media minor, contact Jon Bath.


For student advising and assistance registering for courses, contact:

Email: i.ccc@usask.ca