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2010-2011 Academic Year

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IDIS-200/1.0 Introduction to Semiotics and Communication 3L
This course presents a critical study of the interpretative acts underlying the understanding of signs. It traces the development of semiotics from an historical perspective through the works of theoreticians such as F.de Saussure, C.S.Peirce, R.Barthes, A.J.Greimans, U.Eco, and S.Lange. Particular attention will be paid to the function of verbal and non-verbal signs in the literary and linguistic fields as well as communication through theatre, cinema, art, and the media.
Administered by theDepartment of Spanish and Italian Languages and Literatures.
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IDIS-201/1.0 Introduction to Romance Philology    3L
This course aims at familiarizing students from diverse programs with some of the fundamental concepts of Romance Philology. The analysis of the first literary and non-literary documents of the Romance languages will be a fundamental part of the course together with the understanding of the evolution of Latin into Vulgar Latin and its differentiation into Romance languages. Particular attention will be paid to Spanish, Italian, and French.
Administered by theDepartment of Spanish and Italian Languages and Literatures.
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IDIS-302*/0.5 'Race' and Racism 3L;1T bi-weekly
Historical and contemporary racism and anti-racism; critical 'race' theories; experiences of people of colour; case studies of 'sites of struggle' around which racism is constructed and resisted, including communities, institutions, the nation state; Canadian focus and international examples.
Administered by theDepartment of Geography.
PREREQUISITE    Second-year standing.
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IDIS-303*/0.5 Mathematics and Poetry 3L
An exploration of the way in which the patterns that we observe in the world about us can be described by language and understood with the tools of analysis and synthesis. A carefully selected sequence of poems and mathematical problems will be examined in a discussion format, and students will be expected to examine similar examples on their own.
COURSE COORDINATORS P.D.Taylor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, M.Berg, Department of English.
Administered by theDepartments of English Language and Literature and Mathematics and Statistics.
PREREQUISITE    Third-year standing or above.
EXCLUSION MATH 382* (prior to 2006-07).
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IDIS-304*/0.5 British Studies I 3L
An interdisciplinary introduction to the broad development of British life and culture, focusing on British national identity. The course usually combines British art history, history, literature and geography.
Offered only at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux.
PREREQUISITE  Second-year standing or above.
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IDIS-305*/0.5 British Studies II 3L
An interdisciplinary introduction to the broad development of British life and culture, focusing on cultural and political conflicts in British society. The course usually combines Britishart history, history, literature and geography.
Offered only at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux.
PREREQUISITE  Second-year standing or above.
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IDIS-311*/0.5 Sound Production 3L/S;2P
A production class exploring the formal concepts, historical underpinnings, and technical tools used in the production of independent sound works, or in the production of more elaborate sound components for video, film or theatrical projects.
Administered by the Department of Film and Media.
PREREQUISITE   Third-year standing or above.
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IDIS-410*/0.5 Contemporary Cultural Performance in Practice 3S;2P
Students in film, visual art, drama, and music explore new modes of interdisciplinary performance practice through the creation of a collective work performed in public. Enrolment is limited.
Administered by the Department of Film and Media.
PREREQUISITE    Fourth-year standing in film, fine art, drama or music.
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