Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

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Cultural Studies Courses 2019-2020

Cultural Studies MA and PhD students must take "CUST 802/902 Cultural Studies Colloquium" plus four or six other courses (depending on program of study).  At least two courses must be chosen from the Cultural Studies core course offerings listed below.  All students are strongly encouraged to take CUST 803: Cultural Studies Historiography as it provides an excellent foundation for subsequent stages of the program and will eventually become (pending approval) a required course.  Remaining courses may be chosen from the Cultural Studies elective and/or micro courses listed below, or selected from elective courses offered by other departments.  All courses are generally completed during the first year of study.

Please note that the dates and times for all graduate level courses are scheduled in June; this page will be updated as details are confirmed.

Cultural Studies Course Offerings

Cultural Studies Fall 2019 Course Offerings

CUST 802/902 Cultural Studies Colloquium (6.0 Units)
Fall 2019/Winter 2020.  Required Course.

Ian Fanning
Wednesdays, 2:30-5:30 (Mackintosh-Corry Hall B176 Area - Lecture Theatre - B125)
This course is designed to acquaint graduate students with both current work in the field and various professional issues, through a combination of research presentations and participatory workshops. Grading is on a Pass/Fail basis. Students are required to attend at least 50% of the sessions of this course during their first year in the program.

CUST 803 Cultural Studies Historiography (3.0 Units)
Scott Rutherford
Graduate timetable will be confirmed in June 2019
This course introduces students to key debates, concerns, and texts that have shaped the field of Cultural Studies over time, tracing multiple genealogies of the field in its international and interdisciplinary origins.

CUST 805 Research-Creation Methodologies (3.0 Units)
Dorit Naaman
Wednesdays, 11:30-2:30 (Isabel Bader Centre, Room 307)
This course is designed to support students whose intellectual approach combines creative and academic research practices.  The course will value the development of knowledge and innovation through artistic practice, scholarly investigation, and experimentation. 

CUST 806 Indigenous Topics (3.0 Units)
Laura Murray
Graduate timetable will be confirmed in June 2019
This course examines issues pertaining to Indigenous knowledge, traditions, cultures, histories, and experience.

CUST 892 Special Topics Course: The Aesthetics of Settler Colonialism (3.0 Units)
Jeremy Strachan
Graduate timetable will be confirmed in June 2019
This course explores the aesthetics of settler colonialism from contemporary and historical perspectives. Scholar Mark Rifkin writes of “the unmarked, generic conditions of possibility for occupancy” that often render the settler colonial experience invisible. Yet despite its otherwise mundane nature, settler colonialism is seen, heard, felt, and embodied in many ways. We find evidence of its material presence in museum collections of stolen artifacts and anthropological recordings of stories and songs, but also in critical art practices and public actions. Students will engage with a broad range of literatures, media, and artworks in this interrogation of settler colonialism’s aesthetic dimensions.

CUST 816 Theory in Society (1.0 Unit)
Scott Rutherford
Learn more about our micro courses
Graduate timetable will be confirmed in June 2019
This course offers specialized in-depth consideration of a key theorist or theoretical school.

Cultural Studies Winter 2020 Course Offerings

CUST 800 Cultural Studies Theory (3.0 Units) 
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Graduate timetable will be confirmed in June 2019
This course introduces students to a range of major theoretical strains within Cultural Studies such as those associated with Marxism, feminism, postcolonialism, and visual, critical race, Indigenous, and queer studies. Students will learn to mobilize key conceptual vocabulary of foundational and emerging frameworks of the field.

CUST 803 Cultural Studies Historiography (3.0 Units)
Scott Rutherford
Graduate timetable will be confirmed in June 2019
This course introduces students to key debates, concerns, and texts that have shaped the field of Cultural Studies over time, tracing multiple genealogies of the field in its international and interdisciplinary origins.

CUST 804 Community-Based Research (3.0 Units)
Ayca Tomac
Graduate timetable will be confirmed in June 2019
As cultural producers, activists, and/or researches, Cultural Studies students interact with various communities within, beyond, and on the margins of the academy. This course engages with the theoretical, political, practical, personal, and institutional challenges and opportunities of community-based research.

CUST 807 Settler Colonialism and Incarceration (3.0 Units)
Lisa Guenther
Graduate timetable will be confirmed in June 2019
In Canada, Indigenous people are ten times more likely to be incarcerated than non-Indigenous people.  The disproportion is even more extreme in the Prairie provinces, reaching a factor of 33 in Saskatchewan.  The number of Indigenous women behind bars more than doubled between 2001 and 2012, even as the cases of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women were routinely neglected by police.  And yet, in spite of this national crisis—as well as similar patterns in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States—there is relatively little theoretical research on the relation between settler colonialism and carceral power.  The seminar undertakes to address this gap by Indigenous scholars such as Glen Coulthard, Audra Simpson, and Eve Tuck, as well as non-Indigenous critics of settler colonialism such as Robert Nichols, Sherene Razack, and Patrick Wolfe, alongside prison scholars and activists such as Angela Davis, Dylan Rodríguez, and Foucault.

CUST 893 Critical Race Studies (3.0 Units)
Katherine McKittrick
Graduate timetable will be confirmed in June 2019
Special Topics courses will provide intensive coverage of a special topic within Cultural Studies, and will be offered periodically based on faculty availability and expertise. Information will be posted here as it becomes available.

CUST 817 Signs of the Times (1.0 Unit)
Asha Varadharajan
Learn more about our micro courses
Graduate timetable will be confirmed in June 2019
This course will offer specialized in-depth consideration of issues of contemporary social, political, and cultural relevance.

Cultural Studies Spring 2020 Course Offerings

CUST 803 Cultural Studies Historiography (3.0 Units)
Scott Rutherford
Graduate timetable will be confirmed in June 2019
This course introduces students to key debates, concerns, and texts that have shaped the field of Cultural Studies over time, tracing multiple genealogies of the field in its international and interdisciplinary origins.

CUST 815 Methods in Practice (1.0 Unit)
Elaine Power
Learn more about our micro courses
Graduate timetable will be confirmed in June 2019
This course introduces students to key debates, concerns, and texts that have shaped the field of Cultural Studies over time, tracing multiple genealogies of the field in its international and interdisciplinary origins.

 

Practicum Courses

CUST 894 Directed Community-Based Practicum

This course is intended to support a student's MA or PhD research through organizational and social experience gained from involvement with relevant off-campus institutions, organizations, and community groups. A CS faculty member will oversee each placement in collaboration with a member of the relevant organization or group.  Please note that practicum courses must be arranged well in advance: do not wait until September.

CUST 895 Agnes Etherington Practicum
Alicia Boutilier (Chief Curator/Curator of Canadian Historical Art, Agnes Etherington Art Centre)
This applied research internship in a professional art museum cultivates understanding of the capacity and disciplinary protocols surrounding research and public presentation of critical cultures within an institutional framework. The focus of the course is a defined research project developed in consultation with the supervising curator and contributing to the Art Centre’s exhibition program or collection development. Practicum students work on-site at the Art Centre 10 hours per week, with additional research hours required. For information on the curatorial direction of our contemporary art program, please refer to the gallery website. Graduate students with relevant education and/or experience in visual and media art or art history in the Cultural Studies Programs at a Masters or Doctoral level are eligible to apply. Those interested should submit a letter of intent describing their goals and areas of interest, a CV and a transcript of their academic record. Admission will be based on interviews, and is contingent on identification of a research project aligned with student research interests and evolving gallery needs. Applications should be submitted well in advance of the desired semester, usually at the beginning of the previous semester to allow for planning. Practica may take place in the fall, winter or spring/summer semester.​  Please note that practicum courses must be arranged well in advance: do not wait until September.

Directed Studies Courses

Under the supervision of an individual faculty member, students may conduct intensive reading in a research area not offered in core or elective courses. Readings are to be arranged in consultation with the faculty supervisor, and accompanied by meetings during the term to discuss the readings and submission of written assignments. (This course will be offered when faculty resources are available.)

CUST 990 Directed Studies I
​CUST 991 Directed Studies II
CUST 890 Directed Studies I
CUST 891 Directed Studies II