Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

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Cultural Studies Micro Courses - Flexible, Focused, Intensive

The Cultural Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Program is excited to announce a NEW and INNOVATIVE way of taking courses at Queen's!

Micro Courses are designed to help students extend theory to current issues, build scholarship, connect research with practice, and gather new tools. The courses are delivered in a condensed format, either weekly for 5 weeks or biweekly for 10 weeks, and will be counted as a 1.0 unit course.

For full time graduate students, there is no additional cost to take any of these courses - and they can be taken for credit or as an audit.  Students can choose to take only 1 or 2 micro courses, in addition to their required course work, or take three micro courses for the equivalent of a 3.0 unit elective.  We will be offering three courses per year and it does not matter in which year of study you take the micro courses. While priority is given to Cultural Studies MA and PhD students, all graduate students are welcome to contact the instructor directly for permission to enroll in the class. 

Check out our Micro Course options for 2019-2020.  Space is limited.  Enroll today!


CUST 815 Methods in Practice
Elaine Power

Spring 2019 (1.0 Unit)
Tentative:  Selected Tuesdays, 10-1 (Apr 23; May 7, 14, 21) (Mackintosh-Corry Hall D405)
This course will offer specialized in-depth instruction in topics related to Cultural Studies Methodology.
Cultural Studies MA and PhD students will have enrollment priority; non-CUST students are welcome to request permission from Elaine Power to enroll in the course.

Spring 2019 Detailed Course Description 

Talking with People: Qualitative Research Interviews with Elaine Power

This course will focus on the practice of conducting interviews, the primary data collection method of qualitative research.

“If you want to know how people understand their world and their lives, why not talk with them?” (Brinkmann & Kvale, 2015). The research interview is a form of conversation, and while we all have experience engaging in this social practice, the research interview involves the cultivation of particular skills that are best learned by doing.

This mini-course is designed to be a practical, hands-on course to gain basic knowledge and practice of interviewing skills. The course will introduce epistemological issues, taking a constructivist position that an interview produces co-constructed data, and take up questions related to being an ethical researcher. Students will conduct an audio-recorded interview, transcribe and code it. We will consider issues of how to ensure the quality of qualitative research and ways of reporting qualitative research, including arts-informed methods.

Required text: Brinkmann, S., & Kvale, S. (2015). InterViews: Learning the Craft of Qualitative Research Interviewing (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.


CUST 816 Theory in Society
Scott Rutherford

Fall 2019 (1.0 Unit)
Graduate timetable will be confirmed in June 2019
This course offers specialized in-depth consideration of a key theorist or theoretical school.
Cultural Studies MA and PhD students will have enrollment priority; non-CUST students are welcome to request permission from Scott Rutherford to enroll in the course.


CUST 817 Signs of the Times
Asha Varadharajan
Winter 2020 (1.0 Unit)
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 MA and PhD students will have enrollment priority; non-CUST students are welcome to request permission from Asha Varadharajan to enroll in the course.


CUST 815 Methods in Practice
Elaine Power

Spring 2020 (1.0 Unit)
TBA
This course will offer specialized in-depth instruction in topics related to Cultural Studies Methodology.
Cultural Studies MA and PhD students will have enrollment priority; non-CUST students are welcome to request permission from Elaine Power to enroll in the course.