first_year_seminars

Courses

First Year Seminars offered byy Woodsworth College:

CCR199H1 Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice in Her Time and Ours
20169, Tuesday 1-3 pm
Instructor:  T. Moritz

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen's 1813 novel about spirited Elizabeth Bennet and forbidding Mr. Darcy, has been admired by critics and readers since its publication. The novel rewards study both for its own sake—a model of English prose fiction and a revealing image of England on the threshold of modernity—and for what its contemporary popularity reveals about our time, which has witnessed an outpouring of retellings and adaptations of the novel since a highly successful 1995 BBC television production starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth. The principal question explored in the seminar is the extent to which Austen's original story survives in contemporary versions. Works studied will include Austen's Pride and Prejudice, screen adaptations of the novel, and text and screen works based on Pride and Prejudice, including Bridget Jones's Diary.
Breadth category: 1 Creative and Cultural Representations

CCR199Y1 Fatal Attraction: The Lure of Villains (and now Vampires!) in Literature
20169-20171, Thrusday 3-5 pm. 
Instructor:  J.B. Rose

Why is it that literary villains and vampires such as Satan, Iago, Heathcliff, Dexter, and Dracula get all the best lines? Villains and vampires are usually intelligent, devious, scheming, and nefarious, often eloquent or even charismatic. The defining characteristic of many of these characters is that they know they are villains and are often proud of it, yet as Tillyard comments "to be greatly bad, a man [or woman] must have correspondingly great potentialities for good." Villains and vampires are not only compelling as fictional characters, but their wrongdoings often begin and drive the plot. In this course, we will examine some remarkable villains and vampires, including some female characters, selected from literature. After identifying some archetypal characters and themes, students will observe how villains have been reshaped over the centuries and what role women play in the villainous impulse. Films will be integrated with written texts where appropriate. This seminar will assist students develop skills in critical reading and thinking, academic writing, and seminar presentations. Evaluation will be based on reading response entries and a final analysis assignment, two in-class identification tests, one group presentation, and class participation.
Breadth category: 1 Creative and Cultural Representations

CCR199H1S Roll Over, Beethoven:  The Experience of Music in the Age of Recording
20171, Friday, 10-12 pm
Instructor: W. Brock MacDonald

The invention of recording in the late 19th century caused profound changes in the world of music, changes so fundamental that we can easily overlook them today.  Before recording, listening to music was always social, requiring the presence of other people playing and singing; now, in Robert Philip’s words, “most of the music we hear comes out of black boxes.”  How has recording technology affected the experience and meaning of music?  How has it changed the form of music and the way(s) it is made?  What other economic, social, and ideological forces influence the modern musical scene and shape our tastes as listeners?  In this course, we will explore these questions from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on selected readings from media theory, music criticism, and studies of the music industry.
Breadth category: 1 Creative and Cultural Representations

First Year Seminar offered by the Centre for Industrial Relations & Human Resources:

SII199H1  Why We Work:  Understanding Work Through the Prism of Art & Culture
20171 , Thursday 10-12
Instructor: Rafael Gomez

Why do we work? What does work mean to the average person? These questions are not as straightforward as they appear. We work for the bulk of our lives and most of our days are spent with coworkers who are neither family nor close friends, but we often fail to realize how self-defining work really is. This speaks to work’s centrality but also to its invisibility in reflective discourse. Through “popular” representations of work, however, (such as in story-telling, cave paintings, hieroglyphs, music, writing, painting, television, film, video games, etc.,) we can begin to better understand the meaning of work and how this has changed over time. Readings in anthropology and employment relations plus film and art criticism will help us explore these questions from an interdisciplinary perspective; assignments will encourage students to reflect on their own experience of work. Developing strong analytical and communication skills is an important goal of the course.
Breadth category: 3 Society and Its Institutions