Second Year

Second Year Courses:

ARTHUM 2200E / Theory and History Across the Arts and Humanities

Fall 2021 Instructor: Professor Laurence deLooze (Languages and Cultures) 

This course will attempt to provide some understanding of the diversity of the Indigenous world in the Americas over different times and places. We will begin with the great imperial cultures with which Europeans first came in contact in the 16th century, in particular the Meso-American world of what is today called Mexico. We will then move northward and will look at Indigenous cultures (and their contact with Europeans) in the European colonies in the 17th/18th centuries and in an expanding United States in the 19th century. We will then finish in Canada in the 20th century.  

Part of the aim will be to understand the extraordinary complexity that characterizes aspects of the Indigenous world and the relations between Indigenous peoples and the European arrivals and their descendants. We will make an effort to go beyond much-repeated generalizations, so while the course is labeled with the overarching term “Indigenous,” we will want to pay attention to many individual people, places and events and to be ready to nuance our understanding at every turn.    

Winter 2022 Instructor: Professor Alena Robin (Visual Arts) 

This course aims to introduce students to art from Latin America in different museums and galleries in Canada, through the close study of artifacts from the different ancient civilizations of Latin America (such as the Mayas, the Incas and the Aztecs), to contemporary art, including artists from the Latin American diaspora, who are currently living and working in Canada. In doing so, students will be exposed to different geographical and historical realities of Latin America, and Canadian cultural institutions and their collections of Latin American art. The course also aims for students to become acquainted and reflect on the Latino factor in the Canadian art scene. Ultimately, the goal is to consider the possibilities and limitations of these collections. This course will combine lectures by the instructor, guided discussions, and other active learning activities. If the sanitary situation allows it, 3 field trips to Toronto will be considered, to visit different museums and appreciate their Latin American collections under the guidance of specialized curators.

Prerequisite: 75% or higher in AH 1020E 3 hours/week, 1.0 course 


ARTHUM 2220F – Effective Communication in the Arts and Humanities

Fall 2021 Instructor:  Professor Michael Arntfield (English and Writing Studies)

This course will introduce students to a broad range of communication strategies and
methodologies and will generally optimize the interdisciplinary purview of the Arts and Humanities
through the analysis of literary fiction, film and television, legal and forensic documents, and both
political and advertising rhetoric. In helping prepare students for advanced scholarship and
research, specific careers in communications and other humanities-related fields, and for becoming
responsible and informed global citizens, the assignments in this course are all designed to cultivate
new interests while building on existing strengths.

Students can expect to participate in class discussion and debate, to make oral presentations, to
study rhetoric and logic, and to critically examine and effectively describe multimedia materials
with the view to understanding the elements of style unique to specific document types. In all cases,
students will work collaboratively on different kinds of projects, including textual analysis.

Prerequisite: 75% or higher in AH 1020E 3 lecture hours, 1.0 course

 ARTHUM 2230G - Digital Tools, Digital Literacies

Winter 2022 Instructor: Professor Ruth Skinner (Visual Arts)

What are the implications of “the digital turn,” and what does it mean to pursue “literacy” in an era of seemingly endless information? This course examines the development of information systems and technologies by considering their past, present, and potential future trajectories. We also explore how we shape (and are shaped by) these technologies with research-based and hands-on activities. Course materials will survey how digital researchers and historians, web and software developers, artists, authors, activists, and theorists engage our digital landscapes—posing critical questions of social, political, economic, and creative significance. We will discuss the discipline of the Digital Humanities and evaluate the impacts/effectiveness of digital tools on our Arts & Humanities research: engaging critically with social media and blogging platforms; navigating search engines, databases, and a range of digital archives; using text mining and analytics software to explore and express large amounts of data; bibliography and citation tools; introductory website design and creation (coding, HTML, CSS, Javascript, JQuery, navigation, metadata). The real-time shaping of our lives in the present COVID situation (both in digital space and away from keyboard) will doubtless inform our conversations, reading, and projects. 

Prerequisite: 75% or higher in AH 1020E 3 lecture hours, 1.0 course