Modern Languages and Cultural Studies

Our Courses

Fall 2016 Courses

  • MLCS 630 The Disciplines of Literature (Dr. Albert Braz)

The resurgence of world literature is generally considered the most significant development in contemporary literary studies. Much of the focus of the discussion has been on the expansion of the canon, to finally make it truly global. However, the querying of world literature cannot help but broach the nature of national literatures, indeed literature itself. This is particularly true considering that, because of migration and other globalizing forces, national literatures are becoming increasingly international in character. In this course, we will examine the dynamic interplay between world literature and national literatures. In the process, we will explore such issues as translation, intermedia adaptation, and the circulation of texts, as well as the relationship between so-called peripheries and centres within a given tradition and between different literary systems. All the readings for this course are in English, although students are encouraged to analyze texts in the languages of their choice. 

  • MLCS 650 Teaching Strategies for Postsecondary Language Instructors (Dr. Xavier Gutierrez)

This course is designed to introduce new teaching assistants to a variety of issues in post-secondary teaching and learning. Based on theoretical and methodological underpinnings of instruction in higher education, we will apply these concepts in the design and completion of a variety of projects. We will develop teaching practices based on current pedagogical approaches and theories for both content and language courses.

  • MLCS 651 Critical Theory I (Dr. Daniel Laforest)

An in-depth and comprehensive approach to the most crucial literary and cultural philosophies/theories from classical times to the Frankfurt School. Emphasis will be put on the imbrication of thinkers and texts with key moments in history. An international, transcultural perspective will be favored. Students will read primary texts. 

Winter 2017 Courses

  • MLCS 652 Critical Theory II (Dr. Victoria Ruétalo)

A varied, international and transcultural approach to the thinkers and texts in cultural studies and critical theory of the second half of the 20th Century to the present. The course will favor an open-ended approach to the canon and will showcase the new directions and contemporary questions that define the field today. Students will read primary texts. 

General Course Offerings

  • MLCS 620 Applied Linguistics: Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism
    *3 (fi 6) (either term, 0-3s-0). Major theories and issues in past and present second language acquisition research. Course is cross-listed as LING 620. Credit will only be granted for MLCS 620 or LING 620.  Prerequisite: LING 101 or equivalent and consent of Department. 

  • MLCS 621 Applied Linguistics: Language and Society
    *3 (fi 6) (either term, 0-3s-0). The systematic study of language and society, including a theoretical foundation in sociolinguistics and discourse studies. Prerequisite: LING 101 or equivalent and consent of Department.

  • MLCS 622 Applied Linguistics: Research Methods
    *3 (fi 6) (either term, 0-3s-0). Introduction to qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods in applied linguistics research. Prerequisite: LING 101 or equivalent and consent of Department.

  • MLCS 651 Critical Theory I
    *3 (fi 6) (either term, 0-3s-0) Literary and cultural theory from classical times to the twentieth century from around the world. Students will read primary texts. Prerequisite: consent of Department.

  • MLCS 652 Critical Theory II
    *3 (fi 6) (either term, 0-3s-0) Literary and cultural theory in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries from around the world. Students will read primary texts. Prerequisite: consent of Department.

  • MLCS 630 The Disciplines of Literature
    *3 (either term, 0-3s-0) The history of the study of literature, focusing on the relation between “national” and world literature, and the links to other media and disciplines. Prerequisite: consent of Department.

  • MLCS 640 Media and Cultural Studies Methodologies
    *3 (either term, 0-3s-0) Prerequisite: consent of Department.

  • MLCS 696 Topics in Media and Cultural Studies
    *3 (either term, 0-3s-0). Prerequisite: consent of Department.

  • MLCS 795 Portfolio I
    *3 (either term, unassigned) Three individualized modules tailored to each student’s professional goals and developed by the student in conjunction with the department. This is a pass/ fail course, which is required of all students. Prerequisite: consent of Department.

  • MLCS 796 Portfolio II
    *3 (either term, unassigned) Three individualized modules tailored to each student’s professional goals and developed by the student in conjunction with the department. This is a pass/ fail course which is required of all course-based MA students.Prerequisite: consent of Department.

  • MLCS 797 Academic and Professional Writing
    *3 (either term, 0-3L-0) Preparation and instruction in academic writing. This is a pass/ fail course. Prerequisite: consent of Department. 

  • MLCS 798 Comprehensives Colloquium
    *3 (either term, unassigned) Preparation for the comprehensive exams. This is a pass/ fail course. Prerequisite: consent of Department.

  • MLCS 799 Candidacy Colloquium
    *3 (either term, unassigned) Preparation for the candidacy exam. This is a pass/ fail course. Prerequisite: consent of Department.