INI Innis College Courses
Introduction to film analysis; concepts of film style and narrative. Topics include documentary, avant-garde, genres, authorship, ideology, and representation.
An introduction to major phases of international film history from its origins to the present, including screenings and discussion of narrative films representative of film movements, technological innovations, and influential directors. Issues in the writing and reading of film history are examined.
A study of select classical and contemporary film theories, their medium-specific arguments, and their cultural and intellectual contexts. Investigations include the nature of film theorizing, formalist and realist traditions, first and second film semiologies, apparatus theory, and debates specific to spectatorship and film viewing.
An intensive study concentrating on the “personal vision” of four major directors. Critical and theoretical investigation of the auteur theory applied to works by selected filmmakers. (Offered in alternate years)
Examination of the art of popular film in its social, political, and commercial contexts, through study of selected popular films from 1970 to the present. Various critical approaches, genres and directors are included.
Film experimentation in the context of modern art and poetry (Cubism, Dada-Surrealism) from the 1920s through the 1990s. (Offered in alternate years)
Feminist film criticism from mid-sixties critiques of media stereotypes of women to current issues in feminist film theory. Films to be studied include mainstream narrative fiction and films by women directors: Von Sternberg, Godard, Sirk, Arzner, Dulac, Lupino, Von Trotta, Rainer, Akerman, Duras. (Offered in alternate years)
A study of filmmaking in the U.S. once the studio system was in place; consideration of industrial, economic, ideological, and aesthetic dimensions of the American studio era. Topics include the primacy of classicism, the operations of the studio system (including censorship, labour relations, marketing, and star promotion), and the cultural function of American films. (Offered in alternate years)
A critical survey of documentary practice including newsreels, direct cinema, cinema verité, ethnographic, and various hybrid narrative forms, with emphasis on the rhetorical, aesthetic, and political dimensions of “the art of record.” Topics include poetics, argument, and modes of address; evidence, authenticity, and persuasion; filmmaker/subject/audience nexus; historiography, hagiography, and memory; reflexive irony, and performance. (Offered in alternate years)
Theories of cinematic representation emphasizing race, identity and Diaspora, with an emphasis on post-colonial and critical race theories. Films include works from Africa and the black Diaspora, as well as selections from aboriginal and other diasporic communities. Films by Mambety, Julien, Dash, Cisse, Akomfrah, Moffat, Sembene. (Offered in alternate years)
Study of theoretical and analytical models of film genres and narratology; structuralist, cognitive and semiotic approaches to filmic narration. Genres to be studied include westerns, crime films, art cinema, fantasy, and horror. (Offered in alternate years)
Film theory since the early 1970s. Topics include the critique of realism, suture, spectatorship, genre, the cinematic apparatus, race and queer cinema. Films are screened as illustrations of the theoretical texts: Welles, Sirk, Godard, Duras, Potter, Ottinger, Julien. (Offered in alternate years)
An intensive survey of world cinema since 1970, from Africa, Asia, Australia, South and North America, and Europe. (Offered in alternate years)
In-depth treatment of a national cinema in a seminar format. (Offered in alternate years)
A survey of European cinemas, contrasting European production systems and film culture with Hollywood, and offering comparative study of themes such as urbanization, immigration, the Holocaust and historical memory, gender roles, and continental unification movements. (Offered in alternate years)
The practice of film criticism with concentration on film reviews and scholarly articles. The study of examples of such work is the focus of the seminars supplemented by practical sessions involving process writing and collaborative editing. (Offered in alternate years)
Critical study of Canadian cinema from its inception to the present. (Offered in alternate years)
The range of French-language filmmaking in Quebec within the context of efforts to establish a distinct national identity from the 1940s to the present day. (Offered in alternate years)
History and practices of African Cinemas studied from an interdisciplinary perspective through examination of films and production contexts, within the context of contemporary African history. (Given by Innis College and New College)
Examination of contemporary Chinese films in their three production centres: the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Production, commercial and aesthetic trends, and international reception; major auteurs and genres. Directors include Chen Kaige, Zang Yimou, Edward Yang, John Woo and Wang Kar-wai.
Intensive study of theoretical issues raised by melodrama, including gender, class and spectatorship; emotion and the non-representational. Psychoanalytical and historical factors shaping the “melodramatic imagination” are emphasized.
A study of international film comedy, including its historical development, and the difficulties that comedy poses for genre and auteur approaches.
Film’s emergence from urban culture of the nineteenth century: the modern industrial city and the cinematic imagination between the world wars; the critical alignment of urbanism and the cinema.
Consideration of film noir’s roots, its status as a genre, and its enduring appeal, the latter evidenced by continued critical interest and neo-noir offshoots.
Advanced survey of a variety of approaches to the filmic text, including structuralist variants, textual analysis, and neo-formalism.
Historiographic and theoretical issues raised by the New German Cinema. Includes works by Kluge, Wenders, Fassbinder, Treut, von Trotta, von Praunheim.
Investigation of film from the beginnings of the medium until the advent of the feature film in the mid-teens: early cinema’s technological, formal, economic, and cultural dimensions; questions of audience composition, spectatorial address, and intermediality.
Examination of the application of the label of classicism to the studio era’s films and operations; critiques and amendments of the major statements regarding classicism as a system; investigation of the concept of a post-classical cinema.
How technology influences the operations and study of cinema. Includes technology’s relationship to realism, apparatus theory, and cinematic style; study of widescreen sound, colour and emergent technologies.
Independent research projects devised by students and supervised by the Cinema Studies staff. Open to advanced Specialist and Major students in the Program. Applications should be submitted to the Program Director by June 1, 2002 for a Fall course or by December 1, 2002 for a Spring course.
Seminars in special topics designed for advanced specialist and major students
in Cinema Studies.
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For Distribution Requirement purposes (see page 22), all INI Environmental
Studies courses are classified as SOCIAL SCIENCE courses except for INI332H1
which is classified as both a Humanities and a Social Science course,
as are JIE222Y1, JIE410H1.
The foundation for students in the Division of the Environment and Environmental Studies Program, Innis College. Draws from relevant environmental domains in an examination of environmental degradation, the responses of various actors and models for a more sustainable society.
The practical, interdisciplinary and controversial nature of environmental issues, as well as the uncertainty that surrounds measures to address them demand mastery of a particular range of skills by environmental students. This course teaches the fundamental research, analysis and presentation skills required for effective environmental work.
This course critically examines the concept of urban sustainability in theory and application. Case studies of ongoing urban sustainability programs in the developed world help students assess the successes and failures of these programs. The course also examines the current state of research and implementation efforts toward urban sustainability.
Examination of federal-provincial negotiation of Canadian contributions to international environmental agreements such as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
Critical analysis of western attitudes and values respecting nature, as found in various art and popular culture genres; significance for action on the ecological crisis.
Introduction to understanding the complexity of relationships amongst people, built forms and natural systems; systematic review of examples of environmental design at various scales.
This course will prepare students for challenging careers in the environmental field. Students will develop professional and research skills that will assist in the development of a challenging and meaningful career. Emerging social, economic, environmental and ethical issues in the workplace will be explored.
Examination of the linkages between human health and environment. Addresses basic principles and scientific knowledge relating to health and the environment, including environmental risk. Analytical framework is a holistic concept of human health and an environmental sciences perspective.
A course designed to prepare students for applied, original environmental research on problems of current relevance, such as environmental research done by business, governments or consultants. The course is intended to introduce students to the methods, skills and knowledge needed for interdisciplinary problem solving for environmental protection. The physical and natural sciences are treated as one essential input to applied environmental problem solving, but neither science research methods nor statistical analysis are taught.
Advanced environmental research on environmental topics of current relevance, involving information sources and resources outside the University. Students work in teams to investigate and report on a specific environmental issue for an off-campus environmental agency.
Introduces students to public policy and institutional foundations of public policy in Canada, with an emphasis on environmental policy in Ontario. Combines a review of ideas about institutions, politics, and policy, including the role of economic policy, with a practical assessment of the way policy is shaped in specific areas of environmental interest (e.g. energy policy).
An introduction to environmental law for students in Environmental Studies; legal methods available to resolve environmental problems and the scope and limits of those methods; common law and statutory “tools” as well as environmental assessment legislation; the problem of “standing to sue” and the limits of litigation.
Regular academic seminars complement off-campus work on an environmental project. The course enables students to gain practical experience of the needs and demands of professional environmental agencies. Students are given a choice of placements in a variety of sectors (e.g., government, NGO’s, industry).
How business in Canada and elsewhere is responding to the post-war emergence and evolution of the values of environmentalism. The corporate “perspective” includes: the external world of governments, markets, environmental pressure groups, investors, insurers and lenders; and how the firm responds to these external pressures and manages its environmental issues.
Advanced applied environmental research on environmental topics of current relevance, involving information sources and resources outside the University. Students work in teams to investigate and report on research conducted for an off-campus environmental organization.
Study of the factors which determine U.S. federal environmental decisions which in turn both heavily influence international environmental politics and, in an integrated North American economy, comparable domestic decisions made in Ottawa.
Course provides an opportunity of in-depth exploration of the implications for urban governance and environmental protection of three inter-connected phenomena: globalization of the political economy; restructuring of the state; emergence of the city as a global actor.
From Keynesianism to trading in greenhouse gas permits, the principles of economics have had far greater impact than those of any other discipline; the course examines that power in the field of environmental policy, including the battle by ecological economics to introduce new ideas such as scale, place and inherent value.
A course to develop skills in independent study of interdisciplinary topics within Environmental Studies. Available only to students enrolled in the Innis College Specialist or Major Environmental Studies programs. Students should apply to the Program Counsellor three months before the beginning of the academic term during which they wish to do the course, and submit an initial proposal, examples of their written work, and a proposed supervisor(s) at the time of application.
Provides students with increased understanding of (1) the political conflicts which surround the development and implementation of environmental policy in Canada; and (2) the ways environmentalism is transforming Canadian and global politics. Examination is made, through secondary readings and case studies, of the values, perspectives and strategies of the various actors, and the context of ideas and institutions within which they operate.
Special topics designed for advanced Specialist and Major students in Environmental Studies.
Special topics designed for advanced Specialist and Major students in Environmental
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Explores the culture, thoughts, institutions, policies, and processes shaping our urban areas. Emphasis is placed on understanding the problems and prospects associated with growth and change in the city. Disciplines used to provide various interpretations include Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, Political Science, Sociology, Urban Design and Planning.
A method of studying city politics that combines readings, seminar discussions, and lectures with an internship in the office of a municipal politician. Readings focus on government structure, political strategies, and theories of community power. Students must speak with their instructor preferably before the beginning of July to arrange their internship placements.
This course critically examines the concept and implementation of sustainability in urban areas, including social sustainability, economic sustainability, and environmental sustainability. Case studies of ongoing urban sustainability programs in the developed world help students assess the successes and failures of these programs. The course also examines the current state of research and implementation efforts in urban sustainability.
This course examines the struggle to create a civic society within Toronto as it becomes a global city. Sample topics include: the neighbourhood and the city, the outer city and the urban region, planning and sprawl, public and private transportation, the natural and the urban environment, housing and homelessness, levels of government, civic culture and multiculturalism.
This course examines the importance of infrastructure to urban societies from a technical, environmental, political, historical, and social perspective. Students study energy and communications systems, transportation, water, solid waste disposal, parks and recreation facilities, schools, hospitals and community facilities and services. Key issues include growth management, financing and maintenance, public-private partnerships and international development.
Urban planning mechanisms, the legislation, and its goals. Planning issues from negotiation to legislation to appeal. Urban and regional problems facing planners in Ontario compared with those emerging in other provinces; Ontario’s legislative solutions contrasted with those developed elsewhere. (Given by the Department of Geography and Innis College)
Examines contemporary urban problems using the action research method. Emphasis is placed upon developing an interdisciplinary approach to urban problem solving.
For senior students in the Urban Studies Program, opportunities to investigate
in depth urban issues under the direct supervision of specialists in these
areas. Several work placements are available in government offices for
students wishing to combine independent studies with work experience.
This course is designed to teach students to write persuasively and to recognize persuasive strategies at work in writing they analyze. Assignments will range over a variety of modes, including professional, academic, and web-based writing. Students who enrol in the course must demonstrate competence in the English language.
The strategy necessary to write complete pieces of non-fictional prose, especially exposition and argument. Concepts of planning and organization include: focusing, research, outlining, patterns of logical development, introduction, paragraph development, conclusion, argumentation and persuasion, documentation, and revision. Students for whom English is a second language should have an advanced level of fluency in English before enrolling.
This course aims to teach students to recognize the rhetoric of the professional workplace and to communicate strategically using written and oral discourse appropriate to business, government, and not-for-profit organizations.
This course examines how the language and rhetoric of print media shape social issues. Rhetorical strategies at work in the media reporting of such controversial issues as the environment, the depiction of Aboriginal peoples and international crises are examined.
This seminar in critical reading, thinking, and analysis focuses on the nature, the evaluation, and the use and abuse of evidence in the process of formulating and supporting an argument. The case study method will be employed to assess the level of authority, credibility, and objectivity evident in public discourse, official sources, and academic inquiry.
A workshop course that requires directed reading and assigned work in addition to creative projects, and that gives student writers and literary translators an opportunity to learn from one another’s concerns and methods
Students explore topics of their own choice and design their own projects. The grading in this course is “Credit/Fail.” Written applications should be made to the Independent Studies Monitor during the Spring for the following Winter Session. Each project requires approval by the College’s Independent Studies Committee before enrolment.
This course provides a further opportunity for the pursuit of independent study
under the same conditions concerning application, eligibility, and approval
as noted in INI313Y1. The grading in
this course is “Credit/Fail.”
Students explore topics of their own choice and design their own projects The grading in this course is “Credit/Fail.” Written applications should be made to the Independent Studies Monitor during the Spring for the following Winter Session. Each project requires approval by the College’s Independent Studies Committee before enrolment.
Prerequisite: Normally at least ten courses prior to enrolment
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