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Cultural Studies Course Offerings

2022/23 Course Offerings

Please see the academic calendar for more course information or Browse Classes for scheduling information.

Fall 2022

  • KS100: Studying Popular Culture
  • KS203:  Popular Culture and Ideology
  • KS205 (online): Cartoons and Comics
  • KS220: Networked and Digital Cultures

Winter 2023

  • KS101: Exploring Cultural Studies
  • KS205 (online): Cartoons and Comics
  • KS215 (online): Game Cultures
  • KS340k: Hip Hop Publics
  • KS400p: Narrating the Anthropocene

2022/23 Special Topics Descriptions

KS340k Hip Hop Publics (Winter 2023)

Using Drake as the focus of study, this course explores hip hop in Canada, its underground and commercial successes, and the intersection of hip hop and public discourse in Canada. In this course, we will be treating Drake as an exemplar to understand firstly, what it means to occupy the subject position of a commercially successful Canadian (Black, male, middle-class etc.) rapper, and secondly to understand what a successful Canadian rapper can tell us about Canada. To explore the latter, we will analyze Drake, his celebrity, his body of work, and the discourses produced about his person and work. We will examine these discourses to understand what it means to perform not only hip hop, but also blackness, masculinity, class, and sexuality in the public spaces of Canadian popular culture. Of course, Drake is not bound to Canada. He has, perhaps uniquely, made much of his success in the US and has also enjoyed global fame. Looking through the lens of Canadian hip hop culture, we will examine what Drake’s negotiation of borders and belonging can tell us about Canada’s relationship to US popular culture (and hip hop in particular), Canada’s intersection with Caribbean popular culture, and how Canada is ideologically understood as a ‘multicultural’ nation.

KS400p Narrating the Anthropocene (Winter 2023)

The course begins with survival as a question of culture. Given our current planetary conditions of social inequality, racism, environmental degradation, state violence, political extremism, and insecurity, what is entailed in narrating cultural futures? While for some, survival responds to fears around an anticipated apocalypse, whether that be a germ doomsday, global war, climate collapse, or otherwise imagined disaster, others have already been living survival for hundreds of years in resistance to forms of organized oppression such as anti-Blackness, neo-liberal structural adjustment, settler colonialism and despotic dictatorships. What then, does it mean to think about cultural survival, and survival for whom or for what? What is the time of survival? How is survival narrated? Engaging with a range of speculative futures through literature, art, ethics, theory, haptics, sound and film, the class will consider propositions for a more just survival articulated as an ethics of care and relation.