New courses in the Faculty of Arts

Are you still searching for an interesting Arts elective to round out your timetable for the 2018-19 academic year? Check out some of these new and diverse course offerings in the Faculty of Arts.


ACAM 250: Asian Canadians in Popular Culture 

Term 1 | Taught by: John Paul Catungal | Register

What can popular culture (such as TV shows, movies, comedy, music, news media)—tell us about the place of Asian Canadians in local, national, continental and transnational contexts? This course examines how Asian Canadian identity and community formations take place through popular culture and the arts, and how issues of visibility, representation and cultural production are tied to broader issues of migration, racialization, gender, nationalism and empire.

Who should take this course? Anyone interested in what it means to Asian Canadian, in both historical and contemporary contexts! The course would also be of interest to those with lived experiences of the above issues, as well as those interested in broader questions of race, visibility, representation and cultural production.


ASTU 204C: Collaborative Methods for Global Community Development 

Term 2 | Taught by: Moura Quayle | Register| View course trailer

How do we as individuals engage in system-level change?  What skills and approaches make for effective change? And how might we address issues related to global migration?

Who should take this course? This second-year course is open to all UBC students interested in collaborative methodologies such as systems thinking, strategic design, and forum theatre. Emphasis will be on bridging theory and practice around collaborative methods for problem definition and problem-solving while exploring the challenges and opportunities of global migration using virtual reality and other creative technologies.  


ENGL 327: Cognitive Approaches to the Study of Meaning 

Term 1 | Taught by: Barbara Dancygier | Register

How do you come to understand what you read, watch, or see? How do images and texts make sense to you?  This course explores the interpretation of linguistic usages through cognitive concepts.

Who should take this course? Anyone who wants to learn how meaning comes about: on the internet, in literature, on the stage, or in public discourse.


GEOG 313: Environmental Justice and Social Change 

Term 2 | Taught by: Jessica Dempsey | Register

What is environmental justice? And how can we manifest change in a society that appears to be driving off the edge of a cliff?  Addressing these questions is not clear-cut or easy, and there certainly is not one right answer nor a silver bullet. This course looks at how ecological systems are entangled with social, political and economic systems and considers how those systems could be restructured to promote environmental justice.

Who should take this course? Anyone who finds themselves wondering why environmental issues are so hard to solve, those are seeking a place to think and talk about what changes are needed and how we might manifest them.


GRSJ 316: Queer and Trans of Colour Theorizing 

Term 2 | Taught by: John Paul Catungal | Register

How are racism and racialization enacted through gender-sexual regulation, and how are homophobia and cisheteronormativity produced in and through racial and colonial systems of power? This course tackles the ways that our contemporary understandings of gender and sexual identities, communities, knowledges and politics are shaped by historical and contemporary processes of racialization and colonialism.

Who should take this course? Anyone interested in the political and intellectual contributions of queer and trans scholars of colour, Black scholars and Indigenous and Two-Spirit scholars, as well as those who are interested in and have lived experiences of the intersections of racial, gender and sexual politics!


HIST 240: Health, Illness & Medicine I: From the Ancient World to the Early Modern Period 

Term 1 | Taught by: John Christopoulos | Register 

How did past societies and cultures understand and experience health and illness? What and who was a healer and what did they do? This course explores the history of western medicine, from the Ancient World to the Enlightenment, with a focus on social and cultural ideas surrounding the body, health and disease, and the development of medical institutions such as the hospital and the asylum, the pharmacy, university medical education, public health offices.

Who should take this course? Anyone who is interested in the history of body, health, illness, healing and the rise of medicalized societies.


POLI 379: China in World Politics 

Term 2 | Taught by: Xiaojun Li | Register 

This course explores the rise of China and its engagement in the world, drawing upon both historical and contemporary cases, as well as international relations theory.

Who should take this course? Anyone who wants to understand the impacts and implications of China’s rising role in the world.