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Humanities students are required to take two 3-credit mandatory core seminars in their first year: HUMA 888 (Methodology) and HUMA 889 (Thematic). The specific content of these courses may vary from year to year, see below for current and selected past course descriptions.

Humanities 2020-2021 Courses

Fall 2020

HUMA 888: Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies II (3 credits)

Theory Tetris: Concepts & Cases in Interdisciplinary Research Design
Professor: Dr. Carolina Cambre, Department of Education

Brief Course Description
This introduction to concepts and cases for interdisciplinary investigation germane to the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Fine Arts addresses awareness of the role of conceptual frameworks and institutional practices in the shaping of interdisciplinary scholarly and creative practices and provides students with opportunities to think through theoretical issues vital to their diverse projects. Through the semester we will explore ways to bring together different disciplines into coherent and compelling research designs: as well as ways of bridging theoretical and substantive inquiries, including the comparative aspects of these. We will experiment with thinking through the lenses provided by various philosophical concepts and their usefulness in designing projects.


HUMA 889: Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies (3 credits)
The Methodology, Theory and Ethics of the Oral History Interview

Professor: Dr. Steven High, Department of History

Brief Course Description

Oral history is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry that has grown up on the margins. As a field, oral history has a strong commitment to marginalized voices whose histories are rarely heard or make it into traditional state archives. Unlike ethnography, which has a disciplinary home in anthropology, oral history can be found in many places. Oral history interviewing has been undertaken for many reasons: artistic, community-building, truth and reconciliation, political action, preservation, storytelling, and for research. There is therefore no one-way to design an oral history project or to conduct an interview. This course will introduce students to oral history methodology, theory and ethics. Students will have the opportunity to design their own research-creation project, go through ethics, and share their work with others. The course therefore combines practice-based learning with extensive cross-disciplinary reading into the issues raised by this practice. Graduate students can use this course to pilot their interviewing methodologies for their wider PhD thesis project. The practice-based conversations that result typically create a strong bond between participants.


In addition to the two core Humanities courses, students take a selection of elective coursework usually distributed as 3-credit courses in their three fields. These elective courses normally consist of a combination of 3-credit directed study tutorials and regularly scheduled graduate courses offered by other departments that are relevant to the student's program of study. Please note that the selection of courses is determined in consultation with the student’s advisory committee, in accordance with the needs of the student’s program of study and available faculty resources. The number of elective courses a student is required to take is dependant on their curriculum stream:

Curriculum stream 2017 and after: 4 courses (12 credits)

Curriculum stream pre-2017: 6 courses (18 credits)

Electives chosen from regularly scheduled graduate courses

Humanities students may take graduate courses offered by departments at Concordia that are relevant to the student's program of study. A course description and a completed and signed  Humanities Graduate Course Registration form is required for each regularly scheduled graduate course registration. With the approval of the advisor in the field, Humanities students may also register, through CREPUQ, for a graduate course offered by another Quebec university.

To identify relevant graduate courses to fulfill the 18 credits of elective courses, students are encouraged to consult with their advisors and browse the graduate course offerings on the websites of the departments relevant to their fields of study (or find that information from the respective graduate program assistants). Another resource is the Graduate Open Courses listing compiled by the School of Graduate Studies.

Electives as directed study tutorials

Directed study tutorials provide Humanities PhD students with the opportunity to pursue advanced and focused work with individual faculty members in the three fields that constitute the student’s program of study. Tutorials can be taken with the advisor in the field or another faculty member, but each tutorial is subject to the approval of the student’s advisor in that field. Tutorials involve regular meetings and on-going assignments, in addition to at least one major final paper or project. A tutorial course description and bibliography as well as a completed and signed Humanities Directed Study Tutorial form is required for each directed study tutorial registration.

HUMA special topics courses

Humanities students may also take special topic courses offered by the Humanities program when relevant to the student's program of study.

Past HUMA core courses

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