Expand your horizons by taking a course outside of your main discipline.
The following courses are open to graduate students from other programs with cognate interests.
COMS 873/4 Identities and Cultural Exchange
Offered: 2019 /4
What is the subject, the self, and its relation to politics? How is identity politically, socially, and culturally positioned in relation to otherness, in and through the circuits of cultural exchange that bring communities into encounters that are both powerful and threatening? These questions are poignant in the contemporary geopolitical context, under the conditions of continued domination and exploitation, the emergence of new right-wing populisms, newly inflamed culture wars and state and non-state sponsored forms of violence, as well as in the search for new forms of belonging, survival and thriving in the 21st century. This doctoral seminar is organized as a “toolbox” course, examining how the politics of recognition open us both to the social relations that found human subjectivity, as well as to how asymmetrical forms of recognition may lead to misrecognition or injury. We will trace together a) the concept of “recognition” back to its origins, in the work of G.W.F. Hegel (as well as through Alexandre Kojève and Herbert Marcuse and others), b) foundational critiques within critical accounts of race (Frantz Fanon, C.L.R. James) and gender (Simone de Beauvoir, Sylvia Wynter, Judith Butler), c) its elaboration and field of debates within discourses of multiculturalism and identity politics (Charles Taylor, Nancy Fraser, Seyla Benhabib), d) and challenges to the structures of recognition in contemporary examinations of identity and cultural exchange within critical race studies (Moten, Sexton, Hartman, Sharpe), feminist and queer theory (Butler, Muñoz, Halberstam, Preciado), Indigenous studies (Coulthard, Simpson, Tallbear), postcolonial theory (Bhabha, Mbembe, Chakrabarty, Mohanty), and posthumanism (Haraway, Tsing, Chen). Ultimately, students will develop together a language for addressing the politics of difference and identity in the contexts of contemporary cultural exchange, attentive to the political, economic, cultural and ethical stakes of such investigations. We will complement this theoretical work with concrete cultural examples that flesh out and enrich our theoretical investigations.
Special instructions: Priority will be given to graduate students in Communication Studies. For all other students, registration is subject to permission of the course instructor (Krista Lynes).
Contact: Krista Lynes
FMST 804 Media Genealogies of the Digital
Offered: 2019 /4
This course examines key genealogies informing “new” and “digital” media studies, paying close attention to the marginalized forms and “pirate modernities” that exceed such categorizations. The seminar will introduce canonical works and influential scholarship from a range of disciplines—from critical data studies and disability studies to critical race studies and media theory. We will examine key historical and conceptual debates, including mass and social media, network cultures, media infrastructures, surveillance, discrimination, paranoia, machine learning, labor, risk, smartness, addiction, participation, and attention, among others. Special attention will be paid to the tensions between our perceptions of technology and its actual operations and to technology’s intersections with social/cultural formations (gender, sexuality, race, global flows).
Prerequisites: PhD standing.
Special instructions: Required books for the course:
- Simone Browne, Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness (Duke University Press, 2015)
- Marisa Elena Duarte, Network Sovereignty: Building the Internet across Indian Country (University of Washington Press, 2017)
- Elizabeth Ellcessor, Restricted Access: Media, Disability, and the Politics of Participation (NYU Press, 2016)
- Safiya Umoja Noble, Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (NYU Press, 2018)
- Natasha Dow Schüll, Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas (Princeton University Press, 2012).
Contact: Joshua Neves
Note: Priority will be given to students in the Political Science PhD and MPPPA programs. Interested students must obtain permission to enroll from the professor.
POLI 683/POLI 815 - Democratic Governance, Public Policy & Research Methodology
Offered: Summer, Fall, Winter (2017, 2018, 2019)
This course provides a unique opportunity for students to take a selection of the Workshops on Social Science Research (WSSR) offered by the Department of Political Science for credit.
The WSSR are intensive short learning experiences designed to enhance your knowledge and skills in the areas of democratic governance and public policy. These workshops are led by highly reputable and insightful guest lecturers from well-known academic institutions and/or well-qualified and distinguished backgrounds. For this course, you must select, register in, and attend six workshops, as well as complete all the requirements listed in this outline below.
Prerequisites: Graduate students from all faculties are welcome to take the WSSR for credit. Be sure to consult with your Graduate Program Director (GPD) in order to confirm that you are eligible to receive credit toward your degree. Please email confirmation of eligibility from your GPD to firstname.lastname@example.org once you have completed and submitted your "Permission Request" form (see below). See a list of Concordia GPDs and GPAs.
- To apply for permission to register for this course, students need to complete the Permission Request Form on the website.
- To earn credit for this course, students will select, register in, and attend six days-worth of workshops (9:00am-4:30pm). The listing of workshops can be found on the website.
- For information about how the course works, download the course outline.
ANTH 620 - Ethnographic Writing
Offered: 2019 /4
This writing seminar aims to help students who have already carried out ethnographic field research transform their fieldnotes into ethnographic writing, develop their own ethnographic voice and adopt a productive writing routine. The course encourages students to cultivate a critical and reflexive approach to ethnographic writing, and to master the art of building an anthropological argument by drawing on their own ethnographic findings.
The seminar encourages peer-to-peer learning as well as learning through doing, and is designed to help students progress in the writing up of their dissertation. It therefore has an important practical component: the writing load is very heavy and the reading load, a little less so. As they develop their writing skills, students will also learn to assess and engage with other forms of ethnographic writing, through readings and peer-reviews, and to situate their own ethnography in relation to relevant bodies of literature. They will also develop their oral presentation skills by presenting their work and discussing the work of their colleagues. Only students who have already conducted ethnographic field research, and who therefore have their own research material to work with, can sign-up for this seminar.
Special instructions: Priority will be given to graduate students in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. For all other students, registration is subject to permission of the course instructor (Julie Archambault).
Contact: Julie Archambault
SOCI 650 - Media Sociology: Studies in Truth and Democracy
Offered: 2019 /1
The current political and media landscape has social scientists and pundits perplexed as to how to explain the tenacity of deeply opposing world views and truth claims threatening the stability of liberal democracies around the world. The course raises two kinds of questions for in depth discussion: 1. What are the diversity of approaches (political economy, field theory; cultural sociology, actor network theory; critical sociology; postructuralism, posthumanism) that study these divisions through media and crisis in politics and journalism (professional work culture, technology, aesthetic, discourse, organization, ideology). And 2. Have journalism, politics, and social science contributed in some way to the present divisiveness? Each of these disciplines (or interdisciplines) are first level observers of events, but each has a different interest in sources, constituents, and/or actors/actants as well as in the relations between fact, opinion, and truth. Does the existence of conflicting views represent a strength or weakness in social science? Will democratic politics survive the next internet? Is journalism a parasite of civil society, or on the front line of ‘resistance’ to power?
Special instructions: Priority will be given to graduate students in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. For all other students, registration is subject to permission of the course instructor (Greg Nielsen).
Contact: Greg Nielsen
Please be advised that the School of Graduate Studies does not handle registration for these courses. You will need to contact the Graduate Program Assistant, Graduate Program Director (GPD), or the individual professor responsible for the course in question, depending on the directives that accompany the course.