Dec 13, 2019  
University of Alberta Calendar 2018-2019 
University of Alberta Calendar 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Listings


Details of Courses

Courses taught at the University of Alberta are listed alphabetically. All courses, except those taught by Faculté Saint-Jean, are described in English.

Each course is designated by its computer abbreviation and a number. Students should use this abbreviation and number when completing any form requiring this information.

Courses are numbered according to the following system:

000-099 Pre-University
100-199 Basic Undergraduate. Normally requires no university-level prerequisites. Designed typically for students in the first year of a program.
200-299 Undergraduate. Prerequisites, if any, are normally at the 100-level. Designed typically for students in the second year of a program.
300-399 Undergraduate. Prerequisites, if any, are normally at the 200-level. Designed typically for students in the third year of a program.
400-499 Advanced Undergraduate. Prerequisites, if any, are normally at the 300-level. Designed typically for students in the fourth year of a program.
500-599 Graduate. Designated for graduate students and certain advanced or honors undergraduate students in their final year.
600-799 Graduate Courses
800-899 Special Registrations
900-999 Graduate Thesis and Project Numbers

For the purposes of program descriptions and prerequisite designation, courses numbered 100-199 are designated as Junior Courses and courses numbered 200-499 are designated as Senior Courses.

Note: Some exceptions to the course number system described above have been granted to the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.

Course Description Symbols and Figures

Several symbols and figures are used to indicate the type, duration, and weight of courses.

  1. ★—Indicates “units of course weight,” and usually follows the course title. The accompanying number indicates the weight of the course as used in computing grade point averages and for meeting degree requirements.
    A course which runs throughout the Fall/Winter (i.e., from September through April) is usually weighted ★6. A course that runs for only one term (i.e., Fall: from September to December, or Winter: from January through April) is usually weighted ★3. Certain courses are offered over Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer, or in one term, with weights of ★1, ★2, and ★4. These are considered as one-sixth, one-third, and two-thirds of a Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer course, respectively. Some honors and graduate courses involving research may vary in weight according to the length and difficulty of the project. Some clinical courses may vary in weight according to the length of clinical experience. Some courses, not included in the computation of grade point averages, are offered for credit only and either carry a weight of ★0, or are marked as “Credit.”
    Undergraduate students who take courses offered by the Faculty of Engineering but are not registered in Engineering will have a course weight assigned for these courses according to the protocol of their home Faculty.
  2. fi—Denotes: “fee index,” the value used to calculate the instructional fees for each course. The fee index is multiplied by the fee index value (given in the appropriate subsection of Fees Payment Guide ) to give the dollar value of instructional fees for the course.
    For normal courses, the fee index is twice the value of the units of course weight; for example, a course with ★3 normally has fi 6. In cases where exceptional fees considerations need to be made, the fee index is set differently by the Board of Governors.
    Note that certain programs (e.g., MD, DDS, etc.) are assessed on a program fee basis for all or certain years. In these cases, the fee index calculation does not apply.
  3. (x term, a-b-c)—These figures in parentheses give information on when the course is offered and the hours of instruction required by the course in a week, or in some cases the total time in a term.
    In the case of a single-term course, the term in which the course is given is mentioned (item x). The designation “either term” means that the course may be offered either in the first term or in the second term or in each term, at the discretion of the department concerned. The designation “variable” means that the course may be taught either as a single-term or as a full-session course.
    Item a indicates lecture hours. Item b indicates seminar hour(s), demonstration hours (d), clinic hours (c), or lecture-laboratory hours (L). Item c indicates laboratory hours. For two-term courses, the hours of instruction are the same in both terms unless otherwise indicated. The expression 3/2 means 3 hours of instruction every second week; 2s/2 means 2 seminar hours every second week.
    (first term, 3-0-3): a course taught in first term with 3 hours lecture, no seminar, and 3 hours lab per week.
    (second term, 0-1s-2): a course taught in second term with no lectures, 1 seminar hour, and 2 hours of lab per week.
    (either term, 3-0-0): a course taught in either first or second term, or each term, with 3 lecture hours per week, no seminar, and no lab.
    (two-term, 3-0-3): a course taught over both first and second term with three lecture hours, no seminar, and three hours lab per week.
    (variable, 3-0-0): a course which may be taught in either first or second term or over two terms with three lecture hours per week, no seminar, and no lab.
  4. Prerequisite—This provides information on courses which must be successfully completed before registering in the more advanced course.
    Corequisite—This provides information on courses which must be taken before or at the same time as the course described in the listing.
    Note: Departments are authorized to cancel the registration of those students registered in a course offered by the department if they do not meet the prerequisite and/or corequisite requirements stated in the course description in this Calendar.
  5. [Department]— This indicates the department responsible for registration for interdepartmental courses. Normally, courses will be credited to the discipline listed in the square brackets.
  6. Open Studies Courses—Courses that are available to Open Studies students are designated in Bear Tracks Course Catalog by the  symbol.  indicates that a course is available to Open Studies students on a delayed registration basis only (see Registration  for complete details).
Important: Registration Procedures for Two-Term Courses

Students are strongly advised to refer to the Registration and Courses menu at for details. Two-term courses are normally offered over two terms (either Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer). In a few instances, two-term courses are offered within a single term. In all cases these are identifiable in the Class Schedule because they consist of part A and part B (e.g., English 111A and 111B).

To successfully register in a two-term course, students, must do the following:

  • Register in both the part A and part B for all types of sections offered (Lectures, Labs, Seminars, etc.);
  • Register in the same section numbers for part A and part B of a course (e.g., Lecture A1 for both part A and part B, and Lab E3 for both part A and part B);
  • Register in all the appropriate sections on the same day.

All of the above must be done or the course registration is invalid and will be deleted. Invalid registrations will be deleted nightly. It is the student’s responsibility to attempt the course registration again, subject to availability.

Example: A student wishes to register in ABCD 101, a two-term course. It has a lecture and a lab section. Based on the student’s timetable planning, decides to take Lecture C3 and Lab C8. The student must add

In Fall Term ABCD 101A Lec C3 and ABCD 101A Lab C8,
In Winter Term ABCD 101B Lec C3 and ABCD 101B Lab C8.

All these sections must be added on the same day to successfully register. Otherwise the registration in ABCD 101 will be deleted overnight and the student’s place in the course will be lost.

Course Renumbering

Over the years many courses have been renumbered. Old numbers can be found within individual course listings of previous Calendar editions.

Courses on Reserve

Courses not offered in the past four years are removed from this Calendar and placed on Reserve. These courses may be taught again in the future, in which case they would be brought back into the active Course Listings and placed in the Calendar. Information about Reserve Courses is available through the Registrar’s Office, the University Secretariat, and Faculty Offices.

Faculty Specific Regulations Regarding Courses

For specific Faculty regulations relating to courses and for a complete list of subjects taught by a Faculty, please consult the Undergraduate Programs section of the Calendar at the end of each Faculty section.

Physical Requirements for University Courses

The University has a commitment to the education of all academically qualified students and special services are frequently provided on campus to assist disabled students.

Nevertheless, some courses make certain unavoidable demands on students with respect to the possession of a certain level of physical skill or ability if the academic objectives of the course are to be realized. In case of doubt, students are advised to contact the Department concerned and Student Accessibility Disability Services (SAS), Office of the Dean of Students.

Because support services cannot be guaranteed for all off-campus courses, instructors may be obliged to refuse registration in such courses.

Course Availability

The following is a comprehensive course listing of all the approved courses that the University of Alberta may offer. The appearance of a course in this list does not guarantee that the course will actually be offered. The most current information on courses is available on Bear Tracks at

Course Listings


English: Undergraduate

Department of English and Film Studies
Faculty of Arts

Note: Courses in the Department of English and Film Studies teach the English language and its several literatures; some works may be taught in translation as necessary to fulfil the primary goal of understanding English literature.

See also Writing, WRITE. Except as noted, WRITE courses may be taken as ENGL courses.


  1. Any two (★6) from ENGL 102 ENGL 103 ENGL 125 , or any one (★3) plus WRS 101  will serve as the prerequisite to all senior English courses, or will fulfill degree requirements for faculties that require first-year English. All three of the above noted junior ENGL courses study selected works from a range of genres (poetry, drama, fiction or nonfiction). 
  2. No more than ★6 in junior English, or equivalent, may be taken for credit in an undergraduate program.
  3. Junior English courses require a substantial amount of writing in essays and tests, and devote a minimum of 30% of class time to writing instruction.
  4. All senior courses have as prerequisite any two (★6) taken from ENGL 102 , ENGL 103 ENGL 125 , or equivalent; or any one (★3) plus WRS 101 ; prerequisites for 400-level courses are ★12 of senior ENGL, ★6 of which must be at the 300-level (as numbered in this edition of the Calendar, including any specific course prerequisites in the individual course descriptions).
  5. Courses at the 200 level need not be tied to any one national literature or historical period.
  6. Not all senior courses are offered in any given year.

   •  ENGL 102 - Introduction to Critical Analysis
   •  ENGL 103 - Case Studies in Research
   •  ENGL 108 - Introduction to Language and Literature
   •  ENGL 125 - Aboriginal Writing
   •  ENGL 199 - English for Engineering Students
   •  ENGL 208 - Reading Histories: Making Books
   •  ENGL 209 - Reading Histories: Making Readers
   •  ENGL 210 - Reading Histories: Histories in Texts
   •  ENGL 212 - Introduction to the English Language
   •  ENGL 217 - Textualities: Signs and Texts
   •  ENGL 218 - Textualities: Reading and Interpretation
   •  ENGL 219 - Textualities: Narrative Theory and Poetics
   •  ENGL 220 - Reading Politics: Gender and Sexuality
   •  ENGL 221 - Reading Politics: Class and Ideology
   •  ENGL 222 - Reading Politics: Race and Ethnicity
   •  ENGL 223 - Reading Politics: Empire and the Postcolonial
   •  ENGL 224 - The Literary Institution
   •  ENGL 299 - Essay Writing for Education Students
   •  ENGL 300 - Social and Cultural History of the English Language
   •  ENGL 301 - Social and Cultural History of Genre
   •  ENGL 302 - Literary and Cultural Theories
   •  ENGL 304 - Computing Technology and Culture: Digital Humanities
   •  ENGL 305 - Literature and Religion
   •  ENGL 308 - Aboriginal/Indigenous Literature: Intellectual Traditions
   •  ENGL 309 - Aboriginal/Indigenous Literature: Literary Movements
   •  ENGL 312 - Postcolonial Literature and Culture: African Writing in English
   •  ENGL 314 - Postcolonial Literature and Culture: Irish Writing in English
   •  ENGL 315 - Postcolonial Literature and Culture: Indian Writing in English
   •  ENGL 316 - Postcolonial Literature and Culture: Middle-Eastern Writing in English
   •  ENGL 320 - Old English Language and Literature
   •  ENGL 324 - Medieval Literature and Culture: Chaucer
   •  ENGL 325 - Medieval Literature and Culture: Medieval Texts
   •  ENGL 327 - Medieval Literature and Culture: Medieval and Tudor Drama
   •  ENGL 336 - Early Modern Literature and Culture: 16th-Century Texts
   •  ENGL 337 - Early Modern Literature and Culture: Drama
   •  ENGL 338 - Early Modern Literature and Culture: Shakespeare
   •  ENGL 339 - Early Modern Literature and Culture: Studies in Shakespeare
   •  ENGL 340 - Early Modern Literature and Culture: 17th-Century Texts
   •  ENGL 341 - Restoration and 18th-Century Literature and Culture: Restoration and Early 18th-Century Texts
   •  ENGL 343 - Restoration and 18th-Century Literature and Culture: Late 18th-Century Texts
   •  ENGL 344 - Early Modern Literature and Culture: Milton
   •  ENGL 348 - Restoration and 18th-Century Literature and Culture: The Novel
   •  ENGL 349 - 19th-Century British Literature and Culture: The Novel
   •  ENGL 350 - 19th-Century British Literature and Culture: Romantic Texts
   •  ENGL 352 - 19th-Century British Literature and Culture: Early Victorian Texts
   •  ENGL 353 - 19th-Century British Literature and Culture: Late Victorian Texts
   •  ENGL 355 - American Literature and Culture: American Minority Literature
   •  ENGL 356 - American Literature and Culture: Reading American Technologies
   •  ENGL 357 - American Literature and Culture: Reading American Ideologies
   •  ENGL 358 - American Literature and Culture: Early American Writing-Colonial, Revolutionary, Antebellum
   •  ENGL 360 - American Literature and Culture: Race and Belonging in American Writing
   •  ENGL 361 - American Literature and Culture: The American Modern - Postbellum and Early 20th Century
   •  ENGL 362 - American Literature and Culture: Toward the Now - Later 20th and Early 21st Century
   •  ENGL 363 - Early 20th-Century Literature and Culture: Modernism and Modernity
   •  ENGL 365 - Early 20th-Century British Literature and Culture
   •  ENGL 366 - Late 20th-Century British Literature and Culture
   •  ENGL 367 - Contemporary Literature and Culture
   •  ENGL 368 - Early 20th-Century Literature and Culture: Drama
   •  ENGL 369 - Late 20th-Century Literature and Culture: Drama
   •  ENGL 373 - Canadian Literature and Culture: Writing and Colonization
   •  ENGL 374 - Canadian Literature and Culture: Early 20th-Century Texts
   •  ENGL 375 - Canadian Literature and Culture: Reading Canadian Cultures
   •  ENGL 376 - Canadian Literature and Culture: Late 20th-Century Texts
   •  ENGL 378 - Canadian Literature and Culture: Contemporary Cultural Texts
   •  ENGL 380 - Canadian Literature and Culture: Reading the Local
   •  ENGL 384 - Popular Culture: Reading Popular Texts
   •  ENGL 385 - Popular Culture: Issues in Popular Culture
   •  ENGL 388 - Children's Literature and Culture: Oral Traditions
   •  ENGL 389 - Children's Literature and Culture: Print Traditions
   •  ENGL 390 - Women's Writing: Writing by Women Pre-1900
   •  ENGL 392 - Queer Writing
   •  ENGL 401 - Studies in Authors
   •  ENGL 402 - Studies in Genres
   •  ENGL 405 - Studies in Poetry
   •  ENGL 407 - Studies in Texts and Cultures
   •  ENGL 409 - Studies in Literary Periods and Cultural Movements
   •  ENGL 424 - Studies in the History of Books
   •  ENGL 426 - Studies in Literary and Cultural Histories
   •  ENGL 430 - Studies in Theory
   •  ENGL 465 - Studies in Gender and Sexualities
   •  ENGL 467 - Studies in Race and Ethnicity
   •  ENGL 481 - Studies in Empire and the Postcolonial
   •  ENGL 482 - Studies in Drama and Performance
   •  ENGL 483 - Studies in Popular Culture
   •  ENGL 484 - Studies in Literature and Film
   •  ENGL 486 - Studies in Computer Technologies and Culture
   •  ENGL 487 - Studies in Children's Literature
   •  ENGL 498 - Honors Essay
   •  ENGL 533 - Directed Reading in Fourth-Year Honors English

English: Graduate

Selected courses from the following list will be offered each year. Details of each year's program may be obtained early in the preceding spring from the Department.

   •  ENGL 553 - Directed Reading
   •  ENGL 554 - Directed Reading
   •  ENGL 555 - Directed Reading
   •  ENGL 567 - Literary History
   •  ENGL 569 - Theory
   •  ENGL 574 - Creative Writing
   •  ENGL 575 - Digital Humanities
   •  ENGL 578 - Film Studies
   •  ENGL 579 - Gender Studies
   •  ENGL 583 - Cultural Studies
   •  ENGL 585 - Aboriginal Texts

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