Frye Stream Courses

Frye stream students will be enrolled in ALL four of the half-courses listed below:

VIC 162H: Cultural Forms and Their Meanings
Prof. Robert Davidson
"The Roaring Twenties" A time of transatlantic social transformation, the 1920s saw rapid technological, political and cultural change. Shocked by the horrors of the First World War, American and Western European societies embraced a new style of daily life that fed off the postwar economic boom. Sport and leisure activities such as dance and cinema became popular distractions. In art, various "isms" came and went, gathering strength in some places and dissipating in others. The larger political sphere saw communism and fascism emerge as two poles. In this course we will consider aesthetic responses to these dynamics from an interdisciplinary perspective. 

Corequisite: VIC163H1, VIC164H1, VIC165H1 and 1.0 FCE in any 100-level ENG or FAH or PHL.

(2014-15) VIC162H1F Syllabus [PDF]


VIC 163H: Cultural Forms and Their Meanings: People and Ideas
Prof. Anne Urbancic
When we hear phrases such as “Cheer up”, “Calm down” or “buy in”, we concentrate on the verb. But where are the places indicated by “up” and “down” and “in”? When do we quiet down as opposed to shut up? What do we mean when we say things like “give me some space?” Where exactly is headspace?

These concepts have puzzled many contemporary thinkers. In VIC163H we'll study the ideas and theories of some of them, including Derrida, McLuhan, De Certeau, Virilio. We will examine how they posited our understanding of the concept of space: physical, metaphorical, emotional, psychological. We'll consider how our highly technological and mediated world has affected the concept of space, and, with it, also the concept of time. We will work as a class, and in smaller groups, to show how these theories apply to our everyday lives, from the toothpaste we use, the coffee shop we choose, the stores we frequent, even to the way we view education and medical practices. 

There will be ample opportunity for consultation and discussion as we:

At the end of the course I hope you’ll be able to think about your personal and global environment from several new perspectives. Be warned: former students tell me that they can no longer enter a mall, a theatre, a church, a hospital etc. etc. without being reminded of what they learned this course!!!

Corequisite: VIC162H1, VIC164H1, VIC165H1 and 1.0 FCE in any 100-level ENG or FAH or PHL.

(2014-15) VIC163H1F Syllabus [PDF]


VIC 164H: Ideas and Their Consequences: Literary and Artistic Realms of the Imagination
Prof. David Galbraith
A study of the ideas and concerns of creative thinkers and their impact upon cultures. The course includes literary, scientific and/or religious intellectuals from the major traditions. Attention to modes of reasoning, cultural definition and expression. Emphasis on philosophical and artistic concepts. Corequisite: VIC162H1, VIC163H1, VIC165H1 and 1.0 FCE in any 100-level ENG or FAH or PHL.


VIC 165H: Ideas and Their Consequences: Isolation and Communion in Modern Culture
Prof. Peter Harris 
A study of art, with a focus on poetry, as an essential mode of experience and knowledge, in the context of contemporary and modern society. Along with literary artists, the course includes writers on history and sociology and presents the interplay between artistic vision and socio-political situations. Corequisite: VIC162H1,VIC163H1, VIC164H1 and 1.0 FCE in any 100-level ENG or FAH or PHL

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