2015-16 Courses


VIC223Y1Y

Signs, Meanings, and Culture

Professor Marcel Danesi

MWF 10-11

This course will introduce the main elements of semiotic theory, applying it to the study of human culture, from language, myth, and art to popular forms of culture such as pop music and cinema. It will deal with primary texts in the development of semiotics, and cover a broad range of cultural applications of semiotic theory.

Prerequisite: One course from: ANT100Y1/LIN100Y1/PHL100Y1/ SOC101Y1/(SOC102H1+ SOC103H1)/one FCE in Vic One.


Exclusion: VIC120Y1

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course

Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2) 


VIC324H1S

Introduction to Forensic Semiotics

Professor Marcel Danesi

M 2-4

This course will introduce the field of forensic semiotics, which is new and in the process of being developed within the general field of semiotics. The course will look at the usage of semiotic notions, methods, and techniques in the area of forensic science. This includes the analysis of facial expression, sign-based clues left at crime scenes, body language, the symbolism of tattoos in gang behaviour, the role of ritual and slang in criminal gangs and in organized crime syndicates, and the analysis of conversations and written materials produced by criminals and their meanings. Experts in the field (from the judiciary, police, and other areas) will be invited to give guest lectures.

Prerequisite: VIC220Y1/VIC223Y1

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course

Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1) 


VIC320H1Y

Semiotics of Visual Arts

TBA

W 10-1

Theories and models of applied semiotics: analysis of sign systems as articulated in various forms of artistic and cultural production.

Prerequisite: VIC220Y1/VIC223Y1 

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course >/p>

Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1) + Society and its Institutions (3)

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