2019-2020 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.

Exclusion: VIC120Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2) 


VIC324H1F
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) 


VIC325H1S
Media Semiotics
Professor Paolo Granata
M 2-4

This course will deal with media semiotics, both in the traditional sense of the study of meanings in all media (from print to digital) and in how new digital media are changing the nature of signification and communication. The course will look at the usage of semiotics to study how meaning is negotiated in interactive media versus the older and still extant one-way media (print and radio, for example). The course will utilize actual media materials (comic books, television programs, text messages, and so on) on which semiotic analysis can be conducted.

Prerequisite: VIC220Y1/VIC223Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1) 

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