Courses 2017-18

Signs, Meaning, 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: Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

Special Topics in Semiotics: Semiotics of Surveillance
Professor David Phillips
R 1-4

An in-depth examination of some aspect of semiotic theory or practice. Content in any given year depends on instructor. Not offered every year.

Prerequisites: VIC220Y1/VIC223Y1

Distribution Requirement: Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

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: Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

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