Courses 2014-15

VIC223Y1 Y  
Signs, Meanings and Culture
Professor Marcel Danesi
MWF 10, TUT: 11

This course introduces semiotics as a tool for understanding human meaning-making and cultural behaviour. In the first part it describes the theoretical notions that allow us to penetrate the meanings of such things as food, clothing, gesture, language, art, and the like. The second part focuses on pop culture and its spectacles, from music to YouTube and how these can be deciphered in psychological terms.

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)

 

VIC320Y1 Y
Semiotics of Visual Art
Professor Laura Willett
W 1-4

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

 

VIC324H1 S
Introduction to Forensic Semiotics
Professor Marcel Danesi
M 2-4

This course will look at the relation between real crime and its depiction and representation in fiction and the media. Using basic semiotic notions, it will explore the nature of forensic investigation in relation to the culture in which it takes place, and will look at the role of stories, movies, television programs, and the like in defining what a crime is or is not.

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

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