Fall 2021 - HUM 240 D100

Studies in Modern Culture (3)

Class Number: 4448

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 2122, Burnaby



A thematic approach to two or more cultures through the examination of a selection from historical, literary, philosophical and/or aesthetic materials. Breadth-Humanities.


Léo Caillard. Hipster in Stone III, 2017.

Image by Léo Caillard, retrieved from https://www.leocaillard.com/artworks.html

The aims of this course are: i) to offer a succinct overview of exceptional individuals, their stories and emerging archetypes, as presented in various texts and artistic works; ii) to compare and contrast their presentation(s) and traits to the ones found in popular culture, literature and film. Specifically, by tracing continuities and ruptures between past and present, the course examines how references made to individual heroic figures provide commentary on collective and individual identity, agency, ethics, religion, memory, society, culture and politics. The course offers a critical analysis on the representations of individuals and ideas in an transnational context, while connecting them to contemporary debates.


  • Participation 14%
  • Presentations (2) 24%
  • Quizzes (2) 30%
  • Term Paper 32%



Lattimore, Richmond. The Iliad of Homer. Chicago; London: University of Chicago Press, 2011. [different e-version, SFU Library catalogue]

Libman, Diane J., et al. Sophocles' Antigone : a New Translation. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. [e-version, SFU Library catalogue]

Atwood, Margaret. The Penelopiad. New York: Grove Press, 2005.

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. London: Penguin Books, 2008.

*Additional readings provided online through Canvas.

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