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Performance Studies

Certificate

The Certificate in Performance Studies will provide students an opportunity to complement their B.A. and focus their interdisciplinary work via the methods and perspectives of performance studies, through the critical analysis of the intrinsically scripted and performed character of much human action. This unifying thematic encompasses a diversity of courses across disciplines, providing students with a broad yet coherent course of study, one with ample opportunity for program customization.

Admission Requirements

Normal requirements for admission to Simon Fraser University apply. Students are required to satisfy the prerequisites of all courses (upper and lower division) taken toward the Certificate, and should consult regularly with departmental advisors regarding course selection.

Prior to formal program admission, students must complete two of*

ENGL 113W-3 Literature and Performance

FPA 168-3 Visual Art and Culture II

GSWS 100-3 Sex Talk: Introduction to Contemporary Issues in Sexuality Studies

GSWS 101-3 Gender Talk

SA 101-4 Introduction to Anthropology (A)

* The Certificate is composed of courses from participating units in both FASS and FCAT. It is possible, with approval from the program coordinator, to count courses with related content from cognate units towards completion of the Certificate.

Program Requirements

Students successfully complete a minimum total of 26 units, including three of

ENGL 214 - History and Principles of Rhetoric (3)

Introduction to the history and principles of rhetoric, and their application to the creation and analysis of written, visual, and other forms of persuasion. Prerequisite: Two 100 division English courses.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Peter Cramer
We 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
WMC 2521, Burnaby
E101
We 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
WMC 2521, Burnaby
ENGL 216 - History and Principles of Literary Criticism (3)

The study of selected works in the history of literary criticism, up to and including modern and contemporary movements in criticism. Prerequisite: Two 100 division English courses.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Orion Kidder
Mo 6:30 PM – 8:20 PM
HCC 1505, Vancouver
E101
Mo 8:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 1505, Vancouver
CA 210 - Artworks, Theories, Contexts (3)

Introduces theoretical concepts and historical issues that have informed the creation, perception, interpretation, and analysis of selected artworks in formative epochs, such as the Renaissance, Romanticism, Modernism, or Postmodernism. Prerequisite: 21 units including six in the history or theory of the fine or performing arts and CA (or FPA) 168. Students with credit for FPA 210 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Claudette Lauzon
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
HCC 2510, Vancouver
D101
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 2280, Vancouver
D102
Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
HCC 2235, Vancouver
D103
Tu 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
HCC 2235, Vancouver
CA 257W - Context of Theatre I (3)

A conceptual approach to a selected body of dramatic work focusing on the detailed structural analysis of dramatic texts, their historical context, their development and production histories. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the evolving relationship between theatre and its audience. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Students with credit for FPA 257W may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Don Kugler
Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
HCC 1415, Vancouver
CA 289 - Selected Topics in the Fine and Performing Arts (3)

A specific topic in fine and performing arts which is not otherwise covered in depth in regular courses and which is not appropriately placed within a single arts discipline. The work will be practical, theoretical, or a combination of the two, depending on the particular topic in a given term. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. May repeat for credit. Prerequisite: 15 CA (or FPA) units.

GSWS 204 - Sex and the City (3)

Selected topics on the sexual politics of urban space. May be organized by region, critical approach, or genre. Students who have completed WS 204 may not complete this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Tiffany Muller Myrdahl
Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 4140, Burnaby
GSWS 205 - Gender and Popular Culture (3)

A study of women's place in society as revealed through the analysis of a variety of media. Students who have completed WS 205 may not complete this course for further credit.

SA 201W - Anthropology and Contemporary Life (A) (4)

An introduction to the anthropological perspective as applied to the organization of everyday life in contemporary settings. Introduces positivist, interpretive, and critical interpretive approaches to the analysis of social actions, identities, and values as enacted in space and time. Students with credit for SA 291 may not take SA 201W for further credit. Recommended: SA 101. Writing. Prerequisite: . Equivalent Courses: SA201 SA291. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Pamela Stern
Mo, We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 4120, Burnaby
SA 218 - Illness, Culture and Society (SA) (4)

The study of socio-cultural factors related to health and illness. Focus will be on patterns of health seeking activity, systems of health care, causal and symbolic factors involved in physical and mental illness, and the medicalization of life in contemporary society. The disciplinary focus of the course will vary from semester to semester. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W. Students with credit SA 460 when offered as Medical Anthropology may not take SA 218 for further credit.

SA 245 - Cultures and Images (A) (4)

This course introduces students to the principles and practices of visual anthropology through exploring the creation, circulation, and consumption of images among and between members of diverse cultures in the contemporary world. Topics to be covered include the use of photographs, film and video as a tool in ethnographic research; the use and implications of new information technologies; the 'reading' of photographs, film and video from an anthropological perspective; the emergence and development of non-Western visual media. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

and two of**

ENGL 380 - Text and Performance (4)

A study of the performative dimensions of literary and other texts, and/or the use of text in performance. May be organized by genre/medium, social or cultural context, or critical approach. Prerequisite: Two 200 division English courses.

CA 317 - Introduction to Performance Studies (4)

Traces the interdisciplinary origins of performance studies and brings its concepts and methods to bear on dance, music, theatre, performance art, and media performance. Prerequisite: 45 units including one history/theory course within the School for the Contemporary Arts. Students with credit for CA (or FPA) 311 under this topic may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 317 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

GSWS 331 - Queer Genders (4)

Introduces students to current debates on gender identity and gender difference from the perspectives of queer subjects. Explores recent theoretical and cultural works on gender from queer, transgender, and feminist perspectives, while examining the challenges they pose to current understanding of sex, gender, sexuality, and the body. Prerequisite: 30 units, including three unist in GSWS. Students who have taken GDST 301, or WS 301 Special Topics: Theorizing Queer Genders may not take this course for further credit.

SA 474 - Cultures, Politics, Performance: Conversations with Performance Studies (A) (4)

Anthropological studies of performance as theoretical/methodological framework for analyzing social relations and power in selected historical/cultural contexts. Subjects may include theories of performance and performativity; creativity and experience; cultural performance; ritual; performance as political resistance; performance and everyday life. Ethnographic and historical accounts focused on performance in colonial/neocolonial/postcolonial processes will constitute substantive course content. Prerequisite: Minimum 72 units including SA 101 or SA 201W.

and three of**

ENGL 311 - Early Shakespeare (4)

A study of the works of William Shakespeare performed before 1601. Prerequisite: Two 100 division English courses, and two 200 division English courses. Students may take both ENGL 311 and 313 for credit towards the English major. Students with credit for ENGL 312 may not take this course for further credit without permission of the department.

ENGL 313 - Late Shakespeare (4)

A study of the works of Shakespeare performed after 1600. Prerequisite: Two 100 division English courses, and two 200 division English courses. Students may take both ENGL 311 and 313 for credit towards the English major. Students with credit for ENGL 312 may not take this course for further credit without permission of the department.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
ENGL 407W - Topics in Early English Drama (4)

The study of selected dramatic works written in English prior to the Reformation. May be organized by author, genre, or critical approach. Does not include Shakespeare. Reserved for English honors, major, joint major and minor students. Prerequisite: One of ENGL 304, 306, 310, 311, 313, or 315. Students with credit for ENGL 407 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

ENGL 468W - Topics in Drama (4)

Advanced seminar in drama. May be organized by author, genre, or critical approach. Reserved for English honors, major, joint major and minor students. Prerequisite: One 300 division English course, or FPA 357W, or permission of instructor. Students with credit for ENGL 468 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

ENGL 484W - Topics in Media, Culture and Performance (4)

Investigates and theorizes the relation of literature and media (manuscript, print, visual, aural, electronic, and/or oral) within their cultural and/or performative contexts. This course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught. Prerequisite: One 300 division English course, or permission of instructor. Reserved for English honors, major, joint major and minor students. Students with credit for ENGL 484 may not take this course for further credit. Students who obtained credit for English 484W prior to Summer 2015 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jon Smith
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2521, Burnaby
D101
Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
WMC 2521, Burnaby
ENGL 486W - Topics in Gender, Sexuality and Literature (4)

The study of selected literary works as they intersect with and are shaped by issues of gender and sexuality. May be organized by theme, critical approach, historical period, or individual author. This course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught. Prerequisite: One 300 division English course. Reserved for English honors, major, joint major and minor students. Students who obtained credit for ENGL 486W prior to Summer 2015 may not take this course for further credit. Students who obtained credit for ENGL 486 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

CA 312 - Selected Topics in Art and Culture Studies (3)

Investigates a selected thematic topic in art and culture studies, for example, postcolonial theory and the arts; perception and embodiment; art activism and resistance; or urban art and culture. May repeat for credit. Prerequisite: 45 units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Eldritch Priest
Mo 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
HCC 2510, Vancouver
CA 313 - Arts, Audience, Patronage, Institutions (5)

An investigation of the fine and performing arts, their audiences, patronage and institutions in a specific historical context. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of a selection of art works and their relationship to their specific cultural context. Prerequisite: 45 units which must include six units in the history or theory of the fine or performing arts. The course may be repeated when different topics are offered. Recommended: CA (or FPA) 210. Students with credit for FPA 313 prior to 1998 may take this course for further credit only if the topic differs from the former course. Students with credit for FPA 313 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 319W - Critical Writing in the Arts (3)

Examines aspects of critical writing associated with the fine and performing arts and encourages students to participate as writers in the artistic and cultural debates of their day. Forms examined will include but not be limited to reviews, articles, descriptive synopses for exhibition and festival programs, curatorial essays, project proposals and artists' statements. Prerequisite: 60 units including at least six units in CA (or FPA) history/theory courses. Students with credit for CA (or FPA) 319 may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 319W may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Scheherazaad Cooper
We 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
GCA 4390, GOLDCORP
CA 357W - Context of Theatre II (3)

A conceptual approach to a selected body of dramatic work. The detailed structural analysis of dramatic texts, their historical context, their development and production histories. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the evolving relationship between theatre and its audience. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Prerequisite: 24 lower division units or prior approval. Students with credit for FPA 357W may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

CA 389 - Selected Topics in the Fine and Performing Arts II (3)

A specific topic in fine and performing arts which is not otherwise covered in depth in regular courses and which is not appropriately placed within a single arts discipline. The work will be practical, theoretical, or a combination of the two, depending on the particular topic in a given term. Prerequisite: 30 units of CA (or FPA) courses. May be of particular interest to students in other departments.

CA 457 - Context of Theatre III (4)

An analytical approach to a selected body of dramatic work. Course content includes an intensive consideration of practical dramatic techniques such as story structure and dramaturgy. May be repeated for credit if course content is different. Prerequisite: 45 units and prior approval from the instructor. Students with credit for FPA 457 may not take this course for further credit.

GSWS 306 - Gender, Sexuality and Autobiographical Media (4)

An examination of autobiographical expressions of gender and sexuality across diverse media, including print and visual culture, performance arts, and digital media. Prerequisite: 30 units including three units in GSWS or WS or GDST. Students who have completed WS 306 may not complete this course for further credit.

GSWS 330 - Masculinities (4)

Maps the field of masculinity studies and explores its intersections with feminist, postcolonial, queer, and critical race theories. Prerequisite: 15 units. Students who have completed GDST 300 may not complete this course for further credit.

GSWS 398W - Feminist Currents (4)

Explores recent debates and future directions of feminist thought and introduces students to different models of feminist writing. The writing-intensive component of the course trains students to develop analytical, writing, and research skills through a variety of writing activities and assignments. Prerequisite: 30 units including three units in GSWS or WS or GDST. Equivalent Courses: WS398. Writing.

GSWS 431 - Local Sex on Global Screen (4)

Examines the globalization of sexual cultures and the emergence of queer cinema and screen culture outside of North America and Europe. Prerequisite: 45 units including six units in GSWS or WS or GDST.

GSWS 432 - Sex in the Sixties (4)

An interdisciplinary examination of North American gender relationships, sexuality, social movements, counterculture, and popular culture in the postwar era, with an emphasis on the 1960s. Prerequisite: 45 units including six units in GSWS or WS or GDST.

SA 301 - Contemporary Ethnography (A) (4)

A consideration of key themes in contemporary anthropology. This course addresses theoretical and methodological questions by examining the work of contemporary anthropologists conducting research in diverse locations around the world. Prerequisite: SA 201W. Students with credit for SA 370 may not take SA 301 for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kathleen Millar
Tu 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2202, Burnaby
SA 318 - The Anthropology of Medicine (A) (4)

Explores the role of biomedicine in society and culture through inquiry into the social and ideological organization of health and healing. Special attention will be paid to how biomedical categories structure experiences of the body, how means of life and death are shaped through medical interventions, and how social relations organize the delivery of biomedical technologies. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 352 - Games, Sports and Cultures (A) (4)

An anthropological examination of games and sports in cross-cultural perspective. Particular attention will be given to the social construction of games and athletic activities as well as the cultural, political and aesthetic meanings attached to these. Topics that may be examined include: the embodiment of culture in sporting activities; the impact of inter-cultural contact and globalization on games and sport; the shaping of gender, class and ethnic identities through sport involvement; appropriate methodologies for producing sport ethnographies. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 201W.

SA 364 - Urban Communities and Cultures (SA) (4)

Anthropological approaches to urbanization, the nature of the city as a social system, and urban cultures and lifestyles. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W. Students with credit for SA 464 may not take SA 364 for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Noel Dyck
Tu 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3535, Burnaby
SA 368 - Language, Ideology, and Power (A) (4)

Examines how language shapes and is shaped by culture, power, and social relations and introduces the major concepts, approaches, and theories used by anthropologists in the investigation of relations between language and cultural forms. Prerequisite: SA 101, 201W, or 150.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Jie Yang
Tu 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
SA 371 - The Environment and Society (SA) (4)

An examination of environmental issues in their social context. Environmental issues are on the leading edge of contemporary public concern and public policy debates. This course will examine such issues as the relationship between social organization and mode of subsistence, the politics of hunger, and the way in which human societies in their particular social, historical, and cultural contexts view and interact with the natural world. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
J100 Natasha Ferenczi
Mo 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 1325, Vancouver
SA 402 - The Practice of Anthropology (A) (4)

An examination of the ways in which anthropology and ethnography may be used to affect action in the world. Topics may include: advocacy anthropology; the development and practice of applied anthropology; the emergence of anthropology and ethnography and the arts. Prerequisite: minimum of 72 units including SA 101 or 150 or 201W. Recommended: at least two upper division courses in anthropology.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Bascom Guffin
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SECB 1011, Burnaby

In meeting these requirements, no more than four courses may be in any one department. Substitutions may be approved on a case-by-case basis by the program coordinator. A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 is required in the courses used for the certificate.

** Additional core and upper-level elective courses may be developed and/or substituted following the Certificate program's formal approval and launch.