Recommended Electives

Below is a list of recommended electives for World Literature students to to help with the completion of Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth (WQB) requirements for SFU graduation. Click here to see a list of specific 'Q' and 'Breadth-Science' courses for Arts students. To track your WQB progress or discuss other matters related to program planning and your degree, please contact

ARCH 100-3 Ancient Peoples and Places
A broad survey of human cultural development from the late Palaeolithic/PalaeoIndian periods (ca 40,000 BP) to the rise of civilization and empires, in both the Old and New Worlds. Breadth-Social Sciences.

ASC 101-3 Introduction to Asia-Canada Studies I
An introductory course on Asia-Canada interactions. It will survey various issues, both historical and contemporary, including those involving Asian-Canadians.

ASC 102-3 Introduction to Asia-Canada Studies II
An introductory course on Asian civilizations in three areas: East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia. A survey course, it is designed to cover multiple dimensions of people's lives and history in Asia.

ASC 202-3 Studies in Asian Cultures
An introduction to East, Southeast or South Asian art, literature, history or philosophy. The emphasis will be on the cultural importance of the themes covered and on their relationship to contemporary societies. Prerequisite: 15 units.

ASC 300-3 Asians and North Americans in Public Discourse
A cross-cultural examination of the ways we perceive and represent each other in public discourse, including literature, news media, cinema, and other education and entertainment media. Prerequisite: 45 units. Recommended: one lower division ASC course.

ASC 301-3 Asia-Canada Identities: Experiences and Perspectives
This course will explore the experience of Asian immigrants and their children, focusing in particular on social and cultural aspects. Prerequisite: 45 units. Recommended: one lower division ASC course.

BISC111-3 Special Topics: Current Topics in Biology I
Selected topics in biology intended to fulfil breadth requirements for non-majors. Topics will vary depending on instructor. Breadth-Science.

BUS 346-3 International Business
Study of international environment and its impact on business behavior: cultural, social, economic and institutional factors; major functions of international business; export and import trade, foreign investment, production and marketing operations; theoretical principles, government policies, business practices. Prerequisite: 60 units.

CMNS 247-3 International Communication
A survey and analysis of opportunities and constraints in the field of international communication. The course will consider perspectives from which to understand and address regional differences, universal patterns of communication in international relations, and in development co-operation. Comparative and contrastive examples will be drawn from communication practices current in the Asia-Pacific region. Prerequisite: CMNS 110 and 130.

CMNS 423-4 Globalization: Cultural Issues
What happens to diverse world cultures amidst the transnational movement of capital and the expansion of technical networks which have increased flows of commodities, people, information and images? This course explores the cultural dimension of these global flows, comparing, on the one hand, the consequences of increased mobility and, on the other hand, the drive towards increased control and immobility of displaced populations. We will look at the ways in which these groups make sense of their displacement and immobility through narratives, stories and images, focusing on issues of power and the destruction of social life. Prerequisite: 75 units, including CMNS 221 or 223; and 2 CMNS upper division courses; and CGPA of 3.00 or higher.

CMNS 424-4 Colonialism, Culture and Identity
Examines why identity is such an important issue for contemporary diasporic communities and former colonies. Introduces students to critiques of representations that construct "racialized" groups as inferior, primitive threats to civilization and their constitution of passive, disciplined subjects. Primarily focuses on innovative cultural strategies developed by Indigenous People, the Black diaspora, Asian/Canadian communities and survivors of the Jewish Holocaust to create ethical communities and critique the impact of colonial violence on contemporary societies. Prerequisite: 75 units including CMNS 221 or 223; and two CMNS upper division courses; and CGPA of 3.00 or higher.

CMNS 448-4 International Communication Project Group
An advanced workshop in international communication and development focussed on applied research. Prerequisite: two upper division CMNS courses and permission of the instructor.

FPA 167-3 Visual Art and Culture I
An introduction to the visual arts of the nineteenth century. Formal and thematic approaches to the arts will be introduced, with attention to the social, institutional, national, and international contexts of art. Breadth-Humanities.

FPA 168-3 Visual Art and Culture II
A study of the visual arts from the twentieth century to the present, with attention to the artists, artworks, movements, and discourses that re-defined the functions and meanings of art. The debates of modernism, postmodernity, postcolonialism, feminism, and the avant-garde will be systematically explored. Breadth-Humanities.

EDUC 100W-3 Selected Questions and Issues in Education
An introduction to a small but representative sample of basic questions and issues in education. Students will examine questions relating to: the concept or idea of education; learning and the learner; teaching and the teacher; and more generally, the broader contexts of education. This course also introduces students to different ways of exploring educational questions and issues ÷ from philosophical and critical analysis, to historical and cross-cultural studies, to empirical research. Cannot be taken for credit by students with credit for 300 and 400 level education courses. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

EDUC 240-3 Social Issues in Education
Social functions of the school; education and socialization; social, political, economic and cultural influences on the institutions and practices of education. May be applied towards the certificate in liberal arts.

EDUC 370-4 International and Intercultural Education
Practical and theoretical approaches to international and intercultural education, including examinations of the relationships between culture, learning and schooling, and contemporary issues in teacher education from an international perspective. Prerequisite: completion of at least 60 units, including 3 units in Education.

EDUC 382-4 Diversity in Education: Theories, Policies, Practices
An examination of the impact of social diversity on schooling in Canada exploring contemporary issues and perspectives on diversity education as they relate to cultural, ethnic, racial, linguistic, religious, economic, and gender differences. Prerequisite: 60 units. Students who have received credit for EDUC 441, EDUC 382-4 Special Topics from Fall 2003-3 on, cannot take EDUC 382 for further credit.

EDUC 435-4 Infusing Global Perspectives into Curriculum
An examination of the rationale for and concepts of global education including its content, methods and skills objectives, and its place in existing provincial curricula. Prerequisite: 60 units, including three of which must be in Education.

ENGL 212 Metrics and Prosody - Q
A study of different historical methods of measuring poetry in English, with practice in scanning and analyzing poems using different methods of quantitative analysis (e.g. syllabic, rhythmic, alliterative). Prerequisite: two 100-division English courses.

ENGL 394-4 Studies in Asian Diasporic Literatures
Studies a selection of literary works in English from the Asian Diaspora. May be organized by cultural movements, critical issues, or theoretical approaches. The historical and regional focus of the course will vary. Prerequisite: two 100 division English courses, and two 200 division English courses.

ENGL 482W-4 Topics in Cultural Studies
Investigates interconnections between literature and culture through the study of selected texts. Prerequisite: one 300 division English course. Writing.

HIST 130-3 Modern World History
A survey of the history of the world from circa 1405 to the present, with a focus on global historical phenomena. Topics may include political, economic, cultural, and environmental aspects of globalization, religious and scientific revolutions, industrialization, nationalism, decolonization, and the evolution of modernity. Breadth-Humanities.

HIST 206-3 Modern Japan 
A survey of Japanese history from 1868 until 1952 which will examine, among other topics, the establishment of the Japanese colonial empire, the wars with Russia, China and the United States, and the post-war Allied Occupation. Recommended: HIST 205. Breadth-Humanities.

HIST 236-3 Japan from 1603 to 1867: Peasants, Merchants, Warriors
Examines aspects of the political, economic, social, cultural life during the Tokugawa/Edo period or what has been termed early modem Japan. Breadth-Humanities.

HIST243-3 A Brief History of Modern India - from British Colony to Independent Republic
A survey of South Asian history designed to equip those students completely unfamiliar with the region, with a foundation in the political, social and cultural contours of South Asia from 1757 to 1947. Students who have previously taken HIST 243 STT may not take HIST 243 for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

HIST265-3 Global History from the Revolutionary Age to the Present
An introduction to Global History, beginning in the 1780s and ending in the present day. Key topics include the first Age of Revolution (US, Haiti, Latin America), the post-colonial experience, and the modern world economy. Students with credit for IS 265 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

HIST 368W-4 Selected Topics in the History of the Wider World
A writing-intensive examination of selected topics in the history of Asia, Africa and/or the Middle East. The content will vary from offering to offering. See department for further information. Prerequisite: 45 units including nine units of lower division history. Students may not take selected topics within HIST 368 for further credit if duplicating content of another history course and vice versa. Writing.

HUM 101W-3 Introduction to the Humanities
An introduction to issues and concepts central to the study of the Humanities. Through exposure to primary materials drawn from different periods and disciplines, students will become acquainted with a range of topics and ideas relating to the study of human values and human experience. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

HUM 201-3 Great Texts in the Humanities I
An intensive study of some of the major works which have had a formative influence on the structure and development of western thought. Reading and discussion of primary texts and the major themes which emerge from them will introduce students to essential philosophical, literary, social, and religious themes of western civilization. Texts for this course will be drawn from the Ancient World, Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Prerequisite: 30 units. Breadth-Humanities.

HUM 202-3 Great Texts in the Humanities II
An intensive study of some of the major works which have had a formative influence on the structure and development of western thought. Reading and discussion of primary texts and the major themes which emerge from them will introduce students to essential philosophical, literary, social and religious themes of western civilization. Texts for this course will be drawn from the 17th century through to the modern period. Prerequisite: 30 units. Breadth-Humanities.

HUM 203-3 Great Texts in the Humanities III
An introduction to classic texts which have endured as monuments of Asian thought and literature. Readings and discussions of primary texts and their central ideas will introduce students to philosophical, literary and religious themes in a selected, major Asian tradition. Prerequisite: 30 units. Breadth-Humanities.

IS 101-3 Introduction to International Studies: Studying Global Conflict and Co-operation
Introduces international studies historically, tracing the patterns of conflicts and co-operation between nations, states and social groups in the world of the last half of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. Examines important problems in the contemporary world from the perspectives of different social science disciplines: poverty and development aid; war; and environmental change. Considers the challenge of global governance. Breadth-Social Sciences.

LAS 312-3 Special Topics: Latin American Cultural Topics
A cross-disciplinary focus on specific elements of contemporary Latin American culture. Topics such as indigenism, Afro-Latin culture, religion, literature, and folklore will be studied.

LING 110-3 The Wonder of Words
Study of the structure of words, the change of meaning of words, the change in form of words. Examples from English, French and other languages. A general interest course open to all students.

LING 160-3 Language, Culture and Society
An introduction to language in its social and cultural dimensions. Students who have taken LING 260 prior to Fall 2008 may not take LING 160 for further credit.

PHIL 241-3 Philosophy in Literature
Philosophical themes in the writings of such authors as Voltaire, Turgenev, Dostoevski, Sartre, Camus, Conrad and Golding.

POL 241-3 Introduction to International Politics
Theory and practice of international politics, diplomacy, hot war, cold war, alliances and the role of leaders. Prerequisite: POL 100 or 101W or permission of department. Breadth-Social Sciences.

POL 341-4 International Integration and Regional Association
Theories of integration, and the empirical analysis of selected regional associations, historical and contemporary. Imperialism, federation, association. Prerequisite: six lower division units in political science or permission of the department.

POL 342-4 Developing Countries in Global Politics
Problems arising from the disparities in power and wealth between the highly industrialized countries of Europe and North America, and the under-industrialized countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Prerequisite: six lower division units in political science or permission of the department.

POL 343-4 Global Political Economy
An introduction to the study of the international political economy, with an emphasis on the interaction between the state and markets, and the basic political-institutional relationships of trade, money and finance, international investment, foreign debt and foreign aid. Prerequisite: six lower division units in political science or permission of the department.

POL 344-4 International Law
Sovereignty, nationality, jurisdiction, arbitration. Examination of selected cases exemplifying present trends in the international legal order. Prerequisite: six lower division units in political science or permission of the department.

POL 346-4 International Organization
An examination of the structures and processes and the main substantive decisions of the United Nations and related international organizations. Based upon in-depth study of the UN Charter, the Security Council, General Assembly, Secretary-general and Secretariat and their constitutional and political interactions since 1945, with special attention to the theory and practice of international organization advanced by the principal Western countries, the Soviet Union and Soviet bloc, the People's Republic of China and leading Third World countries. Prerequisite: six lower division units in political science or permission of the department.

SA 245-4 Cultures and Images (A)
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 201.

SA 345-4 Race, Immigration and the Canadian State (S or A)
An introduction to critical perspectives on the social construction of race, nation building and transnational migration, with an emphasis on state policies and the experiences of immigrants. The course will cover a review of colonialism and the construction of racialized labor market. Core topics may include: racialization of space, anti-racist feminist thought, immigration policy, settlement services, multiculturalism, citizenship, racial profiling, diasporas, and refugees. Comparative material will be used to complement the Canadian focus. The disciplinary designation will change to reflect specific topics and whether sociology or anthropology designation: refer to each term's course outline or department advisor. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201.

SA 430-4 States, Cultures and Global Transitions (S or A)
Through a program of focused readings, case studies, and films, this course offers a new perspective on the study of globalization. It balances classical themes with contemporary approaches to global processes of economic, political, and cultural transformation. The course tackles such topics as the material aspects of cooperation and coercion, class relations in structures of capital accumulation and global governance, and cultural dynamics. Alternatives to Euro-American centrism are explored through the examples of citizenship, cultural politics, ethnic and religious conflicts, human rights, indigenous rights, and women's rights. Prerequisite: minimum of 72 units including SA 101 or 150 or 201. Highly recommended: SA 302. Students who took SA 463 in 2004-3 may not take this course for further credit.

Acceptable Substitute Courses for World Literature

ENGL 207-3 Twentieth Century Literatures in English
The study of twentieth century North American, British, and/or Post-colonial literatures. Prerequisite: two 100 division English courses. Breadth-Humanities.

ENGL 392-4 Studies in World Literatures in English
The study of a selection of literary works in English, mainly from regions other than Canada, Britain and the United States. The course may focus on one or several literatures. Prerequisite: two 100 division English courses, and two 200 division English courses.

ENGL 492W-4 Topics in World Literatures in English
The intensive study of a selection of literary works in English, mainly from regions other than Canada, Britain and the United States. The course may focus on one or several literatures or individual, authors, and will be organized according to specific critical methodologies. Prerequisite: one 300 division English course. Writing.

FPA 341-3 World Music
The relationship of music and culture, with emphasis on traditional and contemporary music in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, and indigenous cultures of North America. Specific cultural areas may be selected for intensive study in any particular term. Prerequisite: 45 units. May be of particular interest to students in other departments.

FREN 342-4 Literature in Translation from the Francophone World
A study of representative and significant works (from one or more French speaking countries) from literature and cinema originally produced in French in their socio-cultural context. Prerequisite: knowledge of French is not required; two courses in literature. This course does not count towards the degree requirements for an extended minor, major or honors in French. With permission of the Department of English, may count towards the requirements of an English major or honors.

HUM 309-4 Literatures and the Arts Across Cultures
An interdisciplinary study of literary texts in translation and/or art forms across cultures and periods. Includes a variety of approaches and themes such as translation studies, narrative theory, cultural analysis, global citizenship, modernity, postmodernity. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students who have taken this topic under HUM 381 or 382 may not take this course for further credit.

For relevant courses not currently listed as approved substitutes for World Literature, students may submit a detailed course description for evaluation to