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Opinions, please.

I am rifling through the SFU catalogue for Fall semester, trying to decide what to take for my second-to-last semester as an undergraduate. Now, I need to take ENGL 205 (17th/18th Century English Lit). But that leaves me two empty slots, one of which must be an upper-division History, the other of which can be just about anything upper-division so long as it's Arts. I have compiled a list of possibilities.


HIST 432 - Problems in Environmental History
An investigation into the major themes and arguments in the environmental histories of North America, emphasizing how different individuals and groups have used, perceived, and managed their environments over time.
(This may or may not be almost identical to the Society and Environment course I took at Dougie, but it looks interesting.)

HIST 446 - American Revolution and the Making of the Constitution
Selected topics may include the Revolutionary War Era; the American Enlightenment; the New Nation; American Diplomacy in the Formative Period.
(This one looks interesting primarily because thinking about the American constitution always makes me sad.)

HIST 450 - Era of American Civil War
Examining the political, social, economic, and cultural elements that led to the break up of the American republic, the Civil War, and the problems involved in reconstructing the union.
(See above. Also the structure of the American civil war may be applicable to Paxverse.)

HIST 465 - Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
A discussion of the modern history of nation-building in the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The topics discussed include Zionism, the British Mandate in Palestine, the creation of the state of Israel, the rise of modern Palestinian nationalism, and the role of the Palestinian-Israeli dispute in regional and international affairs.
(See above, second part.)

HIST 469 - Islamic Intellectual and Social History
Advanced analysis of specific problems in Islamic social and intellectual history, with an emphasis on traditional patterns and on their transformation in the modern world.
(And, again. I have no ulterior motives, why do you ask?)

HIST 481 - British India
An examination of the British community in India set against the background of British attitudes to India since the late 18th century.
(This one just looks interesting. I've had courses that vaguely skimmed this before, but mostly they looked at it from a general perspective.)

ENGL 313 - Late Shakespeare
An intensive study of the later works of William Shakespeare, particularly the tragedies and romances, situated in the context of Jacobean culture.
(I like Shakespeare. Also I took Early Shakespeare last semester and the prof that teaches most of the sections for this is awesome.)

ENGL 383 - Fantasy and Popular Literature
This course may concentrate on a genre of fantasy such as the Gothic novel or dystopian fiction, or on various genres associated with popular literature such as the detective novel, the novel of international intrigue, or romance. The works will be considered in relation to literary theory, and may be organized by various different critical issues and approaches.
(I really, really, really want this course, but there's only one section a semester and I invariably get shitty reg dates and miss it. Might do better Fall, when I think I'm officially fourth-year.)

ENGL 387 - Children's Literature
The study of selected works of children's literature from different periods and places. The works will be considered in relation to literary theory, and may be organized by different critical issues or approaches.
(This one just looks neat, but has the same problems as the last one.)

FREN 212 - French for Immersion Students
Designed for French immersion program students who wish to refine their oral and written language competence. Instruction in class and in lab. Prerequisite: for French immersion program students or those who have studied in a Francophone milieu. Placement test required.
(I'm stupid and haven't taken any French since high school. And so I should. I'd have to take a placement test, though, which may reveal the shameful deterioration of my vocabulary. *sheepish*)

HUM 332 - Mythology in Context
A detailed interdisciplinary study of the role of mythology within a particular culture or tradition.
(It's a mythology-as-applied-to-culture course. Do I really have to explain why it looks cool?)

LING 110 - 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.
(I thiiink this is a root studies thing. Which would be useful for the terrifying time several years from now when I'm going to have to invent a language for the Paxverse.)

PHIL 100 - Knowledge and Reality
An introduction to some of the central problems of philosophy. Topics to be discussed include the different theories of reality; the nature and sources of knowledge, truth, evidence, and reason; the justification of belief and knowledge about the universe. These topics and problems will be considered as they arise in the context of issues such as: relativism versus absolutism; the existence of God; personal identity; the nature of the mind and its relation to the body; free-will and determinism; the possibility of moral knowledge.
(I haven't taken any philosophy classes since Dougie. I should take more.)

PHIL 110 - Introduction to Logic and Reasoning
The aim of this course is to familiarize students with fundamental techniques of correct reasoning. Special attention is given to the methods of logic in particular, and to their role in the discovery of truth not only within science and philosophy but within all forms of rational enquiry.
(See above. This is basically a continuation of the last one I took.)

POL 211 - Politics and Ethics
An examination of selected contemporary political controversies that raise fundamental ethical issues. Discussion will be informed by contending perspectives in modern political philosophy.
(This looks applicable to building the Global Union, so, yeah.)

POL 221 - Introduction to Canadian Government
An introduction to the institutional order and political structure of the Canadian state. The course will include topics such as the constitution, parliament, cabinet, judiciary, public service and federal-provincial relations.
(The more you know about your country's governing body, the more intelligently you can complain about its deficiencies and fuckups.)

SA 323 - Symbol, Myth, and Meaning
An examination of myth, symbolism, ritual and cosmological systems. Anthropological theories of magic, possession, witchcraft, healing and religious movements analyzed in ethnographic context.
(It's about witchcraft. *stares*)

SA 416 - Sociology of Artforms
This course may focus variously on one or all of the following: the social origins and functions of art, sociological theories of aesthetics, and contemporary issues in art, such as the fate of art in modern society, popular culture, mass media, ideology in art.
(Seeing as I wrote every paper last semester on something relating to this topic, I should take at least one course that talks about it explicitly.)

So. Thoughts? Votes?


And I'm finally tired. 'Bout bloody time.

Comments

( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
lilymc
May. 22nd, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC)
French. You wanna hold onto your second language.
sunkistfriend
May. 22nd, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC)
British India. I am total biassed though.
Children's Literature if you feel like going back into time and reading 'Charlotte's Web', Narnia, and a couple other popular books from mainly everyone's childhood.
The wonder of words. Then you could teach me any punny puns you encounter.
latwigg
May. 23rd, 2005 07:53 pm (UTC)
I'd love to take kiddie lit but I refuse to subject myself to 2 200-level English courses to do it. Especially when I've read most of what they study in them. Hmph.

French is good though I have a good deal of bitterness towards the SFU french department. Beware, there are many in the faculty who hate french immersion students.
chandri
May. 25th, 2005 04:21 am (UTC)
...because their grammar is better than the faculty's? o.O

I say this only because I remember the core French teachers in high school.
latwigg
May. 25th, 2005 09:23 am (UTC)
Something like that. Or because we don't speak perfect Parisian French. Last I checked we were in Canada but hey what do I know. Yes I'm bitter but there is no way I should have gotten a C+ in advanced oral French when I've been speaking it since I was 4. Shudder at the memory of core French teachers.
chandri
May. 25th, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC)
Well, as I recall, a lot of the Immersion teachers were pissy on that same score, but because what the BC Immersion program teaches is Parisian French, and most of the teachers are Quebecois. Hence our spending our grade twelve year doing twelve worksheets over and over again. >.
latwigg
May. 25th, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC)
I sat in a back room for all of grade twelve fral so I avoided the excessive worksheets. The beauty of going to school in Quebec for three months and convincing your teacher that you don't need to learn the passe compose AGAIN. Expect more of the same from SFU French. Try to take a class that's lower than 221 though. They start to get nasty during those classes.
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