Human activity has complex and far-reaching effects on our fragile environment, creating a need for integrative approaches that support effective stewardship. In the 21st century, identifying environmental problems and developing and implementing sensible and practical solutions will increasingly depend upon innovation and collaboration between industry, government, academics and communities. The mission of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES) is to foster interdisciplinary teaching and learning that advances the understanding of complex environmental and societal interactions. Through this mission, the CES aims to develop the next generation of environment and sustainability leaders. The CES is an interdisciplinary initiative supported by the Faculty of Science (host faculty), Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Social Science, and other contributing faculties. It is home to the Undergraduate Environmental Science program, the Masters in Environment and Sustainability program, and the Collaborative Environment and Sustainability program.
UWL have set the UWL Aspire Bursary with John Smith’s - to help you make the very best of your time at the University by improving access to the learning tools you need to support your studies.
*News Flash for 17/18 - Foundation &1st Year UG Students will receive a book bundle instead of Aspire Funds, the bundle will consist of all the books needed for the year of study*
The Digital Archive of Research Theses (DART) has now been integrated into the University's research repository, Open Research Online (ORO). There is the option to or or theses within a subject area within ORO (check the theses box in the item type field and select and academic unit/department).
Theses awarded in the faculties of Science & Engineering and Humanities & Social Sciences are held in hard copy at the Mile End Library. Theses awarded in the faculty of Medicine & Dentistry are held in hard copy at either West Smithfield or Whitechapel Library. If an electronic version of the thesis is not available in the repository, and is not subject to an embargo, it can be viewed in person at the Library by completing a Store/Gallery Request form for the item. To search for a hard copy thesis visit the
Although the main focus of the English Department is to develop reading, writing, and research skills, the value of bringing a range of disciplinary perspectives to bear on the works studied is also recognized. Besides offering a wide variety of courses in English, the department encourages students to integrate the intellectual concerns of other fields into their study of literature. This is done by permitting up to three courses outside the English Department to be counted as part of the major if a student can demonstrate the relevance of these courses to his or her program of study. Those interested in creative writing should see below.
The center of this course is film style, from the classical scene breakdown to the introduction of deep focus, stylistic experimentation, and technical innovation (sound, wide screen, location shooting). The development of a film culture is also discussed. Texts include Thompson and Bordwell's Film History: An Introduction; and works by Bazin, Belton, Sitney, and Godard. Screenings include films by Hitchcock, Welles, Rossellini, Bresson, Ozu, Antonioni, and Renoir.
Instructor(s): J. Lastra Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): Prior or concurrent registration in CMST 10100 required. Required of students majoring in Cinema and Media Studies.
Note(s): This is the first part of a two-quarter course.
Equivalent Course(s): ARTH 28500,ARTH 38500,CMLT 22400,CMLT 32400,CMST 48500,ENGL 48700,MAPH 36000,ARTV 20002,CMST 28500
This course introduces what was singular about the art and craft of silent film. Its general outline is chronological. We also discuss main national schools and international trends of filmmaking.
This sequence is required of students majoring in Cinema and Media Studies. Taking these courses in sequence is strongly recommended but not required.
This course pursues a cultural history of America in the 1980s, exploring key debates and transformations of this historical moment while assessing its relative contemporaneity with our own. Students will become conversant with signal periodizing terms (e.g., postmodernism, neoliberalism, posthumanism) while reconstructing a range of contexts in fiction and popular culture, such as Wall Street finance, hip-hop, Valley Girls, AIDS, and the personal computer. (H)
The course introduces students to the major forms of mourning and memorialization across media, including, but not limited to, the epitaph, obituary, memoir, photograph, documentary, and monument. Will explore the numerous representational strategies employed by a wide range of writers, artists, and filmmakers to mourn and memorialize the dead including William Wordsworth, W.E.B. Du Bois, Joan Didion, Maggie Nelson, Mark Morrisroe, and Stan Brakhage. We will read this archive alongside works by literary and media theorists who have been drawn to death writing as a paradigmatic site to think through questions of voice, figuration, absence, and difference. As this archive suggests, death is also an interdisciplinary object of study. We will therefore spend the latter part of the course reading works by feminist, queer, postcolonial and critical race theorists and artists who have grappled with the necrologies and necrologics of contemporary political and social systems. These thinkers alert us to death’s genres, whether this is understood at the level of the event or apprehended through its gendered, sexualized and racialized modalities. (G, H)
This course will survey the literary history of male crisis in America. In addition to examining the ongoing problem of defining masculinity itself, we will address narratives of male crisis that involve situations like revolution, mutiny, segregation, alienation, and trauma, and historical events like Reconstruction, the Vietnam War, the AIDS Crisis, etc. (B, H)