Topics/Series Courses

A topics course is one that is not regularly offered at the University of Lethbridge. Departments may use topics courses to try out a new course that they are considering regularizing, or for faculty to offer courses related to their research. Series courses are a group of courses within a certian genre and the offering changes every semester.  You may take multiple topics and series courses for credit as long as each offering is distinct (i.e. having significantly different titles).

If you have any questions about topics courses, please contact the Fine Arts Advising Office (W660).

SUMMER/FALL 2019 Topics Courses

 

 

SUMMER 2019

Shakespeare for the Intimidated

Drama 3850 A
3 Credit Hours

This course outlines the various avenues of outdoor performance including Shakespeare in the Park, Environmental Theatre and Site-Specific Theatre through a practical perspective. The majority of the course will be studio driven and includes a number of student-driven performance projects taking place amongst the campus grounds. 

Prerequisites:  Drama 1000 AND 15 university-level courses (a minimum of 45.0 credit hours).

 

FALL 2019

Lighting Electrics

Drama 3821 A
3 Credit Hours

An introduction to and exploration of the common responsibilities, processes, and techniques related to theatrical lighting electrics including interpreting designer lighting plans and paperwork; creating electrician paperwork; and hanging, cabling, patching, focusing, and cueing stage lighting fixtures. Course will also review basic wiring and circuitry utilized for theatrical applications.

Prerequisites: Drama 2810

 

Lighting Design

Drama 3845 A

3 Credit Hours

Interpretation, visualization and conceptualization of theatre design, concentrating on one area: Lighting.

Prerequisites: Drama 2100 AND Drama 2825

FALL 2019

Rethinking Schubert: New Ideas and Controversies Concerning the Music of Franz Schubert

Music 3000 A
3 Credit Hours

For over a hundred years after his death and continuing well into the twentieth century the appreciation of Schubert’s music was coloured by prejudices and misunderstandings stemming from a lack of accurate information about his life and a negative comparison of his style with that of Beethoven.  Beginning in the 1980’s a reappraisal of Schubert’s life and music has gathered momentum with new archival discoveries and a broad re-evaluation of his style and its meaning.  This course will deal in depth with this new movement which now sees Schubert’s music as a particularly effective expression of yearning and alienation so prevalent in early Romantic aesthetics.  We will first look at new biographical discoveries and controversies concerning Schubert’s life and then look at new attitudes towards and approaches to Schubert’s music—what it expresses and how it does so.  There is a substantial analytical component to the course based upon William Caplin’s Theory of Formal Functions, which will be applied to Schubert’s music, both instrumental and vocal. 

Prerequisites: Music 4660

History of Jazz

Music 3200
3 Credit Hours

This course provides a comprehensive overview of jazz history, covering the major jazz styles and important musicians that have pioneered this music. We will trace jazz from its infancy, beginning in New Orleans and will highlight how this music has developed through the years and has grown into various sub-genres. Some of the styles that will be covered include: Early Jazz, the Swing Era, Bebop, Cool, Fusion and Modern jazz.Other important topics will include learning important jazz terminology, becoming acquainted with the preeminent jazz artists from each style, and most importantly, analyzing how jazz has evolved since the early twentieth-century. We will connect the important stylistic periods of the past and trace the various directions these trends have gone since. This course will provide students the opportunity to broaden their understanding and appreciation of this diverse music form.

Prerequisite: 15 university-level courses (a minimum of 45.0 credit hours)

NOTE: Not counted in the 16-course Arts and Science Music major or the core courses in the B.Mus. degree.

 

History of Rock & Roll to 1970

MUSI 3200 B
3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to give the student a historical overview of the development of rock ‘n roll from its roots up until the end of the 60’s.  This will be presented in a chronological manner, beginning with a brief overview of rock ‘n roll’s ancestors and influences.   It will go on to study the musical and cultural melting pot of the 1950’s, followed by the effects of the British Invasion of the 60’s.   A discussion of developments occurring in North America following the British Invasion will be the culminating point of this class

Prerequisite: 15 university-level courses (a minimum of 45.0 credit hours)

Equivalent: Music 3200 – History of Rock and Roll: 1948-1970

NOTE: Not counted in the 16-course Arts and Science Music major or the core courses in the B.Mus. degree.

NOTE: Students with credit in Music 2850 (History of Rock ‘n Roll), 2850 (3850) (Popular Music in the 20th Century) or 3010 cannot receive credit for the same offering in the Music 3200 series.

NOTE: Credit is not allowed for MUSI 3200 – History of Rock and Roll, and either of MUSI 3200 - History of Rock and Roll: 1948-1970 or MUSI 3200 – History of Rock and Roll: 1968-1990.

SUMMER 2019

Developing Media for Children

New Media 4850 A
3 Credit Hours

Through brainstorming activities, prototyping, and field-testing with representatives of the target audience, students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to design and develop educational apps for mobile devices to be used in a K-12 classroom.

Prerequisite(s): New Media 3380 AND New Media 3520 OR Computer Science 3770

 

FALL 2019