Course description

Do you sometimes feel more at home battling strangers’ avatars in a war zone than walking down the halls of your own school? Or do you ever wonder why humans have suddenly decided that predatory monsters like vampires might make good lovers? Useful answers to these questions require a clear understanding of human identity. Over time, our ideas about identity have undergone many changes in terms of human nature and value. Students in this course will explore current ideas about what makes us human within an historical context, comparing our popular ideas to those of the past. Students will observe how human identity is constructed and presented in narratives through a survey of different media, from short stories to graphic novels to film and television. In each medium, fictional identities such as gaming avatars, ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and zombies will provide clues to the puzzle of what makes us human and how we decide who we are.

Course details

Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

Notice for general electives

If you are pursuing a diploma or advanced diploma, contact Jen Matthews at 519-748-5220 ext. 3265, prior to registering to ensure that your selection is eligible for your program.

Credit transfer

Have you taken this course or an equivalent course? Contact the Credit Transfer Office.

Start Date: Sep. 12, 2022
End date: Oct. 29, 2022
Campus: Online
Cost: $307.50

Registration dates

Not all courses are offered each term.

Winter 2023 registration opens November 28, 2022. Spring 2023 registration opens February 27, 2023.

Delivery options

In person: classes held in person on a campus/site in a classroom/lab/shop/studio for the course duration

Online - Asynchronous: ​100% online delivery with no assigned day or time requirements, independent course completion

Online - Synchronous: 100% online delivery with scheduled day and time course requirements

Hybrid: any combination of: in person, timetabled, on campus, online, and hyflex delivery