English (ENGL) 591

Cultural Studies - Directed Studies in Literature (Revision 2)

Permanently closed, effective May 2, 2018.

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Delivery Mode: Individualized-Study

Credits: 3

Precluded Course: ENGL 591 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for Athabasca University's ENGL 491.

Prerequisite: Extensive course work in a Humanities or Social Science area.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Program: Master of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies

**Note: Students in Group Study courses are advised that this syllabus may vary in key details in each instance of the course. Always refer to the Moodle site for the most up-to-date details on texts, assignment structure, and grading.**


Note: This course is closed to online registrations, please contact the MAIS Office for assistance.

Students are asked to contact Dr. Manijeh Mannani, prior to registering for ENGL 591, to request assistance in identifying areas of study and to determine availability.

English 591: Cultural Studies is designed to help students explore the nature of cultural studies, and to develop a project on a particular topic. Students learn about the theories and practices of cultural studies, do research work on their chosen topic and produce a major research paper. Students have the following general topic areas from which to choose: cultural studies theory, film and media studies, postcolonial studies, contemporary literary theory, feminist and gender studies and Canadian studies.

Students are assessed on the basis of the documentation of the stages for their research project and on the major research paper. The topic for the research project is developed in consultation with the course professor.

English 591 will be of particular interest to students in the MAIS program who wish to focus in the following areas: Cultural Studies, Canadian Studies, Education and Feminist and Gender Studies.

To learn more about English 591, the course professor and the course content, click here.

Student Evaluation

To receive credit for this course, students must participate in the online activities, successfully complete the assignments, and achieve a final mark of at least 60 per cent. Students should be familiar with the Master of Arts—Interdisciplinary Studies grading system. Please note that it is students' responsibility to maintain their program status. Any student who receives a grade of "F" in one course, or a grade of "C" in more than one course, may be required to withdraw from the program.

The following table summarizes the evaluation activities and the credit weights associated with them.

Course Activity Weighting
Project outline and detailed proposal 10%
Report on progress of project 10%
Finished research paper 70%
Complete bibliography for project 10%
Total 100%

Course Materials

The course materials for English 591: Cultural Studies are listed below. If any of these materials are missing, please contact the Course Materials Production Department by phone 1-800-788-9041 or e-mail cmat@athabascau.ca.


  • Barnet, Sylvan and Reid Gilbert. A Short Guide to Writing about Literature. First Canadian ed. Don Mills, ON: Addison-Wesley, 1997.
  • Grossberg, Lawrence, Cary Nelson, and Paula A. Treichler, eds. Cultural Studies. New York: Routledge, 1992.
  • Moyes, Lianne, D. Beneventi & L. Canton eds. Adjacencies: Minority Writing in Canada. Toronto: Guernica Editions, 2002.

Athabasca University Printed Materials

Study Guide: The English 591 Study Guide contains essential information about the course and the procedures you should follow to complete it successfully. Please read through this entire document before you begin your studies.

Athabasca University Online Materials

Athabasca University Library: Students are encouraged to browse the Library's Web site to review the Library collection of journal databases, electronic journals, and digital reference tools: http://library.athabascau.ca.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 2, January 1, 2008.