Department of English

University of Toronto

Credit/Non-credit Course Descriptions

Texts, Theories, and Archives
D. Galbraith

*NOTE: As of September 2011, this course is now a required course for all 1st year Ph.D. Students and 2nd year Ph.D.U (Direct Entry) Students.  This course is restricted to English Doctoral students.

Course Description
A general introduction to research methods and scholarly practice; textual and editorial problems; physical bibliography; the history of the book.

Course Requirements
Lectures, workshops, library assignments, site-visits, and research exercises.

A list of recommended reading and the required exercises will be distributed at the first class. The Department’s Check Lists of Scholarship keyed to the University of Toronto Library will be available on line.

Term: F-Term (Fall or First Term: September - December 2017)
Date/Time: Thursdays, 9:00 am - 11:00 am, 2 hours
Location:  Room
 JHB 616 (Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street)
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Professional Development
H. Murray

**NOTE: This course is open only to Ph.D. 4 English students-- for whom it's MANDATORY.

Course Description
This course is intended to prepare University of Toronto Ph.D. students in English for the job search and more generally to provide them with an introduction to the professional skills that will be part of their lives after they finish the Ph.D. The course will meet the equivalent of 13 2-hour sessions, on selected Thursday afternoons through the academic year. Individual sessions will include the following topics: The Shape of the Profession; An Overview of the Academic Job Search and its Documents; Setting Up a Dossier; Preparing Letters of Application and C.V.s; The Teaching Dossier; Interviewing; Campus Visits and Job Talks; The Publication of Academic Research; An Assessment 0f the Year’s Job Searches at U. of T. and Postdoctoral Fellowships. There will also be a session on Non-Academic Jobs (Publishing and Other Alternatives).

Course Requirements
Most classes will feature the instructor and various guest faculty members discussing the announced topics. Guests from the Toronto publishing community and previous Ph.D. students will join the sessions on non-academic employment. Students wishing to receive a notation on their transcripts should register for the course.

Term: Y-Term (both Fall/First and Spring/Second Terms):  September 2017 - April 2018)
Date/Time: Thursdays, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm (NB: classes will be 2 and 3 hours long, and will run on alternate weeks)
Location:  Room
JHB 616 (Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street) 

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Professing Literature
M. Sergi

***Note: Limited to Year II English Doctoral students.

Course Description
This seminar, required of and limited to Year II doctoral students, addresses the teaching of English literature at the university level. It is designed to provide the foundations for an informed, self-reflexive pedagogy and to help students develop effective methods for teaching English to undergraduate and graduate students. Guest faculty will discuss a range of pedagogical challenges and solutions.


This seminar, required of and limited to Year II doctoral students, is devoted to the teaching of literatures in English within the university context, with a particular focus on the undergraduate level. While readings and class meetings will consider theories of pedagogy and probe what it means to “profess literature” within the academy today, the emphasis throughout the seminar will be on teaching as a dynamic, ongoing, collaborative, and critical practice. Assisted by faculty members, advanced graduate students, and recent alumni who have been recognized for their teaching, we will explore topics including the development and implementation of successful courses and class meetings, challenges encountered within the classroom, the creation of effective assignments, and the significance of teaching skills within non-academic professional settings. Assignments, practical in focus and enhanced by in-class peer workshops, will invite students to reflect critically on their own philosophies of teaching and learning and to produce the foundational documents for a personal teaching portfolio. Ultimately, the seminar aims to generate a tangible set of teaching resources for participants’ professional development, while also constituting an open and supportive setting for the frank discussion of the challenges and rewards that teaching at the university level entails. (Credit/Non-credit)

Course Requirements
The primary assignment will be the construction of a Teaching Portfolio. Other course expectations include regular attendance and significant contribution to class discussion, response to course readings, in-class revision and shared feedback on teaching documents, an individual meeting with the instructor, and possible teaching practicum and/or seminar presentation.

Term: S-Term (Spring or Second Term: January - April 2018)
Date/Time: Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, 3 hours
Location:  Room
JHB 616 (Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street)   

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