2018-19 Course Descriptions

INI100H1 The City Where Movies Are Made

An introduction to film culture in Toronto from a variety of angles, including: a history of the city onscreen (both as itself and as a popular shooting location for American productions); an account of major Toronto filmmaking sites and institutions; introductions to local directors and producers; and overviews of contemporary local film festival culture (TIFF and beyond) as well as the city’s film-critical community. Through a combination of lectures, screenings, field trips and special guest speakers, the students will be moved to consider both the vitality of Toronto’s film scene as well as its connections to other aspects of the city.

  • Fall (2018) Term: Mondays 3-6


INI101H1 Blogging the Just City

An introduction to the concept of the city as a creative environment promoting not only growth and wealth but also social justice, equality, cooperation, and civility. Students will learn to build their own blog to help them to observe, interpret, and reflect upon the process of urban interaction and the relationship between creativity and justice.

  • Winter (2019) Term: Thursdays 3-6


INI102H1 Telling the Stories of the City: Writing Creative Non-Fiction

An introduction to creative writing techniques and the personal essay form through which students will explore and develop their conscious connection to the natural-urban landscape. The course will include activities such as field trips, readings, interviews, and journaling to generate the material for personal essays on engagement with nature in the city.

  • Fall (2018) Term: Thursdays 3-6


INI106H1 Writing Literary Journalism: Telling the Stories of the City

An introduction to literary journalism, in which students study the craft of storytelling along with interviewing, reporting, and the journalist’s ethical stance. Guest speakers, field trips, writing activities and course readings will help students engage deeply with their environment and develop the skills and sensitivity required for literary reporting.

  • Winter (2019) Term: Mondays 3-6