This interdisciplinary course provides an in-depth study of a topic in liberal studies, to develop students' understanding of a specific cultural, literary, artistic, technological, or scientific issue of concern to society, including consideration of both continuity and change. LIBS 7028 promotes cultural and civic literacy by exploring important social and cultural issues, in order to enhance the ability of students to contribute positively to workplaces and communities. Topics vary from term to term and may include subjects such as: technology and values; environmental ethics; utopian literature; the city - design and history; women in science and technology. Students may only take Selected Topics twice for credit towards a BCIT degree program.
BCIT ENGL 1177, or 6 credits BCIT Communication at 1100-level or above, or 3 credits of a university/college first-year social science or humanities course.
The topic for this term is "HBO’s Game of Thrones: A lens for reading European history and literature". Never before has a work of fantasy literature, with giants, wraiths and dragons been so successfully televised, attracting a far broader and more durable base of viewers than fantasy literature and films have in the past. What accounts for the success of the Game of Thrones books and TV series? This course examines the ways in which George R R Martin’s works draw not just on major themes in drama and literature but on key literary works and historical episodes like the Spanish Reconquista and the life of Richard III. FINAL EXAMS: All final exams MUST be written at BCIT during the last week of the course on the designated dates and times given at course start.
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
Describe specific philosophical, literary, artistic, technological, or scientific issues presented in the course.
Identify ambiguity, controversy and complexity by assessing the relative merits of different interpretations of issues and/or texts.
Recognize and articulate the distinctions between continuity and change, related to course themes.
Define the concepts of context, idea, historical period, cultural distinctions, and enduring human concerns (e.g., the individual's relationship to society, technology, authority), as they relate to the overall course topic.
Apply, in course assignments and discussions, cross-disciplinary approaches, ideas, and solutions.
Critically read and assess material from disciplines, genres, and eras other than those normally encountered in her/his BCIT technology program.
Evaluate credibility, context, evidence, and soundness of reasoning related to course themes.
Compare traditional and contemporary approaches to past and current controversies presented in the course.
Produce paragraph-based, essay-based and/or oral presentations that evaluate aspects of the course material.
Produce written argument essays and oral arguments in class discussion that demonstrate skills in critical thinking, reading, and writing.
Present ideas and research findings in a research paper / project report.
Produce a list of references that demonstrates sound research methodology and citation skills apply course concepts to his/her intellectual, civic, and professional life outside the classroom.
Effective as of Fall 2013
LIBS 7028 is offered as a part of the following programs:
School of Business
Accounting Full-time/Part-time Bachelor of Accounting
Books for Spring/Summer 2018 offerings of this course are available in the following BCIT
online bookstores. Please choose the bookstore appropriate for the offering
you are considering.
BCIT Burnaby Bookstore
If you are taking this course, but are not taking it through either Distance
Education or Online Learning, nor at the BCIT Downtown Campus (DTC), please purchase books for this course at the BCIT Burnaby Bookstore.
A Dance with Dragons (HBO Tie-in Edition): A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Five: A Novel
George R. R. Martin
A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One
George R. R. Martin
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