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Undergraduate Units of Study in ICLS are offered on a rotating basis. One unit from each of the four thematic groups listed below is offered every year.
1. Great Books ICLS 2624: Great Books 1: The Human Condition ICLS 2636: Great Books 2: Innovations, Inspirations ICLS 2622: Great Books 3: The Twentieth Century These Units of Study introduce students to works of literature that have become canonical either through their particular treatment of the human condition, or because they are innovative or inspirational in some way. The twentieth century is treated separately as a particularly rich period in the world history of literary innovation.
2. Literature and Society ICLS 2621: Love in Different Languages ICLS 2633: Cities of the World ICLS 2634: Literature and Revolution These Units of Study look at how questions of society, history, culture and politics have been framed within literature from different traditions at different periods of time. It looks at the mainstream and the marginal, the visionary and mythical and the terre à terre, stories of hope and stories of loss.
3. Literary Genres, Movements and Styles ICLS 2626: Words and Pictures Across Cultures ICLS 2631: Popular Fiction and Culture ICLS 2635: Science Fiction: The Future is Now ICLS 2637: Watching Stars: Films and the Star System
4. Theorising Literature Across Cultures These units, while open to all Senior students enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, are designated "Special Entry" for intending Honours students, who must complete at least one of them for admission into fourth year. ICLS 3630: Comparative Sociology of Literature ICLS 3631: Defining 'Literature' Crossculturally
These Units of Study explore particular aspects of literary production from an international and comparative perspective: techniques, genres and schools of thought. Some focus on a particular period in literary history or a particular movement while others traverse time and encompass a range of literary debates.