Recent Graduate Courses

The following graduate courses are sample offerings. 
Please note that course content varies among instructors.

The Academic Calendar lists the wide range of graduate courses that we offer.

Featured course:
GMST 585 - 
Holocaust and Memory Studies

Hinda Avery in front of one of her paintings from Series 7.
The special online exhibit 'Stories of the Holocaust: Local Memory and Transmission' is result of a community collaboration with students in GMST 585: Holocaust and Memory Studies taught by Helga Thorson in 2019. Local communities in Victoria, Vancouver, and Saltspring Island; as well as Matt Huculak in the University of Victoria Libraries, engaged in a process of storytelling, active listening, and dynamic memory work to present unique and visual artistic stories of the Holocaust. 

Course title, number and instructor

Short course description

Introduction to the disciplines in Germanic and Slavic Studies

GMST 501
SLST 501 

Course Outline

An introduction to the research specialities that make up Germanic and Slavic Studies: literary and cultural studies, film studies, cultural history and second language acquisition. May include sessions on how to write a research grant proposal, do sophisticated library research, prepare a bibliography and write a thesis proposal.

Theory and Practice

GMST 502 / SLST 502

Introduces students to the theories and methodologies that animate the disciplines of Germanic and Slavic studies and may include topics such as professional skills, pedagogy and thesis writing.

The Holocaust

GMST 580 A01 / HSTR 450

Course Outline


Examines the origins, progression, central characters and legacies of the Nazi genocide. Focuses on Jewish experiences of Nazi terror and investigates how Nazi racial policy targeted other social and ethnic groups. Considers the post-1945 representation of the Holocaust in film, museum exhibits and memorials.This course is cross-listed with HSTR 450. Cannot be taken by those who took HSTR 450.

Holocaust and Memory Studies

GMST 585 / GMST 410  


Course Outline

This seminar explores issues of Holocaust and memory studies from a wide range of perspectives, investigating the ways in which stories of the “past” are told in the “present” and how aspects of gender, intersectionality, and genre come together to shape these accounts. 

GMST 598 Research Paper or Project

A major research paper under the guidance of a supervisor and committee member. Students can also opt to submit a visual arts project, a performance-based production, or a creative writing project.

GMST 599 Thesis

A01 On campus
A02 Off Campus

A thesis/project-based program is ideal for developing your knowledge in a specialized area of research. You will pursue an independent and original research project that culminates in a thesis. You'll work under the supervision of a faculty member whose expertise matches your research area.

Students are required to prepare a substantial research document (thesis/dissertation) that makes an original scholarly contribution to their field.
Master’s students must also defend their thesis in front of an examination committee.

A thesis/project-based master’s program will typically take two years to complete, up to a maximum of four years.