sf Courses and Academic Research in Canada

The following table combines two lists: the sf courses currently (2000-2002) offered at universities in Canada; and the academics with a research interest in some aspect of speculative fiction. The information is based on a survey conducted by R. Runté in May and June of 2001. Definitions used in this study are provided at the end of the table. To add, update or comment on information in this table, email R. Runté.



sf Course

Canadian Content?


Research Interests

Acadia University
Wolfville NS

English 3723


Dr. Ray Thompson

Gordon Dickson, Arthurian legend, interviews with Arthurian authors

English 4153
Tales of Terror


Dr. Robert Morrison

Blackwoods Magazine, Vampire literature etc.


University of Alberta
Edmonton AB

Comparative Lit. 342
Intro. to Science Fiction



Dr. Peter Swirski

Eastern European sf

English 487
Harry Potter


Dr. R. Jones

English 483:
Studies In The Literature Of Popular Culture In English:

Guy Kay

Dr. Douglas Barbour

sf book reviews, Delany, poetry, etc.

Dr. Craig Gordon

science fiction

Athabasca University
Athabasca AB

No relevant courses; mention in genre film course

  No one  

Augustana University College
Ave  Camrose

No relevant courses

  No one  

Bishop's University
Sherbrooke QC

English 117A
The Arthurian Tradition


Dr. Joanne S. Norman

not listed

Brandon University
Brandon MB,

English 281
Science Fiction

Faculty and research interests not listed

Brescia College
London ON

No relevant courses


Dr. Monika Lee



University of British Columbia
Vancouver BC

English "Topics" seminars
and Film 332
may include sf
unknown Faculty research interests not readily identifiable from calendar etc.

British Columbia Open University
Burnaby BC

No relevant courses

  Faculty research interests not readily identifiable from calendar etc.

Brock University
St Catharines ON,

No relevant courses

  no one  

University of Calgary
Calgary AB

English 393: Science Fiction Yes: Sawyer (Golden Fleece); Robert C. Wilson Darwinian Dr. Ruby Ramraj Canadian sf
unknownDr. Janis Svilpissf, gothic, 18th century
English 395: Fanasy noDr. Rod McGillisWesterns (!)
no Dr. Lorne Macdonaldgothic, Vampyre, Frankenstein, etc.
not currentlyunknown Dr. Susan Stratton (formerly Stone-Blackburn)sf; utopian

Campion College
Regina SK

See University of Regina coursesDr. J. Alex MacDonaldnot listed

University College of Cape Breton
Sydney NS B1P 6L2 ,

No relevant courses   Research interests not indicated

University College of the Cariboo
Kamloops BC

No relevant courses   Research interests not indicated
Carleton University
Ottawa ON
Anthropology 54.382: anthropology and Science Fiction no  
English course descriptions not available on-line unknownDr. Tom Herrington (retired) sf

Concordia University College of Alberta
Edmonton AB


  no one  

Concordia University
Montreal QC

No courses listed

  research interests not indicated

Dalhousie University
Halifax NS

English 2233:
Science Fiction
English 2216:
Gothic Novel

Not stated


Pat Monk

Canadian literature; Science Fiction

CollËge dominicain de philosophie et de thèologie
Ottawa ON


University College of the Fraser Valley
Abbotsford BC

ENGL 270: Popular Fiction
(sf one option)

  no one  

University of Guelph
Guelph ON

37-286:Science Fiction unknown Dr. Peter Bigg sf, J. G. Ballard, Leguin, Herbert

...cole des Hautes ...tudes Commerciales
Montrèal QC


Huron University College
London ON


  research interests not indicated

King's College
London ON

134E Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Other Forms of Romance

unknown research interests not indicated

King's University College
Edmonton AB

English 380:
Arthurian Literature

  No one  

University of King's College
Halifax NS

Courses not listed

  research interests not indicated

Lakehead University
Thunder Bay ON


  Dr. Jim H. Gellert children's lit, fairy tales, fantasy

Laurentian University of Sudbury / Universitè Laurentienne de Sudbury
Sudbury ON

no listings   No one  

Universitè Laval
CP 2208 Succ Terminus  Quèbec QC

No relevant courses*      

University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge AB,

English 3700 "Genres and Forms" may include sf

  No One  

Luther College
Regina SK

No relevant courses

  research interests not identified

Malaspina University-College
Nanaimo BC

No relevant courses Dr. Ron Bonhamscience fiction (ranked 4th of 5)
 Dr. Jacqueline Wytenbroekfantasy & science fiction (ranked 2nd of 9)

University of Manitoba
Winnipeg MB

No relevant courses   Dr. John J. Teunissen (retired) Editor of Other Worlds: Fantasy and Science Fiction Since 1939

McGill University
Montreal QC

No relevant courses  No one

McMaster University
Hamilton ON L8S 4L8 ,

No relevant courses   No one  

Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's NF

No relevant courses

  No one  

Universitè de Moncton
Moncton NB


Universitè de Montrèal
Montrèal QC


Mount Allison University
Sackville NB

English 4221: Myth and Legend in Renaissance Drama No (obviously) No one  

Mount Saint Vincent University
Halifax NS

ENGL 2262: Fantasy and Science Fictionunknown Ms. Dorothy Shostak (formerly Dorothy Wells)science fiction (2nd of 4)
ENGL 2205:
Literature for Children (several fantasy works)
no Dr. Peter Schwenger not relevant
  Dr. Steven Bruhm gay/gothic

University of New Brunswick
Fredericton & Saint John, NB

Engl 3708: Contemporary Science Fiction: Loving the Alien

ENGL 3708: Contemporary Science Fiction: Gender in Space

No Dr. Miriam Jonesscience fiction (8th of 9)
Engl 3973:Science Fiction FilmNo A.B. Cameronfilm; nothing relevant
3978 Monsters and the Grotesque in Literatureunknown unknownna
  Dr. James NobleArthurian Legend
  William ProutyUtopian
Ward Chipman Library sf CollectionYesone of 3 best research collections in North America

Nipissing University
North Bay ON

No relevant courses   No one  

University of Northern British Columbia
Prince George BC

ENGL 480:
Science Fiction (includes fantasy)

ENGL 486:
Literature of the Fantastic

ENGL 680:
Science Fiction (includes fantasy; graduate course)

ENGL 686
Literature of the Fantastic (graduate course)

unknown Dr. Stan Beeler
(Program Chair)
science fiction & fantasy (4th of 4)

Nova Scotia
Agricultural College

Truro NS,

No relevant courses   No one  

Nova Scotia College
of Art and Design

Halifax NS

No relevant courses

  No one  

Okanagan University College
Kelowna BC

No relevant courses   No one  

University of Ottawa / Universitè d'Ottawa
Ottawa, ON

Eng 2132:
Utopian Fiction
no Dr. David Shore Nothing relevant
Eng 2130:
Tradition of King Arthur
no Dr. David Stains Arthurian literature
Eng 2136:
Fiction of Horror
unknown TBA  
   Dr. Camille R.LaBossière science fiction (48th of 48)

...cole Polytechnique de Montrèal
Montrèal QC


University of Prince Edward Island
Charlottetown PE

No relevant courses   Research interests not indicated

Universitè du Quèbec
Quèbec QC,


Universitè du Quèbec en Abitibi-Tèmiscamingue
Rouyn-Noranda QC


Universitè du Quèbec ‡ Chicoutimi
Chicoutimi QC


...cole nationale d'administration publique
Quèbec QC


...cole de technologie supèrieure
Montrèal QC


Universitè du Quèbec ‡ Hull
Hull QC


Institut national de la recherche scientifique
Quèbec QC


Universitè du Quèbec ‡ Montrèal
Montrèal QC


Universitè du Quèbec ‡ Rimouski
Rimouski QC


Quèbec QC


Universitè du Quèbec ‡ Trois-RiviËres
Trois-RiviËres QC


Queen's University
at Kingston

Kingston ON

No relevant courses   No one  

Redeemer University College
Ancaster ON

No relevant courses   Research interests not indicated
(but unlikely to include sf)

University of Regina
Regina SK

Hum 260:
Utopian Literature, Thought and Experiment

Literature and Science
(Frankenstein, Brave New World, etc.)

No Dr. J. Alex MacDonald Not listed (Campion College)
Wells, Darwin, and Scienctific Romance (also offered at graduate level)

Popular Fiction (includes sf)

NoDr. Nicholas Ruddick British sf

Royal Military College of Canada / College militaire, royal du Canada
Kingston ON

Science Fiction
(science/Engineering Arts option)
unknown No one  

Royal Roads University
Victoria BC

No relevant courses   No one  

Ryerson Polytechnic University
Toronto ON

ENG 503 Science Fiction

ENG 072: Popular Literature
(includes sf)



Dr. Jennifer Burwell Notes on Nowhere: Feminism, Utopian Logic and Social Transformation

Universitè Sainte-Anne


CollËge universitaire de Saint-Boniface
Saint-Boniface MB


St. Francis Xavier University
Antigonish NS

No information available (wins worst website Award!)

St. Jerome's University
Waterloo ON
(University of Waterloo)

Engl 208A
Forms of Fantasy

Engl 208B:
Science Fiction

Unknown Dr. G. Drapper
(Dept Chair)
Not listed

Saint Mary's University
Halifax NS

English 356: The Development of Science fiction to the Golden Age
English 357: Recent Science Fiction




Dr. Margaret Harry

Folklore, popular lit., mediaeval and Celtic studies, etc.

University of St. Michael's College
Toronto ON M5S 1J4 ,

No relevant courses (theology faculty only)

Saint Paul University / Universitè Saint-Paul
Ottawa ON

No relevant courses (seminary only)

St. Thomas University
Fredericton NB

No course listings   No one (but only partial listing of research interests)

St. Thomas More College
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

No course or faculty lists; See University of Saskatchewan

University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon SK

eng 287.3
unknown Dr. Terry MathesonUtopia/dystopia; science fiction

Saskatchewan Indian Federated College
Regina SK

No relevant courses   No one  

Universitè de Sherbrooke
Sherbrooke QC


Simon Fraser University
Burnaby BC

English 383
Studies in Fantasy and Popular Literature (content varies, only some sections sf, e.g:) Cybervision;
Arthurian legend;
S. Haagcyberculture
noShelia RobertsArthurian legend
noN. CurrieGothic
unknownMason Harris fantasy & science fiction (3rd of 5)

University of Sudbury / Universitè de Sudbury
Sudbury ON

No relevant courses   No one  

University of Toronto
Toronto ON


Trent University
Peterborough ON


University of Trinity College
Toronto ON


Trinity Western University


University of Victoria
Victoria BC


Victoria University
Toronto ON


University of Waterloo
Waterloo ON


University of Western Ontario
London ON


University of Windsor
Windsor ON


University of Winnipeg
Winnipeg MB


York University
North York ON




"University" is defined here as a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.

"sf " is defined as speculative or imaginative fiction, including the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. "sf course" is defined as one in which explicit reference to sf is made in the course title. (Other courses may include examples of, or references to sf, and not be noted here. For example, Canadian literature courses were not examined to see if they included examples of Canadian sf.) Where web links are indicated, clicking on the link should take you to the course outline. (On some campuses several course outlines are included in the same web page; you may have to scroll down to find the specific course cited here.)

"Canadian content" refers to any course that includes at least one piece of assigned Canadian fiction or criticism of Canadian fiction.

"Instructor" is the professor teaching the course (if known), or a member of the English or Literature department whose announced specialties include science fiction, fantasy, or horror. Where web links are indicated, clicking on the link should take you to the instructor's home page.

"Research Interests" lists the relevant areas of that instructor's announced research specializations. Where web links are indicated, clicking on the link should take you to the relevant article, bibliography, web page, etc.

*Note: As I am not fluent in French, it is possible that I missed references to relevant courses when reviewing the websites of francophone campuses.