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Previous Years' Courses

Spring 2012

ARABIC

ARAB 10200-all sections Elementary Arabic II HU LA 3a, g

4 credits

INSTRUCTORS:

Section 01: Hayder Assad, Muller 117, 4-5140

Section 02: Faten Houissa, Admin Annex 114, 4-3056

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: ARAB 10100 or equivalent.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course is a continuation of Arabic 101. It will continue to provide a thorough grounding in the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The student who successfully completes this course will be able to: 1) understand and actively participate in simple conversations involving basic practical and social situations (introductions, greetings, school, home and family, work, simple instructions, etc.); 2) read Arabic material of limited complexity and variety (simple narrative and descriptive texts, directions, etc.); 3) write simple compositions describing a place, an event, or a personal experience. An important objective of the course is familiarizing students with basic facts about the geography, history, and culture of the Arab world.

 

ARAB 20200-01 Intermediate Arabic II HU LA

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Hayder Assad, Muller 117, 4-5140

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: ARAB 20100 with a grade of C- or better, or permission of instructor.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is a continuation of Arabic 20100.

 

CHINESE

 

CHIN 10200-all sections Elementary Chinese II HU LA 3a, g

4 credits

INSTRUCTORS:

Section 01: Hong Li, Admin Annex 113, 4-3687, hli@ithaca.edu

Section 02: Kim You, Admin Annex 113, 4-1075

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: CHIN 10100, or equivalent, with a grade of C- or better.

STUDENTS: Open to students from any discipline of the College who qualify.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: A continuation of CHIN 10100. Continue to develop students‘ basic language skills to understand, speak, read and write Chinese, to introduce students to Chinese cultures.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Classes meet 5 times a week with an instructor who lectures on grammar, culture and vocabulary, and who leads intensive practices of speaking and listening skills.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Liu, Y., Yao, T., (2009) Integrated Chinese (simplified Characters), Level 1, Part 2, which includes Textbook, workbook, Character workbook, and Audio CDs to accompany the textbook and workbook. Attendance, daily homework, active participation in class, quizzes and tests. Based upon unit tests, quizzes, homework, participation and attendance.

 

CHIN 20200-01 Intermediate Chinese II HU LA

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Hong Li, Admin Annex 113, 4-3687, hli@ithaca.edu

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: CHIN 20100 with a grade of C- or better, or permission of instructor.

STUDENTS: Open to students from any discipline of the College who qualify.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Continuation of CHIN 20100. To further develop speaking, listening, reading and writing proficiency. Special emphasis will be given to writing skills and the understanding of Chinese culture.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Classes meet 3 times a week with an instructor and 1 time a week with a TA. Class consists of grammar, discussion of reading selections, presentations, writing exercises and in-class quizzes.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Liu, Y., Yao, T (2010) Integrated Chinese: Textbook: Level 2, Part 1; Workbook: Level 2, Part 1; Character Workbook: Level 2, Part 1; Level 2, Part 1 Audio CDs to accompany textbook and workbook. Class attendance, meaningful participation; daily homework; presentation; journal entries; tests. Based upon class participation, tests, quizzes, journal entries and homework.

 

CHIN 20300-01 Intermediate Chinese Conversation LA

1 credit

INSTRUCTOR: Kim You, Admin Annex 113, 4-1075

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: CHIN 10100 or higher.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Chinese conversation course is designed to provide training in basic and advanced level of develop speaking concept and speaking skill in Chinese Language. Student should have studied one semester Chinese as pre-requisite. (The basic requirement is CHIN 10100). The course will introduce students in how to use basic word building and vocabulary, phrase, short sentences, including word usage, word order, word substitution to build related vocabulary, word placement shifting to build understanding of how to speak more precisely. In Chinese, word order is a factor in the grammar and takes quite a bit of practical application to master. Vocabulary and subject matter learned in the course will be guided by practical demonstrations and mock conversational situations and will partly be derived from what the students themselves wish to learn. Thus the course will be tailored to the individual interests of the class and the examination will reflect the student‘s involvement. Students at all levels of conversational skill will be encouraged to interact with each other. At the end of this course, a student should be able to be comfortable conversing in Chinese at some basic conversations, greeting, asking directions, practical and useful pointers for situations that are likely to arise in daily life, learning how to use Chinese-language source materials and develop a consistent argument.

 

FRENCH

 

FREN 10100-all sections Elementary French I HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTORS:

Section 01: Devan Steiner, Admin Annex 114, 4-3273

Section 04 & 07: Anne Theobald, Muller 118, 4-3121

ENROLLMENT: 26 per section

PREREQUISITES: None. Open to students with no previous French or by placement exam.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: An introduction to French language and culture through a variety of listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Students attend class 3 hours per week (MWF) with the instructor and 1 hour per week (Thursday) for oral practice with a teaching assistant.

 

FREN 10200-all sections Elementary French II HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTORS: Mark Andrew Hall, Muller 433, 4-7069, mhall@ithaca.edu

ENROLLMENT: 26 per section

PREREQUISITES: FREN 10100 with a grade of C- or better, or equivalent based on placement exam score.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: A continuation of FREN 10100 that furthers development of language acquisition and cultural immersion. Focus remains on four basic communicative skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Students attend class 3 hours per week (MWF) with the instructor and are required to attend a drill session once a week (Thursdays) for oral practice with a student drill instructor.

 

FREN 20100-all sections Intermediate French I HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTORS:

Section 01: Anne Theobald, Muller 118, 4-3121

Section 02: Elizabeth Hall, Muller 404, 4-5768

ENROLLMENT: 20 per section

PREREQUISITES: FREN 10200 with a grade of C- or better.

STUDENTS: Anyone who wishes to learn French.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: To increase proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as to develop further awareness and appreciation of the diversity of francophone cultures. Emphasis will be placed on the writing process, from initial draft to final edit.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Active student preparation and participation required.

 

FREN 20200-all sections Intermediate French II HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Hazel Cramer, Admin Annex 103, 4-3568

ENROLLMENT: 20 per section

PREREQUISITES: FREN 20100 with a grade of C- or better, or assignment based on placement score.

STUDENTS: Any interested student who qualifies.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Continuation of French 201. To develop intermediate-level proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing, and to increase knowledge and appreciation of francophone cultures.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Classes meet three times a week and consist of grammar, discussion of reading selections, writing, and conversation. Classes are conducted in French.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING: (1) Textbook Pause-café w/Quia access card. Author: Megharbi et al. ISBN: 9780078157646. Grading based on preparation and participation, and tests. Regular class attendance is imperative; overcutting leads to grade reduction or being dropped from the class.

 

FREN 22300-01Honors Seminar: Explosion in a Shingle Factory: Experiments in French Modernism  

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Mark Hall, Muller 433, 4-7069

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITES: Open only to students in the Ithaca College Honors Program.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Writing in a review of the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art, New York Times critic Julian Street describes Marcel Duchamp‘s Nude Descending a Staircase as resembling no so much as ―an explosion in a shingle factory. Street‘s derisive quip captures the uneasy bemusement that so many felt in response to Duchamp‘s splintered canvas, but perhaps more importantly, it also alludes to the real risk involved in ―modern art. As a self-consciously modern 95

expression, Duchamp‘s painting challenges conventional ways of seeing. For some, the result is a moving study of color and form. For others, it is an experiment gone comically awry. The work of art, in this view, blows up in the artist‘s face. Wherever one‘s sympathies may lie, the Modern is too significant an aesthetic moment not to be taken seriously. In this course, we will adopt a perspective similar to that of those New Yorkers who almost a century ago ventured to the Armory Show, as the exhibition has come to be known, hoping to discover what was so modern about the art being produced in France. Our perspective, widened to consider the verbal as well as the visual, will be further enriched with selected readings in philosophy, psychoanalysis, and literary theory and will be guided by three broad but bold questions: What does it mean to remember? What does it mean to dream? What does it mean to be alive? In the end, however, we will be seeking answers to the question that haunts the reader or viewer of any work of art of any moment or medium: Who am I?

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion, often flowing from collaborative readings of visual and verbal texts that a pair of students will present in class.

 

FREN 30100-01 Spoken and Written Communication HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth B. Hall, Muller 404, 4-5768

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: FREN 20200 with a grade of C- or better, equivalent.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students will further develop spoken and written communication in French. Grammar will be reviewed contextually through cultural documents (French and Francophone film, literature, songs). COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Classes conducted in French. Emphasis will be placed on active discussion of grammar as well as culture. In addition to readings, course work will also include grammar quizzes, short compositions, an oral exam, a written midterm and a final exam.

 

FREN 34500-01 Francophone Literature HU LA

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Hall, Muller 404, 4-5768

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: FREN 30100 prior or concurrent (or equivalent with permission of instructor).

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course introduces students to literature of French expression from the Francophone world outside of France. This semester our focus will be the French Caribbean, including novels and short stories by major authors from Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Haiti. Some major cultural and literary movements which will be studied include the oral tradition, Negritude, Creoleness, and Postcolonialism. Texts will be explored through themes of identity, sexuality, politics, language, and family relations.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Class conducted in French. Lectures, class discussion, presentations.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Regular attendance, preparation, and participation, oral presentations, and written papers.

 

FREN 37700-01 Selected Topics: The King and His Court in 16th & 17th Century France HU LA

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Anne Theobald, Muller 118, 4-3121

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: FREN 30100 or equivalent with permission of instructor.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Study of the culture (including literature, art, music, ideas, social climate) of the Court of 16th and 17th century France.

 

 

GERMAN

 

GERM 10200-all sections Elementary German II HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTORS:

Section 01: Michael Richardson, Muller 417, 4-3559

Section 04: Victor Symonette, Admin Annex 105, 4-3932

ENROLLMENT: 26 students in each main class (MWF); 13 in each TA drill session (T)

STUDENTS: Those who fulfill the prerequisites.

PREREQUISITES: GERM 10100 with a grade of C- or better, or by placement examination.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is a continuation of Elementary German I. Its objectives are to enable students to understand, speak, read, and write simple German and to develop an appreciation of German culture.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Students will attend classes 4 hours a week: 3 hours (MWF) with their main instructor and 1 hour (T) with a TA. Classes consist of intensive oral use of the language. In order to accustom the students to a new language environment, classes will be conducted in German as much as possible. The TAs will lead the drill sessions designed to reinforce grammatical, lexical, and cultural material introduced by the instructor during class.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Regular attendance, preparation, active participation in class and drill sessions, written homework assignments, and on-line listening exercises. Based on total performance. Class participation, completion of homework and drill sessions, chapter tests, quizzes, and final exam.

 

GERM 20200-01 Intermediate German II HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: James Pfrehm, Muller 301, 4-5139

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITES: GERM 20100 with a grade of C- or better.

STUDENTS: Anyone who fulfills the prerequisites.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Continuation of work begun in GERM 20100. To develop intermediate-level proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing German and cultural literacy.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Classes consist of conversational practice, discussion of reading selections, work with A/V material, and review of grammar. In order to enhance the language environment for the students, classes are conducted entirely in German. Use of German and improvement in comprehension is expected of all students.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Regular attendance, preparation, active participation in class, cultural presentation, homework, written assignments, and language laboratory exercises. Based on total performance. Class participation, completion of homework, written and language laboratory assignments, cultural presentation, quizzes, chapter tests, and final exam.

 

GERM 22201-01 Imagining Hitler HU LA 3a, b, h

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Richardson, Muller 417, 4-3559.

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITES: Limited to H&S Honors students.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: To develop a deeper understanding of the role of Hitler and the Nazis in the U.S. cultural imagination.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Emphasis on group discussion and conversation. This course will examine American representations of Hitler and Nazism, from Chaplin‘s The Great Dictator to Don DeLillo‘s White Noise. In American culture, ―Hitler – the person and the concept – has generally stood in for terrifying and absolute evil. Yet this seems to be contradicted by the multitude of humorous representations that disempower the Nazis by turning them into evil, yet bumbling and inept clowns. This class will examine (primarily) American representations of Hitler and the Nazis and ask the following questions: What is the function of Hitler in these representations? Does it ultimately facilitate or prevent our deeper examination of the Holocaust? What sorts

of identifications are at work (or not at work) in these representations? What sort of limits are there (or must there be) on representations of Hitler? What determines those limits: good taste, morality, politics, something else? Topics will include: the use of humor in representations of Hitler and the Holocaust, representations of Hitler that imagine his survival or victory, sexualized representations of Hitler and the Nazis, and the use and misuse of Hitler in contemporary public discourse.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Regular and meaningful class participation, writing assignments, final exam.

 

GERM 38100-01 German Conversation and Culture HU LA 3ag

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: James Pfrehm, Muller 301, 4-5139

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: One level-3 German course taught in German or equivalent.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: To concentrate on the use of the German language in oral communication while helping students to gain a better understanding of the richness of the German contemporary culture.

STUDENTS: Students who wish to maintain and improve aural/oral skills while learning about the culture of Germany and other German speaking cultures.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Emphasis on group discussion and conversation. This course will focus on contemporary German culture through the reading and discussion of contemporary pieces of short fiction, and through audio-video materials.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Regular and meaningful class participation, readings, individual presentations, brief writings, and an oral mid-term and final exam. Demonstrated improvement in communication skills, and familiarization of contemporary German culture. Grading: Total performance.

 

ITALIAN

 

ITAL 10100-all sections Elementary Italian I HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTORS:

Sections 01 & 04: Silvia Abbiati, Muller 417A, 4-3467

Sections 07 & 10: Marella Feltrin-Morris, Muller 409, 4-3644

ENROLLMENT: 26

PREREQUISITES: None.

STUDENTS: Open to students from any discipline of the college; students whose disciplines require the study of a foreign language. Can be taken by language majors as a second language.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: To teach students to understand, speak, read, and write simple idiomatic Italian. Extensive oral practice in class and assignments in the language laboratory.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Class meets four days per week (MWF with the faculty member; Thursday in a smaller group with a student assistant). There will be grammar explanations and drills, videos, dialogue recitation, role-playing activities and other opportunities for self-expression. Limited English may be used to explain grammar.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Homework, attendance, class and drill session participation, presentations. Participation in class and drill sessions, homework, quizzes, exams, and lab work.

 

ITAL 10200-all sections Elementary Italian II HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTORS:

Section 01 & 04: Ashleigh Imus, Admin Annex 104, 4-7016

Section 07: Rachel Cullenen, International Programs

ENROLLMENT: 26

PREREQUISITES: ITAL 10100 or equivalent.

STUDENTS: Open to students from any discipline of the college; students whose disciplines require the study of a foreign language. Can be taken by language majors as a second language.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is a continuation of ITAL 10100. To teach students to understand, speak, read, and write simple idiomatic Italian. Extensive oral practice in class and assignments in the language laboratory.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Class meets four days per week (MWF with the faculty member; Tuesday or Thursday in a smaller group with a student assistant). There will be grammar explanations and drills, videos, dialogue memorization and recitation, role-playing activities and other opportunities for self-expression. Limited English may be used to explain grammar.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Attendance and participation in class and drill sessions, weekly lab assignments, daily oral and written homework. These provide mastery of the skills mentioned above and appreciation of the correlation of language and culture. Grades are based on class participation, homework, quizzes, exams, and lab assignments.

 

ITAL 20100-01 Intermediate Italian I HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Julia Cozzarelli, Muller 428, 4-3513

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITES: ITAL 10200 with a grade of C- or better.

STUDENTS: Open to students from all disciplines of the college; it can be taken by language majors as a second language. Language laboratory assignments supplement and reinforce class work. An informal style of teaching will serve to create a natural atmosphere encouraging students' ability and willingness to use Italian. The weekly sessions are designed to integrate grammatical, lexical, and cultural material with that already undertaken in Elementary Italian.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: To develop intermediate proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing Italian. Special emphasis will be given to Italian culture.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Regular class attendance is required; presentations and lab work. Based on exams, homework, presentations and class participation.

 

ITAL 20200-01 Intermediate Italian II HU 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Silvia Abbiati, Muller 417A, 4-3467

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITES: ITAL 20100 with a grade of C- or better.

STUDENTS: Open to students from all disciplines of the college; it can be taken by language majors as a second language.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Continuation of ITAL 20100. To develop intermediate level proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing Italian. Special emphasis will be given to Italian culture.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Class meets three times a week and consists of grammar, discussion of reading selections, and conversational practice. Language laboratory assignments supplement and reinforce class work. An informal style of teaching will serve to create a natural atmosphere encouraging students' ability and willingness to use Italian. The weekly sessions are designed to integrate grammatical, lexical, and cultural material with that already undertaken in Elementary Italian.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Regular class attendance is required; presentations and lab work. Based on exams, lab work, class participation, homework, and presentations.

 

ITAL 32300-01 Parliamo! Italian Conversation HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Julia Cozzarelli, Muller 424, 4- 3513

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: ITAL 20200 with a grade of C- or better, or equivalent.

STUDENTS: Majors in Italian Studies, minors in Italian, and interested students.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: To develop students‘ communicative skills in Italian at an advanced intermediate level.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: The course is organized around a series of themes for which students will read or view a variety of materials (including narratives, poems, videos, films, songs, and articles) and discuss them in class. There will be periodic

student oral presentations, supplemented by writing assignments, and students will practice their speaking outside of class through online technologies. Students will also be required to gather material on their own for some presentations or discussions. Full participation by students is essential and integral to the learning process, and all class discussion will be in Italian.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Course packet, with other materials supplied by instructor. Films, short stories, newspaper articles, poetry, critical essays, excerpts from major literary works will be read and discussed. Grading based on written assignments; presentations and discussions of selected cultural material.  

 

ITAL 35000-01 Italian Culture Through Cinema HU LA

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Marella Feltrin-Morris, Muller 409, 4-3644

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: ITAL 20200 with a grade of C- or better.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is intended to introduce students to the language, culture, history and changing social issues offered by Italian cinema of the past four decades. Special attention will be paid to the integration of films with close reading, discussion, and analysis of literary and cinematic texts that address such issues as national identity, immigration and emigration, the rise and fall of Fascism, the new republic, the North/South question, and the contemporary regional cultural differences. The course, moreover, affords extensive practice in speaking, reading, comprehension, and writing in Italian.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lectures, classroom discussion, group activities. Films (in Italian w/English subtitles) will be viewed outside of class. The course is conducted in Italian.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Attendance, active participation in classroom discussions, reaction papers, midterm and final exam, oral report.

 

ITAL 37000-01 Love, Lust and the Black Death: Boccaccio’s Decameron HU LA

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Julia Cozzarelli, Muller 428, 4-3513

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: One level-3 Italian course except ITAL-33000.

STUDENTS: Minors in Italian, majors in Italian Studies and interested students.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is centered on the study of Giovanni Boccaccio‘s Decameron, an influential and entertaining collection of short stories written in the early Renaissance. The tales encompass a wide range of themes and topics from tragic to comic, heroic to vulgar, providing ample material for discussion of Italian culture and literature, then and now. Students will also expand their Italian writing, reading, and communication skills through this class.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Readings, presentations and discussion. Class conducted in Italian.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Text, written papers, presentations, attendance and participation. Based on participation, papers and presentations.

 

LATIN

 

LATN 10200-01 Elementary Latin II HU LA 3a, g, h

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Robert Ziomkowski, Admin Annex 105, 4-3803.

ENROLLMENT: Flexible

PREREQUISITES: LATN 10100 with a grade of C- or better, or by placement exam.

STUDENTS: Open to all.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will advance students‘ knowledge of basic Latin grammar using the Latin Via Ovid textbook. Readings are adapted from Ovid‘s Metamorphoses, which present a variety of stories from classical mythology.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: The class will meet twice a week with the instructor for lectures and testing.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Weekly meetings, homework and exams. A-F; based on exam average, homework, and participation in class.

 

LATN 25000-01 Classical Mythology: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern Perspectives  LA

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Robert Ziomkowski, Admin Annex 105, 4-1853

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITES: One course in the humanities. STUDENTS: Open to all. COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will study myths such as Jason and the Argonauts, Orpheus and Eurydice, Cupid and Psyche, and many others, as depicted by Latin and Greek authors (such as Ovid, Apollodorus, Apuleius, and Apollonius of Rhodes). It will also examine the later retelling of the myths they describe, as seen in medieval and modern texts, and film adaptations. COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture and discussion.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Regular attendance, preparation, active participation in class, written assignments. A-F.

 

LINGUISTICS

 

LNGS 23200-all sections Introduction to Linguistics LA SS 3a

3 credits

INSTRUCTORS:

Section 01: James Pfrehm, Muller 301, 4-5139

Section 02: Devan Steiner, Admin Annex 114, 4-3273

ENROLLMENT: 30

PREREQUISITES: One course in the humanities or social sciences. Open to all students.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: An introduction to the fundamental areas and concepts of the science of language. Study of sounds and sound patterns, word and sentence structure, and language change. Other topics include semantics, language acquisition and dialects.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture and discussion based on textbook. Chapter tests and final exam.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Text: An Introduction to Language, 8th ed., by Fromkin, Rodman & Hyams (Thomson).

 

SPANISH

 

SPAN 10100-all sections Elementary Spanish I HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTORS:

Section 01 & 04: Julio López-Arias, Muller 401, 4-1413

Section 07: Bernardo Torres, Muller 417A, 4-3515

ENROLLMENT: 26

PREREQUISITES: No previous Spanish, or appropriate placement exam score. Students with more than two years of prior Spanish may not take this course.

STUDENTS: Prospective Spanish majors and minors; students with language and/or general education requirements; students who recognize the growing importance of Spanish in the United States and the rest of the world.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: To enable students to communicate in Hispanic linguistic and cultural contexts. By the end of the semester students should be able to express themselves in simple, idiomatic Spanish, orally and in writing, in the present and past tenses. They should also be able to understand basic spoken and written Spanish. Students will acquire vocabulary that should help them manage in a variety of situations, and they will become familiar with various aspects of the cultures of Spain and Spanish America.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Class meets four days per week (MWF with the faculty member; Tuesday in a smaller group with a student assistant). There will be grammar explanations and drills, videos, dialogue memorization and recitation, role-playing activities and other opportunities for self-expression. Limited English may be used to explain grammar.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Text: Plazas, Lugar de Encuentros, 4th edition, Thomson & Heinle; Assignments: Regular homework, and language laboratory work most weeks. Attendance: Regular class attendance and meaningful participation are essential to the improvement of language skills, and to passing the course. Grades are based on quizzes and tests, homework and labwork, and in-class performance.

 

SPAN 10200-all sections Elementary Spanish II HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTORS:

Sections 01 & 04: John Storm, Muller 304, 4-1190

Section 07: Lourdes Bates, Admin Annex 103, 4-7366

ENROLLMENT: 26

PREREQUISITES: SPAN 10100 with a grade of C- or better, or by placement examination.

STUDENTS: Students from Humanities and Sciences and the professional schools; prospective Spanish majors and minors; students with language and/or general education requirements; students who recognize the growing importance of Spanish in the United States and the rest of the world.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students will be taught the remaining Spanish grammar points not covered in Elementary Spanish I, and increasing emphasis will be placed on the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Vocabulary-building and cultural awareness will also play an integral role.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Class meets four days per week (MWF with the faculty member; Tuesday in a smaller group with a student assistant). There will be grammar explanations and drills, videos, dialogue memorization and recitation, role-playing activities and other opportunities for self-expression. Limited English will be used to explain grammar.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Text: Plazas, Lugar de Encuentros, 4th edition, Thomson & Heinle. Assignments: Regular homework, and language laboratory work most weeks. Attendance: Regular class attendance and meaningful participation are essential to the improvement of language skills, and to passing the course. Grades are based on quizzes and tests, homework and labwork, and in-class performance.

 

SPAN 10400-01 Intensive Elementary Spanish HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Bernardo Torres, Muller 417A, 4-3515

ENROLLMENT: 26

PREREQUISITES: By placement only. Students may not receive credit for both SPAN 10400 and SPAN 10100 or SPAN 10200. Students completing course may enroll in SPAN 20100.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: To understand, speak, read, and write simple Spanish and to appreciate Spanish culture. This course will provide a brief review of knowledge previously learned and will continue to develop new material as preparation for the intermediate Spanish level in subsequent semesters.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Students will attend classes 3 hours a week (MWF) with instructor and 1 hour (Tuesday) with an undergraduate assistant. There will be language lab requirements. Classes will be mostly in Spanish and will include conversations, grammar exercises, cultural readings, and oral presentations.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Attendance and participation are the necessary elements for learning and development. Cuts: 3 allowed for class, and 1 for TA session. There will be chapter tests, compositions, oral exams, and a final. Based on everything you do in class and all assignments (written and oral). Overcuts will lower semester grade.

 

SPAN 20100-all sections Intermediate Spanish I HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTORS:

Sections 01 & 02: Lourdes Bates, Admin Annex 103, 4-7366

Section 03 & 04: Bernardo Torres, Muller 417A, 4-3515  

ENROLLMENT: 20 per section

PREREQUISITES: SPAN 10200 or SPAN 10400 with a grade of C- or better.

STUDENTS: Current and prospective Spanish majors and minors, as well as students seeking to satisfy their language and/or general education requirements. Because of the growing importance of Spanish, and its applicability to a wide range of professions, students from all five schools will likely enroll in this course.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: To review some of the salient points of Spanish grammatical structures, in particular, the present, past, and future tenses, the present subjunctive, reflexive verbs, and commands. Vocabulary building will also be an important part of this course, and students will acquire words needed to express themselves in a variety of contexts: social life, family, gender issues, university settings, and travel. Students‘ reading skills will improve through the reading of journalistic pieces and short literary works written by authors from Spain and Spanish America, and considerable importance will be given to the improvement of speaking and writing skills. Emphasis is also placed on the different aspects of the cultures, histories, and geographies of the Spanish-speaking world.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Brief explanation and review of grammatical structures, based on students‘ questions. The bulk of class time will be dedicated to giving students opportunities for self-expression, and to discussion of assigned readings.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Assignments: Students should expect homework most days, in order to practice the language on a regular basis. Attendance: Regular class attendance and meaningful participation are essential to the improvement of language skills, and to passing the course. Grades are based on quizzes, tests, textbook assignments, compositions, and in-class performance.

 

SPAN 20200-all sections Intermediate Spanish II HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTORS:

01 & 02: Paula Twomey, Admin Annex 104,

03: TBA

ENROLLMENT: 20 per section.

PREREQUISITES: SPAN 20100 with a grade of C- or better.

STUDENTS: Current and prospective Spanish majors and minors; majors in other languages and literatures; students with language and/or Humanities and Sciences general education requirements; students interested in studying in a Spanish-speaking country; students aware of the growing importance of Spanish both in and outside of the United States, and who recognize the language's potential importance to their careers.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Continuation of SPAN 20100. To review the salient points of Spanish grammar, and develop intermediate proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The course emphasizes different aspects of Spanish and Latin American cultures. Aside from text exercises, students will learn practical, day-to-day vocabulary by reading and discussing literary and newspaper selections, listening to music, viewing videos, exploring the web, and preparing oral presentations.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: It is expected that students will be active, not passive learners – students will take part in much cooperative and collaborative learning. There will be discussions of readings and frequent oral presentations, and other activities designed to practice vocabulary and grammatical structures.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Based on exams, assignments and classroom participation and preparation.

 

SPAN 20300-01 Spanish Intermediate Conversation HU LA

1 credit

INSTRUCTOR: Bernardo Torres, Muller 417A, 4-3515

ENROLLMENT: 25

PREREQUISITES: Co-requisites: SPAN 20100 or SPAN 20200. Does not count towards major or minor.

STUDENTS: Students wishing to develop speaking abilities and to have fun while they do it. Course may be repeated once.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: To develop proficiency in speaking and understanding, while broadening knowledge of Spanish culture. 

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Class meets once a week. There are brief reading assignments to prepare for discussion, and speaking activities.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING: Students must be currently enrolled in either SPAN 201 or SPAN 202. Attendance and participation are the necessary elements for learning and development in this course. Since the class meets once a week, only one cut will be allowed. Overcuts will lower the semester grade.

 

SPAN 27000-01 Experiencing Teatro LA

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Annette Levine, Muller 414, 4-3252

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITES: None.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The object of the course is to stage a chosen play from the Spanish, Latin American, or US Latino Spanglish traditions, with the highest possible production values given limited time and budget. All students registered in the course will be expected to participate in some aspect of the staging of the performance. Students do not need to have previous theater or theater production experience. The course is open to students of all levels of Spanish proficiency. The course will be conducted in English and the amount of Spanish used will be determined by the play that is selected.

 

SPAN 32100-all sections Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition HU LA

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Sergio Pedro, Muller 434, 4-1421

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: SPAN 20200 with a grade of C- or better, or equivalent.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: To address aspects of Spanish that English speakers find problematic: gender, number and agreement, clitics, semantics, verb aspect & mood & idiomatic expressions. To eliminate errors from students‘ speech and writing.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Conducted in Spanish. Presentation of grammar themes, exercises, quizzes, & essay workshops (peer editing).

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Daily preparation, writing assignments, two exams, active participation. Based on requirements.

 

SPAN 32200-all sections Experiencing Hispanic Literature HU LA

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Maria DiFrancesco, Muller 411, 4-3547

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: SPAN 32100.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Provides students with essential vocabulary for critical literary analysis and introduces them to four literary genres (poetry, drama, fiction, essay) through representative readings from both Spanish and Latin American literatures. Teaches students to read literature and write about it from an analytical perspective.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Class conducted in Spanish. Oral discussions and written essays interpreting our readings.

 

SPAN 32300-01 Conversation I: Contemporary Issues HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Annette Levine, Muller 414, 4-3252

ENROLLMENT: 15 each section

PREREQUISITES: SPAN 20200 with a grade of C- or better.

STUDENTS: Spanish majors and minors; students who qualify and would like to improve their conversational skills.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: To improve students' fluency in conversational Spanish. By the end of the semester students should be able to speak and express their opinions with confidence on a wide range of topics (cultural, social, political, economic, moral, etc.). Frequent cross-cultural comparisons will be made. Oral, aural, and reading proficiency will be developed through the reading of newspaper articles and literary selections. Students will also view TV shows and films. Discussions and textbook

exercises will further enhance the above mentioned skills.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Classes will be conducted entirely in Spanish and students are expected to do most of the speaking. Class participation is essential. Everyday communication will be enhanced through conversational activities, oral presentations, discussions of the assigned readings, newscasts or films.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Class participation, oral reports and skits, vocabulary quizzes, oral exams.

 

SPAN 32400-01 Conversation II: The Spanish Speaking World HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Julio López-Arias, Muller 401, 4-1413

ENROLLMENT: 15 per section

PREREQUISITES: SPAN 32300.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: To improve communication skills through presentations, debates and discussions of written materials. This course will also acquaint students with ―Hispanic issues (from a Hispanic perspective). Constant comparisons between Hispanic and Anglo cultures will be made. In a cooperative learning setting, students are repeatedly exposed to public speaking. This will help them to overcome any discomfort they may have about speaking in public and in Spanish.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: We will cover the readings provided by the processor. Every student will present an analytical and critical report of the readings (in small groups and to class). Every student selects and presents a reading. At the end of the semester, students have to present all their readings with the vocabulary list of the words they learned with their English equivalents. Students are evaluated on their class presentation (performance) and their presentations.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Text: Reading materials in Spanish. Participation [performance] 60%; presentations and exams (40%).

 

SPAN 33300-01 Latin American Civilization and Culture HU LA 1 hg

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Lourdes Bates, Admin Annex 103, 4-7366

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: SPAN 32100 and SPAN 32300.

STUDENTS: Open to all those interested in Latin American history and culture – Spanish majors and minors, Latin American studies minors, etc.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: An exploration of the people and cultures of the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Traces the development of these regions from indigenous preconquest cultures to contemporary issues of globalization, while addressing ethnicity, gender, religion, class and the arts.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Taught in Spanish. Blend of lecture and student presentations.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Active student participation, regular reading assignments, film viewing, written assignments, and student presentations. Grading: Based on daily participation, exams, written assignments, and student presentations.

 

SPAN 33700-01 Introduction to Spanish Literatuare HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Maria DiFrancesco, Muller 411, 4-3547

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: SPAN 32100 and SPAN 32300.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: An overview of Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to the present. Special attention will be given to literary movements and recurrent themes.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Conducted in Spanish. Some lecture, mostly discussion, student presentations.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Assignments, preparation (readings), participation in Spanish, presentations, essays & exams. Grading: Based on requirements.

 

SPAN 33800-01 Introduction to Latin American Literature HU LA 3a, g

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Annette Levine, Muller 414, 4-3252

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: SPAN 32200 and SPAN 32300, or by placement examination.

STUDENTS: Open to Spanish majors and minors and students whose command of the language is adequate for reading, writing, and discussing literary selections in Spanish.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will examine the work of representative Latin American writers. Emphasis will be placed on Latin America‘s cultural and literary development as well as its search for identity.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Representative readings from contemporary Latin American literature. Class participation, exams, presentation, papers.

 

SPAN 35000-01 The Art of Translation HU LA

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Julio Lopez-Arias, Muller 401, 4-1413

ENROLLMENT: 15.

PREREQUISITES: SPAN 32100.

STUDENTS: Spanish majors and minors, and students from any discipline who feel that familiarity with the linguistic and cultural differences which exist between Spanish-speaking and English-speaking societies will be important to their careers. This course will be equally useful for those students whose main goal is to acquire tools necessary to succeed in their professions.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: To study further the Spanish language through the art of translation. Students will develop skills in Spanish to English and English to Spanish translation using a variety of texts: letters, literary selections, journalism, advertisements, "how to" material, etc. A close reading of the material translated will help students focus on the nuances of each language and intercultural differences. Comparative analysis of Spanish and English grammatical structures and word order will play a fundamental role, as will the development of dictionary-using skills.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: When necessary there will be brief lectures to review grammatical structures. For the most part the format will be similar to that of a workshop or seminar. Students will evaluate translations done by others, and will compare, discuss and evaluate each other's translations. There will be some cooperative and collaborative work. Class sessions will be conducted primarily in Spanish. However, due to the nature of the course, some use of English will be used.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: A good (not abridged) Spanish/English dictionary, such as the Collins or American Heritage; Main text (TBA); regular attendance. The course grade will be based on: (1) class attendance, preparation and performance; (2) several short translation exercises; (3) a final translation project. For the final translation students will be encouraged to choose something that is of personal or professional interest to them.

 

SPAN 45400-01 Cervantes HU

3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: Sergio Pedro, Muller 434, 4-1421

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: SPAN 33700 or SPAN 33800.

STUDENTS: Spanish majors, minors, native speakers with interest in Spanish literature.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is an ideal course that all lovers of the Spanish language and culture ought to take. The course will deal with a close reading of Don Quijote, chapter by chapter. It will pay special attention to its classical themes: reality and fantasy; madness and sanity; the role of women; courtly love; art vs nature; the relationship between the artist and its creation; justice; honor; essence and appearances; how a novel is written, etc. The course will deal also with how Don Quijote and some novelas ejemplares are a manifestation not only of the esthetic, historical and cultural currents of Spain, but of other European countries as well. This manifestation will be viewed through some films, printings and poetry.

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