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Spring 2020

Below are descriptions for content courses.  Please refer to the Undergraduate Catalog or HOMER for the lower level courses.

CHIN 19400-01 Love, War and the Supernatural 

This course is designed to use three themes, namely, love, war, and the supernatural, to introduce a body of Chinese literature. Students will acquire new perspectives and gain much-needed knowledge to live and work in today’s global world.

FREN-36700-01, French for Business

In this course, students gain familiarity with spoken and written expression necessary to conduct business in France. Topics covered include the French economy, French business practices, human resources, marketing, and intercultural communication.

GERM 31800-01, German Culture Through Film 

This class provides you with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the contemporary culture and people of the German-speaking countries while improving your command of the German language, most specifically, your speaking and writing skills.  With a textbook as our guide, we will view and discuss seven films. You will learn the terminology related to film studies, and acquire a range of vocabulary items relevant to each individual film. A central goal of this course is to hone your ability to recount, describe, assess, and debate in the target language.

ITAL 26000 A Place to Call Home 

What is home and how do we recognize it? Is it the country, the town, the house, the room where our loved ones come together as a family? Or is it a psychological state, an experience or a memory that triggers a sensation of comfort and protection? This upper-level course (taught in English with the possibility for students who wish to do so to read some of the selections in the original Italian) focuses on the image of home and its connections to origins and identity in Italian literature, film, art and music from all time periods. The goal is to gain a deeper understanding not only of the authors’ interpretation of this archetypal place, but also, and more importantly, of our own relationship to it.

ITAL 32300 Parliamo! Italian Conversation

This course is designed to develop students’ communicative skills in Italian at an advanced intermediate level. 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.

LNGS 19407-01 Madness and Power in Latin America HU LA

This course examines the relationship between madness and power in Latin America. Students will learn about the different struggles that have led to many dictatorships as well as corruption scandals and brutal regimes in the region. Using Michel Foucault's Madness and Civilization as a framework, this course will look at Latin American literature and film from the perspective of madness.

LNGS 24300-01 Language and the World 

This course builds on the system-external linguistic topics introduced in Introduction to Linguistics 23200. Class discussions and readings focus on language in society, language variation and change over time, language and technology, and systems of writing. 

LNGS 25000/ENGL 25000: E 1: Self & Society GE: Verbal Language GE: Global Perspective (ICC) – Humanities HU - Non-ICC Liberal Arts Theme: Inquiry, Imagine, Innovation Theme: World of Systems (ICC) - Writing Intensive

Examines the role of translation within the broader context of comparative literature. Drawing from representative texts spanning across centuries, students will discuss concepts of interpretation, faithfulness, loss and gain, negotiation, colonization, cannibalization and ethics. Explores the figure of the translator, both in theoretical and literary works, and approaches the field of translation from the perspective of practicing translators and translated authors. Basic reading proficiency in a language other than English is necessary. Cross-listed with ENGL 25000; students may not receive credit for both LNGS 25000 and ENGL 25000.

SPAN 32500-01 Experiencing Hispanic Literature 

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

SPAN 33500-01 Spanish Civilization and Culture 

Taught entirely in Spanish, this course is an exploration of the people and cultures of Spain.  Through genuine artifacts, writing and the arts, the course traces 2,000 years of Spanish history and culture, with attention to issues of privilege and tolerance, ethnicity, gender, religion and class.

SPAN 33800-01 Introduction to Latin American Literature 

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.

SPAN 35500-01 The Art of Translation

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.

SPAN-37900-01 ST: Travel, Migration and Displacement in Latin America  

The history of the Latin American continent has been marked by the mobility of its peoples. From the communities which made their way through the Strait of Bering (or perhaps crossing the Pacific ocean) thousands of years ago, through the history of European empires that settled colonies in the New World geographies, to the 20th and 21st century history of political exile, economic migration, tourism and travel. This course will focus on studying cultural artifacts from Latin America, especially literary narratives and films that deal with the concepts of travel, migration and displacement, highlighting the different types of mobilities of the peoples of Latin America. We will encounter literary and film narratives dealing with different histories and contexts from different countries in the Americas, ranging from the United States and Mexico to Chile, Brazil and Argentina. Students in the course will gain a greater understanding of the topics of Travel, Migration and Displacement in the context of Latin America while practicing their written and oral abilities in Spanish.