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Courses

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General


ASIA 120 Asian Cinemas (4). How do contemporary films from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and India represent their people, re-imagine their cultural identities, and negotiate the local and global, tradition and modernity? This course is an introduction of Asian cinematic narratives. The focus will be on trying to map the overall picture of each cinema, and then examine their major films. Possible topics include cinematic history of each country; relationships to literary and cultural discourses; different film genres; major directors, and various thematic concerns. The aims of this course are to expand your knowledge of both the broad cinematic and socio-historical contexts of Asian cinemas, as well as to enhance your critical thinking. Lectures and readings in English, all films have English subtitles; no prior background is required.

ASIA 124. Society, Gender & Culture in East Asia (4) The course focuses on the major social, gender and cultural issues in contemporary East Asia. The course takes a multidisciplinary approach in reading and examining theoretical/literary/filmic texts in political/economic contexts of global influences and local nationalisms. The course satisfies Asian Language and Studies Major, Chinese and Japanese minors.

ASIA 130. East Asian Literature (4) This course is an introduction to East Asian literature through the reading of selected works in translation. The purpose of the course is to provide the student with an overview of modern Chinese, Korean, and Japanese literature, and the larger historical and cultural context within which it developed. There are no prerequisites: the course is open to all students who wish to expand their intellectual horizons and to enjoy lively and culturally significant reading.

ASIA 193. Special Topics. 1 or 4 Unit.

FREN 051. French Literature in English (4) See description under French.

LANG 087. Internship in Applied Language (2-4) This course provides opportunities to use language(s) studied under supervised conditions in a professional venue, either in local schools and businesses or in study-abroad internships. Registration is subject to departmental approval and is ordinarily limited to advanced students. Pass/No credit grading only.

LANG 089. Practicum (2) This course is designed to give the student opportunity to work with language in practical situations under supervised conditions. Permission of the instructor is required for registration. Registration is ordinarily limited to advanced students who are registered in another course in the same language. Pass/No credit grading only.

LANG 191. Independent Study (2-4)

LANG 193. Special Topics (2-4)

LANG 197. Undergraduate Research (2-4) Provides opportunity for qualified students majoring in a language in the Department of Modern Language and Literature to complete a supervised original research project. Students are encouraged to travel to collections and use unique materials and resources in developing an original paper or other public presentation of their findings.

Chinese

CHIN  011a. First-Year Chinese, First Semester (4) Beginning training in the basic language skills of understanding, speaking, reading and writing at the first semester level. Cultural approach. Laboratory.

CHIN  011b. First-Year Chinese, Second Semester (4) Training in the basic language skills of understanding, speaking, reading and writing at the second semester level. Cultural approach. Laboratory. Prerequisite: CHIN  011a, or permission of the instructor.

CHIN  23. Chinese culture and society through readings, videos, conversations on daily life and cultural behaviors in Greater China (China, Taiwan and Hong Kong). Continued emphasis on developing critical thinking as well as 4-skills proficiency in Chinese language at the intermediate level. Prerequisite: CHIN  023, or permission of the instructor.

CHIN 025. Intermediate Chinese, Fourth Semester (4) This course is a continuation of cultural themes begun in CHIN 023. Chinese culture and society is examined through readings, videos, conversations on Chinese cultural behaviors and social issues. There is a continued emphasis on developing critical thinking as well as proficiency of 4-skills in Chinese language at the intermediate level. Prerequisite: CHIN 023 with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.

CHIN  125. Advanced Chinese I (4) Selective readings in Chinese that focus on social issues in contemporary China. Continues training in writing and conversation at the advanced level. Prerequisites: CHIN  25 or permission of the instructor.

CHIN  126. Advanced Chinese II (4) Selective readings in Chinese of contemporary literary works in prose and drama. Continues training in writing and conversation at the advanced level. Prerequisites: CHIN  125 or permission of the instructor.

CHIN  191. Independent Study (2-4)

CHIN  193. Special Topics (2-4)
 
French

FREN 011a. First-Year French, First Semester (4) Beginning training in the basic language skills of understanding, speaking, reading and writing at the first semester level. Communicative and cultural approach. Students with previous experience in French will be initially placed in accordance with their linguistic proficiency. Placement is subject to continuing re-evaluation.

FREN 011b. First-Year French, Second Semester (4) Training in the basic language skills of understanding, speaking, reading and writing at the second semester level. Communicative and cultural approach. Placement is subject to continuing re-evaluation. Prerequisite: FREN 011a, or permission of the instructor.

FREN 023. Intermediate French, Third Semester (4) Culture and civilization through study of French daily life situations and customs, with discussion of reading material and exploration of French-language web sites. Integrated acquisition and review of grammar as a functioning language-system. Prerequisite: FREN 011b, or permission of the instructor.

FREN 025. Intermediate French, Fourth Semester (4) Continuation and expansion of cultural themes begun in FREN 23, to include history and memory, national identity and diversity, “francophonie”, current issues and events in the French-speaking world. Reading selections, discussion, exploration of French-expression web sites, with emphasis on the press. Continuation of integrated acquisition and review of grammar as a functioning language-system. Prerequisite: FREN 023, or permission of the instructor.

FREN 051. French Literature in English (4) A study of selected themes, periods or forms in French literature. Readings, discussions, lectures, exams in English. Applicable to French Studies major.

FREN 107. Introduction to French of Business and Economics (4) This course will provide: 1) an opportunity to acquire and to discuss, in French, background on contemporary French life and the economic systems which serve it; 2) workshop opportunities to solve practical problems of commerce through business correspondence, oral interviews, etc., in French. Students will gain introductory knowledge about France and its economy, acquiring at the same time active and passive abilities in the practical uses of French for commercial, business and academic purposes. At the conclusion of the course, students may seek certification through the exams of the Certificat Pratique de FranE7ais Economique et Commercial of the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris (optional). Prerequisite: FREN 025 or permission of the instructor.

FREN 110. Grammaire, Composition et Discussion (4) Essential principles of syntax; Composition; oral presentations. Prerequisite: FREN 025 or permission of the instructor.

FREN 112. Civilisation Française A (4) A survey of the culture and civilization of France from the Middle Ages through the 17th century. Prerequisite: FREN 025 or permission of the instructor.

FREN 114. Civilisation Française B (4) A survey of the culture and civilization of France from the 18th century to the present. Prerequisite: FREN 025 or permission of the instructor.

FREN 116. Littérature Française A (4) An introductory study of French literature from the Middle Ages through the 18th century. Prerequisite: FREN 025 or permission of the instructor.

FREN 118. Littérature Française B (4) An introductory study of French literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. Prerequisite: FREN 025 or permission of the instructor.
 
FREN 120. Le Cinéma Français/French Cinema in English (4) A study of the development of French cinema through the analysis of themes, styles, and cinematic techniques. In French. Films with English subtitles. Offered occasionally in English with no prerequisite. Prerequisite: FREN 025 or permission of the instructor.

FREN 122. La Francophonie (4) Studies in francophonic literary and cinematographic productions from Africa, the Antilles and/or Canada. Works analyzed in their cultural, geographical and historical context with an emphasis on the issues of language, race, gender, power, and cultural identity. In French. Offered occasionally in English as FREN 051. Prerequisite: FREN 025 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated with permission of the instructor.

FREN 124. Individu et Société (4) An exploration of the construction of the self and its relation to the social in various epochs in French culture. Focus on universality and difference, the autobiographical project, social determinism, exclusion and revolt. In French. Prerequisite: four semesters of college French. Offered occasionally in English as FREN 051. May be repeated with permission of the instructor.

FREN 126. Penseurs et Philosophes (4) The French moralists, essayists and philosophers from the Renaissance to the present. A history of French thought and its preferred fields of speculation. Selected readings from Montaigne, Descartes, Pascal, Montesquieu, Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau, Sartre, Camus, Foucault and others. In French. Prerequisite: FREN 025 or permission of the instructor.

FREN 128. Images et Voix de Femmes (4) Images and voices of women from courtly love to the present. An analysis of “la condition feminine” in the French literary and cultural context. In French. Prerequisite: FREN 025 or permission of the instructor. Offered occasionally in English as FREN 051. May be repeated with permission of the instructor.

FREN 130. L'Adaptation cinématographique (4) This is a study of the aesthetics of film adaptation in French cinema. Readings of major works of French and Francophone literature adapted to the screen: Zola, Maupassant, Gide, Duras, Balzac, Diderot, Laferriere and others. The course includes discussion of cross-cultural film adaptations. Prerequisite: FREN 025 with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.

FREN 191. Etudes Indépendantes (2-4) Ordinarily limited to majors in their senior year.

FREN 193. Etudes Spécialisées (4) Prerequisite: FREN 025 or equivalent.

German
 
GERM 011a. First-Year German, First Semester (4) Beginning training in the basic language skills of understanding, speaking, reading and writing at the first semester level. Cultural approach. Laboratory.

GERM 011b. First-Year German, Second Semester (4) Training in the basic language skills of understanding, speaking, reading and writing at the second semester level. Cultural approach. Laboratory. Placement is subject to continuing reevaluation. Prerequisite: GERM 011a, or permission of the instructor.

GERM 023. Intermediate German, Third Semester (4) Culture and civilization of the German-speaking countries are examined through readings, conversations, and videos about daily life and customs in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as exploration of German-language web sites. this course is an integrated review of German as a functioning language-system. Prerequisite: GERM 011B with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.

GERM 025. Intermediate German, Fourth Semester (4) This course is a continuation of the cultural themes begun in GERM 023. This course explores culture and civilization of the German-speaking countries through readings, conversations, and videos about daily life and customs in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as exploration of German-language web sites. The course includes a continuation of the integrated review of German as a functioning language-system. Prerequisite: GERM 023 with a "C-" or better or permission of the instructor.

GERM 191. Independent Study. 2-4 Units.

Japanese

JAPN 011a. First-Year Japanese, First Semester (4) Beginning training in the basic language skills of understanding, speaking, reading and writing at the first semester level. Cultural approach. Laboratory. Students with previous experience in Japanese will be initially placed in accordance with their linguistic proficiency. Placement is subject to continuing reevaluation.

JAPN 011b. First-Year Japanese, Second Semester (4) Training in the basic language skills of understanding, speaking, reading and writing at the second semester level. Cultural approach. Laboratory. Placement is subject to continuing reevaluation. Prerequisite: JAPN 011a or permission of the instructor.

JAPN 023. Intermediate Japanese, Third Semester (4) Students examine Japanese culture and society through readings, videos, conversations on Japanese cultural behaviors and social issues. The emphasis is on developing critical thinking as well as proficiency of 4-skills in Japanese language at the intermediate level. Prerequisite: JAPN 011B with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.

JAPN 025. Intermediate Japanese, Fourth Semester (4) This course is a continuation of cultural themes begun in JAPN 023. Students examine Japanese culture and society through readings, videos, conversations on Japanese cultural behaviors and social issues. A continued emphasis is on developing critical thinking as well as proficiency of 4-skills in Japanese language at the intermediate level. Prerequisite: JAPN 023 with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.

JAPN 170. Japanese Literature in Translation (4) See description under Japanese.

JAPN 172. Japanese Culture and Civilization (4) See description under Japanese.

JAPN 180. Modern Japanese Fiction (4) Students study Japanese fiction as a literary genre after 1867 and up to the present. This course examines representative works by Natsume Soseki and Mori Ogai, the greatest figures among the early modern novelists, and also deals with several leading authors of the post-war period that include Mishima Yukio and Abe Kobo. The readings are in Japanese. Prerequisite: JAPN 125 or JAPN 126 with a "C-" or better, or permission of the instructor.

Russian

RUSS 011a. First-Year Russian, First Semester (4) Beginning training in the basic language skills of understanding, speaking, reading and writing at the first semester level. Cultural approach. Laboratory.

RUSS 011b. First-Year Russian, Second Semester (4) Training in the basic language skills of understanding, speaking, reading and writing at the second semester level. Cultural approach. Laboratory. Prerequisite: RUSS 011a or permission of the instructor.

RUSS 023. Intermediate Russian, Third Semester (4) Russian culture through readings, conversations, videos and discussions on daily life and culture of Russia and former Soviet Republics. Review of Russian language as a functioning system. Prerequisite: RUSS 011b or permission of the instructor.

RUSS 025. Intermediate Russian, Fourth Semester (4) A continuation of the cultural themes begun in RUSS 23. Russian culture through readings and discussions on daily life in Russia and former Soviet Republics. Continued review of Russian language as a functioning system. Prerequisite: RUSS 023 or permission of the instructor.

RUSS 073. Russian Culture and Civilization (4) A survey of major cultural and artistic developments in Russia from the founding of the Kievan state to the 20th century. Readings, lectures, discussions and student presentations on Russian literature and art. A survey of major literary works of the Golden Age of Russian literature. Extensive use of audiovisual aids. Taught in English.

RUSS 120. Contemporary Russian Film (4) RUSS 120 is a 4-unit course designed for a general audience. No knowledge of Russian is required; lectures and readings are entirely in English. All the movies to be screened have English subtitles. This course is an overview of contemporary Russian film as representation and reflection of Russian cultural values and political and economic changes for the 1960s to the present. Students will see and discuss works of major film directors in their social, political, historical, and cultural context. They will learn about new cultural trends, the relationship between culture and officialdom, as well as peculiarities of national self-perception (the Russian Idea), gender/ethnicity based interpretations, and artistic realities in Russian film.

RUSS 191. Independent Study (2-4) May be used for advanced work in Russian reading, composition and conversation, or for work on other topics.

RUSS 193. Special Topics (2-4)

Spanish

SPAN011a. First-Year Spanish, First Semester (4) Beginning training in the basic language skills of understanding, speaking, reading and writing at the first semester level. Communicative approach. Laboratory.

SPAN011b. First-Year Spanish, Second Semester (4) Training in the basic language skills of understanding, speaking, reading and writing at the second semester level. Communicative approach. Laboratory. Placement is subject to continuing reevaluation. Prerequisite: SPAN011a or permission of the instructor.

SPAN021a. Spanish for Heritage Speakers, First Semester (4) Beginning study of the formal use of Spanish by heritage speakers. Emphasizes skills in composition, advanced reading comprehension, standards versus vernacular usages, and cross language interference. Prerequisite: Native speaking ability in Spanish.

SPAN021b. Spanish for Heritage Speakers, Second Semester (4) Emphasizes skills in composition, advanced reading comprehension, standards versus vernacular usages, and cross language interference. Prerequisite: SPAN021a or permission of instructor.

SPAN023. Intermediate Spanish, Third Semester (4) Culture and civilization of the Hispanic world through readings, videos and conversations on daily life and culture in the Hispanic world. Rapid review of Spanish language as a functioning system. Prerequisite: SPAN011b or permission of the instructor.

SPAN025. Intermediate Spanish, Fourth Semester (4) A continuation of the cultural themes begun in SPAN023. Culture and civilization of the Hispanic world through readings, videos and conversations on daily life and culture in the Hispanic world. Continued review of Spanish language as a functioning system. Prerequisite: SPAN023 or permission of the instructor.

SPAN027. Conversación (4) May be repeated once for credit. An intermediate level course to develop social skills in an Hispanic context. Emphasis is directed to the practical interpersonal skills important to every day living as well as those cultural manifestations inherent in speaking Spanish among native speakers. Prerequisite: SPAN011b or permission of the instructor.

SPAN101. Composición avanzada (4) Designed to prepare students for formal writing in Spanish in academic and professional contexts. Includes grammar review and vocabulary building. Prerequisite: SPAN025 or 021b, or permission of instructor.

SPAN103. Introducción a la literatura hispánica (4) A systematic survey of Hispanic literature. Addresses such topics as the function of literature, the analysis and interpretation of texts, literary periods, movements and trends. Prerequisites: SPAN021b or 025 or 101 or permission of the instructor.

SPAN110. Civilización hispanoamericana (4) A systematic survey of Hispanic-American civilization from pre-Columbian times to the modern era. Special attention is paid to the Incas, Aztecs and Mayans. May include national and regional historic, political, economic and cultural developments and their impact on Hispanic life. Prerequisite: SPAN021b or 025 or 101 or 103, or permission of instructor.

SPAN112. Civilización española (4) A systematic survey of Hispanic literature. An overview of Spanish Peninsular culture and history through literature and art. Representative works from the Middle Ages to the contemporary period are studied in the context of intellectual history and local and international historic developments. Prerequisite: SPAN021b or 025 or 101 or 103, or permission of instructor.

SPAN120. Narrativa hispánica (4) An overview of the novel and short story with an in-depth study of the landmark works of the most prominent authors of the Hispanic world. May be repeated with permission of instructor. Prerequisite: SPAN101 or 103 or 133 or 135, or permission of instructor.

SPAN122. Literatura mexicana (4) Reading and analysis of Mexican literature. Special emphasis on cultural and societal aspects. Prerequisite: SPAN101 or 103 or 133 or 135, or permission of instructor.

SPAN124. Escritores hispanos en los Estados Unidos (4) Systematic survey of U.S. Latino literature. This course could provide an overall view of Hispanic literature or emphasize the literature of one of its major groups: Chicanos, Cubanos o PuertorriqueF1os. May be repeated with permission of instructor. Prerequisite: SPAN101 or 103 or 133 or 135, or permission of instructor.

SPAN126. Poesía hispánica (4) A study of the primary poetic movements of the Spanish-speaking world with an in-depth study of the landmark works of the most important authors. Writers, periods and regional focus will vary. Prerequisite: SPAN101 or 103 or 133 or 135, or permission of instructor.

SPAN128. Teatro hispánico (4) A study of the works of major playwrights of the Spanish-speaking world. Writers, periods and regional focus will vary. Prerequisite: SPAN101 or 103 or 133 or 135, or permission of instructor.

SPAN133. Don Quijote (4) An in-depth study of the major themes of Cervantes’ masterpiece. Includes a consideration of historical, intellectual and literary contexts. Explores the relationship of this work to the ideological currents of late sixteenth-and early seventeenth-century Europe. Prerequisites: SPAN101, 103 or permission of instructor. Not recommended for freshmen.

SPAN135. Literatura hispanoamericana del siglo XX (4) An analytical study of the works of major authors. Magic realism will be an important focus in the overview of literary trends in Twentieth Century Hispanoamerica. Prerequisites: SPAN101 and 103 or permission of instructor.

SPAN140. Traducción (4) Outline of basic written translation techniques. Translation exercises and assignments. Special attention given to vocabulary and sentence structure. Designed to train students to interpret content and express it in the appropriate written form. Prerequisite: SPAN101 or permission of instructor.

SPAN141. Sintaxis, semántica y morfología (4) An overview of syntaxes, semantics and morphology within the context of Spanish linguistics. Focus on pedagogical descriptions that explain the structure of language as a complete system. Designed to facilitate the understanding and teaching of Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN101 or permission of instructor. This course requires a high level of proficiency in Spanish. Not recommended for freshmen.

SPAN143. Fonética y fonología (4) An overview of phonetics and phonology within the context of Spanish linguistics. Focus on the study of the sound system of the Spanish language, the mechanics of sound production, the manner in which the language has organized these sounds into a system of logical relationships, and the way geographical, social and ethnic variations are made manifest through that system. Prerequisite: SPAN141. Not recommended for freshmen.

SPAN191. Independent Study (2-4)

SPAN193. Special Topics (3 or 4)