Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

University of Delaware


Student Friendly Course Descriptions


Level 200 and Above – Spring 2008 Courses
















































ARAB  201:  Arabic Grammar and Composition    (3 credits)




Ikram Masmoudi






This course focuses on increasing your knowledge of the Arabic Grammatical system and on improving your writing skills. While the emphasis is clearly on grammar, students will have the opportunity to produce original texts on topics of interest to them.



Prerequisites: ARAB 107
An Honors section is available.








CHIN  201:  Advanced Intermediate Chinese I    (3 credits)




Renee Dong






This course is part one of a two-course series, designed to further consolidate the knowledge students have learned from CHIN105 through CHIN200. Learning activities include oral, reading and writing exercises on selected topics. Students will learn to use various grammatical forms to convey different nuances in the Chinese language.



Prerequisite : CHIN107 or with the instructor's approval




CHIN  355:  Advanced Readings in Chinese    (3 credits)




Renee Dong






This course is designed to further improve students' writing in Chinese through exposure to a variety of both contemporary and ancient texts. Students will develop their abilities to comprehend authentic language materials, understand the distinguishing features of written Chinese, and produce paragraph-level Chinese on familiar topics. Besides language objectives, the class also helps students to expand their knowledge of contemporary Chinese society and culture.



Prerequisites: Two courses at the 200-level, one of which must be CHIN 200 or CHIN 205, or instructor’s permission.
Honor students will read one more essay and give an oral presentation on that essay.




CHIN  467:  Advanced Readings in Chinese Literature and Culture    (3 credits)




Jianguo Chen






This course aims to further improve students’ reading and writing proficiency through in-depth reading and responding to essays that examine important social and cultural issues in modern and contemporary China. Reading materials include newspaper articles, TV series, as well as other writings from social media. Students will learn to think critically and creatively in the target language. This course counts towards Chinese Majors and Minors.



Honors option available (section 080).
Honors students will read one more essay and give and oral presentation on that essay.








LATN  202:  Intermediate Latin Poetry    (3 credits)




Daniel Lees






The second half of this first-reading course in ancient Roman language and culture trains students in translating vibrant authentic Latin poetry by major Roman figures such as Catullus writing of the enigmatic “Lesbia” and the arch non-conformist Ovid. An historical novel in English that illuminates the era and brings it to life will be read and discussed. Also students will prepare a short research essay on Roman culture chosen from a broad list of topics ranging from mythology to the cinema of Fellini. A mid-term examination consisting of translation and parsing and a final examination of the same type will complete the course.






LATN  302/402:  Advanced Intermediate Poetry    (3 credits)




Daniel Lees






This class deals with translating the poetry of a single ancient Roman writer and thinker. The topic for this year will be selections from Horace, whose penetrating gaze deeply touches us, for, as a near contemporary wrote of him, "as his friend [the reader] laughs, Horace slyly puts his finger on his every fault; once let in, he plays about the heartstrings." In addition students will read and comment upon a novel written in English that deals probingly with the rich political climate of the turbulent Ciceronian period when Rome was undergoing a wrenching transformation from republic to empire. Students will also prepare a brief research essay on a subject of Roman culture of interest to them, drawn from a list. A mid-term examination consisting of translation and parsing and a final examination of the same type will complete the course.








FLLT  106:  Korean Language and Culture II    (4 credits)




Seungwook Baik






In this class, you will develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in contemporary Korean. This course concentrates on expanding your vocabulary and providing you with key idiomatic expressions covering a variety of topics related to modern Korean life. In addition, you will learn about Korean society and culture through video clips and Korean movies.



There are no prerequisites for this course!




FLLT  328:  Representing the Other in Modern Japanese Literature    (3 credits)




Rachael Hutchinson






Examines how the idea of the ‘Other’ has been explored in modern Japanese literature, often in contrast to the idea of the Japanese ‘Self’. From the Meiji period (1868-1912), Japanese writers increasingly travelled abroad, constructing ideas of ‘Europe’ and ‘Asia’ in contrast to Japan, often resulting in social and political critique of the Japanese system. Geographical boundaries of ‘Japan’ also changed with the rapidly growing empire, leading to complex and nuanced explorations of colonial identity with respect to Korea, Taiwan and Okinawa. We examine concrete problems that came out of these changes, such as minority discrimination, as well as the ongoing search for identity through the twentieth century. How would waves of change, through the 15-year war, the postwar Occupation, the growth of capitalism and an increasing awareness of wartime guilt and complicity affect the way identity was formulated and represented in literature? How have minority identities been represented by mainstream authors, and how have they represented themselves? We will examine the construction and representation of difference in terms of ethnicity, race, sexuality, gender, disability and religion, in major works of the Japanese literary canon. The idea of the Other forms a significant theme in modern Japanese literature, consistently visible but also consistently problematized, as writers continue to explore and contest what it means to be ‘Japanese’.



Honors students will complete a research essay, and the course also fulfils the second writing requirement.



Note: Sections 010, 011 and 080 (Honors) are offered.




FLLT  330:  Love and Trauma: Contemporary Novels by Chinese Woman Writers    (3 credits)




Maria Tu






Through readings in feminist theories, psychology, philosophy, and religion, this course helps students explore, by means of a close textual analysis of the novels by Chinese woman writers, the roots of human sufferings and contentment, depression and jouissance in the forms of love and trauma that both empower and plague women universally. The interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives (our target texts include Chinese, Japanese, and India woman writers) adopted in this course will shed light on the sub-conscious energy in human mind and how it gives rise to the feelings of love, passion, or conversely, the feelings of trauma, and depression as experienced by women. This course raises and addresses the following questions: What are the ontological and psychological interpretations of love? What is the difference between love and desire? What is the connection between our deep consciousness and femininity? How can the traumatic wounds arising from love be self-healed? How does one’s Asian cultural background contribute to this goal? Selected films and power-point slides will be used to complement the lectures and in-class discussion. Students will complete several short writing assignments and a semester-long research project.




FLLT  345:  Modern Israel: History and Culture    (3 credits)




Eynat Gutman






Interested in the study of modern Israel's history and culture? This course will enlighten you in many ways: what are the origins of Zionism? Who is an Israeli Sabra? How did factors and events like the Holocaust and the Arab-Israeli conflict shape the Israeli society of today? Taught in English, the course will address such questions: through historical background and the study of film, literature and music, we try to arrive to an understanding of this complex culture. The course focuses mainly on the period around 1880s-1980s.



No knowledge of Hebrew is required; the course is taught in English.



Requirement: The course fulfills a group B requirement.
Cross-Listed: JWST 345




FLLT  421/621:  Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages    (3 credits)




Dr. Ali Alalou






Interested in improving your teaching skills? Wondering how to organize your foreign language lessons more effectively? This introductory course on Foreign Language Pedagogy will give you the opportunity to study current perspectives on foreign language instruction, and extensive hands-on experience with the implementation of effective language teaching strategies. Special emphasis will be given to the enhancement of your proficiency in class planning and materials preparation, as well as the use of technology for the learning and teaching of foreign languages.



Required for junior FL Education majors.




FLLT  491:  Foreign Language Education Capstone    (3 credits)




Dr. Iris Busch






In this course, which accompanies your student teaching placement, you will share experiences and reflect on your teaching, benefiting from interaction with your peers and guidance from your supervisors. As you and your peers complete your teaching portfolios, you will consider together how to apply and increase your knowledge as scholars of foreign language in effective lesson planning and assessment, how to meet classroom management challenges, and how to cultivate partnerships with students, colleagues, administrators and parents. Issues such as teaching methods and techniques, discipline, assessment, record keeping, parent conferences, professional affiliations, teaching resumes, and job search will be discussed.



Open only to student teachers in the Foreign Language Education Program.




FLLT  495-010/080:  One World: Literary Perspectives on Cultural Diversity Humanity under Siege    (3 credits)




Dr. Cynthia Lees






In this Capstone Seminar, Literary Perspectives on Cultural Diversity: Humanity under Siege: War in the Global Arena you will read and discuss translated contemporary prose fiction from around the globe. These texts depict humanity’s darkest days: a suicide bombing in Jerusalem; the detention and rape of women in Bosnian death camps; the exploitation of child soldiers in Liberia; the gassing of victims at a Belgrade concentration camp; the savage sequestration of Japanese delinquent youth in World War II Japan; and the torture of enemy combatants at Guantánamo Bay. These may be horror stories in the truest sense. Discussion of the works in their ethical, social, and political context will encourage you to identify problematic and significant questions raised by the works themselves. All texts will be in English. This course fulfills the multicultural requirement and the 2nd writing requirement. It is restricted to and required of foreign language majors other than Spanish (including three-language majors) in their final semester of coursework. Please consult with your advisor in choosing a Capstone.



All texts will be in English.
This course fulfills the multicultural requirement and the 2nd writing requirement.
It is restricted to and required of foreign language majors other than Spanish (including three-language majors) in their final semester of coursework. Please consult with your advisor in choosing a Capstone.




FLLT  622:  Language Syllabus and Materials Development    (3 credits)




Dr. Jorge Cubillos






Wondering how to select a textbook, or how to put together the syllabus for your next language course? Interested in creating your own teaching materials? This course will give you the opportunity to learn about the latest approaches to syllabus and materials design, while giving you extensive hands-on experience in the creation of your own classroom tasks and homework assignments.



Note: Special emphasis will be given to the enhancement of your proficiency in the use of technology for the teaching and learning of foreign languages.








FREN  200:  Grammar and Composition    (3 credits)




Edgard Sankara






FREN 200 provides a comprehensive grammar review contextualized in contemporary readings including non-fiction texts and French and Francophone literary selections. The completion of grammar exercises from the textbook and workbook foster correct usage of the French language. Students respond to comprehension questions on texts studied and write micro-themes in response to prompts to develop a polished writing style. The thematic focus of this course is post-colonialism, and many of the readings will explore the impact of the former French empire in Africa, Indo-China, and North America.



Prerequisite: FREN 107 or FREN 112




FREN  209:  French Conversation through Film    (3 credits)




Flora Poindexter






A conversation course contextualized in recent mainstream films, animated shorts, and popular short documentaries, this class invites you to build and to practice your oral and aural skills in French while watching a variety of cinematic products from the French-speaking world. Many films are as close as your nearest laptop, and students will actively blog reactions at our class website.



Prerequisite: FREN 107 or one 200-level French course. Minimum grade of B required for prerequisites. This course may be taken for Honors credit. It is highly recommended that those pursuing Honors credit for this course have earned final grades of A or A- in previous French coursework




FREN  211-010:  French Reading and Composition    (3 credits)




Dr. Cynthia Lees






The goal of this intermediate-level French course is to improve your proficiency in reading with understanding and in writing with clarity. Passages taken from 20th and 21st century short stories and novels by French-speaking authors from around the world offer diverse viewpoints on love, obsession, war, poverty, parenting, consumerism, patriotism, and other topics. Short clips from French-language films provide a social and historical context for some of the works studied.



PREREQ: A minimum of A- in FREN 107. Another 200-level course is strongly recommended as a prerequisite to FREN 211.




FREN  211-011/081:  French Reading and Composition    (3 credits)




Karen Quandt






This course emphasizes critical reading skills and compositions that target formal literary analysis. Close readings of texts (which consider character development, historical and social context, rhetorical devices, style, etc.) encourage the student to move beyond the level of plot summary to analyze the works under study. Focusing on 19th-century French short stories, students will be introduced to the major literary and artistic movements of the period. Grammar review is also incorporated.



Satisfies Group A Arts and Science breadth requirement.
Honors section meets with the regular section.
It is highly recommended that those pursuing Honors credit for this course have earned final grades of A or A- in previous French coursework.
Prerequisites: FREN 200 with a minimum grade of C or FREN 107 with a minimum grade of A-. FREN 211 is required as a prerequisite for FREN 301 or 302.




FREN  301:  Introduction to French Literature – Prose    (3 credits)




Bruno Thibault






Selected readings, with discussion and analysis, of the various genres of prose fiction.



You love literature, you love French, you love to read, but you’re sometimes unsure how to best approach a text and formulate your thoughts about it? Then FREN 301 and FREN 302 are designed for you. They will focus on the literary genres and their evolution in the major literary movements. A close reading of the texts will enable students to develop strategies for analyzing narrative techniques, poetic forms, dramatic structure. FREN 301 will focus on prose; FREN 302 will focus on poetry and theater.



What purpose did Montaigne have in mind when he penned his famous Essais? What makes Chateaubriand's René such a typical Romantic hero? Are Proust's sentences as meandrous and insidious as you've always heard they were? This course explores a few masterpieces in French prose from the Renaissance through the twentieth century. Along the way, you'll discover the science fiction of Voltaire, you’ll experience le mal du siècle with Chateaubriand, you’ll meet a humble servant and a colorful parrot in a short story by Flaubert, and you’ll reflect on phenomenology and war in Sartre’s “Le Mur”. Furthermore, you will learn the various methods of literary analysis as you perform close readings and explications de texte.



Prerequisites: FREN 211, and any 200-level course taught in the French language, both with a suggested minimum grade of B-. This course may be taken for Honors credit. Satisfies ‘Group B’ Arts and Science breadth requirement.




FREN  302:  Introduction to French Literature: Poetry and Theatre    (3 credits)




Edgard Sankara






A gladiator, returning victorious from battle, slays his sister for her lack of patriotism; a young prince succumbs to the wrath of Neptune rather than betray the confidences of his evil stepmother. Enter the world of monsters, madmen, and maidens in distress! Introduction to French Poetry and Theater explores poets and dramatists from the Renaissance through the twentieth century with particular attention to the methods and language of literary analysis through close readings and explications de texte. In this course you will learn the terminology of literary criticism, employ this terminology in critical analyses of poems and plays, and discuss the recurring themes – power, love, deception, loss, patriarchy, totalitarianism – in the works studied.



Prerequisites: FREN 211 and any 200-level course taught in the French language, both with a suggested minimum grade of B-. This course may be taken for Honors credit; recommend A or A- in previous French coursework for those pursuing Honors credit.




FREN  350-010/080:  Business French    (3 credits)




Dr. Cynthia Lees






Are you looking for a course that will complement your major or minor in International Business, Marketing, the Hospitality Industry, International Relations, Political Science, Economics, French, or French Studies? Are you hoping to function effectively in the global marketplace? For students who want to put their foreign language skills to use, this practical course builds commercial vocabulary and an understanding of authentic business literature, develops the ability to speak French in a business context, and familiarizes students with French business practices and business writing. Individual and team projects geared to the student’s own major or minor simulate real workplace experiences. Some focus on the mechanics of translation and the formatting of the CV and business correspondence.



PREREQ: Any two 200-level courses. Fulfills a 3xx course requirement for the French major.




FREN  456:  French Theater Workshop    (3 credits)




Deborah Steinberger






Attention all theater enthusiasts and would-be actors: here’s a course where you can improve your French as you develop dramatic technique! In this workshop-style class the emphasis is on staging and performance as we analyze French theater of different periods and genres, in print, on film, and onstage. Works studied include plays by Rostand (Cyrano de Bergerac) and Beckett (En attendant Godot). Class activities include dramatic readings, improvisation, and exercises to improve diction. The course will culminate in a public presentation of a play in French. Hard work is required (as are some outside-of-class rehearsals), but the rewards are great.



Note: This course counts as a 400-level literature course. It also satisfies the University’s Discovery Learning Experience (DLE) requirement. Prerequisites: Any two 300-level French literature courses.




FREN  459/659:  Négritude, Antillanité, Créolité    (3 credits)




Edgard Sankara






What is the Caribbean? Does its history begin with Christopher Columbus? Should one consider the Native American component as a significant element in the construction of this region or should the Caribbean simply be called a New World which developed with slavery and the plantation system?



Are the Caribbean people Native American, Indian, European, African, Asian or are they a fascinating métissage (mix) of all these ethnicities? What are the historical, cultural and political situations of Francophone Caribbean people (Haiti and the “French Overseas Departments”) within the global Caribbean region? Why are the literary movements of Négritude, Antillanité, Créolité such an important contribution to a better understanding of the Caribbean and to the enrichment of the now flourishing subject of Postcolonial Studies?



Come and whet your intellectual curiosity about the Caribbean through the study of novels, plays, poems, critical essays and films on Aimé Césaire, Raphaël Confiant, Maryse Condé, Léopold Senghor, and more.




FREN  875:  Aspects of Contemporary French Literature (1960-1990)    (3 credits)




Bruno Thibault






A study of contemporary masterpieces of French literature, including novels, plays, essays and poetry. This literature seminar is designed and reserved for graduate students only.



It is often said that contemporary French writers are less interested in politics than their elders and more interested in subtle plots and intricate story-telling. But we will see that these sophisticated writers also attempt to reflect the profound cultural mutations of contemporary France from the 1960’s to the 1990’s by addressing issues such as consumerism, ecology, feminism, the end of colonial era, the fall of communism, the European integration, globalization and immigration. Readings will include novels by Michel Tournier, Georges Perec, Marguerite Duras and J.M.G. Le Clézio as well as poems by Yves Bonnefoy.



Enrollment is limited to Graduate Students.








GRMN  200:  Grammar Review    (3 credits)




Ester Riehl






Have you taken every 100-level German class but are still not sure where to place the verb? Are you still taking wild guesses on adjective endings? Do you rely a little too heavily on your imagination in order to form past participles? Then GRMN 200 may be just right for you! This course is designed to provide you with an opportunity to improve and refine your basic language skills, thus building greater confidence and proficiency. Our systematic review of grammar will include exercises and activities for honing writing and speaking skills. There will be quizzes, some short essays, a midterm and a final exam.



Prerequisite: GRMN 107 or the equivalent. Not intended for students who have already taken a 300-level course in German.




GRMN  255:  Germany in the News    (3 credits)




Nancy Nobile






What are the hopes and concerns of people in today's Germany? What role does Germany play in the expanding focus of the European Union? What are the most talked about cultural issues of the day? To find answers to these and other questions, we’ll read and discuss online newspaper and magazine articles, and view excerpts from German TV news. Discussion of emergent issues in Germany—from pop culture to politics—will improve your speaking, reading, and listening skills. In increments over the course of the semester, students will create their own newspapers. They will be asked to participate frequently in class discussions, to give one group presentation, and to take midterm and final exams.



Prerequisite: GRMN 107 or the equivalent. Not intended for students who have already taken a 300-level course in German.




GRMN  325:  German Civilization and Culture    (3 credits)




Nancy Nobile






How did today’s Germany develop from its first democracy of a hundred years ago? In the span of a century the politics and culture of Germany have changed dramatically several times over. Some of the topics we’ll discuss include urban modernization at the turn-of-century, the Weimar Republic, the rise and fall of the Third Reich, the two Germanys of the Cold War period, Unification, and the continuing development of the European Union. To help illustrate these topics, we’ll also consider paintings, architecture, music, and films. Students will be asked to participate actively in class discussions, to write short essays/homeworks, and to take a final exam.



Prerequisite: Any two 200-level courses taught in German




GRMN  355:  Dangerous Passions    (3 credits)




Ester Riehl






Love. Greed. Envy. Revenge. Thirst for power. All can inspire passionate and even obsessive behavior, and can powerfully drive a plot, be it in a fairy tale, drama or feature film. In addition to literary texts from the 18th through the 21st centuries we will examine a few films from the 20th century to see how authors explore what passion can motivate, consume and even destroy. In this course you will become familiar with the texts of some prominent German authors over three centuries, improve your German skills, and learn to do close reading. In addition you will learn to interpret films and place films and texts in their historic and cultural contexts. Students will write several short papers, two essays, and a midterm and final exam.



Prerequisite: Any two 200-level courses taught in German




GRMN  355:  Dangerous Passions    (3 credits)




Ester Riehl






Love. Greed. Envy. Revenge. Thirst for power. All can inspire passionate and even obsessive behavior, and can powerfully drive a plot, be it in a fairy tale, drama or feature film. In addition to literary texts from the 18th through the 21st centuries we will examine a few films from the 20th century to see how authors explore what passion can motivate, consume and even destroy. In this course you will become familiar with the texts of some prominent German authors over three centuries, improve your German skills, and learn to do close reading. In addition you will learn to interpret films and place films and texts in their historic and cultural contexts. Students will write several short papers, two essays, and a midterm and final exam.



Prerequisite: Any two 200-level courses taught in German




GRMN  455/655-010:  Growing Pains: Childhood and Adolescence in German Literature    (3 credits)




Monika Shafi






“I can think of few subjects more vital than the subject of childhood, which is essentially the subject of how we form and value our collective future,” wrote Anne Higonnet in Pictures of Innocence (1998), a study on how children are represented through photos. Children, both as concrete bodies and imaginary figures, are pivotal, yet, at the same time, contested figures in Western societies. In this course, we will study how children and adolescents have been represented in German literature from the 19th century through the present. We will analyze what pertinent ideas about childhood, such as innocence, beauty or sexuality, reveal about education and family as well as about German culture and history.



Prerequisite: for majors: any three 300-level courses taught in German for minors: any two 300-level courses taught in German This course may be taken concurrently with a 300-level course.




GRMN  455/655-011:  Horror and the Grotesque    (3 credits)




Nancy Nobile






German literature is seldom lighthearted, but at certain periods in history authors wrote some especially dark and creepy texts, many of which are bizarrely funny at the same time. Suppose you woke up as a cockroach? Or sold your shadow in exchange for a bottomless bag of gold? Or started to resemble the slimy snails you had poisoned in your garden? In this course we’ll discuss works of horror (fiction, as well as some paintings) from German Romanticism, Expressionism, and the present day. We’ll explore how writers used extreme modes of expression to reflect their everyday social, psychological, and political realities. Authors considered will include Chamisso, Kafka, Heym, and Duve. This course will familiarize you with some major periods in German literature and will improve your reading, speaking, and writing skills.



Prerequisite: for majors: any three 300-level courses taught in German for minors: any two 300-level courses taught in German This course may be taken concurrently with a 300-level course.








ITAL  200:  Italian Grammar Review    (3 credits)




Laura Salsini






You want to learn a second language, but you're afraid of being bored. Then take this opportunity to change your opinion! You will be engaged in learning Italian and its grammar through short stories, films, music, debates and many other activities. This course is a great way to review the fundamentals of the language and fine tune your communication skills.



Prerequisite: ITAL 107
Available for Honors credit




ITAL  205:  Italian Conversation    (3 credits)




Giorgio Melloni






You're so close to proficiency in Italian! Consolidate your hard-earned language skills through conversation and oral presentations, with grammar review and written work when appropriate. Students will discuss current events along with material from films, the Internet and other sources. Have fun while improving your speaking skills!



Prerequisite: ITAL 107
Available for Honors credit




ITAL  211:  Italian Reading and Composition    (3 credits)




Riccarda Saggese






Let the masters of the Italian short story teach you how to write! This course emphasizes vocabulary acquisition and written expression. Students will read and discuss short works of literature and film. You will improve your writing skills, add to your rich stock of conversation topics in Italian, and begin your love affair with contemporary Italian authors.



Prerequisite: Ital 200, Ital205, or Ital206
Available for Honors credit
Counts as Group A requirement




ITAL  305:  Advanced Italian Conversation and Composition    (3 credits)




Giorgio Melloni






This course teaches Italian conversation and composition through a variety of materials: Italian newspaper and magazine short articles, film, Internet research, etc. The themes of the course are content-based and will explore the crucial importance of the diverse cultural local culture of regions and dialects for contemporary Italian identity in the age of globalization. Emphasis is on improving conversational fluency, pronunciation, vocabulary, and listening comprehension skills as well as writing skills.



Prerequisite: Ital 211 or Ital 212
Available for Honors Credit




ITAL  326:  Italian Civilization and Culture II    (3 credits)




Riccarda Saggese






This course will trace the development of the modern Italian state, beginning with its roots in the Napoleonic era and continuing with its Unification in the 19th century. Italy's role in World War I and II will be examined, along with the rise of Fascism and Mussolini. Finally, the course will explore post-war developments, including the economic "boom" of the 1950s and '60s, the women's movement of the 1970s, the years of terrorism, and the restructuring of the 1990s of the political system. Class readings will be supplemented with selections from literature, film, and the Internet.



Prerequisite: ITAL 211 or ITAL 212
Honors credit available
Counts as a "Group B" requirement




ITAL  455:  Contemporary Italy    (3 credits)




Giorgio Melloni






Is today’s Italy mainly a country of art preservation, or a living culture between past and future? Why can Italian be considered the “Language of Culture” par excellence? This course will answer these questions, while guiding students through an examination of contemporary Italian culture and society as expressed in politics, art, theater, music, fashion, and cinema. The course will provide students with many opportunities to enhance their communication skills in Italian.



Prerequisite: Two 300-level courses
Available for Honors credit








JAPN  201:  Advanced Intermediate Japanese I    (3 credits)




Mutsuko Sato






This course covers the first six chapters of Genki II text book. Students learn to use various grammatical forms to convey different nuances. Classes are conducted mostly in Japanese. Activities include oral, reading and writing exercises on various topics. About 90 additional Kanji will be introduced.



Prerequisite: JAPN107.
Textbook: Genki II




JAPN  204:  The Art of Japanese Calligraphy    (3 credits)




Chika Inoue






This is an introductory course in the art of Shodo, Japanese calligraphy. Students will learn the esthetics and styles of traditional calligraphy through exposure to works done by masters and develop basic brush technique through rigorous practice. Once the rudimentary technique is mastered, students will move on to Japanese Kana poems, such as haiku and tanka, and Chinese Kanji poems. Abstract shodo is also explored.



Prerequisite: JAP105 or knowledge of Chinese characters.
Students must purchase their own supplies.




JAPN  209:  Intermediate Situational Japanese    (3 credits)




Chika Inoue






This is a course designed to improve fluency and expand one’s own “story repertoire.” The goals include acquisition of situationally appropriate language, including casual speech and honorifics. Emphasis will be on fluency, grammatical complexity and kanji vocabulary building.



Prerequisite: JAPN 201 or 206.




JAPN  305:  Japanese Conversation & Composition    (3 credits)




Chika Inoue






This is a course designed for students who want to achieve high level of fluency. Masterly of basic grammar prior to taking this course is essential. Activities will focus on making one’s language more natural and native-like, in its use of various grammatical forms, idiomatic and set phrases, different formality levels, Kanji and vocabulary. Activities emphasize giving descriptions and expressing opinions, in both written and spoken Japanese. Students are encouraged to design a special project.



Prerequisite: successful completion in three 200-level Japanese courses or equivalent.
Textbook: TOBIRA:Gateway to Advanced Japanese: Chapter 2,4,6,8




JAPN  455:  Advanced Japanese Literature    (3 credits)




Rachel Hutchinson






Students acquire skill in reading works from modern Japanese literature in the original language, and learn how to discuss literature in Japanese – in written essays, informal class discussions and blogs, and formal oral presentation. Building on skills from JAPN355 and other 400-level courses, students read texts of greater length and complexity. Texts include Murakami Haruki’s newest novel The Colorless Tazaki Tsukuru as well as contemporary manga pieces. Class work includes reading the Japanese text aloud and offering a translation, with discussion of the text’s meaning and significance in Japanese. Each student will be encouraged to find their own interpretation of the text and will have the opportunity to share their thoughts with the class. Honors students will also be able to pursue their own research interests with regard to Japanese literature.



Notes: Honors Section Available!








PORT  316:  Intensive Portuguese for Spanish Students, II    (3 credits)




Daiane Tamanaha






PORT 316 is a continuation of PORT 216. Students will continue to refine their command of the four language skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—and will complete the study of the basic grammatical structure of Brazilian Portuguese. As in PORT 216, there will be an emphasis on Brazilian culture through films, Power Point presentations, readings, and plenty of Brazilian music.



Once again, come prepared to groove to the rhythm and lyrics of samba and bossa nova, to speak lots of Portuguese, and to have a lot of fun learning a really cool language!



PORT 316 is part of Option II of the Spanish major and can count toward the Latin American and Iberian Studies major and minor. It is also part of the Foreign Language Certificate in Brazilian Portuguese.



Prerequisite: PORT 216 or equivalent.








RUSS  200:  Russian Grammar Review    (3 credits)




Natallia Cherashneva






Continue your study of Russian at the 200 level, expanding on the knowledge and developing the skills acquired over previous semesters of study. Students will practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Russian through a variety of activities, following the continued adventures of Tanya, Misha, and co. in the second half of the outstanding textbook Welcome Back. At the same time, you will systematically review and complete your study of the fundamentals of Russian grammar, building a solid foundation for further mastery of the language. All 300-level and 400-level Russian courses will build on what we cover here. Honors credit available.



Prerequisite: RUSS 107 or equivalent




RUSS  211:  Russian Reading and Composition    (3 credits)




Natallia Cherashneva






Read entertaining and interesting 20th-century Russian short stories from a variety of genres (detective fiction, satire, tales of adventure, children’s literature) to improve your reading skills and expand your vocabulary. Discussions will help you improve your speaking and listening skills, while writing exercises will facilitate your mastery of the material and develop your skills in composition. Designed to be taken at the same time as RUSS 200, this course will strengthen your grasp of the grammar covered in that course while allowing you to focus on reading techniques and the construction of the complex Russian sentence. Taking the two courses together will enable you to make a significant and leap forward in learning the language. Honors credit available.



Prerequisite: RUSS 200, if not taken simultaneously with RUSS 200.




RUSS  312:  Introduction to Russian Literature II    (3 credits)




Julia Hulings






In this course students develop their reading, speaking, listening, and writing skills in Russian by studying the impact of the 1917 revolution and its aftermath on Russian literature. After examining early literary responses to the October communist takeover, we will trace literary developments through the establishment of the doctrine of Socialist Realism in the early 1930s to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. We will closely read and analyze brief texts by writers of all major ideological and aesthetic persuasions (including Vladimir Mayakovsky, Boris Pasternak, Anna Akhmatova, Mikhail Bulgakov, Marina Tsvetaeva, Daniil Kharms, Osip Mandelstam, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and Vasily Aksyonov), and experience first-hand the role of literature in articulating vital responses to the challenges of the age. Honors credit available.



Prerequisite: RUSS 211




RUSS  401:  Advanced Russian Grammar and Composition    (3 credits)




Julia Hulings






Examine key aspects of contemporary Russian culture and society such as education, politics, ecology, and Russians’ perception of the U.S. through authentic readings from contemporary sources and related listening, speaking, and writing activities. You will learn to develop and express your own opinions in clear, colloquial standard Russian. Each topic is accompanied by advanced exercises in Russian grammar, syntax, and word usage, with special attention paid to participial constructions, gerunds, verbs of motion, aspect, and word order. Special emphasis will be given to Russian word formation as essential to vocabulary building. This course will answer many of your unanswered questions about Russian; no stone will be left unturned!



Prerequisite: any 300-level RUSS course








SPAN  200:  Spanish Composition and Grammar    (3 credits)




Seung Wook Balk
Carmen Finnicum
Lee Glen



Fatima Haq
Stacey Hendrix






An intensive study of selected grammatical topics (ser-estar, preterite and imperfect, present subjunctive and commands); vocabulary; grammatical exercises and short compositions.



In this course you will acquire new vocabulary, broaden and improve your knowledge of grammatical structures (agreement, verb tenses, pronouns, and much more). You will learn strategies for developing and refining your written communication skills.



Prerequisite: SPAN 107
Offered with an Honors section (080)




SPAN  201:  Spanish Reading and Composition    (3 credits)




Sueng Wook Balk
Jesús Botello
America Martinez



Meghan McInnis-Dominguez
Asima Saad-Maura






This course places major emphasis on the development of reading, writing and analytical skills while studying literary selections from Spain and Latin America.



In this course the student has the opportunity to read a wide variety of Spanish and Latin American literature in three genres: poetry, narrative and drama. The student will develop reading skills as well as a solid knowledge of the literary terms and movements which will be encountered in more advanced literature classes. Compositions will be based on interpretation of the readings and will be directed towards reinforcing the use of literary terminology.



Prerequisite: SPAN 200
Fuliflls Group "A" requirement.




SPAN  201 HONORS:  Spanish Reading & Composition (Honors)    (3 credits)




Asima Saad-Maura






This course, for HONORS students, places major emphasis on the development of reading, writing and analytical skills while studying literary works from Spain and Latin America in three genres: poetry, narrative and drama. In-class discussion and compositions will be based on interpretation of the readings and will be directed towards reinforcing the use of literary terminology. Other highlights included in this course are weekly discussion threads through Canvas, memorization of poems, and a short drama performance.



Prerequisite: SPAN 200
FulfIlls Group "A" requirement




SPAN  205:  Spanish Conversation: A Cultural Approach    (3 credits)




Carmen Finnicum
Tomás McCone
Krystyna Musik






The goal of this course is to enable each learner to achieve increased mastery of practical spoken Spanish in its cultural context. The language will be used strategically – to accomplish objectives and resolve conflicts – in realistic situations. Linguistic and cultural topics include travel, health, geography, education, social interactions, cuisine, sports, housing, family life, entertainment, technology, and business. An array of methodologies is used to build oral competence in real-world situations. Course components include role-playing activities, vocabulary expansion, cultural readings, films and other nonprint media; oral reports, Internet research, listening activities, pronunciation practice, grammar repair and review, short compositions, and an individual final project. The Honors section features additional proficiency activities.



Prerequisite:SPAN 107, SPAN 112, SPAN 200 or SPAN 201.
RESTRICTIONS: A minimum grade of B is required in SPAN 107 or SPAN 112.
Not intended for native speakers.
May not be taken if student has reached the 400 level.




SPAN  300:  Advanced Spanish Composition & Grammar I    (3 credits)




Seung Wook Balk
Lee Glen
Asima Saad-Maura






This course is a comprehensive study of basic and complex grammatical structures with both oral and written practice to facilitate further mastery of vocabulary and structures. Cultural topics are explored through readings that raise awareness of the Hispanic world while building up vocabulary to express abstract ideas.



Prerequisites: SPAN 200 and SPAN 201




SPAN  302:  Survey of Spanish Literature    (3 credits)




Lee Glen






This course will cover Spanish literature from the 18th century to the present, including selections of representative works, discussions and collateral readings.



In this course we will explore the literature and culture of modern Spain chronologically, from the eighteenth century to the present. We will gain exposure to classic modern authors in every genre of Spanish literature. We also will sample the action, humor, wit and beauty of many other masterpieces, honing critical skills while exploring the evolution of modern Spain. Multimedia enrichment will add to our appreciation of Spanish literature and culture.





Prerequisite: SPAN 201




SPAN  304:  Survey of Spanish-American Literature    (3 credits)




America Martinez
Meghan McInnis-Dominguez



Gladys Ilarregui






Representative works in all genres of Latin American literature in the 20th century.



SPAN304 is a survey of Spanish-American literature that covers from the beginning of the 20th century until the most recent literary manifestations. Reading selections (excerpts) of famous writers (including Nobel Prize winners Gabriela Mistral [1945], Pablo Neruda [1973], Gabriel García Márquez [1982], and Mario Vargas Llosa [2010]) will provide a better understanding of a wide variety of peoples, cultures, and societies of those nations that we call Latin America.



Prerequisite: SPAN 201




SPAN  305:  Oral Communication    (3 credits)









For individuals with a comprehensive knowledge of Spanish grammar and vocabulary. Emphasis on refinement of expression of abstract ideas as well as mastery of practical communication.



You love Spanish. You would love to travel to Spanish-speaking countries. You can read Spanish and you can communicate but you want to be able to have meaningful Spanish conversation. This course is designed to help you speak Spanish more fluently and expand your vocabulary while learning current issues and customs in the Hispanic world. The goal is to enable you to sustain conversations and express your opinions on diverse topics. The course draws from a variety of resources, including short stories and essays, articles from the Spanish press, slides, videos, and satellite newscasts. Interactive formats such as class discussions, debates, oral presentations and scenarios will be used.



Prerequisite: SPAN 200
Restrictions: Not intended for native speakers.




SPAN  325:  Spanish Civilization and Culture    (3 credits)









Survey of geography, history, art and society of Spain. This course offers a survey of the geography, history, culture, politics and society of Spain. You will study key historical events, from prehistoric times to the most recent developments, as well as cultural movements that have shaped Spanish national identity. The course is conducted in Spanish and the readings are in Spanish.



Prerequisite: SPAN 200.
Fulfills ‘Group B’ Arts & Science requirement.
Required for teaching majors.




SPAN  326:  Latin American Civilization and Culture    (3 credits)




Persephone Braham
Phillip Penix-Tadsen






This is a student-centered class in which students will research and analyze fundamental aspects of the geography, history, politics and cultural production of Latin America from pre-Columbian times to the present. We place particular emphasis on questions of human rights, colonialism and nationalism, intervention, and globalization and migration. This is a process-oriented course, in which students are encouraged to:

  • Discover the historical causes of modern-day problems in Latin America;
  • Improve research and analytical skills;
  • Develop independent learning skills;
  • Master practical academic and presentation technologies





Prerequisite: SPAN 200
Fulfills Arts & Sciences ‘Group B’ requirement.




SPAN  401:  Advanced Spanish Grammar II    (3 credits)




Seung Wook Balk
Asima Saad Maura






SPAN 401 is not a systematic study of Spanish grammar (that is the purpose of SPAN 200 and 300). In this course you will practice and apply what you have learned in previous courses, as well as broaden your vocabulary through different kinds of writings (i.e.: summaries, opinion papers, narrations, feature articles, descriptions, poems, short stories, etc.), projects and class participation. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to study and practice more in-depth those structures that traditionally cause the most problems. For example: subjunctive vs. indicative, past tenses, prepositions and pronouns, reflexivity, active vs. passive, text progression, determination, word order, direct vs. indirect speech, sequence of tenses, use of complex tenses, etc. The SPAN 401 textbook contains an array of authentic readings about the culture, history, and politics of Spain and Latin America. The overall goal of SPAN 401 is to help students reach the ACTFL Language Testing Advanced-Low Level.



Prerequisite: This course is the last in a series of Spanish language courses. Students must have taken SPAN 200 and SPAN 300 before enrolling for this course. The course is conducted in Spanish.




SPAN  416/616:  Cervantes: Don Quijote    (3 credits)




Jesus Botello






This course explores Cervantes and Spain's most famous and best known work. We will read the entire 2 volumes in this course, with a focus on the social and literary concerns emblematic of Spain's Golden Age. This includes a study of what good literature is, the relationship between good literature and life, the limits between reality and fiction, the role (and criticism) of Imperial Spain on the individual and his freedoms, the relationship between writing as a form of power and orality as a form or resistance to that power, moral and literary censure. Lastly, and as a means to contextualize the work in question, special attention will be paid to the sociocultural, political and religious life of the Spanish Golden Ages.




SPAN  420/620:  Medieval Literature    (3 credits)




Christina Guardiola






What was life like for the medieval woman? In this course, we will read and study the works circulating in the Iberian peninsula during the middle ages, and explore Arabic, Hebrew, and Romance influences on these works. We will read treatises on love and sex, the legal rights women had as relates to sex and marriage, erotic (and still very funny!) poetry, tragic ballads, and much, much more!!!



Major themes explored in this course include the vision of women in idealized love literature, legal attitudes towards marriage and adultery, the science of reproduction, the rights of town women and women on the frontier, class structure.



Prerequisite: One SPAN 3xx survey of literature.




SPAN  440:  Late Nineteenth-Century Spanish Narratives    (3 credits)




Susan Mckenna






This course focuses on late nineteenth-century Spanish narratives and their social, political, economic, and literary contexts. We will discuss and analyze the novels and short stories of some of Spain’s most important writers of this period including Juan Valera, Benito Pérez Galdós, Emilia Pardo Bazán, and Leopoldo Alas (Clarín).




SPAN  455-010:  Human Rights and Latin American Literature    (3 credits)




Gladys Ilarregui






Human Rights in Latin American literature uses major novels, poetry, and film to address contemporary Latin American political and social struggles. This course focuses on indigenous and civil movements, and how the rights of indigenous and other marginalized populations are addressed in theatre, film, poetry and narrative artistic production. This is the perfect class for any student enrolled in Political Science, Psychology, Women’s Studies, and anyone interested in exploring the ways in which humanity struggles to free itself from the bonds of oppression. Countries to be studied include Peru, Bolivia, Central America, and—if time allows—the Southern Cone. Coursework will include oral presentations, exams, and a final project.




SPAN  455-011:  Novelas Ejemplares    (3 credits)




Jesús Botello






This course explores Cervantes’ Novelas ejemplares. We will read these short novels (along with other Golden Age works) analyzing how the Spanish author reflects on some of the main concerns of Spanish society at the time: the role of marginalized individuals in society (gypsies, witches, soldiers, indianos), the dynamics of international politics, the tension between individual freedom versus determinism or the emphasis on the grotesque as a means of social and political criticism, among others. In order to contextualize the novels, we will pay particular attention to the socio-cultural, political and religious context of the Golden Age.




SPAN  475-010:  Latin American Film    (3 credits)




Persephone Braham






In this course we will examine major historical and present-day problems in Latin America through both classic and popular films. We will study key film techniques, movements, and major artists including Buñuel, Gutiérrez Alea, Bemberg, Pereira dos Santos, Meirelles, González Iñárritu and more. (Rated ‘R’)



Prerequisite: Any of the following: SPAN307, SPAN308, SPAN325, SPAN326.




SPAN  475-011:  Resurrecting Mexico’s Dead    (3 credits)




Phillip Penix-Tadsen






Death and resurrection have been major concerns throughout the history of Mexican culture, and these themes are as prevalent in Mexico today as ever before. In a range of manifestations from festive Day of the Dead celebrations to the grim reality of a violent drug war, many in Mexico contemplate the concept of death on a regular basis. This course will look at how authors (Octavio Paz, Juan Rulfo, Élmer Mendoza, Elena Poniatowska), filmmakers (Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Alfonso Cuarón, Alejandro Jodorowsky), artists (José Guadalupe Posada, José Clemente Orozco, Teresa Margolles), musicians (Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Brujería) and other cultural producers have brought the topic of death to life in their works.



Prerequisites: Any of the following: SPAN307, SPAN308, SPAN325, SPAN326




SPAN  490:  Economic Inequalities in Hispanic Literature    (3 credits)




Gladys Ilarregui






Economic inequalities in Latin America uses film, poetry, and novel to explore the historic roots and modern persistance of economic inequalities within the geographic boundaries south of the Rio Grande. Topics may include the exploitation of indigenous peoples, the slave trade, and the systemic dehumanization of the human spirit prompted by unregulated capitalist policy in Latin America.




SPAN  491:  Capstone Seminar in Hispanic Cultures: Visiones urbanas    (3 credits)




Persephone Braham






Through intensive research and study of texts and artifacts centering on a single theme, students will integrate and focus their knowledge of Latin American cultures across three or more disciplines including political science, literature, history of art, anthropology, history, economics and geography. LAIS majors will develop an e-portfolio. Taught in Spanish; 1-2 guest lectures in English. Spring 2013 theme: Visiones urbanas.



This capstone course is designed for Spanish and Latin American Studies majors in their senior year of study.



Prerequisite: One of SPAN 307, 308, 326, 326 and one SPAN 400-level course.




SPAN  875:  The Contemporary Spanish Novel    (3 credits)




Joan L. Brown






This course traces the development of the contemporary novel in Spain. We will focus on in-depth analysis of landmark works of fiction from the Franco and post-Franco eras, situating these classics in their historical, sociocultural, literary, and critical contexts. Each student also will analyze a critically acclaimed Spanish novel from the twenty-first century. This additional work will be chosen individually from a list of possible texts.



The course is a seminar in which graduate students take responsibility for independent contributions to and leadership of the group. Through intensive participation, each individual will hone his or her critical-analytical skills.