Spring Semester Courses

Undergraduate Spring Semester 2021 Courses

French courses

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FRIT F300 — A&H
TR 11:30A - 12:45P

An introduction to French literature, this course has three goals: a) to provide further exposure to a variety of literary genres in French, including poetry, theatre, the novel and the short story b) to develop and sharpen reading skills through practice in close reading and techniques of literary analysis c) to foster student progress in practical skills such as aural and written comprehension, as well as oral and written expression.

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FRIT F306 — A&H
TR 1:10P - 2:25P

The fascination for the unknown place has always played a prominent role in literature. At least since Ulysses’ peregrinations in his attempt to go back to Ithaca, as they are recounted by Homer in the Odyssey, the remote place has never ceased to provide writers with themes to unfold in their works.

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FRIT F310 — A&H GCC
TR 11:30A - 12:45P

Explore the lives and work of African American visual artists, writers, and musicians who made Paris their home in the 20th century, and themes of diaspora, exile, négritude, race and the performance of identity.

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FRIT F311 — A&H GCC
R 1:10P - 2:40P

Taking a comparative, transnational approach, this course offers an overview of European cinema as an evolving art and as a means of tracing the evolution of European society, politics, and identity during the twentieth century, using representative films from Belgium, France, Germany, Sweden, and the Soviet Union.

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FRIT F313
MWF 1:45P - 2:35P

Comprehensive grammar review with in depth study of the most complex features of written French. Four tests including final. Texts are Harper's Grammar of French and the workbook, both available as ClassPaks.

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FRIT F313
MWF 10:00A - 10:50A

F313 builds students' understanding of advanced aspects of French grammar and their facility in applying this understanding to written and oral expression. We will supplement the text Contrastes (Rochat) with exercises (online and others) and compositions based on various materials from French and francophone everyday society, including e.g. cross-cultural studies, journalism, and film.

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FRIT F316

Recent and classic award-winning feature-length French films (comedies, dramas, thrillers) provide the basis for vocabulary expansion, in-class discussion and debates, and an increased understanding of various French cultural and historical issues, including immigration, WWII, regional differences, and religious conflict.

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FRIT F317 — S&H
TR 11:30A - 12:45P

Introduction to the language of business activities in France and to the structure and functioning of various aspects of contemporary French economic life. Awareness of the general cultural context within which business activities take place in France will also be an important dimension of the course.

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FRIT F364
TR 9:25A - 10:40A

This new course offers a critical introduction to twentieth‑ and twenty-first century France in a global and comparative perspective, with special attention given to France and the United States.

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FRIT F375 — A&H GCC
TR 3:15P - 4:30P

Dans ce cours nous lirons et analyserons plusieurs œuvres, appartenant à des genres et à des époques différentes, et comprenant, en plus des textes mentionnés, une traduction de quelques contes des Mille et Une Nuits, un choix de poèmes des Orientales de Victor Hugo, et le roman de L’Étranger de Camus. L’objectif principal du cours est d’étudier le thème de l’orientalisme dans la littérature afin d’examiner l’imaginaire qu’il nourrit ainsi que les préjugés qu’il véhicule.

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Italian courses

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FRIT M100

Introduction to contemporary Italian language, geography, and culture. Involves a broad variety of assignments and activities that develop grammatical competency and proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

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FRIT-M115
MTWR 11:15A - 12:05

This intensive beginning course covers the material of two semesters in one (M100 and M150). The course meets four times a week and also involves independent work by students. During the semester students are involved in a variety of tasks practicing speaking, writing, listening and reading in a cultural context.

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FRIT M150

Continued introduction to contemporary Italian language, geography, and culture. Involves a broad variety of assignments and activities that build grammatical competency and proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

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FRIT M215
MTWR 1:45P - 2:35P

The course builds upon the first three semesters of beginning Italian (or equivalent) adding the unique feature of short films as the first stimulus for learning intermediate-level vocabulary, grammar, and cultural concepts.

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FRIT-M222 — A&H GCC
TR 11:30A - 12:45P

This course will center around Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron, a collection of stories written in the wake of the plague that devastated Florence in 1348. We’ll consider the connection between storytelling and survival, whether in the wake of devastating disease or political crisis, as we move across the medieval world through Indian, Persian, and Arab traditions of storytelling

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FRIT M311 — A&H GCC
TR 3:15P - 4:30P

This course explores how gender and sexuality have been constructed and used in films about Italian organized crime, both in Italian and Italian American contexts.  In particular, students will study women’s roles and representations in mafia stories in real-life and on screen, from the time of the Italian Unification to the present.

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FRIT M463 — A&H
TR 9:25A - 10:40A

This course will explore the questions of identity and assimilation of first- and second-generation immigrants into Italy who contribute to the transformation and richness of the Italian culture.We will face topics such as colonization, racism, religion, laws, and the difficulties and the beauty of being Italian.

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Cross-listed courses

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COLL-C 103 — A&H
TR 3:00P - 3:50P plus discussion section of your choice

In this class we will explore love as phenomenon and as representation from multiple perspectives, taking advantage of the tools of cultural analysis, artistic and literary interpretation, and scientific research to answer questions such as: What is love in 2020? What was it in the past? What would we be without it?

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COLL C103 — A&H
TR 11:15A - 12:05P plus discussion section of your choice

The primary focus of this course will be to teach students how to understand the conventions and traditions that govern any literary genre, with specific reference to the "thriller" as exemplified by selected detective and spy stories in both literature and film.

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COLL-C 103 — A&H
TR 1:45P - 3:45P plus discussion section of your choice

This course will examine the comic literature of the Italian Renaissance. We will explore the nature and various expressions of comedy in genres such as the short story, the facetia (‘witty anecdote’), the apologue, the comic play, the epic and satiric poem and the treatise.

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HON-H 234
TR 3:15P - 4:30P

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus social, economic, and political concerns shared worldwide around systemic racism, class inequality, and ecological devastation. In this course, readings and discussions of literary and non-literary works dealing with the legacy of colonialism and racism, immigration laws and behaviors, and public health policies in the French-speaking world vs. the US and other countries will allow us to understand differences in mentalities, perceptions, and forms of governance a imagine meaningful solutions to these crises.

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MSCH-V 334
TR 9:25A - 10:40A

In this class we will explore the dramatic changes in analog game design and culture of the last decades. We will consider the changes in audience, production methods, and publishing policies that have made this change possible.

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