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If you are looking for interesting electives for your fall 2021 schedule, consider the following courses in the Modern Languages Department taught in English:

GRM 200D — Defining a Nation: German Since Bismarck (HUM)

10:30-11:35 a.m. MWF
Professor Greg Baer 
Students in GRM 200D will examine economic, political, and social issues in Germany from around its founding as a nation in 1871 to the modern day. We’ll follow national elections taking place in the fall of 2021 and study the platforms of the political parties involved. And we’ll look back to better understand how these platforms emerged and developed in Germany from the time of Bismarck (as Germany was first becoming a nation-state) through two world wars to Germany’s emergence as a leader in the European Union. In class debates, presentations, and discussions, we will explore topics like German nationalism and European pan-nationalism, the German educational system, environmentalism, the student movement of the 1960s, the social welfare state, and citizenship and immigration. This course satisfies the HUM requirement for graduation. There are no prerequisites for this course, and it is taught in English.

CHN/JPN 3080WB — Chinese and Japanese Literature and Culture (HUM)(GH)(WI)

2:20-4 p.m. TR
Professor Darwin Tsen
Students in this course will study Chinese and Japanese novels, short stories, and films — through translations — to explore topics such as the spread of classical cultures, cultural relationships throughout antiquity to the modern age, anxiety towards modernization and Westernization, colonialism and imperialism, national identities, ethnicity, gender, East-West relations, popular culture, labor issues, and environmental problems. Students will acquire intercultural understanding of the historical contexts of the material by establishing connections among Chinese- and Japanese-language works. They will explore techniques of interpreting texts that take into account their specific historical, cultural, and national contexts; develop and refine critical thinking, oral and written expression. Emphasis will be placed on deciphering how cultural products and forms interact with their historical contexts, and how culture plays an active role within those very contexts. This course satisfies the following requirements for graduation: HUM (Humanities), GH (Global Heritage), and WI (Writing Intensive). There are no prerequisites for this course and it is taught in English.

FRN 200P — Music, Film, and Media in Africa (HUM)(GH)

9:50-11:30 a.m. TR
Professor Isabel Rivero-Vila
This course will focus on West African film and media (Senegal) and East (Tanzania) and Southern African music and dance, and on how social change within different regions of the continent may be better understood through these forms of cultural production. The music, film and media created by African artists will be contrasted with those of non-native artists who often propagate negative stereotypes or conflate socio-cultural elements of a particular region to an entire country or the continent. Documentary, media, and fiction films will be an important part of the material of this course, as will music recordings and videos. In order to understand these cultural products, students will conduct online interviews with artists from the regions under study, including photographers, filmmakers, musicians, and dancers. This course satisfies the following requirements for graduation: HUM (Humanities), GH (Global Heritage). There are no prerequisites for this course, and it is taught in English.


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Prof. Greg Baer,