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Course Listings - Spring 2004

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Spring Semester 2004

Chinese 112F: Elementary Chinese II
(5 credits)
Mickel

Continuation of 111. Gaining further skill in using putonghua with every day conversational topics will be important. We will also learn to read and write more of the characters used to represent those concepts. Prerequisite: Chinese 111 or its equivalent.

Chinese 151A/C: Film & Fiction in Modern China (In English)
(4 credits)
Mickel

In “Film and Fiction in Modern China” we will watch representatives from different periods of movie making in China, and we will read representative fiction from the four main literary periods in 20th century China; when possible, the readings will be the original stories used to make the movies. We will focus on both the aesthetics of the short stories and movies as well as the cultural values they express. All readings, discussions, and lectures will be in English, and the films will have English subtitles. The Chinese have written magnificent stories and made great films so it will be an interesting course. The course can be used to meet either the “A” or “C” General Education requirements.

Chinese 212: Intermediate Chinese II.
(4 credits)
Mickel

Continuation of 211. We will finish the lessons in Practical Chinese Reader Book II and, towards the end of the semester, prepare to move into a textbook that will prepare us for reading original modern prose texts. Of course, all of this will be done while speaking Chinese. Prerequisite: Chinese 211.

Chinese 312: Directed Readings: Newspapers & Literature
(4 credits)
Mickel

Intensive study of pieces representative of Republican and Communist-style literature. The focus is primarily on modern prose and fiction. Discussions will be in putonghua. Prerequisite: Chinese 311 or permission of instructor.

Chinese 490: Independent Study

Tutorials for the student who has excelled in previous study of putonghua. Thematic content chosen according to student's intellectual interests. Conducted entirely in putonghua.

French 112F: Intermediate French
(5 credits)
Cothran

Grammar review, composition, oral practice, reading, and required laboratory. Prerequisite: French 111 or equivalent.

French 201F: Advanced Intermediate French
(4 credits)
Wierenga

Study of French in the context of the liberal arts. Readings in French literature, culture and history; composition, oral practice; thorough and systematic review of French grammar. For students with three or more years of high school French. NB: French 114 has been renumbered to French 201. All students who placed into French 114 will henceforth take this course.

French 210: Expression orale
(4 credits)
T. Wilkerson

This course makes extensive use of French cinema and radio broadcasts from throughout the Francophone world to help students acquire vocabulary, improve listening-comprehension skills, deepen their understanding of French-language cultures, and to become more sophisticated speakers of French. Required for all French majors and minors. Prerequisite: French 201 or placement level FREN 202+.

French 302A 1W: Survey of Literature II.
(4 credits)
T. Wilkerson

Selected major writers, movements, and genres from the 18th to the early 20th century. Lecture, discussion, course readings and papers in French. Writing intensive. Prerequisite: French 215 or the instructor’s permission.

French 412 1W: La prose I: la prose avant 1800
(4 credits)
Wierenga

Study of prose works from 1200 to 1789. Readings include Le Roman de la Rose, Rabelais’ Gargantua, Madame de Lafayette’s La Princess de Clčves, and Diderot’s La Religieuse. Several short papers and a research paper required. Writing intensive. Prerequisite: French 301 and/or 302.

French 450 1W: Senior Seminar
(4 credits)
Cothran

Review of major literary movements and genres. Required of majors. Writing intensive.

French 490: Independent Study

French 491: Internship

German 111: Elementary German
(5 credits)
Bennett

Fundamentals of grammar, pronunciation, oral practice, and laboratory work. Also a basic introduction to German culture. Open to only the beginner, except by permission of instructor.

German 112F: Intermediate German
(5 credits)
Bennett

Explication of grammar, continued oral practice, reading of literary and/or cultural texts, and related explication of grammar and laboratory work. Prerequisite: German 111 or equivalent.

German 112F: Intermediate German
(5 credits)
Barry

Explication of grammar, continued oral practice, reading of literary and/or cultural texts, and related explication of grammar and laboratory work. Prerequisite: German 111 or equivalent.

German 215 1W: Culture & Composition
(4 credits)
Barry

Stylistic analysis and grammar review. Using writing as a mode of exploration, the student analyzes texts and discusses issues characterizing German history and culture. Writing intensive. Prerequisite: 112, German competency, or permission of instructor.

German 275A 1W: Germans & Jews: Culture, Identity, & Difference (In English)
(4 credits)
Bennett

All readings and discussions in English! No German required! Course counts as four credits toward fulfilling the Fine, Performing and Literary Arts Requirement.

Interested in learning about the Jewish contribution to German culture? The conflicts between German Christians and German Jews? Curious about the young Martin Luther’s pleas for a better relationship between Christians and Jews and his attacks on Judaism as he grew older? Would you like to learn about negative theology? To read Franz Kafka’s fiction? Have you explored how writers use literature to try to fathom the Holocaust? Are you interested in exploring how the history of German Christians and German Jews is relevant to our concerns about pluralism? If you have pondered some or all of these issues, consider registering for either German 275A (Dr. Bennett) or Religion 275L (Dr. Millen). The two courses meet together on occasion and each approaches the kinds of questions described above from a different perspective. Writing intensive. No prerequisite.

German 470 1W: Faust & the Redemption of Modern European Culture
(4 credits)
Barry

Focus on major treatments of the Faust legend examining the question of whether modern European culture is beyond redemption. Writing intensive. Prerequisite: One course at 300 level or permission of instructor.

German 490: Independent Study

German 491: Internship

Greek 112F: Intermediate Hellenistic Greek
(4 credits)
Croy

A continuation of Greek 111 emphasizing grammar, vocabulary, and translation skills. The latter part of the semester will involve reading various Hellenistic texts. Prerequisite: Greek 111 or equivalent.

Japanese 112F: Beginning Japanese II.
(5 credits)
Imai

Japanese 112 introduces basic Japanese language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as sociocultural information. Students will learn to communicate about a core of topics relevant to everyday life. Prerequisite: Japanese 111 or placement.

Japanese 212: Intermediate Japanese II.
(4 credits)
Christiansen

Continued development of the fundamental communication skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as the sociolinguistic information necessary for effective communication with Japanese natives. Prerequisite: Japanese 211 or placement.

Japanese 312: Cultural Communication in Japanese II
(4 credits)
Imai

A continuation of 311, the goal of the course is to develop culturally and socially appropriate proficiency in the four language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Prerequisite: 311 or placement.

Japanese 330: Modern Japanese Literature: Mori Ôgai & Natsume Soseki (In English)
(4 credits)
Kono

Many critics agree that Mori Ôgai and Natsume Sôseki are two literary giants of modern Japan. Their works not only left enormous impacts upon generations of writers in Japan, but also are deeply ingrained in the textures–and contradictions–of modern Japanese culture. This course introduces students to their rich and diverse oeuvres that include novels, short stories, essays, and historical biographies. Critical texts on Sôseki and Ôgai, written by Japanese as well as American scholars representing various schools of literary criticism, will guide us into the manifold experience of reading literature. All readings are in English. No prerequisites.

Japanese 490: Independent Study

Latin 112F: Intermediate Latin
(4 credits)
Roark

Continuation of grammar exercises, vocabulary and derivative studies, selected readings in classical Latin, and discussions of Roman culture. Prerequisite: Latin 111 or equivalent.

Russian 112F: Elementary Russian II
(5 credits)
Zaharkov

Continuation of 111, practice with conversation and grammatical patterns. Prerequisite: Russian 111 or equivalent.

Russian 130A/C: Journey into the Fantastic
(4 credits)
Zaharkov

Join us in this course as each hero/ine takes a journey into a fantastic world! While it may be as “normal” as a hero/ine in a fairy tale on a quest, it might be as fantastic as a journey into the future 600 years from now or maybe to another planet! While journeying into the world of the fantastic, readers will be introduced to the best writers of 19th and 20th century Russian literature who use this medium just for fun, or maybe to discover other truths! No Russian is required! All readings in English. Fulfills either the Literary Arts or Non-Western culture General Education goals.

Russian 230: Conversation Through Film
(4 credits)
Zaharkov

Want to keep up with Russian conversation as well as watch some of the great films of Russian cinema? Discuss the current problems of Russian society and its youth? Films are subtitled. Some of the issues to be discussed are Russian’s conflict of East vs. West, the generation gap, women’s roles, to name only a few! Prerequisite: Russian 210 or permission of the instructor.

Russian 310 1W: Advanced Conversation & Composition
(4 credits)
Zaharkov

Advanced conversation techniques and idiomatic expressions. Advanced grammar topics and composition practice. Required for study abroad programs. Writing intensive. Prerequisites: Russian 210.

Russian 490: Independent Study

Spanish 111: Beginning Spanish I
(5 credits)
Cloud

Emphasis on elementary grammar, oral practice, and required laboratory.

Spanish 112F: Beginning Spanish II
(5 credits)
Cantrell

Grammar, composition, oral practice, reading, and required laboratory. Prerequisite: Spanish 111 or placement.

Spanish 112F: Beginning Spanish II
(5 credits)
Cloud

Grammar, composition, oral practice, reading, and required laboratory. Prerequisite: Spanish 111 or placement.

Spanish 130A: The Border Crossed Us! Latino Literatures & Cultures of the USA (In English)
(4 credits)
McIntyre

This course will introduce students to the literature and culture of the three largest Hispanic/Latino communities of the United States: the Mexican American, Puerto Rican and Cuban American communities. We will read a variety of written and non-written (film, music, dance) texts in order to explore the historical, political and cultural significance of Spanish-speaking peoples in the United States. Taught in English. No prerequisite.

Spanish 150F: Intermediate Spanish
(5 credits)
Cantrell

This is an intermediate level course that will review, introduce, and expand upon vocabulary and structures commonly dealt with in introductory courses. Laboratory time also required. Prerequisite: Spanish 112 or placement.

Spanish 150F: Intermediate Spanish
(5 credits)
Franklin

This is an intermediate level course that will review, introduce, and expand upon vocabulary and structures commonly dealt with in introductory courses. Laboratory time also required. Prerequisite: Spanish 112 or placement.

Spanish 215: Studies in Spanish Language
(4 credits)
Franklin

Designed for the student who has completed Spanish 112 or 150 or an equivalent. The course will provide a thorough and systematic survey of Spanish grammar, expand vocabulary for conversation, and teach students how to write in a simple, clear style. Prerequisite: Spanish 112, 150 or placement examination.

Spanish 216: Conversation and Contemporary Issues
(4 credits)
Martin-Lozano

Designed to develop skills in the spoken language. Course reviews the more complex aspects of Spanish grammar and expands vocabulary for conversation. Prerequisite: Spanish 215.

Spanish 217 1W: The Craft of Writing
(4 credits)
Martin-Lozano

Spanish 217 is designed to develop written proficiency at the 200 level. Emphasis is placed on composition as communication, the role of reading in the process of writing, and the function of grammar in context. Prerequisite: Spanish 215 or 216 or permission of instructor. Writing intensive.

Spanish 301A 1W: Introduction to Hispanic Literature
(4 credits)
Franklin

Provides an introduction to the major periods and movements through which Hispanic literature has evolved, from its beginnings to the 19th century. Designed to provide the student with the opportunity to acquire the technical vocabulary of the Hispanic literary critic. Includes discussions of the artistic implications of literature and presentation of the four basic genres: Narrative, poetry, drama, and essay. Writing intensive. Prerequisite: Spanish 215 or 217.

Spanish 430/01.1: Intensive Spanish Conversation: Business Spanish I
(2 credits)
McIntyre

Expansion of oral communication skills in different areas of concentration such as business, medicine, literature, and politics. Emphasis on modes of expression and lexicon enhancement. Prerequisite: any 300-level course taught in Spanish.

Spanish 430/01.2: Intensive Spanish Conversation: Business Spanish II
(2 credits)
McIntyre

Expansion of oral communication skills in different areas of concentration such as business, medicine, literature, and politics. Emphasis on modes of expression and lexicon enhancement. Prerequisite: any 300-level course taught in Spanish.

Spanish 450 1W: Senior Seminar
(4 credits)
McIntyre

In-depth study of a literary movement, problem, author, or genre. Topic to be chosen by instructor. Required of each Spanish major. Prerequisites: Spanish 301 or 302 and one 400-level Spanish course. Writing intensive.

Spanish 490: Independent Study

Spanish 491: Internship

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