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Spring 2022

Instructor - Lamya Najem

6 credits

This course builds upon the foundation established in ARABIC 1100. Greater emphasis is placed on oral and written expression. Cultural issues are explored in an environment integrating interactive video and classroom instruction.

Prerequisites: C- or higher in ARABIC 1100, or instructor's permission

Instructor -  Shakir Hamoodi

3 credits

This course gives the learner a clear understanding of Arab culture; including historical perspective, geography, Arts, Language, diversity, and modern interaction between the US and the Arab World.  Students who have interest in that part of the world will find this course very useful. This course is taught in English.

 

Prerequisites: No prerequisite.  

Instructor  - Shakir Hamoodi

3 credits

This course enables students at the intermediate proficiency level to further strengthen the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Modern Standard Arabic and to understand key aspects of the Arab world and the Arab culture. Graded on A-F basis only.

Prerequisites: ARABIC 2130 or equivalent

Instructor - Huichun Liang

6 credits

This is the second semester of elementary Chinese, and is designed for students who finished elementary Chinese I, or the equivalent. Emphasis will be placed on all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). 

After successful completion of this course, students will be able to communicate in Mandarin Chinese regarding everyday topics with a vocabulary of about 800 words. Students will also show a solid foundation in the character writing skills, linguistic structures, listening skills, and pronunciation necessary for further study of the language.  

 

Instructor - Michael Volz

The goal of this course is for students to gain a basic understanding of the people, culture, and nation of present-day China.  Since the present cannot be understood without knowledge of the past, we will approach this goal by building knowledge of China's history, traditional religions, philosophy, arts, literature, food, customs, and language with a focus on how these traditional aspects of Chinese culture are manifested in and influence modern day China.  

The course is divided into 3 broad themes: Traditional China, Modern China, and Life and Arts in China. Since this is a survey course, it is also hoped that students will come away with a desire to explore the subject more deeply. 

Instructor - Michael Volz

This course is a continuation of Intermediate Chinese 1 (3rd semester Chinese) and builds on the basic vocabulary and language skills learned in that class. In this course students will be introduced to more complex grammatical constructions, and will extend their ability to use those constructions for both written and oral communication.

After successful completion of this course, students will be able to communicate in Mandarin Chinese regarding everyday topics with a vocabulary of just over 1600 words. 

Instructor - Huichun Liang

3 credits

This course is the second semester of advanced Chinese, and is designed for those who finished Advanced Chinese I or the equivalent.  This course aims to develop student’s ability in advanced Chinese with an emphasis on the improvement of the four language skills. Different meaningful contexts will be created and provided.

Students will be encouraged to be actively involved and be engaged in different kinds of communicative tasks that require the use of the vocabulary words, grammatical patterns, discourse device, and cultural information learned in this class. Through learning and discussing the topics, such as music, crime, and cultural discussion, students learn to express themselves descriptively, persuasively, critically, and philosophically.

After successful completion of the course, students should be able to have a vocabulary of 2100 words, demonstrate Chinese grammar appropriate for advance level, and use more cohesive devices to link sentences, form paragraphs, and have broader knowledge about Chinese culture and modern Chinese society.

Instructor - Huichun Liang

his course is a general introduction to the fiction, poetry, and essays of twentieth century China in the context of history. Students will read major works from the May 4th Period, the era of social realism, the Cultural Revolution, and the post-Mao era.

Students are expected to savor the ingenuity of Chinese modern and contemporary Chinese literature and to conjure up pictures of Chinese literature development. Authors to be discussed include Lu Xun, Lao She, Ba Jin, Mao Dun, Ding Ling, Zhang Ailing, Xu Zhimo, Wang Meng, Su Tong, and women and native writers from Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Through studying these texts, we will approach these works for what they can tell us about the experience of living in a world of radical changes, but also to understand and appreciate their artistry and diversity as works of literature. All literature readings will be in English. No knowledge of Chinese language or culture is necessary. 

Instructor - Michael Volz

Introduces development of 20th century Chinese film and popular genres, including review of earlier times.  Explores how present day Chinese understand their own history, and issues they face in drive toward modernization in a global context.  Films and readings in English or with English subtitles. No previous knowledge of the culture or language required.

FRENCH 1100 is a beginner French course devoted to the acquisition of basic communicative structures and vocabulary for daily life.  It will be conducted in French with emphasis on practical and meaningful communication.  French 1100 will also introduce the student to the culture of France and Francophone regions of the world. 

The aim of the course is to develop the ability to communicate in French through listening, reading, writing and speaking with a particular emphasis on oral communication. Class time will be primarily devoted to oral activities (conversations, surveys, partner-work, group discussions, etc.) while the time outside of class will be spent preparing for classes, reviewing materials, grammar and vocabulary exercises, and practicing your written French skills.

FRENCH 1200 is the continuation of French 1100 and is designed for those who have taken French 1100 or who have studied some French elsewhere. You must have earned at least a C- in French 1100 to continue to French 1200. In this course, you will continue to progress in speaking, listening reading and writing in French.

Since using the language is the goal of the course, rather than mere passive knowledge of the rules, participation in class is essential. The course is conducted primarily in French, and you will be expected to ask and answer questions, interact with other students, and participate actively in French. Because the study of a foreign language is cumulative – with each new lesson building on structures and vocabulary from previous lessons – it is extremely important that you do not fall behind in your work in French.

You will usually have online homework that will prepare you for class. After each class, other required online and assigned homework will help you to practice the new lesson. The online work will help you memorize structures and vocabulary. Verb conjugations will need to be memorized at home. Finally, additional classroom practice will help you to actively use the vocabulary and structures you have worked on at home and to get out of it. Your participation is what will make the class fun! 

FRENCH 2100 is the continuation of French 1200 and is designed for those who have taken French 1200 or who have studied Elementary French elsewhere. You must have earned at least a C- in French 1200 to continue to French 2100. It offers further introduction to the French language and the many cultures it encompasses.

Your course work will allow you to develop all four language skills: reading, speaking, listening and writing along with cultural background necessary to help you to communicate effectively in French. In order to expose you to as much French as possible and to develop your listening and speaking skills, this class is conducted in French. You will see that your ability to understand and to respond will develop quite rapidly.

By the end of the semester, you should be able to understand authentic dialogues and texts, engage in conversations on everyday topics and write compositions. Learning a new language can be very rewarding. We all hope that your experience will be positive and productive.

This course is the gateway course leading to a major or minor in French and is designed to further develop written and oral communication skills in French. Structured review of linguistic essentials (grammar, syntax, usage, phonetics) are achieved via systematic review, guided compositional production, and targeted exercises focusing on both fundamentals and enhancements.

Videos on France’s major cities and on cultural topics of interest provide students with authentic models, which, in turn, sharpen aural acuity and verbal facility. Coursework includes relevant exercises, oral presentations, written compositions, and frequent quizzes, all geared to ensure mastery of essentials and contextualized applications.

Prerequisite: French 2100 or equivalent.

Instructor - Megan Moore

T/Th 11-12:15

How does fear impact narratives of invasion and contagion, and in what ways do Zombie films imagine a fearful other to invade our spaces?  By reading narratives such as The Plague and;  analyzing news reports around the Bubonic Plague, Ebola and Covid; and by watching films such as: 28 Days Later, White Zombie, The Serpent & the Rainbow, Night of the Living Dead, Aliens, Tales from the Hood, Shaun of the Dead, and Mad Max: Fury Road, we will explore how the fears of Zombie films imagine contagion through mangled 'other' bodies. 

This class will offer challenging discussions of what it means to be afraid and whose fear is valuable as we focus on race, class, and gender as primary lenses of analysis, and as such it fulfills general diversity requirements. Taught in English.

T/TH 9:30-10:45

This interdisciplinary course introduces students to Haitian perceptions of health, illness, traditional healing, and Western medicine through discussions of fiction, films, personal narratives, ethnographies and travel narratives written by Haitians and non-Haitian observers, including Western physicians and medical anthropologists.   

After an introduction to Haitian notions of sickness, health, and the body (often derived from the vodou religion), the course will move on to discussions of colonial medicine and slavery; Haitian perceptions of Western medicine and humanitarian medical aid (especially following disasters); Western bio-medical vs. traditional explanations of infectious diseases, injury, and mental health; pharmaceutical experiments in Haiti; and finally the cultural responses to and politics surrounding AIDS and the post-Earthquake cholera epidemic.  

Our aim will be to better understand how political instability, geopolitics, racism, poverty, and the colonialisms of the past and present are inseparable from perceptions and realities of sickness and health in Haiti and in developing nations more broadly.

Instructor - Valerie Kaussen

T/Th 11-12:15

French 3160 is the gateway to advanced conversation and composition skills in French, and in this course, students build upon advanced grammar concepts to refine their language skills to talk in complex conversation about real-world events, the news, films, and French and Francophone culture. 

Emphasis is on pairing grammar with lots of conversation and introduction to practicing more advanced reading and composition. 

Instructor - Valerie Kaussen

M/W/F 11-11:50

In this course you will begin to acquire skills that will help you to develop and defend critical perspectives. By critical perspectives, I am referring to a position of reasoned understanding concerning the world around us, especially as it is represented in literature, media, and popular culture. In this course you will refine this crucial skill by learning how to read, analyze, and write about cultural objects. You will find that these skills are useful in almost every area of life.

A critical perspective differs from a mere opinion in these important respects: one arrives at it through an adherence to rules of discovery and analysis; it proposes widely-accepted, reproducible methods; and its outcomes are communicated, for the most part, through stylistic and rhetorical conventions.

Of course this is not to say that, when looking at cultural objects, we can somehow plug data into analytical formulae and arrive at a “correct” answer; what it does imply for us, however, is that, as we consider the cultural field, there are definitely some perspectives that more clearly demonstrate this reasoned understanding of the objects and phenomenon under consideration. In this course you will therefore:

  • develop a basic structural understanding of four major genres of cultural expression (prose, poetry, theater, film), their commonalities and differences;
  • acquire analytical tools and critical vocabulary for analyzing each of these genres;
  • learn to write a coherent analytical essay using techniques of self- and peer correction, dictionary usage, and electronic spell-check;
  • refine your mastery of complex grammatical structure and stylistics;
  • … and all of this EN FRANÇAIS!

Instructor - M.J. Muratore

T/TH 9:30-10:45

In this course, we will explore iconic French texts from Classicism to Post-modernism (with selections from novels, theater and poetry). Works under consideration will be examined in terms of their impact on world literature. Principal emphasis will be accorded to the ways in which such masterpieces retain relevance today, the eternal human enigmas they bring to light, the artistry which has contributed to their status as sustained models of literary prominence.

We will question in what inspiring ways such writings have shaped views of human nature, social justice, and humanistic-moral values - and how these bespeak issues of our contemporary world. Students will be exposed to the essential techniques of critical reading and interpretation and will apply analytical skills acquired and honed to a broad spectrum of written assignments.

Instructor - Daniel Sipe

T/Th 2:00-3:15

From the train to the bicycle, to hot air balloons or the omnibus, the nineteenth century was marked by a series of groundbreaking technologies of transportation. Indeed, few material objects better evoke the range of aspirations, fears, and desires of the time. One famous example of the symbolic weight of these technologies can be found in the fictional Pellerin’s allegorical painting of Jesus driving a locomotive in Flaubert’s Sentimental Education.

With a few notable exceptions, we will explore representations of these “vehicles of progress” outside of the science fiction genre. We do so in order to move beyond seeing technology as a kind of fantasizing about utopian/dystopian changes in the conditions of material existence. Instead, we will look at the ways in which technology pervades everyday life, serving as a point of tension that both frames and penetrates issues of identity, gender, and memory.

By looking both at the technologies that impact our perceptions of the world and at the theme of technology in cultural objects like film and literature, you will learn about and analyze the ways in which these vehicles fundamentally changed our perception of time, space, and each other. Using these cultural materials alongside secondary readings and your own research, you will acquire historical and critical insight into the impact that transportation technologies have had on French society, culture, and art.

Instructor - Daniel Sipe

Register for this online capstone in conjunction with our passeport culturel series of events, lectures, films & Zoom meetings offered in French throughout the year. After completing 12 events, enroll in the course to complete and present your final capstone project in French and get credit towards completing your French major or minor. 

Instructor - Daniel Sipe

T/Th 2:00-3:15

From the train to the bicycle, to hot air balloons or the omnibus, the nineteenth century was marked by a series of groundbreaking technologies of transportation. Indeed, few material objects better evoke the range of aspirations, fears, and desires of the time. One famous example of the symbolic weight of these technologies can be found in the fictional Pellerin’s allegorical painting of Jesus driving a locomotive in Flaubert’s Sentimental Education.

With a few notable exceptions, we will explore representations of these “vehicles of progress” outside of the science fiction genre.  We do so in order to move beyond seeing technology as a kind of fantasizing about utopian/dystopian changes in the conditions of material existence. Instead, we will look at the ways in which technology pervades everyday life, serving as a point of tension that both frames and penetrates issues of identity, gender, and memory.

By looking both at the technologies that impact our perceptions of the world and at the theme of technology in cultural objects like film and literature, you will learn about and analyze the ways in which these vehicles fundamentally changed our perception of time, space, and each other. Using these cultural materials alongside secondary readings and your own research, you will acquire historical and critical insight into the impact that transportation technologies have had on French society, culture, and art.

This fun and interactive course will help you develop the foundational skills for using German as a means of communication in personal and professional life. You will explore culture, acquire vocabulary pertaining to day-to-day life, and develop oral, listening, reading, and writing skills.

Credit Hours: 5, various times available

A continuation of German 1100. This participation-centered course builds on German 1100 and will help you develop the skills you need to use German as a means of communication in personal and professional life. You will explore German culture, learn grammatical basics, practice speaking, listening, reading and writing, while engaging with your classmates. Es macht Spaß! In spring, an online, semester-based asynchronous section is also available.

Credit Hours: 5, various times available. 

Recommended: C- or better in German 1100, or equivalent

Instructor - Megan McKinstry

This course is designed for students who took German 1100H or are placed into German 1200 as honors-eligible students. The professor-taught course emphasizes further development of communication skills in a full-immersion setting. Honors students will have the opportunity to work on special projects related to their own personal interests while adding more nuanced cultural and sociolinguistic competencies.The participation-centered course will hone grammar, speaking, listening, oral, reading skills, as well as intercultural competency.

Credit Hours: 5, M/W/F, 2-3:15

Prerequisites: Honors eligibility required

A continuation of German 1200, this highly interactive course helps learners develop the skills they need to use German as a means of communication  in their personal and professional life. Students improve their speaking, listening, reading, and skills, their accuracy, and their intercultural competency while engaging with their classmates and learning to express their opinions in another language! Media, government, environmental issues, and social engagement in the German-speaking countries are explored through projects and film. Es macht Spaß! 

Credit Hours: 3, various times available

Recommended: C- or better in German 1200, or equivalent

Instructor - Megan McKinstry

As a bridge course, this participation-centered, fun-focused class will give students the skills they need to thrive in advanced-level German courses. Students will become more comfortable expressing themselves in German; hone their grammatical savvy; develop oral and writing skills and work with texts and videos which provide insight into contemporary German culture.

Credit Hours: 3

Recommended: C- or better in German 2100, or equivalent

Instructors - Kristin Kopp and Seth Howes

A classic course taught in the German program for decades, “German Civ” has now been revamped by the teaching duo of Kopp and Howes! Conducted entirely in English, this course introduces students to important moments in German cultural history and is designed to serve as a road map for future study of the modern era. Lectures on German colonialism and imperialism, modern art movements, the “roaring 20s,” the rise of Hitler, World War II and its aftermath, and many other historical benchmarks are joined by guided explorations of a wide variety of cultural artifacts with lessons on “how to read a painting,” “how to read an architectural masterpiece,” “how to read Nazi propaganda,” and other useful guides to analyzing cultural products.  

May be taken independently of German 2310. No foreign language credit. Meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00-11:00, with discussion sections that meet on Fridays from 10:00-11:00 or 11:00-12:00.

 

Instructors - Sean Franzel and Kristin Kopp

Have you ever been to an Oktoberfest in the Midwest or wondered why so many Missourians like Bratwurst? In this course we will seek to answer these and many more questions by delving into the cultural history of Germans and German immigration to the state from the nineteenth century to the present. The purpose of this course is to learn about the cultural history of the state and region and its connections to global histories. This course will speak to students interested in regional tourism and commerce; state and US history; German studies; international studies; refugee and migration studies; and more. We will explore the forces that shaped the lives of German immigrants and their descendants in Missouri: large numbers of German immigrants play formative roles in local and state governments; they are involved in transforming much of the landscape into farmland; they create a wide range of businesses, most notably the many breweries that blanketed the state; they found a variety of churches, settle in religious communities, and establish most of the early synagogues. They are involved in debates about the Civil War and in the build up to the World Wars of the twentieth century. The history of Missouri, in this sense, is part and parcel of both German and American history, and the goal of this class is to allow students to participate in writing it.

This is not a typical course based on lectures and discussions. It is based on a joint effort to learn more about German Missouri with a strong component of project-based learning. Students will be encouraged to explore parts of the state and its history, and when applicable, to explore their own family backgrounds as immigrants. As a final project, students will do a history of a specific cultural object, working in tandem with Missouri Humanities and the German Heritage project. Anything used will be credited to students in the displays. Meets Tuesday/Thursday 2:00-3:15. Includes regular, writing-intensive, Honors, and Honors writing-intensive sections.

Instructor - Seth Howes

To explore major themes in the 20th century history of German-speaking Europe, we’ll examine films, books, music, paintings, and plays, and discuss how people who lived through devastation and reconstruction understood their past, present, and future. As we do so, we will pay close attention not only to the content of the artworks we consider, but to questions of form.

This will require us to develop an interpretative vocabulary alongside our exploration of historical concepts, meaning that as the semester progresses, we will learn to talk about genre and narrative techniques, to differentiate media from one another, and to track political and ethical problems as they move between the page and the canvas, the stage and the screen, the phonograph record and the airwaves. Practically speaking, this course will prepare majors and minors in German for intensive work in literary and cultural studies at the 3000- and 4000-level, even as it equips all participants—including students working primarily in other disciplines—to interpret authentic texts in German, and to speak and write knowledgeably about politics, culture, and the arts in 20th century Germany and Austria.

Meets Tuesday/Thursday 11:00-12:15.

Instructor - Sean Ireton

This course will introduce students to a wide range of Germanophone literature, including various eras of literary history and major literary genres such as poetry, drama, the short story, and the novella. The course will culminate in the reading of a contemporary novel. Conducted in German.

Meets Tuesday/Thursday 12:30-1:45.

Instructors - Monika Fischer, Giorgi Topouria, Carsten Strathausen

(same as Pea-St 3510W/3510HW and TAM 3010W)

Taught online/hybrid in English, no German language skills required. Writing Intensive - Honors - meets A&S Diversity requirement

This inter-departmental course focuses on dynamics of globalization and its impact on cultures around the world from various interdisciplinary perspectives.  Lectures and discussion sessions will address and evaluate the roles of social, entrepreneurial, non-profit and for-profit organizations and their use of transformational technologies in a global setting as well as introduce students to fundamental problems and concepts of today’s global society. Emphasis is placed upon cultural diversity, life in an interconnected and precarious world, and the analysis of new media environments.

A primary concern of the course will be the examination of the contradictions and paradoxes of globalization, which, on the one hand, generates economic and geographical processes with significant social consequences due to rapid growth, population movements, political change, and creation of a vast gap between global wealth and poverty.  Yet, on the other hand, globalization can present new opportunities for groups and individuals (mostly in developing countries) who have struggled historically to find a viable place in the world economy.

Instructor - Kristin Kopp

(Same as Black Studies 3605) ​​

Designed to disrupt the ways in which we’ve come to think about “race” and racism, this course will change the way you understand global history.

Africans and people of African descent have been present in German lands since Antiquity and, although Central Europe has never been the destination for large-scale African migration, the history of Black people in Germany – and particularly, the history of African Americans and their descendants – challenges the field of Black Studies to include the entire African global diaspora, not just that located in the Americas and the Caribbean. 

We’ll start our historical journey over a thousand years before the European discovery of the Americas. Here, in Ancient Europe, we’ll see Africans in positions of power in a world where skin color mattered little. Over the ages, we’ll follow the routes of Black migrants and travelers, of servants and soldiers, of artists and activists who shaped the course of Central European history. 

A significant area of focus will be the role African Americans have played in German history from the 1700s to today. In particular, Black GIs stationed in occupied Germany after World War II returned home to play a crucial role in the US Civil Rights movement – their (unexpectedly) positive experiences in Germany fueled their resolve to bring real democracy back home to the US.

Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00-12:15. Includes Honors sections

Instructor - Monika Fischer

(same as PeaSt 4810 and TAM 4810)

Taught online/hybrid in English, no German language skills required. Satisfies A&S Diversity requirement.

This course examines the ways in which people across the globe are affected every day by an unprecedented array of linkages that defy geographic and political boundaries. As our point of reference, we will concentrate on three case studies. The first is an analysis of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular SDG Goal One that addresses ending extreme poverty. We will analyze the goals, look at how and where they are implemented and analyze their future impact with the spotlight on Africa and its relations with former colonial powers.

The second case study looks at strategic visions and shifting alliances in the Middle East and how history and global relations have reshaped that region in the 20th and 21st century. We will analyze the mixed reputation of geopolitics and compare current geopolitical developments in Iran and Turkey to Kinzer’s “grand strategy” for the Middle East.

The third case study analyzes the presence of Islam in Europe and how it plays out in politics and culture in particular in regards to Europe’s border crisis and the new changing configurations of migration from Africa. Another focus is on gender issues in Northern-African Islamic societies, which is becoming a prominent socio-political issue in European politics due to the influx of Muslim immigrants. 

 

Instructors - Nicole Monnier and Seth Howes

(same as RUSS 4840HW; cross-leveled with GERMAN 7840, RUSS 7840).

Includes both writing-intensive and honors sections. In this course, we will explore the politics and poetics of totalitarian culture by examining the paintings, music, sculptures, buildings, and films produced under the rule of these regimes. In the process, we will learn how Nazi and Soviet culture producers made carefully calibrated appeals to their respective mass audiences, drawing upon the German and Russian cultural traditions - and on scientific rhetorics of cultural history and racial destiny - in crafting their utopian visions of worlds transformed, wrongs righted, and societies perfected.

Taught in English.

Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-3:15PM. 

Instructor -Seth Howes

This course for senior German majors (and cross-leveled as a 7980 graduate seminar) will focus on twentieth-century German history as represented in literature and film. Authors include Günter Grass, Wolfgang Borchert, Christa Wolf, Peter Schneider, and Barbara Honigmann. Films include Die Mörder sind unter uns; Die Ehe der Maria Braun; Deutschland, bleiche Mutter; and Good-bye Lenin! Conducted in German.

Meets Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-4:45.

Instructors - Nicole Monnier and Seth Howes

(same as RUSS 4840HW; cross-leveled with GERMAN 7840, RUSS 7840)

Includes both writing-intensive and honors sections. In this course, we will explore the politics and poetics of totalitarian culture by examining the paintings, music, sculptures, buildings, and films produced under the rule of these regimes. In the process, we will learn how Nazi and Soviet culture producers made carefully calibrated appeals to their respective mass audiences, drawing upon the German and Russian cultural traditions - and on scientific rhetorics of cultural history and racial destiny - in crafting their utopian visions of worlds transformed, wrongs righted, and societies perfected.

Taught in English. 

Instructor - Sean Ireton

T/TH 3:30-4:45

This course will focus on twentieth-century German history as represented in literature and film. Authors include Günter Grass, Wolfgang Borchert, Christa Wolf, Peter Schneider, and Barbara Honigmann. Films include Die Mörder sind unter uns; Die Ehe der Maria Braun; Deutschland, bleiche Mutter; and Good-bye Lenin!

Conducted in German.

Instructor -Lisa Bragg

Sec 01  MoTuWeThFri 10:00-10:50am in person  – Lab: online asynchronous (6 credits)

Sec 02  MoTuWeThFri. 11:00-11:50am in person – Lab: online asynchronous (6 credits)

The purpose of this course is to continue the development of your communication skills in Italian. The speaking, listening, reading, and writing abilities you acquired in ITAL 1100 will be deepened and strengthened with new vocabulary and more complex grammatical structures, while also learning various aspects of Italian culture. The 5-hour option is open ONLY to Bachelor of Music students.

Prerequisites: C- or better in ITAL 1100, or equivalent.

Instructor - Roberta Tabanelli 

100% E-learning asynchronous

In this course students will focus on a broad range of Italian achievements, socio-political events, and artistic and literary movements from the past to the present. Open to any student interested. No knowledge of Italian required. Meets Humanities Requirement for Gen Ed.

Instructor - Roberta Tabanelli

Tu-Th 2:00-3:15pm

The course will focus on the screen adaptations of Elena Ferrante's novels. We will learn about Ferrante’s global success; we will read and discuss three of Ferrante’s novels, Troubling Love, The Days of Abandonment, and My Brilliant Friend; and we will analyze the two feature length films and the HBO TV series adapted from these works. Specifically, we will discuss gender and queerness in conjunction with theories and practice of adaptation. No knowledge of Italian required.  Meets Humanities Requirement for Gen Ed.

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or ENGLSH 1000. 

For beginners with some prior knowledge of Japanese. Three hours of lecture instruction and three hours of practice/drill per week in small groups.

Credit Hours: 6

Prerequisites: C- or better in JAPNSE 1100, or equivalent

 

Further develops oral and written command of Japanese as well as listening comprehension and further essay writing skills.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: C- or better in JAPNSE 2160

 

This course aims 1. to develop communicative skills based on the fundamentals of grammar, vocabulary and conversational expressions. 2. to develop speaking and listening proficiency to carry out simple conversation. 3. to develop reading skills to understand short and simple materials. 4. to develop writing skills to be able to write short essays. 

Prerequisite: C - or better in Japanese 3160 or permission of instructor

 

In Elementary Korean II, students will extend their Korean vocabulary and grammar as an extension of Elementary Korean I. Based on what they learned in class, students will learn how to make more complex sentences. They will have various games to develop and check their vocabulary and grammar skills. These games will also teach the importance of collaboration.

In Elementary Korean II, students will be expected to read more advanced Korean stories and learn more Korean songs. Each week, there will be composition homework assignments with a different topic. Students should be able to write a paragraph based on what they have learned each week and will exchange their thoughts and comments about their writing in class. 

Instructor - Sanghun Chun

This course is designed to provide students with a broad overview of Korean society by exploring the story of historical, political, economic, and cultural characteristics after the Korean War.  South Korea is known as a country that has successfully transformed itself into both an economic and cultural powerhouse and its democracy in a short period of time.  In my opinion, though South Korea is known for a homogeneous and distinctive culture and identity it is also experiencing many paradoxical aspects and changes in the rapid process of economic development and democratic consolidation.   I assume this also applies to Inter-Korea relations (North and South Korea).

By the end of the semester, students will have a contextual background of Korean society and culture nowadays.  Students will also be able to further develop this insight to understand and discuss major issues of Korean studies in other upper level classes.

Intermediate Korean II is designed to increase your advanced Korean ability as an extension of Intermediate Korean I. To increase your language ability, it is important to be exposed to many different situations. With this in consideration, this class provides different themes each week, such as a song week, and a literature week to give students exposure to different situations.

This class will especially focus on speaking and writing. It is important for students to actively participate in small groups during class and in individual projects. There will be composition homework assignments each week with different topics. Students should be able to do their homework based on what they have learned each week. 

Instructor - Wang Sik Kim

This course is designed to help student understand the dynamics of North Korean politics. North Korea can be described as an exceptional country in many ways.  First, the transfer of power in the North Korea was made through the hereditary succession like a monarchy even though it claimed to be a socialist country.  Second, North Korea has survived as a socialist country, while most of the communist countries including the Soviet Union and East European countries collapsed in the late 1980s and the early 1990s. Third, the North Korea, one of the poorest countries, has developed the nuclear weapons as well as other weapons of mass destruction, threatening the international security.

For critical understanding of the North Korean politics I will trace the Korean communist movement, and deal with the North Korean political history since 1945. I am also planning to deal with the ideology and important governmental structure including the Korean Workers’ party, the Military and the social control structures. Then I will examine the current issues including economic reforms, the nuclear challenge, and the several issues with the South Korea like unification questions and the conclusion of the peace treaty to end the Korean War.

This course is an interdisciplinary course related to the phenomenon of migration and settlement from Korea. The course seeks to deepen our understanding of the ways in which Korean immigrants have shaped and continue to shape social thought as well as institutions in the United States.

The course draws upon literature, history, and cultural studies to examine the experiences of Koreans living in the U.S. Through reading critical literatures, we will address issues such as immigration history, race/ethnicity, racism and resistance, gender and sexuality, culture and identity, labor, migration and globalization, class, education, religion.

Course format: lecture/discussion. 

This course provides an introduction to Brazilian history, culture and society from the period of Portuguese colonization (1500-1822) to the present day. We will consider Brazilian civilization through seminal analyses by historians, anthropologists and other scholars, through Brazilian film, music, and literature, and through related literary and cultural criticism. Students will be encouraged to take a hemispheric perspective, considering Brazilian civilization with respect to other civilizations of the Americas (especially those of North America and Spanish America).

The course includes a strong focus on the contributions to Brazilian culture/history/society of non-European peoples in Brazil, particularly Africans, Afro-Brazilians and Indigenous peoples and their descendants, as well as the influence of the Portuguese colonizers and, to a lesser extent, later European, Japanese and Middle Eastern immigrants. This course qualifies for the Global Brazil Minor. (Cross-listed as Black Studies 2005 and Peace Studies 2005)

This course explores Latin American societies, cultures, and questions of national and regional identity as expressed through literary, historical and journalistic writings on soccer, as well as through fictional and documentary films on this global sport with strong roots in Latin American popular culture. Course textbooks include a recently updated edition of a literary classic by Eduardo Galeano placing Latin American soccer in a global context, Mario Filho’s recently translated classic of soccer literature and the desegregation of the sport in Brazil, and an analysis of the national and regional cultural/social significance of soccer in Latin American societies.

Other written works covered in class lectures and discussions will include poetry, short stories and crônicas (brief literary/journalistic columns) on soccer. Films covered focus on the iconic significance of regional soccer legends like Maradona and Pelé, but also include broader narratives about soccer from youth to professional levels in Latin American leagues, including: Pelé (Tryhorn & Nicholas, 2021), Futebol / Soccer (Moreira Salles, 1999), Maradona by Kusturica (Kusturica, 2008) and Democracia em preto e branco / Democracy in Black and White (Asbeg, 2014). Course will be designated as Diversity Intensive. This course qualifies for the Global Brazil Minor. (Cross-listed as Spanish 3005 and English 3110)

Russian 2160 is the second course in the two-semester intermediate Russian sequence. By the end of the course you will be able to: converse with ease and confidence when dealing with the routine tasks and social situations; communicate information about work, school, recreation, particular interests, and areas of competence in sentences or series of sentences; narrate and describe in different time frames about everyday events and situations; understand, with ease and confidence, simple sentence-length speech in basic personal and social contexts; understand fully and with ease short, non-complex texts that convey basic information and deal with personal and social topics; understand some connected texts featuring description and narration.

 

How does the Russian-speaking world see itself? This asynchronous, second 8-week online course will use film to explore how Russian speakers themselves understand Russia. We will watch 13 major Russian-language films from the post-Soviet era (starting in 1990) that depict moments in Russian history from the middle ages to the present. And we will critically consider what these representations of Russian history and culture suggest about Russian identity today, with special attention to how these films present difference (ethnic, political, religious, gender, sexual, etc.), or “otherness.” Instructional components will include film viewings, informational video lectures, online student discussion and remote small-group work.

The final group project is a website for a film festival. All films have English subtitles. No prerequisites.

Russian 3160 is the second course in the two-semester advanced Russian sequence. By the end of the course, you will have developed the ability to engage with native sources (people, texts, websites, videos, etc.) on topics of interest in depth and with sophistication.

This cross-listed course (Russian and Geography) explores the relation between the geography and the culture of Russia, over the span of a thousand years. We will examine topics ranging from the fur trade in ancient Kiev to the present-day politics of mineral extraction and Arctic expansion, with an eye towards how Russian people and culture shape and are shaped by their physical environment.

Instructors - Nicole Monnier and Seth Howes

Includes both writing-intensive and honors sections. In this course, we will explore the politics and poetics of totalitarian culture by examining the paintings, music, sculptures, buildings, and films produced under the rule of these regimes. In the process, we will learn how Nazi and Soviet culture producers made carefully calibrated appeals to their respective mass audiences, drawing upon the German and Russian cultural traditions - and on scientific rhetorics of cultural history and racial destiny - in crafting their utopian visions of worlds transformed, wrongs righted, and societies perfected.

Taught in English.

Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-3:15PM. 

Instructors - Nicole Monnier and Seth Howes

(same as RUSS 4840HW; cross-leveled with GERMAN 7840, RUSS 7840).

Includes both writing-intensive and honors sections. In this course, we will explore the politics and poetics of totalitarian culture by examining the paintings, music, sculptures, buildings, and films produced under the rule of these regimes. In the process, we will learn how Nazi and Soviet culture producers made carefully calibrated appeals to their respective mass audiences, drawing upon the German and Russian cultural traditions - and on scientific rhetorics of cultural history and racial destiny - in crafting their utopian visions of worlds transformed, wrongs righted, and societies perfected.

Taught in English.

Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-3:15PM. 

Rosa Morales, Coordinator.  Multiple time slots available. Hybrid 

This course, which is designed for students who have fewer than two years of previous experience in Spanish, offers an introduction to the Spanish language and the many cultures it encompasses. The course work will allow students to develop all four language skills: reading, speaking, listening, and writing along with the cultural background necessary to help them to communicate effectively in Spanish.  

This class is conducted primarily in Spanish. 

Instructor - Rosa Morales

10:00-10:50. Hybrid

What makes the Honors section different?  In the honors section, we will delve more deeply into culture and communication by incorporating more in class talking, small projects and cultural discussions. There will be a book reading and discussion. One of the assignments will be related to this book.

Noah Myers, Coordinator.  Multiple time slots available. M-W-F. Hybrid

This course offers a second-semester introduction to the Spanish language and the many cultures it encompasses.  It is designed for students who have taken Spanish 1100 or who have more than two years of previous experience studying Spanish.  Students will develop their skills in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening while learning advanced grammatical structures and vocabulary through topics such as daily routine, food, relationships, health, technology and the household. 

Instructor - Dawn Heston, 10:00-10:50.  Hybrid.

This course offers a second-semester introduction to the Spanish language and the many cultures it encompasses.  It was designed specifically for honors students who have taken Spanish 1100 or an equivalent class.  Students will be able to maintain basic conversations on a variety of topics including: food and restaurants, daily routine, health, technology and the household after taking this class. In the honors section, there is a greater emphasis placed on the integration of target language resources, interpretation of texts, cultural information, and authentic projects.

Carlos Mendez, Coordinator. Multiple time slots available. M-W-F. Hybrid 

This course, designed for students who have taken Spanish 1200 or an equivalent course. It offers further introduction to the Spanish language and the many cultures it encompasses. Your coursework will allow you to develop all four language skills: reading, speaking, listening and writing along with the cultural background necessary to help you to communicate effectively in Spanish. In order to expose you to as much Spanish as possible and to develop your listening and speaking skills, this class is conducted in Spanish. You will see that your ability to understand and to respond will develop quite rapidly.

By the end of the semester, you should be able to understand authentic dialogues and texts, engage in conversations on everyday topics and write compositions. Learning a new language can be very rewarding. We all hope that your experience will be positive and productive.

Instructor - Carlos Mendez, M-Th 11:00-11:50.  Hybrid. 

This honors course is designed for students who have taken Spanish 1200 or an equivalent course. The course seeks to improve students’ fluency in Spanish and to expose them to the many cultures it encompasses. Your coursework will allow you to develop all four language skills: reading, speaking, listening and writing along with the   cultural background necessary to help you to communicate effectively in Spanish.

In order to expose you to as much Spanish as possible and to develop your listening and speaking skills, this class is conducted in Spanish. You will see that your ability to understand and to respond will develop quite rapidly. This course may integrate cultural events outside the classroom as well such as movies, guest lectures, art exhibits, seminars or concerts as available. Once a semester, the students may also meet with Honors Spanish 1100 and 1200 students as a cohort group for further intellectual exchange and enrichment.

By the end of the semester, you should be able to understand communicative acts and read texts from primary Spanish sources, engage in conversations on a variety of topics, and write compositions about your thoughts and opinions on matters studied in class. Learning a new language can be very rewarding. I all hope that your experience will be positive and productive.

SPAN 2160 is specifically designed to enhance the writing and speaking skills of intermediate-level students.  Students will further develop their abilities using expanded topics related to current events, cultural topics, personal experiences in different time frames (past, present, future) and real-life oriented scenarios. The speaking and writing portions of this class are balanced equally and developed through a variety of class projects. Regular class interaction with an emphasis on authentic communication is a major component of the course. 

Prerequisite: Span 2100 or equivalent course.

SPAN 2160H is the fourth semester of Spanish designed for honors students who have completed the elementary Spanish sequence at MU or equivalent prerequisite classes. This class is fundamentally different from other 2160 classes in that it focuses on the application and refinement of grammatical concepts through the introduction of new vocabulary and cultural topics. In this course it is assumed that students have mastered the vocabulary and    grammatical concepts taught in the elementary levels. Therefore, this course will continue to focus on refining the four language skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening through the use of authentic texts, group activities, and the incorporation of cultural activities throughout the semester.

Special attention is given to oral production as well and students are expected to actively participate every day of class. As students participate in many, mostly oral, guided activities, their speaking ability will improve in both accuracy and fluency. Students also will be expected to do a significant amount of reading and writing in this section of 2160.

The semester will culminate with the completion of a writing portfolio that will display all of the grammatical skills that students worked on throughout the semester as well as a multimedia project and presentation on a current cultural topic. 

Spanish 3150 is designed for students who have successfully completed Spanish 2160, or for those students who have been placed at this level. You must possess an ample knowledge of the grammar rules and know how to use them in context to succeed in this class. This class will help you improve on the production of the Spanish language to be able to communicate in daily life situations and also to express your opinion about different topics of concern.

Instructor - Dr. Asier Alcázar

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30-10:45am, online only (also asynchronously)

This class improves oral production in Spanish by providing opportunities to engage into conversation, learning new vocabulary and expressions, reviewing challenging grammatical concepts and, above all, by receiving extensive feedback on oral production. It is not possible to speak a foreign language efficiently without awareness of differences in the articulation of sounds. To this end, we dedicate two lectures to a comparison of Spanish and English Phonetics and Phonology. Feedback on oral production will be based on awareness of this new knowledge. 

Students will create a PowerPoint presentation in groups (15~25 minutes) to introduce a topic on the news in Spain in recent years and direct a group discussion. The new vocabulary and expressions in these presentations will be included in the tests. Because this class features a secondary emphasis on improving grammar/written competence, students will write six compositions. The language of instruction is Spanish. Students must use it exclusively in their interaction with the professor (in class, Zoom office visits) and among themselves. Notes will be PowerPoint based and they will be available in Canvas.

Lectures will be recorded in Zoom and made available in Canvas for students who need to take the course asynchronously.

SPAN 3160 is designed to improve writing skills in Spanish and strategies in critical thinking through extensive and intensive reading of Spanish literature. This course will develop analytical skills required for advanced Spanish literacy and literary studies and provide students with plenty of Spanish language input and opportunities for negotiation of meaning and meaningful interaction.

The course will help students integrate their linguistic knowledge into a broader context of cultural and social background through expanding their Spanish readings skills and appreciation for literature.

Course objectives:

1)  To teach students the basic skills of literary analysis through close readings of narrative (short story, novel) representative of major periods and movements in Hispanic letters including authors from Spain and a wide rage of Spanish American countries. 

2)  To assist students in the acquisition of the critical vocabulary required for textual analysis in Spanish.

3)  To encourage students to communicate meaningfully in a second language by using oral communication and writing.

4)  This is not a grammar course, however students will have to keep reviewing the different areas of grammar as needed and/or as suggested by the professor. Professor recommends very strongly to thoroughly review verb conjugations, the use of: preterit and imperfect, subjunctive, object pronouns, verbs like gustar, etc. Keep on hand a basic Spanish grammar book or a good internet Spanish grammar reference.

Has a friend asked you what you thought about the last movie you watched or the last book you read? Most people answering this question would say, in case they liked it, that the characters were fun and the story interesting. However, if you consider every element that authors use to create a novel, a poem, a play or a film, you would be surprised how much more there is to portraying “interesting” characters and a “fun” story.

In this class we are going to learn how to read and interpret key Hispanic plays and poems through readings, discussions, and written analysis. We will investigate what the literary text talks about and how the text tells us such a story. In order to do this, the student will acquire the necessary tools—method, terminology, and concepts—required for a critical study of Hispanic drama and poetry. The reading and analysis of these works would not be complete without becoming familiar with the Hispanic socio-cultural context where they appeared. Therefore, we will also explore the major cultural movements and historical events that shaped these texts. 

Instructor - Dr. Asier Alcázar

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-1:45pm, online only (also asynchronously)

Spanish is spoken as a first or second language by Americans of Amerindian, African, Asian, Hispanic or mixed ancestry, immigrants born in Spanish-speaking countries and Americans who take it as a second language. This class surveys linguistic and social issues pertaining to Spanish in the US with a specific focus on Spanish as an immigrant language and as a heritage language.

Topics include bilingualism, language loss, language attrition, bilingual acquisition of Spanish and English as first languages, dialectology of Spanish in the US, historical varieties of Spanish in the US, linguistic/ethnic/cultural identity, and factors affecting language maintenance across generations, among others. These topics intersect with positive and negative cultural interpretations of linguistic phenomena in Spanish, as an immigrant language and as a heritage language, within the community and outside it, such as Spanglish.

The course also explores the background against which these cultural (mis)interpretations are shaped, like the characterization of Latinos and their immigrant experience in American media, politicization of (illegal) immigration, mischaracterizations of linguistic competence in English and Spanish in immigrants and their descendants, and historical parallels of discrimination, such as the Irish immigrant experience in the US. The language of instruction is Spanish. Class modality is online only. Zoom lectures will be recorded and made available to those students who need to take the course asynchronously. 

This course provides an overview of the history, culture, literature of US Latinx contemporary women writers. As an interdisciplinary course, it will provide an introduction to a variety of themes and historical aspects seen in different cultural and artistic expressions in United States.

Topics addressed in the course include migratory processes, the ethnic and cultural diversity of US, intergender relationships, race and discrimination, family relationships, violence against women, popular culture, social structure and integration, as well as the role of Latinx in the artistic development of American society.