This course presents significant films from different cultures that address a given theme, such as the tension between obedience and autonomy, appetite and intention, or love and loss. Students will explore how the films' artistic qualities convey thematic content and will share their reflections on their own values, behavior and ability to make conscious choices. The current theme concerns obedience and autonomy, in terms of the challenge to become fully oneself in community with others, from the micro-level of the child within a family to the macro-level of the citizen in a sociopolitical context. Secondary source material on the theme complements reading in film criticism to guide class discussion of the films. In addition, films are considered in their geographical and historical context. Students are responsible for the factual information about the setting and creation of the films. Students will develop visual acumen and interpretive skill expressed precisely in speech and writing through guided practice. Coursework includes collaborative preparation for class, journal entries, discussions, two papers, a midterm and a final exam. Attendance at weekly film showings outside of class is required. Films are subtitled. Directors include internationally renowned figures such as Satyajit Ray, Truffaut, Tarkovsky, Haneke and others. This course can count toward the major in Film and International Studies and for the concentration in Comparative World Literature. This course is cross listed in the Department of Film for diversification purposes. The course is open to first-year students. No prerequisite.
This course develops a broad understanding of human language - what it is, what it is used for, and how it works. It serves as an introduction to contemporary linguistic theory and methods of linguistic analysis, such as phonetic transcription; phonological, morphological and syntactic analysis; the meaning of expressions; language change; the acquisition of language by young children and adults; and the role of language in society. Students develop basic skills and techniques for learning how particular languages work and behave. Additionally, the organizing principles of language and the diversities and similarities of language systems are discussed. This class provides the basic concepts necessary for further linguistic study. The course will be taught in English. No prerequisite.
This course will introduce students to the most current trends in literary criticism and linguistics. It offers an overview of different schools of thoughts about academic research. It also assists students with their completion of their senior exercise for the department of Modern Languages and Literatures. The course format is a seminar, taught primarily by a faculty coordinator but with the assistance of other MLL faculty. The main goal for the course is to train students in rigorous academic research and writing. This course is offered only on a credit/no credit basis.
This course offers an opportunity to study on an individual basis an area of special interest — literary, cultural or linguistic — under the regular supervision of a faculty member. It is offered primarily to candidates for honors, to majors and, under special circumstances, to potential majors and minors. Individual study is intended to supplement, not to take place of, regular courses in the curriculum of each language program. Staff limitations restrict this offering to a very few students. To enroll in an individual study, a student must identify a member of the MLL department willing to direct the project, and in consultation with them, write up a one page proposal for the IS which must be approved by the department chair before the individual study can go forward. The proposal should specify the schedule of reading and/or writing assignments and the schedule of meeting periods. The amount of work in an IS should approximate that required on average in regular courses of corresponding levels. It is suggested that students begin their planning of an IS well in advance, so that they can devise a proposal and seek departmental approval before the registrar's deadline. Typically, an IS will earn the student .25 or .50 units of credit. At a minimum, the department expects the student to meet with the instructor one hour per week. Because students must enroll for individual studies by the end of the seventh class day of each semester, they should begin discussion of the proposed individual study preferably the semester before, so that there is time to devise the proposal and seek departmental approval before the registrar’s deadline.
This course offers independent study for senior candidates for honors, under the direction of the honors supervisor. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Normally offered in the spring semester, this course may be offered in the fall with the approval of the student's honors supervisor and the chair of Modern Languages and Literatures.