Undergraduate Foreign Cultures in English Courses

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Undergraduate Courses

FCE 201 The French Speaking World (A,D,H,W)

An examination of the concept of the Francophone community. Course explores theoretical texts and Francophone novels from Africa, the Caribbean and North America to develop an understanding of the political and literary history of the Francophone world. 3 Cr.

FCE 301 Haiti The Most Important Counrty in the World (A,I,O,Y)

Haiti is the home of the only successful slave revolt in history and this highly interdisciplinary course analyzes its history, society, music, film, art, dance and religious practices. Evaluates French and American colonization and exploitation of the country in addition to its contentious relationship with the Dominican Republic. Contextualizes Zombies, which originated as manifestations of post-slavery fear. Crosslisted with: FRN301. 3 Cr.

FCE 333 French Hip-Hop and Rock: How Music Mirrors Society (A,I)

Traces the development of popular music in France and the manner in which it reflects societal change. Contextualizes cultural transformation from the youth revolt of the 60’s to the modern day issues of racial/religious integration. Studies the effect of globalization and increasing influence of America on French mainstream culture. Students will listen to a wide variety of songs, analyze their lyrics in translation and view video selections from television and cinema. 3 Cr.

FCE 334 Ghosts of Contemporary Spain (A,W)

Through cultural products and practices (novels, essays, plays, newspaper articles, films, art) students will identify cultural assumptions behind constructions of race, class and gender privilege, sexual behaviors, and religious values in contemporary Spain. Immigration, terrorism, domestic violence, anti-establishment movements, and nationalism are among the topics of this course. 3 Cr.

FCE 340 Hip-Hop Music and Culture (A,I)

Crosslisted: with FRN340. Historical and societal analysis of Hip-Hop culture as it moved from its humble beginnings in the south Bronx in the 1970s to become a national and international movement with an ever growing influence on popular consciousness across the globe. Highly interdisciplinary course that covers music, dance, art, film, social revolutions, economic inequality, film, television, gender, class and race. 3 Cr.

FCE 372 Language Internship (A)

Student will work at a local business with international scope and/or a multilingual workforce in order to explore career options and to be exposed to the many different kinds of jobs for which their language degree will prepare them. 1-3 Cr. Every Semester.

FCE 375 Gender in Latin America (A,I,W,Y)

Cross-listed SPN or WMS 375.

Analyzes traditional gender roles in Latin American culture and the intersection between race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class and gender identity in socialization processes that perpetuate the exclusion of women from the spheres of power. Examines the impact of patriarchy and globalization on the lives of women and their contribution to different social spheres, especially in politics, literature, and art. 3 Cr.

FCE 401 Culture Wars? France and the United States (A,I)

Analyzes the complex, plural and uneven nature of cultural globalization using France and the United State as case studies. Examines the history of cultural globalization, the nature of culture, the contribution of the media and contemporary information and communications technologies to cultural globalization, the emergence of global culture , globalization and national culture, globalization and cultural conflict and the impact of globalization on attitudes and lifestyles. 3 Cr.

FCE 420 Multiculturalism in the United States (A,I)

Must be JR status - Examines the development of multiculturalism in the United States from its beginnings to the present day. Studies how race, social class, ethnicity, gender, and ability have influenced cultural interrelations of the many groups that compose US society. Analyzes the many theories of multiculturalism, such as assimilation, acculturation, and cultural pluralism. Points out how cultural perspectives have influenced social acceptance, economic possibilities, and political rights of the various groups present in the United States. Includes a service-learning component. 3 Cr. Spring.

FCE 422 Women'S Ed in the Devel Wrld-Comparative Perspec (A,W,Y)

Prerequisite: JR status required.

This course looks at women's education in the developing world. It raises questions on social mobility, inequality, women's role in the economic and social development of the third world society. Recent research on the topic will be reviewed; case studies will be drawn from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. A comparative analysis approach will be used throughout this course. Crosslisted with: WMS 422. 3 Cr.

FCE 453 French Female Gaze: Women Writers and Filmmakers (A)

Cross-listed as FRN or WMS 453; Must be JR status.

Through an exploration of texts and films authored by women, introduces students to a range of leading contemporary French-speaking writers and directors. Students examine recurrent themes and forms in recent women’s writing and filmmaking, including the representation of identity; the concept of origins; the intersection of class, race and gender; sexual repression and/or liberation; and the textual and cinematic strategies underpinning these considerations. 3 Cr.

FCE 458 Women and Education in the Arab World (A,W)

Prerequisite: JR status required.

Examines the persistent cultural and socioeconomic barriers to women’s education in the Arab World. Investigates how women’s education is influenced by religion, culture, family, teachers and costs, not only in relation to the decision of going to school but also to their education path. Contemporary concerns in education such as equity in schools, in higher education, and in the job market are also addressed. Crosslisted with EDI & WMS 458, 3 Cr.

FCE 473 Linguistics for Second Language Acquisition (A)

Cross-listed with ENG473.

Contrastive analysis of the language components of English, French and Spanish; phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon, and semantics. Examines sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic perspectives related to the role of language in culture, identity and learning. Explores languages acquisition theories, and their application to bilingualism and the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. 3 Cr.