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Course Schedule for LANGUAGE AND CULTURE STUDIES - January 2017
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Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
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1007 LACS-233-01 Godfather: Art of Hard Choices 0.50 LEC Alcorn,John TR: 9:30AM-12:00PM GW - L  
  Enrollment limited to 14
  NOTE: Additional work required outside regular class times. Please see the J-term website for additional information.
  The Godfather films (I and II) are narrative masterpieces that provide many insights into the interplay of character and culture in decision-making in high-stakes situations outside the law. We will interpret the films as illustrations of strategic interaction in stylized mafia settings. Specific topics are the relationship between narrative fiction and reality; motivations and behavior; the mafia’s code of honor; private protection and extortion; vice markets; corruption; and the prisoner’s dilemma. The course has an experimental hybrid format: 8 seminar classes (50 minutes each) and 12 online class units. Assessment is based on three assignments: 1) a paper (1,500 words) on a topic to be chosen in consultation with the instructor; 2) a seminar report; and 3) seminar participation. The paper and the report require analysis of film clips in the spirit of the syllabus.
1020 LACS-245-01 French Detective/Noir Novels 0.50 SEM Kehres,Jean-Marc TWRF: 9:30AM-12:30PM SH - T121  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Conducted in English, this course will explore the detective and the noir genres exemplified in two major francophone novels and their cinematographic adaptations. After studying Henri-Georges Clouzot’s famous Jenny Lamour (Quai des orfêvres), we will read Georges Simenon’s The Saint-Fiacre Affair and Jean-Patrick Manchette’s The Prone Gunman, and analyze their screen interpretations. Emphasis will be placed upon narratological, social and political analysis. For credit in French, students will be able to read the texts and write their essays in French.
1009 LACS-273-01 Mediterranean Sea: Ancnt- Pres 0.50 SEM Cancelled  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  NOTE: Course will not meet January 16.
  This course will focus on the history and the representation of the Mediterranean Sea throughout the centuries. Students will discover the difference between the classical image of the Mediterranean – as a trade route, a place of encounter and interaction -- and the contemporary situation of human tragedies occurring on the sea and its shores. From Strabo’s geographical description of the Mediterranean shores to the works of the contemporary Italian writers, students will study, among other concepts, the causes and consequences of migration, integration, diaspora, transculturalism, national and multiple identities.
1019 FREN-245-01 French Detective/Noir Novels 0.50 SEM Kehres,Jean-Marc TWRF: 9:30AM-12:30PM SH - T121  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Conducted in English, this course will explore the detective and the noir genres exemplified in two major francophone novels and their cinematographic adaptations. After studying Henri-Georges Clouzot’s famous Jenny Lamour (Quai des orfêvres), we will read Georges Simenon’s The Saint-Fiacre Affair and Jean-Patrick Manchette’s The Prone Gunman, and analyze their screen interpretations. Emphasis will be placed upon narratological, social and political analysis. For credit in French, students will be able to read the texts and write their essays in French.