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Course Descriptions

Modern Languages (ML)

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ML 495: Modern Languages and Literatures Internship

3.00 Credits

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ML 504: Topics in Applied Linguistics

3.00 Credits

Selected topics in the field of applied linguistics. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies. Students develop projects in their language area.

ML 521: Principles and Practice of Second Language Teaching

3.00 Credits

Focuses on the application of recent first- and second-language acquisition research to the teaching of listening, reading, speaking, writing, and culture in the second language classroom. Includes topics such as individual learner differences, teaching/learning styles, classroom management, lesson planning, task-based activities, test design, and technology enhanced language learning. Requires class observations and concurrent teaching experience. Required for concentrators in Modern Language/Secondary Education.

ML 531: Theory and Criticism

3.00 Credits

This course, designed for beginning graduate students or advanced undergraduates considering graduate studies, provides an introduction to major developments in critical theory from ancient to modern times. The course examines a wide range of critical, philosophical and political approaches to the study of literature and culture, including Marxism, formalism, structuralism, post structuralism, postmodernism and feminism. Readings will include Kant, Hegel, Marx, Freud, Benjamin, Horkheimer, Foucault, Barthes, Derrida, Lyotard, Baudrillard, and Cixous, and others.

ML 561: Witnessing Trauma: Representations of War in European Cinema

3.00 Credits

War constitutes the all-encompassing political, social, and psychological trope to construct esthetic products that challenge the ethics of art making. This course examines the esthetic production of war and trauma in European film across the twentieth century by applying trauma and memory theory. If war events represent an indisputable reality, their fictional re-visitation responds, instead, to the demands of constantly renewable forms of understanding and narrativization of past contingencies. The value of fictional representations in cinema beyond their adherence to the historical fact or theories of representation lies in the ethical response of filmmakers to, as Jacques Lacan claims, a need for reordering history. Filmmakers Roberto Rossellini, Alain Resnais, and Ken Loach (among others) respond with their engagement to the demands of representation of history and elicit a response from spectators. The course will be conducted in English.