2020-21 Shared Language Courses

Spring 2021

Italian

ITAL 204-01, SLP Intermediate Italian 2

  • Instructor:  Ivana Di Siena, Oberlin College
  • Dates:  classes begin on Thursday, January 7th, and end on Thursday, April 8th; no spring break; final exams begin on Tuesday, April13th, and end on Saturday, April 17th; the spring semester ends Saturday, April 17th
  • Class time:  MWF 9:00-9:50 a.m.
  • Prerequisites:  ITAL 203, or appropriate SAT II score (550-625), or appropriate placement test score or successful completion of third-semester Italian.
  • Credits:  4

Description:  This second semester of a year-long intermediate Italian sequence includes review of the essentials of grammar, continued development of reading skills using both literary and cultural texts, and practice in composition and speaking.


ITAL 272, Intermediate Italian – 4th semester

  • Instructor:  Francesca Seaman, DePauw University
  • Dates:  Feb. 1 to May 20
  • Class time:  M W F   8 a.m. to 9 a.m. 
  • Prerequisites:  Third semester of Italian or permission of instructor 
  • Credits:  3

Description:  This course connects students’ interest in Italian language and culture to their personal life experience and stimulates intercultural exchange of ideas. We will discover Italian society and culture in a creative way through interaction, while developing critical thinking and growing toward linguistic autonomy and fluency. This course values each student’s diverse and unique background and personality as fundamental components of a meaningful growth in intercultural competence and global citizenship.

Learning Goals:  A series of readings and communicative activities will lead the students to a deeper knowledge of the Italian language, a wider vocabulary, and a greater level of fluency in a variety of contexts. More specifically, students will learn how to use a variety of complex conjunctions and modifiers, how to address people formally, and how to use the subjunctive and the past conditional modes. Students will amplify their vocabulary around the subject matter of gastronomy, conflictual relations, traditions, festivities, fashion, work, cultural events, famous people, cities and artists.

Learning Objectives:  Among other things, by the end of this course students will be able to express need, give advice, speak of their own habits, complain, express dissatisfaction, opinions, thoughts, fears and expectations. Students will be able to talk about an historical period, about the past, or their own passions. Students will also be able to make hypotheses, imagine their own future, and understand their own behavior in problematic situations. 

ITAL 376, Italian Through Film

  • Instructor:  Francesca Seaman, DePauw University
  • Dates:  Feb. 1 to May 20
  • Class time:  MWF   9 to 10 a.m.
  • Prerequisites:  2 years of Italian or permission of instructor
  • Credits:  3

Description:  Italian 376 is an advanced course that presents Italian movies in order to teach Italian history and culture. The course will present a range of opportunities to discuss historical, literary, cinematic, sociological and cultural issues. While focusing on the Italian language and working on developing conversational fluency, we will analyze the complexity of Italian society, investigating the Italian cultural heritage within both a national and international framework. Through films, we will work on refining writing skills, increasing vocabulary and perfecting listening-comprehension skills. The course is structured as a seminar, and so students will be asked to present on a variety of topics, lead discussion, debate, re-create dialogues, analyze scenes and interpret specific moments in each movie.

Russian

RUSS 305-01, Advanced Russian: Cross-Cultural Communication 1

  • Instructor: Maia Solovieva, Oberlin College
  • Dates: classes begin on Thursday, January 7th, and end on Thursday, April 8th; no spring break; final exams begin on Tuesday, April13th, and end on Saturday, April 17th; the spring semester ends Saturday, April 17th
  • Class time: MWF 9:00-9:50 a.m. and W 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Prerequisites: RUSS 204 or equivalent or consent of the instructor.
  • Credits: 4

Description: Develops a foundation for effective cross-cultural communication; refinement of writing, reading, speaking, and aural comprehension skills to facilitate interactions with Russians today. We will use art, music and literary texts to explore a distinctively Russian understanding of time, space, family, home, and history.

Spanish

HISP 202-01, Intermediate Spanish I

  • Instructor:  Carmen (Patty) Tovar, Oberlin College
  • Dates:  classes begin on Thursday, January 7th, and end on Thursday, April 8th; no spring break; final exams begin on Tuesday, April13th, and end on Saturday, April 17th; the spring semester ends Saturday, April 17th
  • Class time:  MWF 10:10-11:00 a.m.
  • Prerequisites:  HISP 102 or Placement Exam
  • Credits:  4

Description:  This course is the first intermediate level Spanish course. It surveys, reviews, and solidifies essential grammatical structures in the indicative and subjunctive mood through the integration of grammar, oral and written practice in exercises, conversation and readings which evolve within a cultural context. Students have to attend one weekly mandatory conversation class led by a Program Assistant, time TBA. Taught in Spanish.

HISP 203-01, Intermediate Spanish 2

  • Instructor:  Yorki Encalada, Oberlin College
  • Dates:  MWF 1:20-2:20 p.m.
  • Class time:  classes begin on Thursday, January 7th, and end on Thursday, April 8th; no spring break; final exams begin on Tuesday, April13th, and end on Saturday, April 17th; the spring semester ends Saturday, April 17th
  • Prerequisites:  HISP 202 or consent of instructor.
  • Credits:  4

Description:  This course is a continuation of HISP 202. It adopts a format integrating grammar, oral and written practice in exercises, conversation and readings which evolve within a cultural context. Students have to attend one mandatory conversation class on Tuesdays or Thursdays for one hour, time TBA.

HISP 310-01, Survey of Spanish Literature 2: The Struggle for Modernity

  • Instructor:  Sebastiaan Faber, Oberlin College
  • Dates:  classes begin on Thursday, January 7th, and end on Thursday, April 8th; no spring break; final exams begin on Tuesday, April13th, and end on Saturday, April 17th; the spring semester ends Saturday, April 17th
  • Class time:  TR 1:30-2:50 p.m.
  • Prerequisites:  HISP 304 or the equivalent
  • Credits:  4

Description:  Progressive Spanish writers and intellectuals have consistently felt out of place in Spain, whose traditional power structures for centuries resisted the advent of modernity. Still, Spaniards managed to produce texts, images, and films of astounding quality and innovation. This course studies a selection of outstanding Spanish plays, novelas, poems, and short stories from the late 18th century to the present. Authors studied include García Lorca, Sender, Bécquer, Moratín, Pérez Galdós, Rosalía de Castro, Gómez de Avellaneda, Unamuno, Larra, García Morales, and others. Taught in Spanish.

HISP 426-01, Latin American Literature and the Narrative of the Queer and the Perverse

  • Instructor:  Patrick O’Connor, Oberlin College
  • Dates:  classes begin on Thursday, January 7th, and end on Thursday, April 8th; no spring break; final exams begin on Tuesday, April13th, and end on Saturday, April 17th; the spring semester ends Saturday, April 17th
  • Class time:  TR 3:05-4:20 p.m.
  • Prerequisites:  HISP 304 or equivalent.
  • Credits:  4

Description:  This course offers a critical look at the narratives that helped define abnormal sexuality in Latin America. We begin with Freud, Foucault, and Manuel Puig. Then we read about criminalized sexuality in 20th-century Mexico; narratives by F.Hernández, Pizarnik, and Peri Rossi riffing off Freudian essays on fetishism and lesbianism; and the Latin trans experience, featured prominently in essayists, novelists (Donoso, Lemebel, R.Indiana Hernández, Cabezón Cámara), graphic novelists (G.Hernandez), contemporary anthropology, and documentaries. Taught in Spanish.

SPA321-01, Spanish Conversation and Composition for Heritage Speakers of Spanish

  • Instructor:  María Cristina Monsalve, Wabash College
  • Dates:  Tentatively: 01/18/2021-05/07/2021
  • Class time:  Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:45-11:00 am
  • Prerequisites:  Placement exam or Zoom interview with Prof. Monsalve
  • Credits:  1

Description:  This course focuses on boosting conversational and writing skills by reviewing the cultures and traditions of the Spanish speaking world. The materials are usually news, podcasts, films, documentaries, and short stories. Students will work on virtual projects such as a weekly journal and they will also write a final research paper on a topic of their choosing. 

Chinese

CHIN 102, Beginning Chinese II 

  • Instructor:  Ying Liu, Earlham College
  • Dates:  Spring Term I 2021 February 1- March 19
  • Class time:  MWF 12:40-4:00 p.m.
  • Prerequisites:  CHIN 101
  • Credits:  4

Description:  This is a continuation of CHIN 101, a beginning Chinese course for non-native Chinese speakers. This course is designed to help students further develop their oral communication skills in daily life situations as well as improve their reading and writing proficiency in Chinese. In addition to class time, students are required to have one-on-one sessions with the Teaching Assistant. 

CHIN 202, Intermediate Chinese II

  • Instructor:  Mingda Sun, Earlham College
  • Dates:  Spring Term I 2021 February 1- March 19
  • Class time:  MWF 12:40-4:00 p.m.
  • Prerequisites:  CHIN 201
  • Credits:  4

Description: This course is a continuation of CHIN 201, an intermediate level Chinese course. This course aims to help students further develop their oral and written communication skills in the target language, as well as their awareness of the target culture. Students are required to have one-on-one sessions with the Teaching Assistant or Tutor outside class.

Spring Term II 2021 March 29-May 14

CHIN 3XX, East Asian Youth

  • Instructor:  Ying Liu, Earlham College
  • Dates:  Semester Calendar Spring Term II 2021 March 29-May 14
  • Class time:  TR 7:00-10:20 p.m.
  • Prerequisites:  no
  • Credits:  4

Description:  This course starts from tracing the trajectory of youth narratives in modern East Asian cultural history. We will examine various recurring themes and motifs about youth in fiction, film, Internet writing, TV drama, and other media since the 1900s. Our discussion focuses on the cultural, social, and political significances of the representation of youth in contemporary China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and Koreas in order to capture common and critical features of post-socialist and postcolonial status and to engage with the furious debate on post-socialism, post-colonialism, and globalization in East Asian countries and regions. Primary texts include fiction, film, blog posts, etc. All readings are in English.

CHIN 302, Advanced Chinese II

  • Instructor:  Mingda Sun, Earlham College
  • Dates:  Spring Term II 2021 March 29-May 14
  • Class time:  TR 12:40-4:00 p.m.
  • Prerequisites:  CHIN 301 or permission of the instructor.
  • Credits:  4

Description: This course is a continuation of second-year Chinese. The general objective is to improve the learners’ Chinese (Mandarin) proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, writing and translating. The course materials are selected articles from authentic Chinese newspapers, which will facilitate the students’ command of formal register and vocabulary. By studying, discussing and reflecting on these articles, students also will enhance their understanding in Chinese society and culture. 

Latin

ANCS 342, Reading Latin

  • Instructor: Maxwell Paule, Earlham College
  • Dates:  Feb 1 – Mar. 19; Finals Mar. 22-26
  • Class time:  MWF, 9.00 a.m. – 11.20 a.m.
  • Prerequisites:  2 semesters of introductory Latin or equivalent
  • Credits:  4

Description:  This course is designed to transition students from translating introductory Latin found in their textbooks to reading Latin texts as they were originally written. The course begins with an intermediate reader and will conclude with selections from a Latin work of the students’ choice.

French

GFS306, Radical and Rebellious Voices in Contemporary France

  • Instructor: CJ Gomolka, DePauw University
  • Dates:  February 2-May 13
  • Class time:  MW 2:20-3:50 p.m.
  • Prerequisites:  2 years of French or permission from instructor
  • Credits:   3

Description:  This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to questions of citizenship, integration, assimilation, and identity in contemporary France.  Over the course of the semester, we will engage with material, authors, and activists that question the political, social, cultural, and ethical viability of concepts like integration and assimilation in France; that adopt radical and in many cases revolutionary social and ideological stances toward “Frenchness” and France; that offer alternative histories, ideologies, and modes of existence to the homogenizing narrative of French universalism.

German

German 395, Deutsche Minderheiten und ihre Kulturen

  • Instructor:  Nic Heckner, Hope College
  • Dates:  January 12–April 30
  • Class time:  MWF 11:00 – 11:50
  • Prerequisites:  4 semesters college German strongly recommended
  • Credits:  4

Description:  German 395 is a third-year German class with a strong focus on content in addition to language proficiency. Our starting points will be films by or about German groups that self-identify or are being defined via ethnic, cultural, religious, sexual, physiological and other difference by the mainstream. In the following lessons, we will explore parts of their identities and their contributions to German society. Through your German class, you will see your own culture with new eyes and think critically about the relationship between language, culture, and society.

GERM 356-01, Realität und Lebensperspektiven: What Distinguishes One Life From Another?

  • Instructor: Peter Woods, Oberlin College
  • Dates:  classes begin on Thursday, January 7th, and end on Thursday, April 8th; no spring break; final exams begin on Tuesday, April13th, and end on Saturday, April 17th; the spring semester ends Saturday, April 17th
  • Class time:  MWF 9:00-9:50 a.m.
  • Prerequisites:  Four semesters of German or equivalent or consent of the instructor.
  • Credits:  4

Description:  This course, taught in German, revolves around concepts of reality and different perspectives on life. Each of the texts has been selected to develop various motifs that relate to this theme, and to serve as an anchor point for each of the grammar topics on which we will focus. We will investigate how a person’s assumptions, abilities and disabilities, individual circumstances, and even radically altered realities influence their perspective on life.

GERM 433-01, Senior Seminar: Staging Revolution

  • Instructor:  Gabriel Cooper, Oberlin College
  • Dates:  classes begin on Thursday, January 7th, and end on Thursday, April 8th; no spring break; final exams begin on Tuesday, April13th, and end on Saturday, April 17th; the spring semester ends Saturday, April 17th
  • Class time:  T-R 1:30-2:45 p.m.
  • Prerequisites:  Two 300-level courses or equivalent or consent of the instructor
  • Credits: 4

Description:  Can artistic techniques encourage audiences to embrace a radical politics, instigate social change, or create a more critical spectator? This course explores the relationship between aesthetics and politics in film and theater through the works of playwright Bertolt Brecht. After studying concepts and practices of the epic theater, we’ll be equipped to investigate film adaptations and productions of Brecht’s plays; German heirs to the epic theater; and avant-garde films by Jean-Luc Godard, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Alexander Kluge, and Lars von Trier.

GRMN 34010-01, Black Germany in History, Literature and Film

  • Instructor: Beth Ann Muellner, The College of Wooster
  • Dates: Jan 20-April 27
  • Class time: MW 12:45-2:05
  • Prerequisites: GRMN 26000 (Kulturkunde) or special permission of instructor
  • Credits: 1

Description:  Overview of Africa-descended people in German-speaking lands from 18th century to present-day, including colonial history, racial theory, American GIs, reunification, Afro-German community, Black German Studies. Readings & films in English and German, class discussion & written work in German.