In addition to language classes, the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers a broad variety of courses on cultures taught in English. All courses are 3 credit hours, have no prerequisites, and can be used as an Advanced Elective and/or to fulfill the University Core-Curricular. All courses meet CLASS Distribution Requirements (either Diversity & Global Issues or Communication & Digital Skills).
WLLC 3100: Arab Cultures in Film & Music (face to face; offered every other year)
This course explores Arab modern histories and cultures through the lens of film and music. Through the medium of movies and songs, students will examine the roots of some of the most prominent social, cultural, political, and gendered norms often attributed to the Arab World. Diverse materials from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt, and beyond will enhance students' global competencies and enable them to reflect upon the varied life experiences of people from around the Arab World.
WLLC 3310: The Best of French Pop Culture (taught online)
Students will discover and analyze different aspects of French culture (such as fashion, film, food, comics, music, advertisements, media, sports, language, and other cultural artefacts), and learn to think about how popular culture is constructed and consumed in France. Students are actively engaged in online discussion and share their perspectives and informed opinions, regarding Popular Culture in France and in their home country.
WLLC 3600: Japanese Popular Culture (face to face; offered every other year)
This course examines cultural artefacts to survey contemporary Japanese culture. The scope of the examined objects and practices range from anime, fashion, film, food and games, to manga literature and languages, music, and sports. The course examines our everyday engagement with the Japanese cultural artefacts, belief systems, and social interaction.
WLLC 3700: Classical Mythology (face to face; offered every other year)
Classical Mythology is the study of Ancient (primarily Greek and Roman) stories about gods, heroes, monsters, and the world they inhabit. It is also an attempt to understand the customs, aspirations, and fears these stories encode. Myths delve into perennial problems of intellectual, spiritual, and societal values: relationships of insiders and outsiders in society, the justifications for war, the structure of the home, rites of passage.
WLLC 3800: Russian Folklore and Magic (face to face; offered every Fall)
This course introduces the concepts of folklore, magic, and popular beliefs, as well as different approaches to folklore studies. The course explores core genres of Russian folklore. These include legends about spirits, deities and creatures of the underworld, black and white magic, folk tales, proverbs and jokes, rituals, customs, folk music, and folk theatre. This course fulfills the requriements for the Minor in Russian Studies.
WLLC 3810: Russian Popular Culture (face to face; offered every Spring)
This course is a survey of Russian popular culture through the arts, music, film and television, everyday customs, leisure activities, traditional Russian cuisine, and the world of fashion and celebrities. Materials will be presented in the rich context of contemporary Russian society and its historical past.
WLLC 3820: Mapping Russia - St Petersburg in Russian Culture and Literature (face to face; offered every year)
This course examines the various artistic approaches to the cultural capital of Russia, the city of St Petersburg, and its historical role in Russia's development as a nation, from the day when St Petersburg was founded in 1703 to the present day - the post-Soviet era. We will examine how the city has been depicted in Russian art, music, literature, and folklore, and how the city and people's attitudes toward the city have evolved over time. This course fulfills the requirements fo the Minor in Russian Studies.
WLLC 3200: Chinese Culture & Society (face to face; offered every second year)
This course is an introduction to Chinese culture and society. This course familiarizes students with Chinese history, thoughts, religion, politics, economics, language, customs, people, society, and general ways of life so that they may have a better understanding of today's Chinese society.
WLLC 3400: The Holocaust & Film (face to face; offered every other year)
This course examines how the Holocaust has been portrayed in feature films and documentaries in different countries. Viewing various cinematic texts, we will discuss these and other questions about the problem and limits of language, the role of trauma, authenticity, memory and post-memory, genocide, storytelling and history, and representation and adaptation of the Holocaust in film in Hollywood, Europe (France, Italy, Hungary, and Germany), and in Israel.
COURSES SOON TO BE OFFERED:
WLLC 3010: Global Diversity (taught online)
This course examines cultural differences in various parts of the world, particularly in countries whose languages are taught in the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, creating cultural awareness to prepare global citizens.
WLLC 3530: Cosa Nostra - The Mafia in History and Fiction (face to face; offered in 2022)
This course will examine the growth of the Mafia from rural Sicily to Manhattan and beyond, considering both its historical development and its portrayal in popular media.