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World (WORLD) Courses

Lower Division

WORLD 101U FIRST YEAR SEMINAR (2-0-2)(F/S). Develops life skills and attitudes needed to set and to achieve educational and personal goals. Explores university resources, services, and policies. Emphasis placed on being a successful student in the Department of World Languages.

WORLD 123 INTERNATIONAL PEER SERVICE LEARNING (1-0-1)(F,S). In this Service-Learning class, students will mentor international students to help them integrate socially and culturally into the American college experience. Students will meet weekly with the international students in class to assist them with linguistic and cultural activities. May be repeated once for credit.

Upper Division

WORLD 300 CAREER EXPLORATION AND PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT (1-0-1)(F,S). Creation of professional portfolio to showcase language proficiency, highlight academic growth, and document specific achievements. Students will also explore career opportunities and create a tailored résumé. Project-based. PREREQ: FREN, GERM or SPAN 202, and PERM/INST.

WORLD 301 DIGITAL SKILLS FOR LANGUAGE LEARNERS (1-0-1)(F,S). Advances the level of digital fluency for language learners and develops skills to effectively and ethically interpret information, design content, discover knowledge and communicate ideas in our digitally connected world. Explores a variety of digital toolsets to prepare students for assignments in advanced language courses, as well as contemporary professional life. Project-based.

WORLD 310 JAPANESE CULTURE AND SOCIETY (3-0-3)(F/S). Structure and substance of Japanese culture. Development of Japanese culture from prehistory to present, the development of the Japanese worldview, cultural patterns, beliefs, behaviors, values, and norms that are reflected in Japanese culture today.

WORLD 315 JAPANESE CULTURE THROUGH FILM (3-0-3)(SU). Screening and discussion of films from Japan for their historical, cultural, thematic, and aesthetic content in the context of modern Japanese culture. PREREQ: HIST 121 or GLOBAL 101 or GLOBAL 200 or FILM 220 or POLS 305 or POLS 306.

WORLD 320 (POLS 433) CHINA TODAY (3-0-3)(F/S). Survey of contemporary China including cultural and historical roots, nation-building efforts, political, economic and social systems, and domestic and foreign policies. Discussion of Hong Kong, Tibet, and Taiwan. May be taken for WORLD or POLS credit, but not both. PREREQ: HIST 121 or GLOBAL 101 or GLOBAL 200 or POLS 305 or POLS 306.

WORLD 321 CHINESE CULTURE THROUGH FILM (3-0-3)(F/S). Screening and discussion of films from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong for their historical, cultural, thematic, and aesthetic content in the context of modern Chinese cultures. PREREQ: HIST 121 or FILM 220 or GLOBAL 101 or GLOBAL 200 or POLS 305 or POLS 306.

WORLD 322 (PHIL 322) CONFUCIANISM IN CHINESE CULTURE (1-0-1)(S). Introduction to the philosophy of Confucianism as the foundation of Chinese culture. Students will explore how Confucianism provided a framework for the development of traditional Chinese moral standards, family values, education, political philosophy, civil responsibility, and attitudes toward the natural world. May be taken for WORLD or PHIL credit, but not both.

WORLD 323 CHINESE CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION (3-0-3)(F/S). Multidisciplinary analysis of the richness and diversity of Chinese culture and civilization, including history, philosophy, religion, and literature. Topics include the aesthetic aspect of Chinese characters, Confucianism and Buddhism in Chinese culture, family values and filial piety, Chinese medicine and cuisine, the art of Chinese calligraphy and painting, traditional festivals, poetry, and short stories. PREREQ: Upper-division standing.

WORLD 330 KOREA TODAY (3-0-3)(F/S). Survey of contemporary South and North Korea including cultural and historical roots, and political, economic, and social systems. Analysis of popular culture, including K-wave film, music, and television. Issues of gender roles in Korean society will also be studied. Course conducted in English. PREREQ: HIST 121 or GLOBAL 101 or GLOBAL 200 or POLS 305 or POLS 306 or upper-division standing.

WORLD 340 TOPICS IN FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE LITERATURE (3-0-3)(F/S). A focused study of French and/or Francophone literature in translation organized around a historical period, a genre, a movement, an author, or a theme. Topics will vary each time the course is offered. Frequent writing assignments. Course conducted in English. May be repeated for credit with PERM/INST. Available once as an upper-division elective toward the French major or minor if writing assignments are done in French. PREREQ: ENGL 102.

WORLD 350 TOPICS IN GERMANIC LITERATURE (3-0-3)(F/S). A focused study of Germanic literature in translation organized around a historical period, a genre, a movement, an author, or a theme. Topics will vary each time the course is offered. Frequent writing assignments. Course conducted in English. May be repeated for credit with PERM/INST. Available once as an upper-division elective toward the German major or minor if writing assignments are done in German. PREREQ: ENGL 102.

WORLD 355 TOPICS IN GERMANIC CULTURE (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). Focused study of Germanic culture organized around a specific theme. Topics will vary each time the course is offered. Frequent writing assignments. Conducted in English. May be repeated for credit. PREREQ: ENGL 102.

WORLD 360 TOPICS IN HISPANIC LITERATURE (3-0-3)(F/S). A focused study of Hispanic literature in translation organized around a historical period, a genre, a movement, an author, or a theme. Topics will vary each time the course is offered. Frequent writing assignments. Course conducted in English. May be repeated for credit with PERM/INST. Available once as an upper-division elective toward the Spanish major or minor if writing assignments are done in Spanish. PREREQ: ENGL 102.

WORLD 370 FACT/FICTION: ARTHURIAN LEGENDS (3-0-3)(SU). Survey of factual and fictitious contexts of King Arthur with consideration of gender roles in variations of Arthurian Legends.

WORLD 381 CONTEMPORARY ARAB WOMEN WRITERS (3-0-3)(S/SU). Focused study of literary works by contemporary Arab women writers in English translation. Particular emphasis on analysis of gender roles and identity in the context of the authors’ unique social and political environments. Frequent writing assignments. Course conducted in English.

WORLD 410 THEORIES AND METHODS FOR TEACHING A SECOND LANGUAGE IN SECONDARY CLASSROOMS (3-0-3)(S). An overview of theories of second language (L2) development and of changing pedagogical practices in L2 secondary classrooms. Topics include understanding how to facilitate input and output activities to foster intercultural competence and improve interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication at the beginner and intermediate levels. National and state content standards as well as innovative technologies to augment L2 practice will also be covered. PREREQ: 18 upper-division language credits, LING 305, or SPAN 415. COREQ: ED-CIFS 301, ED-CIFS 302, or PERM/INST.

WORLD 420 UNDERSTANDING AND ASSESSING LITERACY FOR SECOND LANGUAGE LEARNERS (3-0-3)(F). This course builds on the foundational concepts learned in WORLD 410 to understand, integrate, and assess literacy within the context of second language learning. Students will identify the dynamic and multi-layered definition for literacy and second language learning according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language. Specifically, they will identify how literacy is integrated into the World Readiness Standards and every fiber of the interpersonal, presentational, interpretive, and intercultural modes of communication. As such, they will learn different ways to assess second language (L2) learners’ literacy across the modes of communication at beginner and intermediate proficiency levels using an Integrated Performance Assessment model. PREREQ: WORLD 410. COREQ: ED-CIFS 401, or PERM/INST.

WORLD 490 TOPICS IN WORLD CINEMA (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). A focused study of international film organized around a specific culture, genre, movement, historical period, director, or theme. Topics will vary each time the course is offered. Frequent writing assignments. Course conducted in English. Course may be repeated for credit, topics are not repeatable. PREREQ: ENGL 102 and upper-division standing or PERM/INST.