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Winter Academic Term 2002 Course Guide

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Courses in RC Core


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Winter Academic Term, 2002 (January 7 - April 26)

Open courses in RC Core
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Wolverine Access Subject listing for RCCORE

Winter Academic Term '02 Time Schedule for RC Core.


Most RC courses are open to LS&A students and may be used to meet distribution requirements. In most instances, RC students receive priority for RC course waitlists.

Intensive Language Courses

Intensive language courses meet in lecture and discussion twice a day four days a week. The language programs have language lunch tables, coffee hours, and other social events. There is a language laboratory in the College, and the language teachers are available for counseling and additional help. If a student begins a new language, proficiency is usually attained in one year through the Residential College program.

FLAIR: Foreign Language Applied to Independent Readings.

To provide more opportunities for the use of foreign language skills, one-hour Independent Studies can be arranged for the following purposes:


RCCORE 101. Academic Writing.

Written and Verbal Expression

Section 001 – Meets from Jan. 7 to Feb. 18. (Drop/Add deadline=January 27).

Instructor(s): Barbra Smith Morris (barbra@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: RC First Year Seminar. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Students who have completed the Residential College Freshman Seminar in the Fall term, and are identified as needing further intensive attention to their writing, enroll in this course. Subject matter includes: organization of content, style and substance, and attention to grammar and coherence. Students write and revise three papers, which are ultimately assembled into a representative portfolio. Attendance at all class meetings and conferences is to be considered mandatory in order to receive credit for the class. Class participation includes oral presentation, peer responding to essays, and impromptu in-class writing, Schedules and due dates must be adhered to in order for the requirements to be met.

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RCCORE 191. Intensive German I.

Foreign Language

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Karein K Goertz (goertz@umich.edu) , Janet Shier (jshie@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in German 100, 101, 102, or 103. (8). (LR).

Credits: (8).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jshie/grmindex.html

The goal of this course is to provide the student with a basic but solid knowledge of grammatical structures and syntax, a functional vocabulary, familiarity with intonation patterns and native pronunciation, and practice in speaking and writing. Upon completion of Intensive I, the student can understand simplified written texts of short spoken passages without the aid of a dictionary, and can carry on a short, elementary conversation.

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RCCORE 194. Intensive Spanish I.

Foreign Language

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Olga M Lopez-Cotin (olcotin@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Spanish 100, 101, 102, or 103. (8). (LR).

Credits: (8).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The goal of these courses is to provide the student with a basic but solid knowledge of grammatical structures and syntax, a functional vocabulary, familiarity with intonation patterns and native pronunciation, and practice in speaking and writing. Upon completion of Intensive I, the student can understand simplified written texts of short spoken passages without the aid of a dictionary, and can carry on a short, elementary conversation.

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RCCORE 205. Independent Study.

Independent Study, Fieldwork, and Tutorials

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Sophomore standing and permission of instructor. (1-8). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-8).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Students must submit a written proposal approved by a faculty sponsor outlining the proposed topic, the readings, and the final product of the project.

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RCCORE 209. Study Off-Campus.

Independent Study, Fieldwork, and Tutorials

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Sophomore standing and permission of instructor. (Arr). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. (EXPERIENTIAL).

Credits: (Arr).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Students must submit a written proposal approved by at least two faculty sponsors outlining the proposed project, the readings, and the final product.

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RCCORE 290. Intensive French II.

Foreign Language

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Mireille Belloni (belloni@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Core 190. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in French 230, 231, or 232. (8). (LR).

Credits: (8).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The goal of this course is to expand vocabulary and to master grammatical structures and syntax to the level of competency required to pass a proficiency exam. This entails developing the ability to communicate with some ease with a native speaker, in spoken and written language. Students must be able to understand the content of texts and lectures of a non-technical nature, and of a general (non-literary) interest.

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RCCORE 291. Intensive German II.

Foreign Language

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Karein K Goertz (goertz@umich.edu) , Erica K Paslick (ekp@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Core 191. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in German 230, 231, or 232. (8). (LR).

Credits: (8).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jshie/grmindex.html

The goal of this course is to expand vocabulary and to master grammatical structures and syntax to the level of competency required to pass a proficiency exam. This entails developing the ability to communicate with some ease with a native speaker, in spoken and written language. Students must be able to understand the content of texts and lectures of a non-technical nature, and of a general (non-literary) interest.

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RCCORE 293 / RUSSIAN 203. Intensive Second Year Russian.

Foreign Language

Instructor(s): Alina Udalchenko Makin (resco@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Core 193 or Russian 102. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Russian 201 or 202. (8). (LR).

Credits: (8).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~resco/

See Russian 203.

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RCCORE 294. Intensive Spanish II.

Foreign Language

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Maria I Rodriguez (mrodri@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Core 194. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Spanish 230, 231, or 232. (8). (LR).

Credits: (8).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The goal of this course is to expand vocabulary and to master grammatical structures and syntax to the level of competency required to pass a proficiency exam. This entails developing the ability to communicate with some ease with a native speaker, in spoken and written language. Students must be able to understand the content of texts and lectures of a non-technical nature, and of a general (non-literary) interest.

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RCCORE 295 / LATIN 295. Intensive Latin II.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gina Marie Soter (soter@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Latin 102, 103, or 193/504. (8). (LR).

Credits: (8).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course meets for two hours per day four days per week and covers in one academic term the equivalent of two terms at the level of a non-intensive second-year collegiate course. Through the reading and study of primary texts from Latin authors, students will develop their understanding of grammatical and syntactical structures of Latin, increase their vocabulary, and expand their knowledge of the Roman world. Readings revolve around the intersections of gender politics, insurrection, and rhetoric. In addition, students will work with earlier material remains, such as inscriptions and documentary papyri. The course will conclude with literature from Medieval Latin. Skills will be enhanced through writing, hearing, and speaking the language; content and format alike will encourage students to consider ways in which Latin continues to be very much a part of our world today.

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RCCORE 305. Independent Study.

Independent Study, Fieldwork, and Tutorials

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing and permission of instructor. (1-8). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-8).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Students must submit a written proposal approved by a faculty sponsor outlining the proposed topic, the readings, and the final product of the project.

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RCCORE 307. RC Practicum in College Team Teaching.

Independent Study, Fieldwork, and Tutorials

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing. (1). (Excl). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is for the student who wishes experience in college teaching. The student-teacher functions as a teaching intern in a course. Regular staff meetings and individual conferences with the person in charge ensures that the intern shares in the overall planning and management of the course. The student may receive credit only once for student-teaching in the same course.

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RCCORE 309. Study Off-Campus.

Independent Study, Fieldwork, and Tutorials

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing and permission of instructor. (Arr). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (Arr).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Students must submit a written proposal approved by at least two faculty sponsors outlining the proposed project, the readings, and the final product.

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RCCORE 310. Accelerated Review-French.

Foreign Language

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Dominique M Butler-Borruat (dborruat@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The goal of this course is to bring students to the level of Proficiency defined in the brochure "The French Program at the Residential College," in the four linguistic skills. Students who take 310 typically have not reached this level in two or more skills, but do not need the Intensive course 290 to do so. "Accelerated Review-310" is taught on a semi-tutorial mode with hours arranged to meet the particular needs of the students.

In this course, emphasis is placed on correctness and fluidity of expression in speaking and in writing. Speaking skills are developed though weekly conversation sessions on current topics; personalized pronunciation diagnoses are administered and exercises prescribed. Writing skills are refined through a review of deficient grammar points and composition assignments which give students the opportunity to improve the accuracy and expressiveness of their style.

In addition, exposure to primary source materials (current magazines or newspapers) and to texts of cultural and literary value develop reading ability and vocabulary. Listening skills are trained in informal conversational exchanges and in lectures with note-taking in French.

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RCCORE 314. Accelerated Review-Spanish.

Foreign Language

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Helen Webb (webbh@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is designed for students with a fairly extensive background in Spanish who have already taken the equivalent of three/four semesters of language, but still need further reinforcement in two or more linguistic areas and are too advanced for second year intensive. The main focus of this class is the discussion of primary source materials of literary, cultural, and political nature pertaining to the Spanish-speaking world, as well as the review of advanced grammar. Students work towards proficiency in listening and reading comprehension, language structure, and composition.

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RCCORE 320. Seminaire en français.

Foreign Language

Section 001 – Existentialism: The Human Condition and the Absurd.

Instructor(s): Dominique Butler-Borruat (dborruat@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Proficiency test. (4). (Excl). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Far from being a doctrine, Existentialism is fundamentally a philosophical tendency. Born of a reaction against Hegelian rationalism, the different existentialist tendencies come together in the rehabilitation of freedom, subjectivity, and individual existence. In this course, we will attempt, through our readings, to discern the characteristics of various existentialist concepts. After a brief survey of the precursors and the "founders" of existentialism, we will focus on two members of what has been called the Philosophical School of Paris, namely Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. The study of Albert Camus' conception of the human condition and the absurd will lead us to the "Théâtre de l'Absurde" which we will approach through a play by Samuel Beckett. Concepts such as, among others, suicide, "engagement," and the Other will be emphasized according to student interests.

Students will be asked to write essays on the readings and to participate actively in class discussions.

Assigned works:

  • Jean-Paul Sartre, L'Existentialisme est un humanisme, La Nausée (excerpts),Les Mouches, and Le Mur.
  • Albert Camus, Le Mythe de Sisyphe (excerpts), Caligula, and L'Etranger.
  • Simone de Beauvoir, Les Bouches inutiles and Tous les hommes sont mortels.

Film:

  • Luis Puenzo, La Peste

Audio-visual materials:

  • Sartre par lui-même
  • Simone de Beauvoir
  • Albert Camus: A Self-Portrait.

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RCCORE 320. Seminaire en français.

Foreign Language

Section 002 – No Exit: the Theme of Confinement in French-Language Literary Works of the 19th and 20th Centuries.

Instructor(s): Marion Rochelle (marionr@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Proficiency test. (4). (Excl). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Confinement, whether physical, social or psychological, is present to some degree in most people's lives. The use of that theme in literature can have various goals, including social criticism, philosophical metaphor, expression of the author's feelings about their own position in life, etc. This theme can also be studied in light of its opposite, freedom: What is freedom? Can the idea of freedom be totally objective?

This seminar will revolve around those themes in their broader extent, including the place of women in society, the perception of self by Blacks from the French colonies, our condition as mortal beings, the death penalty, madness, suicide, amnesia, etc. Students will be expected to participate actively in class discussions and write essays on the readings, which will range from poems and songs to short stories and excerpts from novels. We will also study two movies, according to the students' interests.

Assigned works will include but not be limited to:

  • Jean-Paul Sartre: Huis clos
  • Albert Camus: Short stories from L'exil et le royaume
  • Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: Le petit prince
  • Victor Hugo: Le dernier jour d'un condamné
  • Colette: Short stories from La femme cachée
  • Tahar ben Jelloun: Excerpts from L'enfant de sable
  • Annie Ernaux: Excerpts from La femme gelée
  • Frantz Fanon: Excerpts from Peau noire masques blancs
  • and more…

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RCCORE 321. Readings in German.

Foreign Language

Section 001 – The Romantic Experience.

Instructor(s): Erica K Paslick (ekp@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Proficiency test. (4). (Excl). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jshie/romantic.htm

During this seminar we will ask, how did the German Romantics interpret the human experience? We will seek answers by sampling some of their theoretical writings as well as their artistic expressions in poetry, drama, song cycles, and paintings. At the same time we will reinforce our ability to read, write, and speak German. Students will be asked to create their own "Romantic Journal" in which they will record their responses, essays, notes, commentary, and sketches. The seminar meets three times a week as a group, but students are also expected to regularly work on an individual tutorial basis with the instructor throughout the term.

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RCCORE 321. Readings in German.

Foreign Language

Section 002 – Play Production Seminar: German Theater.

Instructor(s): Janet Hegman Shier (jshie@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Proficiency test. (4). (Excl). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jshie/dt.theater02.htm

In this course, students will read several modern German plays and will become familiar with the 20th century German theater that grew out of the Cabaret tradition. In addition to reading 6-7 plays, students will read several of Brecht's writing about epic theater, do scene work using Brecht's "Lehrstueck" model, and will ultimately participate as technical crew and actors in a multi-media play production of RC "Deutsches Theater" in March/April. In addition to participating in all rehearsals and the final performances, students will be required to give one oral "Referat" on a topic relevant to course readings and to keep a course portfolio containing reflections on readings and scene work, original sketches, and materials collected for possible inclusion in the production. Students may travel at their own expense with the course instructor to Munich over Spring Break to see theater productions and to meet with students and a professor of theater in Munich. RC German readings is a prerequisite for this course, but some students who have not had German Readings may be eligible to participate with permission of the instructor. Students who have participated in RC "Deutsches Theater" in the past are welcome to enroll in the course again.

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RCCORE 324. Readings in Spanish.

Foreign Language

Section 001 – Mujer y escritura en América Latina: hogar, nación e identidad en el siglo XX.

Instructor(s): Olga M Lopez-Cotin (olcotin@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Proficiency test. (4). (Excl). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Este curso es una introducción a las diferentes construcciones del sujeto femenino en relación con los espacios físicos y metafóricos habitados por las protagonistas en la narrativa de varias escritoras latinoamericanas del siglo XX. Partiendo del hogar como repositorio convencional de la identidad femenina y y refugio frente a un mundo externo que se percibe hostil, nuestras lecturas explorarán cómo las escritoras han subvertido esta dualidad y creado múltiples significados: las fronteras físicas y psicológicas del hogar burgués, los cuartos ocultos como metáforas del encierro y los espacios imaginarios del mundo natural como vehículos hacia realidades alternativas. Estudiaremos también el desequilibrio social generado por las dictaduras militares y su impacto en la redefinición del hogar familiar como esfera política, que aparece fragmentado y disperso en la narrativa de las últimas décadas: los espacios vacíos por la ausencia de los desaparecidos, el orden y el desorden de los gestos y objetos cotidianos, el encarcelamiento y la violencia sexual/política ejercida sobre el cuerpo femenino. Junto a la reflexión teórica sobre la noción de espacio e información histórica pertinente, leeremos novelas cortas y cuentos de María Luisa Bombal, Beatriz Guido, Sylvia Lago, Luisa Valenzuela y Cristina Peri Rossi, entre otras autoras.

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RCCORE 324. Readings in Spanish.

Foreign Language

Section 002 – Bilingüismo: Competencia lingüística vs. Cultura lingüística

Instructor(s): Maria I Rodriguez (mrodri@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Proficiency test. (4). (Excl). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

El objetivo de esta clase será proporcionar una visión global del bilingüismo, una visión que no se limita al desarrollo de competencia lingüística, sino una perspectiva en la que se presenta el bilingüismo como un medio en la creación de una cultura lingüística. Los temas iniciales explorarán los aspectos lingüísticos del bilingüismo, tal como tipos de hablantes bilingües, patrones de adquisión de una lengua en un contexto bilingüe, rasgos del habla, entre otros. A continuación, se examinará el valor sociocultural asociado con el bilingüismo. ¿Qué relevancia tiene la educación bilingüe en nuestra sociedad? ¿Cuáles son los mitos y creencias asociados con la educación bilingüe? ¿Cómo afectanestas creencias la relación entre lengua mayoritaria e identidad nacional? ¿Cómo afectan las políticas lingüísticas? ¿Cómo afectan la educación de los estudiantes de minorías lingüísticas? ¿Cómo afectan el desarrollo de una identidad cultural lingüística? Leeremos artículos sobre la lingüística y cuentos de personas bilingües hablando de sus experiencias.

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RCCORE 324. Readings in Spanish.

Foreign Language

Section 003 – El Experimento De Allende y la historia chilena.

Instructor(s): Helen Webb (webbh@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Proficiency test. (4). (Excl). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

En este curso nos enfocaremos en un estudio de la experiencia chilena de los ultimos anos. En las decadas recientes se ha visto en Chile un experimento politico democrata y socialista, distinguido por un florecimiento cultural y, en reaccion, un golpe de estado militar y derechista que conto con el apyo de las clases altas, la alta burguesia chilena y la participation del gobierno estadounidense. Averiguaremos si el comentario de Isabel Allende, novelista chilena y pariente del presidente Salvador Allende, que "el experimento de Salvador Allende debia haber tenido la oportunidad de florecer" tiene mucho que recomendarse. A traves de la obra de ella y la de otros, dispondremos de la oportunidad de conocer las luchas politicas del pueblo como medidas de reforma para modificar las desigualidades sociales en la sociedad chilena del siglo veinte. Ademas de participar en nuestras discusiones sobre las lecturas, las/los estudiantes desarrollaran y presentaran varios trabajos concentrandose en los temas culturales, literarios, musicales o historicos que mas les interesen.

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RCCORE 324. Readings in Spanish.

Foreign Language

Section 004 – Alfabetizacion en America Latina.

Instructor(s): Mary M Yonker

Prerequisites & Distribution: Proficiency test. (4). (Excl). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Este curso discute los cambios en la educación primaria durante los últimos dies años centrándose específicamente en los casos de Paraguay y México y en su definición de la educación como vehículo de transformación social. Inicialmente analizaremos los diferentes sistemas de educación: los organigramas de ambos ministerios de educación, los entrenamientos de capacitación de los maestros, los materiales educativos de las escuelas primarias y los documentos de asociaciones de maestros dirigidos al Ministerio de Educación de ambos países. Enfocándonos en las medidas de reforma cuestionaremos si la meta de un cambio social se está volviendo una realidad en estos países. Las discusiones estarán basadas en la política, la cultura y la historia de ambos.

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RCCORE 324. Readings in Spanish.

Foreign Language

Section 005.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Proficiency test. (4). (Excl). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided.

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RCCORE 334. Special Topics.

Written and Verbal Expression

Section 001 – ARTISTS OF COLOR IN BRITAIN 1966-PRESENT. Meets with History of Art 394.001.

Instructor(s): Jacqueline R Francis (jrfranci@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See History of Art 394.001.

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RCCORE 334. Special Topics.

Written and Verbal Expression

Section 002 – Berlin: Urban Topographics. Prerequisite: Junior Standing. Meets with Architecture 509.

Instructor(s): Karein K Goertz (goertz@umich.edu) , Mick Kennedy

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jshie/berlin02.htm

If topography offers a detailed description of a place, topographics might be understood as the encounter between physical space and the creative mind that maps out its particular features. This interdisciplinary, team-taught seminar examines the fruitful encounter of architects, writers, artists – and University of Michigan students – with the city of Berlin. We consider how the city as physical space has informed its re-mapping or representation in literature, painting and film and, conversely, how symbolic depictions of the city shape our encounters with and understanding of the city as physical place. The interplay, often tension, between city as physical fact and as symbol will guide our analysis of buildings and urban spaces, novels and films. While we have chosen to focus on Berlin – Germany's new capital with a long history of experimentation and innovation in architecture, literature and the arts – this examination of the relationship between the city as physical and as abstract place can provide a conceptual model for studying other cities.

In conjunction with the Media Union, we will also explore the medium of digital video as a method of recording and notation. Through in-class workshops, students will be trained in video production and editing. For the final project, student-teams will apply these skills to document their own observations about the symbiotic or disjunctive relationship between Berlin as actual and virtual place. Students opting to join the 7-day trip to Berlin over Spring Break will use their time in the city to gather live footage for these creative projects.

Reading List: Brian Ladd, Ghosts of Berlin; Peter Fritzsche, Reading Berlin 1900; Giles McDonough, Berlin; Bertolt Brecht, The Threepenny Opera; Erich Kästner, Fabian, Armando From Berlin; Ulrich Plenzdorf, The New Sufferings of Young Werther; Peter Schneider, The Wall Jumper; Aras Oren, Please, No Police; and Thomas Brussig, Heroes Like Us.

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RCCORE 334. Special Topics.

Written and Verbal Expression

Section 003 – Pleasure of the Text.

Instructor(s): Erica K Paslick (ekp@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Why Literature?

Why do we continue to read, write, and relish literary texts?

What are the profit margins of this enterprise?

This is what we will ask ourselves as we sample, enjoy, and scrutinize a select number of texts, which are distinctive of genre and recognized for their excellence. We will try to define the role of the poet-prophet and the storyteller in our midst. Together we will take the measure of the text by careful reading followed by open discussion. In the process we will develop our own understanding of genre, study the cohesion of message and form, discover the cunning narrative strategies, and savor the flavor of style. From this we will go on to examine texts which expand the boundaries of language, straddle two or more traditional literary forms, or initiate a new genre.

The term is divided into four workshops. During each workshop students are asked to bring in their own favorite poem, drama, or prose work for presentation to the group. In the case of drama, we will do some group presentations in the form of dramatic readings. We will also concern ourselves with the art of adaptation and see a film or two. In the course of our fourth workshop, we will address our initial question: "Why Pleasure?" in the light of our forgone experiences from the literature we will have studied. You will also be asked to do a limited amount of critical reading.

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RCCORE 405. Independent Study.

Independent Study, Fieldwork, and Tutorials

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior standing and permission of instructor. (1-8). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-8).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Students must submit a written proposal approved by a faculty sponsor outlining the proposed topic, the readings, and the final product of the project.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

RCCORE 409. Study Off-Campus.

Independent Study, Fieldwork, and Tutorials

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior standing and permission of instructor. (Arr). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (Arr).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Students must submit a written proposal approved by at least two faculty sponsors outlining the proposed project, the readings, and the final product.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

RCCORE 410. Senior Project.

Independent Study, Fieldwork, and Tutorials

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of concentration advisor. (1-8). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of eight credits.

Credits: (1-8).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

An individual project in the field of concentration.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

RCCORE 490. Honors Thesis.

Independent Study, Fieldwork, and Tutorials

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of concentration advisor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of eight credits.

hopwood-eligible course

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

An individual honors project.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

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