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Winter Academic Term 2001 Course Guide

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Courses in RC Core

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Winter Term, 2001 (January 4 April 26)

Open courses in RC Core
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Wolverine Access Subject listing for RCCORE

Winter Term '01 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 194. Intensive Spanish I.

Foreign Language

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Olga Maria 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 290. Intensive French II.

Foreign Language

Section 001.

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

Instructor(s): Erica Kuhra 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: No Homepage Submitted.

The goal of these courses 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 these courses 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 Soter

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 the 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 310. Accelerated Review-French.

Foreign Language

Section 001.

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.

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 terms 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 with several listening and reading comprehension exercises, grammar tests, and weekly written assignments evaluated for accuracy of expression.

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RCCORE 320. Seminaire en français.

Foreign Language

Section 001 Aspects de la culture française vus à travers la nourriture.

Instructor(s): Carolyn Anderson-Burack

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Food has long been celebrated and enjoyed as an important aspect of French culture. What is the history of this cuisine? How are French attitudes towards food and cooking different from our own? How are the French protecting this part of their culture?

We will also look into nutrition and health issues. Do the French have different ideas about what foods are considered "healthy"? What are their concerns about the safety of what they eat? Given the cultural and economic importance of wine, what are their attitudes toward alcohol and alcohol abuse?

Through readings from a variety of sources, we will attempt to answer these and other questions. Readings will include selections from literary texts by authors such as La Fontaine, Baudelaire, Dumas, Maupassant, and Proust. Other readings will be current articles from newspapers and magazines such as France-Amérique and Sciences et Avenir. Readings, discussions and written work will be in French. Students will be responsible for a small research project and two oral presentations. Students will also prepare two French meals. Course evaluation will be based on both creative and critical papers, oral presentations, class participation and preparation.

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RCCORE 320. Seminaire en français.

Foreign Language

Section 002 Presse et Télévision en France.

Instructor(s): Teresa Pires

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The course will focus on the cultural and social analysis of the two major media in France, popular press and television, to get an insight into French society. We will also look at the way the French consider their media. The analysis will be basically conducted according to the following pattern : <>. We will start with an overall study of the press and television landscape to draw out an image of the average French, their behavior (voyeurism) and habits (channel surfing) ; "Tell me which newspaper or magazine you read or which channel you watch, and I will tell you who you are!" Other issues addressed : Do the French trust their media? Do they feel manipulated? If yes, how? How is violence in the media dealt with? How is advertising on TV revealing of a French liberalism? Are the media always telling the truth? What are now their responsibilities towards the people? Can we still talk about communication and information at a time when developing electronic media, of which the ownership is concentrated within the hands of a few giants, have the power to address the bigger number of citizens? Course evaluation will be based on both creative and critical papers, oral presentation, active class participation and preparation and quizzes.

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RCCORE 320. Seminaire en français.

Foreign Language

Section 003 Beckett and the Exile of Language

Instructor(s): Stephen Spaulding

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Samuel Beckett's biography places him among the more astonishing figures of the twentieth-century: closely tied to elite expatriate intellectuals for instance, he was James Joyce's personal secretary in France, he also participated in the French Resistance; his career was crowned by the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1961. Nonetheless, many people are unaware of Beckett's special relationship with France and French. He lived in France at various times in his life, before settling there permanently before the outbreak of World War II. At that early point in his career, Beckett adopted French as the language of his writing, effectively exiling himself from his "mother tongue." This course focuses on Beckett's relationship with the French language, and asks: why French? Why did this writer, considered by most critics as one of the greatest, choose a foreign language to do his work? What, indeed, does it mean for a writer to "choose" a foreign language?

The students in this course have made the similar choice of a foreign language. They are well-positioned to recognizing, and exploring these questions through selections from Beckett's oeuvre. The task of understanding Beckett's work, especially its linguistic dimension, is more than a reader's task: it always bears a component of performance. Through dramatic readings and discussion of a representative sample of texts, the students will assemble a selection of scenes to present to the RC Community in the latter part of the academic term.

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RCCORE 321. Readings in German.

Foreign Language

Section 001 Ethnic Identity: Readings from the New Germany

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

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

There has been a growing interest in and production of German-language literature by writers of Turkish, Jewish, Afro-German, Roma-Sinti, Asian and Arab descent. Yet the question remains open whether Germany is a truly multicultural country and whether this apparent literary interest is matched by real gains in the lives ethnic minorities. The German debate on multiculturalism is an ongoing and heated one, and students will be challenged to articulate their own positions, drawing points of comparison form the American context. Through the reading of autobiographical and critical essays, newspapers articles, poems, short stories, and a novel, we will discuss how contemporary writers of diverse ethnic backgrounds propose alternative histories, identities, and sensibilities to the German mainstream. How does their literary work contribute to ongoing debates about citizenship, immigration, and German identity? How do they expose the blindspots, prejudices, and zones of social exclusion in dominant discourse? We will also examine how the German language and culture are enriched by the different traditions (oral and written, secular and religious, Western and non-Western) of each writer. Since each ethnic group has a particular status and history in Germany, we will examine both the shared experiences of these groups on the margins of German society and their specific experiences in terms of ethnicity, language, generation, and gender. Prerequisite: Proficiency in German. All class discussions and primary readings will be in German.

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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 Maria 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 Organización comunitaria latina y las ciencias sociales aplicadas: un análisis interdisciplinario

Instructor(s): Duntley-Matos

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

En este curso estudiaremos distintos movimientos latinos que han surgido dentro de las discrepancias ideológicas de los sistemas sociales dominantes. Utilizaremos una perspectiva interdisciplinaria y aprenderemos sobre la historia y las herramientas de tres ciencias sociales prácticas: la antropología aplicada, el trabajo social y la sicología de comunidad. Estas disciplinas han analizado distintos procesos de organización comunitaria para tener una influencia directa sobre las causas sociales representadas por ellos. Así podremos estudiar fenómenos sociales complejos de los cuales ellas mismas son partícipes. El estudio interdisciplinario nos ayudará a desarrollar una actitud más crítica ante las fuerzas y los movimientos que operan en nuestra sociedad. También nos permitirá hacer unas decisiones mejor informadas y eficaces para influir constructivamente sobre su desarrollo. Lograremos una mejor comprensión de las dinámicas de desigualdad existentes y de las luchas concertadas para modificarlas. Finalmente, enriqueceremos nuestro lenguaje y conocimiento académico y aprenderemos alternativas importantes de comunicación intercultural a través de nuestras discusiones. El valor del curso será de 4 créditos, con la posibilidad de tomar un crédito adicional de participación comunitaria. La práctica de comunidad se llevará a cabo con ALAS (Asociación Latina Alcanzando Sueños), ubicada en Ann Arbor.

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RCCORE 324. Readings in Spanish.

Foreign Language

Section 003 Fronteras mexicanas

Instructor(s): Hempel (mrodri@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Este curso propone explorar las diversas fronteras que se encuentran en Mexico. Las lecturas incluyen textos literarios y visuales de ambos lados de las fronteras mexicanas con los Estados Unidos y con Guatemala, tanto como las fronteras internas y metafisicas entre diversas regiones y comunidades del pais. Al enfocar las culturas fronterizas, examinamos las experiencias de vivir en la frontera tanto como cruzarla.

Se espera que los estudiantes desarrollen y cuestionen el concepto de la frontera en varios ensayos, presentaciones y trabajos de reaccion.

Algunos textos que se estudiaran son:

  1. El diablo nunca duerme (video)
  2. Mujeres en Nueva York (novela)
  3. Compro, luego existo (cuento)
  4. aletitas de Guayaba (novela)
  5. Encuentro con Estanislao Eckermann (novela)
  6. Murieron a mitad del rio (novela)
  7. Murales y cuadros Chicanos
  8. Borderlands/la frontera (ensayo)
  9. New World Border (ensayo)
  10. Border Brujo (video)
  11. Peregrinos de Aztlan (novela)
  12. cuentos del Subcomandante Marcos
  13. Zoot Suit (video)
  14. Poesia de Los Angeles circa 1850.
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RCCORE 324. Readings in Spanish.

Foreign Language

Section 004 Educación y reforma en América Latina

Instructor(s): 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 diez 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 334. Special Topics.

Written and Verbal Expression

Section 001 Artists of Color in Britain: 1966 to Present. Meets with History of Art 394.003.

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 394.003.

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RCCORE 334. Special Topics.

Written and Verbal Expression

Section 002 Berlin: An Exploration of its Architectural, Literary, and Cultural History.

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

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The goal of this seminar is to provoke students to investigate the inherent disjunction between the abstract, symbolic city and the actual physical, social fabric of Berlin. Proceeding through a series of virtual walking tours of the city, students will develop an understanding of the historical and contemporary city through literature, art and film, as well as architecture, cartography and urban planning. Just as the heroine of the recent film Run Lola Run moves through a Berlin she intimately knows, we will use a fluid, ground-level understanding of the city that addresses the abstract and symbolic less as tropes and more as matters of physical fact. Readings on the physical, social and artistic history of Berlin will be presented within this collage of the city they attempt to describe. The class will meet with students from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and from the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. The intention is to provide an interdisciplinary context for presentations, discussions and student projects. No knowledge of German is necessary. Students with German language skills may, however, receive FLAIR credit for course work completed in German.

In conjunction with the course, the instructors will lead an optional 10-day visit to Berlin over spring break, for which students receive one additional course credit. As a result of this trip, student teams will prepare documentation of their explorations and a re-presentation of the city's abstract and physical conditions.

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