Course Information

LANGUAGES AND CULTURES DEPARTMENT



Course: FA101
Title: BASIC ARABIC I
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Students learn the rudiments of Arabic language proficiency, ending the semester with the ability to have short introductory conversations about self, family and work, and to read and write in Arabic script, and well-prepared to build their skills in the second semester. The majority of class time is conducted in Arabic. Students are supported with video and audio tapes, and significant written and oral work. We focus on the standard language used throughout the Arab World, with significant treatment of the issues of dialectical Arabic.
Offered: Summer 2014-2015, Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None.
Course: FA102
Title: BASIC ARABIC II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Students further develop their Arabic proficiency skills, broadening the range of topics with which they can deal in the language, and deepening their understanding of Arabic grammar and syntax. Students produce Arabic in both oral and written modes, while strengthening their listening and reading abilities. Students become familiar with more complex aspects of Arabic culture through the use of video and audio tapes, with an occasional internet assignment. Students develop the ability to use spoken and written Arabic for a growing set of tasks and situations.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FA101.
Course: FA201
Title: INTERMEDIATE ARABIC I
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Students continue to develop all their skills in Arabic, with longer, more diverse texts, more complex situations, and more challenging oral and written assignments. Students review, strengthen and refine their grasp of Arabic grammar and syntax, and develop vocabulary bases for an ever-broadening set of fields. Arabic broadcasts, films and authentic contemporary texts are used to supplement the textbook.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: FA102.
Course: FA202
Title: INTERMEDIATE ARABIC II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: In this continuation of intermediate Arabic, students suplement their textbook work with a set of sample authentic texts and media from a variety of fields, allowing discussion and writing on more complex ideas, and giving students opportunity to improve all their language skills, and broaden their skill base. The semester culminates with a short written paper and student classroom presentations all delivered in Arabic.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FA201.
Course: FA301
Title: ADVANCED ARABIC I
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Using a variety of texts and media, students will work toward greater fluency in spoken and written Arabic. The course, conducted entirely in Arabic, will include reading short stories, articles from the press, film and selections from the Arabic literary heritage. Students will conduct full classroom discussions, write essays and stories, and present results of research in class.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014, Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: Validation of FA202 or a grade of B or higher in FA202 or approval of department chair.
Course: FA302
Title: ADVANCED ARABIC II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Using exclusively Arabic in the classroom, the students will work toward greater fluency in spoken and written Arabic. The course will include the reading and discussion of a short novel or a piece of Arabic drama, with discussion of pertinent cultural, historical and political dimensions. The course will emphasize growth in grammatical and stylistic sophistication.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FA301.
Course: FA325
Title: MEDIA ARABIC
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course familiarizes advanced students of Arabic with various forms of popular media, including Arabic newspapers and magazines, television news, internet sites, and radio broadcasts. Students write a series of short essays on topical societal issues using the vocabulary and syntactical structures practiced in class.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: FA202 and approval of department chair.
Course: FA342
Title: ARABIC DIALECT
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course familiarizes students of Arabic with one of the major dialects of Arabic spoken in the Arab world. Students learn the basics of speaking in the dialect, as well as sounds, forms, idiomatic vocabulary, and grammatical structures which characterize it. Possible dialects: Syrian (FA342S), Egyptian (FA342G), Palestinian (FA342P), Moroccan (FA342M), Omani (FA342O), Lebanese (FA342L), or others as set by the Arabic faculty. Can be repeated for a different dialect.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: FA202 and approval of department chair.
Course: FA350
Title: WINDOW ON ARABIC CULTURE
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Using English translations, course explores Arab culture from the Qur'an to current novels and films. Class discusses Arab indentities, intellectual contributions of Arabs, and Arab voices on key issues today. Counts as an upper level Humanities-Social Science course. (Taught in English)
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: HE111 or HE112.
Course: FA425
Title: ARABIC DISCOURSE IN SOCIETY
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This advanced language course aims to acquaint students with various types of complex Arabic discourse, illustrating aspects of Arabic cultural history, modern Arab societies and cultural movements. Text selections and supplementary audiovisual materials relate to modern and historical political thought, religious thought, cultural criticism, historical investigation, philosophy and literature. Students read and discuss selections in Arabic, analyzing the texts' complex syntactical structures, and evaluating stylistic and rhetorical devices. Writing assignments focus on improving students' composing style, content, and argument structure.
Offered: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: FA202 and approval of department chair.
Course: FA426
Title: MODERN ARABIC LITERATURE
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course, conducted completely in Arabic, explores samples of highly acclaimed modern Arabic literature from throughout the Arab world. Students read and analyze works by authors from a broad geographical area extending from Morocco to the Arabic Gulf, and extending in time from 1900 to the present day. Recurring themes in modern and contemporary literature, such as cultural and national identity, colonialism, religion, gender relations, and class conflict, are the bases of discussion of the texts and related writing assignments in Arabic. The course entails reading of short stories, a novella or chapters from a longer novel, and poetry.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FA301 and FA302, or approval of department chair.
Course: FC101
Title: BASIC CHINESE I
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: The first of a two course sequence using an integrated approach to develop learner's ability to understand, speak, read and write Standard Mandarin Chinese. Communicative skills are developed through various activities in and out of class. Romanized spelling and square characters are taught, as well as pronunciation, sentence structure, and basic vocabulary. Cultural exposure accompanies the development of communicative skills. If taken and passed at USNA, may be used as a free elective by Division I and II majors.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None.
Course: FC102
Title: FIRST-YEAR CHINESE II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: A continuation of FC101. If taken and passed, may be used in place of a 200 level humanities-social science elective in Division I and II majors.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FC101.
Course: FC201
Title: INTERMEDIATE CHINESE I
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course continue from the two Basic Chinese courses and provide further training of the learners' all-round ability to understand, speak, read and write Standard Mandarin. While emphasis is still placed on communicative skills, the learners are expected to extend their vocabulary and grammatical knowledge to a more comprehensive level, to the extent that they could readily and appropriately apply this knowledge to the expression of their own ideas as well as the understanding of more native-style oral and written texts. More cultural exposure is involved to facilitate appropriate communication, and more characters are taught to consolidate reading and writing.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: FC102.
Course: FC202
Title: SECOND-YEAR CHINESE II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: A continuation of Second-Year Chinese I (FC201).
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FC201.
Course: FC301
Title: ADVANCED CHINESE I
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: The first of a two course sequence which transitions from controlled training in language skills to freer and more authentic communications in Mandarin Chinese. Class activities are purposefully organized and strictly guided. A larger amount of cultural content is loaded in various problem-solving tasks. Character reading and writing are enhanced by the use of dictionaries and by computer input of the Romanized Pinyin system. Daily practice of handwriting and memorization of more characters.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: FC202.
Course: FC302
Title: THIRD-YEAR CHINESE II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: A continuation of Third-Year Chinese I. See FC301 for a listing of topics.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FC301.
Course: FC350
Title: CHINESE CULTURE THROUGH FILM
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course, taught in English, offers an introduction to Chinese society and culture through feature films, documentaries, and readings. Each film is studied from various theoretical and analytical perspectives. Topics include Chinese historical events, aspects of Chinese culture and society, relationship between tradition and modernity, gender politics, and Chinese nationalism in the era of globalization. The course is one of Hum/SS electives and part of the Regional Studies courses at USNA. Knowledge of Chinese language is not required. Films have English subtitles.
Offered: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: HE111 or equivalent.
Course: FC360
Title: 20TH-CENTURY CHINESE LIT
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course, taught in English, offers a study of modern Chinese identity through literature. The course materials include short stories, plays, poems, and novels by Chinese writers, as well as historical narratives, biographies, and literary criticism by Western scholars. The objectives of the course are to understand history, society and culture of 20th-century China; to learn different critical methods and strategies for analyzing and finding value in literary texts; to understand the concept of the self in traditional and modern Chinese thought, and the relationship between the individual self and Chinese national identity. The course is one of Hum/SS electives. Knowledge of Chinese is not required.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: HE112 or equivalent.
Course: FC401
Title: CHINESE LANGUAGE & CULTURE I
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course continues from FC302 to further enhance midshipmen's exposure to Chinese vocabulary, grammar, discourse structure, communicative skills, character reading and writing, as well as their knowledge of Chinese culture. Through a rich variety of topics such as the origin and structure of Chinese characters, homophones and idioms, traditional and simplified characters, the origin of the name of the country, women and marriage, education, birth-control, human rights, religion, myths, and folk tales, midshipmen increase their understanding of China's history and modern life, while gradually moving to comparatively higher levels of proficiency in spoken and written Chinese.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: FC302 or equivalent.
Course: FC402
Title: CHINESE LANGUAGE & CULTURE II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course continues from FC401 to further enhance midshipmen's exposure to Chinese vocabulary, grammar, discourse structure, communicative skills, character reading and writing, as well as their knowledge of Chinese culture. Through a rich variety of topics such as the origin and structure of Chinese characters, homophones and idioms, traditional and simplified characters, the origin of the name of the country, women and marriage, education, birth-control, human rights, religion, myths, and folk tales, midshipmen increase their understanding of China's history and modern life, while gradually moving to comparatively higher levels of proficiency in spoken and written Chinese.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FC401 or equivalent.
Course: FC403
Title: CHINESE LANGUAGE & CULTURE III
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: FC403 continues from FC402 to further increase midshipmen's exposure to Chinese vocabulary, grammar, and discourse structure. The course further develops midshipmen's speaking and character recognition skills, as well as knowledge of Chinese culture. Through a rich variety of topics including the origin and structure of Chinese characters, pragmatics, language policies, national identity, and women and marriage, midshipmen gradually move to a more advanced level both in their ability to use Chinese and in their readiness to deal with various cross-linguistic and cross-cultural tasks.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: FC402 or equivalent level by validation.
Course: FC404
Title: CHINESE LANGUAGE & CULTURE IV
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: FC404 continues from FC403 to further develop midshipmen's ability in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and their understanding of Chinese culture. Through a rich variety of topics such as education, population policy, human rights, religion and popular culture, midshipmen gradually move to a more advanced level both in their ability to use the target language and in their readiness to deal with various cross-linguistic and cross-cultural communication tasks.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: FC403 or equivalent level by validation.
Course: FC411
Title: ADVANCED READING & WRITING I
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: FC411 focuses on transition from oral communication about daily routines to reading and writing formal Chinese with sophisticated content and complex sentence structure. Midshipmen learn advanced vocabulary and strategies for more challenging material and engage in regular classroom discussion and composition writing in Chinese based on their reading assignments to enhance their reading and writing skills.
Offered: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: FC404 or equivalent level by validation.
Course: FC412
Title: ADVANCED READING & WRITING II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: FC412 continues from FC411 with the same focus on advanced reading and writing in formal Chinese. The course further enhances midshipmen's ability to process formal written materials with complex structure and more sophisticated ideas. Through reading and writing assignments, the course also prepares midshipmen for communicative tasks in various socio-cultural settings, with an emphasis on both linguistic and stylistic characteristics of formal Chinese.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FC411 or equivalent level by validation.
Course: FC413
Title: ADVANCED READING & WRITING IN CHINESE III
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: FC413, Advanced Reading and Writing in Chinese 3 continues FC412 at the advanced level with the same focus on reading and writing formal Chinese. The course further enhances midshipmen's ability to process formal written materials with complex structure and more refined and sophisticated ideas. Through reading and writing assignments, the course also prepares midshipmen for communicative tasks in various socio-cultural contexts of the target language.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: FC412 or validation.
Course: FC414
Title: ADVANCED READING & WRITING IN CHINESE IV
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: FC414, Advanced Reading and Writing in Chinese 4 continues FC413 at the advanced level with the same focus on reading and writing formal Chinese. The course further enhances midshipmen's ability to process formal written materials with more complex structure and refined sophisticated ideas. Through reading and writing assignments, the course also prepares midshipmen for communicative tasks in various socio-cultural contexts of the target language with an emphasis on both linguistic and stylistic characteristics of formal Chinese.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FC413 or validation.
Course: FC450
Title: STYLES OF DISCOURSE IN CHINESE
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course consolidates knowledge and skills students have acquired through previous Chinese courses. It enhances their reading, writing, and aural-oral abilities through studies of different styles of discourses such as stories, advertisements, public notices, public speeches, letters, and interviews. Building on comprehension and expression at the level of single sentences, emphasis is placed on various discourse organization mechanisms such as narratives with sequential or cause-effect arrangements, descriptions of physical environments and personal emotions, and arguments of positions and opinions in different contexts.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: FC302 or equivalent.
Course: FC460
Title: CHINESE IN MEDIA
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course develops students' Chinese proficiency at a more advanced level, through work with various forms of Chinese media, including newspaper reports, internet news, TV excerpts and other audio-visual materials. Students expand their vocabulary, enrich their knowledge of grammatical structures and idiomatic expressions, gain greater exposure to written-style Chinese, and increase their comprehension and production of narration, description, and argumentation in both speaking and writing.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FC401 or FC450 or equivalent.
Course: FF101
Title: BASIC FRENCH I
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Develops basic communicative skills, with an emphasis on speaking and listening comprehension.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None.
Course: FF102
Title: BASIC FRENCH II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Develops basic communicative skills, with an emphasis on speaking and listening comprehension.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FF101.
Course: FF201
Title: INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Continues development of oral, reading, and writing skills using real-life situations. Emphasizes practical, everyday culture of French-speaking world.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: FF102.
Course: FF202
Title: INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Continues development of oral, reading, and writing skills using real-life situations. Emphasizes practical, everyday culture of French-speaking world.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FF201.
Course: FF301
Title: ADVANCED FRENCH WITH CIVILIZATION READINGS I
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Develops fluency in conversation and facility in reading and writing. Topics emphasize main aspects of Francophone Literatures and Cultures. Taught in French.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: FF202.
Course: FF302
Title: ADVANCED FRENCH WITH CIVILIZATION READINGS II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Develops fluency in conversation and facility in reading and writing. Topics emphasize main aspects of Francophone Literatures and Cultures. Taught in French.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FF202.
Course: FF411
Title: DEVELOPMENT OF FRENCH CIVILIZATION
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: From the origins to World War II.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: FF302 or approval of department chair.
Course: FF412
Title: MODERN FRANCE
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: All aspects of contemporary France: geography, economy, institutions, society, politics and culture.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FF302 or approval of department chair.
Course: FF421
Title: REPRESENTATIVE READINGS IN FRENCH LITERATURE I
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Class discussions of works by leading writers of various periods. Program includes film versions of several titles. Taught in French.
Offered: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: FF302 or approval of department chair.
Course: FF422
Title: REPRESENTATIVE READINGS IN FRENCH LITERATURE II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Class discussions of works by leading writers of various periods. Program includes film versions of several titles. Taught in French.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: FF302 or approval of department chair.
Course: FF432
Title: FRANCE AND THE ARAB WORLD
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: France and the Arab World engages midshipmen in reading, writing, and discussion about France's ties to the Arab world, including colonization and post-colonial political and cultural connections to North Africa and the Middle East. Topics include French immigration policy and North African communities within France, Francophone literature of the Arab world, and the role of spoken and written French in North Africa and Lebanon. Materials include the articles from the Francophone press, fictional narratives, first person memoirs, documentaries, and feature films. Guest speakers in the classroom offer additional insider views and first hand experience of Francophone Arab countries. Conducted entirely in French.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: FF302 or approval of department chair.
Course: FG101
Title: BASIC GERMAN I
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: A beginning course designed to develop communication skills by exposing the student to authentic spoken and written German from the first day of class. The course, aside from stimulating interest in German culture and tradition through authentic materials, prepares the student to cope with real language situations effectively. Equal emphasis is placed on receptive and productive language skills, as well as on communication strategies. Course materials include computer software, video segments (an ongoing story) and authentic film clips.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None.
Course: FG102
Title: BASIC GERMAN II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Emphasizes the spoken language.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FG101.
Course: FG201
Title: INTERMEDIATE GERMAN I
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Continuation of FG101. Intermediate German sharpens the students' spoken and written communicative skills while fostering grammatical competence and providing insights into the social, cultural, and political realities of the contemporary German-speaking world through multimedia, on-line, and print materials. Classroom activities emphasize the personalized creative use of German in arange of student-centered situations and contexts, including role-playing, debates, and oral reports on cultural topics and current events.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: FG102.
Course: FG202
Title: INTERMEDIATE GERMAN II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Continues development of oral, reading and writing skills. Includes area and cultural topics.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FG201.
Course: FG310
Title: INTRODUCTION TO CONTEMPORARY GERMANY
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: An introduction to the geography and political, economic and social systems of the Republic of Germany, in German. Stresses development of advanced German language skills.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: FG202.
Course: FG320
Title: INTRODUCTION TO GERMAN LITERATURE
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: In German. Stresses development of advanced German language skills.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FG202.
Course: FG411
Title: DEVELOPMENT OF GERMAN CIVILIZATION
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Contemporary German society, institutions and national policies.
Offered: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: FG310 or approval of department chair.
Course: FG412
Title: MODERN GERMANY
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Reviews main currents of postwar German political history, culture and society.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: FG310, FG320 or approval of department chair.
Course: FG421
Title: REPRESENTATIVE READINGS IN GERMAN LITERATURE I
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Analysis and discussion of works of leading writers of various periods.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: FG320 or approval of department chair.
Course: FG422
Title: REPRESENTATIVE READINGS IN GERMAN LITERATURE II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Analysis and discussion of works of leading writers of various periods.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FG320 or approval of department chair.
Course: FJ101
Title: BASIC JAPANESE I
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Beginning Japanese I introduces the contemporary spoken and written Japanese. Emphasis is on developing basic communication skills in listening, speaking, reading and writings. All Kana letters and some Kanji characters are introduced.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None.
Course: FJ102
Title: BASIC JAPANESE II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Beginning Japanese II introduces the contemporary spoken and written Japanese. Emphasis is on developing basic communication skills in listening, speaking, reading and writings. All Kana letters and some Kanji characters are introduced.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FJ101.
Course: FJ201
Title: INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE I
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Intermediate Japanese I aims at further development of communication skills in spoken and written Japanese. More Kanji characters are introduced to prepare students to read authentic written materials such as memos, advertisements, and letters.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: FJ102.
Course: FJ202
Title: INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Intermediate Japanese II continues development of communication skills in spoken and written Japanese. Instructions and course materials are presented in Japanese.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FJ201.
Course: FJ301
Title: ADVANCED JAPANESE I
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Advanced Japanese I introduces more sophisticated vocabulary and more complex sentence structures required for effective interpersonal communication and interpretation of written texts.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: FJ202.
Course: FJ302
Title: ADVANCED JAPANESE II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Advanced Japanese II aims at further development of communication skills. Emphasis is on inculcating knowledge of and sensitivity to the cultural and social context of the language use.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FJ301.
Course: FJ350
Title: JAPANESE CULTURE THROUGH FILM
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course explores Japanese culture through films. A major goal of the course is increasing students┐ knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture. We will explore various cultural topics, including lifestyles (housing, food), social structure (class, occupation), cultural practices (customs, communication styles), and cultural perspectives (values, norms). Midshipmen will also examine their thoughts, feelings, and attitudes toward Japanese culture to uncover perceptions in cultural differences. FJ350 is taught in Japanese.
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Requisites: Prereq: FJ202 or instructor's approval.
Course: FJ411
Title: ADV JAPANESE TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETATION
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Designed for students pursuing a Japanese minor after starting at an advanced level, this course introduces translation and interpretation of original Japanese literary texts. The texts are selected from various genres, including poems, short stories, and folktales, written in different periods from the 8th to the 20th century. Course content includes brief discussion of the Japanese literary tradition, an introduction to the Old Japanese language and regional dialects, and discussions on social and psychological meanings of the Japanese cultural artifacts and phenomena. The course is conducted in Japanese.
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Requisites: Prerequisite: FJ202 and by instructor approval
Course: FJ412
Title: ADVANCED JAPANESE CONVERSATION
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course aims at further development of communication skills, particularly in listening and speaking. Reading and writing skills are integrated to reinforce the development of listening and speaking skills. Goals include: 1) expression of the student┐s own ideas on selected topics in a coherent and cohesive manner, 2) listening for information to take notes, 3) improving practical ability to read and present extracted information in Japanese. Class will be conducted in Japanese.
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Requisites: Prereq: FJ202 or approval of department chair.
Course: FJ420
Title: JAPANESE COMMUNICATION AS A CULTURAL PRACTICE
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course provides an in-depth examination of Japanese conversation and culture. Topics that may be covered include: taking turns, appropriate strategies for listening, showing agreement/disagreement, style shifting, telling a story/narrative, and identity construction. For each topic, connections are made to appropriate cultural and conversational actions needed for communication in Japanese. FJ420 is taught in Japanese.
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Requisites: Prereq: FJ202 or instructor's approval.
Course: FJ425
Title: MEDIA STUDIES IN JAPANESE
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: The course teaches advanced reading and writing techniques by analyzing newspaper articles, periodicals, TV news and documentaries. The lectures include useful translation strategies and techniques.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: FJ202.
Course: FL220
Title: LANGUAGE AND LINGUISTICS
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Explores the nature and structure of language, including the study of sound systems (phonetics and phonology), patterns of word formation, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics (meaning in social context). Other topics include cross-cultural differences, language and social identity, the nature of textuality and writing, language processing, and first and second language acquisition.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: HE112.
Course: FL301
Title: INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course explores how different cultures filter and communicate experience through their unique views. As military professionals encounter problems in contact with foreign cultures, communicating effectively with people of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds has become a professional asset. The goal of this course is to increase cultural awareness and competency and to teach communication skills useful for meaningful interaction with foreign cultures. Students will improve communication skills needed today to participate effectively in the growing global community as well as cultural diversity of American society.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: HE111.
Course: FL302
Title: INTRO TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology for Military Application introduces midshipmen to the concept of culture from an anthropological perspective for practical applications in military operational environments. It is designed to meet the needs of midshipmen by developing their awareness of and sensitivity to the complexity of culturally motivated behavior.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: HE111
Course: FR101
Title: BASIC RUSSIAN I
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: The first of a two course introduction to Russian culture and daily life through the use of communicative approaches to language, with emphasis on listening comprehension and speaking. The courses develop basic reading and writing skills, and provide insights into contemporary society and behavioral norms. If taken and passed at USNA, may be used as a free elective by Division I and II majors.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: None.
Course: FR102
Title: BASIC RUSSIAN II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: A continuation of FR101. If taken and passed, may be used in place of a 200 level humanities-social science elective in Division I and II majors.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FR101.
Course: FR201
Title: INTERMEDIATE RUSSIAN I
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Continues development of oral, reading and writing skills with the emphasison spoken Russian. Includes area and cultural topics.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: FR102.
Course: FR202
Title: INTERMEDIATE RUSSIAN II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Continues development of oral, reading and writing skills with the emphasison spoken Russian. Includes area and cultural topics.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FR201.
Course: FR330
Title: ADVANCED RUSSIAN WITH CIVILIZATION READINGS I
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Further development of communicative skills in Russian. Emphasizes listening, speaking and reading. Knowledge of main socio-cultural periods from 9th through 20th centuries.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: FR202.
Course: FR340
Title: ADVANCED RUSSIAN WITH CIVILIZATION READINGS II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Further development of communicative skills in Russian. Emphasizes listening, speaking and reading. Knowledge of main socio-cultural periods from 9th through 20th centuries.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FR202.
Course: FR350
Title: RUSSIAN LIT & CULTURE IN TRANSLATION
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course uses English translations of classic Russian texts which impact the way Russians behave and think about themselves today. Through Russian literature, music and film, students gain deep insights into Russian culture. Counts as an upper level Humanities-Social Science course.
Offered: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: None.
Course: FR411
Title: DEVELOPMENT OF RUSSIAN CIVILIZATION
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: From the 10th century to World War II.
Offered: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: FR340 or approval of department chair.
Course: FR412
Title: MODERN RUSSIA
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: The Soviet Union since World War II; social, cultural, economic patterns; technology, armed forces; national policies.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FR340 or approval of department chair.
Course: FR460
Title: ADVANCED RUSSIAN THROUGH FILM
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course uses film as a medium for developing advanced Russian language proficiency while increasing awareness and understanding of Russian culture. Drawing from the canon of well-known Russian film classics, dating from the Soviet period to the present day, the course will explore Russian culture and identity. The canon of popular film will provide students with insight into the evolution of Russian life and society in the Soviet and post-Soviet period. The goal of the course is to help midshipmen improve language skills in all areas, speaking, reading, oral comprehension, and writing, enabling midshipmen to become literate and effective communicators in Russian.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prerequisite: FR340
Course: FS103
Title: BASIC SPANISH I
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: The first of a two course sequence emphasizing the development of listening and speaking skills in the context of grammar review and with a focus on sophisticated verbal constructions. Both semesters underscore exposure to real cultural materials (readings, video, Internet). The course also incorporates episodes from the video series Destinos.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: One year of senior high school Spanish or approval of department chair.
Course: FS104
Title: BASIC SPANISH II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: The continuation of the two course sequence FS103-104 emphasizing the development of listening and speaking skills in the context of grammar review and with a focus on sophisticated verbal constructions. Emphasis is placed on vocabulary building, narration in the past, acquisition of idiomatic constructions, and advanced sentence structures requiring the subjunctive. Both semesters underscore exposure to real cultural materials (readings, video, Internet). The course also incorporates episodes from the video series Destinos.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FS103.
Course: FS201
Title: INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Intermediate Spanish I continues the development of all four language skills--speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing--begun in Basic Spanish. Emphasizes expansion of both active and passive vocabulary, use of more complex language structures and the development of cultural literacy. Taught in Spanish.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: FS104.
Course: FS202
Title: INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Intermediate Spanish II continues the development of all four language skills--speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing--begun in Intermediate Spanish I. Emphasizes expansion of both active and passive vocabulary, use of more complex language structures and the development of cultural literacy. Taught in Spanish.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FS201.
Course: FS301
Title: ADVANCED SPANISH WITH READINGS ON CONTEMPORARY SPA
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Develops linguistic proficiency in speaking and writing with readings and videos on Contemporary Spanish-American culture. Includes grammar reviews, internet searches, computer-based materials, newspaper articles, and literary selections that address current issues involving Spanish-speaking nations in this hemisphere.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: FS202.
Course: FS304
Title: ADVANCED SPANISH WITH READINGS ON CONTEMPORARY SPA
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Develops linguistic proficiency in speaking and writing with readings and videos on contemporary Spain. Includes grammar reviews, Internet searches, computer-based materials, newspaper articles, and literary selections that address current issues in Spain since Franco. Also includes naval terminology.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FS202.
Course: FS412
Title: CONTEMPORARY LATIN AMERICAN CIVILIZATION
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Past and current social, economic, cultural and political patterns and problems.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FS301 and FS304, or approval of department chair.
Course: FS413
Title: SPANISH CIVILIZATION
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Culture and civilization of Spain from the Roman period through the 20th century supplemented by videos, readings and classroom discussion.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: FS301 and FS304, or approval of department chair.
Course: FS421
Title: SPANISH LITERATURE
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Representative works such as The Cid and Don Quixote reflecting the culture, ethics and values of Spain in its major literary periods.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: FS301 and FS304, or approval of department chair.
Course: FS422
Title: SPANISH AMERICAN LITERATURE
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Novels, stories, essays, poetry and plays reflecting the culture, ethics and values of major Spanish American countries from the colonial era to the present.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FS301 and FS304, or approval of department chair.
Course: FX101
Title: ENGLISH FOR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS I
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Alternative to common plebe year courses HE111. Emphasizes writing, American culture and values.
Offered: Fall 2014-2015
Requisites: Prereq: Approval of department chair.
Course: FX102
Title: ENGLISH FOR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Alternative to common plebe year course HE112. Emphasizes writing, American culture and values.
Offered: Spring 2013-2014
Requisites: Prereq: FX101.