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Course Descriptions

 Summer and Fall 2018
Foreign Language Course Descriptions


SPANISH Classes on Belmont Campus

Summer Session 1 June 4 – July 6, 2018:

SPA 1010 (4 credit hrs.)                                 12 – 2:10 p.m.                                                    Prof. Boero

SPA 2010 (3 credit hrs.)                                  9:30 -11:15 a.m.                                                Prof. Boero

Summer Session 2 - July 9 – August 7, 2018:                                       

SPA 1020 (4 credit hrs.)                                  12 -2:10 p.m.                                                     Prof. Julseth

SPA 2020 (3 credit hrs.)                                  9:30 -11:15 a.m.                                                Prof. Julseth

The summer can be a wonderful time to learn Spanish on the Belmont University campus. Classes tend to have fewer students, they meet every day of the week, and they progress at a steady and intense pace, all of which makes it easier for many students to excel in them. If you are interested in taking any of these Spanish classes on campus this summer and have any questions about what to expect, reach out to Professor Boero ( or Professor Julseth (

REGISTRATION for on-campus, summer 2018 Spanish classes is open now until May.


GERMAN – Summer Session I   June 4 – June 27, 2018:
GER 3600/HUM 2895 German History Through Film (Crosslisted)     Schwarzmeier                      
3 credits  M/W 5:30-9:30

This course is designed to provide an interdisciplinary introduction to Germany in the 20th and 21st century, its history and culture. The films we will watch will be in German with English subtitles. Each film will depict a specific aspect of German history and cover a broad spectrum, from Germany’s Nazi-Past, the Holocaust and resistance against Hitler to life and its challenges in the divided and later reunited Germany. To enrich the experience, students will also have to read some texts about German history and culture.

The course will be taught in English. Students who would like to take it for German credit will have to meet with the instructor for an additional class meeting of 60 minutes per week which will be conducted in German to further improve their language skills.

ITALIAN - SummerSession II   July 9 – August 7, 2018:
ITL 3370/HUM 3895 Italian History and Culture Through Film           (Crosslisted)    Muccini                            
3 credits  M/W 5:30-9:30 
We will study major Italian films in order to gain an overview of the dramatic economic, social and political changes in Italian society from the beginning of the 20th century through today. We will watch movies that examine the political, economic, social and psychological problems Italy faced during Fascism and in the aftermath of World War II.  Next we will examine films that portray Italy during the years of the economic miracle (1957-1962) to show both prosperity in some classes and regions of Italian society and continuing economic and social problems in others. We will also examine the social tensions, violence, corruption, mafia terror, and lack of confidence in the institutions and national identity which still plague the country. The course is conducted in English. No previous knowledge of Italian is necessary. 



1.   To learn about Italy’s political, economic, social, and cultural history over the last seventy years or so.

2.   To study characters, plots, and themes of Italian films in relation to the changes in Italian society over the past seventy years.

3.   To acquire a broad overview of Italy’s post-War reconstruction, providing an acquaintance with the issues affecting ordinary Italians through critical consideration of the ideas, the contexts, and the practices of filmmakers and film commentators in this period.

4..  To learn how to analyze films as representations of political, social, and economic history and to consider unavoidable biases that affect such representations.

5.   To appreciate and enjoy Italian films in a wide variety of genres (neorealism, auteur films, commedia all’italiana).



CHN 3010                                                                                                                        Li
Chinese 3010 is the third year and the 5th semester of the sequential Chinese language study, which represents an advanced stage of Chinese language acquisition.  Advanced Chinese will continue to focus on the development and integration of students’ four language skills.  In addition to the further learning of extensive grammar, this course will also aim to enlarge students’ vocabulary immensely, enhance students’ reading and writing abilities, and improve their spoken proficiency in communicating thoughts fluently regarding a wide range of topics. It will continue to strengthen students’ appreciation for and knowledge of Chinese culture as well.


FRE 3100 Advanced Studies                                                                                 Brown
In French 3100, students will continue to build on their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.  In this course, students should strive to move beyond their “plateau” of usage to transition from the short sentence-level speech characteristic of the Intermediate level of proficiency to the paragraph length elaborations that characterize Advanced-level language. 

Speaking skills focused upon include detailed narration and description as well as discussion of certain principles and ideas.  Students will work with circumlocution to become systematically more independent with the language.  Listening skills will be challenged as the students are exposed to spoken French on a variety of topics.  Students will read texts in order to understand concepts and expand their vocabulary and familiarity with more complicated sentence structures and will extract details to make appropriate inferences concerning French culture and the French language.  Finally, students will be given practice in note-taking and will be asked to write on a variety of topics in a journal.

One oral presentation will be assigned which will ask students to do Internet Research to present one francophone city to the class.  Students will imagine that they are tour guides taking the class on a guided tour of their city.  Detailed notes taken during the student’s research and a list of websites or other sources consulted will be submitted for a grade along with the script of the guided tour.  A PowerPoint presentation will be prepared to accompany the presentation.  More information on this presentation will be shared in mid-September when students randomly select a francophone city.

In addition, students will engage in two “excursions”—a campus tour and a visit to a campus art gallery which will involve pre-excursion activities and post-excursion activities. And, one day of the semester will be a murder mystery day, during which students will role-play.


FRE 3600:  Special Topics:  Les Français et les Américains                           Brown
This course will examine French and American cultural differences, focusing on the values and attitudes that shape behaviors and beliefs.  Through readings, class discussion, and videoclips, students will develop their understanding of both cultures and will learn to better interpret interactions between our two peoples.  Following an anthropological approach, this course studies conceptions of the nature of time, the nature of space around us, and the nature of human nature.  These conceptions differ from culture to culture and are evident in the way that children are educated and raised.  This course will be taught in French and students will continue to build on their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in this course.  


GER 3100.01G  Advanced German                                                               Schwarzmeier
Continued practice in all four skills - listening, speaking, reading, and writing - will be combined with grammar exercises, cultural study, vocabulary expansion, and conversation practice.


GER 3500.01G   1900-1933: Modernism                                                     Schwarzmeier
This class is designed as a survey course in German history, philosophy, literature, and culture from 1900 to 1933. We will study Naturalism and its counter-movements, Symbolism, Aestheticism, and Impressionism as well as the artistic achievements of Expressionism.

This course will be taught in German and combine practice in oral and written expression with the close study of selected readings in the original.

HUM 2000/ITL3010 Language and Culture: Italian Fashion, Film and Food  (Crosslisted)     Muccini
T/R 2:00-3:15p.m.
Italian fashion, films, and food are icons of culture and style, both in Italy itself and worldwide. This course will explore how these “3 Fs” have shaped perceptions of Italians around the world. The course will also deal with the social, political, economic, and cultural issues of contemporary Italy and at the same time will draw links between past and present, evidencing the importance of tradition and history in Italian society.



JPN 1010 Elementary Japanese I (4 credits). This course is an introduction to the Japanese language and culture.
Gen. Ed. Designation: GS (G – Global Studies).

JPN 2010. Intermediate Japanese I (3 credits). Prerequisites: JPN 1010, JPN 1020; or the equivalent as determined by the department. Continued study of the Japanese language and culture


SPA 3500 Introduction to Chicano studies                                                              Pelaz
There is a long-shared history between Mexico and the United States, and Chicano/a people and cultures embody this shared history. Most prominent in the West Coast (California) and the Southwest (Arizona, New Mexico, Texas), the culture and history of Mexican-Americans remain unknown for the vast majority of people living in this side of the country. Given the current anti-immigration and anti-Latino discourses taking place in the public sphere in the US, it is crucial that our students learn about our common shared history and culture. In this interdisciplinary course we will analyze Chicano cultural representations (literature, murals, music, film) as well as social issues related to Chicanos (Health care, women’s rights, worker’s rights). Students will practice Spanish language skills through close readings, reflection papers, and in-class discussions.   Requirement: Span 3100-Advanced 1.


SPA 3600.01 – Special Topics: Advanced Composition                               Boero
This course is designed to continue developing the writing proficiency of Spanish Majors or advanced students of Spanish.  The primary goal of this course is to help these students attain or solidify “advanced level” writing proficiency; and to help transition those already at this level to the “superior level.” The specific writing tasks that writers can handle, as well as the content, context, accuracy, and discourse type associated with writing tasks at the “advanced” and “superior” levels, are extensively described in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 ¹ document.

In this course, students will study functionally sequenced model texts that exemplify the type of presentational writing “advanced” and/or “superior” writers are able to produce. After studying a variety of model texts from key functional categories (description, report, narration, exposition, and argumentation) students will produce original writing that strives to embody the qualities of the models they have studied.  Although students on occasion will write spontaneously, this course will emphasize reflective writing, or writing that is carefully planned, revised, and edited.

In addition to studying the model texts referenced above, students will be asked to produce samples of writing inspired by the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements: Performance Indicators for Language Learners. The can-do statements will allow students to develop their writing proficiency by complementing what they are asked to write in connection with the model texts.        

Students enrolled in this course should have successfully completed SPA 3100 and SPA 3110.  If you want to enroll but have yet to complete the advanced grammar and composition sequence, please contact Professor Boero ( 

¹ACTFL stands for American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 document describes five major levels of writing proficiency: Distinguished, Superior, Advanced, Intermediate, and Novice. Students enrolled in the course will become familiar with the advanced and superior level proficiency guidelines for writing. The ACTFL guidelines “describe written text that is either Presentational (essays, reports, letters) or Interpersonal (instant messaging, e-mail communication, texting).” Moreover, since the guidelines “describe the product rather than the process or purpose of the writing, […] they apply to writing that is spontaneous (immediate, unedited) or reflective (revised, edited)” (10).