Upcoming Course Offerings - Fall 2021

French

Credit hours: 3
Format: face-to-face, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11-11:50 a.m.
Prerequisite: Consent of department
Professor: Matt Smith, msmith6@niu.edu

Want to learn more about the sounds of French? We'll learn the International Phonetic Alphabet and look at how French vowels and consonants are produced. You'll improve your pronunciation while learning about French culture and getting practice in listening and speaking as well

Credit hours: 3
Format: face-to-face, Tuesday, Thursday, 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Prerequisite: FLFR 202 Intermediate French II
Professor: Shannon Becker, sbecker@niu.edu

Russian

This course examines a number of ideas, attitudes and beliefs that have been constants in Russian culture, in some cases from the 10th century. You'll read excerpts from texts of intellectual and cultural history, as well as examples of Russian literature. In addition, you will analyze several films. The class studies various permutations and versions of these constants, with a special focus on how they change over the centuries.

Credit hours: 3
Format: face-to-face, Tuesday, 3-5 p.m.
Prerequisite: Consent of department
Professor: Joanna Kot, jkot@niu.edu

Spanish

Art plays a central role in anti-capitalist political activism worldwide as has been witnessed in the anti-globalization movement of the late 1990s, the international protests against the war in Iraq in 2003, the European squatter movement, the Arab spring and the occupy movement in the United States. Individual American artists such as Christina Ray, director of Conflux (an annual festival in New York exploring psychogeography); Steve Lambert, founder of the Anti-Advertising Agency; and Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, members of the Yes Men, to name a few, continually link social activism with artistic practice.

This course critically engages with creative activism in order to evaluate how art can be used as a creative tool for political activism. By participating in this course, you will document and analyze examples of creative activism to produce an online gallery as a final class project, study creative tactics and strategies and examine the history of new social movements and activism today.

Credit hours: 3
Format: face-to-face, Monday, Wednesday, 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Prerequisite: Honors seminar
Professor: Stephen Vilaseca, svilaseca@niu.edu

Two seminars in one course. First we go to jail with prison novels:

  • José Revueltas, El apando
  • Joaquín Beleño, Gamboa Road Gang
  • Manuel Puig, El beso de la mujer araña
  • José León Sánchez, La isla de los hombres solos

Theory: Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of Prison. Additional materials will include films based on these novels.

Then we go to Macondo with Gabriel García Márquez, Cien años de soledad. Projects will include:

  • Pecha Kucha style presentations
  • Research roundtables
  • In-class writing activities
  • Double entry journals
  • Research paper

All novels will be read and discussed in Spanish.

Credit hours: 3
Format: online, synchronous, Wednesday, 6-8:40 p.m.
Prerequisite: FLSP 321 or FLSP 322
Professor: Frances Jaeger, fjaeger@niu.edu

Tagalog

Use a different lens in language and cultural learning. 

Credit hours: 3
Meeting days: TBD
Prerequisite: Consent of department
Instructor: Rhodalyne Gallo-Crail, rgallocrail@niu.edu

Exposing the social cancer during the Spanish Colonial Period in the Philippines from the novel, Noli Me Tangere.

Credit hours: 3
Meeting days: TBD
Prerequisite: Consent of department
Instructor: Rhodalyne Gallo-Crail, rgallocrail@niu.edu

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