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University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Arts and Sciences Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures 408 Humanities Building / 900 13 th Street South / 205-934-4652 www.uab.edu/foreignlang/ FLL 120 –F OREIGN C ULTURES S PRING 2010 Section 2D: T/TH 12:30 pm -14:45pm Room 146 EB Lamia Ben Youssef Zayzafoon, Ph.D. HB 408 [email protected] Office hours, spring 2010 T/Th: 11:00am-12:00pm And by appointment. SYLLABUS Course Description This course will concentrate on understanding and comparing cultural and linguistic identities around the globe. It will use humanities disciplines to explore the customs, traditions, ancestry, religions, languages, values, and institutions of varied western and non-western nations. Finally, it will also investigate culture as it interacts with economic, geographical, historical, political, and social forces. Course Objectives The objectives of this course are for each student to develop an appreciation for differences and similarities among people and cultures, as well as a sense of world mindedness. You will gain an awareness and understanding of other countries, cultures, and people from cultural, economic, geographical, political and social points of view. You will learn to react to complex international and intercultural issues. Finally, you will develop the ability to think logically and critically, and to apply knowledge from multiple disciplines to different contexts. Learning Outcomes By the end of the semester, students will: think critically about the epistemology of culture; i.e., the origin, evolution, and meaning of the word “culture.”
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develop understanding of various cultures around the globe in their economic, geo-political, historical, and social context. discuss the arts of a particular culture within and beyond the borders of a particular nation-state. identify on a map the location of various countries around the world. react to complex cultural and historical issues. apply knowledge from multiple disciplines to different contexts. think logically and critically about the production and reception of culture. become more responsibly and culturally engaged in their community. recognize diversity within their own environment and in other people’s cultures. develop an awareness of the reverse cultural gaze; i.e., how others look at your own culture. Specific QEP Outcomes : Students understand and practice ethical reasoning and decision- making. Students are knowledgeable about contemporary events and/or issues. Students understand civic responsibility. Students understand the role and value of diversity. Class Readings : Posted on BB Vista. Check http://www.uab.edu/it/instech/blackboard/a_login.html If you have problems accessing your class send an email to [email protected] Grades Class participation: 10% Homework: 20% Midterm Exam (2 parts) 20% Oral Group Presentation: 10% Cultural Portfolio: 40%
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