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Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Cultural Foundations, like Social Foundations, teaches history in a different way than I've been taught before. Broken down into three different parts of history, Cultural Foundation focuses on the different artistic and cultural aspects of different time periods. Cultural Foundations II focuses on Medieval Times up through the Renaissance. This course not only touches on different pieces of literature from the time, but on art history, and also on the lives of the authors as well as literary devices and how they reflect cultural times. I would recommend this course because the teacher was excellent; I took a French focus version of the course, and it greatly improved my French (knowing fluent french is not required to take the French course). I was able to succeed by taking good notes and by maintaining my focus. I also gained a greater and more complex understanding of literature that went beyond what just the text implied, but also how the text reflected norms of a certain time and place.
I greatly enjoyed learning different literary tropes, different translation studies, and also other ideas about history. The course allowed me to understand how truly different the past was from the present; from how epistolary novels were used to express dissent to how Renaissance art reflected the period's focus on human anatomy and science. It also improved my French and allowed me to understand the nuances that each language has as we did translation studies in the French focus version of the course.
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Advice for students:
Major grades come from a variety of places: quizzes, two papers, participation, and presentations. Always pay attention in class; most quizzes heavily reflect class notes. If you take good notes and look over them before quizzes, as well as refresh your memory of the reading, you are bound to succeed in the quizzes. For the papers, make sure you don't follow a 5 paragraph format and instead aim for a nuanced paper. You can succeed in the papers if you focus on what the teacher explains for the subject you're writing on. Don't be afraid to be creative, but above all, make sure you explore different aspects of the theme or topic you're working on. Proof-read your paper. The exam is very similar to the quizzes. Participation is a great part as well.