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Top WLC 159 LANGUAGE, RACE AND RACISM IN THE US: AN INTRODUCTION (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Students in this course will unpack language, race and racism--as well as the intersections between those ideas-- as cornerstones to understanding identity and society as inherently socially constructed notions. (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as ANTH 159 and ES 159.

Top WLC 221 MASTERPIECES OF GERMAN CINEMA (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
An introduction to the serious study of German cinema, 1920 to present. Class lectures discussing key works of German cinema will offer a variety of historical, critical and theoretical approaches. Weekly screenings of important films accompany the lectures. Taught in English. Film fee will be required. (Bacc Core Course)

Top WLC 221H MASTERPIECES OF GERMAN CINEMA (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
An introduction to the serious study of German cinema, 1920 to present. Class lectures discussing key works of German cinema will offer a variety of historical, critical and theoretical approaches. Weekly screenings of important films accompany the lectures. Taught in English. Film fee will be required. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top WLC 222 WOMEN IN ITALIAN CINEMA (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
An exploration of filmic portrayals of women as participants in social, economic and political life in Italy. Examines Italian cinema as a reflection of Italian culture. Focuses on women as protagonists, symbolic figures and filmmakers. Analysis will be presented through a variety of historical, critical and theoretical approaches. Taught in English. (Bacc Core Course)

Top WLC 230 FRANCE TODAY: CULTURES WITHIN AND BEYOND ITS BORDERS (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
An exploratory study of French culture and society since 1945. Topics include: decolonization, immigration, Francophone intellectual currents, France's European vocation, and social conflict today. Conducted in English. (Bacc Core Course)

Top WLC 230H FRANCE TODAY: CULTURES WITHIN AND BEYOND ITS BORDERS (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
An exploratory study of French culture and society since 1945. Topics include: decolonization, immigration, Francophone intellectual currents, France's European vocation, and social conflict today. Conducted in English. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top WLC 231 GERMAN DICTATORSHIPS: NAZIS AND COMMUNISTS (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Introduction to the two best-known dictatorships in German society, National Socialism of the Third Reich from 1933-1945 and Socialism in the German Democratic Republic from 1949-1989 via the study of visual media (feature films, documentaries, newsreels, etc.) and other primary and secondary sources. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Sophomore standing

Top WLC 231H GERMAN DICTATORSHIPS: NAZIS AND COMMUNISTS (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Introduction to the two best-known dictatorships in German society, National Socialism of the Third Reich from 1933-1945 and Socialism in the German Democratic Republic from 1949-1989 via the study of visual media (feature films, documentaries, newsreels, etc.) and other primary and secondary sources. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Sophomore standing and Honors College approval required.

Top WLC 232 INTRODUCTION TO JEWISH CULTURE (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
An overview of Jewish culture from its origins to the present day. Students will compare and contrast the lifestyles, ideologies, religious and cultural practices of Jews living in Israel and the United States; two divergent cultures that developed from similar roots. Taught in English. Taught via Ecampus only. (Bacc Core Course)

Top WLC 233 RUSSIAN CULTURE I (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Introduction to basic features of Russian culture originating in the past and continuing into the present. Aspects of history, politics, economics, geography, art, music, literature, and everyday life. Compares Russian culture with Western European and American culture. WLC 233: Old Russia; WLC 234: 19th Century; WLC 235: 20th Century. Taught in English. (H) (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: WLC 233, WLC 234, WLC 235 need not be taken in order.

Top WLC 234 RUSSIAN CULTURE II (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Introduction to basic features of Russian culture originating in the past and continuing into the present. Aspects of history, politics, economics, geography, art, music, literature, and everyday life. Compares Russian culture with Western European and American culture. WLC 233: Old Russia; WLC 234: 19th Century; WLC 235: 20th Century. Taught in English. (H) (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: WLC 233, WLC 234, WLC 235 need not be taken in order.

Top WLC 235 RUSSIAN CULTURE III (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Introduction to basic features of Russian culture originating in the past and continuing into the present. Aspects of history, politics, economics, geography, art, music, literature, and everyday life. Compares Russian culture with Western European and American culture. WLC 233: Old Russia; WLC 234: 19th Century; WLC 235: 20th Century. Taught in English. (H) (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: WLC 233, WLC 234, WLC 235 need not be taken in order.

Top WLC 241 GRIMMS' FAIRY TALES (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
We will read a selection of the most popular Grimms' fairy tales and consider why they have remained so popular. What is it about fairy tales that has made them such a lasting source of creative inspiration into our time? Students will learn to understand and critique fairy tales and their role in Western cultures through analysis of the tales and creative adaptation of a tale for a modern audience. (Bacc Core Course)

Top WLC 261 MASTERPIECES GERMAN CINEMA (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
An introduction to the serious study of German cinema, 1920 to present. Class lectures discussing key works of German cinema will offer a variety of historical, critical and theoretical approaches. Weekly screenings of important films accompany the lectures. Taught in English. Film fee will be required. (Bacc Core Course)

Top WLC 261H MASTERPIECES GERMAN CINEMA (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
An introduction to the serious study of German cinema, 1920 to present. Class lectures discussing key works of German cinema will offer a variety of historical, critical and theoretical approaches. Weekly screenings of important films accompany the lectures. Taught in English. Film fee will be required. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top WLC 301 INTRODUCTION TO WORLD LANGUAGE AND CULTURE STUDIES (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Addresses the structure, histories, and cultures associated with world languages and presents skills for learning languages more effectively. Includes related topics such as globalization, colonialism, and language justice; language policy, linguistic diversity, and language death; immigration and migration; race and racism. This is a required course in the WLC major in the Literacies thematic area. (Bacc Core Course)

Top WLC 320 FRANCOPHONE CULTURES IN FILM (3-9)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
An exploration of the different cultures of France and the Francophone world through film. Students will delve into the heart of these societies and discover their socio-historical, political, economic and cultural context. Students' analytical and critical skills will be thoroughly solicited through various research and writing activities. Taught in English. (Bacc Core Course) This course is repeatable for a maximum of 9 credits.

Top WLC 320H FRANCOPHONE CULTURES IN FILM (3-9)  Baccalaureate Core Course
An exploration of the different cultures of France and the Francophone world through film. Students will delve into the heart of these societies and discover their socio-historical, political, economic and cultural context. Students' analytical and critical skills will be thoroughly solicited through various research and writing activities. Taught in English. (Bacc Core Course) This course is repeatable for a maximum of 9 credits. PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top WLC 321 MODERN SPAIN THROUGH SPANISH CINEMA (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Examines the history of modern Spain and its cinematography via the study of key Spanish films and cineastes in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. (Bacc Core Course)

Top WLC 331 CHINESE CULTURE I (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Introduction to basic features of Chinese culture from ancient times to the 9th century. Topics include philosophy and religion, the Chinese language, literature and the arts, science and technology, government, family and gender, social and economic conditions, contacts with the outside world. Taught in English. Open to all students. (NC) (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: WLC 331, WLC 332, WLC 333 need not be taken in order.

Top WLC 332 CHINESE CULTURE II (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Introduction to basic features of Chinese culture from the 10th through the 19th centuries. Topics include philosophy and religion, literature and the arts, science and technology, government, family and gender, social and economic conditions, daily life, and contacts with the outside world. Taught in English. Open to all students. (NC) (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: WLC 331, WLC 332, WLC 333 need not be taken in order.

Top WLC 333 CHINESE CULTURE III (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Survey of important developments of Chinese society and culture from the early 20th century to the present. Topics include wars and revolutions, economic, political, and social conditions, the new culture movement, changing family structure and women's status, relationships within greater China (Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong). Taught in English. Open to all students. (NC) (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: WLC 331, WLC 332, WLC 333 need not be taken in order.

Top WLC 334 FRENCH FASHION AND GLAMOUR (3) 
This course, taught in English, allows students who have not studied French to enter the glamorous world of French fashion, exploring its origins and history, what's new and exciting in French fashion today and French attitudes about fashion and beauty that have given them the inside track on chic for centuries. PREREQS: Sophomore standing.

Top WLC 335 JAPANESE CULTURE I (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
An introductory survey of Japanese history, arts, literature, society, and traditions from the ancient to the mid-19th century. Taught in English. May not be offered every year. (NC) (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Sophomore standing. WLC 335, WLC 336, WLC 337 need not be taken in order.

Top WLC 336 JAPANESE CULTURE II (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
An introductory survey of Japanese history, arts, literature society, and traditions from the ancient to the mid-19th century. May not be offered every year. (NC) (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Sophomore standing. WLC 335, WLC 336, WLC 337 need not be taken in order.

Top WLC 337 JAPANESE CULTURE III (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
A survey of Japan from the mid-19th century to the present in areas including arts, literature, business, education, society, politics, and foreign relations. Taught in English. May not be offered every year. (NC) (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Sophomore standing. WLC 335, WLC 336, WLC 337 need not be taken in order.

Top WLC 345 MULTIMODAL LITERACIES IN WORLD LANGUAGES AND CULTURES (2)  Offered in current or future terms
Introduction to the analysis and production of multimodal literacies. Study of semiotic resources such as language and images across modalities such as film, manga, and social media. Required of all majors in World Languages and Cultures. Taught in English. PREREQS: CHN 213 [D-] or FR 213 [D-] or GER 213 [D-] or JPN 213 [D-] or SPAN 213 [D-] or SPAN 216 [D-] or SPAN 217 [D-] and COREQS: CHN 345 or FR 345 or GER 345 or JPN 345 or SPAN 345.

Top WLC 360 INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (3) 
Critical study of a selection of films screened at the Oregon State University's International Film Festival. Topics include acting, sound, special effects, cinematography. CROSSLISTED as FILM 360. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 9 credits. PREREQS: Sophomore standing or higher.

Top WLC 361 (RE)FRAMING RACE THROUGH FILM PRODUCTION (4)  Offered in current or future terms
A critical engagement of ways race and ethnicity are treated in nonfiction short film as students produce their own short film as a means of challenging dominant racial representations and narratives. Requires a basic understanding of ways that notions about race and ethnicity combine with ideologies about gender, sexuality, ability, class, etc. to perpetuate unjust systems and institutions. Prior filmmaking experience is welcome but not required. CROSSLISTED as ES 361, QS 361, WGSS 361.

Top WLC 365 MIGRANT NARRATIVES (2) 
An examination of migration and forced displacement through the study of personal narrative. Includes discussion of the causes of displacement including persecution, ecological degradation, economic pressure and conflict. This is a required course in the WLC major in the Identities and Intersections thematic area. PREREQS: FR 365* [D-] or GER 365* [D-] or SPAN 365* [D-] and Third-year proficiency in French, German, or Spanish.

Top WLC 366 LANGUAGE AND IDENTITY (2) 
An examination of the connections between ideology and linguistic behavior as well as the fundamentals of structural linguistics needed to discuss variation and contact phenomena. This is a required course in the WLC major in the Identities and Intersections thematic area. PREREQS: FR 366* [D-] or GER 366* [D-] or SPAN 366* [D-] and third-year proficiency in French, German, or Spanish

Top WLC 373 APPROACHES TO SOCIAL JUSTICE (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Students study various ways of thinking about social justice and evaluate these in case studies and current events. As a basis for the Social Justice minor, students write a research paper on the theoretical and practical aspects of a social justice issue. CROSSLISTED as ANTH 373, ES 373, WGSS 373.

Top WLC 375 LITERATURES OF POWER AND RESISTANCE (2) 
An examination of the relationships between individuals or groups and institutional power (government, ecclesiastical, etc.) across different historical periods and geographies Language-specific discussion sections cover specific works dealing with such topics as colonization, forced disappearance, and social resistance. This is a required course in the WLC major in the Social Architecture and Power thematic area. PREREQS: FR 375* or GER 375* or SPAN 375* and third-year proficiency in French, German, or Spanish.

Top WLC 376 EMPIRES AND GLOBALIZATION (2) 
An examination of the history of Western imperialism and the rise of contemporary neocolonialism. Students explore the impact of colonization and the effects of neoliberalism and globalization through the use of historical source materials and current news articles focused on specific regions of the developing world. This is a required course in the WLC major in the Social Architecture and Power thematic area. PREREQS: FR 376 [C-] or GER 376 [C-] or SPAN 376 [C-] and third-year proficiency in French, German, or Spanish.

Top WLC 399 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16) 
Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top WLC 410 WORLD LANGUAGE INTERNSHIP (1-12)  Offered in current or future terms
Opportunities for juniors and seniors to apply skills in world language and knowledge of world culture at selected government, industry, or business placement sites. Allows students to prepare for transition from academic to work world. Interns are supervised and evaluated by employer and faculty coordinator. See also Oregon International Internships in the catalog section on International Programs. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Completion of 90 credits with 2.75 GPA or higher; completion of the third-year language course in one foreign language with 3.00 GPA or better, with at least three terms of study in the OSU School of Language, Culture, and Society.

Top WLC 429 FRENCH SOCIETY THROUGH ITS CINEMA (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
An examination of French society through its own cinema. Via the screening and study of films from the various periods of French history, students will delve into the heart of French society and will discover the socio-historical, political, economic and cultural context. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Sophomore standing.

Top WLC 429H FRENCH SOCIETY THROUGH ITS CINEMA (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
An examination of French society through its own cinema. Via the screening and study of films from the various periods of French history, students will delve into the heart of French society and will discover the socio-historical, political, economic and cultural context. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Sophomore standing and Honors College approval required.

Top WLC 459 LANGUAGE, RACE AND RACISM IN THE U.S.: ADVANCED STUDY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Students in this course will unpack language, race and racism--as well as the intersections between those ideas-- as cornerstones to understanding identity and society as inherently socially constructed ideas. The goal of this course is to better understand how racism is produced and reproduced in talk and text (this will include symbols and signs), especially in the context of the denial of racism. Our course will specifically focus on the language of racism, and, more specifically, types of discourse that construct Whiteness as dominant over Color. CROSSLISTED as ANTH 459/ANTH 559, ES 459/ES 559.

Top WLC 473 COMMUNITY-BASED LEARNING (3) 
A service-learning course that allows students to apply the theory and skills acquired in advanced linguistics, culture, and literature courses to specific needs of populations that speak a language taught in the department. It combines 80 hours of community-supervised fieldwork with an online academic component consisting of assigned readings, independent research, and ongoing reflective writing. Each student is expected to make significant contributions toward the completion of a deliverable product that benefits a native speaker community. Pre-advanced oral proficiency required. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits.

Top WLC 483 CUBAN CULTURE, POLITICS AND ARTS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
One of two courses that comprise the Cuba Study Abroad Program. It introduces students to Cuban culture, politics (and particularly Cuba-U.S. relations during and after the Revolution) and arts via a combination of lectures/lessons led by invited specialists in their fields, readings, films and student activities. Students will learn about a variety of topics including migration, agriculture, health care, education, economics, religion/spirituality, gender, race, and the arts (literature, music and other performance). Given the interdisciplinary approach to this course, students will also be able to focus on other topics of interest to them/their program of study. CROSSLISTED as ENG 483, PS 483. PREREQS: Sophomore standing and acceptance into the OSU Cuba Study Abroad Program.

Top WLC 485 CAPSTONE IN SOCIAL JUSTICE (2)  Offered in current or future terms
Working with an advisor from the Social Justice minor, students conduct research to synthesize and extend analysis of a particular social justice issue, building on three previous papers or projects. Results are presented in a 10-15 page paper and a public poster, presentation or website. CROSSLISTED as ANTH 485, ES 485, WGSS 485. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 4 credits. PREREQS: (ANTH 373 [D-] or ES 373 [D-] or WGSS 373 [D-] or WLC 373 [D-] ) and (ANTH 410 [D-] or ES 410 [D-] or WGSS 410 [D-] or WLC 410 [D-] )

Top WLC 499 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top WLC 499H SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Honors College approval required.



 
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