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Modern Lang & Linguistics

Summer 2007


General Education Info: GFR | GEP (for students starting Fall 2007)



MLL 190   The World of Language I (AH)                            3 credits
Language as a distinctive characteristic of the human species. In this course, we examine the structure of both written and spoken forms of language across cultures, comparing them with animal communication and human gestural systems. We explore language's neurological basis, theories of origin, and first- and second-language learning. Note: MLL 190 is required for the MLL major. Also listed as ENGL and LING 190. Highly recommended: MLL 191. For more information contact ka@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD
          GEP:N/A. GFR:Meets AH.
[0198] 6060 Meets 05/29/2007 - 07/06/2007             KA, O
            MW.........1:00pm- 4:10pm (ACIV145)


MLL 191   The World of Language II (AH or C)                      3 credits
Language as both a reflection and a determiner of social relationships. In this course, we examine the varying idioms of the scientist, the politician, the media, the poet, the child and the magician, and we investigate how language changes and how it marks social groups. Communication strategies and social taboos reflected in language are discussed for various cultures. Note: Although this course continues work begun in The World of Language I, it is designed so that students can easily enter MLL 191 without having taken MLL 190. Also listed as ENGL 191. Highly recommended: MLL majors take the two-course sequence. For more information contact mccray@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
          GEP:N/A. GFR:Meets AH or C.
[0199] 7060 Meets 07/09/2007 - 08/17/2007             MCCRAY, S
            TuTh.......1:00pm- 4:10pm (ACIV145)


MLL 225   Iranian Cultures (C)                                    3 credits
Hybrid Course - This course will address the general concept of culture in the context of social, intellectual, artistic, spiritual, and everyday constructs defining Iranian life. The students will read from several books, listen to Persian music, view Iranian movies, taste the cuisine, read translated poetry books, and learn conversational Persian language. They also examine Iranian magazines and newspapers, and will benefit from weekly discussions. This course will broaden their understanding of culture in general, and the Iranian culture in specific. For more information contact olia@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
          GEP:N/A. GFR:Meets C.
[0201] 6050 Meets 05/29/2007 - 07/06/2007             OLIA, N
            TuTh.......6:00pm- 9:10pm (ITE 241)


MLL 230   World Language Communities (C)                          3 credits
A course designed to expand the cultural awareness of students by introducing them to the study of language in a broad context of historical, political and social issues. Special emphasis is placed on the question of bi- or multi-lingual states and on the explosiveness of the language issue in many regions. Taught in English. Note: Also listed as ANTH 297. For more information contact mccray@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
          GEP:N/A. GFR:Meets C.
[0202] 7060 Meets 07/09/2007 - 08/17/2007             MCCRAY, S
            TuTh.......9:00am-12:10pm (ACIV145)


MLL 322   Women and the Media: Myths, Images and                  3 credits
          Voices (AH)                                       
Hybrid Course - In this course, we will define media and examine diverse and complex modes of communication. We will analyze images of women in the media in terms of race, ethnicity, sexuality and gender. As consumers and producers of media, we will become a critical media audience, increasing our media literacy. This course will explore careers for women in the media. We will utilize the media as tools for activism in empowering women on local and global levels, and we will research how others are using the media to create positive change for women. Note: Also listed as AFST 347, ENGL 322 and GWST 322. For more information contact jodik@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD
          GEP:N/A. GFR:Meets AH.
[0203] 6050 Meets 05/29/2007 - 07/06/2007             KELBER-KAYE, J
            W..........9:00am-12:10pm (ITE 237)


MLL 344   Literature and the Other Arts                           3 credits
Petty criminals, pimps, prostitutes, vagabonds, private detectives, and the deadly look of a femme fatale: this course will interrogate the underbelly of the American B-movie imagination, stealing a glance at the dark alleys and dirty laundry of the urban, industrial landscape. This course will focus on American crime melodramas of the 1940's, which came to be known as film noir, a name given by French critics at the time. We will read classics of the crime novel genre, watch the essential movies from the period, and supplement our studies with critical essays in order to question why lust, sin, crime, and greed were such widely represented topics in American popular culture. From the sensational to the sadistic, why did post-WWII America revel in the morally reprehensible? Why are disillusioned males and "dangerous" females at the core of these fictional plots? Sharpening our interpretive skills, we will examine the historical, psychological, social, political, and of course the sexual issues that reflected in noir. We will watch classic films such as Double Indemnity (1944), Detour (1945), The Maltese Falcon (1941), Kiss Me Deadly (1955), Strangers on a Train (1951), Dark Passage (1947), The Big Sleep (1946), Touch of Evil (1958) and contemporary revampings of the genre, including Blade Runner (1982) and Blue Velvet (1986). Note: May be repeated once for credit with permission of the advisor. Also listed as CPLT 344 and ENGL 316. Prerequisite: Completion of 200-level literature course with a grade of "C" or better. For more information contact askomra@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
[0204] 6060 Meets 05/29/2007 - 07/06/2007             SKOMRA, A
            TuTh.......1:00pm- 4:10pm (ACIV014)


MLL 799   Masters Thesis Research                               1-6 credits

(PermReq) Grade     Method:    REG/P-F    Individual
          Instruction  course: contact department or
          instructor to obtain section number.


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