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Summer 2008


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



MLL 190   The World of Language I                                 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/GFR:Meets AH.
[0182] 6060 Meets 05/27/2008 - 07/03/2008             KA, O
            TuTh.......1:00pm- 4:10pm (ACIV151)


MLL 191   The World of Language II                                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/AUD
          GEP:Meets C. GFR:Meets AH or C.
[0183] 7060 Meets 07/07/2008 - 08/15/2008             MCCRAY, S
            TuTh.......1:00pm- 4:10pm (ACIV145)


MLL 225   Iranian Cultures                                        3 credits
HYBRID COURSE - The course will address the general concept of culture in the context of social, intellectual, artistic, spiritual, and everyday systems defining Iranian life. 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 will also examine Iranian magazines and newspapers and will benefit from discussions. The course will broaden their understanding of culture in general, and Iranian culture in particular. For more information contact olia@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
          GEP:N/A. GFR:Meets C.
[7503] 6050 Meets 05/27/2008 - 07/03/2008             OLIA, N
            MW.........6:00pm- 9:10pm (ITE 233)


MLL 230   World Language Communities                              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/GFR:Meets C.
[0184] 7060 Meets 07/07/2008 - 08/15/2008             MCCRAY, S
            TuTh.......9:00am-12:10pm (ACIV145)


MLL 305   Introduction to Intercultural                           3 credits
          Communication                                     
This interdisciplinary course introduces students to the basic issues of intercultural communication and acquaints them with the fundamentals of intercultural training. Drawing on linguistic theory, anthropological definitions of culture and ethnicity, and extensive case studies, the course begins with a discussion of the nature and function of verbal and nonverbal communication in multicultural settings. The second part of the course examines the ways in which conflicts may arise between cultures and explores the development of intercultural competence and the resolution of cultural conflicts via intercultural training. Prerequisites: Junior standing or prior study in anthropology, linguistics or a related discipline.
          Grade Method: REG
          GEP/GFR:Meets C.  ACTUAL COURSE DATES: MAY
          27 - JUNE 26.
[0185] 6060 Meets 05/27/2008 - 07/03/2008             MEDINA, A
            MTuTh......9:00am-12:10pm (ACIV145)


MLL 322   Women and the Media: Myths, Images and                  3 credits
          Voices                                            
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 mellewis@umd.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
          GEP/GFR:Meets AH.
[0186] 6060 Meets 05/27/2008 - 07/03/2008             LEWIS, M
            TuTh.......9:00am-12:10pm (SOND108)


MLL 799   Masters Thesis Research                               1-6 credits

(PermReq) Grade     Method:    REG/P-F    Individual
          Instruction  course: contact department or
          instructor for permission to enroll.
[7775] 0101 Meets 05/27/2008 - 08/15/2008             STAFF
            Time and room to be arranged


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