CUL Course Descriptions
CUL2100 Introduction to French Literature in Film [CL] (3)
Introduces French literature and society through the study of French literary texts and their film adaptation, comparing the two artistic forms. Research on the periods, the authors, and their social environment, as well as the film directors and their cinematic techniques are studied. Taught in English with a French component. Satisfies a French Studies Minor and a Film Studies Minor.
CUL2108 French Cinema, Culture, and Language [CL] (3)
Explores French cinema from origins (Melies) to the present and major movements (New Wave) and directors (Truffaut, Godard, Jeunet). Films are viewed and discussed. Taught in English with a French component. Satisfies a French Studies Minor and a Film Studies Minor requirement.
CUL2116 Paris-Hollywood: Battle of the Remakes [CL] (3)
A study of the cinematic relationship between two rivals, Paris and Hollywood from 1895 to present. Comparing the French Original and its American Remake. A cross-cultural study. Satisfies a Film Studies Minor requirement.
CUL2124 Modern France: Culture and Language [CL] (3)
Studies modern French culture, society and life through texts and films. Taught in English with a French component. Satisfies a French Studies Minor requirement.
CUL2132 Business French I [CL] (3)
Studies French Business culture and how the French way in business compares to the American way. Course includes: visits to companies in the area for field experience and prospective internships, preparation for job search, planning work experience in a French or French-American company, and meeting with French CEO's in the Bay Area. This course leads to an Internship in the area or abroad. Taught in English with a French component. Satisfies a Business Elective requirement and a French Studies Minor requirement.
CUL2140 Business French II (3)
Continuation of CUL2132. Focuses on France in the European Union and French speaking countries overseas. Studies the impact of immigrants from these countries on French economy and society. Research and internships.
CUL2200 Mexico: Politics, Culture, and Language [CDiv] [CL] (1)
Focuses on the social, political, and cultural characteristics of Mexico, a nation largely misunderstood by most Americans, despite sharing a 2,000 mile border with the U.S. and being our Southern neighbor and partner in trade. Covers the Pre-Columbian indigenous cultures, the effects of the Spanish Conquest, and issues of NAFTA, immigration, and underdevelopment. Includes an introduction to the Spanish language. Satisfies a Spanish Minor requirement.
CUL2208 Central America: Politics, Culture, and Language [CDiv] [CL] (3)
Offers an in-depth view of the Maya civilization, the legacies of the Spanish Conquest and the contemporary dilemmas of land reform, liberation theology, and political unrest. Includes an introduction to the Spanish language.
CUL2216 Andean Nations: Politics, Culture, and Language [CDiv] [CL] (3)
The Inca civilization, the effects of the Spanish colonization, the dilemma of modernization, and the resulting cultural identity of the Andean Nations are studied and analyzed. Includes an introduction to the Spanish language.
CUL2224 Indegenous Cultures of Latin America [CDiv] (3)
Studies the cultures of the Maya, Inca, and Aztecs; their art, architecture, cultural and religious beliefs. Explores modern Latin American indigenous groups in Southern Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, and the Amazon and their place in the blobalized world.
CUL2232 Latino/Hispanic Experience in the USA [CDiv] [CL] (3)
Explores the ever-expanding body of literature, poetry, prose, drama, and film that reveals what immigrants of Latino Hispanic heritage, primarily of Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban descent, experience when immigrating, settling, and integrating into the larger society of the USA. Includes an introduction to the fundamentals of Spanish. Satisfies a Spanish Minor requirement.
CUL2240 Mexican American Literature, Language, and Film [CDiv] [CL] (3)
Explores the recent flowering of Mexican American fiction, poetry, dramas, and film. Includes an introduction to the fundamentals of Spanish. Satisfies a Spanish Minor requirement.
CUL2248 Culture and Language of Latin America through Film [CDiv] [CL] (3)
Viewing films with English subtitles, students investigate social, historical, and political issues of Latin America. Spanish llanguage is introduced through the films. Satisfies a Spanish Minor requirement and Film Studies minor requirement.
CUL2250 Literature of Latin America [CDiv] [CL] (3)
Introduces the major works of recent Latin American literature by writers such as Borges, Neruda, Garcia Marquez, Vargas Llosa, Fuentes, Allende, and Restrepo, among others. Satisfies a Spanish Minor requirement.
CUL2300 European Cinema (3) [CDiv]
Focuses on the study of the art of cinema in Europe and how it reveals various European cultures. Students study films by major European directors: Bergman, Fassbinder, Fellini, Saura, Truffaut, and Wajda. It satisfies European Studies Major and Film Studies Minor requirements.
CUL2308 Intercultural Cinema [CDiv] (3)
Focuses on the study of the art of cinema in nonwestern cultures and how it reveals these cultures. Films by major directors in China, Japan, India, Africa: Satyajit Ray, Akira Kurosawa, Euzhan Palcy, Gaston Kabore, and others are studied. Satisfies a Film Studies Minor requirement.
CUL2316 Cultural Heritage and Language of China [CDiv] [CL] (3)
Gives an introduction to the history, culture, and language of China with presentations on cultural practices by guest speakers.
CUL2400 African Cinema, Culture, and Language [CDiv] [CL] (3)
Studies African culture as well as culture of the French West Indies (Martinique) through their cinema. The course includes films of Cameroon, Senegal, Mali, and Burkina Faso as well as Martinique. Students are introduced to elementary communication skills in French. The course is taught in English with a French component. Satisfies a French Studies Minor requirement, Film Studies Minor requirement and Social Justice Minor requirement.
CUL2500 Service Learning: Spanish Community Service Project [CDiv] [CL] (1-3)
Prerequisites: SPA1001 and SPA1008 or equivalent
Provides students the opportunity to receive credit for participation in the annual Guadalajara Community Service Project if they complete required readings and activities during the Spring semester prior to departure, keep specified records of their experiences during their stay in Guadalajara, and write a detailed report upon return to campus in Belmont. Satisfies a Spanish Minor requirement, a Social Justice Studies Minor requirement and a Community Based Learning requirement.
CUL2886 Special Topics in Culture and Language [CL] (3)
Offered as needed to satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement in Culture and Language.
CUL2999 Independent Study in Latin American Studies (1-3)
Provides an opportunity for independent study or research in Latin American Studies to be arranged under the direction of the instructor.