Culture and Language
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. 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 the origin (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.
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.
CUL2135 Business Culture of France vs. USA (CL) (1-3)
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 CEOs 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 (CDiv) (CL) (1-3)
Focuses on the study of business culture and economy of French-speaking countries overseas: Guadeloupe, Martinique, Polynesia, North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa. All are ex-colonies of France and struggle for their identity and autonomy. This course also studies the impact of immigrants from these countries on French economy and society.
CUL2200 Mexico: Politics, Culture, and Language (CDiv) (CL) (3)
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 Studies 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 Indigenous Cultures of Latin America (CDiv) (CL) (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 globalized world.
CUL2232 Latino/Hispanic Experience in the USA (CDiv) (CL) (3)
Examines the experience of Mexican-Americans in the United States from 1930-present. In particular, our examination focuses on significant historical/political events where Mexican-Americans played a central role. This course also examines the intersection of identity construction with the socio-political climate and discusses the history of ethnic labels used to describe the Latino population in general and the current socio-political status of the Latino population in the United States. Includes an introduction to the fundamentals of Spanish. Satisfies a Spanish Studies Minor requirement.
CUL2240 Mexican American Literature, Language, and Film (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 Studies Minor requirement.
CUL2248 Culture and Language of Latin America through Film (CL) (3)
Viewing films with English subtitles, students investigate social, historical, and political issues of Latin America. Spanish language is introduced through the films. Satisfies a Spanish Studies Minor requirement and Film Studies minor requirement.
CUL2250 Literature of Latin America (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 Studies Minor requirement.
CUL2308 Intercultural Cinema (CL) (3)
Focuses on the study of the art of cinema in Europe and Asia, exploring how it reveals various European cultures. Students study films by major European directors: Bergman, Fassbinder, Fellini, Saura, Truffaut, Wajda, Kurosawa, and Zhang Yimou.
CUL2316 Cultural Heritage and Language of China (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 films. The course includes films of Cameroon, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Congo 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.
CUL2500 Service Learning: Spanish Community Service Project (CDiv) (CL) (1-3)
Prerequisites: SPA1001 and SPA1008 or equivalent
This course provides a unique opportunity for students to gain practical work experience in various community-based settings. Projects assigned involve volunteer work at various agencies within San Mateo County that serve the needs of the local Chicano/Latino population. Written work consists of a final portfolio: working translations, curriculum ideas, and workbook assignments.
CUL2886 Special Topics (3)
Offered as needed to satisfy the General Education requirement in Culture and Language.
CUL2999 Independent Study (1-3)
Provides an opportunity for independent study or research in Spanish- or French-speaking cultures to be arranged under the direction of the instructor.