Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

DEPARTMENT OF

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

DEPARTMENT OF

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLCU)

All LLCU courses provide students with valuable transferable skills (communication, critical thinking, analysis, interpretation, argument) for further study or career possibilities. You can take LLCU courses as electives, as option courses in your Plan (please consult the Academic Calendar) or as concept courses in the World Language Studies minor.

Course Title Description
LLCU 101/3.0 Beginning Language and Culture I Offers a basic level of understanding, speaking, reading and writing for students with no knowledge of the language. Students have choice of three languages: Inuktitut, Mohawk or Portuguese
LLCU 102/3.0 Beginning Language and Culture II Continuation of LLCU 101/3.0: offering a basic level of understanding, speaking, reading and writing in the language.
PREREQUISITE LLCU 101/3.0 in same language.
LLCU 110/3.0

Linguistic Diversity and Identity

This course explores the diversity of human languages, and the nature of linguistic identity across and within speech communities from a linguistics perspective. Topics that will be covered include: language families; linguistic typology; writing systems; language endangerment and revitalization; and situations of language contact, bilingualism,and sociolinguistic variation.

LLCU 111/3.0

Introduction to Cultures

The course offers an overview of the theoretical framework behind the study of Intercultural Communication and proposes practical applications of these theories, including in-class guest speakers and a 4-session workshop on Intercultural Competence by the Queen's University International Centre (QUIC). Students will obtain a Certificate by QUIC.

LLCU 200/3.0 Semiotics: Interpreting the World Semiotics is the discipline that studies signs and how these participate in creating meaning and communication. This course focuses on the theoretical system on which semiotic analyses is based (F. de Saussure, C. Peirce, R. Barthes, and others) and will be devoted to various subject areas such as literature, art, film, theatre, and other fields.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 201/3.0 Introduction to Romance Philology This course aims at familiarizing students from diverse programs with some of the fundamental concepts of Romance Philology. The analysis of the first literary and non-literary documents of the Romance languages will be a fundamental part of the course together with the understanding of the evolution of Latin into Vulgar Latin and its differentiation into Romance languages. Particular attention will be paid to Spanish, Italian, and French.
LLCU 205/3.0 The Cultures of a Nation This course will introduce major themes and concepts in the cultures of a specific nation with an emphasis on understanding and examining the important social, historical and cultural contexts of the country and its people.  Topics may include art, film, economy, religion, and politics.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 206/3.0 Rebel Cities

This course examines cities from a cultural perspective, focusing through film to see how different urban spaces have, at different moments in time, been incubators of great social changes. It seeks to understand why, when, and with what result such upheavals occur.

PREREQUISITE: Second year standing or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

LLCU 207/3.0

Representations of Business in the Movies

How are businesses and business people represented in film? This course draws from a range of international films to analyze how business at different levels of development in different places in the world is represented on screen. It asks why Hollywood and other film industries seem to heroize and demonize their usually male, White entrepreneurs. And it asks how such depictions matter.

PREREQUISITE: Second year standing or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

LLCU 209/3.0

Rio de Janeiro: the Marvelous City (on-line)

Known internationally for its carnival, soccer, tropical beach life, musical rhythms, and tourism, the city of Rio de Janeiro has been the quintessential postcard image of Brazil for much of the twentieth century. At the same time, the city is also infamously known for its social inequalities exemplified by pockets of extreme affluence alongside massive shantytown communities (favelas), homeless youth (meninos e meninas de rua), and ongoing violent confrontations between police and drug gangs. In many ways, the city embodies the idea that Brazil is a land of contrasts. This course goes beyond the typical representations of Rio de Janeiro to provide students with an understanding of the complex social, political, economic, and cultural history that have shaped the city’s development and character.
LLCU 210/3.0 Italy and the Classical Tradition The ancient Greek and Roman tradition in literature, art and the politics of Italy from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. Texts and works of art will be studied in the context of the historical, cultural and political settings of Italy.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 213/3.0

The Social History of Organized Crime in Canada

Students will analyze and understand the most important forms of organized crime present in Canada. Its history and evolution are defined, in an attempt to interpret the relationship between major criminal organizations and economic, social, cultural, political, and demographic changes, both domestically and internationally

PREREQUISITE: Second year standing or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

LLCU 214/3.0 Mafia Culture and the Power of Symbols, Rituals and Myth The course will analyze the cinematic representation of the Mafia and other criminal organizations, such as Yakuza, Triads, Vory V Zakone.  The course will focus on how North American cinema (Hollywood) often glorifies the mafiosi's lifestyle. As this characterization of the Mafia and Mafiosi began with the archetypal figures of the bosses, special attention will be given to movies of the 1930s and to Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather trilogy.  The goal is the deconstruction of the romantic portrayal of the gangster life style created on the silver screen and analyses of the atrocities committed by organized crime groups.
LLCU 215/3.0 Dante A study of Dante Alighieri’s life and poetry, especially the Vita Nuova and the Divine Comedy.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
LLCU 226/3.0 Literature and the Cinema Addresses the various issues relating to the film adaptation of a literary text. The reading of narrative texts, the viewing of films and critical readings are required.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 232/3.0 From the Romantics to D’Annunzio The course will focus on the study of Italian Romanticism and its relation to English, German, Spanish and French Romanticism. The rise of Realism and Decadentism will also be discussed and examined.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 233/3.0 Survey of Italian Literature I A survey of Italian literature, through selected texts of representative authors, from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 234/3.0 Survey of Italian Literature II A survey of Italian literature, through selected texts of representative authors, from the eighteenth century to present.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 244/3.0

Hips Don't Lie?: Music and Culture in Latin America

This survey course explores key aspects of Hispanic history and culture in the twentieth century through the study of its musical production. We will study notions of race, class, gender, and national identity by focusing on specific musical genres.

PREREQUISITE: Second year standing or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

LLCU 247/3.0 The Dynamic History of Spain This course covers the most significant political, historical, and artistic events and people that have shaped Spanish civilization from prehistoric times to the present. Students will acquire essential knowledge about one of Europe’s most dynamic countries and at the same time improve their analytical, writing, and professional skills.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 248/3.0 Spanish American Cultural Contexts This survey course covers a vast area, several cultures, and many centuries. Students are expected to develop a general understanding of Spanish American culture through an examination of important historical, social, political, economic, and artistic developments in the area.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 249/3.0

Latin Lovers: Love, Sex and Popular Culture

The course explores the emergence, development, and criticism of the Latin Lover figure in the West, from the creation of the archetypical Don Juan in the seventeenth-century to contemporary Hollywood representations of Italian and Latin-American lovers

Only offered online. Consult Continuing and Distance Studies
PREREQUISITES: Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

LLCU 257/3.0 Pirandello's Theatre An in-depth study of Pirandello’s most important dramatic works, together with analysis of his theoretical essays on theatre. Particular attention will be paid to the following plays: Six Characters in Search of an Author; Each in his Own Way, Henry IV, The Feast of Our Lord of the Ships, The New Colony; Tonight We Improvise and The Mountain Giants.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 295/3.0

Special Topics

Section 001:  Contemporary Events and Indigenous Politics (winter 2018)

An interdisciplinary analysis of contemporary events and Indigenous cultural politics, with a focus on how Indigenous writers, filmmakers, artists, and community members participate in and recount various defining moments. Indigenous knowledges and epistemologies are mobilized to foster a critical understanding of core questions put forward by events.

Section 002: Others' Eyes Viewing Indigenous Peoples (winter 2018)

Course description: In this course, the LLCU295 learning community explores a variety of styles of writing that includes scholarship, philosophy, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction about Indigenous Peoples by non-Indigenous Peoples. Themes includes the monstrous, noble savages, and the vanishing race. We examine writers like Shakespeare, D.C. Scott, Mark Twain, Emily Carr, and Isabella Valency-Crawford. Multiliteracies in human communication begins with two questions that help understand peoples' cultural presuppositions. Do we think in words or do we think in thoughts? How do we take in information through our eyes and ears, and the transaction that produces spoken or written words? The course exposes course members to the multiliteracies required to interpret signs and symbol of culture, and the cultural presuppositions of the various authors.   

PREREQUISITE: Second year standing or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

LLCU 301/3.0 Oral Tradition and Innovation in Cultural Transmission An examination of traditional and innovative forms of oral cultural transmission in a selection of American, African and European contexts with particular focus on the interaction of narrative and technology.
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 302/3.0

Unsettling: Indigenous Peoples & Canadian Settler Colonialism

An intersectional/interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of, and possible alternatives to, Canadian settler colonialism. Primacy given to indigenous voices/theories/ methods related to the history of indigenous lands and associated traditions/identities, the course focuses on the theory/practice of 'unsettling' the settler colonial societies.
PREREQUISITES: DEVS 220/3.0 or DEVS 221/3.0.

LLCU 303/3.0 Applied Intercultural Communication This course examines the main concepts of intercultural communication;identifies the obstacles for successful intercultural communication, and explores strategies for overcoming these barriers.Students apply their conceptual understanding as well as their language skills to real‐world situations as part of the applied portion of the course.
PREREQUISITE: Level 3 and LLCU 111/3.0.

 

LLCU 308/3.0 From Fellini to Benigni This course will examine social, historic and political realities of the twentieth century through the lens of the unique Italian humorist tradition of film making. The course will focus on films by F.Fellini, L.Comencini, E.Scola, G.Tornatore, G.Salvatores, N.Moretti, R.Benigni and other film makers.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 309/3.0 The Films of Pedro Almodóvar Students will view and analyze a selection of Almodóvar’s films within the context of Spain and other countries. The study of gender, sexual, cultural and societal identity and other fundamentals of contemporary theory will be central to this course.
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 316/3.0 Introduction to Contemporary Literary Theory and Analysis An introduction to contemporary literary theories and the analysis of Hispanic texts from reader-, structural-, and author-oriented perspectives.
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 319/3.0 Roots of Fascism: Resistance to Liberalism in the 19th Century A survey of various currents of thought from 19th-century Europe that illustrate conservative discomfort with industrial society and help to make the outbreak of fascism understandable after 1918. The course will distinguish between conservative, nationalist, aesthetic, and religious trends, illustrated by relevant readings from different countries.
PREREQUISITE Third year standing of permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.
LLCU 320/3.0 Fascism in Europe from Napoleon to Hitler An introduction to the growth of the fascist mentality in Europe from a cultural perspective. The course will treat the Third Reich as part of the broader conservative and nationalist challenge to liberalism.
NOTE Administered by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or above.
LLCU 322/3.0 Conflict and Culture: Literature, Law, and Human Rights An examination of international discourses on conflict and resolution, including theories of reconciliation, human rights, and international law, as portrayed in various media (fiction, theatre and film) and diverse cultural contexts (e.g. ancient Greece, Germany, South Africa and Canada [indigenous settler relations]).
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 326/3.0 Film in the New Europe European film is our starting point for investigating the connections between work and art. Topics include: urban space; (post- and para-); socialist societies; border crossings, especially gendered labour and cultural flows. This course will investigate how the new Europe and film shape each other.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 327/3.0 Sickness and Health – Cultural Representations in Medical Discourse The course investigates German cultural images and metaphors of disease, with an emphasis on the evolution of normalcy. We will study representations of disease (photography, museum exhibit, literary text), their historic development, and theories of media with respect to both historical and contemporary notions of sickness and health.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or above or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 328/3.0 Gender, Development and Film in Latin America This course will explore major themes of development in relation to gender in Latin America through its manifestation in film. Films will be chosen from all regions of Latin America, including Brazil.
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
LLCU 329/3.0 Uncanny Encounters: Narrative Analysis of the Fantastic Genre This course offers an overview of the related genres of the Fantastic, the Fairy Tale, Dystopia, Science Fiction, and Horror. Examples will include popular works such as the Twilight Saga, Harry Potter, and/or The Hunger Games, but also traditional texts by Hoffman and Kafka. Parallel to the fictional works, the course offers theoretical analysis.
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
LLCU 330/3.0 Cervantes I: Earlier Works A study of Don Quijote I and a selection of his short theatrical Interludes. The course will consider the socio-economic and historical context and the literary implications of these works to provide a better understanding of 17th century Spain and the significance Cervantes' works still hold today.
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 331/3.0 Cervantes II: Later Works In this course students will study Don Quijote II and a selection of novellas from Cervantes' Exemplary Novels. The course will consider the socio-ecomonic and historical context and the literary implications of the continuation of Don Quijote I to provide a better understanding of 17th century Spain and the significance Cervantes' works hold today.
PREREQUISITE LLCU 330/3.0 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
LLCU 332/3.0 Spanish Baroque Short Theatre Short theatre played an important role in the theatre of Spanish Golden Age. In this course students will study the literary particularities of the genre and the social ramifications of the themes present in short theatre (gender, battle of the sexes, diversity, authority amongst others) and their historical and contemporary relevance.
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 333/3.0

Acting Out: Sexual and Gender Subversion in Baroque Theatre

Baroque playwrights took full advantage of the actor Juan Rana's well-known queerness to subvert implicitly and explicitly the social norms of sexual and gender identity still questioned today. Course will examine Spanish Baroque short theatre in general and historically contextualize its subversion of social, sexual, gender and patriarchal norms
PREREQUISITE:Level 3 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

LLCU 339/3.0 XX-Century Italian Playwrights: In Search of the Theatre Investigate the life and works of 20 internationally renowned Italian playwrights (including two Nobel Prize winners Luigi Pirandello and Dario Fo) in a philosophical, political, social, and historical context. Particular emphasis will be given on the aesthetic solutions proposed by the playwrights to deal with the new realities of the 21st-Century.
PREREQUISITE Third year standing or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.
LLCU 340/3.0 European Romanticism The course will focus on the major trends of European Romanticism, mainly English, French, German and Italian. A comparison of both the 'poetics' together with a comparative analyses poems will serve as the backbone of the course.
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 432/3.0 Field Research Practicum at Fudan University Provides students with an opportunity to conduct field research under the guidance of a Fudan instructor. Queen's students are paired with Fudan counterparts and undertake research on an important development/cultural theme, submit a written paper and do a class presentation. The research project will involve at least 10 hours of field work per week for 12 weeks. Fall Term.
NOTE This course is part of a Study Abroad program in Shanghai, which will require students to pay a program fee to cover costs over and above tuition, as well as travel, accommodation and subsistence. Further details of the estimated costs can be obtained from the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
PREREQUISITE Departmental approval in advance from the course instructor and the Placement Coordinator, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 495/3.0 Special Topics I Special topics. For detailed information, consult the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 501/3.0

Directed Readings in Languages, Literatures and Cultures

This course enables a student or a group of students to explore a body of literature on a selected topic in Languages, Literatures and Cultures. The focus may be by theme, by region or by academic approach and can span the humanities, social sciences and environmental sciences.