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Queen's University
 

Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Languages, Literatures and Cultures Courses

Languages, Literatures and Cultures courses (LLCU) are interdisciplinary courses taught by our faculty members in English. These courses can be counted towards elective or certain Plans ( i.e. World Languages Studies minor).

The courses offered change from year to year.

LLCU courses in 2013-14 academic year

Course Term Name Instructor Times Location
LLCU 101 F Inuktitut I N. McDermott Tue. 13:00-14:30, Thu. 11:30-13:00 KINGST 205
LLCU 101 F Mohawk I B. Maracle Wed. 13:00-14:30, Fri. 11:30-13:00 KINGST 205
LLCU 101 F Portuguese I A. Macedo Tue. 11:30-13:00, Fri. 13:00-14:30 KINGST 208
LLCU 102 W Mohawk II B. Maracle Wed. 13:00-14:30, Fri. 11:30-13:00 KINGST 205
LLCU 102 W Portuguese II TBA Tue. 11:30-13:00, Fri. 13:00-14:30 KINGST 208
LLCU 200 F Semiotics and Communication:
An Introduction
D. Santeramo

Mon. 13:00-14:30, Wed. 11:30-13:00
Tutorial: Mon. 18:30-21:30

Film screenings: OPTIONAL 

KINE 101

KINGST 101

LLCU 205 F Cultures of a Nation: China J. Miller Mon. 11:30-14:30 KINGST 104
LLCU 233 W Survey of Italian Literature I C. Zaccagnino Tue. 11:30-13:00, Fri. 13:00-14:30 KINGST 205
LLCU 247 F Spanish Cultural Contexts P. Thompson Wed. 10:00-11:30, Fri. 11:30-1:00 KINGST 304
LLCU 248 W Spanish American Cultural Contexts J. Mennell Mon. 10-11:30, Wed. 8:30-10:00 ELL 218
LLCU 316 F Introduction to Contemporary Literary
Theory and Analysis
D. Chamberlain Tue. 16:00-17:30, Thu. 14:30-16:00 KINGST 200
LLCU 326 F Film in the New Europe J. Hosek

Wed. 18:30-21:30
 

Tutorial: Mon. 18:30-21:30

KINGST 200
KINGST 200
LLCU 340 F European Romanticism D. Santeramo Mon. 10:00-11:30, Wed. 8:30-10:00 KINGST 308
LLCU 495 F Special Topics: Latin American Film J. Mennell Mon. 8:30-10:00, Thu. 10:00-11:30
Tutorial: Tue. 18:30-21:30
KINGST 200
KINGST 200
INTS 320 W Fascism in Europe from Napoleon to Hitler D. Pugh Wed. 18:30-21:30 MILLER 105

 

Course code and title Description
LLCU 101/3.0: Beginning Language and Culture I ( Topic:) Offers a basic level of understanding, speaking, reading and writing for students with no knowledge of the language. The specific language will be announced on the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures web page.
LLCU 102/ 3.0: Beginning Language and Culture II (Topic:) Continuation of LLCU 101/3.0 Offers a basic level of understanding, speaking, reading and writing for students with no knowledge of the language. The specific language will be announced on the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures web page.

LLCU 200/3.0: Semiotics and Communication: An Introduction

 

Formerly IDIS 200

Semiotics is the discipline that studies signs and how these participate in creating meaning. In fact semiotics investigates the phenomena related to meaning and communication. The first part of the course will focus on the theoretical system on which semiotic analyses is based, namely the work of F. de Saussure, C. Peirce, R. Barthes, U. Eco, S. Langer and others. The second half of the course will be devoted to applying the semiotic theories to various subject areas such as literature, art, film, theatre, food, space and other fields.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
EXCLUSION No more than 3.0 units from LLCU 200/3.0; IDIS 200/6.0

LLCU 201/3.0: Introduction to Romance Philology

 

Formerly IDIS 201

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.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
EXCLUSION No more than 3.0 units from LLCU 201/3.0; IDIS 201/6.0
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.  The specific nation will be announced on the Languages, Literatures and Cultures website.

PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

LLCU 208/3.0: The Films of Pedro Almodóvar

 

Formerly SPAN 308

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 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

EXCLUSION No more than 3.0 units from LLCU 208/3.0; SPAN 308/3.0; SPAN 408/3.0.

LLCU 209/3.0: Rio de Janeiro: the Marvelous City

 

Offered 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.

PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

LLCU 210/3.0: Italy and the Classical Tradition

 

Formerly ITLN 210

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.

EXCLUSION No more than 3.0 units from LLCU 201/3.0; ITLN 210/3.0; ITLN 310/3.0.

LLCU 214/3.0: Mafia Culture and the Power of Symbols, Rituals and Myths

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.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

LLCU 215/3.0: Dante

Formerly ITLN 215

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.

EXCLUSION No more than 3.0 units from LLCU 215/3.0; ITLN 215/3.0; ITLN 415/3.0.
LLCU 226/3.0: Literature and 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.

EXCLUSION No more than 3.0 units from LLCU 226/3.0; ITLN 226/3.0; ITLN 326/3.0.

LLCU  232/3.0: From the Romantics to D'Annunzio

 

Formerly ITLN 232

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.

EXCLUSION No more than 3.0 units from LLCU/232; ITLN 232/3.0; ITLN 432/2.0.

LLCU 233/3.0: Survey of Italian Literature

 

Formerly ITLN 233

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.

EXCLUSIONS No more than 3.0 units from LLCU 233/3.0; ITLN 230/6.0; ITLN 233/3.0; ITLN 331/3.0

LLCU 234/3.0: Survey of Italian Literature II

 

Formerly ITLN 234

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.

EXCLUSIONS No more than 3.0 units from LLCU 234/3.0; ITLN 230/6.0; ITLN 234/3.0; ITLN 332/3.0.

LLCU 247/3.0: Spanish Cultural Contexts

 

Formerly SPAN 247

This survey course covers the historical, social, political and cultural aspects of Spain from its prehistoric period to the present day. The first half of the semester will cover the beginnings of Iberian civilization up to the end of the 19th century. The second half will concentrate on the 20th and 21st centuries.

PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

EXCLUSIONS No more than 3.0 units from LLCU 247/3.0; SPAN 247/3.0.

LLCU 248/3.0: Spanish American Cultural Contexts

 

Formerly SPAN 248

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.

EXCLUSIONS No more than 3.0 units from LLCU 248/3.0; SPAN 248/3.0.

LLCU 257/3.0: Pirandello's Theatre

 

Formerly ITLN 257

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 Improviseand The Mountain Giants.

PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

EXCLUSION No more than 3.0 units from LLCU 257/3.0; ITLN 257/3.0; ITLN 357/3.0.

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 308/3.0: From Fellini to Benigni

 

Formerly ITLN 308

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.

EXCLUSION No more than 3.0 units from LLCU 308/3.0; ITLN 308/3.0; ITLN 408/3.0.

LLCU 309/3.0: The Films of Pedro Almodóvar

 

Formerly SPAN 309

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 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

EXCLUSION No more than 3.0 units from LLCU 309/3.0; SPAN 308/3.0; SPAN 408/3.0.

LLCU 316/3.0: Introduction to Contemporary Literary Theory and Analysis

 

Formerly SPAN 316

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.

EXCLUSION No more than 3.0 units from LLCU 316/3.0; SPAN 316/3.0; SPAN 406/3.0

LLCU 320/3.0: Fascism in Europe from Napoleon to Hitler

 

Formerly INTS 320

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.

PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
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).

PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

EXCLUSION No more than 3.0 units from LLCU 322/3.0; INTS 322/3.0; GRMN 433

LLCU 326/3.0: Film in the New Europe

 

Formerly INTS 326

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

EXCLUSION No more than 3.0 units from LLCU 326/3.0; INTS 326/3.0; GRMN 426

LLCU 328/3.0: Gender, Development and Film in Latin America

 

Formerly SPAN 328

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 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

EXCLUSION No more than 3.0 units from LLCU 328/3.0; SPAN 328/3.0; SPAN 428/3.0
LLCU 330/3.0: Cervantes I: Earlier Works

A study of Don Quijoteand the development of the theory of the novel by Cervantes.

PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

EXCLUSIONS No more than 3.0 units from LLCU 330/3.0; SPAN 330/3.0.
LLCU 331/3.0: Cervantes II: Later Works

In this course students will study Don Quijote II and other later works by Cervantes including Las novelas ejemplares, and Ocho entremeses y ocho comedias.  The course will consider the social and historical context and the literary implications of this important continuation of Don Quijote I.

PREREQUISITE LLCU 330/3.0

EXCLUSIONS No more than 3.0 units from LLCU 331/3.0; SPAN 331/3.0.
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.

EXCLUSIONS No more than 3 units from LLCU 332/3.0; SPAN 332/3.0.
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 permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

EXCLUSIONS No more than 3.0 units from LLCU 327/3.0; GRMN 427/3.0

LLCU 340/3.0: European Romanticism

 

Formerly ITLN 340

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 495/3.0: Special Topics I (Topic:) Special topics.  For detailed information, consult the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

 

 

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