Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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GRMN 101 Beginner's German I

This course is for students with no previous knowledge of German. The course concentrates on the basic language skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and introduces elements of German culture as recorded in its customs, history and literature.
Instructor: Prof. Monika Holschuh Sator Email:



GRMN 201 Intermediate German I

A continuation of GRMN 102/3.0 aimed at expanding basic language skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking). Students will review and deepen their knowledge of grammatical structures through exposure to a variety of German-language media and culture.
Instructor: Prof. Jennifer Ruth Hosek Email 


GRMN 311 Topics in Cultural History I 

An introduction to reading, discussing and writing about German literary texts in German.Major periods, authors, and texts of the 18th and 19th centuries will be examined in their cultural and historical contexts. Students will be exposed to different genres: excerpts from novels and dramas, as well as short stories, poems and film adaptations.
Instructor: Prof. Christiane Arndt. Email:


GRMN 317 Contemporary Germany through Media and News

This course's aim is threefold: to improve students' comprehension and production of oral and written German through practice in reading, writing, listening and speaking; to increase their knowledge of contemporary issues in Germany, with a special focus on transnational perspectives; and to better their analytic skills and media literacy.
Instructor: Prof. Jennifer Ruth Hosek Email: 


HEBR 190 Introduction to Modern Hebrew

This course is designed for students with minimal or no background in Hebrew.  The course introduces students with the basic structure and usage of Modern Hebrew. 
Instructor: Prof. Na'ama Haklai Email:



LING 100 Introduction to Linguistics

This course provides an introduction to the linguistic study of language. Topics covered include phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax. The course focuses on universal characteristics of language and draws on examples from a variety of languages.
Instructor: Prof. Bronwyn Bjorkman Email: 




LING 350 Introduction to Historical Linguistics

This course introduces the linguistic study of historical language change. The focus is on principles and method in the study of phonological, morphological and syntactic change. Case studies will be drawn from a cross-section of languages, including but not limited to members of the Indo-European language family.
Instructor: Prof. Bronwyn Bjorkman Email: 



LLCU 111: 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.
Instructor: Prof. Sarah Shulist Email:



LLCU 205: Cultures of a Nation: Mexico

LLCU 205 explores the social, cultural and political events that have shaped Mexico from pre-Hispanic times to the present day, with an emphasis on the twentieth century. We will study the emergence and development of important artistic movements in the visual arts, music, literature, and cinema as well as significant events such as the Mexican Revolution, the massacre of students in Tlatelolco (1968) and the Zapatista uprising of 1994. No previous knowledge of Mexico or Latin America is required. The course is open to all students.
Instructor: Prof. Claudio Palomares-Salas Email 



LLCU 210/ ITLN 310 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.
Instructor: Prof. Cristiana Zaccagnino Email



LLCU 214 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.
Instructors: Prof. Antonio Nicaso and Prof. Donato Santeramo Email:


LLCU 247 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.
Instructor: Prof. Peter Thompson Email




MOHK 101  Beginning Mohawk Language and Culture I

Offers a basic level of understanding, speaking, reading and writing for students with no knowledge of the language.
This course is an introduction to the study of the language and culture of the Kanien’kehaka, the Mohawk Nation. Participants will be provided an opportunity to not only learn some basic Mohawk language but will also gain an understanding of the richness of the Mohawk culture
Instructor: Prof. Nathan Brinklow