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​LLCU/CMLT 316: Classical Mythology: God, Heroes, and Monsters

How close are original Greek and Roman myths to the versions you’ve heard? You would probably be surprised by the differences. The Classical tales of gods, heroes, and monsters form a tapestry of the raw and brutal elements of our universe. Woven into this are the threads of human adversity and, as is so often the case, human fragility in the face of legendary beasts, cruel kings, and the powerful Olympian gods. Join us as we explore both popular and lesser-known myths from the Greek and Roman worlds. Along the way, we’ll uncover the fascinating origins, meanings, and histories of these stories that continue to inspire, shock, and amaze us today. 

Offered with an honors section (080). 

Satisfies: Group “A” breadth requirement 

Dr. Zhivago-Pasternak

LLCU 327 Topics in Russian and Soviet Literature: Great Works of Literature in Film 

In the canon of world literature, Anna Karenina, Doctor Zhivago, and Lolita are absolute mustreads. Tolstoy’s masterful exploration of social relationships in late 19th century Russia, Pasternak’s epic documentation of the country’s transition to communism, and Nabokov’s daring and explosive exploration of the mind of a pedophile provide a sampling of great works that have spawned various screen adaptations. First explore and compare the relationship between each novel and the historical/literary era to which it belongs, and then experience two film versions inspired by the work. Whether examining the narrative or a cinematic version, we will attempt to gauge the reactions created by our own personal journey. Through these written masterpieces and their screen incarnations, students will gain a better appreciation of the impact that both literature and film can have on the individual, on history, and on humanity itself. 

Honors and second writing requirement available. 

Prerequisite: None 

Satisfies the Group A (Creative Arts and Humanities) requirement 

​LLCU330: Race and Ethnicity in the Ancient World

What made an ancient Greek person Greek? Or a Persian Persian for that matter? Did the Greeks and Romans have a concept of race and ethnicity? If so, do they bear any resemblance to modern views? Were there inequalities based on race and ethnicity that confronted ancient societies as today? Join us in Race and Ethnicity in the Ancient World as we explore how categories of race and ethnicity are presented in the literature and artistic works of Greece and Rome, and how ancient thinking remains current and influential today. Our case studies pay particular attention to concepts including notions of racial formation and origin, ancient theories of ethnic superiority, and linguistic, religious, and cultural features as a means of ethnic differentiation. We will also examine the nexus between ancient racism and the numerous social institutions and processes related to it, such as slavery, colonization, migrations, imperialism, assimilation, native revolts, and genocide. 

Prerequisite: none 

Satisfies: Group B requirement 

Ex Machina

​LLCU330: Mad Science in Popular Culture

Starting with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the figure of the “mad scientist” has successfully propagated across media, migrating from literature to film, graphic novels, and video games. The character is important because it intertwines an epoch’s excitement over scientific progress with its fear that advancement may be dangerous. This course examines the “mad scientist” in diverse 19th -21st century works, in an attempt to understand how and why these high achievers are anti-heroes, and evaluate to what extent their “madness” attests to a refusal of the scientific, social, and perhaps moral conventions of their fictional universe. A further goal will be to determine how these worlds reflect our own, and how the fictional purposes and responsibilities ascribed to science measure up against contemporary notions. Whom do science and scientists serve? To what standards are they bound? 

LLCU 420/620 Contemporary Italian Cinema: "Fascism and Trumpism, Family and Sexuality, Migration and Sickness, in Contemporary Italian Cinema."

This course will explore Italian cinema from 2001 until the present. A range of films and film clips will guide us through an examination of the impact and the importance that Italian cinema has on world cinema and culture. This kind of Italian cinema had the civic courage to address the rebirth of Fascism under the guise of Berlusconi, a Trump‐like kind of tycoon; to delve into the beauty and the dark mysteries of the Italian family; to analyze the dramatic experiences of the new migrants to Italy and the devastating effects of sickness over the traditional structure of family and society. Students will examine directors such as Francesca Archibugi, Paolo Sorrentino, Matteo Garrone, Cristina Comencini, Roberta Torre, Andrea Molaioli, Roberto Guadagnino, Giorgio Diritti, Emanuele Crialese, Franco Maresco, Andrea Segre, Giuseppe Piccioni, Maria Sole Tognazzi, and Alice Rohrwacher.   

* If you are an Italian major or minor you may be able to take this course for Italian credit with an additional Italian language component: please email Prof. Melloni at for more information.   

Prerequisites: None   

Second Writing Requirement; Group A Requirement; Honors credit available!

​LLCU 422: Language Syllabus Design

Study of approaches to language syllabus design and materials development, including grammatically sequenced, situational, notional-functional and task-based approaches. Topics: materials development, textbook evaluation and adaptation, design and implementation of learning units for second-language special purpose and bilingual learners. Includes faculty supervised 25 hours of observation in high school classrooms. 

Cross listed with LING 422010. 

​LLCU 424-010: Second Language Testing

This class is designed to provide future teachers with the knowledge and skills required to select and/or develop appropriate foreign language assessments. Participants will learn how to identify the strengths and weaknesses of various assessment methods, how to deploy a variety of formal and informal assessment techniques, and how to maintain useful records of student work and performance. 

Cross listed with LING 424-010. 

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LLCU Course Offerings - Fall 2020
  • Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
  • Jastak-Burgess Hall
  • University of Delaware
  • 30 East Main St.
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2591