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 email@example.com for more information.
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.