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The Modern Languages Department offers a variety of courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish as well as a number of elective courses which include languages for special purposes (such as business and health careers) and several culture courses given in English. There is also a Spanish course for native speakers. Click this link for course descriptions: https://www.farmingdale.edu/courses/course-listing.shtml

 

MODERN LANGUAGES COURSES (TAUGHT IN ENGLISH)

MLG 100 Introduction to World Languages

This course will introduce students to the wide variety of languages across the globe. What are language "families"? How are they similar? How are they different? How and why do languages change over time? How do different languages express thought and emotion through words and sentence structure? The relationship of a particular language to history, geography, politics and society will be emphasized throughout this course, with the help of a user-friendly companion website. (3,0) Credits: 3

MLG 300 International Cinema

Selected international films will be viewed, analyzed, and discussed in terms of their historical, social, political, and economic context as well as for their aesthetic value. Readings, lectures, and class discussions are organized to teach coherency in reading filmic works. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 Credits: 3

MLG 301 Italian Cinema (In English)

Representative Italian films, from the post-war and Neorealism to the present, will be viewed, analyzed and discussed. Films are selected to provide a broad historical and social perspective as seen through the artistic vision of individual directors. The course will be conducted in English and all films have English subtitles. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 Credits: 3

MLG 302 Spanish and Latin American Cinema

In this course, representative Spanish and Latin American movies that cover periods from Romanticism to contemporary times will be analyzed, viewed and discussed. Films will be chosen to discuss social, philosophical, political and identity problems as well as its interpretation according to the artistic vision and directors' achievements and goals. Theory and history of film genres of Spain and Latin America cinema will be studied. The course will be conducted in English and all movies have English subtitles. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 Credits: 3

MLG 303 French Cinema (In English)

Representative French films from the lyrical traditional cinema to the New Wave of the sixties and to the new humanism of the present, will be viewed, analyzed and discussed. Films are selected to provide a broad historical, ideological and social perspective as seen through the eyes of individual directors. The course will be conducted in English and all films have English subtitles. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 Credits: 3

MLG 304 French Culture and Civilization (On-line)

An examination of contemporary France and its political, economic and social development. French cultural life and institutions in France will also be considered. This course may not be used to satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 Credits: 3

MLG 305 Hispanic and Latin American Culture and Civilization

Civilization course: Provides a general perspective on the formation of the Latin American Culture through the centuries, with special emphasis on Spanish America. In parallel form, historical and cultural evolution of the New World and the Iberian Peninsula will be studied, from their beginnings up to the present. Among other aspects, the course will give special attention to the rich multicultural heritage which has been maintained in Latin America through the centuries, as well as its achievements in Art and Literature. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 Credits: 3

MLG 306 Italian Culture and Civilization

An examination of contemporary Italy and its political, economic and social development. Italian cultural life and institutions in Italy will also be considered. This course may not be used to satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirements. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 Credits: 3

MLG 307 French and Francophone Fiction and Film

This course will explore the relationship between literary works and their film adaptations in France and all over the French-speaking world. Selections will be read from novels, short stories, and poems, and major literary movements will be discussed. Students will analyze how literary images and themes are translated onto the big screen. Topics include the French heritage novel, the North African Arab/ French experience, the West African and Caribbean Negritude Movements, and French-Canadian literature and film. All readings and films in English translation. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 Credits: 3

MLG 308 Arabic Culture and Civilization

This course examines Arabic culture and civilization through an analysis of historical, educational, social and climatic factors. The course will focus on issues arising out of intra-cultural and intercultural communication with today's economic and socio-political currents focusing on American and Arab relations. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 Credits: 3

MLG 309 Arabic Cinema

This course examines a diverse body of motion pictures produced in the Arab world. Through films, critical readings and in class discussion, students will acquire and develop an understanding of Arabic culture and a great appreciation for the art history of Arab Cinema from across the 22 Arab nations. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 Credits: 3

MLG 310 Latin American Women Writers (On-line)

This course focuses on the works of major Latin-American women writers from the 17th to the 20th century. We will analyze poems, short stories and novels and how women have been portrayed in literature. The theoretical approach to this class will be based on contemporary feminist critics. We will study the works of the first 17th century Mexican feminist writer, The Nun, Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz, as well as the works of Elena Poniatowska, Julia Alvarez and Laura Ezquivel among others. Note: Students completing this course may not receive credit for SPA 310. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 Credits: 3

MLG 311 Italian American Experiences

"Italian American Experiences" is an introduction to the experiences of people that created a unique and distinctive ethnic culture. The course begins with fundamental Italian heritage and examines the role of immigration and assimilation in a new world as Italian culture combined with the American experience to form the Italian-American culture. Italian-American studies offer students an opportunity to survey development in history, literature, media, art, and sociology. It also provides students with an in-depth exploration of the role ethnicity plays in what it means to be an Italian-American. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 Credits: 3

MLG 312 Contemporary Latin American Short Stories (On-line)

An introduction to different literary movements reflected in Latin American Short Stories in translation during the 20th Century. The emphasis will be the lyrical basis of the realistic, surrealistic and supernatural elements in the stories of Latin American Writers. Modern women writers' esthetics and poetic sensitivity as well as humor and sarcasm will be included in both the observation of individual psychology and tales of the absurd. Summarizing, and using Anderson Imbert's three basic definitions, the focus of this course will be: a) reality (realism); b) the supernatural (literature of the fantastic); c) the strange (magic realism). Note: Students completing this course cannot receive credit for SPA 312. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 Credits: 3

MLG 314 Hispanic Fiction to Film

Fiction like film is a narrative storytelling art form. In this class students will study the adaption of written, fictional works and their correspondent films. Students will also study the narrative devices, techniques and formal properties used to tell a story that are particular to film but not found in literature, such as camera angle, camera distance, editing, cross-cutting, montage, framing, and camera movement. This course will take a critical approach to examining the narrative language utilized by fiction and film with the objective of developing a more critical eye for interpreting both mediums. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 Credits: 3

MLG 315 Art, Culture and Civilization of Spain (On-line)

Study of Spain, a multicultural and multilingual nation, not as a homogeneous entity but rather as a heterogeneous tapestry of various culture and languages. The corpus of cultural texts studied will be derived from the realms of literature, film, architecture, music and the visual arts. They will be analyzed within their socio- historical context as well as their aesthetic value. Note: Students completing this course cannot receive credit for SPA 315. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 Credits: 3

MLG 316 French Fables and Folktales (On-line)

This course will examine the literary tradition of the fable, the folktale, the fairy tale, the myth, and the legend in France throughout the centuries. Starting with the period of King Clovis I in the late 400s A.D. and ending with 20th century folklore, we will delve into the nature of these short stories, asking a variety of questions. Who is the intended audience? Are there different versions of the same tale, and why? What are the differences between oral tradition and written tradition? How are these French stories represented in other nations' literature, art and film? Finally, we will briefly chart the rich tradition of Cajun and Creole folklore of present-day South Louisiana, as well as that of French Canada and Haiti. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 Credits: 3

MLG 317 The Arab-American Experience

This course will examine the assimilation of Arab immigrants within the United States and their unique contribution in creating a rich multicultural society. The course will allow students to learn about the Arab-American community through history, literature and sociology by using creative media tools such as art, music, films and documentaries. In addition, the course will examine political and social stereotypes of Arab-Americans as portrayed in current events. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 (3,0) Credits: 3

MLG 318 Italy: From Text to Film

This course will introduce the student to key topics within Italian culture as explored through Italian cinema and literature. Students will analyze narrative devices that tell a story, from the use of various styles of prose in written works to camera angles, editing techniques, and music in film. Through in-class readings of textual and cinematic expressions, including their theoretical background, students will learn to articulate both literary and cinematic criticism. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 Credits: 3

MLG 320 Latino Writers in the U.S. (On-line)

The development of Latino literature and culture in the United States, with emphasis on the 20th century. Major writings of Mexican, Cuban, Dominican Republican, Puerto Rican and other Latinos will be analyzed in relation to each group's particular experience and its relation to main stream society. Particular attention given to how gender, race, ethnicity, and class interaction affects the formation of the diverse cultural experience of the U.S. Latino. This course will be taught in English. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 Credits: 3

MLG 321 Chinese Culture and Civilization (On-line)

This course covers the development of Chinese civilization from Neolithic times to the present. It examines both the evolution and the continuities of this ancient culture, including aspects of philosophy, religion and ritual, social life, literature, and art. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 Credits: 3

MLG 322 The Latin American Novel

This course focuses on the major works of Latin American writers and their contribution to the literary world. Relevant novels from the 18th to the 20th century literary movements will be analyzed, including topics such as Colonialism, Romanticism, Magic Realism will be analyzed. Several Nobel Prize winners like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mario Vargas Llosa and Miguel Angel Asturias will be included, as well as renowned women writers Laura Restrepo, Elena Garro, and Elena Poniatowska among others will be studied. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 Credits: 3

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