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LLC Courses

All courses under the LLC rubric are taught in English with the exception of the self-directed language learning courses which are currently offered in Farsi, Modern Hebrew, Swahili, and Turkish. Approved LLC courses may be counted as elective credit toward a French, German Studies, Italian Studies or Russian Studies major if taken in conjunction with a Language across the Curriculum component (.25 unit).

Courses
LLC 135 All About America
Units: 1
Description
Explores beyond the "what" differs in U.S. culture to "why" U.S. culture is the way it is and Americans act the way they do. Through readings, films, radio podcasts, TV shows, and other media, studies topics such as U.S. pop culture, family life, education, the media, social relationships, and much more. Uses an experiential learning approach to explore U.S. culture through fieldtrips in our community and region as well as visits with our neighbors. Focuses on strengthening English oral communications skills such as speaking, listening, discussion, and pronunciation.
Prerequisites
Departmental approval. Open only to international exchange students who are speakers of English as a second language.

LLC 140 How to Write Everything
Units: 1
Description
Designed for international non-native English speaking students to strengthen skills in informal and formal university academic writing. Assignments reflect skills needed for the kinds of academic writing University of Richmond students must master, such as research papers, presentation writing, comparison contrast, effective timed writing, other papers specific to majors. Special attention to grammar, style, and culture. Time for students to engage in individualized instruction is included.

LLC 198 Teaching English as a Second Language through Literature and Film
Units: 1
Description
Introduction to methods of teaching ESL. Emphasis on using literature and film as texts to enhance the ESL learning experience. Hands-on application of ESL theories. Includes experience with lesson planning, materials development, and instructional technology.

LLC 210 Women, Virtue, and Temptation in Literature
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)
Description
Representation of feminine virtue and vice in world literature.
Prerequisites
Departmental approval. For students in Moore International.

LLC 211 Reading to Live
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)
Description
Explores the extent to which fiction can enhance (and often inform) our understanding of complex political, social, and economic issues. Students will learn new categories of analysis that will help them understand why fictional depictions of social values, modes of behavior, and moral choices can make both practical and theoretical contributions to the question of how we, as readers and social actors, might more fully live our lives.

LLC 220 Contemporary Chinese Popular Culture
Units: 1
Description
Read pop fictions, watch blockbusters, sitcoms, and reality TV shows, and listen to songs that topped Chinese pop music list over the last twenty years. Connect these cultural forms to current conversations and debates concerning youth culture, political participation, identity formation, intensifying globalization, and the loss of tradition. Students may select class readings/viewings and create their own pop culture products.

LLC 225 Chinese Culture and Civilization
Units: 1
Description
Interdisciplinary introduction to Chinese society and culture from earliest times to the present. Explores topics on ancient philosophy, religion, literature, art, architecture, customs, and other aspects of China's rich and diverse heritage, and introduces social transformation from a pre-modern empire to a modern nation state. Questions such as social changes, urban life, popular culture, and the values and ideas that captivate contemporary Chinese people's attention will also be addressed.

LLC 227 The Action Genre in East Asian Cinema
Units: 1
Description
The action genre is a persistent film genre with a strong literary, theatrical, and operatic tradition in East Asian cinema. This course traces the historical and cinematic evolution of the action genre from swordplay to kungfu to gunplay in Hong Kong, Japanese, and Korean cinema from the 1960s to the digital age. Students will acquire a critical vocabulary in visual analysis such as classical Hollywood narration, montage, continuity editing, and the "pause-burst-pause" pattern that are central to the punctuation of kinesthetic shocks in the action genre. We will explore how culturally specific codes of honor, loyalty, masculinity, and femininity (rooted in literature and theatrical codes) are lost or gained in translation as a result of film adaptations, international co-productions, and cross-cultural readings. Taught in English. All films are subtitled in English.

LLC 232 Russian Painting: 19th Century
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSHT)
Description
Survey and analytical study of significant periods of Russian painting, focusing on interconnections between philosophy, literature, spirituality, and ideology in Russian painting during various historical periods and developments in Russian culture and intellectual history.

LLC 233 Russian Painting: 20th Century
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement FSHT
Description
An interdisciplinary study of early 20th century Russian painting as an organic part and expression of the cultural and intellectual development of fin de siecle Russia. The cultural significance of Russian paintings is traced through a critical analysis of primary historical, philosophical, literary, artistic, and other sources of the period.

LLC 242 From Scheherazade to Jasmine: The Arabian Nights in World Literature and Culture
Units: 1
Description
Reading of excerpts from the Arabian Nights and discussion of the structure of the work. Survey of the translation and dissemination of the work in different cultures of the world, but especially the West. Critical survey of the impact of the work in world literature and culture.

LLC 243 Politics and Social Movements in Modern Middle Eastern Literatures
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)
Description
Discussion of literary works by writers from the Middle East during the past few decades with an emphasis on the social and political issues these texts address. Examination of these texts as literary products first and foremost and it is within such a status that they can be our entry point to the societies of the Middle East and their problems.

LLC 244 Writing Women in Modern Arabic Fiction
Units: 1
Description
Tracing of the shifts and changes of the construction of women as literary characters in the modern fiction of the Arab world, within the context of changing social, political, and cultural conditions. The rise of new social movements and the increasing role of women in society and culture resulted in quick and somewhat radical transformations of the constructions of women in fiction mostly as a result of the writings of women themselves. Reading trace and discuss the different paths charted by women writers during the last three decades of the twentieth century.

LLC 256 Psychoanalysis, Literature and Culture
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)
Description
General introduction to use of psychoanalytic techniques to analyze literature and culture. Readings from Freud and post-Freudian theorists used to interpret variety of literary texts, as well as films, ads, and other examples from popular culture.

LLC 260 Literature and Social Change in Eastern Europe
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)
Description
Selected readings in 20th century Czech and Polish literature. Analysis of primary texts (in translation) focuses on the representation of both science and socialism as powerful ideological forces.

LLC 265 German Cinema
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)
Description
Survey of German cinema from the 1930s to the present emphasizing the historical and cultural context in which the films were produced. (Same as FMST 265.)

LLC 321 Introduction to Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)
Description
Introduction to Russian literature and critical literary analysis. Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, and others.

LLC 322 Introduction to Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Russian Literature
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)
Description
Introduction to Russian literature and critical literary analysis. Includes Modernism, Soviet Socialist Realism, and contemporary Russian fiction.

LLC 325 Revolution and Modernity in Chinese Literature
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)
Description
Exploration of modern Chinese literature, visual culture, and critical thought from the beginning of the twentieth century to the end of the Mao era (1911-1976). Focus on the use of literature in "saving the nation" as a response to imperialism and the challenge of the West in the early twentieth century. Discusses how various writers and genres such as the short story, prose poetry, novella, and film convey and advocate ideas about "revolution" and "modernity".

LLC 335 Bolsheviks, Bombs and Ballet: Soviet Culture and Civilization
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSHT)
Description
Survey of intellectual and scientific life, artistic movements, and popular culture under communism in the Soviet Union. Interdisciplinary focus on the arts, music, science, and literature with attention to complicated relations between official and private culture.

LLC 341 Gender and Sexuality in 19th-Century France
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)
Description
Examines representations of gender and sexual identity in 19th-century France as demonstrated in literature, film, and historical documents.

LLC 346 Insiders and Outsiders: Arabic Encounters with the West
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)
Description
Study of texts from throughout Arab history since the expansion of Islam until today, in which travelers and thinkers, academics and politicians, everyday people and people with religious or other ideological agendas describe their encounters with the world outside their own cultural environment. These texts will be analyzed less for the information they contain about the world they describe, but for what the views and thoughts their writers reveal about their own world and frame of mind. The texts will be read in translation and will cover material from the earliest Islamic travelers such as Ibn Fadlan to figures of current history such as Usama bin Laden.

LLC 347 Islam, Nationalism, and the West - Modern Thought in the Arab World
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSHT)
Description
Historical survey of the main thinkers and ideas in the Arab world during the past two centuries. Emphasis on the different and contending reactions to the challenges of modernity and the West as well as the relation to indigenous and traditional ideas, especially religion.

LLC 350 Introductory Linguistics
Units: 1
Description
General, historical and/or descriptive linguistics.
Prerequisites
Completion of Communication Skills II-Language requirement

LLC 351 Contemporary Literary Theory
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)
Description
A broad survey of literary theory, with textual applications, and including structuralism, Marxism, post-structuralism, feminism, psychoanalysis, and new historicism.

LLC 352 Language, Race, and Ethnicity
Units: 1
Description
Study of the origin, development, and use of language as an implement of racial and ethnic discrimination that configures nativism and national language together as an apparatus privileging a central, original population and marginalizing the other.

LLC 355 Chinese Cinema
Units: 1
Description
An introduction to Chinese cinema in relation to issues of modernity, nationalism, gender, cultural identities and beyond. Selected canonical films of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong will be introduced.

LLC 357 The Idea of the Renaissance: Self, History and Knowledge
Units: 1
Description
A comparative and interdisciplinary investigation of the period in European history known as the Renaissance through the lens of some of its most well known and compelling works.

LLC 358 Desire and Identity in the Renaissance: The Lyric Tradition
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)
Description
A comparative investigation of Italian, French, and English Renaissance lyric poetry. (Same as English 309.)

LLC 360 Representing the Holocaust
Units: 1
Description
Critical analyses of visual and textual representations of the Holocaust in an international context. The course raises questions about the limits and meaning of Holocaust representations as well as their ideological and moral implications.

LLC 362 History of the Romance Languages
Units: 1
Description
Readings and tasks designed to develop students' understanding of language change as exemplified by the evolution of the Romance languages (French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, etc.) from Latin. Includes linguistic terminology, discovery of the origins of the similarities and differences apparent in the Romance languages, experience with written evidence of language transformation, and exploration of the impact of historical events on language.
Prerequisites
French 121, Italian 121, Latin American and Iberian Studies 121, 131, 151, or Latin 102

LLC 388 Individual Internship
Units: .5-1
Description
Internship experiences outside of the department in fields related to LLC programs. No more than 1.5 units of internship in any one department and 3.5 units of internship overall may be counted toward required degree units.
Prerequisites
Permission of department.

LLC 389 Practice Assistantship
Units: .25
Description
Students lead practice sessions associated with the elementary and intermediate language sequences outside of the regularly-taught program languages. The practice assistantship does not count as credit toward the major or minor. Up to one unit can be applied toward graduation credit.
Prerequisites
Permission of department.

LLC 397 Selected Topics
Units: 1
Description
Special interest topics offered at department's discretion.
Prerequisites
Permission of department.

LLC 406 Summer Undergraduate Research
Units: 0
Description
Documentation of the work of students who receive summer fellowships to conduct research [or produce a creative arts project] in the summer. The work must take place over a minimum of 8 weeks, the student must engage in the project full-time (at least 40 hours per week) during this period, and the student must be the recipient of a fellowship through the university. Graded S/U.
Prerequisites
Approval for summer Arts and Sciences fellowship by faculty mentor

LLC 410 The Teaching of a Modern Second Language
Units: 1
Description
Theory and practice of teaching modern second language at the K-12 levels. Designed to enable teachers to meet state licensure requirements.
Prerequisites
For LLC: Completion of a languages, literatures and cultures minor or the equivalent, or permission of department. For education minors seeking licensure in Spanish that requires LLC 410: the completion of a Latin American and Iberian Studies minor, the equivalent, or permission of the Latin American and Iberian studies department.

LLC 495 Independent Study
Units: .5-1
Description
Special projects individually pursued under supervision of faculty member.
Prerequisites
Permission of department.

LLC 497 Selected Topics
Units: 1
Description
Experimental and special interest topics offered at department's discretion.