Online Language Courses

Summer Session 2022

Summer 2022 Online Language & Culture Courses

 

UConn’s Literatures, Cultures, and Languages department offers many fully online language and culture courses to help you get ahead, save money, or catch-up. Online language and culture classes are taught by UConn instructors and are delivered within an asynchronous format. You can participate at any time of day from nearly anywhere.

If you are a student from another school, you can take UConn summer classes online and transfer them to your home institution (you should check with your home institution to ensure transferability). With UConn’s online language and culture summer courses, you’re attending classes at one of the nations top-ranked public institutions.

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Classical Mythology (CAMS 1103)

CAMS 1103

Curriculum covers the origin, nature, and function of myth in the literature and art of Greece and Rome as well as the re-interpretation of classical myth in modern art forms. Taught in English. CA 1. GEOC

Elementary Chinese I (CHIN 1111)

CHIN 1111

Development of ability to communicate in Chinese, orally and in writing.

 

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students with three or more years of Chinese in high school; students with prior studies should contact the instructor or the program coordinator prior to registration. Cannot be taken for credit after passing CHIN 1101, 1112, 1113, or 1114.

Grading Basis: Graded

Elementary Chinese II (CHIN 1112)

CHIN 1112

Development of ability to communicate in Chinese, orally and in writing.

 

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: CHIN 1111; not open to students who have had three or more years of Chinese in high school. Cannot be taken for credit after passing CHIN 1102, 1103, 1104, 1113, 1114.

Grading Basis: Graded

Traditional Chinese Culture (CHIN 1121)

CHIN 1121

An introduction to traditional Chinese culture prior to the 20th century. Curriculum includes a survey of institutions, philosophy, art, literature, and social customs seen through a variety of media. Taught in English. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

Chinese Film (CHIN 3270)

CHIN 3270

Prerequisites: CHIN 1121-1122

Chinese film from the silent era to the present. Curriculum includes analytical skills and critical vocabulary to study Chinese film in its social and historical contexts. Taught in English. CA 1. CA 4-INT

Intercultural Competency Towards Global Perspectives (CLCS 2201)

CLCS 2201

Introduction to the interdisciplinary and international field of intercultural communication in cultural studies, including culturally determined communicative behaviors, identity, semiotics, multi-disciplinary theories of culture, and stereotypes. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

3.00 credits
Prerequisites: None.
Grading Basis: Graded

French Cinema (FREN 1171)

FREN 1171

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Weekly screenings of French films from the first comedies and surrealism to the New Wave and the young filmmakers of the 1990's. Introduction to film history, analysis, and interpretation of films. Readings, viewings and lectures in English. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

Magicians, Witches, Wizards: Parallel Beliefs and Popular Culture in France (FREN 1177)

FREN 1177

The search for traces of a counter culture which grew out of pagan beliefs and remained latent despite the domination of Christianity from the Middle Ages to modern times. Tales of magic and witchcraft, as presented by texts and films. The evolution of exemplary figures like Merlin or Nostradomus. Taught in English. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

 

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

Elementary German I (GERM 1001)

GERM 1001

In this 100% online German course students develop communicative as well as intercultural competence in German. Being able to engage in dialogue with people from different backgrounds is becoming increasingly important. This German course provides the tools for students to develop the knowledge and skills to communicate, investigate a variety of topics related to everyday life in Germany, and collaboratively solve problems in German. Students will interact with each other and with speakers of German in the UConn community and beyond. Students will also interpret written, spoken and visual information and present what they learned to each other and to the wider community.

As a culminating intercultural citizenship project, students will apply their German language skills and their intercultural competence to address a problem of their choice.

This German course is intended for students with no prior knowledge of German. Course material will be presented at the introductory level; the class is designed for students with diverse academic backgrounds; there are no prerequisites.

Formerly offered as GERM 1131.

4.00 credits
Prerequisites: May not be taken out of sequence after passing GERM 1002, 1003, or 1004; may not be taken for credit after passing any 2000-level or above course taught in German, or three or more years of high school German.
Grading Basis: Graded

Elementary German II (GERM 1002)

GERM 1002

In this 100% online German course students further develop communicative as well as intercultural competence in German. Being able to engage in dialogue with people from different backgrounds is becoming increasingly important. With the same textbook and a similar structure as in Germ 1001, this course further provides the tools for students to develop the knowledge and skills to communicate, investigate a variety of topics related to everyday life in German speaking countries, and collaboratively solve problems in German. Students will interact with each other and with speakers of German in the UConn community and beyond. Students will also interpret written, spoken and visual information and present what they learned to each other and to the wider community. 

As a culminating intercultural citizenship project, students will apply their German language skills and their intercultural competence to address a problem of their choice.

This German course is intended for students who have finished Germ 1001 at UConn or have previous German knowledge. Course material will be presented at the introductory level 2; the class is designed for students with diverse academic backgrounds.

Students can kindly contact juntao.li@uconn.edu if they have learned German outside of UConn in order to make sure that this course matches their level at best, and ask for a permission number for the enrollment.

Formerly offered as GERM 1162.

4.00 credits
Prerequisites: GERM 1001; may not be taken out of sequence after passing GERM 1003 or 1004; may not be taken for credit after passing any 2000-level or above course taught in German, or three or more years of high school German.
Grading Basis: Graded

Cinema and Society in Contemporary Italy (ILCS 1149)

ILCS 1149

A critical analysis of contemporary Italian society seen through the media of film and literature. Taught in English. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement. Films in Italian with English subtitles. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

Adaptation: Italian Literature into Film (ILCS 1168)

ILCS 1168

A survey of literary genres adapted into film in Italian context. Literary and visual styles, visual literacy, and film criticism. Literary texts cover a range of time periods and cultural considerations. Films represent a variety of cinematic techniques and the new audiences and artistic goals targeted by film adaptations. General film theory and theories of adaptation. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

Cinematic Representations of Italian Americans (ILCS 3258W)

ILCS 3258W

Cinematic representations of Italian Americans in the works of major directors from the silent era to the present. Curriculum covers the construction and attempts to dislodge negative stereotypes of Italian American male and female immigrants. Taught in English. CA 1. CA 4.

Language and Mind (LING 1010)

LING 1010

A discussion of the nature-nurture debate with specific reference to language acquisition. Curriculum emphasizes the pros and cons of Chomsky's Innateness Hypothesis. CA 1.

Elementary Spanish I (SPAN 1001)

SPAN 1001

Prerequisites: Not open to students who have had three or more years of high school Spanish , SPAN 1002, 1003 or 1004, or any 2000 level or above course taught in Spanish. RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses.

Elementary level communication skills in Spanish focusing on expressing likes, dislikes, personal information. Introduction to the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. This course is intended for students who have never studied Spanish.

Elementary Spanish II (SPAN 1002)

SPAN 1002

Prerequisites: SPAN 1001. May not be taken out of sequence after passing SPAN 1003 or 1004. May not be taken for credit after passing any 2000-level or above course taught in Spanish, or three or more years of high school Spanish.

This is an advanced-beginner-level Spanish course with further development of communication skills in Spanish. This course focuses on expressing events in the past and the future as well as further exploration of cultural diversity in the Spanish-speaking world.

Intermediate Spanish I (SPAN 1003)

SPAN 1003

Further development of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing skills within a cultural setting. Readings to enhance cultural awareness of the Spanish-speaking world.

4.00 credits
Prerequisites: SPAN 1002 or two years of high school Spanish. May not be taken out of sequence after passing SPAN 1004. May not be taken for credit after passing any 2000-level or above course taught in Spanish, or three or more years of high school Spanish.
Grading Basis: Graded

Intermediate Spanish II (SPAN 1004)

SPAN 1004

Further development of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing skills within a cultural setting. Readings to enhance cultural awareness of the Spanish-speaking world.

4.00 credits
Prerequisites: SPAN 1003. Cannot be taken for credit after any 2000 level or above courses taught in Spanish.
Grading Basis: Graded

Latino Literature, Culture, and Society (SPAN 1009)

SPAN 1009

Critical approaches to Latinos/as and cultural representation, production, and agency, as impacted by globalization and local dynamics. Will engage the value and function of race, gender and sexuality in popular culture, literature, film, music, digital culture, visual arts, and urban culture. Taught in English. Knowledge of Spanish is not required. CA 1. CA 4.

Also offered as: LLAS 1009

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Contemporary Spanish Culture and Society through Film (SPAN 1010)

SPAN 1010

This course serves as an introduction to film textual analysis and film history. Curriculum includes critical approaches to Spanish culture and society from the early 20th century to the present as portrayed in Spanish film. Specifically, there will be a discussion of topics such as the avant-garde, social art, revolutionary movements, civil war, exile, Francoism, democratic transition, peripheral nationalisms, immigration, cultural diversity, postmodernity, globalization. Taught in English; Spanish not required; does not fulfill foreign language requirement. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

Intersections of Art, Fashion, Film, and Music in Modern Spain (SPAN 1020)

SPAN 1020

A critical overview of the works of Spanish film directors, artists, and designers and the struggle to define modern Spain. Topics may include personal and collective identity, national unity and diversity, youth culture in Spain and in the U.S., high versus low culture, the local and the global. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

Literature of Crisis in Modern Spain (SPAN 3232)

SPAN 3232

The study of selected poems, plays, short fiction, and novels reflecting the clash between tradition and progress in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spain. CA 1.

3.00 credits
Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: SPAN 3178 or instructor consent.
Grading Basis: Graded

Spanish Communicative Grammar (SPAN 3242)

SPAN 3242

Prerequisites: SPAN 3178

This course focuses on Spanish language knowledge and language use. Curriculum includes grammar in context, linguistic awareness, and culture in relation to grammar. 

Film in Spain and Latin America (SPAN 3250)

SPAN 3250

Film language and genre in Spanish and Latin American cinema. Taught in English. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

3.00 credits
Prerequisites: None.
Grading Basis: Graded