Critical Pedagogy of Hip Hop

This course examines the role of critical pedagogy in developing learning environments that engage and empower youth. Emphasis is placed on the context of Hip Hop as a foundation for instructional decision-making and social justice advocacy/activism. Students will explore the historical and socio-cultural aspects of education initiatives, teaching and learning strategies, federal and state mandates and educational policy issues that contribute to marginalization.

Issues in Chinese Language and Society II

Materials from public media used to analyze diverse social phenomena and cultural issues in contemporary China. Major focus on developing literary reading and writing skills along with learning methods of writing academic Chinese essays on a wide range of complex topics. Topics include popular culture, food, marriage outlooks, Cultural Revolution, Confucianism, and social issues after the economic reform in China. Analysis of cultural and literary texts from variety of media and genres providing a basis for practice in discussion and writing.

Classical Chinese in the Modern Context I

Introduction to Classical Chinese for the basic reader. Historical background of essential texts in the ancient period, covering classical literature, philosophy, and history. Focus on grammar, systematic sentence analysis, and distinctive functions of grammatical particles. A gateway to advanced literary reading and writing (shu-mian-yu). Enhancement of knowledge of classical literature, philosophy, and history. Recommend consultation with instructor before enrolling in course. Prerequisite: Chinese 333 or Chinese 407S.

Advanced Chinese: Heritage Leaners

Continuation of Chinese 232, Literacy in Chinese. Designed for Chinese as a second language. Practice in formal and informal speech and discourse in speaking and writing. Content drawn from newspaper articles, essays, TV and radio broadcasts concerning social and cultural issues in contemporary China. Develops fluency and skills in writing expository essays and short stories (narrative) while continuing to advance understanding of heritage culture and aural/oral proficiency. Prerequisite: Chinese 232 or equivalent proficiency.

Refugee Lives: Violence, Culture and Identity

Course Description:

This course examines the reasons for and outcomes of Arab refugee movements since WWII. How can people cope in an environment where they are cut off from everything familiar? What is the difference between a refugee, and internally displaced person and a migrant, between assimilation and integration? Art, literature and film will be considered as key texts for examining the ongoing experiences of refugees.

Advanced Chinese II

Continuation of Chinese 305. Designed for Chinese as a foreign/second language. Builds knowledge of more sophisticated linguistic forms and learning to differentiate between different types of written and spoken discourse. Development of writing skills in selected formats and genres while continuing to develop correct use of speech patterns and vocabulary and cross-cultural understanding. Content drawn from newspaper articles, essays, and other readings concerning social and cultural issues in contemporary Chinese society. Prerequisite: Chinese 305 or equivalent.

The Great American Musical

Broad-based examination of 20th-century musicals from origins in minstrel shows, to the evolution of the book musical comedies of the golden age of Broadway, to Hollywood movie musicals, and contemporary re-invention today. Lectures, screenings, and discussions will explore the musical from perspectives on its history, its fundamental generic characteristics, and its emphasis on assimilating ethnic, philosophic and religious differences into a community.