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General Education courses offered in the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics at UIC in Spring 2020

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LCSL Spring 2020 Gen Ed Courses

General Education courses offered in the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics at UIC in Spring 2020

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Fall 2018 General Education Offerings


Roman Civilization

CL 101

What did a Roman eat for breakfast? How did he wear his toga? How accurate is the hit TV
series Spartacus? Everything you always wanted to know about ancient Rome but were
afraid to ask. This class incorporates history, literature, art, architecture, and archaeology to
create a complete picture of ancient Roman life.

General Education Credit for Understanding the Past

Instructor: Dr. Karen Ros ([email protected]) Meets: MWF 11:00-11:50

Introduction to Classical Literature

CL 102

Read the true Classics: great literature from ancient Greece and Rome. We will explore
important literary forms from Classical antiquity, including epic, tragedy, comedy, and
philosophy, as we follow the adventures of Odysseus and Aeneas, suffer along with tragic
heroes and heroines, laugh out loud at sexy Greek comedies, and relive the trial of Socrates.
Includes works by Homer, Virgil, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Plato.
All readings in English. Creative Arts & Past course.

General Education Credit for Creative Arts

Understanding the Past

Instructor: Dr. Karen Ros ([email protected]) Meets: MWF 1:00-1:50

Greek and Roman Comedy

Classics 252

Bawdy sexy drunken comedy from ancient Athens! Even tragedy gets into
the act. Then romance takes over, while in Rome rambunctious slaves sing
and dance their way into a rollicking Hollywood musical. The last act plays
out in England in a funny clever brilliant play by Oscar Wilde!

General Education Credit for Creative Arts
OR Understanding the Past

Instructor: Dr. John Vaio ([email protected]) Meets: TR 2:00-3:15

Greek Art and Archaeology


Experience "the Glory that was Greece!" Visit the Palace of King Minos, legendary home of
the bloodthirsty Minotaur. Tour the Parthenon, most perfect of all Greek temples. Explore
the range of Greek sculpture from the sublime works of the High Classical Period to the
surprising and sometimes brutal diversity of Hellenistic sculpture -- highlights include a beat-
up boxer, a grizzled granny tottering off to market, and a sexy Aphrodite who is more than a
match for a randy Pan. We will also examine Greek vases, which provide tantalizing glimpses
of daily life and the world of Greek myth. The course is a survey of ancient Greek art and
architecture in its historical and cultural context, from the Bronze Age through the
Hellenistic Period. 3 credit hours, no prerequisites.

General Education Credit for Creative Arts


Understanding the Past

Instructor: Dr. Karen Ros ([email protected]) Meets: MWF 10:00-10:50

Modern Greek Culture (GKM 105)

Instructor: Paris Papamichos Chronakis
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:45 pm
World Cultures Course

What lies behind the sun-bathed beaches of lush travel brochures? What is at stake when
you enjoy a gyros wrap? Now that Greece is catching the world’s attention, discover the rich
culture of a country burdened with a glorious past but facing a precarious future, a place
where civilizations meet but ‘Europe’ confronts ‘Asia.’ Through literature, images, films, mu-
seum visits, and food tasting, explore how Antiquity and Christianity shape Modern Greek
life; the paradoxes of being a Greek Muslim and a Greek Jew; the local impact of the global
refugee and financial crises; why the West imagines Greece as a country of ruins and a
country in ruins; and why dancing and drinking is such a serious business for a Greek.
Taught in English; no prior knowledge of Modern Greek history or literature is required.

GKM 285 / HIST 285
Cultural History of Modern Greece:
1453 to the Present

Why has a small nation been catching the world’s attention?
This course charts the social, political, and cultural history of Modern
Greece as it transitioned from a faraway province of a Muslim empire to
a full-fledged member of the world’s wealthiest club, the European Un-
ion. We will examine the entangled histories of the country’s Christians,
Muslims, and Jews and will explore such enduring phenomena as nation-
alism and genocide; democracy and authoritarianism; minorities and ref-
ugees; economic modernization and cultural resistance. In the past two
centuries Greece has been at the forefront of global transformations and
the course will place its history in a Mediterranean and European context
using written sources, images, fictional works, and films.
Past Course
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5 — 6:15 pm

(same as ARST 210 and AAST 210)
Fall 2018
TR 8:00-9:15
Dr. Jennifer Tobin
3 credit hours

(Fulfills Gen Ed requirements for Understanding the Past,
and Understanding the Creative Arts)

Tomb of Nebamum, Thebes, New Kingdom

In this course you will study the art, architecture, history and religion of Ancient Egypt, from its
origins in Predynastic times in the 4th millennium BCE through the end of the New Kingdom in
1000 BCE. You will learn what elements unified the nation and made it the foremost society in
antiquity, and what pressures ultimately destroyed it. In between you will study such topics as
how the pyramids were built, why Hatshepsut, a female pharaoh, dressed like a man, and what
really killed King Tut. You will read excerpts of Egyptian literature, both public and private, to
get a glimpse of what political pressures and personal emotions drove these people. The ultimate
goal of this class is to train you to think like an archaeologist - to use assessment tools to
understand how and why artifacts and architecture were created and what role they played in
Egyptian society. Ideally you will leave this course with a deep appreciation of the achievements
and challenges of the ancient Egyptians.

Classics/English 297: Studies in the Classical Tradition: “Antigone and
Her Afterlives”

Dr. Heidi Schlipphacke
Fall 2018

T/Th: 3:30-4:45

This course offers in-depth analysis of the figure of Antigone, the daughter/sister
of Oedipus in Greek mythology, who attempts to secure burial rites for her
brother who had been banished from the kingdom of Thebes. Antigone, as
represented by Sophocles and Euripides, is a passionate and politically engaged
character who is willing to break the city’s law with an eye to a higher “divine
law.” An early representative of female action, Antigone brings to light a variety
of modern concerns: the place of mourning in civil society, the limits of the law,
discourses of the “other,” structures of kinship, the political power of family, the
ethics of love, and the limitations of the state. Close analysis of works by
Sophocles and Euripides will be followed by discussion of some of Antigone’s
many modern “afterlives” (in seminal works by G.W. Hegel, Jacques Lacan, Jean
Cocteau, R.W. Fassbinder, and Judith Butler). A reluctant heroine in Greek
tragedy, Antigone remains a figure of fascination in a post-Enlightenment world
both as a representative of progress and as a figure outside of time.
Creative Arts and Past course.

In the Beginning

CST/RELS 295: Topics in Catholic Thought

Today, over a billion people identify as Catholic Christian. But two thousand years
ago, there were no Catholics. Rather, there was a Jewish healer and teacher named
Jesus who, upon his death, was worshipped as a divine being by followers that later
became known as Christians. It is this historical moment to which we turn in this
course. We will study the events, people, and movements that constitute the
beginnings of Catholicism, using as our main evidence early Christian texts such as
the New Testament.

Instructor: L. Dingeldein

Fall Semester 2018 TR 3:30-4:45pm

UIC, Fall 2018
RELS 255: Religious Diversity



Nearly two millennia ago, Jesus Christ founded a new religious movement that his followers helped spread
throughout the Roman Empire. Christianity eventually became one of the most well-known world religions,
but the exact reasons for its success remain obscure due to our great chronological remove from its
beginnings as well as our scarcity of evidence. In this class, we will attempt to gain greater insight into the
beginnings of Christianity by looking to see how new religious movements (NRMs)1 of the 20th and 21st
centuries have arisen and sustained themselves in the first several decades of their existence. By comparing
the reasons for the successes and failures of these NRMs to what we know about the early Christ movement,
we will arrive at a clearer understanding of the reasons for the spread of the early Christ movement.

Tues/Thurs 12:30-1:45pm Prof. Laura Dingeldein



FALL 2018 | M/W 3-4:15PM

Close readings of selected cantos from Dante's Divine Comedy will bring
into relief the history and culture of the Medieval Mediterranean world. We
will discuss various aspects of medieval culture, such as Medieval views
on women or the persistence of classical tradition, while learning about
Dante's idea of love and relationship to literary models as well as his
political views, philosophical thought and theology. While Dante's poetic
vision of the afterlife offers a panorama of the medieval world, many of the
issues confronting Dante and his age are important to individuals and
societies today: social justice, the relationship between church and state,
personal and civic responsibility, governmental accountability, literary and
artistic influences. No pre-requisites.


French 297
Fall 2018
Paris in Literature,
Film, and Culture
TR 12:30-1:45

“Paris is changing!” —Charles Baudelaire, “The Swan,” The Flowers

of Evil

From a prehistoric town on a little island to a modern metropolis on a major river,
Paris never stops challenging writers and artists: how to capture a city so
distinctively itself AND so drastically changing, so famously enlightened AND so
dangerously mysterious?

Taught in English.
Professor Miner
[email protected]

Come help look for answers!

LING 150: Introduction to the Study of
Language (Fall, 2018)

Instructor: Richard Cameron
Times: Tuesday/Thursday (8 - 9:15)
Gen Ed: Individual and Society

If chimpanzees can learn some sign language, why don=t they
get public speaking gigs? Language appears to be a uniquely
human trait, one not shared by any other species. Linguistics is
the scientific study of one trait which makes us human:
language. Specifically, linguistics is the study of language
structure and use. In this class, we will explore core areas of
study within linguistics. These will include the study of speech
sounds (Phonetics / Phonology), the ways words and
sentences are put together (Morphology / Syntax), and the
multiple ways that meaning may be explored within the
system of language (Semantics). With the methods learned
from these key areas of study, we will further study how
language is learned (Language Acquisition), and why in English
we say ARam can speak [email protected] yet in Hindi we say ARam
English speak [email protected] (Typology).


Ling 260: Language Acquisition, Language
Contact, and Bilingualism (Fall, 2018)
Instructor: Richard Cameron
Times: Tuesday/Thursday (12:30 to 1:45)
Gen Ed: Individual and Society and US Society course

How many languages are spoken natively in Chicago? In 1903, Carl
Darling Buck published “A Sketch of the Linguistic Conditions of Chicago.”
He began by saying “The linguistic conditions in some of our largest
American cities are unique in the history of the world –an unparalleled
Babel of foreign tongues.” Is this still true today? Questions: How do
bilingual communities become bilingual? Are all bilingual communities
alike? Who speaks what language to whom, when, where, and for what
purpose? How do bilinguals go about learning more than one language?
Does knowing two languages result in confusion for children in school? In
this class, we will look closely at how first and second languages are
learned. We will read about psychological and social factors that influence
language learning and language use. We will discuss such topics as the
bilingual brain, types of bilingual communities, code switching, the creation
of new languages from combinations of other languages, and issues how
to raise bilingual children in a society that favors being monolingual. Two
books plus some additional readings will be used.


LING160: Language and Society

(Gen Ed. credits; Linguistics Minor credits)
Tuesday & Thursday 8:00-9:15 AM, LH 304, FALL 2018

Language is a fundamental facet of human behavior and one of the essential tools through which we
live and navigate our social lives. We underestimate the power of language if we regard it simply
as individual expression and choice. Language is molded by and deeply embedded in social
structures. Understanding the social life of language leads to a more critical and creative life in
general. In this course,through reading, discussion and projects, you will become familiar with
topics in bilingualism and multilingualism and will better understand how language relates to
gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity, class; how language changes over time and across space
(accents and dialects); what "verbal hygiene" is and why we should care; what language ideology
is, how it is formed, how it contributes to attitudes, prejudice and inequality.


Instructor: Dr. Xuehua Xiang
[email protected]


FALL 2018
TR 12:30-1:45

Royal palaces, scheming tsars, manic writers, brooding philosophers,
elegant aristocrats, and and lavishly produced ballets are just some of the
topics we’ll cover in this course on Russian culture from its legendary
beginnings in the ninth century to the eve of the Communist revolu<on
that would transform the world.

The course assumes no prior knowledge of Russian language or literature.
All readings and class discussions are in English. Taught by Prof. McQuillen.

Diaspora , Exile , Genocide:

Aspects of the European Jewish
Experience in Literature and Film

GER 125 / JST 125 / REL 127

Through literature and film students will gain an understanding of important aspects of the
European Jewish experience before and after the Holocaust.
We will analyze and discuss texts and films about Jewish life in German and Yiddish-speaking
Central and Eastern Europe from the Enlightenment to the present to learn about cultural
interchange between Jews and non-Jews and between Jews from different countries; Jewish
cultural autonomy and Jewish nationalisms; migration, immigration, and exile; and racism,
anti-Semitism, persecution, and genocide.

Spring 2018 MWF 12-12:50 LH 120

General Education Credit for Past/World Cultures

Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Taught in English
Loentz No Prerequisites

[email protected]

German 217: FALL 2018


Dr. Heidi schlipphacke

T/Th: 12:30-1:45

4 credits

This course will provide an overview of one of the most

influential national cinemas in the world: beginning with the
celebrated films of Weimar Germany (1919-1933) and
including films made under the Nazis (1933-45), post-war
popular cinema (Heimatfilme), films of the critically
acclaimed New German Cinema of the 1970s, cinema made in socialist East German
after World War II, historical dramas, and art house and international favorites of the
contemporary period. We will consider the parameters of national cinema, asking to
what extent a nation’s films can be seen as a projection screen for cultural hopes and
anxieties. Along these lines, the specter of fascism and the Holocaust loom in post-war
German cinema along with the history of the division of Berlin and Germany from
1945-1989. We will likewise consider these films in the light of the limits of national
categorizations for cinema in a globalizing world. In addition to screening and analyzing
films, we will read a number of theoretical texts that will provide an aesthetic and
cultural frame for interpretation.

General Education credit for Creative Arts and World

Cultures. German majors and minors will write their papers
in German in consultation with the professor and the TA.

POL 140/THTR 140 – Polish Drama in Translation / Fall 2018 / TTh 2:00-3:15

Between Two Worlds:

Experimental Theater in Multilingual Poland

A Creative Arts & World Cultures Course

An introduction to classic and experimental works of Polish and
Yiddish drama, from Mickiewicz’s 19th century theater of the
“marvelous” to present-day memory work of the Borderlands youth
theather in Sejny, Poland. This course approaches the rich and
multilingual arena of theater in Poland as a space “Between Two
Worlds” – the real and the metaphysical, tradition and modernity,
politics and art. Topics discussed will include improvisation, oral
storytelling and prophetic speech; performance of Self and of Nation;
Theater of the Absurd; the mystery or miracle play; Witold
Gombrowicz’s concept of the Interhuman Church; the traditional
Jewish Purim play and its literary legacy, and Interwar Warsaw
cabaret. Our readings and film viewings include works by Romantic
poet Adam Mickiewicz, artist and dramatist of the Young Poland
movement Stanisław Wyspiański, modern Polish and Yiddish
playwrights Witold Gombrowicz ,Stanisław Witkiewicz, S. Ansky and
Aaron Zeitlin; “Purim-shpiler”; avant-garde theater director Tadeusz
Kantor, and the contemporary youth performers and community
storytellers of “Sejny Chronicles,” produced by the Borderlands

Tadeusz Kantor. “Panoramic Sea Happening,” 1967.

No prerequisites. All texts will be read in English translation,
with the option to read in the Polish or Yiddish original.

Instructor: Karen Underhill
POL 140/THTR 140 - Fall 2018
T/Th 2:00-3:15 – Lincoln 103
For more info contact: [email protected]


Lithuanian 130,  Fall 2018 

Introduction to Eastern European Literatures 

MW 8:00 - 9:15 am, LH 321   

This course traces the main developments of Eastern European literature during the twentieth-twenty first centuries in relation 
to  Western  literary  traditions.  We  will  focus  on  Soviet  literary  characteristics,  including  socialist  realist,  dissident,  Thaw, 
post-Soviet and postmodernist tendencies, as well as émigré literature. Students will be asked to read canonical literary works 
by  Polish  and  Russian  writers,  with  a  major  focus on Lithuanian literature. Questions such as art and ideology, censorship, 
Aesopian  language,  innovative  literary  techniques,  perception  of  postmodernism  will  be  addressed  either  in  a  comparative 
perspective or by focusing on the literature of one country in its cultural and historical context. 


All texts will be in English translation. 


Creative Arts and World Cultures Course 

Lithuanian Culture: LITH 115

Fall 2018

General education / World cultures course
TR 9:30–10:45 am Burnham Hall 309

Poster by a student of Lithuanian Culture class Dominika Klapacz

Lith 115 course offers a diversity of insights over the cultural landscape
of Lithuania: language, mythology, literature, film, architecture, art,
geography, population, emigration, history, resistance, and identity.

Every semester guest speakers come to address our class: scholars,
writers, folklorists, musicians, film directors, ambassadors, even a

president of the Republic of Lithuania. We read, watch, and discuss.
We meet people, visit Lithuanian places in Chicago, and take part in a
field trip to the former Chicago Stockyards as described in notorious
Upton Sinclair’s novel “The Jungle” that features Lithuanian emigrants.

And all our class materials are available online at no cost.

Register now! Prof. Giedrius Subačius

Spanish 210



M-W-F 1pm-1:50pm
T—R 2pm-3:15pm
M-W 3pm-4:15pm

Spanish 230



T—R 2pm-3:15pm

Other General Education Courses Offered Through
the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics

Classics/Religious Studies 208: Greek Mythology
Day/Time: MWF 2:00-2:50
Instructor: Ourania Marinatos
General Education Category: Individual and Society & Understanding the Past

Jewish Studies/Religious Studies 102: Introduction to Jewish History
Day/Time: TR 11:00-12:14
Instructor: TBA
General Education Category: Individual and Society & Understanding the Past

Archeological Studies/African American Studies/Art History 210: The Art and Archeology of Ancient Egypt
Day/Time: TR 8:00-9:15
Instructor: Jennifer Tobin
General Education Category: Creative Arts & Understanding the Past

Russian 120: The Russian Short Story in Translation
Day/Time: MWF 2:00-2:50
Instructor: TBA
General Education Category: Creative Arts & Exploring World Cultures

Russian 241: Dostoyevsky
Day/Time: MWF 3:00-3:50
Instructor: Irina Ruvinsky
General Education Category: Creative Arts

Arabic 230: Arabic Literature in Translation
Day/Time: TR 12:30-1:45
Instructor: Mustapha Kamal
General Education Category: Exploring World Cultures

Korean 130: Understanding Korean History, Culture and Society through Contemporary Korean Films
Day/Time: TR 11:00-12:15
Instructor: Hanae Kim
General Education Category: Exploring World Cultures

Religious Studies 250: Eastern and Western Philosophies of Religion
Day/Time: MW 4:30-5:45
Instructor: TBA
General Education Category: Exploring World Cultures

SPANISH 210 Introduction to the Formal
Analysis of Hispanic Texts.
In this course we will study literary texts
from renowned authors such as Jorge Luis 3 Hours
Borges, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Julio
Cortázar, Gabriel García Márquez, Lope de
Vega, Federico García Lorca and others to
examine, critique, and analyze their
treatment of universal themes and their
relevance in todays’ global world.

Did you know that there
are 11 Nobel winners in
Literature from Spanish

speaking countries?

Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in Span 202; and Credit or
concurrent registration in Span 203 or Credit or concurrent registration
in Span 204 and completion of the university writing requirement.
Creative Arts course, and World Cultures course.

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