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RESC 098 09 CRN: 15903
How We do Things with Words
Prof. Katherine Faull, Comparative Humanities/Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

Fulfills the Following Requirements:
Engineering Humanities, Writing Level 1

This seminar explores the relationship between language and culture in both English and other cultures. A knowledge of a language is not only a skill and an instrument for communicating thought and information, but language itself is an essential part of our thought processes, perceptions and self-expression. The seminar will explore how language is a complex phenomenon that brings us together with other humans in global societies. For example, to what extent does our language affect the way we live in the world? How does the way we describe our world with language affect the ways we perceive, think, and act? Do speakers of different languages have different perceptions of the world? How do the figures of speech and the types of sentences we use affect the assumptions we have about fundamental concepts of living in a cultural and linguistic community? What makes a promise something we should keep? What makes the words "I do" different from the words "I think"? Can we rely on language to say what we mean? Through this foundation seminar students will investigate and discuss these central issues of language, discourse and culture as we grapple with the question of how we do things with words.


RESC 098 22 CRN: 17186
Border Crossings
Prof. Collin McKinney, Spanish

Fulfills the Following Requirements:
Writing Level 1

We are fascinated by travel. We study it, relate stories about it, listen to music about it, and as a nation we pay millions of dollars every year to do it. And while nearly all of us travel from time to time, the reasons for doing so, like the outcomes, vary greatly. Some travel out of necessity (immigration), some for work, others for pleasure, while some travel to discover something about themselves or others. This course will explore the topic of international travel, with an emphasis on travel that involves crossing borders, including borders that may be geographic, cultural, or social. When our travels require us to cross borders interesting things become possible: identities become relative, long-held beliefs come unhinged, and, to paraphrase Marcel Proust, we learn to see with new eyes. Our readings and class discussions will approach the topic of travel from different vantage points: historical, autobiographical, literary, and political, to name a few. These multiple viewpoints will be complemented by the variety of texts to be studied, which will differ in genre-poetry, fiction, travel literature, historical documents, social commentary and academic research.


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