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GLS 210 - International Year Seminar

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: General
The International Year Seminar is a team-taught, interdisciplinary course focusing on the designated country and includes a survey of many of the elements of culture: history, politics, economics and ethnicities, as well as the products of that culture including language, art, architecture, literature, film, performing arts, cuisine and music. This course is repeatable up to 6 credits.
Prerequisite: A 3.5 GPA or higher, with a minimum of 12 hours or instructor approval
Competencies
  1. Examine the history of the designated country.
    1. Define the major themes of the country’s history.
    2. Analyze major events and their importance in the evolution of the country’s history.
    3. Compare and contrast our own history with that of the target country.
  2. Analyze the basic features of the physical and cultural geography in this country’s study.
    1. Specify basic physical features.
    2. Define the most important features in the cultural geography.
    3. Analyze the elements of the political geography.
  3. Analyze the elements of the music of the designated country.
    1. Study how music fits into the culture.
    2. Determine the elements of folk and contemporary music.
    3. Learn the major sources and roots of the music.
    4. Discuss who are the major persons involved in the creation, performance, and promotion of music.
  4. Understand the visual arts in relation to history and cultures.
    1. Differentiate among a variety of historical and cultural contexts in terms of characteristics and purposes of works of art.
    2. Describe the function and explore the meaning of specific art objects within varied cultures, times, and places.
    3. Analyze common characteristics of visual arts evident across time and among cultural/ethnic groups to formulate analysis, evaluations and interpretations of meanings.
  5. Develop a general understanding of the literature in the designated country.
    1. Acknowledge the importance of poetry, fiction and drama.
    2. Acknowledge the importance of other literary forms with representative examples.
  6. Develop a general understanding for film in the designated country’s culture.
    1. Note the key characteristics of the designated country’s films.
    2. Compare and contrast this country’s films to those produced in Hollywood.
    3. Explain narrative film’s elements borrowed from literature, drama, music, and the visual arts.
  7. Examine the major religions of the designated country.
    1. Discuss the role of religion in the county past and present.
    2. Compare and contrast significance of religion with our country.
  8. Examine the culinary practices of the designated country.
    1. Note the major categories of food production.
    2. Discuss representative food preparations.
    3. Discuss how food reflects culture.
  9. Analyze general cultural practices of the designated country in terms of Anthropology and Sociology.
    1. Note the early human history and its modern connections and consequences.
    2. Discuss group behavior in the past and how it is reflected in the present society.
    3. Examine how architecture reflects culture.



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