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The Glories of France 2017

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ANTH 3750

Food and Culture in Europe

Class Instructor: Ann Kos Edwards

Class Description:

CATALOG DESCRIPTION – Examination of human diet and nutrition from an evolutionary and ecological perspective and the sociocultural and biological dimensions of food practices. Topics include the social roles of food: why we eat what we eat and with whom. Also discussed are food taboos and beliefs, food getting and preparation, changing food habits, contemporary problems of food production and malnutrition, and the effect of cultural and environmental influences on nutrient intake.

PROFESSOR’S ADDENDUM- This course will try to answer such basic questions as: who eats what, why, when, how and with whom? Since Europe is a vast region of fascinating contrasts in terms of dietary and culinary customs, we shall explore the ways in which food reflects and is integrated in the everyday lives of the French people. We will take advantage of being (and eating) in a foreign culture by getting students out of the classroom and into the field to explore food and culture. The class will visit places that are associated with preparing and consuming foods, including museums, food markets, and restaurants. We will experience the gourmet walking tours and wine tours for which Montpelier is famous. We will become familiar with the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet. This course includes a weekend field trip to Paris, a major European center for art, fashion, food, and culture. While in Paris, we will do as the Parisians do – explore local dishes, as well as a vibrant mix of international cuisines.

Required book (s):

TBA

 

BIO 1063

Contemporary Biology

Class Instructor: Joseph L Dew

Class Description:

CATALOG DESCRIPTION – This introductory college biology course is designed to teach non-science majors about the principles of evolution, ecology, and the impacts of man on the environment. Topics include the evolution of plants and animals (including humans), aspects of animal (and human) behavior, plus the effects of pollution, deforestation, erosion, and climate change.

PROFESSOR’S ADDENDUM- This course fulfils the science requirement for many liberal arts majors. Our location between the Mediterranean Sea and the Alps will allow up-close experiences in “wild Europe” with the many animals, plants, and other species that inhabit these diverse landscapes. Europe is a center for environmentally friendly agriculture, design, and policy, and we will take trips into the field to experience and taste examples of sustainability in action.

Required book (s):

TBA

 

BIO 2663

Intro to Environmental Biology

Class Instructor: Joseph L Dew

Class Description:

CATALOG DESCRIPTION – This course examines the relationships between basic biological principles and current environmental problems. With in-class discussions we will study the impacts of population growth, resource utilization, and waste disposal on natural environments and biological diversity. Together we will explore the ecological, economic, and genetic reasons for conserving natural resources and biological diversity.

PROFESSOR’S ADDENDUM- Europe’s celebrated record of environmental responsibility will provide hands-on experiences in conservation leadership. Our location in the heart of Southern Europe will let us explore various coastal habitats that sustain an amazing diversity of wildlife, while also allowing up-close experiences in the fields of farm-to-table organic foods and sustainably-harvested seafood.

Required book (s):

TBA

 

FREN 1001

Basic French I

Class Instructor: TBA

Class Description:


CATALOG DESCRIPTION – The first in a sequence of courses developing all four language skills: speaking, understanding, writing and reading. Audio-visual items will be used to enhance the process of language acquisition.

PROFESSOR'S ADDENDUM -The first in a sequence of courses developing all four language skills: speaking, understanding, writing and reading. Audio-visual items will be used to enhance the process of language acquisition.

 

Required book (s):

Vis-à-vis: Beginning French (Student Edition) 6th edition by Evelyne Amon and Judith Muyskens and Alice C. Omaggio Hadley

  • ISBN 10: 0073386472

  • ISBN 13: 9780073386478

 



 

FREN 1002

Basic French II

Class Instructor: TBA

Class Description:


CATALOG DESCRIPTION – Prerequisite: FREN 1001 or consent of department. A continuation of FREN 1001.

PROFESSOR'S ADDENDUM-Prerequisite: FREN 1001 or consent of department. A continuation of FREN 1001.

Required book (s):

Vis-à-vis: Beginning French (Student Edition) 6th edition by Evelyne Amon and Judith Muyskens and Alice C. Omaggio Hadley

  • ISBN 10: 0073386472

  • ISBN 13: 9780073386478



 

FREN 2001

Intermediate French I

Class Instructor: TBA

Class Description:


CATALOG DESCRIPTION – Prerequisite: FREN 1002 or consent of department. Continuation of the development of all four language skills: speaking, understanding, writing, and reading with special emphasis on the last skill. Audio-visual items will be used to enhance the process of language acquisition.

PROFESSOR'S ADDENDUM - Prerequisite: FREN 1002 or consent of department. Continuation of the development of all four language skills: speaking, understanding, writing, and reading with special emphasis on the last skill.

Required book (s):
TBA

 

FREN 2002

Intermediate French II

Class Instructor: TBA

Class Description:


CATALOG DESCRIPTION – Prerequisite: FREN 2001 or consent of department. Readings and exercises in French. Increased emphasis on the development of advanced reading and translation skills.

PROFESSOR'S ADDENDUM- Prerequisite: FREN 2001 or consent of department. Readings and exercises in French. Emphasis on the development of advanced reading and translation skills.

Required book (s):
TBA

 

FREN 3090

Advanced Practical French

Class Instructor: TBA

Class Description:


CATALOG DESCRIPTION – Prerequisite: completion of 12 hours of beginning and intermediate level of the four-skill French sequence FREN 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002, or equivalent credit. Intensive instruction in the French language taught in France or in a French-speaking country and open only to students in the UNO-Montpellier Summer School or similar programs. Particular emphasis is placed on oral proficiency, socio-linguistic competence, and cultural awareness.

PROFESSOR'S ADDENDUM- This course offers intensive instruction in the French language, through the use of Montpellier itself as the textbook. Students will read and discuss a pre-prepared packet of cultural readings and will complete a series of practical tasks in the city, (such as getting information at the tourist bureau, going to the grocery, buying public transportation tickets, and interviewing people). Students will also complete brief assignments during excursions outside the city. Particular emphasis will be placed on oral proficiency, socio-linguistic competence, and cultural awareness. The class will be conducted in French.

Required book (s): TBA

 

 

FREN 3403

French Literature: Fables et contes de fees

Class Instructor: TBA

Class Description:


CATALOG DESCRIPTION- Prerequisite: FREN 2002 or consent of department.  A course of introduction to French civilization designed for the "Glories of France" program run by UNO in Montpellier, France during summers.  Topics may vary from semester to semester, but they will invariably incorporate some literature of the French South and/or works that deal with the image of the South in French literature.  Classes conducted in English.  May be repeated once for credit.

PROFESSOR'S ADDENDUM- Fables and fairy tales exist in almost every culture and have long served as a source of both entertainment and instruction to children and adults. In this course studens will read selected library fables and fairy tales written in 17th century France. We will explore the historical and cultural context in which these texts were written, their form and styles, their main themes and significant critical approaches to the study of these texts. We will also examine the role these tales and fables continue to play in contemporary French culture and compare and contrast them to their American counterparts.

Required texts:

TBA

 

HIST 2991

French Culture in Film

Class Instructor: Dr. Mark Kuss

Class Description:


CATALOG DESCRIPTION –
Prerequisite: consent of department. Topic may vary from semester to semester. The course may be repeated once for credit.

PROFESSOR’S ADDENDUM- Topic for the Glories of France-The Development of Western Cinema-A Historian’s Perspective-French Culture in Film. What is France? What is French Culture? How is French Culture represented in Film? These will be the central questions of this course. We will view and analyze French films centering on aspects of French Culture. The presentations will consist of classical and contemporary productions in order to discuss the changing nature of culture and social norms.

Pertinent field trips will be scheduled on site.

(Available to Graduate Students)

 

 

 

 

HIST 4330

The French Revolution and Napoleon

Class Instructor: Dr. Mark Kuss

Class Description:


CATALOG DESCRIPTION- La révolution française en France! What a fantastic location in which to study and immerse ourselves in this pivotal period in European history. Beginning with an analysis of the state of European and French affairs in the early 18th century, we will progress to the outbreak of revolution in 1789 and the spread of the ideas of liberty, equality and fraternity. The Paris weekend will be a living reflection of the revolution and Napoleonic periods as we visit important sites and discuss their relevance. Montpellier will be our laboratory for the study of the revolution in the south of France and Napoleon's policies. Pertinent field trips will be scheduled on site.

Pertinent field trips will be scheduled in Montpellier and in Paris.

Required Text:

Rafe Blaufarb-Napoleon: Symbol for an Age-Bedford-St. Martin’s-ISBN: 0-312-43110-4

Owen Connelly-The French Revolution and Napoleonic Era-3rd Edition-Harcourt Brace-ISBN: 0-15-507866-6

 

 

HRT 4319

Wines of the World

Class Instructor: Harsha E. Chacko

Class Description:


CATALOG DESCRIPTION-An in-depth study of wine from vine to table and its role in the hospitality industry. The course will cover the wine regions of the world including, history, geography, climate, vineyards, producers, and styles of wine produced in each region. Topics include viticulture, enology, and grape varieties of world wine regions including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, and the United States, among others.

PROFESSOR’S ADDENDUM-This course will provide students the opportunity to learn the basics of the wines of the world but will naturally specialize in the wines of France including Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace, and Cotes du Rhone among others. Field trips to the nearby wine regions of Southern France will also be organized. This course can be used as a Business Elective.

Book required for the course:

Wine Wise Authors: Kolpan, S; Smith, B., and Weiss, M.

 

 

 

 

HUMS 2090

The Regions of France

Class Instructor: TBA

Class Description:

CATALOG DESCRIPTION-An examination of selected topics in the Humanities drawn from contemporary issues in fields including but not limited to the arts, culture, economics, and politics as they relate to the human condition. Lectures and/or discussions featuring local experts in the area of study.

PROFESSOR’S ADDENDUM- This course introduces students to the regional diversity of France and life beyond the capital. We will discover various regions of France (both metropolitan and overseas), considering their history, traditions, cuisine, language, geography, climate and art. We will also explore regional issues of socio-economics, politics and identity with the goal of providing students with a rich and varied understanding of French culture(s). Of particular interest will be the reaction to the December 2014 decision of the French Parliament to reduce the number of regions in metropolitan France from 22 to 13, effective January 2016. Each student will become the “resident expert” of one region and will do a final presentation highlighting its uniqueness. During class time students will be expected to actively participate in small group activities and as a whole class. Attendance, participation, and individual preparation outside of class are essential for success.


Texts:
We will be reading a variety of on-line articles and excerpts from the following books:

Drake, Helen. Contemporary France. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Nadeau, Jean-Benoît and Julie Barlow. Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, Inc, 2003.

Northcutt, Wayne, and Inc NetLibrary. The Regions of France: A Reference Guide to History and Culture. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1996.

You will be able to access the texts we will be reading this term on Blackboard Learn. For class discussions, you will need to bring copies of the texts we will be discussing to class. You may choose to print them or download them to an eReader, tablet or laptop.

 

 

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