Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC)
Spring 2021 LAC stand-alone, one-hour courses
ARAB 308: Arabic LAC: Media Perspectives on the Iraq War
Prerequisite: Completion of Arabic 204 or its equivalent. This course is a one-hour per week Arabic recitation discussing global media perspectives on the Iraq War.
SPAN 308: Spanish LAC: The Influence of Islamic Culture on Spanish Architecture
Prerequiste: Spanish 204 or equivalent. In this one-hour, stand-alone discussion course conducted in Spanish, we will study different types of buildings—baths, mosques, fortifications, and palaces—with examples of each, including masterpieces such as the Alcázar of Seville, the Alhambra, and the Great Mosque of Córdoba; along with other examples; with the idea of observing how Islamic influences persist in Spain´s architecture to modern times, with the inclusion of the Arabic language’s influence on vocabulary used to describe architectural features.
SWAH 408: Swahili LAC: Contemporary Health Issues in Africa
Prerequisite: Completion of SWAH 403 or permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. This one-hour, stand-alone course will enhance your conversational skills in Swahili, while exploring the East African Community and its rich diversity.
CHIN 308: Chinese LAC
Prerequisite: Completion of CHIN 212 or CHIN 305. This is a Chinese-language one credit weekly seminar offered in conjunction with Chinese content courses taught in English. Students will use the target language (Chinese) to study and discuss topics broadly related to modern China’s society. Not intended for native Chinese speakers.
FREN 308: French LAC: Religions in France and the Francophone World
Prerequiste: FREN 204, 402 or permission of the instructor. This stand-alone, one-hour course is taught entirely in French and will explore various topics related to religion in France and the Francophone world today and in the past. We will talk about Roman religions, Celts, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Reformation, secularism, contemporary debates, colonialism and religion, immigration, and more.
PORT 408: Portuguese LAC: Capoeira
Prerequistes: PORT 204, 402, or permission of the instructor. This highly Interdisciplinary and stand-alone one-hour LAC discussion session, examines the history, development and discourse of African diaspora, Brazilian culture and the Afro-Brazilian folklore through the lenses of the art of Capoeira. Discussion sessions will be lead in the Brazilian Portuguese language and will focus on the interpretation of the rich oral and written history embedded on songs, litany, documentaries and interviews related to capoeira.
About LAC at UNC-CH
UNC-CH’s LAC Program offers students the opportunity to use world languages in a variety of courses outside the language and literature curricula.
The program aims to promote a better understanding of world regions while demonstrating the relevance of practical language skills across the disciplines.
Successful completion of a LAC course option will improve students’ ability to:
- Communicate in the target language about course topics;
- Describe how course topics relate to world regions that speak the target language;
- Explain course topics from the perspective(s) of individuals who use the target language;
- Use the target language to conduct course research.
There are several types of LAC courses:
LAC Recitation Sections are weekly 50-minute group discussions in the target language offered for lecture courses that require a recitation section. LAC recitation sections function like normal recitations except that selected readings and assignments are completed in the target language. Students who participate in a LAC recitation receive one additional graded hour of language credit by enrolling in the corresponding LAC language course (ARAB 308, FREN 308, GERM 389, ITAL 308, PORT 408, SPAN 308, or SWAH 408) in addition to main course’s corresponding LAC recitation section.
Supplementary LAC Discussion Sections are weekly 50-minute group discussions in the target language linked to courses that do not normally require a recitation section. Supplementary LAC sections enable students to complete short readings and assignments related to the linked course in the target language. Students who participate in a supplementary LAC section receive one graded hour of language credit by enrolling in the LAC language course (ARAB 308, CHIN 508, FREN 308, GERM 388 or 389, ITAL 308, PORT 408, SPAN 308, or SWAH 408).
Combined LAC Discussion Sections are weekly 50-minute group discussions in the target language. These are linked to two or more related courses offered during the same semester. Students complete short readings and assignments in the target language on interdisciplinary themes or issues common to the linked courses. Students who participate in a combined LAC discussion section receive one graded hour of language credit by enrolling in a LAC language course (ARAB 308, CHIN, 508, FREN 308, GERM 388 or 389, ITAL 308, PORT 408, SPAN 308, or SWAH 408).
Stand-Alone LAC Discussion Sessions are weekly 50-minute group discussions in the target language. These are not linked to any other course, and so the content is determined by the LAC instructor. Students complete short readings and assignments in the target language on interdisciplinary themes or issues These course may have varying thematic focus. Students who participate in a stand-alone LAC discussion section receive one graded hour of language credit by enrolling in a LAC language course (ARAB 308, FREN 308, GERM 389, ITAL 308, PORT 408, SPAN 308, or SWAH 408).
LAC Seminars are stand-alone three-credit courses taught entirely in the target language. Course identifiers may vary, so consult the present semester’s publicity or contact the LAC coordinator for current offerings.
LAC Research Components offer students the opportunity to complete course projects or papers in the target language, with assistance provided by a faculty member or graduate student. Students do not receive extra course credit, but are given a certificate of completion. Contact the LAC coordinator for current opportunities.
Teaching Associate Professor Michelle Gravatt currently serves as the point of contact for LAC courses. Please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the LAC program, to set up an appointment, learn about LAC teaching opportunities, or ask questions about what LAC courses are being offered and how to register. Please check this web page for updates.
Administration and Support
Administratively housed in the Center for Global Initiatives, UNC-CH’s Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) program receives support from the College of Arts and Sciences as well as from six campus Title VI centers:
The LAC Program supports the University’s core values encouraging diversity and equal educational and employment opportunities throughout the University community. These values are articulated in the University’s non-discrimination policy and by the office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.