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Fall 2021 LAC one-hour courses

    • ARAB 308.001: Arabic LAC: The Language of Refugeeism

      Bud Kauffman

Prerequisite: Completion of Arabic 204 or its equivalent. This course is a one-hour, stand-alone discussion course in which students will approach authentic materials in Arabic to explore factors leading to, and resulting from, refugeeism and internal displacement. We will examine modern refugeeism as a global humanitarian crisis impacting both the people fleeing war, famine, or persecution, as well as the countries struggling to provide appropriate support. Areas covered include the Middle East, Southeast Asia, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Europe.  No co-registration.

SPAN 308.001: Spanish LAC: Let’s Talk about Food: Cultural Identity in Spain

Cristina Carrasco

Prerequiste: Spanish 204, or 402, or equivalent, or permission of the instructor. This one-hour, stand-alone discussion course in Spanish explores the culinary traditions of Spain and how they are shaped by geography, religion, demographics, and sustainability.  No co-registration.

    • SPAN 308.002: Spanish LAC recitation tied to GLBL 210.001

      Santiago Giron Gesteira

      This one-hour recitation course is combined with GLBL 210.001. Co-registration with GLBL 210.001 is required.  Students will use their Spanish-language skills to read, listen, write, and speak about topics from the Global Issues course. Students will explore course topics from diverse perspectives, with complementary readings in Spanish, representing Europe and Latin America. Native and non-native speakers are encouraged to enroll. Two years of language courses preferred (SPAN 204) or permission of the instructor.

    • GSLL 489.001:  Russian LAC: Travels Across the Russian Speaking World

Meredith Doubleday

Looking to improve your Russian conversation skills?  Ready to explore different regions of the Russian Federation and Russian-speaking communities around the world? Sign up for this stand-alone, one-credit-hour discussion course conducted entirely in Russian!  Prerequisite, RUSS 204; permission of instructor for students lacking the prerequisit. No co-registration.

    • PORT 408.001: Portuguese LAC: Portuguese Empire

Richard Vernon

Prerequistes: PORT 204, or 402, or permission of the instructor.  This stand-alone one-hour LAC discussion session in Portuguese examines the history, literary works and historical documents from the era of the discoveries through the 2ist century. Students will be able to approach an understanding of the myriad of ideas and approaches to concepts of difference, otherness, and race—both official and otherwise—found throughout the Portuguese empire. No co-registration.

    • FREN 308.001: French LAC:  Speaking of Sustainability – South of France “Art de Vivre” and Public Policy at Work for a Sustainability Agenda

Carol Huber

In this one-credit Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) course students will use their French-language skills to speak, listen, read, and write about sustainability initiatives in southern France. The Mediterranean city of Montpellier is pursuing an ambitious public policy agenda of sustainable initiatives in food production and distribution, clean energy transportation and the circular economy. Students will examine how cultural attitudes representative of the Mediterranean “art de vivre” reinforce these initiatives.

Thursdays 9:30-10:20am on Zoom, remote synchronous from Montpellier, France.  1 credit hour, 1 session 50 minutes per week  This 50-minute LAC discussion session can be taken stand-alone or as a complement to FREN 186 Food for Thought: The Culture of Cuisine in Modern France.

Prerequisite: FREN 102, or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor, Prof. Carol Huber, Resident Program Director of UNC in Montpellier:  hubermpl@gmail.com

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:

      1. Communicate in the target language about course topics;
      2. Describe how course topics relate to world regions that speak the target language;
      3. Explain course topics from the perspective(s) of individuals who use the target language;
      4. 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 gravatt@email.unc.edu 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

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:

Diversity

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.