Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC)
Fall 2022 LAC one-hour courses
ARAB 308.001. The Language of Refugeeism
This is a stand-alone, one-hour per week course taught in Arabic discussing global refugeeism. No co-registration.
Mondays, 2:30pm – 3:20pm.
Prerequisite: Completion of Arabic 204, its equivalent, or permission of the instructor. Duke students, native or heritage learners, and students not enrolled in any other Arabic courses are welcome to enroll. Please send any questions or request for additional information to the Arabic LAC instructor, Bud Kauffman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
PORT 408.001. Portuguese LAC: Brazil and Beyond: Resistance through Film, Music, Dance, and Virtual Activism
This is a stand-alone, one-hour LAC discussion course taught In Portuguese. No co-registration. We will study the importance of Black identity in the modern African Diaspora, emphasizing Brazil, Portugal, and Germany through film, music, dance, and virtual activism. Most of the works to be analyzed in this course are produced by Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Portuguese, and Afro-German filmmakers and artists. We will learn how they communicate culture through dance, capoeira (martial-art and dance), music (samba and hip-pop) and candomblé (Afro-Brazil religion). This one-credit course can be taken in conjunction with the 1-credit series for students interested in 3-credits in Portuguese.
Day/time: Wednesdays, 10:10am-11:00am
Prerequiste: Portuguese 204, its equivalent, or permission of the instructor. No co-registration. Please email insructor with questions (email@example.com).
GSLL 489.001 Russian LAC: Russia Today: Headlines and Beyond
This is a stand-alone, one-credit hour class that aims to develop and facilitate conversational skills in Russian language in the context of the current political, economic, and cultural climate. Knowledge of Russian at the upper-intermediate level required. Fall 2022 will focus on current events in and around Russia, with significant attention paid to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its consequences.
Readings and class discussion in Russian.
Prerequisite, RUSS 204; permission of instructor for students lacking the prerequisite.
Day/Time: Wednesdays 4:40-5:30.
SPAN 308.001. Spanish LAC: Sociocultural Influences on Mental Health in Hispanic Countries
Monica M. Gaudier-Diaz
This is a stand-alone, one-hour LAC course taught in Spanish. No co-registration. Mental health, which encompasses emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing, is a growing health concern. As rates of mental illness have increased worldwide, it has been recognized that sociocultural factors significantly contribute to mental health risk and outcome. In this course, we will explore how historical sociopolitical events have influenced mental health in Hispanic countries, including Spain, Cuba, Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico, among others. Further, we will discuss how rates of poverty, drugs, and abductions, have impacted mental health in these Spanish speaking countries.
Prerequiste: SPAN 204, equivalent, or permission of the instructor. Native speakers welcome. Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions about the course.
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 email@example.com 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:
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.