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Cultural Diversity Requirement

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Courses Fulfilling the Cultural Diversity Requirement Fall 2017:

ENGL2470 Black and Popular: Speculative Fictions by Black Writers (Fall:3.0)

Cross Listed with: AADS2470
Satisfies core requirement for: Cultural Diversity. 

This course asks: what do discussions of contemporary social issues look like when depicted in popular literatures written by writers of African descent? What is the benefit of fictionalizing these issues in genre literatures? Students address these questions by examining the forms of "speculative fictions" (specifically thriller, science fiction/fantasy, and mystery/detective) as well as urban romance to determine how each represents concerns of 20th/21st century black peoples in the US, Canada, Jamaica, and Martinique. Our focus on these genres' explorations of race, class, culture, incest, social engineering, and intimate relationships is complemented by socio-historical studies of these issues and countries.

Rhonda Frederick

ENGL2470 Black and Popular: Speculative Fictions by Black Writers (Fall:3.0)
Cross Listed with: AADS2470
Satisfies core requirement for: Cultural Diversity. 
This course asks: what do discussions of contemporary social issues look like when depicted in popular literatures written by writers of African descent? What is the benefit of fictionalizing these issues in genre literatures? Students address these questions by examining the forms of "speculative fictions" (specifically thriller, science fiction/fantasy, and mystery/detective) as well as urban romance to determine how each represents concerns of 20th/21st century black peoples in the US, Canada, Jamaica, and Martinique. Our focus on these genres' explorations of race, class, culture, incest, social engineering, and intimate relationships is complemented by socio-historical studies of these issues and countries.
Rhonda Frederick

ENGL3383 Asian American Film (Fall:3.0)

Cross Listed with: FILM3388
This course satisfies the Cultural Diversity requirement.

Focuses on films made by and about Asian Americans, exploring them as an art form and a medium for exploring Asian American experiences and identities. Topics include racial and gender stereotypes, the rise of Asian American cinema as part of a social and political movement, the relationship between history and memory, and sexual identity. We will watch Hollywood films, independent films, documentaries, and shorts. Films may include: Joy Luck Club, Who Killed Vincent Chin?, Chan is Missing, and Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle. Requires one film screening per week outside of class time and weekly reading.

Christina Klein

UNCP5544 Capstone: Vision Quest: A Multicultural Approach (Fall:3.0)

Cross Listed with: ENGL4637
Satisfies core requirement for: Cultural Diversity. 

You can take a Capstone class only as a senior or second-semester junior. Capstone classes may not be taken Pass/Fail. You may take only one Capstone class before graduation.

You can take a Capstone class only as a senior or second-semester junior. Capstone classes may not be taken Pass/Fail. You may take only one Capstone class before graduation.

This course will use the Vision Quest, a Native American ritual for finding oneself, as a metaphor for students’ four years at Boston College. Relating their own lives to the lives of the characters in the books, who have all gone on some variation of a quest, students will explore the ways their education and experiences at college have influenced their ideas of community, work, spirituality and relationships, and have prepared them to face the great mystery of life ahead. The main texts include The Grass Dancer, The Life of Pi, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Bonesetter's Daughter, and The House on Mango Street. Films include Thunderheart and The Whale Rider. Personal reflection papers and class participation are a main component of this course.

Dorothy Miller

 

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