Each semester, Duke's language and culture departments identify courses that will help students become better global citizens by better understanding the peoples of the world. These classes are taught in English, and are a great way to get ready for study abroad or DukeEngage. They are also a way to extend your study abroad experience by continuing your cultural immersion after you return to campus. What's more, cross-cultural awareness and social fluency will help prepare you for a career in the global workforce and this knowledge will augment the studies in your major. Such courses can also be a way to explore your family's heritage.
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Film, Visual & Performing Arts
Literature in Translation
Understanding the Middle East
Introduction to central political, geopolitical, cultural, and socio-economic issues in the Middle East, offering a better understanding of new...
|Iran (Islamic Republic of)||Sattar Jawad|
History and Culture of Iran
A multi-disciplinary approach to Iran and Persian culture. Covers history, religion, politics,literature, music, and cinema. Focuses on the...
|Iran (Islamic Republic of)||Omid Safi|
Contemporary Israeli Cinema
A comparative approach to Israeli cinema, in the context of American and European cinemas. Cinema and nationalism. Cinematic representations of...
Sources of vitality in twentieth-century Indian cinema. The resilience of popular cinema in the face of Hollywood. Narrative and non-narrative...
Korean Lit in Translation
Critical examination of variable topics in Korean literature. Texts contextualized in global and local histories. Boundaries of the nation and...
|Republic of Korea||Nayoung Aimee Kwon|
The Quran as scripture; mystical poetry; stories of the early community; literary cultures in the early community; modern reinterpretations of...
How contemporary technologies reawaken the sense of the sacred in daily life, rather than destroy it. How technologies new and old circulate the...
|Egypt, Iran (Islamic Republic of)||Ellen McLarney|
Death and Identity
Comparative examination of how "death" informs the modern self. Looks at the tension between the religious death and secular death. Probes the...
|Israel, India, Japan||Shai Ginsburg|
Anime: Forms and Mutations
Historical origins of Japanese anime, as well as its status as art, narrative, genre. Ways in which anime mutates: formally (literature, manga,...
|Japan, China, Europe, North America||Eileen Chow|
Critical examination of cultural dynamics, political economies, and ethical implications of interethnic intimacies or "intercourse" as...
Intro Modern Arabic Literature
An introduction to trends and movements in modern Arabic literature. Poetry, novel, and short story, among other genres examined and analyzed....
“Nightmare Japan” refers to the social anxieties erupted through encounters with natural or man-made ‘disasters.’ This course will examine the...
Dialectic of prostitution as lived experience, and as socio-cultural metaphor. Focus on literary and cinematic texts, together with relevant...
East Asian Cultural Studies
East Asia as a historical and geographical category of knowledge emerging within the various processes of global movements (imperialism,...
Theories of Mnority Discourse
Course will introduce a variety of critical theories of minority discourse, or discourses associated with minority groups within a more dominant...
First Year Seminar : Audiovisualities
Introducing students to various aspects of audiovisual culture including, film, photography, painting, sculpture, architecture, music and sound;...
To study ancient Greek history is to confront some of the most basic ways we engage with the world today. We study the emergence of the alphabet...
|Greece||To be announced|
Greek and Roman Law
This course is an introduction to ancient Athenian law. We shall read real court speeches from real trials. Topics will range from homicide to...
|Greece||Joshua Sosin, firstname.lastname@example.org|
Aegean Bronze Age
An archaeological survey of the development of complex societies in Greece, Crete, and the Aegean islands from the final Neolithic (ca. 3,000 B.C...
|Greece||Carla Antonaccio, email@example.com|
Nature and the Classical World
This course investigates in an interdisciplinary way nature and the environment in the ancient world, both through the words and works of Greek...
|Greece, Italy||Jennifer C. Woods, firstname.lastname@example.org|
Topography of Ancient Rome
Seminar on the topography of ancient Rome – the monuments and other buildings, public spaces, streets and further infrastructure as created and...
|Italy||Mary T. Boatwright, email@example.com|
Renovating Antiquity at the Nasher Museum
Seminar taught in close collaboration with Nasher Museum staff, contributing to redesign of permanent collection gallery space devoted to...
|Greece||Carla Antonaccio, firstname.lastname@example.org|
French Love Story
A history of the representation and social structuring of affective relationships in France, through close analysis of French novels and theory....
|France||Michele Longino, email@example.com|
Business German and Econ
Introducing Business German and economy as well as Germany's leading role in the European Union.
|Europe, Germany||Elizabeth Schreiber-Byers, firstname.lastname@example.org|
Exploration of Germany's leading global role in developing and implementing "green" technologies and environmental policies.
|Germany, Europe||Stephen Milder, email@example.com|
Marx, Nietzsche, Freud
A critical examination and assessment of thought, revolutionary theory and practice.
|Germany, Austria||Michael Morton, firstname.lastname@example.org|
Introduction to German Literature and Culture
Introduction to principal authors, genres, concepts and works of German, Austrian and Swiss literature.
|Germany, Austria, Switzerland||Michael Morton, email@example.com|
Special Topics: KAFKA
Explore the writings of Kafka and the influence he has still today.
|Germany||Kata Gellen, firstname.lastname@example.org|
Mafia in the Movies
This course will be a study of the mafia, and, by extension, of Italy's "dark heart," in its historical, social, economic, cultural, and...
|Italy||Roberto Dainotto, email@example.com|
The Body, Anatomy and Gender in the Early Modern Period
This course will focus on early modern conceptions of the human body and study the period's attitudes toward anatomy, sex, and gender--and the...
|Italy||Valeria Finucci, firstname.lastname@example.org|
Brazil, Race, Sex and the Body
Brazil is commonly understood as an example of a “racially democratic” nation, but as scholars have recently shown, racism permeates all aspects...
|Brazil||Lamonte Aidoo, email@example.com|
Imagining Europe: Language, Culture, Politics
Investigation of defining models of European culture and the fiction which has shaped them, from early modern epic and romance through...
|France, Italy, Portugal, Spain||Helen Solterer, firstname.lastname@example.org|
World Masterpieces: Made in Italy
Introduction to a range of literary, artistic, musical, and cinematic masterpieces produced in Italy, including contributions of guest lecturers...
|Italy||Martin Eisner, email@example.com|
|ROMST 490S||European Cinemas This seminar provides students with an understanding of the various ways in which European cinema has been critically invested as a category from...||Europe, France, Germany, Italy, Spain||Anne-Gaelle Saliot, firstname.lastname@example.org|
Political Cinema in Latin America
What constitutes a "political cinema"? Although there is no definitive answer to this question, Latin American cinema provides a variety of...
|Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, Chile||Gustavo Furtado, email@example.com|