Spring 2013 Schedule

This semester I’ve decided to take on an easier course load to make room for getting involved in my new extracurricular activities and for getting a head start on undergraduate research, both of which I’ll be updating you on throughout the semester. That doesn’t mean, of course, that the classes I’m taking this semester aren’t awesome! Here’s a list of what I’m signed up for and accompanying course descriptions:

– Third-Level Modern Japanese: emphasis on further development of advanced speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in the Japanese language.

– Introduction to Russian Civilization: This course provides an overview of the main currents and developments in Russian culture and the arts from the earliest records to the present day. Exploring literary texts, film, music, architecture, the visual arts, and popular culture, we discuss the self-identity of a people neither European nor Asian. Topics include the introduction of Orthodox Christianity, the “Tatar yoke,” reactions to the “Europeanization” of Russia, Soviet propaganda, and post-Soviet everyday life. Does the Russian Federation of today represent a complete break with the past or a reemergence of certain cultural constants?

– Crossing Borders: An Introduction to Comparative Literature: An introduction to some of the ideas and practices of literary studies at the beginning of the twenty-first century. This course is designed for majors and prospective majors in comparative literature and comparative arts – and other students interested in reading literature from many parts of the world and exploring issues in literary studies including questions of epistemology and representation, the cultural biases of readers, semiotics, translation theory, and Orientalism. Plays, novels, and poems by writers including Euripides, Vergil, Racine, Rilke, Henry James, Borges, Mellah, and Puig, and closely related short excerpts by theorists from Aristotle to Bhabha.

– Lifeguard Training: This course provides skill instruction and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies in a pool setting. Successful completion of requirements results in certification in American Red Cross Lifeguard Training for swimming pools, CP and First Aid.

– Pilates: (Not your average gym class!) This course offers an introduction to the Pilates Method mat repertoire, part of the method developed by movement pioneer Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. The mat repertoire focuses on core strengthening, spinal articulation, and stabilization. The exercises tone and strengthen the whole body while focusing on proper alignment, increasing range of motion and flexibility and correcting the body´s asymmetries and chronic weaknesses to bring the body back into balance. Students will gain body awareness and an understanding of the principles of Pilates, including control, breath, flowing movement, precision, centering, stability, range of motion, and opposition. Related readings will be assigned that address movement vocabulary as well as the function and alignment of the postural muscles. Students will be asked to keep a journal chronicling their responses to course work.

It should be another great semester overall!

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