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Modern European Studies Minor - UMass

Modern European Studies Minor - UMass | Modern European Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst | Scoop.it

The aim of the Modern European Studies Program is to promote knowledge of the unique languages, cultures, and histories of contemporary European societies. We sponsor lectures and events relating to European studies and offer an interdisciplinary 15 credit minor open to all formally enrolled undergraduates, regardless of their major.

 

What is a Modern European Studies minor?

This is a self designed minor. You have the freedom to combine courses from more than one department to design a minor in contemporary Europe that suits your special interests. Use this minor to study two or more European countries from various perspectives: art, history, business, politics, or language. Combine courses in any way you like to develop your own focus.


 

An MES minor will show prospective employers that you have some of the skills it takes to work in an increasingly globalized world. It can be a valuable addition to your major when it comes time to apply to professional or graduate schools, or when seeking employment in international service or business.


If you have gone to Europe on study abroad, this minor may be perfect for you. Many credits earned in study abroad or for the Global Education Requirement count towards the MES minor. See the “Credits and Requirements” for more details. Note that you have to take a 300 level course in a European language to qualify.

 

Interested? Please contact the Director about application

Professor Jacqueline Urla
Department of Anthropology
Machmer 208
413.545.2869
jurla@anthro.umass.edu

 

More information on requirements: http://www.umass.edu/mes/

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Catalan Courses and Film Festival at UMass

Catalan Culture (3 cr.) - CAT 321 - Mo/We 4:00-5:15 PM 
 This course is an overview of the Catalan Culture including five important and influential aspects of the Catalan culture and society: language, literature, art, music, and traditions. Through this course you will be able to discover a rich, unique and interesting culture that includes important characters such as Antoni Gaudí, Salvador Dalí, Mercè Rodoreda or Lluís Llach. This course will be a good chance not only to enjoy Catalan literature, art and other works, but also to widen our perception and knowledge on Peninsular cultures. Students should have some knowledge of the Catalan or Spanish language. The assignments can be written in English, Spanish or Catalan.

Conversational Catalan (3 cr.) - CAT 297A - Mo/We 2:30-3:45 PM This course is conceived to enable students to acquire a basic command of the Catalan language through task-based daily communicative situations. The instructor will provide the necessary tools to guarantee an autonomous learning process focused on the student’s individuality. The course’s practical nature will promote both the apprentice’s participation and interaction in order to facilitate communication in different socio-cultural contexts. This course will develop the student’s capacity in order to achieve a progressive mastery of the four main skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. This course is for those who already completed Catalan 110 or have some knowledge of another Romance language. 

Literary Currents-Spain II (3 cr.) - SPAN 321 - Tu/Th 10:00-11:15 PM This seminar introduces the students to referential texts in Peninsular Spanish literature from 1700 to the present. Students will be exposed to different genres ⎯ including poetry, drama, narrative, film and essay ⎯ as they are introduced to basic concepts of literary criticism and textual interpretation. This course requires extensive readings and active participation. All readings available on Moodle.

Catalan Cinema (1 cr.) - SPAN 597T - Tu 6:30-9:00 PM Join the 9th edition of the Catalan Film Festival, watch new and different movies, eat pizza, and meet a Catalan filmmaker!

For more information contact Guillem Molla
gmolla@umass.edu
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Law and Global Migration

LEGAL 393LG Mon/Wed 2:30-3:45pm 

This course explores the ways in which law affects and is affected by the movement of people across borders. An estimated three percent of the world’s population are migrants, and while the United States has long been a ‘nation of immigrants’, countries across Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East are all becoming host to large numbers of non-citizens. We will examine the various ways in which states approach migration law-making, studying migration law as a form of national identity, a means of social control, and a way of reproducing racial hierarchies. We will learn about how domestic and international migration laws assign migrants to various categories and statuses, some of which lead to rights and privileges and some of which do not. Finally, we will ask how the realities of global migration patterns challenge legal categories and conceptions of citizenship.

Prof. Leila Kawar
Legal Studies
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German Studies 304

German Studies 304 | Modern European Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst | Scoop.it
TTh 11:30 – 12:45 Screening Mondays at 7 p.m. 

 This course will have a special emphasis in 2017: “Women in the lead: from silent film stars to pop culture icons.” The careers of key women in German and Scandinavian film will provide the core of the course, tracing especially the creation of “stardom” as a phenomenon in international film culture and leading to the media and pop culture “celebrity” of today. Film history will be traced in the work of those who began in the silent cinema and extended into the post-WWII era (Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Asta Nielsen, Herta Thiele, Valeska Gert, Leni Riefenstahl, Lotte Reiniger), in feature film (directing and scriptwriting), documentary and animation. Prominent feminist work of the “New German Cinema” in West Germany will be compared with work by East German women directors and the role of gender in contemporary German film. American stars who made history in Europe will also be studied, such as Josephine Baker, Louise Brooks and Anna Mae Wong. Finally, contemporary popular culture will be examined, such as David Bowie’s celebrations of Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich or the influence of such historic stars on performers such as Madonna and Lady Gaga. Professor Louise Wallenberg of the Department of Media Studies (and Institute for Fashion Studies) at the University of Stockholm has been invited to contribute lectures to the course, on queer cinema and fashion and cinema in the Scandinavian and international context. Conducted in English; Lecture, discussion.

For more information contact Prof. Barton Byg
byg@german.umass.edu
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Legal Studies 497i  The Irish Peace Process

Legal Studies 497i  The Irish Peace Process | Modern European Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst | Scoop.it
This course explores the conflict and peace process in Ireland concentrating primarily on the north/Northern Ireland (1969-2017).  The mediation that led to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement is examined from the parties’ and mediator’s perspectives and we have unique opportunities to directly engage as a class with people involved in the conflict as well as building the peace.  The present day challenge to construct a future between former enemies and to deal with the legacy of the past are explored through avenues such as power-sharing government, oral history projects, truth recovery mechanisms, and 3000 public political murals that reflect the remnants of conflict as well as on-going efforts at reconciliation in this society in transition. This course qualifies for credit towards the International Relations Certificate and the Modern European Studies minor.  Thursdays 4:00- 6:30 pm

Questions or to add the course contact Professor Leah Wing:  lwing@legal.umass.edu

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Scandinavian 387H  Viking Revival  Honors Course

An interdisciplinary course exploring the impact of 19th century historical consciousness and the Romantic imagination on the development of a “Nordic ideal.” The course uses literature, philosophy, music, and the visual arts to trace the development of the modern national ideal in Scandinavia ca. 1800-1914. Nostalgic elements include idealization of the Vikings, native myth & folklore, and nature-worship, as well as the masculinity-cult of Vitalism.

Tu Th 10:15- 11am
Gen Ed AL   4 credits
Taught in English, no pre-requisites
Prof. Sherrill Harbison
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Course in Polish Film

COMP-LIT 391W - Dream, History & Identity in Polish Film Wednesday 1:25PM - 4:25PM Instructor: Dr. Barbara Bolibok
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Advertise the MES Minor!!

If you are teaching a course on Europe or advising undergrads, take a moment to please let them know about our unique interdisciplinary minor. Put in on your syllabi or Moodle site. Tell them in office hours.

 

Help us spread the word!

 

Jackie Urla

Director, MES

 

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New for Spring 2017

New for Spring 2017 | Modern European Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst | Scoop.it
Required for this course is a separate weekend symposium in late March, SCANDIN 396M, "Managing Multicultural Scandinavia", which will offer one additional credit. 3 credits.   For more information contact Sherrill Harbison harbison@german.umass.edu
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Berlin - Global City

Berlin - Global City | Modern European Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst | Scoop.it
For more information, contact Prof. Ela Gezen
egezen@german.umass.edu
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Spring 2017

Spring 2017 | Modern European Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst | Scoop.it
For more information contact Sherrill Harbison
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ITAL 297K - Food, History, and Cultural Identity in Italy

Italian bread, Italian seasoning, Italian herbs, Italian breadcrumbs, Italian sausage, Italian vinaigrette, and finally "Ristorante Italiano" appear to refer, outside of Italy, to a concept of Italian cuisine that is universally recognized, though very generic and undefined. From the Alps to the coasts of Sicily, over the centuries, Italy has produced countless individual culinary traditions, which express themselves through local products, recipes, rituals, and cooking techniques. Though clearly distinct from each other, these traditions do share a sense of belonging to a national cuisine - loosely identified with the Mediterranean diet - of international recognition, which has in its dramatic diversity and almost infinite variety, its most distinctive traits. The local traditions that make Italian cuisine are the result of the interaction between centuries of history that have forged Italian culture and identity, and a territory that has shaped the inhabitants who are deeply rooted in it. This course will investigate possible strategies to elaborate a credible definition of "Italian cuisine" that is applicable to food in Italy as well as outside the country.

Mon & Wed 2:30- 3:45 

 Roberto Ludovico Associate Professor and Director of Italian Studies
University of Massachusetts Amherst http://www.umass.edu/italian/member/roberto-ludovico ludovico@frital.umass.edu
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Advanced German/German Drama

Advanced German/German Drama | Modern European Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst | Scoop.it
In this seminar, students have the opportunity to read, analyze, and perform scenes from some of the best-known German dramas from the 20th and 21st centuries. We will explore concepts such as self-deception, hypocrisy, civil courage, materialism, nation, homeland, and belonging, and their relevance in recent history and contemporary German society and culture. Class activities include discussion, role-plays, reading/acting-out scenes, and writing assignments. Grammar will be reviewed in written and oral activities, inside and outside of the classroom. Conducted in German. Kerstin Mueller Dembling, muellerdembling@german.umass.edu.
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SYMPOSIUM

SCANDIN 396M, Managing Multicultural Scandinavia 

A weekend symposium in late March, with guest scholars from the U.S. and Scandinavia. All the Scandinavian countries are generous welfare states, but their policies and practices with regard to immigration differ—Denmark's requirement that immigrants forfeit their valuables has received the most negative international attention, while Sweden's open door policy has overwhelmed the country's social services. The philosophies, implementations, and results of various national policies--e.g., re/ integration and ghettoization, political activism of linguistic and cultural minorities, nuances in the radical right, etc., will be central concerns. Date TBA. 1 credit. Complement and requirement for SCANDIN 397M and SCANDIN 697M. Also available independently.
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Mount Holyoke Senior Seminar  

Mount Holyoke Senior Seminar   | Modern European Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst | Scoop.it
For more information contact Dominique Rampton Academic Department Coordinator Departments of German Studies and Russian and Eurasian Studies Mount Holyoke College
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Congratulations to our 2016 Graduating Minors!

Bismely Moreta

Christopher Wagman

Modern Europe's insight:

And thanks to our faculty and students who have helped spread the word about the MES minor, organized events and promoted European studies on campus.  

 

warmly,

Jackie Urla 

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