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HUMA205M - Special Topics in the Humanities: Foreign Language Films (3-0-3)

The Humanities explores what it means to be human within a contemporary or historical context. The Humanities provide us with the broad frameworks within which enduring questions of existence, relationships, values, and aesthetics can be examined from multiple perspectives. The Special Topics in the Humanities course changes thematically each semester and may explore ideas around evil, love, race, gender, sport, spirituality, and those strands which connect us and make us human. Prerequisites: completion of ENGL110M or ENGL110XM. (Fulfills Humanities requirement)

There has been lively and necessary debate within the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts, and Sciences about the Foreign Language Film category. It is a conversation about language, culture, and how art can both celebrate and exclude. This course will allow the films to power the dialogue, using the Foreign Language Film category as the template for analyzing story, culture, and this essential new debate about what is “international” filmmaking and why it may be central to social justice conversations domestically.