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1 Proposal: number 90

90. LCD 103: Multilingualism in the US

This is a new course

Contact:Kate Menken
Abstract:This course fulfills the Culture and Values area of Knowledge and Inquiry, with
the US as its context of experience. It is a reading course for undergraduates,
with an intersection of topics and concepts from linguistics, sociology,
anthropology, psychology and education. It is designed for students interested
in gaining a deeper understanding of some of the linguistic and cultural groups
that make up US society, and the issues that surround and confound them. Topics
will be related to issues and challenges of living in a multilingual,
multi-ethnic, multi-cultural US in the 21st century. We address the three main
criteria for a Perspectives Course as follows:

To gain knowledge and understanding of issues related to culture and
values, students will read about diverse groups living in the US, who speak
minority dialects (e.g. speakers of African American English) and various
languages (e.g. Spanish, Chinese, American Sign Language), and thus belong to a
wide range of cultural groups, representing unique values. Students will also
read material on controversial issues of unique or common concern to these
groups (e.g. Should English be made the “official language” of the US?),
examining all sides of each issue and taking a position based on data and
evidence. From their readings of language diversity in the US, students will be
asked to raise and respond to a set of questions, including: What is the
history and pattern(s) of migration and settlement of a particular group? What
are the particular values upon which the group’s culture is based, and how have
the individuals within the group contributed to US society? What challenges
have the people in this group faced in the past and continue to face in their
unique adjustment to US society? How have they met these challenges and which
remain to be met? Further questions related to particular groups will also be
raised, particularly with respect to the challenges they face with respect to
US social, political, or educational institutions.

Submissions and Approvals

Course Date Requirement Action By Whom Notes
LCD 103 2008-09-11 CV Submitted Dept
LCD 103 2008-09-11 US Submitted Dept
LCD 103 2009-02-04 CV Approved GEAC
LCD 103 2009-02-04 US Approved GEAC
LCD 103 2009-03-12 CV Approved UCC
LCD 103 2009-03-12 US Approved UCC
LCD 103 2009-04-02 CV Approved Senate
LCD 103 2009-04-02 US Approved Senate