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College Catalog 2019-2020 
College Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

FREN 333 - The Language of Diplomacy

Cross-Listed as ANTH 333  
This interdisciplinary course, co-taught by faculty in Anthropology and French and Francophone Studies, will introduce students to the broad range of international institutions where French is one of the primary working languages. Language, as the basis for human cooperation, provides a vehicle for students to explore the connections between language, power, and human rights. To engage students from the outset with the lived experiences of those working in the larger diplomatic world, students will do a life-history interview with a professional to learn more about their career trajectory and the work that they do.  We will further bring real-life scenarios into the classroom by watching and analyzing simulcast sessions in French from the International Criminal Court and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.  Throughout the course we will deepen our understanding of the historical and cultural dynamics within Europe over the past 150 years that gave rise to, maintain, and subvert the role of language in diplomacy. See the website of the Anthropology or French department for information on an optional international Fieldtrip component for this course in Summer 2017. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor and application process. Offered occasionally. (4 Credits)