English

The Department of English offers a balanced program of courses in writing, language, and literature leading to the BA degree. This program emphasizes literature, especially American and British literature -- its historical and cultural contexts, its literary traditions and theories, and its major authors. Through the study of literature, the cornerstone of a liberal arts education, English majors learn to think critically as they enlarge their experience of the world and discover new dimensions of the self. The study of the English language and of composition also develops their ability to write with precision and clarity.

Department of English

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The study of basic writing with emphasis on the conventions and processes of academic writing. Required of all freshmen as determined by (1) ACT standard score of 12 or below in English; or (2) ACT score between 12 and 15 in English and score of 3.1 or below on Directed Self Placement. Students completing this course will have three credit hours added to the minimum degree requirements.

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Graduating seniors will submit a portfolio that represents their best work related to their major and concentration as a culminating experience.

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Prepares students for advanced English language competencies in reading, writing, speaking, and listening through the study of English grammar, mechanics, punctuation, vocabulary, and public speaking.

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Study and application of rhetorical principles of writing with particular emphasis on analyzing and writing expository prose.

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Study of rhetorical principles of writing with particular emphasis on argumentation and research.

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Augments study of advanced English language skills through directed research, writing, and documentation activities, and through individualized tutorials.

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A study of fundamental language skills (including vocabulary, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and sentence construction) within the context of modern professional usage.

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A study of literature as a vehicle for giving enduring form to the perception of universal themes basic to the human condition, such as conformity, rebellion, society, initiation, love, morality, and death.

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A study of the short story, drama, poetry, and the novel as expressions of the human quest for meaning and understanding with emphasis on close reading and critical analysis of literary texts.

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Introductory instruction and practice in various types of writing, such as fiction, poetry, and drama.

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A survey of American literature from the beginning to the Civil War.

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A survey of American literature from the Civil War to the present.

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A survey of British literature from Beowulf to the Romantic Period.

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A survey of British literature from the Romantic Period to the present.

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Designed to provide students who plan to teach English in middle school or high school with an observation experience. Pass/No Credit.

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A study of the principles of literary theory and terminology and their careful application to close reading, analysis, discussion, and written response to the major genres.

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A topics-based approach to imaginative literature as a way of contemplating the world's complexities.

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Advanced instruction and practice in various types of writing, such as fiction, poetry, drama, and biography.

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This course is designed for students interested in refining their ability to edit their own and others' writing. Students will study copyediting, content editing, and visual editing to prepare their own writing for publication and/or to work as editors.

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Special attention is devoted to theme evaluation, unit construction, and current techniques and materials available in dealing with students of diverse abilities.

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Advanced theory and practice in exposition and argumentation, emphasizing polish and style.

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Students will study and develop strategies to address different rhetorical situations in the community, applying profesional writing principles and subject-area knowledge to nonacademic situations related to their civic, community, and professional interests.

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Students work with community and/or campus agencies to complete writing and/or editing tasks. Specified representatives of the agencies will determine and review students' writing and/or editing projects. Additionally, students will meet regularly as a class with the course instructor to discuss projects, offer progress reports, give presentations, and submit writing assignments.

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Students will study diverse avenues and methods of publication, the preparation of theirn own writing for publication, and publishing the works of others. Students' primary goal will involve submitting their work for publication.

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An introduction to Enlgish grammar, including parts of speech categories, sentence structures, and morphology.

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A study of literature and reading materials suitable for students of middle school and high school age.

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An in-depth study of a particular topic in English not dealt with in the regular curriculum. Virtual College courses offered under this number count for teacher recertification, or for the BGS or MLS degrees.

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An in-depth study of a particular topic in English not dealt with in the regular curriculum. Virtual College courses offered under this number count for teacher recertification, or for the BGS or MLS degrees.

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An in-depth study of a particularly topic in writing not dealt with in the regular curriculum. Virtual College courses offered under this number count for teacher recertification, or for the BGS or MLS degrees.

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An in-depth study of a particularly topic in writing not dealt with in the regular curriculum. Virtual College courses offered under this number count for teacher recertification, or for the BGS or MLS degrees.

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An introduction to technical and professional writing, this course is appropriate for students in all academic disciplines who wish to write with precision.

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An introduction to technical and professional writing, this course is appropriate for students in all academic disciplines who wish to write with precision.

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A study of the most important theories of literature from Aristotle to the present.

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A study of the most important theories of literature from Aristotle to the present.

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Nature Writing traces historical and sociopolitical origins of the genre, provides research and field study opportunities, and guides students as they write their own reflective, natural history essays. The course provides a venue to explore the ways humans view nature, using writings about the natural world as a catalyst to question the relationship between people and nature.

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Nature Writing traces historical and sociopolitical origins of the genre, provides research and field study opportunities, and guides students as they write their own reflective, natural history essays. The course provides a venue to explore the ways humans view nature, using writings about the natural world as a catalyst to question the relationship between people and nature.

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Literature, Sustainability, and the Natural World is a study of enviromental literature with emphasis on sustainability, the natural world, and the relationship between human action and environmental consequence.

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Literature, Sustainability, and the Natural World is a study of enviromental literature with emphasis on sustainability, the natural world, and the relationship between human action and environmental consequence.

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Focuses on understanding both the history and origins of the English novel by careful reading and study of selected novels of the eighteenth and early nineteenth-century by authors such as Samuel Richardson, Henry Fielding, Walter Scott and Jane Austen.

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Focuses on understanding both the history and origins of the English novel by careful reading and study of selected novels of the eighteenth and early nineteenth-century by authors such as Samuel Richardson, Henry Fielding, Walter Scott and Jane Austen.

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Intensive study of classical and modern theories of rhetoric and the application of these theories to composition practices and pedagogy.

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Intensive study of classical and modern theories of rhetoric and the application of these theories to composition practices and pedagogy.

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A study of American literature in selected periods.

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A study of American literature in selected periods.

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Directed experience in specific types of writing to be chosen by the students in consultation with instructor.

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Directed experience in specific types of writing to be chosen by the students in consultation with instructor.

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A study of British literature in selected periods.

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A study of British literature in selected periods.

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Variable topics providing the opportunity to learn and practice the craft of writing dramatic scripts for the theatre and motion pictures.

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Variable topics providing the opportunity to learn and practice the craft of writing dramatic scripts for the theatre and motion pictures.

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Courses provides practical experience in the teaching and administration of composition, and literature. Appropriate subtitle will be added to reflect the specific course substance.

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Courses provides practical experience in the teaching and administration of composition, and literature. Appropriate subtitle will be added to reflect the specific course substance.

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A beginning course in the synchronic and diachronic description and analysis of language.

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A beginning course in the synchronic and diachronic description and analysis of language.

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A course in selected approaches to the study of language. Studies in genre and qualitative methods for writing research.

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A course in selected approaches to the study of language. Studies in genre and qualitative methods for writing research.

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The history of the English language from the 5th century to the present, including the development of prescriptive and descriptive grammars.

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The history of the English language from the 5th century to the present, including the development of prescriptive and descriptive grammars.

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An introduction to the earliest form of our language. Notable selections of prose and poetry are read in Anglo-Saxon. Emphasis on language.

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An introduction to the earliest form of our language. Notable selections of prose and poetry are read in Anglo-Saxon. Emphasis on language.

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A study of the various approaches to grammar and usage.

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A study of the various approaches to grammar and usage.

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A study of theories and principles of English language teaching, second language acquisition, and a review of various methods and approaches used in language teaching, leading to an understanding of the learning process.

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A study of theories and principles of English language teaching, second language acquisition, and a review of various methods and approaches used in language teaching, leading to an understanding of the learning process.

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A study of literature in English translation.

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A study of literature in English translation.

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A study of selected social, cultural, and intellectual themes in literature.

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A study of selected social, cultural, and intellectual themes in literature.

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A study of selected works from world literature in English or in translation.

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A study of selected works from world literature in English or in translation.

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A comparative study in literature that crosses national or geographic boundaries.

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A comparative study in literature that crosses national or geographic boundaries.

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An intensive study in English pedagogy at the secondary or college level.

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A survey of the major disciplines of graduate study in English and practice in primary research methodologies and genres. Required of graduate students.

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This independent study is used for the culminating experience of the MLS Literary Arts degree. This course is not applicable for the MA in English degree.

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A seminar study of a selected subject.

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ENG 890 is a non-credit course required of all graduate students in the Department of English in the fall term. In this course, students review all requirements for the MA in English and report on their progress, with special emphasis given to research projects.

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The English Master of Arts student must submit an approved course paper written to fulfill requirements in a graduate English course, demonstrating graduate-level competence in research and/or critical writing. Pass/no credit.

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An itegrated approach aiming at producing a basic level of ability to speak, listen, understand, read and write English in the non-native speaker. It includes a focus on the development of vocabulary and the understanding of English grammar. This is a CEFR level A1 course.

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An intensive course aiming at producing a basic level of ability to read English in the non-native speaker. This is in the package of CEFR level A1 classes.

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An intensive course aiming at producing a basic level of ability to write English the non-native speaker. This is in the package of CEFR level A1 classes.

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An intensive course aiming at a basic level of ability to comprehend and speak English in the non-native speaker. This is in the package of CEFR level A1 classes.

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An integrated approach aiming at increasing the non-native speaker's ability to speak, listen, understand, read and write English from a basic level to an advanced basic or pre-intermediate level. It includes a focus on the development of vocabulary and the understanding of English grammar. This is a CEFR level A2 course.

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An intensive course aiming at increasing the non-native speaker's ability to read English from a basic level to an advanced basic or pre-intermediate level. This is in the package of CEFR level A2 classes.

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An intensive course aiming at increasing the non-native speaker's ability to write English from a basic level to an advanced basic or pre-intermediate level. This is in the package of CEFR level A2 classes.

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An intensive course aiming at increasing the non-native speaker's ability to speak, listen and comprehend English from a basic level to an advanced basic or pre-intermediate level. This is in the package of CEFR level A2 classes.

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An integrated approach aiming at increasing the non-native speaker's ability to speak, listen, understand, read and write English from the pre-intermediate level to the intermediate level. It includes a focus on the development of vocabulary and the understanding of English grammar. This is a CEFR level B1 course.

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An intensive course aiming at increasing the non-native speaker's ability to read English from the pre-intermediate level to the intermediate level. This is in the package of CEFR level B1 courses.

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An intensive course aiming at increasing the non-native speaker's ability to write English from the pre-intermediate level to the intermediate level. This is in the package of CEFR level B1 classes.

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An intensive course aiming at increasing the non-native speaker's ability to speak and comprehend English from the pre-intermediate level to the intermediate level. This is in the package of CEFR level B1 classes.

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An integrated approach aiming at increasing the non-native speaker's ability to speak, listen, understand, read and write English from the intermediate level to the level of the independent user. It includes a focus on the development of vocabulary and the understanding of English grammar. This is a CEFR level B2 course.

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An integrated approach aiming at increasing the non-native speaker's ability to read English from the intermediate level to the level of the independent user. This is in the package of CEFR level B2 courses.

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An integrated approach aiming at increasing the non-native speaker's ability to write English from the intermediate level to the level of the independent user. This is in the package of CEFR level B2 courses.

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An integrated approach aiming at increasing the non-native speaker's ability to speak, listen, and understand English from the intermediate level to the level of the independent user. This is in the package of CEFR level B2 courses.

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This course is designed for ESL students to study, review, and develop competency in the use of advanced grammatical structures. It provides the ESL student with additional opportunity to master these structures through short writings, group discussion, oral practice, formal exercises using tenses, clauses, phrasal verbs, subjunctives, inversions and so on. Students are also encouraged to use certain internet grammar links in order to be better prepared for the grammar topics under discussion. Practice outside the classroom is essential.

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This course is designed for ESL students to study, review, and develop competency in the use of advanced reading materials that are related to the students' own fields of study, and are taken from a wide range of authentic texts. A glossary will be provided so as to give the students the opportunity to develop their vocabulary that will be helpful in their academic fields. The students will also be exposed to extensive reading texts covering the disciplines other than their own fields.

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This course is designed to help ESL students make use of outside sources and to guide students through the challenging terrain of their first academic research papers. Students master the skills necessary to produce at least one academic essay using supporting evidence: taking notes from readings; interviewing, analyzing and synthesizing information; outlining ideas; creating a thesis statement; paraphrasing, integrating, and documenting evidence; writing introductions and conclusions; and refining drafts.

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This course is designed to help ESL students further develop communication skills necessary for full participation in mainstream college classrooms including comprehension of extensive discourse.

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This course studies the English language in written, oral, and digitized forms, especially for cross-cultural uses in global business and professional environments.

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This course aims at developing three types of skills: skills in reasoning from the known to the previously unknown, skills in evaluating the reasoning of others, and skills in communicating this reasoning and evaluating to others.

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This course covers basic principles and practices of effective interaction through listening and applies those principles and practices with the art of spontaneous and contextually appropriate discourse in an expanding global and digital culture.

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This course focuses on digitally enhanced presentations in global business and professional contexts that requires web-based speaking, writing, and presentation skills.

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With an Applied Linguistics approach, this course provides students with introductory knowledge and skills that will help them interact successfully with people from other global cultures and within their own culture.

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This variable content course will be used especially to strengthen the working vocabulary and understanding of the social and professional contexts within which that vocabulary and style of communication is used.

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This course focuses on the effective use of language arts - listening, conversing, reading, and writing - for academic and professional use of language arts.

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The student will develop an understanding of the different types of writing found in varying professions and will develop skills in producing clear and effective professional documents in a global, cross-cultural context.

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This course introduces students to the basic, fundamental skills of translation and interpretation of English to the Target Language. Designed to enhance bilingual proficiency and cross-cultural communication abilities.

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This course introduces students to the basic, fundamental skills of translation and interpretation of the Target Language to English. Designed to enhance bilingual proficiency and crosscultural communication abilities.

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This class explores the effective utilization of social networking tools for business and professional use, develops skills in using them, practices the writing, reading, speaking, and listening appropriate in the use of these tools, and reflects upon the changes attendant with global networking.

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This capstone course focuses on diagnosing areas of weakness and then strengthening the use of Global Business English language and critical thinking skills in professional and social contexts important to students' future life and work goals.

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A course in advancing and mastering key skills associated with the discipline and profession of Global Business English, with global, cultural understanding being key for this course.

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A course in advancing and mastering key skills associated with the discipline and profession of Global Business English, with global, cultural understanding being key for this course.

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Last updated: 09/04/2019