Undegraduate Course Information - Fall 2016

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SPA 314: Civilization of Spanish America
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10-10:50
Dr. Ruth Brown
This course is designed to provide students with a general understanding of the history, politics, socio-economics, and cultural forms of Spanish America, from Pre-Columbian times to the present. We will draw on a variety of materials, including nonfiction writing, visual art, cinema, and Internet sources to inform our study of the many cultures, peoples, and nations that make up Spanish America. Through classroom discussions, oral presentations, written work, and individual research, students will be asked to evaluate and think critically about Spanish-American cultures while refining their own communicative abilities in Spanish. This class is conducted in Spanish. Pre-requisites: SPA 210 and 211, or 215.

SPA 371 – Latin American Cinema
Dr. Matt Losada
In this course we will watch Latin American films, discuss their political and cultural contexts and study film analysis more generally.
The course will consist of three sections. First we will see a series of Mexican films. We will follow certain themes that run through these works and study how commercial film tells its stories while employing genre conventions to situate its viewers. The second section will cover the more independent, politicized cinema of the 1960s and ‘70s, and will include films from Chile, Venezuela, Cuba, Argentina and elsewhere. We will examine how filmmakers developed new ways of engaging with Latin American reality and transforming their viewers. The final section will consist of more recent work by filmmakers searching for new forms with which to engage with a reality of normalized economic precarity and the globalization of film spectatorship.
This course is designed to expose students to a sampling of the many sub-disciplines that constitute the broad field of Applied Linguistics as they relate to Spanish-language contexts with special emphasis on topics relative to teaching and learning. Since the field is truly interdisciplinary with far too many sub-disciplines to cover in depth in one semester, the instructor will negotiate the content of the course with the registered
students before the start of the semester. An attempt will be made to help students appreciate the great variety of the field while encouraging more detailed, individual exploration of a particular topic through a final paper. Pending student input, the first half of the semester will present students with a very general survey of various fields within Applied Linguistics such as translation and interpretation studies, forensic linguistics, psycholinguistics, and language policy and planning. However, since the majority of students will teach Spanish professionally at some point, issues relative to Spanish second language acquisition, Spanish second language teaching and learning, and Spanish heritage language acquisition will be the focus of the second half of the semester. The broad field of Applied Linguistics, by definition, is “a practice-driven discipline that addresses language-based problems in real-world contexts” encountered by educational and governmental institutions, private citizens, language teachers, language learners,
and society as a whole. The course will primarily be taught in Spanish with most examples and case studies stemming from Spanish- and English-language contexts. Readings will be in Spanish and English and students must be prepared to discuss them in both languages when called upon to do so. In sum, this course can truly be considered a survey of Spanish applied linguistics. Therefore, the following learner outcomes have been identified:
Students will . . .
 familiarize themselves with various branches of the interdisciplinary field of Applied Linguistics;
 identify and critically analyze complex issues of language in society and propose possible solutions, especially those relating to Spanish;
 develop a deeper understanding of and appreciation for Spanish language acquisition and pedagogy, both for traditional and heritage learners;
 establish sound principles of L2 pedagogy and evaluation in order to better understand and effectively address potential predicaments in the Spanish language classroom;

SPA 420: Spanish in the World
Dr. Haralambos Symeonidis
In this course we will deal with various aspects of Spanish in the world: Spanish in the USA, and the expansion of Spanish through the media and cinema, Spanish and the other official languages of the Iberian Peninsula and the language politics of Latin America.
Spanish is considered the third most spoken language in the world. Although it is spoken in very distant regions, it enjoys certain uniformity in the standard higher level which allows the speakers on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean to communicate easily. The most important differences are found in the supregmental level, meaning in the different intonation, a product of the diverse linguistic substracts in the Spanish speaking countries. Another difference is observed in the lexical diversity which derives from the different evolution of the Spanish language in every region but also from the influence of other languages in the corresponding regions. The spelling and the linguistic norm guarantee the unity of the language; also the necessity of collaboration between the different Language Academies of the Spanish language in order to preserve unity contributes to the expansion of the Spanish used in literary, scientific, pedagogical, and multimedia discourse.
General objectives:
  1. Get in contact with important topics of Spanish
  2. Develop abilities and basic skills in handling with linguistic texts and articles.
  3. Apply these skills dealing with certain aspects of Spanish language.
  4. Explore both historical and contemporary topics of Spanish linguistics.
  5. Assess linguistic research as a tool for the future researcher or Spanish professor.

SPA 423 – Advanced Spanish Translation

Course Description: SPA 423 is designed to build on the skills that students acquired in SPA 323, as well as to further hone communicative skills in the Spanish language. Students will  produce  more advanced translation tasks, focusing on specific fields of production such as legal, medical, community and literary translation.  The class will also address professionalization and provide the opportunity to interact with professional interpreters currently practicing in different specialties.  The class provides students with both hands-on experience and a basis for further Translations Studies if they so desire.


SPA 434: Contemporary Spanish Women's Writing
Dr. Ana Rueda
►DESCRIPTION. This course focuses on contemporary women writers from Spain and the representation of the feminine in their works. We will analyze novels, short fiction, essays, theater and poetry authored by women with an overarching question of how one defines feminine writing in the cultural and historical context of Spain and within the theoretical debate on feminine identity and feminist cultural criticism. Selections by Judith Butler, Donna Haraway, Jo Labanyi, and Hélène Cixous among others are designed to elucidate the concept of a gendered space in different modes of writing. The course is taught in Spanish and work submitted by students will also be in that language. Primary texts must be read in the original language. Most secondary readings are in English.
Mercè Rodoreda, La Plaza del Diamante (the novel and the film); Carmen Martín Gaite, El cuarto de atrás (novel) and select essays; short fiction by Ana María Moix, Cristina Fernández Cubas and flash fiction by Julia Otxoa; one-act plays by Paloma Pedrero and/or Carmen Resino; select poems by Gloria Fuertes, Itziar Mínguez Arnáiz, and Ana Rossetti; Rosa Montero, Lágrimas en la lluvia (science fiction novel); Pilar Pedraza, select gothic stories from Arcano trece and one essay from La bella, enigma y pesadilla; Soledad Puértolas, select stories from Chicos y chicas (2016). Students are responsible for securing the three novels La Plaza del Diamante, El cuarto de atrás and Lágrimas en la lluvia (any edition) through purchase or free downloading. If possible, read at least one of them before the semester begins. Selections and secondary readings will be available on Canvas.

SPA 438G*: Literature of Social Protest in Spanish America
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11-11:50
Dr. Ruth Brown
This course will examine the use of sociopolitical elements in selected works of creative narrative expression from Spanish America.  Our study will focus on how social processes such as state terrorism, revolution, neoliberalism, and migration have been understood, interpreted, and challenged by Spanish American authors and artists. In addition to studying textual narratives such as short story, nonfiction, and poetry, we will expand our definition of “literature” to include film, visual art, music, and dance.  Students in this course will be asked to engage actively with the material through classroom discussions, oral presentations, and the development of an individual creative project based on self-guided study. This class is conducted in Spanish. Pre-requisite: One 300-level Spanish literature course.
*This course is open to both undergraduate and graduate students; please note that there are additional requirements for graduate students.



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