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Courses - Fall 2019
SPAN
Spanish Department Site
SPAN103
Intensive Elementary Spanish
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Restriction: Must not be a native/fluent speaker of Spanish.
Credit only granted for: SPAN102 or SPAN103.
Covers speaking, reading, writing, listening, and culture of Spanish-speaking world.
SPAN203
Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
Prerequisite: SPAN103; or must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Restriction: Must not be a native/fluent speaker of Spanish.
Covers speaking, reading, writing, listening, and culture of Spanish-speaking world.
SPAN204
Spanish Grammar Review
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
Prerequisite: SPAN203; or must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Restriction: Not open to fluent/native speakers of Spanish.
An in-depth study and analysis of selected grammatical topics in a contextualized framework.
SPAN206
Spanish for Heritage Speakers I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Native or near native knowledge of and no formal education in Spanish.
Review of oral and written Spanish for students who have native or near native knowledge of, but no formal education in Spanish. Taught in Spanish.
Offered fall only.
SPAN207
Reading and Writing in Spanish
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of B+ in SPAN203; or must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in SPAN204; or must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Selected readings with emphasis on reading comprehension and the development of reading strategies. Work in composition writing and a review of selected grammatical topics. Complements material of SPAN204.
SPAN234
Issues in Latin American Studies I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO, D
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, DVUP
Cross-listed with PORT234, LASC234.
Credit only granted for: LASC234, PORT234, or SPAN234.
Interdisciplinary study of major issues in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Latin America's cultural mosaic, migration and urbanization. Democratization and the role of religions. Taught in English.
SPAN301
Advanced Grammar and Composition I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in SPAN207.
Practice of complex grammatical structures through reading and writing of compositions and essays. Specific lexical, syntactic, rhetorical, and stylistic devices will be highlighted.
SPAN303
Approaches to Cultural Materials in the Hispanic World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Prerequisite: SPAN301.
Recommended: May elect to take SPAN311 and/or SPAN316 in same semester as SPAN303.
Development of proficiency in critical thought through the reading, viewing, and analytical discussion of major genres and styles of cultural materials selected from Spanish-speaking world. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN306
Spanish for Heritage Speakers II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SPAN206.
Practice of complex grammatical structures through reading and writing of compositions and essays. Specific lexical, syntactic, rhetorical and stylistic devices will be highlighted. Designed for Spanish speakers educated in English. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN311
Advanced Communication I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SPAN301; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in SPAN303.
Restriction: Must not be a native/fluent speaker of Spanish.
Further development of listening, speaking, and writing skills in Spanish. Opportunity to develop oral and written fluency, improve pronunciation and increase vocabulary. Individual and/or group oral presentations. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN316
Spanish Translation I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SPAN301; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in SPAN303.
Translation of texts into Spanish and/or English. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN325
Hispanic Linguistics I: Phonetics and Phonology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SPAN303; and (SPAN311 or SPAN316).
Credit only granted for: SPAN310 or SPAN325.
Formerly: SPAN310.
Descriptive study of the Spanish sound system. Practice in phonetic perception, transcription, and articulation. Particular attention to sentence phonetics; juncture, rhythm, stress, pitch. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN331
Spanish Culture, Civilization and Literature I: Medieval Times
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Prerequisite: SPAN303; and (SPAN311 or SPAN316).
The exploration of cultures of the Iberian Peninsula from its origins until the 15th century as well as the study of historical and political events that gave rise to the Spanish state. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN333
Spanish Culture, Civilization and Literature III: Modern Times
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Prerequisite: SPAN303; and (SPAN311 or SPAN316).
An overview of cultural and literary production of Spain from the late 17th century through the present day, exploring the production of literary texts in their socio-historical, political, religious and cultural contexts and development. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN359L
Spanish for the Professions; Spanish in the Life Sciences
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SPAN303 and (SPAN311 or SPAN316)

SPAN359L is designed to strengthen students oral and written communica tion and critical thinking skills in Spanish through the study of science-related materials. The course engages students in class discussions about a variety of topics in different formats (book chapters, articles,film, art, and literary works). The course is dividedin five units thatwill allow the study of specific geographies, topics and cases in the Spanish-speaking world. Assignments include writing a research proposal and visiting the National Zoo and the National Museum of Natural History. No specific technical knowledge is necessary but we cover a variety of topics that are for science-oriented or science-interested students. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN359O
Spanish for the Professions; Spanish in the Law
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SPAN303 and (SPAN311 or SPAN316)

SPAN359O offers students the opportunity to enhance Spanish linguistic and intercultural communication skills in contexts of legal practice. Students will learn how to apply these language and cultural skills as future legal practitioners interacting with clients who possess limited English proficiency. The goal of the class is to enable students to, at a minimum, conduct intake interviews with a Spanish-speaking client without the assistance of an interpreter in a culturally competent fashion. The course is designed to be beneficial for students with varying levels of Spanish language ability, up to and including students who are native speakers or heritage speakers of Spanish. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN361
Latin American Literatures and Cultures I: From Pre-Columbian to Colonial Times
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Prerequisite: SPAN303; and (SPAN311 or SPAN316).
Overview of cultural history of Latin America from pre-Columbian civilizations to the Colonial period, exploring the foundations of the Spanish American cultural and literary tradition to approximately 1770. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN363
Latin American Literatures and Cultures III: From Modernism to Neo-Liberalism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Prerequisite: SPAN303; and (SPAN311 or SPAN316).
An overview of cultural and literary production of Latin America from the late 19th through the early 21st centuries, exploring the production of literary texts in their socio-historical, political, and cultural contexts and development. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN370
Spanish for Business I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SPAN303; and (SPAN311 or SPAN316).
Credit only granted for: SPAN315 or SPAN370.
Formerly: SPAN315.
Business Spanish terminology, vocabulary and practices. Emphasis on everyday spoken and written Spanish. Readings and discussions of Spanish commercial topics. May include exposure to Spanish commercial topics. May include exposure to Spanish business environments. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SPAN399
(Perm Req)
Independent Study in Spanish
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: permission of department.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SPAN408Q
Special Topics in Iberian and Latin American Studies; Culinary Landscapes: Food, Sabor and Image in Hispanic Caribbean Texts
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Relevant Hispanic Caribbean literary, musical and historical texts display their images in a culinary space. Images of food, but more specifically, of sabor (flavor, taste: a knowledge coming from flavor) work as metaphors, and as landscapes or seascapes, for the configurationof a singular aesthetic and political experience. Specifically, the course will discuss the corporeal and sensorial realities excited by this culinary imaginary. Issues of identity, race, gender, politics, andliterary representation will be discussed, problematized and questioned. Furthermore, during this class we will put in motion our own critical skills while reading or listening to texts orcultural objects produced in a Hispanic Caribbean society. Students will be expected to participate actively in class, give an oral presentation,write short essays, a final research paper and complete miscellaneous assignments. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN408R
Special Topics in Iberian and Latin American Studies; Keeping the Study of Spanish Exiles Alive in our Hearts
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Exile is a global and political phenomenon that touches nations throughout history. It is humanly disastrous, and displaces millions of refugees, identified by international conventions since 1922. Many displacements have also shaped intellectual legacies: Picasso's "Guernica," or our 1956 Nobel for Literature Lauerate, Juan Ramon Jimenez's poetry. Some confuse expulsions based on religious faith prior to exiles after the formation of nation-states. The former had widely plagued Europe's monarchies, and the latter touched democracies during the rise of totalitarianisms that led, among other conflicts, to the Civil War against the Second Spanish Republic, and the fleeing of about half a million Spaniards (1936-39). Latin America, and particularly Mexico, welcomed close to 50,000, while the USA was restrictivein accepting emigres. Therefore, it was a cataclysm with local and international Italian Fascist and Nazi plotting roots, the dismal Non-Intervention Society of Nations policies, and the US arms embargo. An anticipation of WWII. The course explores cultural and memory expressions of Spain's exiles. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN408T
Special Topics in Iberian and Latin American Studies; Guita = Money: Reflecting on Neoliberalism and Contemporary Southern Cone Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
There is always money; it is everywhere, no matter what we do. Even time and space have been monetized, while, capital and commodities are constantly being exchanged. Art, books, authors, and music, play a key role in the global market. This seminar will explore how neoliberalism and its market-driven economy have shaped Latin American culture of the lastdecades. Particularly, we will explore how contemporary cultural artifacts are inscribed into a value system that quantifies the unquantifiable, that is to say, a system that only values a book or an artist based on sales. Under this logic, Isabel Allende is one of the most influential Latin American literary figures of our time. In this class, we will workwith a variety of cultural artifacts from Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay films, chronicles, music, newspapers, cartoons, literature, and documentaries to map how culture and markets intersect. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN408V
Special Topics in Iberian and Latin American Studies; Love, Science, Religion and the Pursuit of Criollo Independence in 18th-Century Mexico
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course will explore the 18th century from the periphery of traditionally studied centers of Enlightenment. By focusing on pre-independence Mexico, we will study the emergence of alternative scientific and religious discourses in an American context that leads to social and political changes at the onset of the 19th-century. Students will watch the Mexican telenovela Alborada (2005-6), which fictionally explores many ofthe topics that are relevant for the course,and read a variety of materials on the following subtopics: imperial designs, cultural production, inquisitional realities, medical discourse, individual and political rights, criollo consciousness, etc. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN425
Hispanic Linguistics II: Structures of Spanish
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SPAN303; and SPAN311 or SPAN316 or SPAN325.
This course begins with an introduction to general concepts in linguistics, from language function and the brain to communication, culture, and thought, and their relation to other disciplines in the social sciences. The main purpose of this course is to provide an overview of Hispanic linguistics through multiple perspectives, while exploring the areas of Spanish morphology, syntax, and semantics. This course will also focus on the structural tendencies of Spanish through a variety of practical activities. Taught in Spanish.
Jointly offered with SPAN625. Credit granted for SPAN425 or SPAN625.
SPAN479
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SPAN495
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must be in Spanish and Portuguese Honors; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department.
Supervised reading.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SPAN605
Teaching Spanish I
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department.
Restriction: Must be a Spanish teaching assistant.
Methods and materials for teaching Spanish in higher education.
SPAN625
Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics I:Basic Concepts
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Introduction to basic terms and definition in Hispanic Linguistics. Fundamental aspects of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, and pragmatics.
Jointly offered with SPAN425. Credit granted for SPAN425 or SPAN625.
SPAN699
Independent Study in Spanish
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SPAN798G
Open Seminar; Words in History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This seminar will explore how the Spanish we speak today dialogues with its history; how knowing the past explains the poetic use of language and the so-called conceptual and ideological Spanish metaphors. We will study language as a being (Dasein), how language use reveals the time period, the geopolitical configuration, the genre, the authorial hand, and ultimately our own human specificity. We depart from the basic idea that the Spanish language is the most complex and comprehensive tool we use for literature. Language is one of very few elements that, with its variations, trace common paths in the entire Hispanic World. Students will research the political, social, literary implications as present in the writings of contemporary authors and will be able to explain the variations from medieval, renaissance and baroque Spanish authors. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN798I
Open Seminar; Gender and Sexuality in Mexican Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This seminar presents us with the opportunity to study the interrelated topics of gender, sexuality, literary representation, and power through the critical interpretation of Mexican literary texts, primarily from the 20th century and the present. We will read literary and theoretical texts alongside one another, asking how both types of text help us think about the topics that present points of contact and divergence among them. We will read from theories of feminism, queerness, and affect, among others. We will study works by a range of writers, including Ines Arredondo, Luis Zapata, Cristina Rivera Garza, Sara Uribe, and Guadalupe Nettel. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN798J
Open Seminar; Rewriting History, Creating Memories
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This seminar will focus on Argentine and Uruguayan writers who were forced into exile or lived through in-sile during the last military dictatorship. While some had addressed the official versions of history before the 1970s, others offered alternate strategies as a result of that experience. We ll explore, among others, works by Carlos Liscano, Cristina Peri Rossi and Mauricio Rosencof (Uruguay) and David Vias, Tununa Mercado and Andrs Rivera (Argentina). Taught in Spanish.
SPAN799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SPAN898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SPAN899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.