Course Descriptions

Major & Minor Course Offerings in Hispanic Studies, Fall 2021

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13768    SPAN     316   3      Applied Spanish      TR     09:25 am-10:40 am         Claudia M Moran     ONLINE Synchronized

Improving Your Spanish through Interpreting.  Students will continue to practice Spanish while improving their speaking and listening skills through interpreting. The major focus of this course will be on the healthcare setting. Students will also be able to compare the major differences between community, school and legal settings, and focus on three major modes: consecutive interpreting, simultaneous interpreting, and sight translation with emphasis on medical topics while practicing dialogues of medical encounters between patients and healthcare providers.

13769    SPAN    317    2    Introduction to Spanish for Business    MWF    12:00 pm-12:50 pm    TBA   ONLINE Synchronized

A course to develop communicative skills for doing business in a Spanish-speaking environment. Focus is on practical applications of Spanish to business, including individual and group projects on simulated real-life situations; reading and translating authentic commercial documents; writing business correspondence; the use of e-mail and the Internet in business; and cross-cultural awareness of the Hispanic business world.

10888    SPAN    320    1    Introduction to Textual Analysis    TR    01:40 pm-02:55 pm    Raul Carrillo-Arciniega

A preparatory course for students pursuing advanced work in literature and in related areas. The course provides a solid introduction to the analysis of traditional literary genres and may include other modes of artistic discourse, such as visual texts.

10883    SPAN    320    2    Introduction to Textual Analysis    MWF    11:00 am-11:50 am    Susan M Divine

A preparatory course for students pursuing advanced work in literature and in related areas. The course provides a solid introduction to the analysis of traditional literary genres and may include other modes of artistic discourse, such as visual texts.

10960    SPAN    333    1    Topics in Hispanic Cultures: México lindo y querido    MWF    10:00 am-10:50 am    Joseph R Weyers

Mexico is our neighbor.  Mexico is the #1 foreign tourist destination for Americans. Mexico is one of our most important trading partners.  Sadly, Mexico is widely unknown in this country.  From gastronomy, to music, to history, to culture … our goal is understand our important neighbor to the south.

10961    SPAN    333    2    Topics in Hispanic Cultures: Art and Culture in the Latin American Cold War    TR    10:50 am-12:05 pm    Jose Rafael Chavarry

This course will explore how the Cold War was played out in Latin America in the second half of the 20th century, through an examination of literary and artistic manifestations dealing with themes of revolution, political violence, and the search for democracy. With a special focus on the Southern Cone (Chile, Argentina) and Central America (Nicaragua, El Salvador), we will engage with poetry and short stories, photography, film, and music that addressed the need for social transformation within the context of global liberation movements. In doing so, we will learn about a time period of great political upheaval as well as democratic aspirations in the region, and discuss the role of the arts and culture on imagining and enacting social transformation.

10706    SPAN    344    1    Advanced Grammar and Lexicon    TR    01:40 pm-02:55 pm    Ricard Vinas De Puig

This course is designed to improve the understanding of grammatical concepts and the application of rules to prepare students for advanced-level sentence and discourse structures. It also addresses problematic lexical issues.

11120    SPAN    367    1    ST: Survey of Spanish Science Fiction        ONLINE      Michael A Gómez

In this class, students will read a sampling of works of Spanish Science Fiction, taken from the mid-19th century until the present day. Among the authors considered will be Nilo María Fabra, J. Martínez Ruiz, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Juan Jacinto Muñóz Rengel and others. Through a careful consideration of these texts, it is hoped that the student will gain a greater appreciation both for the ways in which Spain has contributed to the genre of Science Fiction as well as for the manner in which Spanish writers and intellectuals have assimilated major discoveries in the sciences over the past 200 years.

10376    SPAN    381    1    Introduction to Spanish Linguistics    MWF    11:00 am-11:50 am    Joseph R Weyers

An overview of the study of Spanish linguistics, designed to provide a framework for advanced language studies. Content areas include: language change and variation; the Spanish sound system; Spanish morphology, semantics and syntax; and applied Spanish linguistics.

11435    SPAN    381    2    Introduction to Spanish Linguistics    TR    01:40 pm-02:55 pm    Antonio B Perez-Nunez

An overview of the study of Spanish linguistics, designed to provide a framework for advanced language studies. Content areas include: language change and variation; the Spanish sound system; Spanish morphology, semantics and syntax; and applied Spanish linguistics.

11504    SPAN    381    3    Introduction to Spanish Linguistics    TR    10:50 am-12:05 pm    Antonio B Perez-Nunez

An overview of the study of Spanish linguistics, designed to provide a framework for advanced language studies. Content areas include: language change and variation; the Spanish sound system; Spanish morphology, semantics and syntax; and applied Spanish linguistics.

13564    SPAN    401    1    Internship        TBA    Michael A Gomez

Practical applications for the integration of research and language skills in work or service areas related to Hispanic Studies, domestic or international. Students identify internship programs or sites; faculty supervisor identifies learning objectives. Course involves designated work at internship site, readings, discussions and a final project. 

13100    SPAN    443    1    Morphology and Syntax    TR    10:50 am-12:05 pm    Ricard Vinas De Puig

This course is designed to provide a framework for advanced language studies. Traditional and generative grammar will be discussed and basic tools of analysis such as phrase-structure trees and explicit prose versions of rules for translating and making more precise descriptions of the Spanish grammar will be used.

13101    SPAN    448    1    Spanish Sociolinguistics    MWF    01:00 pm-01:50 pm    Joseph R Weyers

A study of the social issues related to the Spanish language. Topics will include language attitudes, speech patterns, discourse analysis, bilingualism, and language change in Spain, Latin America and the United States.

13091    SPAN    492    1    Seminar in Hispanic Studies: Literatura y Cultura Chicana-Latina: Identidad y Alteridad        ONLINE       Nadia D Avendano

Spanish 494 is an interdisciplinary seminar-style course that aims to provide students with a better understanding of the rich cultural productions by Latino/a authors and scholars. It will use the lenses of race, class, gender, and sexuality to explore the histories of Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and Dominicans in the U.S. It will also consider the evolution of Chicano/a and Latino/a cultures, forms of resistance and accommodation and the embracing of new collective and individual identities. Students will read texts from Lucha Corpi, Junot Díaz, Tomás Rivera, Cristina García, Judith Cofer Ortiz and Sandra Cisneros.

13092    SPAN    492    2    Seminar in Hispanic Studies: Deviant Women in Golden Age Spanish Letters and Society    TR    09:25 am-10:40 am    Emily S Beck

This course explores “bad women,” those whose actions shock others or upend social expectations.  We’ll focus on the loud mouths, the sorceresses, the mean girls, the vengeance takers, and those who get what they want no matter the cost.   How do these characters and authors defy social expectations and why do they do so? When do they succeed? In what ways might these artistic   approaches to bad women inform our own understanding of gender and sexuality in the 21st century?

13139    SPAN    624    1    US Latinos/as Literatures and Cultures        ONLINE      Nadia D Avendano

An in-depth study of topics in U.S. Latino/a literature and culture focusing on Mexican- Americans, Puerto Ricans and Cuban-Americans. Content includes history, literacy production and cultural manifestations within contemporary theoretical concepts.

11626    LTPO    270    01    Studies in Brazilian Film    TR    01:40 pm-02:55 pm        Maria Luci De Biaji Moreira

Brazilian Women in Film.  Films and readings explore key sociocultural themes and elements of Brazilian Society.

13090    LTSP    252    01    ST: Queer, Black, and Non-human Narratives of Latin America    MWF    01:00 pm-01:50 pm    Christina M Garcia

In this literature in translation course, we will study Latin American literary representations of queer, trans* and black corporealities at the intersection of the nonhuman. Starting with the Argentine classic, Kiss of the Spider Woman (1976), and concluding with the Dominican Afro-Futurist novel Tentacles (2015), we will explore how Latin American writers unsettle the boundaries of the human as a way to contest dominant subject models. Rather than appeal to a universal humanism, Critical Race and Trans* theorists point to the concept’s origins in colonial projects and racial taxonomies. Following their lead, we will trace how these literary texts foreground a shared enfleshment and artificiality, that which has often been deemed in excess to human essence and connects human bodies to animals, technology, and the divine. In so doing, we will see how these writers disrupt social hierarchies and produce new forms of community based on difference, as opposed to a common identity.

13488    HISP    250    01    Topics in Peninsular Studies: Languages of Spain: Unity-Nationalism-Political Conflict         ONLINE        Silvia Rodriguez Sabater   

This English-language course explores the languages of Spain, their social status, history and development--including such themes as language policies of the Francoist dictatorship, linguistic attitudes towards the regional languages and their speakers, language policy and the constitution, educational policy and the school system, the role of language and culture in nationalism movements and identity, bilingual comunidades autónomas and phenomena such diglossia, translanguaging, codeswitching, and transfer, as well as immigrant languages, and the role of English in the era of globalization.