Course Descriptions

Major & Minor Course Offerings in Hispanic Studies, Fall 2022

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16145 HISP 252.01    ST: Global Latinidades: From Latinx in the New South to Latinidad across the Globe   TR  09:25 am-10:40 am    David Dulceany

Taught in English. No prerequisite. Counts toward a Spanish major and for Humanities Gen Ed.
This course approaches comparative diasporas through the lens of Latinidad, connecting local and global migrant and immigrant communities. Moving beyond Latinx communities in the US, we will examine how Latinidad functions in countries such as Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, Romania, Spain, Brazil, and the Philippines etc., comparing them to the US Latinx and Afro-Latinx context.
Some of the questions and topics we will explore are: What is the South and Southernness? What is the Global South? What is Latinidad? Who is Latinx, Latina/o/@, Hispanic? How do we define and make sense of these terms? How do we understand different communities, societies, and nations in the context of legal, political, or personal categories based on race, ethnicity, and/or migration?

16723  HISP  252.02  ST: Spanish as a Global Language     ONL  Joseph R Weyers

Taught in English. No prerequisite. Counts toward a Spanish major and for Humanities Gen Ed.
Spanish is spoken by multiple millions of speakers across the globe. It is the second most taught foreign language on the planet, behind English. Spanish has political and economic power in its role as an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, MERCOSUR, and the Organization of American States, among others. Spanish wields social power in its role as a language of UNESCO, of FIFA, in addition to other organizations. Indeed, Spanish has recently attained global prestige in the world of entertainment , as witnessed by multiple accolades for Netflix's original Spanish-language programming and the current boom in popularity of reggaeton. Studying the evolution of the Spanish language's global position allows us to apply what we have seen beyond our borders to predicting the future of Spanish in the United States, where Spanish is currently a minority language.  HISP 252 will explore what makes a language global, and how Spanish is a global language. We will examine the role of Spanish in nation building and its significance in pan-Hispanic unity. Through case studies of the role of Spanish in politics, diplomacy, and economic and social organizations, students will understand that languages (here, Spanish) have power, prestige, and economies.

14454  LTPO    270      1          Studies in Brazilian Film         TR        01:40 pm-02:55 pm       Maria Luci De Biaji Moreira

Study of Brazilian Cinema with rotating topics such as Cinema Novo, women filmmakers, and literary masterpieces adapted to the screen

15007  LTSP     252      1          ST: The Latin American Boom and Beyond    TR            09:25 am-10:40 am    Raul Carrillo-Arciniega

Study of selected works in (English) translation that represent various social, historical and cultural dimensions of Spanish America.

16147  PORT   150      1          Intensive Elementary Portuguese Through Culture            MWF   10:00 am-10:50 am    Daniela L Meireles

6 credits: Port 101 and Port 102 combined.  MWF in person with an online component.  Complete two language courses in one semester.  Complete your language requirement in one year! 

16150  SPAN   312      1          Spanish as a Heritage Language                     ONL            Silvia Rodriguez Sabater

SPAN 312 is specifically designed to use your preexisting contact with Spanish to develop oral and written skills abilities in a variety of formal and informal contexts through materials and activities specifically designed for Spanish heritage language learners (HLLs) like you. In addition to the development of linguistic skills, the course explores topics of interest to US Hispanic/Latino students to have a better understanding of you culture, customs, and traditions in order to build a healthy self-awareness, have pride in your heritage language and culture, investigate your cultural identity, and feel a sense of belonging.

13379  SPAN   314      1          Conversational Skills through Culture TR        10:50 am-12:05 pm        Joseph R Weyers

Process-based approach to guide and refine conversational skills in Spanish, centered on Hispanic/Latino cultural themes. Emphasis on the development of more sophisticated conversational strategies, including spontaneous, connected discourse, while further developing vocabulary and grammar usage. Readings and conversation topics include a wide range of situations, and themes from a variety of Spanish-speaking countries.

13380  SPAN   314      2          Conversational Skills through Culture TR        09:25 am-10:40 am         Joseph R Weyers

Process-based approach to guide and refine conversational skills in Spanish, centered on Hispanic/Latino cultural themes. Emphasis on the development of more sophisticated conversational strategies, including spontaneous, connected discourse, while further developing vocabulary and grammar usage. Readings and conversation topics include a wide range of situations, and themes from a variety of Spanish-speaking countries.

15574  SPAN   316      1          Applied Spanish          MWF   09:00 am-09:50 am    TBA

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.

15575  SPAN   317      1          Introduction to Spanish for Business MWF   10:00 am-10:50 am         TBA

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.

16151  SPAN   318      1          Spanish for International Business    MWF   11:00 am-11:50 am         TBA

An introduction to the vocabulary, style, and conceptual framework for dealing with speakers of Spanish in international business. Topics include: organization of corporations in Latin America and Spain, corporate finance and the banking system, marketing, import/export firms, the role of government and the informal market in Spanish-speaking countries and cultural matters related to commerce in the Hispanic world.

13843  SPAN   320      1          Introduction to Textual Analysis        TR        09:25 am-10:40 am         Nadia D Avendano

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.

13839  SPAN   320      2          Introduction to Textual Analysis        MWF   12:00 pm-12:50 pm        Michael A Gomez

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.

13905  SPAN   333      1          Topics in Hispanic Cultures: A Tale of Two Spains            MWF   11:00 am-11:50 am    Michael A Gomez

This course studies the political, intellectual and artistic histories of Spain -- from the dawn of the 18th Century to the present day -- paying special attention to the fruitful and, at times, tragic tensions resulting from the introduction of Enlightenment ideals, which accompanied the Bourbon dynastic transition.

13906  SPAN   333      2          Topics in Hispanic Cultures: Andes Mágicos: Indigenous Representation in the Andean World TR        10:50 am-12:05 pm    Jose Rafael Chavarry

This course will explore how the Andean region (primarily Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador) and the indigenous and peasant populations in the area have been represented and have represented themselves, in literature, art, music and film from the 19th century to the present. First, we will learn about the geographic and demographic characteristics of the region, to then examine how the legacy of colonialism and contemporary extractivism have portrayed the Andes as primitive, mysterious and as the antithesis of modernity. To learn the historical basis of these representations, and to challenge them and offer more nuanced understandings, we will engage with the work of writers such as José María Arguedas and Ventura García Calderón, the testimonio of peasant Asunta Quispe Huamán, the sounds of soprano Yma Sumac and popstar Renata Flores, the photographic work of Martín Chambi, among many others.

13680  SPAN   344      1          Advanced Grammar and Lexicon       MWF   12:00 pm-12:50 pm        Ezequiel Durand-Lopez

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.

16152  SPAN   366      1          Select Readings in Spanish America: Cine y literatura hispanoamericano   TR        01:40 pm-02:55 pm        Raul Carrillo-Arciniega

El curso tiene como objetivo mostrar el diálogo y la fusión de las novelas y cuentos de la literatura hispanoamericana con el cine. En el curso se explorarán fragmentos de novelas que han sido puestas en formato de cine: por ejemplo, Crónica de una muerte anunciada de García Márquez, Pantaleón y las visitadoras de Vargas Llosa, Entre Pancho Villa y una mujer desnuda de Sabina Berman, El beso de la mujer araña de Manuel Puig, El cartero de Neruda, entre otras. Se discutirán los temas propuestos en los filmes y en las narraciones para explorar los dos medios artísticos y su forma de abordarlos. Asimismo, revisaremos los tipos de ensayo para hablar de las narraciones y de los textos visuales. Exploraremos más a profundidad el ensayo literario interpretativo, reseña crítica de cine, informe literario y ensayo de causa y efecto.

14051  SPAN   367      1          ST: Facing the Enemy: Representations of Conflict and Resolution                  ONL     Emily S Beck

Duels, battles of wit, surprise attacks, devious manipulations, and open battles are all ways to face your enemies with varying degrees of success. How do authors and artists depict conflict and resolution in a variety of Spanish works? Which strategies prove successful and why? How do gender, race, ethnicity, religion, and socio-economic status inform the strategies one uses and one’s ability to forge a new way forward? Can understanding the ways that authors and artists of the past grappled with overcoming violence provide us models for conflict resolution in the 21st century? This course examines these issues from a variety of Spanish works from diverse historical moments, including narrative, drama, poetry, visual art, and film. Each unit will be structured around specific types of conflict and resolutions; we will examine the implications of the struggle and the solutions put forth and analyze what they might mean for readers at the time and the relevance for us today. Among the selections from which our analyses will draw include: la poesía juglaresca y la epopeya, El Conde Lucanor, Libro de buen amor, los cancioneros, el romancero, María de Zayas y Sotomayor, Miguel de Cervantes, Calderón de la Barca, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, among others.

13381  SPAN   381      1          Introduction to Spanish Linguistics    MWF   11:00 am-11:50 am         Colleen M Moorman

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.

14315  SPAN   381      2          Introduction to Spanish Linguistics    MWF   10:00 am-10:50 am         Colleen M Moorman

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.

14368  SPAN   381      3          Introduction to Spanish Linguistics    TR        09:25 am-10:40 am         Ricard Vinas De Puig

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.

16158  SPAN   418      1          Advanced Spanish for Business Communication            MWF   01:00 pm-01:50 pm    TBA

This course prepares students for complex cross-cultural communication in the Hispanic business world, emphasizing real-life use of oral and written Spanish needed by future managers and leaders making informed decisions. Cultural awareness and business terminology will be further developed. Strategies for negotiating meaning, and responding to new information will be reinforced through challenging role-plays, news analysis and letter writing. Accurate understanding will be stressed with some practice with written and sight translations, and short consecutive interpreting.

16153  SPAN   445      1          Spanish Phonetics and Phonology     MWF   01:00 pm-01:50 pm        Colleen M Moorman

An introduction to the sound system of Spanish and its varieties, designed to provide intensive practice in pronunciation.

16154  SPAN   490      1          ST: Sea Anemone, Roach-Men and Hurricanes in Latin America                      ONL     Christina M Garcia

This course explores the relationship between artistic practices and the cultivation of an ecological sensibility through the work of contemporary Latin American writers and artists. Specifically, the course attends to representations of metamorphoses and considers how such representations make visible environmental catastrophes and social injustices in the region. The course also considers how these Latin American images and texts offer alternative ways of seeing and organizing the world that would lead to more sustainable and equitable politics. Drawing from the fields of Ecocriticism, Critical Animal Studies and Transgender studies, among others, we will examine novels where Black Atlantic religious beliefs intersect with science fiction, installations assembled from trash collected from the shorelines of the Dominican Republic and Miami Beach and digital photography of biomorphic transformations.

16155  SPAN   490      2          ST: Writing Against: Spanish Narrative and Social Change            MWF   11:00 am-11:50 am    Susan M Divine

In this class we’ll engage texts that write against power structures to challenge notions of Spanish identity. Beginning in the Franco dictatorship we’ll read authors and filmmakers who wrote against authority while under censorship. We will look at those who warned against the neoliberal transformation of Spain in the transition to democracy in the 1980s and 1990s, and those who since the early 2000s write to warn against forgetting, against unjust spatial practices, and against sexism, racism, or ableism. These narrators want to both reckon with traumatic pasts and presents while imagining brighter futures. Specifically, the class will focus on authors Miguel Delibes, Luis Gracia Berlanga, Ana María Matute, Eduardo Mendoza, Isaac Rosa, Elvira Navarro, Lluis Quilez, and Javier Fresser, as well as cultural figures like Boré Buika.

16156  SPAN   491      1          ST: Spanish as a Global Language      TR        01:40 pm-02:55 pm        Joseph R Weyers

Spanish is spoken by multiple millions of speakers across the globe. It is the second most taught foreign language on the planet, behind English. Spanish has political and economic power in its role as an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, MERCOSUR, and the Organization of American States, among others. Spanish wields social power in its role as a language of UNESCO, of FIFA, in addition to other organizations. Indeed, Spanish has recently attained global prestige in the world of entertainment , as witnessed by multiple accolades for Netflix's original Spanish-language programming and the current boom in popularity of reggaeton. Studying the evolution of the Spanish language's global position allows us to apply what we have seen beyond our borders to predicting the future of Spanish in the United States, where Spanish is currently a minority language.  SPAN 491 will explore what makes a language global, and how Spanish is a global language. We will examine the role of Spanish in nation building and its significance in pan-Hispanic unity. Through case studies of the role of Spanish in politics, diplomacy, and economic and social organizations, students will understand that languages (here, Spanish) have power, prestige, and economies.

16157  SPAN   630      1          Select Readings in Spain: Amor y honor: ¿conflicto sin solución?                    ONL     Carmen M Grace

Este curso analiza la idea del amor y su evolución en una selección de textos escritos y visuales medievales, renacentistas y barrocos. Los alumnos estudiarán teorías filosóficas amatorias que influenciaron el pensamiento europeo de la época junto con otros conceptos clave como era la caballería, el honor y la religión. El curso hará hincapié en el valor de la imagen y la simbología usada para expresar el juego del amor y la pasión amorosa en una variedad de géneros literarios (poesía, narrativa y teatro). Este estudio será complementado con lecturas sobre el contexto histórico y cultural de la época.