Spanish Course Offerings Fall 2021

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SPAN200

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​SPAN 200: Spanish Composition & Grammar

​SPAN 200: Spanish Composition and Grammar

An intensive study of selected grammatical topics (ser-estar, preterit and imperfect, present subjunctive and commands); vocabulary; grammatical exercises and short compositions.

In this course you will acquire new vocabulary, broaden and improve your knowledge of grammatical structures (agreement, verb tenses, pronouns, and much more). You will learn strategies for developing and refining your written communication skills.

Offered with an Honors section.​

Prerequisite: SPAN 107

SPAN 201: Spanish Reading & Composition

This course places major emphasis on the development of reading, writing and analytical skills while studying literary selections from Spain and Latin America.

In this course the student has the opportunity to read a wide variety of Spanish and Latin American literature in up to four genres: poetry, narrative, drama, and essay. The student will develop reading skills as well as a solid knowledge of the literary terms and movements which will be encountered in more advanced literature classes. Compositions will be based on interpretation of the readings and will be directed towards reinforcing the use of literary terminology.

This class may contain a section with an Honors component. Honors students may be asked to participate in weekly discussion threads through Canvas, memorization of poems, and/or a short drama performance. Offered with an Honors section.

Prerequisite: SPAN 200

Fulfills Arts and Sciences “Group A” Creative Arts and Humanities Requirement

SPAN 201: Spanish Reading & Composition (HONORS)

This course, for HONORS students, places major emphasis on the development of reading, writing and analytical skills while studying literary works from Spain and Latin America in three genres: poetry, narrative and drama. In-class discussion and compositions will be based on interpretation of the readings and will be directed towards reinforcing the use of literary terminology. Other highlights included in this course are weekly discussion threads through Canvas, memorization of poems, and a short drama performance.

Prerequisite: SPAN 200

Fulfills Arts and Sciences “Group A” Creative Arts and Humanities Requirement

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SPAN205

​SPAN 205: Spanish Conversation, A Cultural Approach

SPAN 205: Spanish Conversation, A Cultural Approach

This course builds mastery of practical spoken Spanish in its cultural context. Spanish will be used strategically in situations that relate to everyday life, with topics such as health, education, relationships, travel, sports, food, housing, security, family life, entertainment and media. The ultimate objective of this course is for students to be able to fulfill individual goals using Spanish. The Honors section features additional proficiency activities inside and outside the classroom including one-on-one conversations with native speakers and third-party assessment for proficiency feedback.

Prerequisite: Spanish 107 with a grade of B.

Restrictions: May not be taken if the student has reached the 400 level in Spanish because the appropriate oral-communication course for that level is Spanish 305.

Not intended for native speakers. 

SPAN 300: Advanced Spanish Composition and Grammar I

This course is primarily designed to consolidate the fundamentals of Spanish grammar and introduce advanced structures through intense targeted practice. Writing communication skills are developed and refined towards an elaborate syntactic production. Cultural and historical topics are explored through short readings that raise awareness of the Spanish-speaking world while building up vocabulary to express abstract ideas. The emphasis on grammar will be linked to the exploration of historical and cultural facts. At this stage, emphasis is given to accuracy of grammar, active use of vocabulary, sentence structure (moving from simple to compound sentences), and cohesiveness at the paragraph level.

Offered with an Honors section.

Prerequisites: SPAN 200​

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SPAN 303
​SPAN 303: Survey of Spanish-American Literature

SPAN 303: Survey of Spanish-American Literature

This course is a survey of Latin American literature and culture from Christopher Columbus to the beginning of the 20th century. It offers an overview of the most salient moments in Latin American cultural history, placing emphasis on the ways in which specific works and movements relate to the social and political developments that have shaped the region.

The course will stress the development of reading, writing and speaking skills in Spanish through film, text analysis, and the study of Latin American history from the Spanish Conquest to the end of the 19th century.

Offered with an Honors section.

Prerequisite: SPAN 201

Fulfills College of Arts and Sciences “Group B” History and Cultural Change requirement​

SPAN 305: Oral Communication

For individuals with a comprehensive knowledge of Spanish grammar and vocabulary. Emphasis on refinement of expression of abstract ideas as well as mastery of practical communication.

You love Spanish. You would love to travel to Spanish-speaking countries. You can read Spanish and you can communicate but you want to be able to have meaningful Spanish conversation. This course is designed to help you speak Spanish more fluently and expand your vocabulary while learning current issues and customs in the Hispanic world. The goal is to enable you to sustain conversations and express your opinions on diverse topics. The course draws from a variety of resources, including short stories and essays, articles from the Spanish press, slides, videos, and satellite newscasts. Interactive formats such as class discussions, debates, oral presentations and scenarios will be used.

Offered with an Honors section.

Prerequisite: SPAN 200

Restrictions: Not intended for native speakers

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SPAN 314

​SPAN 314: Spanish Phonetics & Phonology

SPAN 314: Spanish Phonetics and Phonology

This course is mandatory for prospective Spanish teachers, and highly recommended to students enrolled in the Spanish for Healthcare minor, as well as any students who want to improve and practice their pronunciation in Spanish. The course will help you to understand how the Spanish phonetic system evolved, and is organized, compared to the system in English. This, together with a wealth of practical exercises will enable you to attain a more native-like pronunciation. You will learn how to divide Spanish words into syllables, where and when to put written accents, how to pronounce vowels and consonants, as well as learn about Spanish rhythm, intonation, linguistic variation, the evolution of the language, and phonetic transcription. You will also learn the anatomy of the mouth and the movements that take place in articulation in order to be able to explain to your future students how to successfully produce the sounds of Spanish.

Prerequisite: SPAN 200​

SPAN 315: Reading & Writing for Healthcare Professionals

Devoted to the analysis and creation of professional discourse in Spanish as well as the study of the cultural issues related to science, health, and healthcare in the Spanish-speaking world. Students will hone their reading and writing skills in the Spanish language and develop their understanding of the ways health, illness, and medicine are perceived in Spanish-speaking cultures. The course aims to prepare students for careers in medical and scientific fields. Offered with an Honors section (080).

Prerequisite: Two SPAN 2xx courses taught in Spanish.

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SPAN 319

​​SPAN 319: Spanish Internship in Health Sciences

SPAN 319: Spanish Internship in Health Sciences

This experiential learning course seeks to immerse students in settings where language proficiency is needed to serve the needs of patients whose first (or dominant) language is Spanish. Contact with Spanish-speaking community organizations, healthcare providers, and/or patients will strengthen students' language and cross-cultural skills, while guest speakers and in-class activities will enhance their understanding of cultural and social aspects relevant to serving Spanish-speaking communities.

Prerequisite: Two SPAN3XX courses; SPAN315 highly recommended


SPAN 325: Spanish Civilization and Culture

Survey of geography, history, art and society of Spain. This course offers a survey of the geography, history, culture, politics and society of Spain. You will study key historical events, from prehistoric times to the most recent developments, as well as cultural movements that have shaped Spanish national identity. The course is conducted in Spanish and the readings are in Spanish

Prerequisite: SPAN 200

Fulfills College of Arts and Sciences “Group B” History and Cultural Change requirement

Required for teaching majors

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SPAN 326

​SPAN 326: Latin American Civilizations & Cultures

SPAN 326: Latin American Civilizations and Cultures

This course is a survey of the history and culture of Latin America from the time of the region’s indigenous empires to the present. Students will analyze fundamental aspects of the region’s history, geography, politics and cultural production, focusing on issues including human rights, colonialism, nationalism, military intervention, globalization and migration. This course is designed to prepare students for the advanced study of Latin American cultural production by providing them with the historical and social context necessary for studying the cultures of this region. Students will gain an appreciation for the historical roots of present-day social and political issues in Latin America, improve their research and analysis skills, develop their capacity for independent learning and critically examine crucial issues related to Latin American culture.

Prerequisite: SPAN 200

Fulfills College of Arts and Sciences “Group B” History and Cultural Change requirement and University Multicultural requirement

SPAN 352: Introduction to Business Spanish

This course is an introduction of essential business/commercial terminology in common business context, reinforcing strategies for understanding, interpreting, and responding to new information, and providing opportunities for interactive practice. It familiarizes students with basic policies and practices of the Hispanic business community. It includes writing, conversation, grammar and culture.

Prerequisite: SPAN200 and SPAN201

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SPAN 401

​​SPAN 401: Advanced Composition & Grammar II

SPAN 401: Advanced Composition & Grammar II

SPAN401 is not a systematic study of Spanish grammar (that is the purpose of the SPAN 200 and 300 prerequisites for this course). In SPAN401 students will practice and apply what they have learned in previous courses, as well as broaden their vocabulary through different kinds of writings (i.e.: summaries, opinion papers, narrations, feature articles, descriptions, poems, short stories, etc.), projects and class participation. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to study and practice more in-depth those structures that traditionally cause the most problems: subjunctive vs. indicative, past tenses, prepositions and pronouns, reflexivity, active vs. passive, text progression, determination, word order, direct vs. indirect speech, sequence of tenses, use of complex tenses, etc. The SPAN 401 textbook contains an array of authentic readings about the culture, history, and politics of Spain and Latin America. The overall goal of SPAN 401 is to help students reach the ACTFL Language Testing Advanced-Low Level.

Prerequisite: This course is the last in a series of Spanish language courses. Students must have taken SPAN 200 and SPAN 300 before enrolling for this course. The course is conducted in Spanish.

Honors students will meet for an additional conversation hour (tertulia) once every week.

SPAN 455: Medieval Fact & Fictions

Stories of knights, warriors, magical encounters, princesses and damsels in distress provide the backdrop to our understanding of middle ages. But, equally so, modern understanding of the middle ages produces images that are backwards, unhygienic, and morally stunted. How to understand it all? This course offers a view into the Iberian middle ages that separates modern notions and medieval sensibilities. The course begins with the examination of Castilian legendary hero, Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, as represented in the epic poems and narrative chronicles of the time, which may be contrasted with the history of the actual man. The course examines the role of “Church and State,” and looks at how these institutions of power developed to control gender norms and social relationships. The course ends with a look at the medieval princess who was never supposed to be queen, Isabel I of Castile, and explores how her identity was shaped in poems and medieval “fairy tale,” while glossing over the brutal realities that informed her rise to power.

Prerequisites: SPAN301, SPAN302, SPAN303, or SPAN304.

​SPAN 460: The Nations of Spain: From Andalucía to el País Vasco

This seminar explores contemporary literature of Spain across regions. From sun-baked Andalusian towns to the vibrant city of Barcelona to mist-shrouded Galician estates to timeless villages in the Basque countryside, we will experience Spanish life in many different settings. These are regions that lay claim to independent status as nations. All readings will be in Castilian (what we usually call “Spanish”); some are expert translations from Catalan, Galician and Basque. Titles span a range of genres: drama, short story and the novel. The overarching goal of this course is to take a literary journey through Spain, reading a few select works with care and focusing on individual responses. Through intensive practice, each student will build his or her critical skills and language abilities.

Prerequisite: One SPAN 300-level survey of literature course​

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SPAN 475

​​SPAN 475: Sex & Gender in Latin America

SPAN 475: Sex and Gender in Latin America

In this course we analyze the construction and performance of gender and sexuality in Latin American cultures and their relationship to political, social and economic power. Students will finish the course with a broad understanding of how sex and gender have historically been constructed and enacted in Latin America, and will be able to articulate perspectives associated with sexual and gender minorities. Topics: pre-Columbian sexualities, sexuality and the Spanish Inquisition, witches and midwives, gender and dress, gender and science, machismo and Marianismo, prostitution, drag cultures, sex tourism, fashion, sports, plastic surgery, gender in reggaetón, trap and música urbana.

Gender and sexuality in Latin American cultures and their relationship to power: pre-Columbian sexualities, sexuality and the Spanish Inquisition, witches and midwives, gender and dress, machismo and Marianismo, prostitution, drag cultures, sex tourism, fashion, sports, beauty, gender in reggaetón, trap and urbano.

Prerequisite: One of the following: SPAN 301, 302, 303, 304, SPAN 307, SPAN 308, SPAN 325, SPAN 326, or SPAN 355.

SPAN 475: Romantic Culture

The goal of this class is to examine a collection of outstanding short stories written by celebrated Latin American authors during the age of Romanticism. This course combines critical and creative approaches to language learning. It enables students to hone their reading comprehension and written communication skills, as well as master new vocabulary and learn to express themselves creatively. This course focuses on helping students develop the ability to read and write more proficiently through critical reading and storytelling.

Prerequisite: One of the following: SPAN 301, 302, 303, 304, SPAN 307, SPAN 308, SPAN 325, SPAN 326, or SPAN 355.

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