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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. Offered with an Honors section (080).

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.


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 three genres: poetry, narrative, and drama. 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.


NOTE: Fulfills the College of Arts & Sciences Group A: Creative Arts & Humanities Breadth 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.


NOTE: Fulfills the College of Arts & Sciences Group A: Creative Arts & Humanities Breadth Requirement

SPAN 205:  Spanish Conversation: A Cultural Approach 

This course is designed to build mastery of practical spoken Spanish in its cultural context. The language will be used strategically – to accomplish objectives and resolve conflicts – in situations that relate to everyday life. Linguistic and cultural topics include travel, relationships, food, health, education, sports, entertainment, housing, and jobs. An array of proven language-learning methodologies will be used to build competence. These include role-playing activities, vocabulary expansion, cultural readings, films, oral reports, Internet research, listening activities, pronunciation practice, grammar repair and review, short compositions, and an individual final project. The Honors section features additional mastery activities inside and outside the classroom.

PREREQ: SPAN107, SPAN 112, SPAN 200 or SPAN 201. 

NOTE: Not intended for native speakers. May not be taken if the student has reached the 400 level in Spanish.

SPAN 300: Advanced Spanish Composition and Grammar I

This course is a comprehensive study of basic and complex grammatical structures with both oral and written practice to facilitate further mastery of vocabulary and structures. Cultural topics are explored through readings that raise awareness of the Hispanic world while building up vocabulary to express abstract ideas.  

PREREQ: SPAN 200 and SPAN 201

SPAN 302:  Survey of Spanish Literature

Representative works in all genres of Spanish literature from the 18th century to the present.  

SPAN 302 is a survey of Spanish literature and culture that begins with the 18th century and runs through the present.  Films, short readings (including the Spanish masters Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, José Zorrilla, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Miguel de Unamuno, and Federico García Lorca) and discussion of important themes—war, revolution, faith, love, and redemption—will improve and contextualize your understanding of Spanish culture and history.


NOTE: Fulfills the College of Arts & Sciences Group B: History & Cultural Change Breadth Requirement

SPAN 304: Survey of Spanish-American Literature

Representative works in all genres of Latin American literature in the 20th century.

SPAN304 is a survey of Spanish-American literature and culture that covers from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Films, short readings (including Nobel Prize winners Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, Gabriel García Márquez, and Mario Vargas Llosa) and discussion of important political and economic issues--revolution, dictatorship and the Dirty wars, inequality, migration, and gender and race relations--will improve your familiarity with the many peoples, cultures, and societies in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and South America. 


NOTE: Fulfills the College of Arts & Sciences Group B: History & Cultural Change Breadth 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.


NOTE: Not intended for native speakers

SPAN 315: Reading and Writing for the Sciences

Reading and Writing for the Sciences is 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. 


SPAN319 Spanish Internship in Health Sciences

This experiential learning course seeks to immerse students in real healthcare settings where language proficiency is needed to serve the needs of patients whose first (or dominant) language is Spanish. Direct contact with Spanish-speaking patients will strengthen students' language and cross-cultural skills, while immersion in a real healthcare setting will enhance their understanding of cultural and social aspects relevant to their specific area of concentration (i.e., nursing, physical therapy, etc.). 

PREREQ: SPAN 201 or permission of instructor.

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


NOTE: Fulfills the College of Arts & Sciences Group B: History & Cultural Change Breadth Requirement. Required for teaching majors

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.


NOTE: Fulfills the College of Arts & Sciences Group B: History & Cultural Change Breadth Requirement 

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. 

PREREQ: 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.

SPAN421/621: The Other Queen Elizabeth

The course tries to offer a vision of the reading directed to the princess and then reigns of Castile, Isabel I, to be able to investigate in the incredible trajectory of its ascending to the throne. His ancestry will be compared with the English Isabel, reigns about 80 years after his Spanish namesake). Both monarchs suffered a difficult accession to the throne. Both had to impose their will against the Church and the nobles in order to reign by themselves. How they did it? How did they stay in power? We will read several texts dedicated (or directed) to the Spanish princess and queen to try to answer these questions.

PREREQ: One SPAN 300-level survey of literature course 

SPAN 455: Eros and Agape. Love in the Middle Ages

This course has the purpose of analyzing the attitude in the middle age towards love, emphasizing (but without limiting only) the sensual nature of love. The manifestations of courtly love and the theme of the debate on women will also be studied, relating it to the pro and misogynist attitude, the latter so generalized in medieval times. With this approach, we will read a series of typical works of European literature (De amore (Ovid, Andreas Capellanus), Roman de la Rose, Christine de Pisan) and especially Castilian (among others, the Book of good love, Jail of love, Grisel and Mirabella, and La Celestina).

PREREQ: One 300-level Spanish literature course.  

SPAN 455 Human Rights and Women Protest in Latin America:

This course offers the possibility of looking beyond political prejudices to the struggle of Latin American women in different contexts: violence against women: movement #Ni una menos, to children's literature written by women in dictatorships, up to the struggles of different writers regarding borders or borders in the USA and outside the USA. Writings of femicides and migrants that show us a politically incorrect face of the world we live. Do you want to join the proposal? This course will ask students to develop a social project to apply in the course of the class. We will also have sections of "existential despair" in which students can elaborate on their own social concerns as part of the course and with application of the materials that I study.

NOTE: Works of one or more outstanding authors or on a special theme. 

PREREQ: One 300-level Spanish literature course. 

SPAN 475: Love and Gender in Latin America

This course will explore the experience of gender and sexual minorities in Latin America, from a transvestite nun who fought in the Spanish conquest of Peru, to the suppression of homosexuals under the Cuban Revolution, to transgender artists in the Caribbean club scene. According to recent press accounts, Latin America is the most progressive region in the world on LGBT rights. Yet centuries of social and religious tradition would seem to contradict this, and sexual and gender minorities face prejudice, violence, and silencing in a variety of contexts. Through historical sources, popular media, literature, and film, this course will inform students on the perspectives, struggles, and journeys of LGBTQ lives in Latin America. 

PREREQ: Any of the following: SPAN307, SPAN308, SPAN325, SPAN326.   

SPAN 475/675: New Media and New Directions

Este curso examina las maneras en que los “nuevos medios” y las innovaciones creativas han transformado a América Latina y España desde el siglo XX hasta principios del siglo XXI. El seminario comienza con una exploración de las maneras en que los “nuevos medios” han sido teorizados y definidos, y continúa con el estudio detenido de producción cultural en forma digital de diversas partes del mundo hispanohablante. A lo largo del semestre, investigaremos las culturas digitales de América Latina y España mediante el análisis de textos críticos y teóricos, artes visuales y performance, poesía digital, literatura electrónica, hacktivism, videojuegos y otros productos plurimediáticos e interactivos.

NOTE: This course includes honors and graduate sections; both honors and graduate students will complete a series of special projects, and graduate students will study works from the MA reading list in addition to the undergraduate coursework.

SPAN 477: Drug Culture 

Drug production, trafficking, and consumption have had an immeasurable impact on culture in Latin America, affecting the region’s politics and way of life as well as its art and literature.  This course will examine the euphoria and the tragedy surrounding the drug trade, from psychedelic 1960s creative experiments to Pablo Escobar’s cocaine empire in the 1980s, to the tragic wave of drug violence Mexico faces today.  These topics will be studied through the rigorous analysis of the region’s cultural production, including literature, fiction and documentary film, journalism, electronic media, political discourse, and visual arts.  

SPAN491 Spanish Studies Capstone: When Past and Present Collide

"El único deber que tenemos a la historia es el de escribirla de nuevo.” Estas palabras de Óscar Wilde informan el curso nuestro, en el que leeremos obras de historia ficción tanto del pasado como del presente. Nuestras metas son las de establecer una definición de lo que significa la historia ficción y lo que pretende hacer para el lector. Paralelos con otros géneros literarios (la novela rosa, la novela post-apocalíptica y el filme: la historia de horror, el cuento del zombi) también serán estudiadas.

Through intensive research and study of texts and artifacts on a theme, students will integrate and focus their knowledge of Spanish and Latin American literatures and/or cultures across several disciplines and periods. Taught in Spanish. 

PREREQ: One 400-level literature or culture course. 

NOTE: Senior-level Spanish Studies and Latin American & Iberian Studies majors only. 

SPAN875: The Boom in Latin American Literature. 

The striking emergence of Latin American literature in the decade extending from the early 1960s to the early 1970s is known as the Boom. At this time the political climate was dominated by the Cuban Revolution of 1959 while in Barcelona the Spanish-language publishing industry sought to redefine itself. The explosion of literary activity by Latin American writers, accompanied by these ideological and commercial phenomena, created the conditions for the Boom. 

In this course, we will read the major literary works of the Boom, framed by pre- and post-Boom texts, along with relevant theoretical and critical readings. In particular, we will examine how these writers employ formal experimentation to creatively interpret the historical and social-political reality of Latin America. This graduate seminar will culminate in an original research paper. Literary works include El señor Presidente by Miguel Ángel Asturias, Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo, selected stories by Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar, La muerte de Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes, La casa verde by Mario Vargas Llosa, and Arráncame la vida de Ángeles Mastretta. We will also read excerpts from Rayuela by Cortázar and Gabriel García Márquez’s Cien años de soledad.

SPAN 875: 19th Latin American Literature

PORT 316: Intensive Portuguese for Spanish Students, II 

PORT 316 is a continuation of PORT 216. Students will continue to refine their command of the four language skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—and will complete the study of the basic grammatical structure of Brazilian Portuguese. As in PORT 216, there will be an emphasis on Brazilian culture through films, PowerPoint presentations, readings, and plenty of Brazilian music.

Once again, come prepared to groove to the rhythm and lyrics of samba and bossa nova, to speak lots of Portuguese, and to have a lot of fun learning a really cool language!

PREREQ: PORT 216 or equivalent

NOTE: Not intended for native speakers of Portuguese. The PORT216-316 sequence fulfills the requirement for language 3 of the Three Language major. Also, PORT 316 is part of Option II of the Spanish major and can count toward the Latin American and Iberian Studies major and minor. Additionally, it is part of the Foreign Language Certificate in Brazilian Portuguese.

LLCU 350: Introduction to Game Studies 

This course focuses on the history of video games as a medium of cultural expression and a globally popular form of entertainment, as well as the major critical approaches to the academic study of those games. Significant topics covered include game genres and mechanics; global production and consumption of games; gameplay and the role of the player; the relationship between video games and racial, sexual and cultural identity; “serious” games; hackers, modders and prosumers; social and casual gaming; and new and emerging platforms such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).

LLCU 421/621: Methods of teaching foreign language

How does child language learning differ from that of adults? How can we teach grammar in a communicative and contextualized manner? What role does identity, motivation, and power play in language learning? What type of feedback is most effective? How can we apply second language research and theory to classroom practice? This course addresses these questions and others by focusing on the following. First, we will address first and second language acquisition theories. Second, we will reflect upon and explore research-based practices for teaching a second/foreign language, concentrating on communicative language teaching (CLT) and task-based instruction (TBI). Lastly, we will discuss concrete strategies and techniques for effective teaching in the target language and actualize a variety of hands-on experiences that will contribute to your growth as a professional educator.


PREREQ: Student teacher candidates, language, linguistics, or education majors, who are currently enrolled in 400-level or 600-level classes. Or pre-approval from the course instructor.

LLCU 622

Study of approaches to language syllabus design and materials development, including grammatically sequenced, situational, notional-functional, and task-based approaches. Topics: materials development, textbook evaluation and adaptation, design and implementation of learning units for second-language special purpose and bilingual learners.

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  • Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
  • Jastak-Burgess Hall
  • University of Delaware
  • 30 East Main St.
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2591