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Courses at 400 level

Courses at the 400-level

(Pre-requisite: Spanish 240, 242, 246 or instructor’s consent)

Spanish 415 – Culture and Civilization of Spain  (3 credits): This course explores a variety of aspects of Spain's history and culture, including arts, cinema, media, contemporary and past societies, women’s history, nationalities, and minority languages. Students examine a rich selection of materials, including films, documentaries, tv series, social media, newspapers, plays, performances, art works, historical documents, literature, and other sources. Class activities and assignments are oriented to help students develop critical thinking on cultural products while improving their oral and writing skills in Spanish. Different instructors teach this course and therefore its specific focus varies accordingly.

Spanish 417 – Culture and Civilization of Latin America (4 credits, AL/DG): The historical development of Spanish American culture and civilization through its different manifestations. Historical periods and topics covered depend on the instructor and/or semester. This class fulfills the SBDG General Education requirement.  

Spanish 424 – Latinx Popular Culture  (3 credits): This course examines the mapping of race, gender, and sexuality onto Latinx bodies in popular culture. Working chronologically from the early 20th century to the present, we will examine popular depictions of Latinx people in television, film, music, and print culture. In particular, we will analyze how moral panic has been historically displaced onto Latinx bodies—from Carmen Miranda to Alicia Machado. We will also consider Latinx bodies as agents of resistance to normative discourses, such as those of purity, cleanliness, and religiosity. Course readings and viewing will range from popular culture texts to critical readings from feminist theory, critical race theory, and queer theory.

Spanish 431 – Contemporary Theater in Spain and Catalonia  (3 credits): This course examines the social, historical and cultural transformation Spain and Catalonia have undergone by studying plays of the last twenty-five years. We will read plays exploring relevant topics and will watch their stage and screen adaptations.

Spanish 432 – From Book to Screen  (3 credits): This class will study Spanish literary works and their cinematic adaptations. It will address the fundamental differences between written words and visual image, measure the fidelity of the recreation, and reflect upon the implications of ideology and gender for reinterpretation.

Spanish 440 - Journey to the Hispanic Caribbean: Literature, art and culture  (3 credits): This course is an introduction to the literature, art and culture of the Hispanic Caribbean, both insular and continental. It includes analysis and discussion on the main authors and artists from the region, in order to explore intersections between literature, art, history and geo-political situation.

Spanish 456 – Spanish Translation for Community Health Services  (3 credits): In this course students will work in translating from English into Spanish documents for a regional community health services provider while also studying the challenges and responsibilities of working as civically-engaged volunteers in an urban community health services setting. Each week they will engage in two types of activities. During the first weekly sessions students will learn about the Latino community and its interactions with the healthcare system. They will also learn about current health disparities and the importance of linguistic and cultural competency within the healthcare system to address them. During the second session we will work on translating documents.

Spanish 460 – Imagining the city  (3 credits) This course focuses on artistic representations of Iberian and Latin American cities during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. More specifically, this course studies how cities and their texts have responded to significant moments of transformation by examining topics such as, but not limited to, immigration, conflict, natural disaster, interior space and public sphere, and technology

Spanish 465 – Business Spanish  (3 credits): Examination of macro- and micro-economic topics in the Spanish-speaking world. A project-based course (optional civic engagement component) with analysis of local and international economic and business-related issues. Utilization of Spanish terminology in commercial correspondence and business. 

Spanish 470 – General View of Hispanic Linguistics  (3 credits, R2) This course offers an introduction to general notions of language and involves critical thinking, logic and linguistic notation. In this class students will learn the formal properties of the Spanish language: phonology, prosody, morphology, syntax and semantics. The general goal of the course is to present a broad view of the nature of human language using Spanish as an example. This class fulfills the Analytical Reasoning (R2) General Education Requirement.

Spanish 471 – Linguistic Varieties and Pluralism  (4 credits): This course offers students an introduction to regional and social varieties of Spanish in Spain, Latin America and the U.S., and an overview of situations of language contact and multilingualism affecting Spanish in those areas with special attention to minority varieties.

Spanish 472 – Phonological Evolution from Latin to Spanish  (3 credits): Using a hands-on approach, this course provides an introduction to the principles and methods of linguistic reconstruction to describe major derivational processes of language change from Classical Latin to Modern Spanish.

Spanish 474 – Caribbean Spanish  (3 credits):Focus on the dialectal features and sociolinguistic situations related to varieties of Spanish spoken in the Caribbean. We will mainly focus on Puerto Rican, Dominican and Cuban Spanish, with the bulk of these readings being on Puerto Rican Spanish. Students will carry out various assignments that require them to elicit speech from native speakers of Caribbean Spanish.

Spanish 497H (cross-listed, Film 497C) - Contemporary Hispanic Film (3 credits): This course gathers together an array of recent Latin American, Spanish, Caribbean, and Latinx films with an emphasis on addressing the experiences of marginalized people. We will explore the historical and cultural contexts in which these films are made and seen, in many cases reaching vast audiences around the world, and we will push at the boundaries of the category "Hispanic" in cinema. Analysis and discussions will also draw on insights from film theory, such as approaches to world cinema, "Third Cinema", national and transnational cinemas, and Hamid Naficy's concept of "accented cinema." Taught in English with films subtitled in English. Spanish majors/students encouraged to submit written work in Spanish.

Spanish 497SW - Fighting Facism: Spanish Civil War (3 credits): In this course we will study how the Spanish Civil War has been protrayed and memorialized in literature, film, theater, and art. The course will focus on the representation of the fight against facism in Spain and abroad by, among others, Goerge Orwell, Ernest Hemingway, and Pablo Neruda. We will pay special attention to archives of the American volunteers that formed the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. Other matierals include recent scholarship on the Spanish civil war, Picasso's Guernica, photography, film, plays, and performances.