Spring / Fall Course Content
This course is intended primarily for students with some background in grammar and syntax. The course presents the student with a variety of practical situations to improve communication in Spanish. Oral presentations about cultural and social Spain, current readings, and quotations by famous people, debate, and acquisition of new vocabulary and expressions. The final grade will primarily be assessed on the quality of class participation and weekly class work.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of linguistic analysis applied to Spanish. The course provides an overview of main linguistics areas such as phonology, word formation, syntax and semantics. Students will also become familiar with related aspects of the study of linguistics: diachronic approach to language and issues in sociolinguistics.
The mail goal of this course is to improve students' pronunciation in Spanish through general concepts of Spanish phonetics; oral practice of articulation of sounds, intonation, measure and intensity; and written transcriptions. It also studies the pronunciation varieties existing throughout Spain and Latin America.
This course strives for a deeper understanding of grammatical aspects of the Spanish language through an intensive review of the main forms and uses of "ser" and "estar", simple and perfect verb tenses, pronouns, prepositions, passive voice, imperative, subjunctive and indicative/subjunctive contrast. It is assumed the student has a working knowledge of the mechanics. Though this course is a review, it is intended to increase the student's skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking in preparation for work in upper-level courses.
Attention will center on in-depth examination of the nuances of vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, grammar and style. Students will write on a broad range of topics in a variety of formats for a variety of purposes. Their work will serve as a point of departure for analysis of written language.
This course is designed for students planning to work in the health care field and who want to develop fundamental written and oral skills and vocabulary for the assessment of Spanish speaking patients in a variety of settings. Students will gain familiarity with non-technical and semi-technical functional vocabulary, along with idiomatic expressions and situational phrases that are used in medical Spanish. Medical language skills and cultural competency for health care situations will be developed as well as a review of important grammatical features.
3031 Conversation Cinema-Latin America
This class is designed as an advanced-level conversation class, with a cultural component. The major course materials are contemporary Latin American films and supplementary readings. Classroom activities are designed to track deficiencies in pronunciation, accent, grammar, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Through the content of the films, students study issues relating to the cultures of Latin America.
This is an advanced Spanish course recommended for students with a solid background in Spanish. It focuses on the use of Spanish business terminology concerning business organization, management, banking, real estate and equipment, human resources, products and services, marketing (buying and selling, storage, transportation and advertising) and foreign trade. It also deals with the fundamentals of practical commercial Spanish correspondence and documentation. Other important aspects of the course will be studying Hispanic countries' commercial behaviors, and their present economical reality.
4202 Hispanic Sociolinguistics )**
This course presents students with an introductory coverage of the most relevant topics related to the interrelationship between language and society, as well as language and culture in the particular context of the Spanish language and its varieties. Topics covered are linguistic variation, bilingualism, diglossia, attitudes towards language, gender issues, code switching, language planning, discourse analysis, and language substitution. Strongly recommended: one previous course in Spanish linguistics.
The aim of this course is to explore the general principles and the practical techniques of translation from Spanish to English (sometimes from English to Spanish) by discussing and translating examples drawn from a wide variety of registers. Colloquial, general, literary, and technical texts will be translated and commented on during the course. The final grade will be assessed not only on the basis of exams, but also on weekly class work and the quality of class participation.
The course will focus on analyzing contemporary texts in prose, poetry and drama, all representing main tendencies, and showing the social atmosphere of the moment. This course will provide beginning Spanish majors and other interested students with the basic terminology and concepts involved in textual analysis. Practice in writing analytical essays and examinations on literary topics will prepare the student for more advanced courses of Spanish and Spanish American literature.
General introduction to Medieval and Golden Age Spanish literature through selected texts. The course if focused on reading and commentary on basic works for a better understanding of both periods: La Celestina, Lazarillo de Tormes, Fuenteovejuna. Students will finish the class with an appropriate knowledge of different stages in evolution of Spanish, an understanding of the works discussed and the cultural, and social context in which they were made.
A survey of Spanish texts and authors from the beginning of the Enlightenment to the contemporary period, that shows the complexity of the cultural and social life in Spain during this important period, the paths that historical facts such as Spanish Civil War left in the literature and the evolution of Spanish diversity. We will study literary movements such as Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Generation of 98, and Modernism, Generation of 1927, post-war and post-Franco literature.
This is a survey of Latin American literature in the 20th century. It will deal chronologically with short stories, poetry, and a few essays. The aim will be to provide a general introduction to the study of modern and contemporary Spanish American literature, its main periods and movements and its major authors showing its richness, diversity and complexity. We will read a selection of authors coming from very diverse countries and cultural environments, among others, Gabriel García Márquez, Julio Cortázar, Juan Rulfo, Luisa Valenzuela, Joge Luis Borges...
4320 Contemporary Latin American Short Fiction
Study of Spanish literary works throughout the 20th and 21st centuries: following the evolution of the different types of literature through main Spanish works; focusing on some problems that the study of modern Spanish literature finds, such as the generational phenomena (what is exactly the difference between Generación del 98 and Modernismo), the Spanish periodization of main movements (Modernismo vs. Vanguardia); and the influence of social, cultural and political events (Spanish Civil War, Dictatorship of Franco, Transition to Democracy) on Spanish literature and writers.
This course will focus on the analysis of text by Latin American writers published in the 20th century. Topics such as growing up female, women in relationships, love and power, women in politics, and strategies of literary representation will be examined. Readings will include works by Isabel Allende, Rosario Castellanos, Elena Garro, Luisa Valenzuela, Rosario Ferré, Griselda Gambaro, and narrative by young authors. Readings will also include theoretical texts dealing with gender theory
This course, on one hand, focuses on how translation from literary language to cinema language works. Students discuss the differences between some literary works and the movies that are based on them, and are invited to think about the changes in context, and the different rhetoric's that are used. On the other hand, since all the examples are taken from Spanish literature and cinema, the course provides students with a comprehensive look at the society that has produced the films and the books from which they are made; very diverse cultural, social and literary issues about Spain are discussed in this class.
Considering the basic dynamics of global business and the fundamental part that Spanish-speaking countries play worldwide, the following variables will be analyzed, as well as ways to put them to use: Government taxing, financing, investment and expenses for families and businesses, the consumer market, the work market, investment and lending market, business production, forms of payment, price performance in a supply and demand market. Business Spanish is a prerequisite for this course.
4704 Islamic Iberia (Or HIEU 3151 Islamic Iberia***)
This course offers an introduction to Islam and a cultural history of Al Andalus from 711 until the expulsion of the Moriscos from early modern Spain in 1609. We will concentrate on several major moments: The Emirate/Caliphate of Córodba and Islamic hegemony in the peninsula; fragmentation of the Caliphate and the cultural splendor of the taifa kingdoms in the eleventh century; the advent of Moslem fundamentalism from the Maghreb in the eleventh and twelfth centuries; the phenomenon of mudejarismo after the Christian conquest of Seville and Cordoba in the thirteenth century; the contradictions posed by Islam in Granada, a client stat of Castile during most of its history, after the decline of Islam in the rest of the peninsula (1250-1492); and the problems created by the vestigial presence of Islamic culture in a Christian state immediately after the conquest of Granada and during the sixteenth century.
4700 Spanish Culture and Civilization (or HIEU 3712 Sp. Cult. and Civ.***)
This course intends to inform the student of the peculiarities and traits that define and have defined the social, political, ideological, economic and cultural context of Spain on a national as well as regional scale. Using a historic-political reference, an analysis will be made of the points that best define Spanish cultural reality: festivals, bulls, music, gastronomy, art, etc…., which will allow the student to passing precise coordinates to this reality beyond preconceived ideas and stereotypes.
4710 Latin American Culture and Civilization (or HILA 2110 L.A. Civ***)
This course intends to acquaint the student with the cultural richness and diversity of Latin America. The topics to be studies are compiled from a selection of different aspects of the Latin America societies, thereby pointing out and identifying the diversity as well as similarities of countries of the region. A thematic approach is taken to study the political, social, historical, and artistic components that contribute to the unique cultural development of the continent. In addition, a study of diverse cultural artifacts is used to explore the ethnic and cultural heterogeneity of Latin American societies including the Latin presence in the United States.
4706 Spanish 20th Century History (or HIEU 3602 Spanish 20th Century History ***)
The study and comprehension of contemporary Spanish history gives us a fundamental tool for understanding the present and in a way project to the future of this country. After a short summary of the 19 th C., we will make an in-depth analysis of the so-called Crisis of ’98 to begin the transition to the 20 th C; the rule of Alfonso XIII and the crisis of the Restoration; dictatorship of Primo de Rivera; Second Republic; Civil War, franquismo, and finally, the transition to democracy, finishing up in the Spain of today.
4705 Spanish Mass Media (or MDST 4705 Spanish Mass Media***)
Mass media, especially those based on images, are very important nowadays to create, modify and empower cultural communities by providing signs of identity and topics to discuss inside the community. Studying media is a very good way to discover how today's Spaniards think about themselves and others, since media simultaneously influence and reflect those images. This course starts with background on the history and structure of the media in Spain, discussions about some multimedia texts to discover how they work and find out relevant information about Spain in different levels of reading: implicit ideologies, roles of men and women, current controversies, Spanish identity vs. regional identities, the influence of opinion lobbies, images of USA.
Over the past 30 years, the Spanish economy has faced basic changes that have allowed for its modernization and incorporation into the process of growing international economic integration. After a brief summary of Spanish economic history from the end of the Civil Wa, we will make an in-depth sector analysis, finishing with a study of how this fundamental process of adaptation, make necessary by the economic policies set forth by the European Union, affected the politics of regional equilibrium and the work of market.
Nineteenth and 20th century Spanish art boasts of some of the most outstanding figures of world art: Goya, Picasso, Dalí, Miró, Tapies, Chillida, Villanueva, Gaudí and Calatrava, to name just a few among the vast artistic production that has marked world art history over these two centuries. We will study these artists, their works and influence in the different styles of the contemporary period which will be reviewed up to current times.
Spanish art is among the richest and most important examples of world art. Its heritage is comprised of works dating from prehistoric times with the caves at Altamira up to the 21 st Century (Calatrava, Mariscal), including the rich architectural legacy of the Romans, the gothic castles and churches of the Middle Ages, Golden Age painting (Velázquez, El Greco, Murillo, Ribera), and the great names of the 20 th Century (Gaudí, Picasso, Dalí, Miró). This course will be a study of all these in which the student will analyze period style as well as the cultural, historical and ideological backdrops which triggered them, making the course a small window through which we can study the past.
If we looked back on the 20th century from the vantage point of the present, we would define it with just one word: Picasso. This artist was capable of transforming all the art of his period, showing us a new way of looking at reality and the world. Through the different artistic styles that the artist either developed or assimilated, the course will help us understand this new reality and see the world from a different perspective.
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*3010 or similar, pre-requisite.
**Phonetics or linguisitics, pre-requisite.
***In courses with two possible nomenclatures, students will be able to choose only one.