Spanish Language & Literature

Course Name Course Description Course Syllabus

SPAN 101 - Elementary Spanish I

Study and practice of oral and written language skills. Class activities are organized around cultural themes that reflect the diversity of the Hispanic world. 4 credits

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SPAN 102 - Elementary Spanish II Study and practice of oral and written language skills. Class activities are organized around cultural themes that reflect the diversity of the Hispanic world. 4 credits SPAN 102
SPAN 201 - Intermediate Spanish I Systematic review of Spanish grammar and study of Spanish through texts of cultural interest. Development of written and oral skills through compositions and audiovisual materials. 4 credits  SPAN 201
SPAN 202 - Intermediate Spanish II Systematic review of Spanish grammar and study of Spanish through texts of cultural interest. Development of written and oral skills through compositions and audiovisual materials. 4 credits  SPAN 202
SPAN 290 - Advanced Conversation & Composition The course aims at vocabulary building, normalization of pronunciation, review of Spanish syntax, extensive writing practice and development of conversational skills through group discussions on subjects of interest to students enrolled. Normally required for Spanish majors and minors. 4 credits  SPAN 290
SPAN 295 - Spanish in the Workplace Through a systematic review of grammar, a diversity of readings, and oral as well as written work, students will increase their lexical and grammatical knowledge of Spanish language specific to the workplace in order to communicate more easily and comfortably. Students will also be better prepared to deal with the specific themes related to business introduced in the course. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or appropriate score on Spanish Placement Exam. 4 credits  SPAN 295
SPAN 340 - Hispanic Culture Today This is an introductory-level study of key issues in Hispanic culture today through the study different cultural manifestations, mostly literature but also film, music, and TV. The purpose of the course is twofold: To introduce the students to major themes in recent Hispanic society and culture and, to develop the necessary skills to read and analyze literary texts and other cultural forms. Topics to be discussed include dictatorship and democracy, women and representation, political and domestic violence, national identity, immigration, and mass culture. The selected materials will include texts by authors like Manuel Rivas, Mario Vargas Llosa, Carlos Fuentes, Cristina Peri Rossi, Rosa Montero, Carlos Monsiváis, Roberto Bolaño y otros. Pre-requisites: SPAN 290, or Instructor's consent. 4 credits  SPAN 340
SPCS 350 - Spanish Cultural Studies This is an interdisciplinary course, focusing on fundamentally important themes in the development of Spanish culture. This course includes field trips, lectures, and visits to the theater and cinema. (Depending upon semester, taught in English and/or Spanish). 4 credits  SPCS 350
SPAN 360 - Madrid, a Cosmopolitan City This course is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of the city of Madrid in terms of its historical, cultural, and social development. Contemporary aspects of the city such as its rise to prominence amongst the capitals of Europe and the phenomenon of recent immigration patterns will also be discussed. All classes will be conducted in Spanish. Students who enroll in this course should have completed SPAN 290. Specific grammar points will be reviewed as needed. 4 credits  SPAN 360
SPAN 365/SPCS 365 - Spanish Cities: An Ongoing Transformation This course is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of some Spanish cities from a cultural, economical, and social point of view. Special attention will be paid to Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Málaga, Valencia and Avilés, and how these cities are reacting to gentrification, immigration, local movements, and sustainability. Thus, transforming from industrial to modern cities, from sunny touristic cities to cultural capitals, and from traditional metropolitan centers to young, vintage and gendered urban centers. This course is offered to students from different academic backgrounds under a multidisciplinary and comparative perspective. Conducted in English, the course will be open to both non-majors in Spanish as well as to advanced-level Spanish majors and minors, with the latter carrying out their written work and individual meetings with the instructor in Spanish. 4 credits

 SPAN/SPCS 365 
SPAN 410/SPCS 410 - Spanish Cinema This course offers the students a panoramic view of the most representative Spanish films from the 1950s until today, with special emphasis on its social, political, artistic and cultural context. Films will be viewed in Spanish with English subtitles. Conducted in English, the course will be open to both non-majors in Spanish as well as to advanced-level Spanish majors and minors, with the latter carrying out their written work and individual meetings with the instructor in Spanish. 4 credits  SPAN/SPCS 410 
SPAN 417 - Changes in Social Values in Spain 1975-2005 Changes in Social Values in Spain 1975-2005 SPAN 417
In 1975, after Franco’s death, Spain underwent one of the most interesting processes of social change in Western Europe: the Transition from dictatorship to democracy. The political changes established in the Constitution of 1978 marked a new era of freedom and social reform which triggered an accelerated process of cultural change. Youth culture (sex, drugs and rock & roll), the feminist movement, nationalistic demands, and later the incorporation into the European Union deeply transformed Spanish social values and thus their cultural manifestations. In this course we will study this process from an interdisciplinary perspective based mostly on the analysis of literary works, film, visual arts and music besides relevant theoretical articles by major Spanish and international intellectuals. Students who enroll in this course should have completed SPAN 202. 4 credits
 SPAN 417