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Courses for Spanish

LAS 404/SPA 410/POR 411Latin American Studies Seminar: Latin American Cinema(LA)A survey of the art and industry of cinema in Latin America. Beginning with the silent cinema, the course will trace cinema's journey through the efforts to create nation film industries, the reaction to cinematic modernism, and finally to the contemporary impact of changes in technology as well as the expansion of the notion of the political to include questions of race, gender and sexual identity.Richard Peña
SPA 101Beginner's Spanish ISPA 101 presents the basic structures and vocabulary of the Spanish language. The four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are practiced and developed by means of classroom activities and materials in which language appears in a cultural context. Classes are conducted in Spanish. No credit is given for SPA 101 unless followed by SPA 102.Marcia K. OlanderPaloma Moscardó-VallésSylvia ZetterstrandRegina Baranski
SPA 103Intensive Beginner's and Intermediate SpanishSPA 103 is an intensive course that covers the most relevant structures and vocabulary from SPA 101 and SPA 102 in one term. Designed for students who have previously studied Spanish at elementary levels. Language is presented in a cultural context in order to develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.Marcia K. OlanderDunia Catalina Méndez VallejoRina Ramos-López
SPA 105Intermediate SpanishSPA 105 is an intermediate language course that focuses on oral and written communication and the consolidation of listening and reading skills. Students in this class are exposed to a variety of audiovisual and reading materials (movies, commercials, newspapers, adapted short histories, and discussions on current topics relevant to the Hispanic community in the USA) that engage them in a sociocultural and pragmatic learning of the Spanish language. Students will be also working hands on technology via hybrid activities that bridge language learning with the Digital Humanities. SPA 105 prepares students to move on to Advanced 108.Nadia Cervantes PérezDunia Catalina Méndez VallejoGorka Bilbao TerrerosLuis GonçalvesAnna Alsina Naudi
SPA 107Intermediate/Advanced SpanishAn intermediate/advanced language course that continues and reviews the introductory level Spanish, while further developing students¿ communication skills through communicative activities inside and outside of the classroom, as well as various types of materials, both audiovisual and written. Goal will be to improve the Spanish skills acquired in previous courses and students' abilities to develop and express more complex ideas in Spanish both orally and in writing. By the end of the course, students should have a command of the four basic language skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing.Kevin BookhamerAmalia Lorena Camacho GuardadoFrancisco Villena-Garrido
SPA 108Advanced SpanishAn advanced course that consolidates comprehension of oral and written Spanish and develops fluency and precision in speaking and writing. The course aims to broaden vocabulary and improve grammatical accuracy while providing opportunities to engage in oral and written communication. Through the interpretation and analysis of texts, images, film, paintings and songs, students will explore the Spanish speaking cultural identity in Los Angeles and Mexico City.Monserrat Bores Martinez
SPA 206Legal and Business SpanishAn advanced level Spanish course on legal and business language. The course aims to familiarize students with the vocabulary, grammatical structures and register specific to legal and commercial Spanish in context. Students will also be introduced to the basics of different legal systems and business cultures through the study of critical texts, situational cases and videos as well as class discussions, role-plays, presentations and independent research.Anna Alsina Naudi
SPA 207Studies in Spanish Language and StyleAn advanced language course designed to increase students' fluency and accuracy in Spanish with an integrated approach to content: classes and assignments draw on various types of texts (literature, film, visual media) that focus on Madrid and Buenos Aires. Students hone their linguistic skills by engaging in discussions about the urban environment, and its cultural and artistic productions. The course aims to raise intercultural awareness and to explore the contexts in which cultural values and meanings are created. Reading and writing assignments cover different genres, and verbal interaction and personal production are actively encouraged.Mariana BonoFrancisco Villena-Garrido
SPA 209Spanish Language and Culture through CinemaA course designed to improve speaking abilities while learning about Hispanic cultures and cinema in context. The course aims to provide the students with lexical and grammatical tools to allow them to engage in formal and informal discussion on a variety of topics informed by the films provided. Additionally, there will be several writing exercises throughout the semester that will help students improve their writing abilities. By the end of the course, students should have a better command of all linguistic skills, especially listening comprehension, fluidity and accuracy in their speech.Gorka Bilbao TerrerosFrancisco Villena-Garrido
SPA 210/TRA 210Introduction to Spanish-English Translation(LA)This course offers an introduction to translation practice for the Spanish-English language pair, focusing primarily on the task of translating from Spanish into English. The course is conducted in Spanish and follows a communicative approach to translation, with a good balance between theory and praxis. Materials are drawn from a range of disciplines, such as humanities, social sciences, popular culture, and the media. Students are encouraged to think critically and creatively about language, and will heighten their awareness of the linguistic, textual and cultural differences between English and Spanish.Sylvia Zetterstrand
SPA 213/LAS 214Of Love and Other Demons(LA)Love is the subject of the world's greatest stories. The passions aroused by Helen of Troy brought down a city and made Homer's masterpiece possible, while the foolishness of those in love inspired Shakespeare and Cervantes to create their most memorable characters. Many powerful Latin American and Spanish stories deal with the force and effects of love. In this course, we will study a group of films and literary fictions that focus on different kinds and forms of love. We will pay special attention to the forms of narrative love (quest, courting, adultery, heartbreaking), as well as the translation of love into language, body, and image.Javier E. Guerrero
SPA 220/LAS 220El Género Negro: Crime Fiction(LA)This course is an introduction to crime fiction from early 20th-century "locked room" mysteries to 21st century narco-narratives. It examines short stories, novels, films and critical writings about detective and crime fiction in Latin America and Spain. Topics include the genre's links to high and low literature, to film and to historical contexts such as immigration, state crime, drug culture and globalization. Authors include Roberto Arlt, María Elvira Bermúdez, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Roberto Bolaño, Jorge Luis Borges, Alicia Giménez Bartlett, Leonardo Padura Fuentes, Ricardo Piglia, Fernando Vallejo, and others.Rachel L. Price
SPA 222/LAS 222/LAO 222Introduction to Latin American Cultures(LA)This course offers an introduction to modern Spanish American literatures and cultures. Through a wide spectrum of materials (essays, fiction, poetry, film, and art), students will study some of the most relevant issues in Latin American modern history, such as modernity, history, memory, and gender politics. The list includes works by Nobel Prize winners Gabriela Mistral and Gabriel García Márquez, and artists such as Rivera and Kahlo. Students are strongly encouraged to read at least one complete classic Latin American book in English or Spanish.Gabriela Nouzeilles
SPA 305Topics in Spanish Civilization of the Golden Age: Gastronomy in Spanish Literature(LA)Cuisine is always more than nutrition; it functions as an agent of identity at both the regional and the national level. Moreover, gastronomy intersects with other manifestations of culture such as painting, literature, medicine, and religion. Readings, in addition to cookbooks, handbooks of table manners, and medical treatises, will include literary texts ranging from medieval to Golden Age to modern.Ronald E. Surtz
SPA 307Advanced Spanish Language and Style(LA)SPA 307 is an advanced language course. Its main purpose is to develop and reinforce accuracy and fluency in both writing and speaking Spanish. Students will also learn to identify linguistic features that characterize different genres, as well as social and cultural factors that aid in the interpretation and understanding of different texts and types of speech. More specifically, the course aims at providing the tools for discourse analysis, raising awareness of the social and ideological values that permeate discursive practices, and developing autonomy and proficiency as an advanced learner of Spanish language.Alberto Bruzos Moro
SPA 319Topics in Cinema and Culture: Work and Love, Play and Politics in Spanish Cinema(LA)An exploration of some of the most distinctive themes in Spanish films of the last fifty years. Topics to be discussed, among others: political repression; the modernization of Spain since the 1960s; the perversions of love; the world as a stage; new sexualities; the redefinition of gender roles; uncanny worlds.Manuel-Angel G. Loureiro
SPA 323Reading Spain in Federico García Lorca's Life and Works(LA)This course focuses on one of the most renowned and influential Spanish poets of the 20th century - Federico García Lorca. We will examine Lorca's vast corpus of poems and plays to see how they combine experimental aesthetics and popular traditions. We will also study the readings and re-readings of "Lorca" as both an author and a mythical figure, standing for freedom, the defeated Spanish Republic, the historical avant-garde poetry, and gender politics. Among other topics to be discussed are flamenco culture, popular music, surrealism, the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the Spanish Civil War, historical memory and the Francoist mass graves.Germán Labrador Méndez
SPA 354Photography and the Nation in the Hispanic World(LA)An examination of the ways photography has worked in the construction of the historical, political, social and subjective dimensions of some nations and their citizens in the Hispanic world from the end of the 19th century to our times. Among the issues to be examined are: photographing the national subject; recording history; the foreign gaze; war and propaganda (the Spanish-American war, the Mexican revolution, the Spanish Civil War); the margins of the city; sexuality and abjection.Manuel-Angel G. Loureiro
SPA 382Workshop in Biodrama and Documentary Theater(LA)Vivi Tellas is an Argentine theater director and curator with a focus on "unintended theater." Workshop will explore, through writing, analyzing, and performing, different forms of everyday theatricality outside professional theater. Students will study two performative "real" spaces. In "Family Theatre," students will explore through their own biographies, the theatrical themes of love, death, secrets, and frustration. In "Found Theater," students will explore the town of Princeton searching for everyday living stages, or what Tellas defines as "urban ready-mades." The workshop will conclude with documentary performances by the students.Viviana Tellas

Courses for Portuguese

LAS 404/SPA 410/POR 411Latin American Studies Seminar: Latin American Cinema(LA)A survey of the art and industry of cinema in Latin America. Beginning with the silent cinema, the course will trace cinema's journey through the efforts to create nation film industries, the reaction to cinematic modernism, and finally to the contemporary impact of changes in technology as well as the expansion of the notion of the political to include questions of race, gender and sexual identity.Richard Peña
POR 101Introduction to Portuguese IStudents will be taught the fundamental skills of oral comprehension, speaking, reading and writing, while gaining exposure to the Portuguese-speaking world through the media, literature, film and the music of Brazil, Portugal and Lusophone Africa.Staff
POR 108Introductory Portuguese for Spanish SpeakersNormally open to students already proficient in Spanish, this course uses that knowledge as a basis for the accelerated learning of Portuguese. Emphasis on the concurrent development of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing skills. The two-semester sequence POR 108-109 is designed to provide in only one year of study a command of the language sufficient for travel and research in Brazil and Portugal.Megwen M. Loveless
POR 109Intermediate PortugueseStudents will further develop their language skills, especially those of comprehension and oral proficiency, through grammar review, readings, film and other activities. The two-semester sequence POR 108-109 is designed to give in only one year of study a command of the Portuguese language sufficient for travel in Brazil, Portugal and beyond.Luis Gonçalves
POR 110Intensive PortugueseAn intensive course designed for students who have fulfilled the language requirement in Spanish or another Romance language. Knowledge of one of these languages provides the basis for the accelerated learning of Portuguese. This one-semester 'crash' course teaches fundamental communication skills--comprehension, speaking, reading and writing--and some exposure to cultural aspects of the Portuguese-speaking world, but does not offer an in-depth study of grammar.Andréa C. de Castro Melloni
POR 208Journeys in Portuguese: Studies in Language and CultureDesigned as a journey through the Lusophone world this course seeks to present the Portuguese language in context by exploring historical, social, political and cultural aspects of Brasil, Portugal, and Lusophone Africa through the media, literature, film, music and other realia. Students will increase their fluency and accuracy in both written and spoken Portuguese, broadening their vocabulary and mastery of syntax through textual analysis, discussions, oral presentations and grammar review. An advanced language course and overview of the Lusophone world, POR 208 seeks to prepare students for further study of literature and culture.Nicola T. CooneyLuis Gonçalves
POR 303Lyrical Traditions in Portuguese(LA)A voyage through the lyrical traditions of Portugal, Brazil, and Portuguese-speaking Africa, this course seeks to trace the evolution of the poetic form and illuminate dynamic and enduring intertextualities. Through close-readings of major works of poetry we will explore the ongoing dialogue between poets and artists of the spoken word across time and space, providing the foundation for a deeper understanding of the diverse Portuguese-language literary and cultural landscape.Nicola T. Cooney
POR 306/LAS 360/ARC 307/URB 306Urban Modernism and Its Discontents(LA)This interdisciplinary course explores some of the tensions between modernization projects and cultural production from the 19th century onward, examining representations of cities in literature (poetry and prose), maps, film, painting, theory and policy.We will focus on the cultures and histories of major cities in the Portuguese-speaking world, but will consider them in a global context.Topics include Rio de Janeiro's favelas and potential consequences of the 2016 Olympics; the architectural history of the modernist capital of Brasília; São Paulo's explosion into a megalopolis; contemporary urban innovation and environmental challenges.Bruno M. Carvalho