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Courses for Spanish

LAS 371/SPA 372Cuban History, Politics and Culture(SA)This seminar constitutes an introduction to the study of Cuba from a historical perspective. During the first half of the semester the course follows a chronological approach, covering the political and socioeconomic development of the country from the Cuban revolution to the present. In the second half of the semester, it examines a series of sociocultural issues that are central to the life of contemporary Cubans, on the island and abroad. At the core of the class lies an interrogation of the relevance of the Cuban case for larger discussions on colonialism, modernity, socialism and development.Adrian Lopez-Denis
LAS 372/SPA 373/GHP 372Public Health and Private Healing in the Atlantic World(SA)This seminar explores the impact of transatlantic exchanges between Europe, Africa and the Americas on the development of the environmental, political and sociocultural trends that affect our health and our ability to heal today. During the first half of the semester we will reconstruct the interconnected histories of the medicalization of the West and the westernization of the Rest, from the Renaissance to the end of the twentieth century. In the second half of the semester we will explore the contemporary consequences of these historical developments.Adrian Lopez-Denis
LAS 375/SPA 375Cuban Cinema and Literature under an Authoritarian Regime: 1960-2010(LA)An overview of Cuban cinema since the beginnings of the national film industry - and the start of censorship - until the proliferation of today's independent and oppositional films. There will be a parallel discussion of literature during the same period, emphasizing individual attitudes ranging from rebellion to publishing abroad. We will discuss the self-representation of political power and the image of contemporary Cuba constructed in recent films.Antonio J. Ponte Mirabal
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.Manuel MaliaDaniela C. Salcedo ArnaizMarcia K. OlanderAdriana G. Merino
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.Le Anne L. Spino-SeijasAnna Alsina NaudiLuis Gonçalves
SPA 105Intermediate SpanishAn intermediate language course that focuses on oral and written communication and the consolidation of listening and reading skills. In this course students will enhance their linguistic skills through the analysis and discussion of various types of texts (literature, film, visual culture, music, interviews, etc.) that focus on global and cross-cultural aspects of Spain and Latin America. In particular, the course will familiarize students with the concept of neocolonialism as a way to bridge language learning with the context in which cultural values and meanings are produced. SPA 105 prepares students for SPA 108.Andrea FaberDaniela C. Salcedo ArnaizMonserrat Bores MartinezNadia Cervantes Pérez
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.Manuel MaliaAndrea FaberJonathan C. AguirreJeannie ByrneAnais Holgado-Lage
SPA 108Advanced SpanishSPA 108 develops fluency and precision in speaking and writing by focusing on functional language in context. It aims to strengthen and consolidate comprehension and production of oral and written Spanish by paying attention to cultural awareness and cross-cultural communication. Through a series of current and thought-provoking texts, images, films, paintings, and related activities, this course enhances linguistic proficiency and language performance while reflecting on important aspects of the history, art, society, language and cultural identity of two of the largest Spanish-speaking urban communities: Mexico City and Los Angeles.Monserrat Bores Martinez
SPA 205Medical SpanishAn advanced Spanish language course with a focus on health and medical topics. Its main purpose is to provide students with the tools to interact with Spanish speakers in a health environment. Students will improve their general communication skills and learn the specific vocabulary necessary for the medical interview. The course will also explore aspects of the Latino culture in the fields of health and medicine through authentic documents and the contribution of guest speakers. There will be a project in which students interact with the local Latino community.Paloma Moscardó-Vallés
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 BonoGorka Bilbao Terreros
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 TerrerosNadia Cervantes Pérez
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 222/LAS 222/LAO 222Introduction to Latin American Cultures(LA)An introduction to Latin American cultures and its symbolic and political configurations through a wide spectrum of materials (essays, film, art, photography, fiction). Students will study relevant issues in Latin American cultural, political, and social history, including the legacy of European colonialism, national fictions, modernity, memory, and gender politics. Among others, we will analyze and discuss works by Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, Patricio Guzmán and Claudia Llosa, Gabriel García Márquez and Pablo Neruda, and Frida Kahlo and Rosangela Rennô.Maria Gabriela Nouzeilles
SPA 224Hispanic Studies: Introduction to Cultural Analysis(LA)An introduction to the analysis of contemporary cultural texts (narrative, poetry, film, photography) from Latin America and Spain, with the support of various theoretical ideas. The course's main objective is to provide students with a set of strong conceptual, analytical and linguistic skills, which will be of great help in 300-level literature/culture courses.Manuel-Angel G. Loureiro
SPA 231/LAS 231Masterpieces of Latin American Literature(LA)An overview of Latin American literary masterpieces in the twentieth century. We will focus on the period of the Latin American boom in the 1960s, and discuss how novelists responded to political events in the region that include: the Cold War, the Cuban Revolution, the Central American wars, the military dictatorships in Argentina and Chile, etc. Authors studied will include: Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, Isabel Allende, Mario Vargas Llosa, Gabriela Mistral, Juan Rulfo, Pablo Neruda, Reinaldo Arenas, Julio Cortázar.Rubén Gallo
SPA 232/LAS 232Civilization and Barbarism(LA)In Latin American literature, the opposition between civilization and barbarism has defined America since its "discovery" by Columbus. With a focus on the intersections of time, space, language and violence in seminal texts, we look at ways their authors position the Americas and their peoples in universal history. We will also consider the role of the public intellectual and writer as political figure and founder of new national movements. Authors include Columbus, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Teresa de Mier, Sarmiento, Martí, Darío, Vallejo, Borges, Arguedas, Vargas Llosa, and Bolaño.Nicole D. Legnani
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.Sylvia ZetterstrandDunia Catalina Méndez Vallejo
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; memory and identity.Manuel-Angel G. Loureiro
SPA 325Masterworks of the Spanish Renaissance(LA)This course examines masterworks produced during the Spanish Renaissance. Topics of discussion include the significance and influence of selected texts in the formation of modern literary genres (i.e., novel, drama, poetry) and how these works may be read as representations of the social changes and tensions of early modernity. We will also focus on the rise of imperial Spain and problematize the Crown's efforts in forging a Spanish identity that precluded minority groups, such as people of Jewish and Muslim lineages. Texts will be introduced alongside visual productions whenever relevant.Christina H. Lee
SPA 330/POR 330Junior Seminar: Spanish and Portuguese-Speaking Worlds(LA)The junior seminar discusses major challenges to the study of culture, literature and society in Portuguese and Spanish-speaking countries. Focusing on text and audiovisual materials, students will acquire methodological tools to develop their own independent research projects. Topics may include: identity, memory, democracy, visual arts, health, race, gender, migration, global cities, sustainability, climate change, citizenship, and digital humanities. It is co-taught in English, with sources in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Students are welcome to use any of the three languages in their written work.Christina H. LeePedro Meira Monteiro
SPA 350/LAS 349Topics in Latin American Cultural Studies: Invaders as Ancestors, Gods and Vampires(LA)Familiar and unfamiliar beings, under the guise of gods, ancestors or vampire-like creatures, dominate representations of conquest and invasion. Drawing on texts by indigenous and Spanish authors alike, we examine the reception of these mythic beings and their place in historical narratives of the conquest of Mexico, the American Southwest, and the Andes.Nicole D. Legnani
SPA 351/LAS 347Topics in the Culture of Cities: Havana(LA)An introduction to Havana's urban culture through literature, architecture, art, film, and history, with special emphasis on the ways in which the capital has developed after the 1959 Revolution. Topics to be discussed include: ruins, the Soviet legacy, Americanism and anti-Americanism, cold war sites, socialist vs. capitalist spaces, performance and the new Cuban art, sexuality and race. The course will also consider the impact of the normalization of diplomatic relations with the U.S. on the capital.Antonio J. Ponte MirabalRubén Gallo

Courses for Portuguese

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.Luis Gonçalves
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.Andréa de Castro Melloni
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 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. Cooney
POR 308What's Old is New Again: Saudade, Memory and the Aesthetics and Politics of Cultural "Recycling"(LA)This course will explore the supposedly "untranslatable" concept of saudade from a number of angles. We will examine the political, economic, cultural and aesthetic manifestations of saudade and its myriad social implications through analysis of literary and sociology texts, music, cinema, and more from across the lusophone world. Particular attention will be paid to the prevalence of saudosismo in pop culture where classical texts and forms often make surprising appearances.Nicola T. Cooney
SPA 330/POR 330Junior Seminar: Spanish and Portuguese-Speaking Worlds(LA)The junior seminar discusses major challenges to the study of culture, literature and society in Portuguese and Spanish-speaking countries. Focusing on text and audiovisual materials, students will acquire methodological tools to develop their own independent research projects. Topics may include: identity, memory, democracy, visual arts, health, race, gender, migration, global cities, sustainability, climate change, citizenship, and digital humanities. It is co-taught in English, with sources in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Students are welcome to use any of the three languages in their written work.Christina H. LeePedro Meira Monteiro