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Courses for Spanish

SPA 102Beginner's Spanish IIThe second course in the elementary Spanish sequence for students with little or no previous knowledge of the language. With its emphasis on the four basic skills (speaking, writing, reading, and listening), SPA 102 continues to provide students with the linguistic, communicative and cultural foundations to engage in basic daily life interactions in Spanish. Hispanic cultures are introduced through a variety of texts, including readings, music, art, video clips, and film. All of these sources provide the basis for classroom activities.Rina Ramos-LópezJeannie ByrneLuis GonçalvesAnna Alsina NaudiSylvia ZetterstrandRegina Baranski
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.Marcia K. OlanderDunia Catalina Méndez VallejoPaloma Moscardó-VallésAmalia Lorena Camacho GuardadoFrancisco Villena-Garrido
SPA 108Advanced SpanishSPA 108 aims to develop fluency by broadening vocabulary, and precision by improving grammatical accuracy while providing numerous opportunities to engage in oral and written communication. Through the interpretation and analysis of images, texts, paintings, songs, audiovisuals, and films students will explore the Spanish speaking cultural identity of Mexico City and Los Angeles. SPA 108 familiarizes students with two of the largest Spanish speaking communities in order to highlight the interplay between language and culture, and to raise awareness of how cultures construct meaning.Nadia Cervantes PérezMonserrat Bores MartinezGorka Bilbao Terreros
SPA 205Medical SpanishAn advanced level Spanish course on health and medical topics. Its main purpose is to provide the students with vocabulary and linguistic skills to discuss medical issues, and to prepare them to interact with Spanish speakers in a healthcare environment in the U.S. or Latin America. The course is focused on both oral and written skills. It will also explore some aspects of the Spanish-speaking culture in the fields of health and medicine through authentic documents, visits to clinics and health fairs, and contributions of guest speakers.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.Monserrat Bores MartinezMariana Bono
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.Nadia Cervantes PérezGorka Bilbao Terreros
SPA 211Varieties of SpanishOffered as an overview of sociolinguistic variation in the Spanish-speaking world, students will learn about social, political, and cultural aspects related to dialectal variation in Spanish and become acquainted with important linguistic features present in various dialects. Upon completion of the course, students become familiarized with particular features distinguishing one dialect from another, while gaining knowledge of the development of these differences. This course will greatly enrich a student's view of Spanish, either as a native/heritage speaker or Spanish learner, and allows for the development of analytical skills.Dunia Catalina Méndez Vallejo
SPA 212/LAS 213/LAO 212Myths and Religion in the Spanish Speaking World(LA)This course surveys the practice of beliefs in Spain, Latin America, and in Hispanic communities in the United States. It explores how "Catholic" folk piety was established and developed in Spain and what happened to it when it transferred to the New World. By surveying the diverse configurations of religious practices through written texts and visual media, it inquires how identity and social relationships define a person's relation to the divine and vice versa. Emphasis will be given to the refinement and further development of spoken and written Spanish.Christina H. Lee
SPA 222/LAS 222/LAO 222Introduction to Latin American Cultures(LA)This course offers an introduction to modern Latin American literature and culture. It focuses on the complex ways in which cultural and intellectual production anticipates, participates in, and responds to political, social, and economic transformations in the 20th and 21st centuries. Through a wide spectrum of sources (essays, fiction, poetry, film, and art), students will study and discuss some of the most relevant issues in Latin American modern history, such as modernity, democracy, identity, gender, memory, and social justice.Rachel L. Price
SPA 230Contemporary Spain in Context(LA)This course provides a general introduction to Spanish history and contemporary issues which includes a mandatory field trip to Madrid and Barcelona during the spring semester break. Materials will include literature, art and films. Museums, urban history, Franco's dictatorship, the transition to democracy, the 2008 crisis and new social movements like Occupy will be among the topics addressed.Germán Labrador Méndez
SPA 301Topics in Spanish Literature of the Golden Age: Women Writers of Spain and Latin America(LA)A study of fictional texts by Spanish, Latin American, and Latina writers from the Baroque to the present. We will explore the solutions such writers found to resist or overcome the constraints of a male-dominated society, as well as solutions that enabled them to deal with controversial issues and to challenge the status quo.Ronald E. Surtz
SPA 305Topics in Spanish Civilization of the Golden Age: Disidentes Y Marginados Del Siglo De Oro(LA)A reading of texts selected from the works of Spain's social and religious minorities. The authors of such works are either non-conformists who adopt a critical view of Golden Age Spain or members of minority groups (New Christians, Moriscos, women). The texts will be read against the background of the social and religious history of the period.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 319/LAS 337Topics in Cinema and Culture: Unsettling Encounters - Colonial Latin America in Film(LA)An exploration of foundational texts of colonial Latin American literature in conversation with films by American and European directors. We will engage questions of how, when, and why images recall historical moments, and will consider the possibilities and limitations of using film to represent history. Students will learn and practice techniques of textual analysis and film criticism while discussing themes such as visual literacy, cultural imperialism, and economic colonialism.Larissa Brewer-García
SPA 345/LAS 345Topics in Latin American Literature and Ideology: Politics of Memory and Human Rights in Global Latin America(LA)This course explores recent cultural and artistic productions that deal with human rights and political violence issues in contemporary Latin America, focusing on the politics of memory behind representations of the past in the context of a "global" marketing of memory. By working with literature, testimony, film, photography, truth commissions, and processes of museification, it analyzes different modes of figuring the past as well as the areas that these languages leave aside when memory becomes the target of a "global market" and "trauma tourism."Susana Draper
SPA 350/LAS 349/ENV 354Topics in Latin American Cultural Studies: Literature of the Environment(LA)The earliest Latin American literatures reflected both indigenous manipulation of, and exchange with, the natural environment, and European astonishment at new flora and fauna.Today Latin American writers and artists are taking on the mounting crises of climate change, deforestation, land grabs, pollution. Beginning with a colonial text, we will move to modern and contemporary readings of these problems, including oil extraction on indigenous lands, science fiction about rising oceans, writing on the Amazon, poetry about disappearing species, etc. Novels, stories, essays and documentaries by various authors.Rachel L. Price
SPA 380/TRA 380Translation Workshop: Spanish to English(LA)This course is an introduction to the practice of literary translation from Spanish to English and an exploration of the questions that the act of translation inspires. After a series of translation exercises, each student will select an author and work to be translated as the central project for the class, and embark on the process of revising successive drafts. Close reading of the Spanish texts is required, as is a deep engagement with the translations of fellow students. Subjects of discussion will include style, context, the conventions of contemporary translation, and the retranslation of classics.Natasha Wimmer

Courses for Portuguese

LAS 339/POR 339/ANT 388Brazil: Mestizo Histories, Visions of the PresentThis course explores the imagination of Brazil. How has this vast country and its diverse people been represented in history, social sciences, literature and the arts? How have dominant representations come to matter socially and politically, and which counter-ideas followed suit? Drawing from classic and contemporary texts and imagery, this course considers Brazilian identity-making processes at the interface of myth, history and the present. We will address issues such as slavery and racism, ethnic diversity, inequality and social rights, new media and consumption, and the performance of the public and the private in a country in flux.Lilia K. Moritz SchwarczPedro Meira Monteiro
LAS 403/POR 410Latin American Studies Seminar: Brazilian Cinema Novo and Beyond(LA)A close examination of the most important Latin American film movement, Brazil's "Cinema Novo" (New Cinema), an explosive blend of innovative cinematic style and political critique from the mid-`50s until the early `70s. Simultaneous developments in the visual arts, theater, music and literature will also be addressed.Richard Peña
POR 102Introduction to Portuguese IIA continuation of POR 101. Students will continue to develop skills of oral/aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing, while gaining further exposure to the Portuguese-speaking world through the media, literature, film and music of Brazil, Portugal and Lusophone Africa. Students who successfully complete POR 102 will place into POR 109.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.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.Nicola T. CooneyMegwen M. Loveless
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 406/LAS 409/URB 406Writing and Urban Life(LA)This interdisciplinary seminar explores different writers' representations of urban experience, and how the evolution of cities has been shaped by writing. Issues to be approached will include the impact of technological developments and urban transformations on literary imaginaries and city life; the interface between literacy, orality and visual cultures; relationships between fiction, poetry, and social history; dichotomies between urban and natural; intersections between modernity, writing, and city planning.Bruno M. Carvalho