Spanish Courses

Fall 2015

See complete information about these courses in the course offerings database. For more information about a specific course, including course type, schedule and location, click on its title.

Elementary Spanish I

SPAN 111 - Kuettner, Paul R. (Dick)

Emphasis on listening comprehension and speaking, with gradual introduction of reading and writing.

Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 161 - STAFF / Bailey, Matthew J.

Intensive, concentrated course in review grammar and reading, with practice in listening and speaking.

Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 161 - STAFF / Bailey, Matthew J.

Intensive, concentrated course in review grammar and reading, with practice in listening and speaking.

Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 161 - Knowles, John W.

Intensive, concentrated course in review grammar and reading, with practice in listening and speaking.

Advanced Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 164 - Campbell, Gwyn E.

Emphasis on reading and composition skills, with extensive practice in speaking and listening through class discussion. Some grammar review.

Advanced Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 164 - Reyes, Antonio

Emphasis on reading and composition skills, with extensive practice in speaking and listening through class discussion. Some grammar review.

Advanced Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 164 - Reyes, Antonio

Emphasis on reading and composition skills, with extensive practice in speaking and listening through class discussion. Some grammar review.

Advanced Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 164 - Campbell, Gwyn E.

Emphasis on reading and composition skills, with extensive practice in speaking and listening through class discussion. Some grammar review.

Spanish for Healthcare Professionals

SPAN 205 - Michelson, Seth R.

This course is for students with an advanced intermediate level of Spanish who are considering professions relating to healthcare including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, paramedics, firefighters, law enforcement, health policy, workers, medical attorneys, and hospital administrators. The course emphasizes oral comprehension while examining a diversity of factors influencing the health of Hispanic patients. A primary goal is to learn to conduct a complete medical interview in Spanish via a blend of readings, discussions, films, role-playing, and writing assignments. Students develop their ability to read, write, and converse in Spanish using information and vocabulary pertaining to the medical sciences and healthcare, and they gain cultural awareness and insights into Hispanic peoples and cultures.

Intro to Hispanic Linguistics

SPAN 209 - Reyes, Antonio

This course provides a broad view of major subfields of linguistic study with a particular focus on data drawn from the Spanish language. Class discussions begin with broader questions, such as "What is language?" and "How do language and human behavior intersect?"; throughout the term students revisit those questions in light of topics presented in class. By the end of the course, students demonstrate an understanding of the many facets of the Spanish language and also the linguistic principles as can be applied to any language. The course covers major concepts in Spanish phonology and phonetics, Spanish morphology and syntax, and lastly, Spanish dialectology.

Spanish Civilization and Culture

SPAN 211 - Bailey, Matthew J.

A survey of significant developments in Spanish civilization. The course addresses Spanish heritage and the present-day cultural patterns formed by its legacies. Readings, discussions and papers, primarily in Spanish, for further development of communication skills.

Introducción a la literatura española

SPAN 220 - Mayock, Ellen C.

Spanish literary masterpieces from the Poema del Cid through the present. Readings and discussions are primarily in Spanish.

Introducción a la literatura española

SPAN 220 - Mayock, Ellen C.

Spanish literary masterpieces from the Poema del Cid through the present. Readings and discussions are primarily in Spanish.

Introducción a la literatura hispanoamericana

SPAN 240 - Michelson, Seth R.

Spanish-American literary masterpieces from colonial times through the present. Readings and discussions are primarily in Spanish.

Introducción al análisis literario

SPAN 275 - Botta, Monica B.

Preparation for analysis of Hispanic literature. Composition develops style and method for analyzing prose, poetry, and drama in Spanish. Conversation continues vocabulary building and concentrates on discussion of literary themes.

El Cid in History and Legend

SPAN 333 - Bailey, Matthew J.

A study of the most significant portrayals of the Castilian warrior Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, El Cid (1045-1099), from his 12th-century biography Historia Roderici to the Hollywood blockbuster El Cid . Epic poems, late medieval ballads, and Renaissance drama all recreate the legendary life of El Cid. This course examines the relevant narratives in an effort to determine the heroic values and attributes recreated by authors and their audiences for nearly a thousand years.

Peninsular Seminar

SPAN 397 - Mayock, Ellen C.

A seminar focusing on a single period, genre, motif, or writer. The specific topic will be determined jointly according to student interest and departmental approval. Recent topics have included "The Female Voice in Hispanic Literature", "19th- and 20th-Century Spanish drama", "Women Writers of the Golden Age", and "Romanticism and the Generation of '98". May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Fall 2015, SPAN 397-01: Peninsular Seminar: Representaciones de la Guerra Civil Española (3). This seminar examines the fundamental importance of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) in literary and visual texts of the Franco and contemporary periods of Spain. Through readings of these literary and visual texts, students come to understand the evolution of often conflicting histories, ideologies, obsessions, and artistic notions surrounding the war itself and its consequences. After a review of the events leading up to the Spanish Civil War and of the prelude to the Second World War, we observe how the themes and issues of the war manifest in fiction, poetry, film, and other visual texts, paying particular attention to the Franco regime, the pact of silence, and the desire to uncover the past in myriad ways. Literature includes works by Federico García Lorca, Jaime Gil de Biedma, Carmen Laforet, Alberto Méndez, and Mercè Rodoreda. Visual texts include posters, newspapers, letters, government documents, documentaries, fictional films, and NO-DO reels from the Franco era. (HL) Mayock .

Spanish-American Seminar

SPAN 398 - Michelson, Seth R.

A seminar focusing on a single period, genre, motif, or writer. Recent topics have included "Spanish American Women Writers: From America into the 21st Century," "20th Century Latin America Theater," and "Past, Memory, and Identity in Contemporary Argentina's Cultural Products." May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Fall 2015, SPAN 398-01: Spanish-American Seminar: Poetry and Power (3) . A course about reading power; more properly, a course about critically reading Spanish American poetry as a site for revealing, rethinking, and resisting enforced inequality. It is a poetic inquiry into social justice, including an exploration the ways in which poetry might help us to realize, reckon, and contest unjust and unequal distributions and codifications of power. We interrogate four major configurations of inequality -- sexism, racism, colonialism, fascism -- studying each in depth, to illuminate through poetry our potential to conceive of and live in more egalitarian, inclusive, and pacifistic worlds. Besides the close reading of poetry, coursework includes listening to music, reading critical theory, viewing documentary footage, and participating in lively discussions. (HL)  Michelson .

Honors Thesis

SPAN 493 - Mayock, Ellen C.

Interested students should see a member of the Spanish faculty by winter term of their junior year.

Spring 2015

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Topics in Latin American Culture and Literature

SPAN 290A - Botta, Monica B.

This course offers students the opportunity to further their knowledge of the culture and literature of a specific Latin American country, and their awareness of Latin America in general, through the study of special cultural and literary topics. Readings, discussions, and assignments occur primarily in Spanish. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2015 topic:

SPAN 290A: Topics in Latin American Culture and Literature:  Instrospección, Reflexión y Activismo Social en el Cine Documental Contemporáneo (4). Documentary filmmaking has a strong tradition in Latin America going back to the 1930s and becoming a remarkable form of denunciation in the 1960s and 1970s. Since its origins, and in most cases, a commitment to socio-political causes has motivated the nonfiction productions in the region. In the past two decades, though, there has been a tendency to use documentaries as a means of connecting and understanding personal and historical realities, as well as a mode of advancing social causes through the participation of the social actors in the filmmaking process. This course introduces students to nonfiction films with specific attention given to the documentary practices that emerged in Latin America in the past two decades. Botta. Spring 2015

SPAN 290B: Latin America through Film (4). This spring term abroad course offers an overview of key aspects of Latin American culture, with a special focus on Argentina, as seen through film, with supporting material drawn from music, poetry, and news articles. Students view, discuss, and analyze movies from Latin American countries such as Argentina, México, Cuba, and Peru, in order to develop an understanding of Latin American cultures, and of issues that have shaped their societies today, including: the foundation of national identities in the period immediately following independence; the political struggles and dictatorships of the 20th century; women and society; and immigration and globalization. Students develop tools to analyze movies in their thematic content and cinematic aspects, write movie reviews, and enact selected scenes from the movies discussed. Readings and guided field trips enhance students' understanding, along with a daily Spanish language class emphasizing listening, speaking, reading, and writing. (HU) Pinto-Bailey. Spring 2015

Topics in Latin American Culture and Literature

SPAN 290B - Pinto-Bailey, Ana C. (Cristina)

This course offers students the opportunity to further their knowledge of the culture and literature of a specific Latin American country, and their awareness of Latin America in general, through the study of special cultural and literary topics. Readings, discussions, and assignments occur primarily in Spanish. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2015 topic:

SPAN 290A: Topics in Latin American Culture and Literature:  Instrospección, Reflexión y Activismo Social en el Cine Documental Contemporáneo (4). Documentary filmmaking has a strong tradition in Latin America going back to the 1930s and becoming a remarkable form of denunciation in the 1960s and 1970s. Since its origins, and in most cases, a commitment to socio-political causes has motivated the nonfiction productions in the region. In the past two decades, though, there has been a tendency to use documentaries as a means of connecting and understanding personal and historical realities, as well as a mode of advancing social causes through the participation of the social actors in the filmmaking process. This course introduces students to nonfiction films with specific attention given to the documentary practices that emerged in Latin America in the past two decades. Botta. Spring 2015

SPAN 290B: Latin America through Film (4). This spring term abroad course offers an overview of key aspects of Latin American culture, with a special focus on Argentina, as seen through film, with supporting material drawn from music, poetry, and news articles. Students view, discuss, and analyze movies from Latin American countries such as Argentina, México, Cuba, and Peru, in order to develop an understanding of Latin American cultures, and of issues that have shaped their societies today, including: the foundation of national identities in the period immediately following independence; the political struggles and dictatorships of the 20th century; women and society; and immigration and globalization. Students develop tools to analyze movies in their thematic content and cinematic aspects, write movie reviews, and enact selected scenes from the movies discussed. Readings and guided field trips enhance students' understanding, along with a daily Spanish language class emphasizing listening, speaking, reading, and writing. (HU) Pinto-Bailey. Spring 2015

Medieval Spanish Cultures in Context

SPAN 312 - Bailey, Matthew J.

Spring Term Abroad course . Muslims, Jews, and Christians co-existed for eight-hundred years on the Iberian Peninsula. This course examines these diverse cultures through the texts (literary, historical, religious, and philosophical), the art, and the architecture from the period prior to the arrival of the Arabs in 711, up to and beyond the expulsion of the Jews in 1492. The objective of the course is to glean from the remnants of the experience of their co-existence insights into their distinctive characteristics and how they understood and influenced each other.

Winter 2015

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Elementary Spanish II

SPAN 112 - Vazquez Comesana, Javier

Emphasis on listening comprehension and speaking, with gradual introduction of reading and writing.

Intermediate Spanish II

SPAN 162 - Michelson, Seth R.

Intensive, concentrated course in review grammar and reading, with practice in listening and speaking.

Intermediate Spanish II

SPAN 162 - Vazquez Comesana, Javier

Intensive, concentrated course in review grammar and reading, with practice in listening and speaking.

Intermediate Spanish II

SPAN 162 - Faundez-Reitsma, Ivelise

Intensive, concentrated course in review grammar and reading, with practice in listening and speaking.

Advanced Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 164 - Reyes, Antonio

Emphasis on reading and composition skills, with extensive practice in speaking and listening through class discussion. Some grammar review.

Advanced Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 164 - Bailey, Matthew J.

Emphasis on reading and composition skills, with extensive practice in speaking and listening through class discussion. Some grammar review.

Conversational Skills

SPAN 204 - Mayock, Ellen C.

Development of speaking skills for communication in Spanish. Acquisition and use of practical vocabulary and development of pronunciation skills. For Winter 2015: SPAN 204-01 will have a community service component.

Conversational Skills

SPAN 204 - Reyes, Antonio

Development of speaking skills for communication in Spanish. Acquisition and use of practical vocabulary and development of pronunciation skills. For Winter 2015: SPAN 204-01 will have a community service component.

Spanish Civilization and Culture

SPAN 211 - Campbell, Gwyn E.

A survey of significant developments in Spanish civilization. The course addresses Spanish heritage and the present-day cultural patterns formed by its legacies. Readings, discussions and papers, primarily in Spanish, for further development of communication skills.

Spanish-American Civilization and Culture

SPAN 212 - Pinto-Bailey, Ana C. (Cristina)

A survey of significant developments in Spanish-American civilizations. The course addresses Spanish-American heritage and the present-day cultural patterns formed by its legacies. Readings, discussions and papers primarily in Spanish for further development of communication skills.

Introducción a la literatura española

SPAN 220 - Campbell, Gwyn E.

Spanish literary masterpieces from the Poema del Cid through the present. Readings and discussions are primarily in Spanish.

Introducción a la literatura hispanoamericana

SPAN 240 - Botta, Monica B.

Spanish-American literary masterpieces from colonial times through the present. Readings and discussions are primarily in Spanish.

Introducción a la literatura hispanoamericana

SPAN 240 - Botta, Monica B.

Spanish-American literary masterpieces from colonial times through the present. Readings and discussions are primarily in Spanish.

Introducción al análisis literario

SPAN 275 - Botta, Monica B.

Preparation for analysis of Hispanic literature. Composition develops style and method for analyzing prose, poetry, and drama in Spanish. Conversation continues vocabulary building and concentrates on discussion of literary themes.

Don Quijote

SPAN 320 - Campbell, Gwyn E.

Close reading and discussion of this Early Modern novel. May include close reading and discussion of additional narrative and poetic genres of the Golden Age, as represented in or contributing to the Cervantine work

Winter 2015:

SPANISH 320: Digital Don Quijote (3) . Prerequisites: SPAN 220 and 275. To celebrate the 400th anniversary of this timeless work by Miguel de Cervantes -- the first modern novel and source of such current expressions as "tilting at windmills" -- students work individually and collaboratively on a Don Quijote website that allows us to better capture the nuances of the text and understand its enduring appeal. While close reading and discussion of the novel itself (and additional narrative and poetic genres of the Golden Age, represented in the work) is the basis of the course, the digital humanities component (the website) constitutes much of the assessed components of the course, instead of more traditional graded assignments. (HL)

Spanish-American Poetry

SPAN 344 - Michelson, Seth R.

Analysis of the most relevant poetic texts of Spanish-America, including U.S. Hispanic poetry, beginning with precursors of 20th-century poetry and spanning to contemporary works. Representative works include those by Octavio Paz, Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, Nicanor Parra, Ernesto Cardenal, Raúl Zurita, among others.

Spanish Language Theory and Practice

SPAN 392 - Reyes, Antonio

A topics course that approaches language study through theories of language use and meaning, as well as their practical application through extensive writing exercises. Topics may include translation theory, analysis of theoretical approaches to language study, and advanced grammar. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2015 topic:

SPAN 392: Spanish Language Theory and Practice: Power and Ideology: Critical Discourse Perspectives (3). This course examines some important theoretical frameworks applied to the (critical) analysis of discourse, in particular political and media discourse. Through a selection of readings, this course addresses the relationship between language and social processes--such as ideology, power, exclusion and discrimination--observing how ideological meaning is discursively created, shaped and re-defined by social actors. Reyes.

Fall 2014 topic:

SPAN 392: Spanish Language Theory and Practice: Planning and Use in the Spanish Context (3). Prerequisite: SPAN 275 and three credits at the 200 level. This course explores the processes involved in the standardization of a language, in particular the Spanish language, as a social and political construct. At the same time, the course analyzes areas of standard language that are problematic for non-native speakers of Spanish. Reyes

Directed Individual Study

SPAN 403 - Boetsch, Laurent (Larry)

Nature and content of course to be determined by students' needs and by instructors acquainted with their earlier preparation and performance. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2015 topic:

SPAN 403-01: Directed Independent Study:  Antonio Machado: Campos de Castilla (3) .  The course will examine the evolution of the poetry of Antonio Machado as evidenced in his book, Campos de Castilla .  It will focus on three major aspects of the content of the book: the attempt to create a contemporary ballad in Tierras de Alvargonzález , Machado´s expression of personal grief in the cycle of poems dedicated to his deceased wife, and Machado´s political and moral vision of the Spain of his time.  Work will include the oral and written analyses of individual poems as well as the preparation of appropriate digital materials. The course will meet six hours per week for six weeks. Boetsch