Spanish 250 – Gateway to the Spanish-Speaking World (GE: WRI)
Section A – León Narváez, T/TH 8:00
Section B – Ariel Strichartz, T/TH 9:35/9:30
Section C – Gwen Barnes-Karol, T/TH 11:45/12:45
How do we begin to get into the mindset of another culture? How do individuals relate to a society as a whole? We’ll start to answer these questions with respect to the Spanish-speaking world in this course by exploring different stories and documents about families in Spain from the early 1900’s through 2006. We will work on strategies of academic reading in Spanish through analysis of a series of “cultural texts” – from statistical data to periodical press articles to films to a novel. You will respond to these texts and develop your skills in Spanish through class discussions and oral activities, and most importantly, through various modes of academic writing. The course includes participation in out-of-class conversation groups.
The next course for anyone continuing on after 232 and required for Spanish majors
Spanish 272 – Cultural Heritage of Latin America
Alberto Villate-Isaza, MWF 9:05
Students examine the diverse elements that have shaped Latin American culture through an exploration of political, social, economic, religious, and artistic topics. They develop critical analysis skills through reading, discussion, and written and/or oral projects. The course features the study of selected literary and non-literary texts, including at least one substantive literary work. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 250.
Spanish 273 – Heritage of Hispanic U.S.
Kristina Medina-Vilariño, T/TH 1:20/2:15
Students examine the diverse elements that have shaped the cultures of U.S. Hispanics through an exploration of political, social, economic, religious, and artistic topics. They develop skills in critical analysis through reading, discussion, and written and/or oral projects. The course features the study of selected literary and non-literary texts, including at least one substantive literary work. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 250.
Spanish 275 – Exploring Hispanic Literature (GE: ALS-L)
Gwen Barnes-Karol, T /TH 9:35/9:30
This is a course about woman and some of the guises in which she appears, good and bad—she is the Virgin and she is Eve—, as portrayed in some Spanish and Latin American literary works. There are gradations between these two polar extremes and the varied female literary portraits are evidence of the wide-ranging concern with a woman’s conduct. Woman is shown as saint, virgin, carnal temptress, lover, witch, shrew, or heroine. In this course, students explore the fundamentals of literary analysis through the study of poetry, short stories, drama, and a novel, as artistic expressions that reproduce one of these images ofwoman or illustrate overlaps between some of her diverse facades.
Spanish 276 – Spanish as a First and Second Language
Maggie Broner, MWF 2:00
So, you have been learning Spanish as a second language for many years, but…have you ever wondered how a second language is learned and acquired? Or have you ever asked yourself why you acquired English “effortlessly” while you really need to work hard at learning Spanish? And, when you started to learn Spanish, did you ever ask yourself why some countries use vos, and you only learned tú, and usted? This course will introduce you to the cognitive and social processes involved in learning and using Spanish as a second language. You will also explore Spanish as a first language through the study of the history of the Spanish language, the different varieties (dialects) of Spanish spoken in the Spanish-speaking world, as well as the influence of English and other languages on Spanish in situations of language contact (e.g. Spanish in the U.S.). Finally, you will have a chance to improve your pronunciation.
Required for Spanish majors
You may not take this course if you’ve taken Spanish 311
Includes an oral interview to determine your proficiency level at this point in your major
Tentative reading list
Koike, Dale A. y Carol A. Klee. Lingüística aplicada.
Lipsky, John. El español de Latinoamérica.
Stokes, Jeffrery D. ¡Qué bien suena!
Packet of Journal articles
Allende, Isabel. El plan infinito (a novel).
Spanish 313 –Literature and Society in Spain (GE:ALS-L)
Jonathan O’Conner, T/TH 1:20/2:15
Students explore one or more periods, genres, or topics of Spanish literature from its beginnings to the 21st century. Selected literary works are analyzed within their socio-historical and cultural contexts and in reference to pertinent critical or theoretical issues. Students may register more than once provided a different topic is offered. Taught in Spanish.
Prerequisite: Spanish 275
Spanish 399 – Culinary Met./Latin America
Ariel Strichartz, T 1:20-2:45/Th 2:15-3:35