SPA Spanish Studies Courses
Introduction to the Spanish language for beginning students; overview of basic grammatical structures, development of vocabulary and oral and written expression.
Intermediate Spanish for non-natives. Intensive grammar review of the structures of Spanish integrated with an introduction to reading authentic Spanish material, with practice designed to build vocabulary and to improve oral and written expression.
Survey of Mexican culture and society, with attention to central issues in history, politics, education, and popular tradition, and important thinkers of twentieth-century Mexico: Paz, Fuentes, and others. (Offered only in Guadalajara)
Introduction to university literary studies in Spanish. Critical terminology and methods. Representative selections of modern Spanish and Spanish American prose, poetry, and drama. (Offered in alternate years)
Forms of cultural expression in Spain, Latin America and Spanish-speaking North America, with study of representative media, including literature, journalism, film, visual art, and the urban environment. Introduction to methods of cultural analysis. (Offered in alternate years).
Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project. See page 40 for details.
Communication practice in small groups, with an emphasis on skills in speaking, listening, and writing. Selective review of grammatical structures and active vocabulary. (Offered only in Guadalajara)
Survey of the mechanics of writing and basic grammar for fluent speakers of Spanish with limited or no exposure to written Spanish; English/Spanish spelling differences, written and spoken registers of Spanish, basic aspects of the grammatical system.
Advanced Spanish for non-natives. Selective review of grammar with emphasis on the complex sentence; intensive practice in written and oral expression to improve proficiency.
An introduction to articulatory phonetics, Spanish sound patterns, phonetics, phonology; the basic concepts of phonetic description and transcription; the study of Spanish vowel and consonant systems, stress and intonation. (Offered in alternate years)
Practical uses of spoken and written Spanish for business contexts. This course builds on grammar and vocabulary knowledge already acquired at the intermediate level, and is directed primarily at students pursuing a second major in Ibero-American Studies or European Studies.
Literary and artistic movements in Spain from 1890 to 1940, with special attention to the convergence and mutual mediation of politics and art. Materials to be studied include novels, poetry, the urban environment, graphic art, literary journals and manifestos, and some early Hispanic film. (offered in alternate years)
Analysis of the development of Spanish Cinema within its social and political contexts. Directors studied include Buñuel, Bardem, Erice, Saura, Almodóvar and Bigas Luna. (Offered in alternate years).
Issues of gender, race, and identity in major texts from the colonial period, from the Conquest to the end of the eighteenth century. (Offered in alternate years)
Analysis of poetry, short stories, essays, and graphic art in the context of nation-building and the question of identity during the nineteenth century. Modernismo studied as the first literary movement of Spanish American origin. (Offered in alternate years)
Study of different creative expressions by women in Spanish America from the colonial period to the present; analysis of selected works of visual art, film, essays, poetry, and fiction. (Offered in alternate years)
Study through representative works of major artistic and literary movements in 20th and 21st century Spanish America: avant-garde poetry, theatre of the absurd, surrealist art, neo-realism, postmodernism. (Offered in alternate years)
Modern literature in its critical relation to social conditions. Emphasis on socio-historical context, ideologies of the period and writers’ views of their social responsibility as a framework for literary analysis (Offered in alternate years)
Social change and literary innovation in Mexican literature since the 1950s; analysis of selections from Agustín , Juan Rulfo, Carlos Fuentes, Fernando del Paso, Octavio Paz, Laura Esquivel, and others. (Offered only in Guadalajara)
An instructor-supervised group project in an off-campus setting. See page 40 for details.
Linguistic analysis with the objective of improving students’ command of Spanish grammar. Advanced review of traditional grammatical topics, including the verbal and pronominal systems, and Spanish copulas and embedded clauses. This course assumes familiarity with the grammatical terminology introduced in SPA220Y1.
Study of Spanish morphology and syntax: syntactic categories in Spanish, the
structure and interpretation of simple and complex sentences. (Offered
only in Guadalajara)
Study of linguistic variation across the Spanish-speaking world; central
issues in phonological, morphological, and syntactic variation, analyzed
from a geographical as well as from a social point of view. (Offered in
Written and oral translation from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English, with texts drawn from fields such as literature, business, politics, and advertising. (Offered in alternate years)
The evolution of Spanish. The dialectalization of Hispano-Latin through inherent linguistic changes and influences from other languages and the development of Castilian into one of the world’s most important languages. (Offered in alternate years)
Study of major currents in narrative fiction during the last twenty years, a period of return to democratic government, the relaxing of censorship and the opening up of Spanish culture. Analysis of works from several generations of male and female writers. (Offered in alternate years)
Golden Age Spain
Literature studies as a socio-political space for the articulation of
new concepts of cultural identity; examination of cultural change and
aesthetic innovation in selected poetic, dramatic, and narrative texts
from different national traditions (Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto
Rico). (Offered in alternate years)
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