Spanish

SP 357X. LANGUAGE/CUTRL IMMERS-BUEN AIR

SP 1523. ELEMENTARY SPANISH I

Cat. I A very intensive course that will introduce the student to the basic grammar of Spanish, emphasizing the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. It will also introduce the student to different aspects of Hispanic cultures in the U.S. and in Spanish-speaking countries. Students who have taken Spanish in high school are urged to take a placement exam before enrolling in either level of Elementary Spanish. To enroll in this course, you must obtain written permission from one of the Spanish professors. This course is reserved for those students with only one year of high school Spanish or with no previous experience. This course is closed to native speakers of Spanish and heritage speakers except with written permission from the instructor.

SP 1524. ELEMENTARY SPANISH II

Cat. I A continuation of Elementary Spanish I. Recommended background: SP 1523. This course is closed to native speakers of Spanish and heritage speakers except with written permission from the instructor.

SP 2521. INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I

Cat. I A course designed to allow students to improve their written and oral skills, expand their vocabulary and review some important grammatical structures. Students will also read short stories and poems by some of the most representative Spanish American and Spanish authors, such as Horacio Quiroga, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriela Mistral and Ana Maria Matute. Recommended background: Elementary Spanish II. This course is closed to native speakers of Spanish and heritage speakers except with written permission from the instructor.

SP 2522. INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II

Cat. I A continuation of Intermediate Spanish I. Recommended background: SP 2521. This course is closed to native speakers of Spanish and heritage speakers except with written permission from the instructor.

SP 3521. ADVANCED SPANISH I

Cat. I A course that continues to improve students? language skills while deepening their understanding of Hispanic cultures. Some of the topics studied are: the origins of Hispanic cultures in Spain and Spanish America; family; men and women in Hispanic societies; education; religion. Recommended background: Intermediate Spanish II. This course is closed to native speakers of Spanish except with written permission from the instructor.

SP 3522. ADVANCED SPANISH II

Cat. I A continuation of Advanced Spanish I. Recommended background: SP 3521. This course satisfies the Inquiry Practicum requirement. This course is closed to native speakers of Spanish except with written permission from the instructor.

SP 3523. TOPICS IN LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE

Cat. II An introduction to various aspects of life in Latin American countries from early times to the present. Focusing on the social and political development of Latin America, the course will reveal the unity and diversity that characterize contemporary Latin American culture. Typical topics for study include: the precolumbian civilizations and their cultural legacy; the conquistadores and the colonial period; the independence movements; the search for and the definition of an American identity; the twentieth-century dictatorships; and the move toward democracy. Recommended background: SP 3521 (Advanced Spanish I) and SP 3522 (Advanced Spanish II) or equivalent. This course satisfies the Inquiry Practicum requirement.

SP 3524. SPANISH-AMERICAN LITERATURE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

This course, taught in the Spanish language, focuses on the major literary movements in Spanish America, from the ?Modernista? movement at the turn of the century to the Latin American ?Boom? of the 1960s to the political literature of the `70s and `80s. The work of representative authors, such as Ruben Dario, Julio Cortazar, Rosario Castellanos, Elena Poniatowska, will be discussed. Recommended background: SP 3521 (Advanced Spanish I) and SP 3522 (Advanced Spanish II) or equivalent. This course satisfies the Inquiry Practicum requirement.

SP 3525. SPANISH AMERICAN FILM/MEDIA: CULTURAL ISSUES

Through Latin American and Caribbean films, and other media sources, this course studies images, topics, and cultural and historical issues related to modern Latin American and the Caribbean. Within the context and influence of the New Latin American Cinema and/or within the context of the World Wide Web, radio, newspapers, and television the course teaches students to recognize cinematographic or media strategies of persuasion, and to understand the images and symbols utilized in the development of a national/regional identity. Among the topics to be studied are: immigration, gender issues, national identity, political issues, and cultural hegemonies. Taught in advanced level Spanish. May be used toward foreign language Minor, or Major. Recommended Background: SP 2521 and SP 2522, and SP 3523. This course satisfies the Inquiry Practicum requirement.

SP 3526. COMPARATIVE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENTS

The basis of this course is a comparative study and analysis of specific Latin American and Caribbean business practices and environments, and the customs informing those practices. SP/ID 3526 focuses on countries such as Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica. The course?s main objective is to study communication strategies, business protocol, and negotiation practices in the countries mentioned above. Through oral presentations and written essays, students will have the opportunity to explore other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Taught in advanced level Spanish. May be used toward foreign language Minor, or Major. Recommended Background: SP 2521 and SP 2522. This course satisfies the Inquiry Practicum requirement.

SP 3527. TECHNICAL AND BUSINESS SPANISH

The course focuses on the linguistic concepts, terminology, and grammar involved in business and technical Spanish. Students will be required to produce and edit business documents such as letters, job applications, formal oral and written reports, etc. The objective of this course is to help students develop the basic written and oral communication skills to function in a business environment in Latin America and the Caribbean. Recommended background: SP 2521 and SP 2522. This course satisfies the Inquiry Practicum requirement.

SP 3528. SPANISH CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION

This course is an introduction to various aspects of life in Spain, from early times to the present. The main focus is on Spain?s social, political, and cultural development and its experience of diversity within its European context. Typical topics for study include: The Reconquista and the Arab influence in Spanish culture, the Spanish monarchy, its evolution into a democracy, the development of modern politics, the importance of the Spanish Civil war, and the influence of writers (such as Federico Garcia Lorca), painters (such as Pablo Picasso), and art in general in modern Spanish culture. This course is taught in Spanish. Recommended background: SP 3521 (Advanced Spanish I) and SP 3522 (Advanced Spanish II) or equivalent. This course satisfies the Inquiry Practicum requirement.

SP 3529. CARIBBEANNESS: VOICES OF THE SPANISH CARIBBEAN

A survey of Caribbean literature and arts that takes a multimedia approach to examining the different voices that resonate from the Spanish Caribbean and what appears to be a constant search for identity. By studying the works of major authors, films, music and the plastic arts, we will examine the socio-cultural context and traditions of this region in constant search for self-definition. Special attention will be given to the influential role ethnicity, colonialism, gender and socio-economic development play in the interpretation of works from Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Venezuela as well as those of the Caribbean diaspora. This course is taught in Spanish. Recommended background: S P3521 (Advanced Spanish I) and SP 3522 (Advanced Spanish II) or equivalent. This course satisfies the Inquiry Practicum requirement.

SP 3530. SPANISH FILM/MEDIA: CULTURAL ISSUES

Cat. II Through Spanish films, and other media sources, this course studies images, topics, and cultural and historical issues that have had an impact in the creation of a modern Spanish nation. This course focuses on current political and ideological issues (after 1936), the importance of Spanish Civil war, gender identity, and class, cultural and power relationships. This course is taught in Spanish. This course satisfies the Inquiry Practicum requirement.

SP 3531. CONTEMPORARY US LATINO LITERATURE & CULTURE

This course introduces students to the field of Latino studies, paying particular attention to the cultural productions of U.S. Latinos in film, theater, music, fiction writing and cultural criticism. At the same time that this course reflects upon a transnational framework for understanding the continuum between U.S. Latinos and Latin American/Caribbean communities, we closely examine more U.S. based arguments supporting and contesting the use of Latino as an ethnic racial term uniting all U.S. Latino communities. We examine the ways in which U.S. Latinos have manufactured identities within dominant as well as counter cultural registers. In this course, special attention is given to the aesthetics of autobiography and to how Latino writers experiment with this genre in order to address changing constructions of immigration, language, exile, and identity. This course is taught in English. This course satisfies the Inquiry Practicum requirement.

SP 3532. STUDIES IN SPANISH LITERATURE: ARTISTIC EXPRESSION AND NATION BUILDING

This course introduces students to the study of Spanish literature through analytical readings of essays, poetry, drama, and fiction of representative Spanish writers from medieval to contemporary times. The selected authors to be studied reflect Spanish society?s cultural and political efforts conducive to a nation building process. Among the topics to be covered are: Literary and artistic movements, nationalist and religious discourses, cultural miscegenation, gender issues, regional, political and class conflicts, the role of the intellectual, and strategies for the construction of identities. This course is taught in Spanish. Recommended Background: SP 3522 and SP 3528. This course satisfies the Inquiry Practicum requirement.

 
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