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Spanish

Professors:G. Fares, R. Tapia
Visiting professor:I. Alvarez
Associate professor:M. Allan (chair)
Assistant professor:T. Jimenez-Anglada (on leave term(s) I, II)
Instructor:C. Herrera

Introduction

More than 572 million people speak Spanish around the world and over 50 million in the United States, where it is the second language of business and communication. The Spanish program at Lawrence educates students to reach a high level of academic achievement, linguistic and cultural competence, and preparation for success. Spanish majors and minors graduate from Lawrence with an advanced level of proficiency in intercultural communication in Spanish. They benefit personally and intellectually from four years of interdisciplinary study and international experience, often in combination with another major or minor. Learning about different cultural perspectives and becoming expert communicators in Spanish prepares students to succeed in a diverse society and become versatile participants in the job market.

Spanish faculty from Spain, Argentina, Chile, Puerto Rico, and the United States offer a wide range of courses on the Spanish language and the cultures of Latin America, Spain, and the Latinx communities of the United States. All materials, discussions, and assignments are in Spanish unless specified otherwise. In courses numbered at the 300, 400, and 500 levels students examine significant topics on the cultural products, practices and perspectives of multiple Spanish-speaking countries and communities. Students take interdisciplinary courses on literature, film and television, art history, urban and national spaces, linguistics and translation. Along the way, they become independent thinkers, expert analysts, and bilingual communicators who are well prepared for lives of achievement after Lawrence.

Learning goals

The Spanish program's goals focus on the national standards for 21st century skills and the 5 C's in World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities. Students who graduate with a major or minor in Spanish acquire the following skills and knowledge:

  • Advanced communicative ability in Spanish.
  • Deep knowledge of different countries and communities through their cultural products, practices and perspectives.
  • The capability to establish advanced connections with additional bodies of knowledge, cultures and peoples.
  • The ability to make sophisticated cross-cultural comparisons between Spanish and their native language, as well as between various Spanish-speaking cultures and their own.
  • In short, the capacity to communicate expertly in both English and Spanish, and to participate critically in multilingual communities.

Placement

Interested students should start taking Spanish in their first term (or year) at Lawrence. The SPAN 101, 102 and 201 sequence of courses is only offered once a year (fall, winter and spring). SPAN 201 is also offered in the fall. New students should take the placement exam immediately and check prerequisites for each course on Voyager before registering.

Meeting the language competency general education requirement

As part of its general education requirements, Lawrence requires all students to attain competency in a language other than English at the minimum level equivalent to three college terms of study (i.e. equivalent to successful completion of SPAN 201). Students can satisfy this requirement with one of the following options:

  • Passing a SPAN 200-level class. Beginners can take SPAN 101, 102 and 201 in sequence (or the 18-unit intensive summer course, SPAN 200). Students must follow the recommendation accompanying your online placement score.
  • Taking a written and oral competency examination in Spanish. Contact the Spanish department for scheduling this exam.
  • A score equivalent to the second-year level on the CLEP examination in Spanish (63 and above). A CLEP score at the one-year level of competency is sufficient for Bachelor of Music students (52-63).
  • A score of 630 or higher on the SAT Subject Spanish or Spanish with Listening exam.
  • A score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) examination in Spanish Language and Culture exam. Credit equivalent to one 6-unit course at the SPAN 202 level.
  • A score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) examination in Spanish Literature. Credit equivalent to one 6-unit course at the SPAN 300 level and it fulfills one course requirement toward the Spanish major or minor.
  • A score of 6 or higher on the Spanish International Baccalaureate Examination at the advanced level. Carries credit equivalent to one 6-unit course at the SPAN 202 level.
  • Providing documented proof (e.g., high school diploma) that the student’s high school program was conducted in Spanish. This option satisfies the language requirement but carries no academic credit.

Note: Lawrence University does not conduct the AP, IB, SAT II, or CLEP examinations. They can be taken at authorized test centers on a fee basis.

More information about meeting the language competency requirement can be found under Academic Procedures & Regulations.

Required for the major in Spanish

Students who complete the major will develop the following abilities in Spanish:

  • Communication: Use information from written and aural sources to present a synthesis and express opinions, in writing and orally. Participate in interpersonal and presentational communication, both in writing and orally. Use language that is semantically and grammatically accurate according to a given context.
  • Culture: Know and understand different cultures through their literatures, visual arts , films, and other cultural artifacts. Recognize cultural elements implicit in oral and written texts; demonstrate understanding of practices, perspectives, and products of the cultures studied.
  • Connections, comparisons, and communities: Make comparisons between Spanish and the student's native language and between the cultures in Spanish-speaking countries and the student's own culture, and participate critically in multilingual communities.

The major in Spanish requires the following:

  1. Spanish 202 or one Spanish class numbered at the 300 level (depending on placement)
  2. Two additional Spanish courses numbered at the 300 level
  3. Two Spanish courses numbered at the 400 level
  4. Four Spanish courses numbered at the 500 level
  5. One elective, to choose from:
    1. One Spanish course numbered at the 400 level or above
    2. Six units of academic internship
    3. One of the following approved courses in other departments or programs:
      • ARHI 230: Baroque Art
      • EDUC 563: Foreign Language Methods
      • ETST 355: Black and Latin@ Sociology
      • ETST 426: Black, Brown, and Queer in Film
      • HIST 155: Gender in Latin American History 1490-1800
      • HIST 178: Colonial Latin American History
      • HIST 179: Modern Latin American History
      • HIST 260: Culture & Power in Renaissance Europe
      • HIST 261: Rebellion & Discipline in Reformation Europe
      • HIST 275: Europe 1851-1990
      • HIST 371: Rise & Fall of American Empires
      • HIST 374: Visions of the Conquest
      • HIST 378: Ethnicity in Latin America
      • HIST 422: Revolt & Revolution in Latin America
      • LING 150: Introduction to Linguistics
      • ECON 203: Latin American Economic Development
      • ENG 150: Literary Analysis
      • ENG 448: Enlightenment Selves
      • ENG 525: Contemporary Critical Theory
  6. Completion of at least eight courses in the major that have Spanish as the sole or primary language of instruction, communication, and coursework.
  7. Completion of at least five courses for the major on campus, including two Spanish 500-level classes. (See "Off-campus study" section for equivalence of off-campus courses.)
  8. Approval of the completed Senior Experience: Spanish multimedia portfolio (see Moodle page "SPAN e-ports" for detailed information).

Senior Experience in Spanish

The Spanish department's Senior Experience consists of a multimedia portfolio that provides measurable evidence of the academic work, cultural competence, and communication skills required of Spanish majors. The portfolio is a requirement for completion of the major. It presents a collection of evidence that demonstrates a student's attainment of the learning goals established by the program. 

Spanish majors are required to submit their multimedia portfolio in the required electronic format to the Spanish department by the end of the fifth week of their final term at Lawrence. Spanish faculty evaluators will assess the portfolio and communicate the outcome of their evaluation to the students before the end of the term. Unapproved portfolios must be revised and resubmitted before the last day of classes in order for students to graduate.

The portfolio must include the following components:

1. A 2-3 page essay in Spanish, which will include the following:

  • An individualized portfolio theme
  • A description of the content of the portfolio
  • A narrative in which the student:
    • Evaluates their intellectual development as a Spanish major and reflects on the improvement gained throughout their career at Lawrence
    • Explains the selection of materials for the portfolio and connects each component to their academic interests and future goals.

2. A list of the courses completed for the major.

3. A minimum of 15 pages written in Spanish from 3 different courses of the student's choice at the 300-level and above. One of the three samples must be in the condition in which it was originally submitted and also revised. The other two samples must be revised and thoroughly edited in order to reflect the student's current level of proficiency.

  1. Two spoken samples (two-minutes each) prepared and recorded independently by the student in a computer lab.
    1. Speech Sample #1: A five-minute audio recording of an academic presentation in Spanish.
    2. Speech Sample #2: A five-minute multimedia oral presentation about an off-campus experience dedicated to the development of intercultural proficiency such as a study abroad, internship, volunteer, or language immersion program that involved regular and sustained interaction with members of a Spanish-speaking community. It should include no fewer than 5 original photos, accompanied by an unscripted spoken narration in Spanish.

Submitted and approved portfolio materials can become part of a rotating showcase of students' work made available to on- and off- campus communities through departmental or Senior Experience websites

The entire portfolio must be submitted in electronic format through the required channels. 

Important: Students must register to take an Independent Study (SPAN 699) for one (1) unit (S/U) with their assigned faculty evaluator(s) during their final term at Lawrence.

Required for the minor in Spanish

  1. Spanish 202 or one Spanish course numbered at the 300 level (depending on placement)
  2. One Spanish course numbered at the 300 level
  3. One Spanish course numbered at the 400 level
  4. Two Spanish courses numbered at the 500 level
  5. One elective, to choose from:
    1. One Spanish course numbered at the 400 level or above
    2. Six units of academic internship
    3. One of the following approved courses in other departments or programs:
      • ARHI 230: Baroque Art
      • EDUC 563: Foreign Language Methods
      • ETST 355: Black and Latin@ Sociology
      • ETST 426: Black, Brown and Queer in Film
      • HIST 155: Gender in Latin American History 1490-1800
      • HIST 178: Colonial Latin American History
      • HIST 179: Modern Latin American History
      • HIST 260: Culture & Power in Renaissance Europe
      • HIST 261: Rebellion & Discipline in Reformation Europe
      • HIST 275: Europe 1851-1990
      • HIST 371: Rise & Fall of American Empires
      • HIST 374: Visions of the Conquest
      • HIST 378: Ethnicity in Latin America
      • HIST 422: Revolt & Revolution in Latin America
      • LING 150: Introduction to Linguistics
      • ECON 203: Latin American Economic Development
      • ENG 150: Literary Analysis
      • ENG 448: Enlightenment Selves
      • ENG 525: Contemporary Critical Theory
  6. Completion of at least five courses in the minor that have Spanish as the sole or primary language of instruction, communication, and coursework.
  7. Completion of least three courses in the minor on campus. (See "Off-campus study" section for equivalence of approved off-campus courses.)

 

Teacher certification in Spanish (K-12)

Spanish majors can seek certification to teach Spanish at the elementary and secondary levels. To be certified, students must study in a Spanish-speaking country for one term, and they must also pass an oral and writing proficiency test. Students can add an endorsement for a second area (such as another language or English as a second language) by completing the appropriate minor. Students who plan to seek teacher certification should review the requirements in the Education section of the catalog and meet with the director of teacher education before the end of their second year.

Course numbering

Courses numbered SPAN 101-201 are standards-based, proficiency-oriented Spanish language and culture classes. Their goal is to have students achieve an intermediate level of linguistic and cultural proficiency in accordance with the 5 Cs in national standards: Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons and Communities. Any SPAN 200-level class satisfies the general education requirement in language competency (SPAN 200, 201 or 202). Courses numbered 202 and above can satisfy requirements for a minor or major in Spanish.

SPAN 202 is a high-intermediate proficiency course that provides continued development of a student's written and oral expression in Spanish, as well as knowledge and analysis of pertinent cultural and linguistic topics. 

The content of 300/400/500 courses and seminars is connected to the research interests and areas of expertise of each faculty member. Courses numbered in the 300s provide communicative and intellectual development through the introductory study of specific areas of knowledge (literature, film, news media, linguistics, etc.) 400-level courses allow a more advanced exploration of cultural, socio-political, artistic, filmic and literary areas. Courses at the 500 level are seminars for advanced majors and minors, and they delve into very specific academic topics. In all courses, students are expected to actively participate in academic discussions and produce scholarly work appropriate for each stage in their education.

Tutorial studies and independent projects can be pursued in courses numbered in the 390s and 590s, subject to faculty availability. Spanish does not offer tutorials or directed studies below the 300 level. Some internships are eligible to become a 595 course, subject to approval by the chair of the department and the availability of a faculty supervisor. 

The Senior Experience requires registration for a one-unit independent study with the assigned evaluator(s) (SPAN 699 Spanish Multimedia Portfolio). This project allows students to connect, reflect on, and demonstrate different areas of knowledge and proficiency achieved in the major. SPAN 699 is graded S/U.

All learners of Spanish as a second language, as well as native and heritage speakers of Spanish, are strongly encouraged to take the online placement exam and enroll in Spanish courses at the recommended level. 

Off-campus study

The Spanish department strongly advises its majors and minors to participate in sponsored academic programs in Spain or Latin America, although off-campus study is not required for completion of a Spanish major or minor. Other students are also encouraged to participate.

Transferring off-campus credits to complete major or minor requirements in Spanish

Conversion of semester credits to Lawrence units:

  • 3 credit hours = 5 units
  • 4 credit hours = 7 units

Lawrence course levels and types of equivalent classes off campus:

A detailed chart of specific off-campus courses and their corresponding course level at Lawrence can be on the Advising section of the Spanish website or by clicking on this link. Below are the general guidelines for these equivalencies:

Spanish 202

  • A high-intermediate Spanish language and culture course (i.e. courses solely focused on improving communicative proficiency in Spanish and general knowledge of cultural products, practices and perspectives in Spanish-speaking communities). Similar in difficulty to Spanish 202.

Spanish 300-level

  • A low-advanced Spanish course focused on introductory linguistic analysis (e.g. advanced grammar). It generally includes short writing assignments (1-2 pages) and brief oral presentations. Similar in difficulty to Spanish 300-level courses on campus. 
  • A low-advanced Spanish course focused on basic literary, artistic, filmic and/or cultural analysis, narrative writing or similar. It generally includes short writing assignments (1-2 pages) and/or brief oral presentations. Similar in difficulty to 300-level courses on campus.

Spanish 400-level

  • An advanced Spanish class with a focus on the history, political system, music, art, environment or society of the host country or region. It generally includes medium-length writing assignments (3-5 pages) and/or more specialized oral presentations. Similar in difficulty to 400-level courses on campus.
  • A course taught in Spanish in a discipline other than Hispanic Studies (e.g. GOVT, ECON, PSYC, ENST, BIOL, ARHI, HIST, EDUC, etc.) Important: Contact the appropriate department in advance if you want these credits to satisfy requirements in a program other than Spanish.
  • An interdisciplinary course with an internship, volunteering, professional shadowing or field study component that requires a significant amount of oral and written communication in Spanish outside of class, as well as reporting and research work in Spanish, as appropriate.

Spanish 500-level

  • A seminar-type Spanish class with an advanced focus on a specific topic or time period in the cultural production (e.g. literature, cinema  television or similar cultural narratives) of Latin America, Spain or other Latinx communities. Readings and assignments have a strong theoretical component and must be equivalent in length and difficulty to those in Spanish 500-level classes on campus.
  • A seminar-type Spanish class in advanced linguistics. Readings and assignments must be equivalent in difficulty to those in Spanish 500-level classes on campus.

IMPORTANT: If students take off-campus courses that do not fit any of the categories above (e.g. courses with a primary focus on pre-professional training or recreational activities), these credits may transfer as general Lawrence units, but they cannot fulfill major or minor requirements in Spanish. Students must always obtain the approval of their Spanish advisor or the Spanish chair for applying off-campus credit to the completion of requirements for the major or minor.


Courses - Spanish

SPAN 101: Beginning Spanish

An introduction to the Spanish five language skills (understanding, speaking, reading, writing and culture) through task-based classroom instruction and individual lab practice. This course may not be taken on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis.
Units: 6.

SPAN 102: Beginning Spanish

A continuation of Spanish 101 with intensive practice in the Spanish five language skills (understanding, speaking, reading, writing and culture) through task-based classroom instruction and individual lab practice. This course may not be taken on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: SPAN 101, its equivalent, or consent of instructor

SPAN 191: Directed Study in Spanish

An individual or small-group study directed towards the acquisition of knowledge or specific skills, not research or creative work. Directed studies are not a substitute for existing courses but opportunities to pursue pertinent introductory topics that clearly fall under the field of expertise of a faculty member in the department.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

SPAN 195: Internship In Spanish

An opportunity for students to apply their Spanish language and culture skills in business, government and the non-profit sector. National or international internships are coordinated between the Office of Career Services and the Spanish faculty who acts as supervisor. In order to earn academic credit, internships must meet the required guidelines and receive prior approval from the Spanish chairperson. Credit requirements may include readings, discussions, and a report and/or portfolio. The faculty supervisor determines the submission calendar for internship-related assignments.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

SPAN 200: Intensive Spanish 1, 2, and 3

A concentrated six-week Spanish class encompassing from the beginning to the intermediate level. The course provides intensive practice of the five language skills (understanding, speaking, reading, writing and culture) through task-based classroom instruction and guided lab practice. Selected readings, written assignments and discussions serve to further develop linguistic and analytical skills. Completion of this course is the equivalent of SPAN 101, 102, and 201. Offered in the summer term only. This course may not be taken on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis.
Units: 18.
Prerequisite: A $500 non-refundable deposit is required for registration and will be deducted from tuition ($9,435 for 2019). Students interested in living on campus should contact the Campus Life office. Session dates for Summer 2019: June 20-July 31

SPAN 201: Intermediate Spanish

A continuation of Spanish 102. This intermediate course provides intensive practice in the Spanish five language skills (understanding, speaking, reading, writing and culture) through task-based classroom instruction and individual lab practice. Selected readings, written assignments and discussions serve to further develop linguistic and analytic skills in Spanish at the intermediate level. This course may not be taken on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: SPAN 102, its equivalent, or consent of instructor

SPAN 202: Intermediate Spanish

A bridge between intermediate and advanced Spanish courses. The class provides comprehensive practice of all language skills with emphasis on achieving control of most structures, considerable breadth of vocabulary, and appropriate communicative competence. Selected readings, written assignments and discussions serve to further develop the linguistic and analytic skills needed for advanced study in Spanish.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: SPAN 201, its equivalent, or consent of instructor

SPAN 316: Gender, Politics, and Current Events in Spain

A critical analysis and discussion of recent and current events in Spain with a focus on issues of gender and sexuality, immigration, and nationalism. Students study and present on topics that affect Spanish society today by reading, watching and listening to a variety of media sources, articles and theoretical readings.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Gender Studies 412
Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or its equivalent, official placement, or consent of instructor

SPAN 320: Introduction to Literary Texts

An introduction to the critical analysis of texts that represent various periods, genres and authors in Latin American and Spanish literature. Readings of texts and theory, class discussions and composition tasks prepare students for other advanced courses in the Spanish program.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: SPAN 202, its equivalent, or consent of instructor. Not open to native speakers of Spanish

SPAN 326: Narrative Writing in Spanish

A course on writing in Spanish focused on narrative non-fiction, especially journalism and memoir. The course will be organized in a workshop-style, where students will share and critically engage with their peers’ writing. Readings will include contemporary journalism from Latin American and Spain. The course will build toward a final project in which students will write their own work of narrative journalism or memoir.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: SPAN 202

SPAN 345: Advanced Grammar Studies

In-depth study of grammar, syntax, and composition that builds on concepts learned in the intermediate courses. Problem areas, particularly at the advanced level of the language, are studied systematically. Course does not count towards the humanities general education requirement for B.A. and B.A./B.Mus. students.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Linguistics 374
Prerequisite: SPAN 202, its equivalent, or consent of the instructor

SPAN 350: Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

This course offers an introduction to linguistics based on data from Spanish. We study the sound system of Spanish, the structure of its words, and how its sentences are formed and interpreted. We also consider how Spanish has changed over time and how it differs depending on where it is spoken. Written assignments and exams.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Linguistics 377
Prerequisite: SPAN 202, its equivalent, or consent of the instructor

SPAN 390: Tutorial Studies in Spanish

Topic of study will be determined by the student’s interest and the availability of a faculty member who has the necessary expertise. Tutorials are not substitutes for courses but opportunities to pursue topics suggested by courses.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

SPAN 391: Directed Study in Spanish

An individual or small-group study directed towards the acquisition of knowledge or specific skills, not research or creative work. Directed studies are not a substitute for existing courses but opportunities to pursue pertinent topics that clearly fall under the field of expertise of a faculty member in the department.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

SPAN 395: Internship In Spanish

An opportunity for students to apply their Spanish language and culture skills in business, government and the non-profit sector. National or international internships are coordinated between the Office of Career Services and the Spanish faculty who acts as supervisor. In order to earn academic credit, internships must meet the required guidelines and receive prior approval from the Spanish chairperson. Credit requirements may include readings, discussions, and a report and/or portfolio. The faculty supervisor determines the submission calendar for internship-related assignments.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

SPAN 399: Independent Study in Spanish

An independent and thorough investigation of a topic of the student's choice, carried out in consultation with an instructor. The Spanish department chair must approve all independent studies in Spanish in advance.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

SPAN 406: Cultures of the Caribbean

An introduction to the literature and art of the Hispanophone Caribbean. Reading works ranging from the nineteenth century to the present, we will study how the culture of the Caribbean has chronicled and been shaped by the forces of slavery, capitalism and imperialism.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: One 300-level Spanish course or consent of the instructor

SPAN 407: Spanish in the U.S.

A first approach to the study of Spanish in the United States through different lenses, including (but not limited to) the history of Spanish and its speakers in the U.S., a demographic overview of its varieties, sociopolitical factors surrounding its use, linguistic phenomena resulting from contact with English, and educational approaches to learning Spanish as a heritage language. Written assignments and exams.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Linguistics 407, Ethnic Studies 407
Prerequisite: 300-level course in Spanish or consent of instructor

SPAN 410: Gender, Politics, and Current Events in Latin America

A critical analysis of current events in Latin America with a focus on gender and political issues. Through films, magazine articles, fiction, and selected radio and television broadcasts from Latin America, students will study major events that relate and give expression to the cultural mores of Latin Americans within the realm of gender and politics. The course allows students to continue to develop their oral communication skills in the target language and, with a wide range of topics and interests, to work toward an understanding of gender issues and political events that have shaped and transformed Latin America.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Gender Studies 410
Prerequisite: One 300-level Spanish course, its equivalent, or consent of instructor

SPAN 420: Comedia: Theory and Performance

An introduction to the major playwrights of early modern Spain and Latin America. Readings include plays, interludes, contemporary dramatic theory, and historical accounts of performance practices. Discussion topics include the ethics of theatrical performance, the construction of gender on stage, and the place of the comedia in the emergent empire.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Theatre Arts 442
Prerequisite: One 300-level course in Spanish, its equivalent, or consent of instructor

SPAN 425: Latin American Visual Art

The course introduces the cultures of Latin America through a survey of its major movements and artists from the early 19th century to the present. Image-based lectures will be accompanied by discussion of visual and thematically related texts (i.e., biographies, letters, scholarly articles) and carefully selected fragments of videos.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Art History 275
Prerequisite: One 300-level course in Spanish or consent of instructor

SPAN 430: Introduction to Latin American and Spanish Film

An introduction to the critical analysis of Latin American and Spanish film. Selected films represent various countries, genres and directors from Latin America and Spain. Readings of relevant film theory, class discussions and composition tasks prepare students for other advanced courses in the Spanish program.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Film Studies 330
Prerequisite: SPAN 300-level class or its equivalent, official placement, or consent of instructor

SPAN 466: Latin@ Studies (in English)

This course covers the main cultural issues in Latin@ communities. It concentrates on the Latin@s of the United States, the definitions of these communities, and their cultural expressions. Through theoretical materials as well as literature, film, historical documents, testimony, etc., this course addresses a variety of subjects related to Latin@ culture. Taught in English.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 583
Prerequisite: One 300-level Spanish course, its equivalent, or consent of instructor

SPAN 470: Visions of Conquest

This course explores the diverse accounts of the Spanish conquest of Latin America presented in contemporary historical writings and European and indigenous cultural artifacts. This course is held concurently with HIST 274. Lectures and discussions are in English, but reading and writing assignments are in Spanish. Students who wish to work only in English should register for HIST 374.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: One 300-level Spanish course or consent of instructor

SPAN 485: Latin American Urban Cultures - Buenos Aires

Urban cultures express the transformations of a globalized world. Taking the Buenos Aires case as its focus, the course analyzes the cultural production from, of, and about the city, from multiple perspectives, in order to achieve an understanding of the issues facing Latin American urban spaces in the 21st century.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: One 300-level Spanish course, its equivalent, or consent of instructor

SPAN 510: Survey of Peninsular Spanish I: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque

An introduction to Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Spanish literature, culture, and society. Reading and discussion of poetry, prose, and theatre from Spain in their historical and cultural contexts. Introduction to basic concepts of literary theory. Texts, discussion, and written assignments in Spanish. Additional materials such as films and paintings may be used for class discussions in order to contextualize readings.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: One 400-level Spanish course, its equivalent, or consent of instructor

SPAN 512: The (En)Gendering of Modern Spain: Gender and National Narratives from Romanticsm to the Avant-garde

A thematic analysis of Spanish literature and selected visual art from the Romantic period to the 1936 civil war. The course focuses on the connection between various artistic representations of gender and their (re)production or defiance of national narratives. Readings include works by renowned authors like Emilia Pardo Bazan and Federico Garcia Lorca, as well as avant-garde films and paintings by Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: One course in Spanish at the 400-level

SPAN 513: Translation in Context: the Theory, History, and Practice of Spanish Translation

This course surveys the theory, history and practice of Spanish translation. In it, students acquire the knowledge and basic skills required for translation between Spanish and English while becoming acquainted with the history of translation. Course readings introduce relevant philosophical and political debates.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: One 500-level or two 400-level courses or consent of instructor

SPAN 514: Reading the Border: Gender, Texts and Performance

This course will focus on textual and cultural (re)presentations—including narratives, performance, film, photography and genre-defying texts—of the Central American-Mexio-U.S. borders, where spaces, race, violence and ethnicity become gendered. The course will cover the mid-1980s until contemporary times, a period tempered by the events of 9/11, as well as more recent political discourses focused on the border. Seminar with papers and a final project.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 514
Prerequisite: SPAN 300-level course or equivalent official placement

SPAN 515: Ruining the Imaginary of Paradise: Eco-Criticism in the Spanish-Speaking Caribbean

This seminar examines the history and cultural expressions of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean--both the insular and the continental areas--from an eco-critical perspective. Parting from the so-called discovery, conquest and colonization and moving thorugh slavery, independence and postcolonial movements, the course provides an account of the exploitative processes of imperial powers that have imagined the Caribbean as a tropical paradise. Lecture/discussion with papers.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 515
Prerequisite: 400-level course in Spanish or consent of instructor

SPAN 535: Topics in Literature and Culture

Topics for special study in Spanish of Peninsular and Latin American literatures and cultures. Topics in this series vary from year to year, according to students’ and instructor’s needs and interests. The course may be repeated with consent of the instructor, if the topic has changed. Taught in Spanish.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: One 400-level Spanish course, its equivalent, or consent of instructor

SPAN 550: Cervantes: Don Quijote

Close reading and discussion of Don Quijote, Parts I and II. Attention is given to the social and political context of the work.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: One 400-level Spanish course, its equivalent, or consent of instructor

SPAN 561: Jorge Luis Borges

A seminar course on Borges' literary works in historical and cultural context. The course will explore Borges' short stories, and examine their multidisciplinary resonances from film and visual arts to physics and linguistics, among others. Seminar with exams, presentations, and papers. In Spanish.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: One 400-level Spanish course, its equivalent, or consent of instructor

SPAN 577: Space as Text

A critical analysis of the role of space and borders in contemporary literature. We will examine the critical theory on the topic and apply those insights to texts mainly from or about Latin American and the Atlantic regions. We will include spatial representations from the visual arts and films.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: One 400-level course in Spanish or consent of instructor

SPAN 580: Dis(re)membering the Nation: Contemporary Film & Fiction of Spain and Latin America

A thematic analysis of film and fiction produced in the late and post-dictatorial context of Spain and several Latin American countries. The course studies the cultural processes of historical memory, collective trauma, oblivion, and questioning of national narratives in selected works from the past four decades. Readings include Manuel Puig's Kiss of the Spider Woman, Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden, and Carmen Martin Gaite's The Back Room, as well as films by Lucrecia Martel, Victor Erice, Pablo Larrain, and Guillermo del Toro, among others.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Film Studies 580
Prerequisite: One 400-level course in Spanish or consent of instructor

SPAN 590: Tutorial Studies in Spanish

Topic of study will be determined by the student’s interest and the availability of a faculty member who has the necessary expertise. Tutorials are not substitutes for courses but opportunities to pursue topics suggested by courses.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

SPAN 591: Directed Study in Spanish

An individual or small-group study directed towards the acquisition of knowledge or specific skills, not research or creative work. Directed studies are not a substitute for existing courses but opportunities to pursue pertinent advanced topics that clearly fall under the field of expertise of a faculty member in the department.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

SPAN 595: Internship In Spanish

An opportunity for students to apply their Spanish language and culture skills in business, government and the non-profit sector. National or international internships are coordinated between the Office of Career Services and the Spanish faculty who acts as supervisor. In order to earn academic credit, internships must meet the required guidelines and receive prior approval from the Spanish chairperson. Credit requirements may include readings, discussions, and a report and/or portfolio. The faculty supervisor determines the submission calendar for internship-related assignments.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

SPAN 599: Independent Study in Spanish

An independent and thorough investigation of a topic of the student's choice, carried out in consultation with a faculty member. The Spanish department chair must approve all independent studies in Spanish in advance.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

SPAN 690: Tutorial Studies in Spanish

Topic of study will be determined by the student’s interest and the availability of a faculty member who has the necessary expertise. Tutorials are not substitutes for courses but opportunities to pursue topics suggested by courses.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

SPAN 691: Directed Study in Spanish

An individual or small-group study directed towards the acquisition of knowledge or specific skills, not research or creative work. Directed studies are not a substitute for existing courses but opportunities to pursue pertinent and highly advanced topics that clearly fall under the field of expertise of a faculty member in the department.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

SPAN 695: Internship In Spanish

An opportunity for students to apply their Spanish language and culture skills in business, government and the non-profit sector. National or international internships are coordinated between the Office of Career Services and the Spanish faculty who acts as supervisor. In order to earn academic credit, internships must meet the required guidelines and receive prior approval from the Spanish chairperson. Credit requirements may include readings, discussions, and a report and/or portfolio. The faculty supervisor determines the submission calendar for internship-related assignments.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

SPAN 699: Independent Study in Spanish

An independent and thorough investigation of a topic of the student's choice, carried out in consultation with a faculty member. The Spanish department chair must approve all independent studies in Spanish in advance.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.