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SPANISH COURSES:

 
SP 103, 104 Spanish for Teachers. (I) One unit each.
 
Designed for those students going into elementary or secondary education. This course stresses learning the skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking within the context of an academic setting. The cultural component includes role play, skits and phone conversations that reflect an educator's need for communication with students from a diverse Spanish-speaking population and their parents. The course is conducted in Spanish for those with 0-3 years of previous study of the language. A student must be an education major to take these classes or have the permission of the instructor. Courses are offered only in the summer. Prerequisite for SP 104: SP 103 or permission of the instructor. Not designed for native speakers of Spanish. Offered in summer sessions only.
 
SP 105 Basic Spanish I. (I) One unit.
 
This course introduces the fundamental elements of Spanish within a cultural context by providing students with the necessary skills to communicate orally and in writing for everyday situations. Students acquire basic vocabulary, a solid command of the present tense, and other key grammatical structures through interactive exercises, elementary readings, music, and short videos. In addition to the classroom experience, students engage in interactive exercises through an online workbook, which includes speaking, listening, reading, and writing activities. This course does not count towards the Spanish minor or major. Pre-requisite: 0-2 years of high school instruction or permission of instructor. Offered fall semester. Students with more than two years of Spanish or native-speakers will not receive academic credit for this course.
 
SP 106 Basic Spanish II. (I) One unit.
 
This course is specifically designed for students who successfully completed Spanish 105. Special emphasis is placed on more advanced oral and written communication skills through the use of the present and past tenses. Basic vocabulary is consolidated through a variety of short readings on the cultures of Latin America and Spain. In addition to the classroom experience, students engage in interactive exercises through an online workbook, which includes speaking, listening, reading, and writing activities. This course does not count towards the Spanish minor or major. Prerequisite: Spanish 105, 2-3 years of high school instruction or permission of instructor. Offered spring semester. Students with more than three years of Spanish or native-speakers will not receive academic credit for this course.
 
SP 107 Accelerated Elementary Spanish. (I) One unit.
 
This accelerated course is designed for highly motivated students who wish to acquire or consolidate basic language skills as a preparation for the intermediate level. The curriculum covers the fundamentals of Spanish grammar and introduces students to the cultures of Latin America and Spain through interactive exercises, elementary readings, music, and short videos. Since the nature of this course is accelerated, students are responsible for substantial independent learning outside the classroom. As such, they will engage in a series of interactive exercises through an online workbook, which includes speaking, listening, reading, and writing activities. This course does not count towards the Spanish minor or major. Pre-requisite: 0-2 years of high school instruction or permission of instructor. Offered spring semester. Students with more than two years of Spanish or native-speakers will not receive academic credit for this course.
 
SP 111 Intermediate Spanish I. (I) One unit.
 
This course is designed for highly motivated students who wish to deepen and develop the basic skills learned during the first year courses. An emphasis is placed on the acquisition of speaking skills and proper pronunciation, effective reading and writing strategies, and the use of formal and informal vocabulary. Key topics of Spanish grammar are reviewed in depth. Students are also exposed to Spanish, Latin American, Latino popular culture through the realm of music and the visual arts. Three weekly hours of class instruction are supplemented by a required one hour conversation class each week. Prerequisite: Spanish 106, 107, 2-3 years of high school Spanish, or 2-3 semesters of college Spanish. Offered fall semester.
 
SP 112 Intermediate Spanish II. (I) One unit.
 
As a continuation to Spanish 111, this course places a special emphasis on mastering more difficult aspects of grammar, such as the present and past subjunctive. Students continue to perfect communication skills through extensive reading, writing, and oral work in the form of presentations and group debates. Through a selection of short stories, documentaries and films, this course also aims to broaden students’ understanding of Latin America and Spain’s history, geography, and cultural contributions. Students must successfully pass this course in order to be considered for Study Abroad. Three weekly hours of class instruction are supplemented by a required one-hour conversation class each week. Prerequisite: Spanish 111 or permission of the instructor. Offered spring semester.
 
SP 213 Hispanic Literature in English Translation. (I) One unit.
 
This is a course in English designed to introduce several masterworks of the Spanish and Latin American literary traditions to students who may or may not be ready to read the texts in the original language. Readings include selections from early peninsular works, such as El Cid and the Quixote, pre-Columbian texts such as the Popol Vuh, poetry from colonial Mexico’s Sor Juana and, finally, contemporary works from both Latin America (Borges, Cortázar, Allende) and Spain (Matute, García Lorca, Arrabal). Cross-listed w/EN 213. Offered as required.
 
SP 231 Artistic Adventures: Spanish Composition and Conversation. (I) One unit.
 
This course is designed for students who wish to master complex grammatical structures and broaden their vocabulary as a solid preparation for upper-division classes in Spanish. Special emphasis will be placed on writing, speaking and pronunciation. Written and oral exercises will focus on the art of Latin American and Spanish painters such as Miguel Barceló, Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dalí, Diego de Rivera, Pablo Picasso, Diego de Velázquez, Rufino Tamayo, Antonio Tápies, and Remedios Varo. Students will work with CD-ROM programs and engage in virtual tours of museums around the world. This class is open to native speakers of Spanish. Prerequisite: SP 112 or equivalent. Offered fall semester.
 
SP 232 People and Politics in the Hispanic World: Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation (I) One unit.
 
Students will work on writing and speaking skills at the advanced level. Various forms of written expression such as letters, essays, summaries, textual analyses, and film criticism will be addressed. Students will acquire theoretical vocabulary through weekly newspaper and magazine readings. Class conversations and debates will focus on social, cultural and political topics pertaining to Latin America and/or Spain. This class is open to native speakers of Spanish. Prerequisite: SP 231 or equivalent. Offered spring semester.
 
SP 234 Introduction to Spanish Translation (I) One unit.
 
This course uses translation to help students consolidate complex grammatical structures and further develop their awareness of the particular subtleties of Spanish. Students will be introduced to the history and theory of translation from Spanish to English and English to Spanish through a variety of texts: newspaper and journal articles, legal and medical documents, letters, advertisements, film subtitles, and literary works. The course includes a final service-learning translation project. Prerequisite: Spanish 232 or equivalent. Offered as required.
 
SP 235  Journalism and Creative Writing in the Hispanic World. (I) One Unit.
 
 It is interesting to know that many Latin American and Spanish writers began their professional careers as journalists. Through the study of chronicles and reportage, one can trace some of the most important moments in the social, cultural, political, and intellectual history of Latin America and Spain. Today, canonical Hispanic authors publish op-ed columns in major newspapers around the world. This course focuses on chronicles and reportage written by Spanish and Latin American writers such as Tomás Eloy Martínez, Gabriel García Márquez, Alma Guillermoprieto, Rosa Montero, Mario Vargas Llosa, José Martí, and Antonio Muñoz Molina. Students will also be exposed to various techniques in creative writing as they produce their own chronicles in Spanish. Prerequisites: Spanish 231 or permission of the instructor. Offered as required.
 
SP 241, 242 Hispanic Civilization. (I) One unit each.
 
A study of Spanish culture and civilization (fall semester) and Latin American culture and civilization (spring semester) including visual arts, music and literature. Prerequisites: SP 231. Offered as required.
 

 
SP 310 Introduction to Literary Criticism. (I) One unit.
 
This course aims to increase students' ability to think, read, discuss, and write critically about literature from the Spanish speaking world. Latin American, latino and peninsular works will be approached from different analytical perspectives by also taking into account the particular cultural, historical, and philosophical background inherent to each text. Critical models to becovered include reader-response, marxism, feminism, Queer theory, and post-colonialism. Prerequisite: Spanish 232 or equivalent. Offered fall semester.
 
SP 314 Topics in Hispanic Cinema. (I) One unit.
 
This course presents issues of culture and history from the Spanish-speaking world through close analysis and discussion of films of major directors. Topics will vary by semester and will cover such themes as the Spanish Civil War, visions of rural and urban life, artistic production, poverty and its consequences, fantasy in film, gender, representations on screen etc. The class is writing intensive in Spanish. Prerequisites: SP 310 or permission of the instructor. Offered as required.
 
 
SP 320 Topics in Modern Peninsular Prose. (I) One unit.
 
In this course, contemporary peninsular prose will be examined in the context of Spain’s post-Transition era. Topics will include ideological trends in contemporary Spanish society, class and gender politics, national identity, the representation of urban life, and authorial selffashioning. The works of Javier Marías, Félix de Azúa, Juan José Millás, Enrique Vila- Matas, Belén Gopegui, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Arturo Pérez Reverte, and Almudena Grandes will be discussed. Prerequisite: Spanish 310 or equivalent. Offered as required
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SP 323 Contemporary Hispanic Women Writers. (I) One unit.
 
This course addresses the cultural, social, and political currents that have changed the works of contemporary Hispanic women writers. Feminist concepts are examined in the works of such authors as Carmen Laforet, Ana María Matute, Carmen Martín Gaite, Soledad Puértolas, María Luisa Bombal, Luisa Valenzuela, Cristina Peri Rossi, and Rosa Regás.  Historical, sociological, and artistic documents will also be examined for what they reveal of the changing consciousness of women in Spain and Latin America. This course may be counted toward the Gender Studies minor. Prerequisite: SP 310 or permission of the instructor. Offered as required.
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SP 346 A Window on Spain: Peninsular Survey. (I) One unit.
 
This course offers a chronological survey of Spanish literature and its cultural history from the Middle Ages to present times’ focusing on movements such as Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, Surrealism, and Post-modernism. Topics to be explored include the role of women in the Middle Ages, courtly love, food and fashion in the Golden Age, underground theater andliterary censorship under the Franco regime, and the latest trends in contemporary Spanish narrative. Authors to be studied include María de Zayas, Miguel de Cervantes, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Benito Pérez Galdós, Antonio Machado, José Ortega y Gasset, Antonio Buero Vallejo, Carmen Laforet, Almudena Grandes, and Javier Marías. Prerequisite: SP 310 or equivalent. Offered as required.
 
 

SP 347 Love, Madness and Death in Latin American Literature (Latin

American Survey). (I) One unit.
 
 At the beginning of the XX century, one of the best known Latin American writers, Horacio Quiroga, published a collection of short stories entitled: Cuentos de amor, de locura y muerte. This text prefigures many trends of Latin American literature during this century: magical realism, fantastic literature, and the redefinition of nature, among others. This class considers love, madness, and death as main topics in contemporary Latin American literature. Prerequisite: SP 310 or equivalent. Offered as required.
 
 
SP 351 Argentine Literature: Foreigners at Home. (I) One unit.
 
This course looks at the major contributions that Argentine poets, novelists, short story writers, and dramatists have made to world literature. Argentina was not only the first country in Latin America with urban culture but also the place where European modernity erupted. Writers like Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar echoed and continued the experiments of modern European literature but gave to that tradition a particularly American perspective. The class includes, but is not limited to works by Borges, Cortázar, Ocampo, Storni, Gambaro, Sábato, Puig, and Timerman among others. It also addresses such issues as politics and censorship, the fantastic in literature, urban and rural conflicts, and gender representations. Prerequisite: SP 310 or permission of the instructor. Offered as required
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SP 352 Cities in the Hispanic World. (I) One unit.
 
This courses examines the literary representations of city life in the Spanish speaking world from the nineteenth century to the present. Using an interdisciplinary approach, topics will include the city as a physical and utopian construction, urban and non-urban landscapes, post-war reconstruction, poverty, alienation, immigration, and the ways in which cities occupy and challenge the literary imagination. Cities to be examined include Barcelona, Madrid, Granada, Buenos Aires, Havana, Mexico City, Santiago de Chile, and New York. Prerequisites: Spanish 310 or equivalent. Offered as required.
 
SP 400 Senior Reflective Tutorial: Spanish Expository Writing. One unit. A
detailed study of an author, a period, or theme relevant to the understanding of Spanish or Latin American literature and culture. This course also aims to build upon previous language learning, to review, refine, develop, and practice language skills to achieve correct and effective expression in Spanish with emphasis on writing. An extended research project is required for all majors who wish to be considered for departmental honors. Prerequisite: for Spanish majors or with permission of the instructor. Offered as required in the spring semester.
 
SP 411 Hispanic Drama. (I) One unit. A study of the development of Spanish and Latin American theater from the seventeenth century to the present. Readings will include authors such as Tirso de Molina, Calderón de la Barca, Lope de Vega, García Lorca, Buero Vallejo, Vargas Llosa, and Garro. Prerequisite: SP 310 or permission of the instructor. Offered as required
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SP 412 Cloak and Dagger: Cervantes vs. Lope de Vega. (I) One unit.
 
The works of literary rivals Miguel de Cervantes and Lope de Vega are examined in the light of the social and intellectual currents of seventeenth century Spain. Particular attention is given to the problems of textual reception and the question of canon formation. Just what determines the popularity of certain works and who reads them?
Prerequisite: SP 310 or permission of the instructor. Offered as required.
 
 
SP 511 Spanish for Health Care Professionals. (I) One unit.
 
This is a course in basic Spanish designed for those already working in or planning to enter the health care professions. Students will learn a specialized vocabulary and study cultural situations directly related to caring for Spanish-speaking patients. The course is taught in Spanish. Both undergraduate and graduate students may take this course with permission of their advisors. This course is appropriate for those with 0–3 years of previous experience with the language. It is not appropriate for native speakers. Offered as required
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SP 593 Independent Study (I) One unit.
 
Supervised independent research projects developed by the student, with faculty advisement. Restricted to advanced majors. Offered fall and spring semesters.
 
FL 291 Special Topics (I) One unit.
 
A course dealing with the literature of Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Latin America, or Spain. The content will vary and be determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: completion of the Intermediate level. Offered as required.