Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Spanish Upper-Division Courses

* All of our courses will have the GLOBAL CULTURES flag.

SPN 346. Sounds and Intonation (3 Semester hours).

Introduction to the study of Spanish phonetics and phonology, focusing on four aspects: mechanisms of sound production; representation of sounds and intonation; dialectal variation; comparison with English. Students will improve their pronunciation in Spanish and will learn to distinguish some varieties of Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 327 and either: SPN 328C, SPN 330L or SPC 320C.

SPN 350K. Topics in Film and Media Cultures (3 Semester hours).

Important themes in Iberian or Latin American societies and examines their treatment in audiovisual and media production. Students will be able to analyze the language of audiovisual and media cultures and discuss their implications. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Spanish 327 and either: SPN 328C, SPN 330L or SPC 320C.

Topic 1: Gender Issues in Latin America Cinema.

Topic 2: Violence in Spanish Film.

Topic 3: Latin American Film and Culture.

Topic 5: Mediascapes: Literature and Media in the Caribbean. Spanish Civilization 320C (Topic 2) and Spanish 350K (Topic 5) may not both be counted.

Topic 6: Indigenous Voices: From Nezahualcoyotl to Radio. Spanish 350 (Topic: Indigenous Voices: From Nezahualcoyotl to Radio) and 350K (Topic 6) may not both be counted.

 SPN 351. Don Quijote and the Early Modern World (3 semester hours).

Studies Cervantes's Don Quijote in depth in the original Spanish, and combines the author's views on artistic freedom, as well as his manipulation of literary genres and conventions, with his questions regarding the dominant political, religious, and literary discourses of early modern Spain. Prerequisite: Spanish 327 and either: SPN 328C, SPN 330L or SPC 320C.

 SPN 353. Sociolinguistics  (3 Semester hours).

Explores the interrelationship of language and society, with reference to the Spanish-speaking world. It studies how socio-economic, political, and anthropological factors like race, social class, gender, age, and identity influence linguistic forms. Prerequisite: Spanish 327 and either: SPN 328C, SPN 330L or SPC 320C. QUANTITATIVE FLAG

SPN 355. Topics in Latin American Literatures and Cultures (3 Semester hours).

Studies important themes or issues in the cultural production of the Latin American world. Students will learn about various cultural expressions and will be able to understand them in specific political and historical contexts. Among the regions studied are North, Central, and South America; the Caribbean, and related areas in Africa. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Spanish 327 and either: SPN 328C, SPN 330L or SPC 320C.

Topic 1: Fantastic Fiction from South America. Spanish 342 (Topic 1) and 365K (Topic: Fantastic Fiction from South America) may not both be counted.

Topic 2: Non-Fiction Narratives from Latin America.

Topic 3: Jewish Voices from Latin America. Only one of the following may be counted: Spanish Civilization 320C (Topic 1), Spanish 355 (Topic 3), and 352 (Topic: Latin American Jewish Writers).

Topic 4: Sex and Sexuality in Latin America. Spanish 352 (Topic: Sexo/Sexualidad en Latinoamerica) and 355 (Topic 4) may not both be counted.

Topic 5: Revolutionary Imagination in Latin American Cultures. Spanish 355 (Topic 5) and 352 (Topic: Revolutionary Imagination in Latin American Literature) may not both be counted.

Topic 6: The Culture of Violence in Contemporary Mexico. Spanish 355 (Topic 6) and 350 (Topic 13) may not both be counted.

Topic 7: East/West/New World Encounters. Spanish 355 (Topic 7) and 352 (Topic: Visions of the East in Latin American Writing) may not both be counted.

Topic 8: Memory and Writing in Caribbean Culture. Spanish 355 (Topic 8) and 375 (Topic: Memory and Writing in Caribbean Culture) may not both be counted.

Topic 9: Literary Figurations in the Multimedia Age. Spanish 355 (Topic 9) and 352 (Topic: Sound and Images: Literary Figurations in the Multimedia Age) may not both be counted.

SPN 356. Topics in Indigenous Cultures in the Americas (3 Semester hours).

Examines how Indigenous writers, artists, and cultural producers have established their own voices and languages through writing and other forms of media. It analyzes the Indigenous artistic and intellectual production in concrete political and cultural contexts. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Spanish 327 and either: SPN 328C, SPN 330L or SPC 320C. ETHICS FLAG

Topic 1: Indigenous Voices in Latin American Literature. Spanish 356 (Topic 1) and 350 (Topic 4) may not both be counted.

Topic 2: The Imagined Andes.  Spanish 356 (Topic 2) and 350 (Topic 12) may not both be counted.

Topic 3: Contemporary Mesoamerican Indigenous Literatures. Spanish 356 (Topic 3) and 352 (Topic: Contemporary Indigenous Literatures) may not both be counted.

SPN 357. Topics in Iberian Literatures and Cultures (3 Semester hours).

Studies important themes or issues in the cultural production of the Iberian world. Students will learn about various cultural expressions and will be able to understand them in specific political and historical contexts. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Spanish 327 and either: SPN 328C, SPN 330L or SPC 320C.

Topic 1: Hispanic Chivalry. Spanish 350 (Topic: Hispanic Chivalry: Knights, Bandits, Gentlemen, Superheros) 357 (Topic 1) may not both be counted.

Topic 2: Cultures in Contact in Medieval Spain. Only one of the following may be counted: Spanish 350 (Topic 8), 352 (Topic: Literature of Spain of Three Cultures), 357 (Topic 2).

Topic 3: Space in Contemporary Iberian Literatures and Cultures. Only one of the following may be counted: Spanish 357 (Topic 3) and 372 (Space in Contemporary Spanish Literature) may not both be counted.

SPN 358. Studies of African Cultures in Dialogue (3 Semester hours).

Studies the cultural production of African and Afro-descendant people in the Iberian and Latin American worlds. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Spanish 327 and either: SPN 328C, SPN 330L or SPC 320C. ETHICS FLAG

Topic 1: African Diasporas. Spanish 358 (Topic 1) and 375 (Topic: African Diaspora: the Caribbean and Brazil) may not both be counted.

SPN 359. U.S. Latino Literatures/Cultures in Context (3 semester hours).

Examines the U. S. Latino literary and cultural production from a multidisciplinary perspectives, such as literature, film, music, and performance. Analyzes the literatures and experiences of U.S. Latino writers and artists, in their historical and cultural specificities. Prerequisite: Spanish 327 and either: SPN 328C, SPN 330L or SPC 320C. CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE US FLAG

SPN 364L. Linguistics and the Spanish Learner (3 Semester hours).

Focuses on instructed and naturalistic second language (L2) development among adults. It includes: L2 acquisition theories; Spanish learners' difficulties; learners' and teachers' beliefs about a L2; learners' motivations and needs; heritage language learners. Prerequisite: Spanish 327 and either: SPN 328C, SPN 330L or SPC 320C. QUANTITATIVE FLAG

SPN 367P. Spanish for the Professions (3 Semester hours).

Develops vocabulary, grammar, expressions, and interactional skills that are related to foreign language for professional purposes, e.g., business, healthcare, social work, engineering, etc. Also covers cultural issues that affect professional activities in Spanish-speaking communities. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Spanish 327. CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE US FLAG

Topic 1: Spanish for Health Care Professions. Spanish 367P (Topic 1) and 367K (Topic 7) may not both be counted.

Topic 2: Business in Hispanic Life and Culture. Spanish 367P (Topic 2) and 350 (Topic 10) may not both be counted.

 SPN 367T. Advanced Oral and Written Expression for Teachers (3 Semester hours).

Designed primarily to help teacher candidates to prepare to pass the state oral and written proficiency exams at the Advanced level to receive certification. Although the focus is on oral proficiency for various genres of speaking, students also work on writing and reading of different genres. SPN 367K (Topic 1) and SPN 367T may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Spanish 327 and either: SPN 328C, SPN 330L or SPC 320C.

SPN 368C. Topics in Languages in Contact (3 Semester hours).

Investigates Spanish in contact with other languages and among different regional varieties in historical and contemporary settings. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Spanish 327 and either: SPN 328C, SPN 330L or SPC 320C. ETHICS FLAG

SPN 368S. Topics in Language Structure and Use (3 Semester hours).

Examines the major structural components of the language and how these are used in context to fulfill a variety of communicative functions. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Only one of the following may be counted: Spanish 368S, 368L, 367K (Topic 3), or 367K (Topic 8). Prerequisite: Spanish 327 and either: SPN 328C, SPN 330L or SPC 320C

SPN 377H. Honors Tutorial (3 semester hours).

Supervised individual research on a literary, linguistic, or cultural problem, culminating in a written thesis of thirty to forty typewritten pages. Prerequisite: Completion of or enrollment in Spanish 379C or 379L, upper-division standing, admission to the Iberian and Latin American Languages and Cultures Honors Program, and consent of the Honors adviser. INDEPENDENT INQUIRY AND WRITING FLAGS


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