SPAN - Spanish

Upper-division courses are given on a rotating basis. SPAN 300 is a prerequisite for all upper-division literature and civilization courses, unless otherwise indicated.

Courses numbered 500 to 799 = undergraduate/graduate. (Individual courses may be limited to undergraduate students only.) Courses numbered 800 to 999 = graduate.

SPAN 505.  Spanish Phonetics   (3).

Cross-listed as LING 505C. Includes articulatory phonetics, phonemics, sound/symbol correspondences, dialectal and stylistic variations. Required for future Spanish teachers. Prerequisite: any 200-level course or departmental consent.

SPAN 515A.  Major Topics in Spanish   (1-4).

Repeatable for credit. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

SPAN 515G.  Spanish in the U.S.   (3).

Exploration of the structural and social aspects of Spanish in the United States. Examines the history and social context of the use of Spanish in the U.S. and addresses the various Spanish-speaking communities that currently exist here. Studies the Spanish language as it is spoken in the U.S., including phenomena that result from the contact between Spanish and English and dialectical variation. Investigates the social factors that affect language structure and use, and the role of language in the social interactions of U.S. Spanish-speakers. Covers Spanish in education, in the media and in other aspects of public life in the U.S. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 526 or instructor's consent.

SPAN 520.  Literature in Film   (3).

Spanish or Latin American literature and its representation in film. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisite: SPAN 300.

SPAN 525.  Advanced Spanish Conversation   (3).

Provides students the opportunity to further develop aural and oral proficiency through listening, vocabulary building, culturally appropriate communication strategies, skits, presentations and pronunciation practice in an immersion environment. Prerequisite: SPAN 325 or departmental consent.

SPAN 526.  Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition   (3).

Prerequisite: SPAN 220 or 221 or departmental consent.

SPAN 546.  Spanish Language Learning   (3).

Cross-listed as LING 546. Introduces language learning from an applied linguistics perspective: the processes of first and second language acquisition, elements of Spanish grammar that are often difficult for English speakers, and social aspects of language learning. Appropriate for advanced undergraduate students and graduate students. Taught in Spanish. Course includes diversity content. Prerequisite: SPAN 526 or departmental consent.

SPAN 547.  Spanish in the U.S.   (3).

Cross-listed as LING 547. Explores the structural and social aspects of Spanish in the United States. Examines the history and social context of the use of Spanish in the U.S. as well as dialectical and contact phenomena in U.S. Spanish. Also covers Spanish in education, in the media and in other aspects of public life in the U.S. Appropriate for advanced undergraduate students and graduate students. Taught in Spanish. Course includes diversity content. Prerequisite: SPAN 526 or departmental consent.

SPAN 552.  Business Spanish   (3).

Provides the opportunity to learn and practice commercial correspondence, business vocabulary, translation and interpretation of business texts. Prerequisite: SPAN 526.

SPAN 557.  Principles of Translation and Interpreting   (3).

For students wishing to learn skills and techniques of translation and interpreting in addition to developing vocabulary in different domains of professional Spanish. Course combines readings, discussions and applied practice/hands-on activities. Pre- or corequisite: SPAN 526 or departmental consent.

SPAN 558.  Advanced Translation and Interpreting   (3).

Further study of translation and interpreting of different types of texts for the professional world. Prerequisites: SPAN 526, 557; or departmental consent.

SPAN 559.  Spanish for the Health Professions   (3).

Gives students a fundamental background in the Spanish that is spoken in health care settings and explores health disparities affecting Latinos in the U.S. Through conversation practice, simulated situations, readings, vocabulary exercises, projects, oral interviews, etc., students learn to communicate in Spanish in a wide range of situations pertinent to health-related scenarios. While the course does review some grammatical concepts in Spanish, all grammar practice is studied in the context of the health care setting. Prerequisite: SPAN 526.

SPAN 610.  Survey of Spanish Medieval and Premodern Literature   (3).

Spanish literature from the beginning to 1700. Prerequisite: SPAN 300 or departmental consent.

SPAN 611.  Survey of Spanish Modern Literature   (3).

Main currents of Spanish literature from 1700 to the present. Prerequisite: SPAN 300 or departmental consent.

SPAN 620.  Survey of Latin-American Literature   (3).

Survey of Latin-American literature from pre-Columbian times through the building of new nations, and to the rise of Modernismo at the turn of the 20th century. Prerequisite: SPAN 300 or departmental consent.

SPAN 621.  Survey of Contemporary Latin-American Literature   (2-3).

Provides students with a chronological and thematic approach to the main currents of Latin-American literature in the 20th and 21st centuries. Provides a critical presentation of major realist, naturalist, avant-garde, boom and postboom authors. Prerequisite: SPAN 300 or departmental consent.

SPAN 622.  Special Studies in Spanish   (1-4).

Topic for study chosen with aid of instructor. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

SPAN 623.  Seminar In Spanish   (2-3).

Seminar in Spanish literature, language or civilization. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisite: SPAN 300.

SPAN 623B.  Seminar in Spanish and Latin-American Literature   (1-5).

Studies a selection of Latin-American cultural productions (literature and film) to answer two questions: How do criticism, fatality and heroism interrelate with Latin American culture? What can this threefold relationship tell us about the cultural development of Latin America? Latin-American cultural productions are centered in representing a dichotomy; on the one hand, romantic and erotic instincts related to sexual appetites and, on the other, thematic digressional, and chaotic energies — pathological desire — that constantly challenge the utopic integration of Latin-American nations.

SPAN 623C.  Seminar in Spanish-American Culture   (1-5).

Special studies in Spanish and Latin-American culture and civilization. For graduate/undergraduate credit. Given on a rotating basis. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

SPAN 623V.  Latinos in the US and Midwest   (3).

This course introduces students to the range of issues that form the foundation of Latino/a Studies. Students will analyze the histories of the diverse Latino sub-groups and acquire a multidisciplinary and panoramic perspective on the Latino/a collective and individual experience in the US. Special consideration will be paid to the experiences of Latinos in the Midwest and the representation of Latinos in media. Course will be taught in Spanish and include readings in both Spanish and English.

SPAN 624.  Seminar in Latin-American Literature or Culture   (3).

May focus on a literary genre, historic or artistic period, main historic figure or author, region or topic, including transnational or transatlantic phenomena. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisite: SPAN 300 or departmental consent.

SPAN 625.  Contemporary Latin-American Novel   (3).

Prerequisite: SPAN 300 or departmental consent.

SPAN 626.  Spanish Civilization   (3).

Intensive study of Spanish culture, including historical and geographical factors in its development and its contributions to world civilization. Pre- or corequisite: SPAN 300 or departmental consent.

SPAN 627.  Latin-American Civilization   (3).

Intensive study of Latin-American culture, including the historical and geographical factors of its development and its contributions to world civilization. Pre- or corequisite: SPAN 300 or departmental consent.

SPAN 631.  Seminar in Latin-American Literature: Short Story   (3).

Study of the main writers in contemporary Latin-American literature. Prerequisite: SPAN 300 or departmental consent.

SPAN 632.  Hispanic Cooking Communities   (3).

Analyzes food and food representation as potential national symbols and examines their cultural meanings. Examples of the importance of Hispanic and Latino foods and culinary traditions through the years with particular attention to the diasporic communities and the impact of immigrant food are studied. Course includes diversity content. Prerequisites: SPAN 220/SPAN 221 and SPAN 325 or departmental consent.

SPAN 633.  Latin@ Studies   (3).

Introduces students to the range of issues that form the foundation of Latin@ studies. Students analyze the histories of the diverse Latin@ subgroups and acquire a multidisciplinary and panoramic perspective on the Latin@ collective and individual experience in the U.S. Special consideration is paid to the experiences of Latin@s in the Midwest and the representation of Latin@s in media. Course is taught in Spanish and includes readings in both Spanish and English. Course includes diversity content. Prerequisites: SPAN 220, 221 and 325 or departmental consent.

SPAN 750.  Workshop in Spanish   (2-4).

Repeatable for credit.

SPAN 750C.  Contextualized Language Instruction   (2).

Workshop on foreign language pedagogy. Required for GTAs in Spanish; open to advanced undergraduate French, Latin, or Spanish teaching majors. Pre-requisites: enrolled in the MCLL Teaching Major, acceptance into the MA program in Spanish, or departmental consent.

SPAN 805.  Directed Readings Spanish   (1-4).

Readings vary according to the student's preparation. Includes preparation of reports, literary critiques and special projects in linguistics.

SPAN 827.  Latin American Civilization and Culture   (3).

Introduction to historical and cultural development in Latin America, exploring the legacy of the Spanish encounter/conquest. Emphasizes Spanish colonization. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

SPAN 831.  Seminar in Spanish Literature   (3).

(a) Middle Ages, (b) Renaissance, (c) Golden Age theater, (d) Cervantes, (e) modern novel, (f) Generation of '98, (i) Romanticism, (j) 20th century poetry, (k) criticism, (l) literature, (m) 20th century theatre, (n) contemporary Spanish novel, (o) picaresque novel, and (p) Spanish short story.

SPAN 831F.  Seminar in Spanish Literature: Generation of '98   (3).

Generation of '98.

SPAN 831P.  Seminar in Spanish Literature: Spanish Short Story   (3).

Spanish short story.

SPAN 832B.  Seminar in Latin-American Literature: Contemporary Novel   (2-3).

Contemporary novel.

SPAN 832C.  Seminar in Latin-American Literature: Short Story   (1-3).

Short story.

SPAN 832E.  Seminar in Latin-American Literature: Modernism   (3).

Modernism.

SPAN 832K.  Seminar in Latin-American Literature: Latin-American Literature   (2-3).

Latin-American literature.

SPAN 833.  Survey of Spanish Literature I (to 1700)   (3).

Survey of medieval and early modern Spanish literature. Topics include major authors, works and literary movements of the periods. Consists of analysis of short stories, poems, plays and other genres.

SPAN 834.  Survey of Spanish Literature II   (3).

Overview of modern Spanish literary history. Topics covered include major authors, works and literary movements of modern Spanish literature (1700 to the present). The course consists of critical analysis of short stories, poems, plays, essays and excerpts from novels. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

SPAN 835.  Survey of Latin-American Literature (15th-19th Centuries)   (3).

Survey of Latin-American literature from its indigenous origins, through the colonial period, to the end of the independence campaigns. Consists of the close analysis of chronicles, short stories, poetry and other texts. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between ideology, nation building and literature. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

SPAN 836.  Survey of Latin-American Literature (20th and 21st Centuries)   (3).

In-depth overview of the cultural and commercial processes which gave way to the internationalization of Latin-American literature in the 20th century. Emphasis on how Latin-American literature became an object of interest in the U.S. and Europe in the 1960s and 1970s. It also examines the space some Spanish-American authors occupy currently in the world literary market. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

SPAN 851.  Advanced Topics in Spanish Culture and Civilization   (3).

Covers major events and sociopolitical movements in Spain from prehistoric times to present-day Spain. Through history, students examine the different cultures within Spain (Castilian, Catalan, Basque and Galician), focusing on language, nationality and political implications. Students explore major artists in all media including visual arts, music and literature, while also considering folkloric customs and traditions of the various regions (i.e. Culture and culture).