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SPA 101 Elementary College Spanish I

Course Description: An introduction to the Spanish language and culture through a comprehensive approach designed to develop fundamental communication skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Supplemental videos, tapes, films, and other materials are incorporated in the course.

Course Rotation: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

3 credits

SPA 102 Elementary College Spanish II

Prerequisite: SPA 101 or 2 years of high school Spanish.

Course Description: A continuation of the principles established in SPA 101. In addition, the course will introduce more complex sentence structures, past and future verb tenses, the subjunctive mood, and increase fundamental vocabulary. Supplementary videos, tapes, films, and other materials are incorporated in the course.

Course Rotation: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

3 credits

Prerequisites

Pre-requisite for SPA 102 ( Course : SPA 101 . Minimum Grade of D. ) or ( Test: Spanish Placement 20 to 21) or ( Test: Language Placement Override 98 to 99)

SPA 107 Spanish for Health Science Professions I

For Nursing majors only. (Not open to students who have taken SPA 101 or SPA 102).

Course Description: For the health science career oriented person who has little or no knowledge of the Spanish language. Emphasis on active participation in speaking and listening. Material relevant to everyday situations. Cultural background is presented in order to improve awareness of the attitudes of the community. Recommended for nursing and medical technology students and others in health science fields who find the need to communicate with members of the Spanish-speaking community.

Course Rotation: PLV: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

SPA 154 Topics from Hispanic Literature and Culture in Translation I

Course Description: This course deals with subjects selected from the literature or cultures of Spain or Latin America. Knowledge of Spanish is not required.

Course Rotation: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

SPA 154G Topic: Latin American Literature and Film

Course conducted in English.

Course Description: This course will introduce students to the inter-textual nature of films by Latin American women, to their written narratives and films.

3 credits

SPA 154N Topic: Hispanic Cultural Experiences in New York City

Course Description: In this course we will examine Latino and writing in New York. Beginning with a historical overview of Latino writers of New York in the early twentieth century we will continue through the Civil Rights struggle of the 1960s, through the emergence of women writers in the 1990s and beyond. Some of the writers to be covered will include: Junot Diaz, Angie Cruz and Ernesto Quinones. Various themes that are commonly associated with Latino literature will be explored: Immigration, migration, historical change, identity, language, loss and reclamation of homeland and exile. This class will also include excursions in New York City during class time.

3 credits

SPA 154P Topic: Spain: Saints and Sinners

Prerequisite: None

Course conducted in English.
Course Description: This course deals with subjects selected from the literature or cultures of Spain or Latin America. Knowledge of Spanish is not required.

3 credits

SPA 154Q Topic: Negotiating Border Lines - Latino Films of the United States

Prerequisite: None

Course conducted in English.
Fulfills 3 credits Latin American Studies Minor/Certificate, Group C

3 credits

SPA 154R Topic: Borders of Latino/a Identity: An Introduction to Latino/a Literature and Culture of the US

Prerequisite: None

Course conducted in English.

Satisfies 3 credits toward Latin American Studies Minor or Certificate. New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge I. Service Learning Component.

Course Description: This course will introduce students the dynamics of literature and culture of Latinos in the U.S. by reading short fiction, plays, and poetry; by listening to a rich oral tradition of the spoken word; by viewing films, both fiction and documentaries from diverse traditions and perspectives; and by listening to invited guest lecturers. The course content will be linked to specific service experiences, which will engage students with the Latino community in N.Y. (or N.J.) by working on specific projects.

3 credits

SPA 154S Perspectives on America: The Experience of Latina Writers

Course Description: This course deals with subjects selected from the literature or cultures of Spain or Latin America. Knowledge of Spanish is not required.

3 credits

SPA 154U Topics in Modern Language: The Splendor of Spain: Art and Culture

Prerequisite: None

Course conducted in English.
Course Description: This course focuses on the Iberian civilization of Spain: its people, life and culture from the earliest settlers, through the Middle Ages and the Golden Age, to the present day. The diverse society of Christians, Jews, and Moslems, as well as the distinctive regions and ethnic groups of Catalonia, Andalucia, the Basque country, Galicia, Castile, and Asturias are studied. The great Spanish artists and architects (El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Gaudi, Dali, Miro, and Picasso) are examined, as are Spanish traditions and festivals (Holy Week in Seville, pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, and bullfighting). Traditional Spanish music and dance (Federico Garcia Lorca), and Spanish film are explored. Spain is studied from historical and intellectual perspectives, including contemporary life in Spain (women's issues, the new democracy and the monarchy, family values, and student life in Spain). Includes trip to the Museo Casa de Espana.

3 credits

SPA 154V Latin American Cinema

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III. Fulfills 3 credits towards Latin American Studies certificate, Group C. For Old Core and transfer students: Lubin, Seidenberg, and Lienhard students may use this course to meet the Core requirements. Education and Dyson students may use this course for Enhancement or Dyson overlay. Course conducted in English.

Course Description: The course will explore the major movements in Latin American cinema beginning with the initial importance of the Mexican and Argentine film industry of the late 1940s and their aesthetics in relation to the socio-political climate of major Latin American nations.

3 credits

SPA 154X Topic: Contemporary Spain on the Canvas, Stage, Screen and Page

Transfer students may use this course to meet the Core requirements. Education and Dyson students may use this course for Enhancement or Dyson overlay.

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: This course offers students an overview of modern Spain with respect to history and culture. A wide array of cultural topics from the 20th – 21st centuries will be presented in their historical contexts and will include the following areas: music, dance, art, theater, film, literature, bullfighting, and misc. other public spectacles and traditions. The historical periods will be broken down into the following: Pre-Civil War, Civil War, Franco dictatorship, and the current democracy. Economic, social, religious, and political issues for each period will also be considered. Students will engage in the course topics through a variety of readings, in-class discussions, audio-visual materials, research, 2-3 cultural excursions, and several writing assignments. This course will be taught in English.

3 credits

SPA 154Z Topic: Contemporary Culture of Spain

Course Description: Through a selection of readings, plays, art exhibits, and films this course will explore the richness of Spanish culture by taking an in-depth look at its glorious and controversial history, its diversity of religious and cultural influences (Christian, Jewish, and Muslim), and its present day contributions. Students will be required to attend class regularly, write an eight page research paper and participate in the travel portion of the course. The travel portion will include cultural excursions through major cities of Spain such as Madrid, Segovia, Toledo and Barcelona.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

SPA 283 Min Grade D or SPA 312 Min Grade D

SPA 155A Topic: Contemporary Culture of Spain: The Films of Pedro Almodovar

Course Description: A study of the career and accomplishments of Spain's most successful, controversial and internationally known filmmaker from his early films of the 1970s to his later widely-acclaimed films such as "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," "Bad Education," "All About My Mother," "Volver" and 2009's "Broken Embraces." Taught in English; films will have subtitles.

3 credits

SPA 155D Topic: Culture and Travel Course to Argentina

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III or Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: This course will offer an overview of modern Argentina on the occasion of its bicentennial celebration. Major topics will include literature, theater, film, art, music, tango, recent history, politics, economy, and traditions. The course will meet weekly throughout the semester, and will provide the academic foundation that will enhance the student’s cultural experience abroad. Students will have required reading and writing assignments related to the topics studied. The course will be conducted in English.

Course Rotation: NY and PL: Spring, odd years.

3 credits

SPA 155E Topics:The Fantastic Reality of Spanish Spirit

Course Description: This course will focus on the unique aspects of Spanish culture and experience as they present themselves thematically in literature and film. Emphasis will be placed on the manner in which these ideas have contributed to current questions and to the way we see the world around us. We will view and analyze films that bring this literature to life. Discussion and written assignments about major themes will accompany the showing of these films. The material shall traverse the centuries from the Middle Ages to the present day: from the heroic The Cid to the social reality of the picaresque world and its confrontation with the fantastic dreams of Don Quixote. We will look at the egotistical Don Juan, the Trickster of Seville, the philosophical questions of Miguel de Unamuno and Graham Greene, and the societal changes and political confrontations of modern society (Don_Segundo Sombra and The Lost City). All readings and discussions will be conducted in English.

Course Campus:Pleasantville.

3 credits

SPA 156A The Literature and Culture of the Indigenous Societies of Latin America

Course Description: This course will present a survey of the literature and culture of the major Indigenous societies of Latin America, with special emphasis on the worldviews of the predominantly Indigenous and mestizo population.

Course Rotation:Spring

3 credits

SPA 196A Field Study in Argentina

Prerequisite: None

Course conducted in English.

Course Description: This course will prepare the student for an intensive 9-day cultural excursion to Argentina and Chile. The student will be given a required reading list that includes selections on the two nation's history, literature, art, music and present day social and political realities. These readings will provide an academic backdrop that will enhance the student's cultural experience abroad. There will be a pre-trip orientation, date to be announced. The itinerary includes five days in Buenos Aires and three days in Santiago. The students will visit museums, theatres, restaurants, gaucho ranches, vineyards and other places of cultural interests.

1 credits

SPA 196B Field Study in Central America

Course Description: The course will focus on the history, culture and literature of Central America. Students will be required to prepare an 8-page research paper.

1 credits

SPA 196C Topic: Field Study: Panama

Course Description: Sustainable Panama will offer students a unique field-based, research-oriented learning experience in a dynamic, developing Latin American culture historically tied to world maritime commerce. Subjects to be studied will include biodiversity and natural-cultural heritage, housing and urban design, tourism, sustainable building design and landscape planning, and projects involving water, land use, infrastructure and energy and renewable resources. The one-week travel component of the course, too be held in Panama during Spring Break Session March 2008, will address issues concerning urbanization and conservation of the Panama Canal metropolitan landscape. Instruction will be conducted in English.

0 - 1 credits