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SPA 480 Tradition and Change in Latin America: Contemporary Culture in Latin America

Prerequisite: One 300-Level Spanish Course.

Course Description: This course provides an examination of the historical, social, and political contexts of the contemporary Hispanic experience through the analysis of different cultural representations such as film, media, plastic arts, music and literature. Readings and discussion are in Spanish. Special emphasis will be placed on the controversial expansion of the Panama Canal and its environmental, financial and cultural implications of such a mega project. This course involves an optional travel component to Panama during Spring break March 2008.

3 credits

SPA 480A Seminar: Women Writers of Spain and America

Prerequisite: One 300-Level Spanish course.

3 credits

SPA 480B Spanish Seminar: Nobel Prize Winners of Spain

Prerequisite: One 300-level course in Spanish.

Course Description: This course will examine the literary production of Nobel Prize winners of literature from Spain.

3 credits

SPA 480C Seminar: Love and Repression in Modern Latin American and Caribbean Literature and Film

Prerequisite: 300-level course in Spanish. Satisfies 3 credits towards Latin American Studies Minor or Certificate. Course is conducted in Spanish.

Course Description: This course is an introduction to the literature and film of Latin America and the Caribbean with special focus on the tension between love and repression (or authoritarianism). The struggle between the writer (or filmmaker) and society and the outcome of that struggle will be examined and discussed. Possible authors include Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Isabel Allende, Rosario Ferre, Rigoberta Menchu, Miguel Barnet and Ariel Dorfman.

3 credits

SPA 480D Magical Realism in Latin American Literature and Cinema

Prerequisite: Students should have completed at least on 300-level course or received approval from the Chair or professor.

Course Description: This course studies the literature and film of Latin America in the context of Magical Realism. Magical Realism is a transformation of the common and the everyday into the magical and the unreal. It is an art of surprises. We will study the very particular way that Magical Realism functions in the context of Latin America. Workd to be studied include: Garcia Marquez' One hundred Years of Solitude, Jorge Amado's Dona Flor and her Two Husbands and Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate. This course is conducted in Spanish.

3 credits

SPA 480E Contemporary Hispanic Culture through Film: A Collaborative Student Project through Blogs and Wikis

Course Descriptio: The main objective of the course is at the same time to develop proficiency in all four skills and to provide a contemporary view of Hispanic, Latin American and Spanish culture, through the study of film. The course will be conducted entirely in Spanish. In this course we will explore cinematographic modes of representing reality in Hispanic Countries. We will take into account the many facts that determine the filmic representations of the Spanish-speaking societies of the last third of the 20th and the 21st centuries. Such factors include class, race, gender, culture, aesthetics and ideology. We will therefore study different strategies adopted by Spanish-language film directors in order to articulate their perceptions of the social realities in which they are immersed.

This course will also introduce Web 2.0 (blogs, wikis, podcast, rss feed, Second Life discussion groups, etc) tools and students will join discussion about culture through Spanish-speaking blogs. The course will be based around a collaborative wiki project to be determined by consensus where students will incorporate their own podcasts as well as comment personal and group projects on specific scenes, directors, films, topics and countries.

3 credits

SPA 480F Topic: Latin American Literature and Film of the 21st Century: The Andean World

Course Description: This course will explore the most current literature and film of Latin America by studying novels, short stories, poems, essays, plays and movies to have an understanding of culture, identity, gender issues and diversity of people. Some of the writers we will study include Noriega, Roncagliolo and Restrepo.

3 credits

SPA 490 Spanish Internship

Prerequisite: Permission of the department chairperson. Students must demonstrate an adequate level of language proficiency.

Course Description: Internship may be arranged in the major or related field with cooperating organizations or companies in the area for a period of eight weeks.

Course Rotation: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

3 credits


Pre-requisite for SPA 490 ( Course : SPA 300 to 399. Required Courses: 1. Minimum Grade of D. ) or ( Test: Language Placement Override 98 to 99)