Course Descriptions - Undergraduate Calendar 2016-2017

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  1. Students with a knowledge of Spanish not acquired in an academic institution must write a placement test before enrolling in a language course. Students with 4U Spanish should enrol directly into SPAN 201A. Students possessing an intermediate level in Spanish will enrol in SPAN 210. Advanced native Spanish speakers should contact the Undergraduate Advisor to arrange for a placement test.
  2. Please note that moving backward in the language course when you have completed a 300-level language course is not permitted.
  3. The Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies reserves the right to refuse admission to, and/or credit for, any of its language courses to a student who has, in the view of the Department, a level of competence unsuited to that course.
  4. Course descriptions for course numbers with a suffix of “W” are available on the Wilfrid Laurier University website.

SPAN 100s

SPAN 101 LAB,LEC 0.50Course ID: 008783
Introduction to Spanish 1
This course is for students with no previous knowledge of Spanish. The basic elements of Spanish grammar will be studied, with emphasis on group and individual oral practice. Focus will be given to the development of skills in listening/comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Multimedia exercises accompany each chapter of the textbook. Students will be expected to use them in the multimedia language centre and at home.
[Note: SPAN 101 is not open to students with native, near-native or similar advanced ability.]
Antireq: 4U Spanish
Also offered Online

SPAN 102 LAB,LEC 0.50Course ID: 008786
Introduction to Spanish 2
This course is a continuation of SPAN 101, with emphasis being placed on more advanced elements of Spanish grammar and the spoken language. Students will be provided with a range of opportunities to gain practical insights into the customs and cultural contexts of the contemporary Spanish-speaking world.
[Note: SPAN 102 is not open to students with native, near-native or similar advanced ability.]
Prereq: SPAN 101.
Antireq: 4U Spanish
Also offered Online

SPAN 150 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014279
The Hispanic World Through Literature and the Arts
A study of Hispanic cultures as represented in their literature, film, and visual arts with particular attention to issues of race, gender, sexuality, and cultural and national identity.
[Note: Taught in English.]

SPAN 200s

SPAN 201A LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 008791
Intermediate Spanish 1
Course develops intermediate skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The primary goals are to build communicative competence and enhance social and cultural awareness of the Spanish-speaking world.
Prereq: SPAN 102 or 4U Spanish.
Antireq: SPAN 210

SPAN 201B LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 008792
Intermediate Spanish 2
The course continues development of intermediate skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The primary goals of the course are the further enhancement of communicative competence, and social and cultural awareness. Particular attention is placed on the use of the subjunctive mood.
Prereq: SPAN 201A.
Antireq: SPAN 210

SPAN 210 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012753
Intermediate Spanish for Native Speakers
This is an intensive course designed for students of Spanish speaking background (native or near-native) who have not received formal language training. The course focuses on a comprehensive study of Spanish grammar. It includes a critical analysis of colloquial Spanish, or anglicized vocabulary, and influences of other languages on modern Spanish. A major component of the course is the acquisition and development of writing skills and oral discourse at the academic level. The course further develops listening comprehension and reading skills.
[Note: Classes and written work are in Spanish.]
Department Consent Required
Antireq: SPAN 201A, 201B

SPAN 217 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008804
Latin American Civilization 1
This course will introduce and expose students to the history, cultures, and civilizations that embody Latin America. We will look at the meanings of colonization from the varying perspectives of the indigenous peoples in Latin America, as well as from the perspectives of a variety of descendants of Europeans and Africans. Through our study of colonial, social, economic, and political relations we will examine how the meanings of these categories changed over time and how indigenous peoples, Africans, and Europeans contributed to the ethnically diverse regional societies that continue to characterize Latin America today.
[Note: Taught in English.]

SPAN 218 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008805
Latin American Civilization 2
This course will introduce and expose students to the varied and complex geographical, ethnic, social, and historical forces that have shaped contemporary Latin America such as European-Asian-New World interactions, racial mixtures, military takeovers, U.S. intervention in the region, and migratory experiences. This will be attained through contrasting and comparing the contemporary and diverse cultural manifestations of the peoples living in Latin America, and the cultural transformation of Latin Americans who have emigrated to other parts of the world.
[Note: Taught in English.]

SPAN 228 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008811
Introduction to Latin American Literature
Through reading representative works, this course introduces students to the study of Latin American literature, paying special attention to questions of critical approach and terminology, genre, literary history, and the historicity of texts.
Prereq: SPAN 201B or 210

SPAN 300s

SPAN 301A LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 008812
Spanish in Context 1
This course promotes students' oral and written abilities, as well as their critical understanding of Latin American history and culture. Course components include: written and oral/aural practice of Spanish through oral reports, class discussions and debates on assigned topics, short literary works, and films. It offers a review of more advanced grammatical structures with the aim of achieving greater accuracy.
[Note: Formerly SPAN 251A.]
Prereq: SPAN 201B or 210.
Antireq: SPAN 261W/303W

SPAN 301B LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 008813
Spanish in Context 2
This course further develops the development of critical understanding of Latin American history and culture. Course components include: assigned readings in a variety of genres, critical cultural analysis, in-class discussions, written essays, and the viewing of films.
[Note: Formerly SPAN 251B.]
Prereq: SPAN 301A.
Antireq: SPAN 262W/304W

SPAN 326 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008833
Theatre of the Spanish Golden Age: Texts and Cultural Contexts
Representative dramatic texts from the early modern period will be studied in relation to the history and society of Imperial Spain. Students will consider the texts as vehicles to support the political agenda and moral education of the time, with discussion centering on such issues as the formation of state, court culture, social order and disorder, and cultural discourses of identity and difference.
Prereq: SPAN 228; SPAN 223W

SPAN 334 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008838
Narrating Place and Ethnicity in Nineteenth Century Latin America
This course will provide insight into Latin American political and cultural history by viewing key nineteenth and early twentieth-century texts in the context of ideas about nation, nation-building processes, and the emergence of the modern nation-state. These issues will also be viewed in the context of aesthetic developments in Latin America.
[Note: This course is taught in Spanish.]
Prereq: SPAN 228

SPAN 344 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008839
Special Topics in Hispanic Studies
Special topics in Hispanic studies, as announced by the department.
[Note: This course is repeatable for credit up to three times, subject to different content.]
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Level at least 3A

SPAN 345 RDG 0.50Course ID: 013958
Directed Studies
Study in a limited field under tutorial guidance.
Department Consent Required

SPAN 350 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014415
Poetry of the Tango
This course examines the poetic value of tango lyrics as an authentic merger of the learned and the popular poetry. The poetic aspects of tango from its birth at the turn of the twentieth century to the present, with special attention to the so called "golden age of tango" (1940) are explored.
Prereq: SPAN 228

SPAN 366 LEC 0.50Course ID: 009915
Aesthetics of Rupture: Latin American Avant-garde Movements
This course explores the artistic and cultural projects advanced by different avant-garde movements in Latin America over the early decades of the twentieth century. Through the study of representative visual and literary works, the course traces how the avant-garde worked to develop a new artistic language for Latin America.
Prereq: SPAN 228

SPAN 386 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014280
Memory and Performance in Latin American Literature
This course studies the participation of poetry and theater in the reconstruction of the historical memory in Latin America. It will examine the varied means of expressions used by poets and play writers to rebuild fragments of the historical reality frequently omitted by the official discourse.
Prereq: SPAN 228

SPAN 387 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008848
Gender, Power, and Representations in Latin America
This course analyzes women's cultural production in Latin America. Examining the construction and the representation of gender/sex differences, the course explores the power relations inherent in these representations, while also examining how gender roles and expectations are linked to representations of class, race, sexuality, age, nationality, and ability.
Prereq: SPAN 228

SPAN 390 LEC 0.50Course ID: 009916
Introduction to Spanish Business Translation
This course is designed for students enrolled in their third year of the General or Honours program in Spanish. A strong command of Spanish and English is required. Intense concentration of the Spanish language through oral and written work will focus on business-oriented fundamentals of communication, such as letter writing, as well as the translation of primary source materials such as newspapers and business documents.
Prereq: SPAN 301B

SPAN 395 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015077
Cultural Dimensions in English/Spanish Literary Translation
This course focuses on the actual practice of translating literature, not only as the transformation of textual expressions, but also as a process of cultural interpretation. Besides reinforcing vocabulary and grammar, students will also review and research notions of different literary genres (poetry, narrative and theatre), and solidify their knowledge of cultural studies.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: SPAN 301B

SPAN 400s

SPAN 400 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011349
Memories and Representations: Constructive Truths and Competing Realities
This course studies the emergence of testimonial discourse in Latin America in relation to the socio-political turmoil that has characterized Latin American life in the past decades. Contemporary fictional and non-fictional texts, as well as documentaries and movies, will be discussed in order to establish the grounds of testimonial discourse as a genre.
Prereq: SPAN 228

SPAN 401 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 015010
Spanish in Motion
This course will further develop effective communication strategies at an advanced level through a wide variety of activities. Students will be able to develop arguments in diverse contexts and formats.
Prereq: SPAN 301B.
Antireq: SPAN 401A, 401B, 401W

SPAN 410 LEC 0.50Course ID: 013341
Visual Culture in the Contemporary Hispanic World
This course explores the expressive avenues opened up by the confluence of verbal and visual representation in contemporary Hispanic cultural production. Through a close analysis of representative visual and literary works from Latin America and Spain covering a variety of genres and media, including poetry, novel, short story, theatre, painting, photography, and film, the many ways in which words and images interact with each other and make meaning will be examined.
Prereq: SPAN 228

SPAN 415 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014414
The Hispanic Transatlantic
This course explores cultural interactions between Spain and Latin America, and among Spain, Latin America, and the U. S., in literature, music, film, and popular culture from the early modern period to the present. Topics include imperialism; the relationship between modernity and colonialism, diasporas, contact zones, transculturation, rearticulation of transnational identities, coexistence in difference, borderlines, mestizo cultural spaces, and cultures of resistance.
Prereq: SPAN 228

SPAN 418 LEC 0.50Course ID: 013889
Modernity and the Colonial Encounter in Latin America
This course explores the divergent consequences of the colonial "encounter" for the indigenous cultures and for the Western world. Students analyze colonial cultural productions in order to understand the role of the colonial experience in the economic development of Western Europe, as well as the underdevelopment of Latin America.
Prereq: SPAN 228

SPAN 430 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010352
Literary Women in Early Modern Hispanic Culture
This course will examine works by and about women in early modern Hispanic culture (16th and 17th centuries), with particular attention to engagements with and subversions of patriarchal culture in theatre, prose, and poetry. Authors to be discussed may include, among others, Santa Teresa de Avila, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Maria de Zayas, and Ana Caro.
[Note: Taught in English.]
Antireq: SPAN 330
(Cross-listed with WS 430)

SPAN 445 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008850
History of the Spanish Language
This course presents a detailed study of the external and internal history of the language. Topics treated include a brief outline of factors involved in linguistic evolution and language formation. The main features of the phonetic evolution from Latin to Spanish are studied with emphasis on the formation of speech sounds and the factors that spearheaded the mutations.
Prereq: One of SPAN 352W, 362W, 401

SPAN 450 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011660
Theory and Practice of Translation
This course examines the theory of translation, combined with intense practical experience. The students continue the review of Spanish and English grammar in a practical context as a basis for translation between the two languages. The course also enhances the students' lexical and semantic knowledge of the Spanish language through direct experience in translation.
[Note: Students may be required to complete 2 hours of translation practice within the KW community.]
Prereq: One of SPAN 351W, 361W, 390, 401

SPAN 490 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008856
Advanced Translation
This course is designed for students enrolled in third and fourth year of the General or Honours program in Spanish. Fluency in both Spanish and English is required. The objective of this course is to refine translation techniques in order to enable the student to provide accurate and idiomatic translations of English texts in Spanish and vice versa.
Prereq: One of SPAN 352W, 362W, 401

SPAN 497 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008858
The Novel in Latin America
This course studies the 20th-century novel and its development from the 1930s to the present through representative authors. While special attention is paid to the individual works in the last half century, the individual works are analyzed for their value as the expression of social and historical reality.
Prereq: SPAN 228