• Modern Languages: Spanish

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    Modern Languages
    MS-B1805
    Hamline University
    1536 Hewitt Avenue
    Saint Paul, MN 55104

    651-523-2295

    Maria Jesus Leal
    Department Chair
    651-523-2603
    mleal01@hamline.edu

     

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    Spanish Courses 


     

    SPAN 1110 - Beginning Spanish I

    Goals: To introduce students with little or no previous training in the language to the basic grammar and vocabulary necessary for a variety of common activities.

    Content: Practical communication in such areas as greetings, descriptions, social and family life, food and restaurant needs, daily routines, the weather and the seasons, cultural values and leisure activities, machismo and feminism; occasional lectures concerning relevant aspects of Hispanic and Latino lives.

    Taught: Annually.

    Credits: 4 credits

    SPAN 1120 - Beginning Spanish II

    Goals: To introduce students with little or no previous training in the language to the basic grammar and vocabulary necessary for a variety of common activities.

    Content: Practical communication in such areas as greetings, descriptions, social and family life, food and restaurant needs, daily routines, the weather and the seasons, cultural values and leisure activities, machismo and feminism; occasional lectures concerning relevant aspects of Hispanic and Latino lives.

    Taught: Annually.

    Recommended prerequisite: SPAN 1110 or equivalent.

    Credits: 4 credits

    SPAN 3210 - Intermediate Spanish I

    Goals: To review and strengthen fundamental concepts. To increase writing and speaking skills. To develop an active vocabulary and improve pronunciation. To foster awareness and knowledge of Hispanic cultures and civilizations.

    Content: Intensive review of the indicative mood, including the perfect and progressive tenses, and an introduction to the forms and uses of the subjunctive. Vocabulary building, including idiomatic phrases and readings to illustrate grammatical usage and introduce Hispanic topics. Classroom conversation and small group discussion.

    Taught: Annually.

    Recommended prerequisite: SPAN 1120 or equivalent.

    Credits: 4 credits

    SPAN 3220 - Intermediate Spanish II

    Goals: To develop skills in using compound tenses and the subjunctive in conversation and in writing. To increase vocabulary and fluency through extensive reading, writing, and conversation. Emphasis is given to self-correction and to paragraph-length speech.

    Content: A comprehensive refinement of the use of all tenses, with emphasis on the subjunctive. Reading and discussion of short stories and articles to build vocabulary and facilitate oral communication, and explore different aspects of Latino culture. Compositions and some translation.

    Taught: Annually.

    Recommended prerequisite: SPAN 3210 or equivalent.

    Credits: 4 credits

    SPAN 3350 - Advanced Communication in Spanish

    Goals: To refine skills and attain near-native proficiency in pronunciation and in understanding native speakers.

    Content: Concentrated practice with word and sound variations used by native speakers; an analysis of idiomatic material vital to understanding normal conversation; an awareness of the importance of gestures, speech patterns, personal space and body language; and sensitivity to the interplay of language and society as well as the impact of Spanish on English.

    Taught: Periodically.

    Recommended prerequisite: SPAN 3220 or equivalent.

    Credits: 4 credits

    SPAN 3600 - Hablemos de cine

    Goals: The primary goal is to strengthen the advanced-intermediate student’s listening and speaking skills in preparation for 5000-level coursework. Secondary goals include introducing students to the questions and methodologies of film criticism and developing their ability to critique films on the level of narrative and as expressions of Spanish/Latin American culture and society.

    Content: Students will view 6-7 films from different parts of the Spanish-speaking world so as to improve their listening skills, particularly their ability to identify and understand regional accents and idiomatic expressions. Oral (and some written) assignments include comprehension exercises, plot summaries and analyses, research presentations, debates, role-playing and a final, in-depth critical review. Significant emphasis on vocabulary building, pronunciation and the confidence and skill needed to speak in longer, more complex sentences. The course is conducted entirely in Spanish, although some films are screened with English subtitles.

    Prerequisites: SPAN 3220 or equivalent. Note: This course is not intended for native Spanish speakers.

    Credits: 4 credits

    SPAN 5000 - Latin American Studies

    (See listing in Latin American Studies, LSTD 5000.)

    Credits: 4 credits

    SPAN 5100 - Contemporary Issues in the Americas

    (See listing in Latin American Studies, LSTD 5100.)

    Credits: 4 credits

    SPAN 5300 - La cultura popular en America Latina

    Goals: To engage in the collaborative and interdisciplinary study of various forms of popular culture in Latin America (festivals, music, foods, television, sports, etc.). To appreciate how both the Humanities and the Social Sciences can help us understand the social, historical, political, economic, and aesthetic dimensions of cultural practices. To improve one’s spoken Spanish through class discussion and formal presentations on a research topic.

    Content: In the first half of the semester we learn how popular culture is defined and studied, and through readings, lectures, and class discussion we examine a range of popular Latin American cultural figures and practices. By mid-semester students will have formed working groups and chosen study topics, which they will research individually and collaboratively for several weeks. Finally, in a graduated series of oral presentations, students will teach classes on the popular culture genre they researched (e.g., comic books), and will lead us in interpreting a specific example of that genre (e.g., the Chilean comic book Condorito). Although some course readings are in English, all lectures, writing assignments, exams and presentations will be in Spanish.

    Taught: Alternate years.

    Recommended prerequisite: SPAN 5900 or 5910.

    Credits: 4 credits

    SPAN 5400 - Borderlands

    Goals: To explore and interpret cross-cultural Borderlands experiences as they relate to the Latino world, with a special focus on female iconography and folklore in Mexico and in the United States. This course is designed to help the student understand the role that icons play in forming models of behavior for women (and men) and how those models are perpetuated, challenged, or reinterpreted in our time. The objective is to explore, in theory and in practice, communication across cultural boundaries.

    Content: Three female figures, La Llorona, la Malinche, and la Virgen de Guadalupe, are well known Mexican icons that are increasingly important in the U.S. due to the continuing borderlands immigration experience. Emphasis is placed on the origin of stories related to these female figures and to the evolution of the attitudes surrounding them. These icons are redefined according to the wants and needs of successive generations and play an important role in various aspects of social, political, and religious life. Concepts related to these icons are found and discussed in such disparate female figures as Frida Kahlo, Dolores del Rio, Selena, Lilith, Adam’s first wife, Medea and Madonna. Readings include works by Rudolfo Anaya, Sandra Cisneros, and Gloria Anzaldua. Films include the Life of Frida Kahlo, Lone Star, and the Forbidden Goddess.

    Taught: Alternate years.

    Recommended prerequisite: SPAN 1120 or equivalent.

    Credits: 4 credits

    SPAN 5580 - Golden Age of Spanish Literature

    Goals: To acquaint the student with Imperial Spain and its most productive and creative literary period. Major contributions are made to western culture: Cervantes writes the first European novel (El Quixote), Tirso writes the first Don Juan drama, Santa Teresa confronts the Catholic Church with quiet mysticism, and social protest comes from street urchins like Lazarillo de Tormes as the picaresque tradition begins. The major focus is on Golden Age plays by Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, and Calderon de la Barca. Films of some plays are shown.

    Content: Plays from the Golden Age which deal with honor, free will, cloak-and-dagger intrigue and history; establishment of a national theatre; mystical prose and poetry; picaresque novels.

    Taught: Periodically.

    Recommended prerequisite: SPAN 5900 or 5910, or equivalent.

    All coursework done in Spanish.

    Credits: 4 credits

    SPAN 5600 - Student/Faculty Collaborative Research

    Goals: To help interested students develop research skills through individualized independent study activities with one of the Spanish professors. Topics will be of mutual interest and research could potentially lead to student presentations at the yearly National Council for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) meetings. In the past several undergraduate research projects have also been given by students at professional conferences and later submitted for publication.

    Content: Primary research on various topics, literary or nonliterary in nature, in collaboration with a faculty member interested in the area chosen by the student. Topics could include literature, culture, political and economic issues, films, or any other aspect of Hispanic or Latino culture.

    Taught: Annually.

    Recommended prerequisite: SPAN 5900 or 5910, or equivalent.

    Credits: 4 credits

    SPAN 5610 - The Generation of 1898

    Goals: To understand the impact of Spain’s defeat by the United States in 1898, and how that defeat caused a generation of Spanish authors to re-examine traditional values and beliefs and initiate a renewal and change in Spanish letters and philosophy.

    Content: A selection of texts including novels, short stories, essays, drama, and poetry by authors such as Azorin, Unamuno, Valle-Inclan, Machado, Baroja, and Ortega y Gassett. Excerpts from scholarly works on political and literary history. This intellectually vibrant literary movement led to innovation and enrichment, to a reassessment of Spain’s past and present, and it molded Spain into the country that it is today.

    Taught: Periodically.

    Recommended prerequisite: SPAN 5900 or 5910, or equivalent.

    All coursework done in Spanish.

    Credits: 4 credits

    SPAN 5680 - Spanish Culture and Civilization

    Goals: To expose the student to an overview of Spain through an account of its history, art, music, architecture, and customs; to increase the student’s awareness of cultural differences and the role Spain has had in the arts, literature, and international events.

    Content: An account of Spain from Roman times to the present, including Islamic, French, and American influences on its culture and national identity. Characteristics of Imperial Spain during the Golden Age. The main literary, artistic, and historical issues of the 19th and 20th centuries prior to the Spanish Civil War.

    Taught: Periodically.

    Recommended prerequisite: SPAN 5900 or 5910, or equivalent.

    All coursework done in Spanish.

    Credits: 4 credits

    SPAN 5800 - Latin American Novel and Short Story

    Goals: To expose the student to the development from realism to magical realism in Latin American novels and short stories, to analyze the importance of the historical reality of the Mexican Revolution in literature, and to examine machismo and hembrismo in the culture and how they are reflected in literature.

    Content: Through literature, students move north with the troops of Pancho Villa (Los de abajo), experience life in a machodominated pueblo where the dead speak (Pedro Paramo), examine choices that made a revolutionary into a politically powerful cacique in our modern world (La muerte de Artemio Cruz), observe the gender specific “painted woman” and “suffering mother” in relation to the macho male, and understand the impact that Mexican attitudes and customs have had on the United States.

    Taught: Alternate years.

    Recommended prerequisite: SPAN 5900 or 5910, or equivalent.

    All coursework done in Spanish.

    Credits: 4 credits

    SPAN 5810 - Modern Latin American Fiction

    Goals: To explore different literary movements in the 20th century such as indigenismo, regionalismo, la novela psicologica, la vanguardia, lo real maravilloso, and feminismo; to seek connections between literary aesthetics and sociopolitical forces in Latin America; to develop through practice our ability to analyze, discuss, and write about art.

    Content: Primary texts: original works of Latin American fiction. Secondary texts: historical, biographical, and analytical readings. Authors vary from year to year. Course may occasionally focus on one or more themes, such as women writers, the regional novel, exile literature, or others.

    Taught: Alternate years.

    Recommended prerequisite: SPAN 5900 or 5910, or equivalent.

    All coursework done in Spanish.

    Credits: 4 credits

    SPAN 5900 - Advanced Conversation and Composition

    Goals: To teach students advanced aspects of oral and written expression in Spanish.

    Content: Oral expression, expository and creative writing, syntax, stylistics and idiomatic usage. Some introduction to advanced translation into Spanish.

    Taught: Annually.

    Recommended prerequisite: SPAN 3220 or equivalent.

    Credits: 4 credits

    SPAN 5910 - Spanish for the Professional

    Goals: To provide the student with a working knowledge of the Spanish language and Latino culture as related to the bilingual workplace of the United States and its counterpart abroad.

    Content: Work in such technical fields as health care and medicine, education and communication, law enforcement, social services and, in particular, business. Social and cultural issues are also emphasized. Pursuit of individual interests in specific career areas is encouraged. Strong emphasis is placed on relevant cultural issues.

    Taught: Annually.

    Recommended prerequisite: SPAN 3220 or equivalent.

    Credits: 4 credits