Spanish Graduate Courses
SPAN 520: Mexico
This is a panoramic course dedicated to an understanding of Mexico beginning with the Aztec and Mayan civilizations from before and after the conquest. The class will then focus on the colonial period, Mexican Independence (1810-1821), the CGC Academic Catalog 183 nineteenth century, the Reforma, French occupation, the Porfiriato, Mexican Revolution, the Caudillismo, modern Mexico, Tlatelolco, twentieth and twenty first centuries, bilateral relations between the United States and Mexico and emigration to the United States. Some of the topics covered in the course will include, but are not limited to: Culture, politics, economics, literature, art, theater, cinema, religion, and gastronomy.
SPAN 521: The Hispanic Presence in the United States (Summer II 2015 Brochure)
This panoramic course contributes to an understanding of the cultural, political, social and economic condition of the Mexican Americans, Cuban Americans and Puerto Ricans. The course trajectory will begin with a study of the Southwestern United States covering the war with Mexico and the subsequent annexation of the Mexican territory. A close look at the linguistic and ethno-racial consciousness and how it pertains to the emerging Chicano literature will be discussed. Puerto Rico: An in-depth look at the Commonwealth status of Puerto Rico, independence versus statehood, the economic crisis from the sugar trade and emigration to the United States. The course will consider the notion of Newrican and the issues of identity throughout literature including Black Poetry. Cuba: The focus begins with the Cuban Revolution and the subsequent anti-Castro culture that dominates both Cuba and the Cuban community in Miami. The course will also discuss the social, political, economic and cultural impact of the Cuban emigration to Miami and in the wake of this movement we will discuss exile literature and the phenomenon of transculturation.
SPAN 522: Culture and Literature of Spain
A panoramic course covering the literature and culture from the Celtiberians to the Romans and from the Visigoths to the present day. Topics that will be discussed include the Islamic invasion of 711, the Reconquista, the Catholic Kings and the unification of Spain. The Golden Age of Spain from the perspective of hegemony and crisis. The course will also explore the culture and literature from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, the Crisis of 98, the Spanish Civil War, the dictatorship of Francisco Franco (19391975) and democratic Spain (1982-2009). The course will examine Spain’s cultural and intellectual life from 1900-2000: The Generation of 1898 and 1927, culture under the rule of Franco, progressives and the resurgence of the liberal tradition. Cultural life during the period of transition to democracy will also be discussed and will include the Constitution of 1978 as well as the formation of Spain’s autonomous communities. Other areas of focus will be Spain and the European community, nationalism as it relates to the Basque Country, Galicia and Cataluña. The course will also explore the challenges of the family unit, women and childhood and conclude with a detailed look at Spain’s gypsies, new immigrants, pastimes and popular culture (tapas, celebrations, bullfights, sports, tertulias and mass media).
SPAN 523: Advanced and Contrastive Grammar
A Comparison of grammatical structures of Spanish and English, which define the linguistic perspective specific to Spanish and with special reference to practical application in spoken and written communication and in various socio-cultural contexts.
SPAN 524: Recent Trends in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language
This course offers teaching strategies and learning practices for effectively delivering content and material in an engaging manner. It also covers the latest educational and language acquisition theories, in addition to the cultural aspects of teaching a new culture.
SPAN 525: Spanish for the Professional
Includes the study of health, legal vocabulary, business concepts, geographic context, and cultural context. Depends on the trend taught each semester (Business Spanish, Medical Spanish, Spanish for Legal Spanish, etc.).
SPAN 550: Special Topics: Culture and Literature of South America
Given the vastness of South America, the course is separated into three topics and will be taught in rotation each time the course is offered. (The course is repeatable and thus may be taken three times.) This will not cause duplication on transcripts as the title of each of the topics will be listed (e.g., Spanish 550 Special Topics: The Andean Countries). Listed below are the three topics:
A. Colombia and Venezuela
B. The Andean Countries (Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia)
C. The Southern Cone (Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay)
SPAN 560: Hispanic Service Learning/Internship
Course emphasizes increasing fluency in comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as understanding of cultural issues while performing service in a Spanish-speaking atmosphere. Students are required to spend several hours providing service for a community partner to improve their language skills and appreciation for the Latino community. Taught every semester.