Fall 2020 Expanded Course Descriptions

PORTUGUESE 1 - Elementary Portuguese
Professor Eugênia M. da Silva Fernandes

M, T, W, R, F 12:10pm-1:00pm- CRN 48885

Introduction to the Lusophone world through the development of all language skills in a cultural context with particular emphasis on authentic communication. Students will learn how to exchange basic greetings, discuss their university studies, explain their family structure and traditions, talk about their homes, narrate their daily routine, describe the weather, complete a purchase at a store or market, talk about what they used to do, debate issues, express feelings, and opinions, give recommendations, tell a story about a past event, express obligations, and other issues. This course has an organic format; thus, the syllabus can be modified according to the students’ demands.


PORTUGUESE 21 - Elementary Portuguese
Professor Eugênia M. da Silva Fernandes

M, T, W, R, F 1:10pm-2:00pm- CRN 48887

Development and improvement of all language skills in intermediate Portuguese with an emphasis on interaction and problem-solving in the Lusophone world. Students will be led to the use of the Portuguese language by reading literary and authentic genres, based on contemporary discussions to reach an intermediate to advanced proficiency in the target language. This course has an organic format; thus, the syllabus can be modified according to the students’ demands.

Prerequisite: POR 1, POR 2, and POR 3 or POR 31.


Spanish 116. Applied Spanish Linguistics (4 units)
Eugênia M. da Silva Fernandes, Professor

TR 10:30-11:50pm
168 Hoagland Hall
CRN 53010

Course Description: In this course students will review both the most difficult structural properties of Spanish (e.g. aspect, mood, subordination, sequence of tenses) as well as the most promising methodological approaches to teaching Spanish.  The course will be informed by insights from the field of applied linguistics, including CALL, computer-assisted language learning, and pragmatics.  The material is appropriate for anyone in general wishing to deepen their linguistic knowledge of Spanish as well as for future language professionals who specifically seek a career in teaching Spanish at the secondary or post-secondary levels.

Prerequisite: Spanish 024/024S or Spanish 033, or consent of instructor.  Linguistics 001 recommended.


SPANISH 174 - Cultura Chicana: Las Masculinidades Criminalizadas

Professor Robert Irwin

Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:10pm-1:30pm- [Please see the schedule or the course search tool for the different course sections and their corresponding CRNs]

Durante la campaña presidencial de 2016 el candidato triunfador habló de los inmigrantes mexicanos en términos despectivos, implicado que un gran número de ellos eran criminales, una retórica que se repitió en 2018 sobre los centroamericanos con la llegada de una caravana de migrantes a la frontera. Las políticas de detención y deportación de migrantes en EEUU, y de disuasión y rechazo de solicitantes de asilo en la frontera sur en realidad no son nuevas; más bien continúan políticas implementadas en administraciones anteriores de priorizar la deportación de "criminales". ¿Pero qué es un "criminal"? Y cómo se debe pensar la criminalidad en el contexto de la inmigración indocumentada, la que por varias décadas se ha clasificado como delito. ¿Y por qué se enfoca esta atención especialmente en los varones mexicanos y centroamericanos? Esta clase se aproxima al proceso de la criminalización del inmigrante mexicano y centroamericanos (y de los latinos del suroeste en general) desde una perspectiva histórica. Se estudiarán various casos de hombres mexicanos o centroamericanos vistos como "malos" desde el siglo XIX hasta la actualidad. Se interrogarán tanto los mecanismos de fomentar estereotipos negativos como la mismas nociones de la criminalidad y la masculinidad en tales figuras como Joaquín Murrieta, Pancho Villa, el pachuco, los activistas del movimiento chicano, los cholos, los maras, los narcos, entre otras.

Prerequisite: Spanish 024/024S, or Spanish 033.

GE credit (New): American Cultures Governance & History, Arts and Humanities, and Domestic Diversity.


SPANISH 118 - Topics in Spanish Linguistics - Peer-tutoring in Spanish
Professor Agustina Carando

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00am-10:20am- CRN 50656

Drawing on key readings on the field of writing pedagogy, writing center research, and sociolinguistics, this course will provide an overview of the best practices and current debates surrounding peer tutoring in the context of Spanish. The course will specially appeal to students with interests in areas such as education, language variation, and multilingual writing. Those who successfully complete the course will be eligible to apply for future tutoring positions in the department.

Prerequisite: Spanish 111N, or Consent of Instructor.

GE credit (New): Social Sciences.


SPANISH 159 - Special Topics in Latin American Literature and Culture
Chile contemporáneo: política, memoria, cultura
Professor Michael Lazzara

Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:40pm-3:00pm- CRN 53012

Forty-seven years after General Pinochet’s military coup (1973-1990) that violently overthrew President Salvador Allende’s democratically elected, socialist government (1970-1973), Chile stands as an international symbol of the horrors of dictatorship, the power of grassroots mobilization, and the struggle to forge democracy after dictatorship. Since October 2019, Chile has again figured prominently in world news as massive protests have broken out in which citizen are questioning the very fabric of Chile’s neoliberal system and demanding deep change. This course will start with the “October Revolution” of 2019 and delve back into the past to understand what led to it. It will introduce students to the battles that have been waged over history and memory, the struggles of human rights activists, the quest for truth and justice, and the emergence of powerful social movements. From an interdisciplinary perspective, students will analyze topics such as the revolutionary experience of the 1970s; political violence under dictatorship; censorship; the role of film and literature in the battle for truth; forms of social resistance; the idea of justice; and the consolidation of democracy after periods of political upheaval. Students will also work to connect the Chilean case to a broader understanding of Latin American and global realities.

Students need not know anything about Chile to enroll in this course. It is perfect for those interested in literary and cultural production and its relationship to history and politics. Students will work closely with excerpts from novels, short stories, songs, poems, films, testimonies, essays, political speeches, and journalism produced in Chile since the 1960s.

Textbooks: Steve J. Stern, Remembering Pinochet’s Chile: On the Eve of London, 1998 Michael J. Lazzara, ed. Luz Arce and Pinochet’s Chile: Testimony in the Aftermath of State Violence. Shorter readings will be available on Canvas.