Fall 2020 Expanded Course Descriptions

All fall 2020 courses in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese will be held REMOTELY (online).

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

 

This course follows an online format with synchronous and asynchronous instruction. Class time is used to build social interactions through the Portuguese language. Outside of the class, students are required to complete homework assignments, readings, and complete parts of the projects. POR 001 is an introduction to the Portuguese language focusing on the development of all language skills in a cultural context with particular emphasis on communication. Students will learn how to exchange basic greetings, discuss their university studies, share their cultural traditions, 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. Unit topics will be presented contemplating contemporary issues of Lusophone communities with underlying topics such as official orthography and language varieties. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to communicate in oral and written Portuguese at the beginner level.

Important: This course has an organic format; thus, the syllabus can be modified according to the students’ demands.
Prerequisites: None
Textbook: Português Plural (Access provided by the instructor, no purchase required).
Course hours: M-F (12:10 – 1:00 p.m.)

 

POR 21 - Intermediate Portuguese
Professor Eugênia M. da Silva Fernandes

 

Course description: This course follows an online format with synchronous and asynchronous instruction. Class time is used to build social interactions through the Portuguese language. Outside of the class, students are required to complete homework assignments, readings, and complete parts of the projects. POR 021 is a continuation of POR 3 or POR 31, consisting of the development and improvement of all language skills in Portuguese with an emphasis on interaction and problem-solving in the Lusophone world. Students will be led to the use of language by reading literary and authentic genres, based on contemporary discussions to reach an intermediate-mid proficiency in the target language. Unit topics will be presented contemplating contemporary issues of Lusophone communities with underlying topics such as official orthography and language varieties. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to communicate in oral and written Portuguese at the intermediate-mid level and enroll in POR 22.
Prerequisites: POR 3/POR 31 or instructor's consent.
Important: This course has an organic format; thus, the syllabus can be modified according to the students’ demands.
Textbook: Contextos: Curso Intermediário de Português by Denise Santos, Gláucia V. Silva & Viviane Gontijo (2020, via UCD Inclusive Access).
Course hours: M-F (1:10 – 2:00 p.m.)



SPA 116. Applied Spanish Linguistics (4 units)
Cecilia Colombi
TR 10:30-11:50pm
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.

 

SPA 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.

 

SPA 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.

 

SPA 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.

 

SPA 175 - Topics in Latin American Cultural Studies: Ecologías de la cultura en Latinoamérica
Lecturer: Santiago Acosta

MWF  | 9:00-9:50am 
CRN: 54176

Este curso explora las intersecciones entre cultura, política y naturaleza en Latinoamérica desde el siglo XIX hasta nuestros días. A través del análisis de diversas manifestaciones culturales (principalmente la literatura, el cine y las artes visuales), se abordarán preguntas relevantes para el estudio de la crisis ecológica del presente. Por ejemplo, ¿qué relación existe entre el arte y la ecología?, ¿qué papel han cumplido artistas e intelectuales en la dominación de la naturaleza durante la modernidad?, ¿qué alternativas pueden ofrecer el arte y la cultura para afrontar una era de degradación ecológica y crisis climática? Desde el pensamiento de José Carlos Mariátegui hasta los relatos de Jorge Luis Borges y el cine de Ciro Guerra, pasando por la fotografía de Sebastião Salgado y las instalaciones artísticas de Esperanza Mayobre, el curso propone una visión panorámica del rol jugado por el arte, la política y la ideología en las relaciones entre sociedad y naturaleza. Tendremos en cuenta hechos históricos recientes como la pérdida de biodiversidad en el Amazonas y los efectos de la pandemia del Covid-19. Finalmente, integraremos a nuestras discusiones las estrategias culturales adoptadas por movimientos sociales por la justicia ambiental, la igualdad racial y los derechos reproductivos en Latinoamérica.

Textbooks: Todas las lecturas estarán disponibles en Canvas.