Spanish Fall 2016: Expanded Graduate Course Descriptions

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Spanish 215. Technology and Foreign Language Teaching (4 units)
Robert Blake, Professor

W 4:10-7:00P
117 Olson Hall
CRN 53225

Course Description: This course will introduce graduate students to the field of CALL: computer assisted language learning. We will examine how the web, computer-assisted communication, social computing, and online programs and games can utilized in pursuit of second language learning. Examination and applications will be drawn from Spanish, French, German, and ESL. No prior technological experience is required.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor (; Spanish 205 and 206 recommended.

Format: Seminar - 3 hours; Term Paper.


  • Robert J. Blake, Brave New Digital Classroom: Technology and Foreign Language Learning [2nd Edition]  (Georgetown University Press, 2013)

Spanish 224. Introduction to Iberian Studies (4 units)
Robert Newcomb, Professor

T 4:10-7:00P
622 Sproul Hall
CRN 53226

Course Description: This graduate seminar will introduce students to Iberian Studies, an approach to peninsular literatures and cultures that emphasizes comparativism and multilingualism, and that works across the language-based traditions of the Iberian Peninsula (Spanish-Castilian, Portuguese, Catalan, Galician, Basque, etc.) without consigning Iberia’s “peripheries” to second-class status. Further, Iberian Studies engage with the geo-historical categories (Iberia, Spain, Hispania, etc.) and the disciplinary assumptions that have traditionally guided peninsular scholarship and teaching. Over the past two or so decades Iberian Studies have produced a flurry of sometimes controversial scholarly interventions, and have gained institutional traction in the form of research centers, publishing initiatives, and working groups.

This seminar will focus on a series of key terms for Iberian Studies, including Iberian civilizationdeclinelanguageregionalism/centralismcomparisonhomelandcanon, and empire. We will read a selection of primary sources in Spanish, Portuguese, Galician, and Catalan, primarily 19th and early 20th century poetry and essay writing. Readings will be selected to accommodate students with varying degrees of familiarity in Iberian languages other than Spanish.

Primary sources include readings by Antonio Cánovas del Castillo, Antero de Quental, Oliveira Martins, Juan Valera, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Joan Maragall, Enric Prat de la Riba, Rosalía de Castro and the poets of the Galician Rexurdimento, and Miguel de Unamuno and the Generación del 98.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor (

Format: Seminar - 3 hours; Term Paper.


  • Course materials will be online

Spanish 274. New Argentine Cinema (4 units)
Ana Peluffo, Professor

R 4:10-7:00P
622 Sproul Hall
CRN 50729

Course Description: In this course we will study a wide variety of filmic responses to the severe economic crisis that took place in Argentina in 2001. We will pay particular attention to new theoretical approaches on the construction of subjectivities in Latin American Studies and to the ways in which films question the expansion of neoliberal policies and globalization. Theoretical work on film studies, gender and ethnicity will be introduced in the course in  the hope that students will be able to transpose these critical paradigms to other Latin American contexts.

Films by Lucrecia Martel, Lucía Puenzo, Adrián Caetano, Martín Rejtman, Fabián Bielinsky, Gustavo Taretto, Diego Lerman, and Celina Murga, among others will be analyzed in the course.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor (

Format: Seminar - 3 hours; Term Paper.


  • Gonzalo Aguilar, Otros mundos: Un ensayo sobre el nuevo cine Argentino  (Santiago Arcos Editor, 2006)

Spanish 390. The Teaching of Spanish in College (4 units)
Claudia Sanchez-Gutierrez, Professor

MW 2:10-4:00P
205 Olson Hall
CRN 50758

Course Description:  Theoretical instruction in modern teaching methods and demonstration of their practical application. Required of graduate teaching assistants.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Format: Lecture - 2 hours; Discussion - 2 hours.


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