Spanish & Portuguese Course Descriptions - Spring 2021


> Jump to Spanish Undergraduate Courses
> Jump to Spanish Graduate Courses
> Jump to Portuguese Courses


Spanish Language Courses

SPA 1-3: Elementary Spanish
SPA 21-22: Intermediate Spanish
SPA 23-24: Spanish Composition
SPA 31-33: Spanish for Native Speakers


Spanish Undergraduate Courses

SPA 100 - Principles Literature Criticism

Instructor Santiago Acosta

SPA 115 - History Spanish Language

Instructor Cory Osburn

SPA 118 - Topic Spanish Linguistics: Diachronic and Synchronic Variation in Spanish
Prof. Travis Bradley

Course Description: Este curso presenta un estudio de la variación lingüística en el español a través del tiempo y del lugar. Primero, se examinarán los cambios estructurales desde el periodo del latín hablado, provocados por el cambio natural de la lengua y por influencias externas. Esta panorámica sirve de base para una exploración de la estructura dialectal del mundo hispanohablante contemporáneo. Se prestará especial atención a las variedades del español peninsular y americano, así como al judeoespañol, conservado durante más de 500 años por los judíos sefardíes, expulsados de España en 1492.

Pre-requisitos: SPA 24 or 33; no es obligatorio pero se recomienda LIN 1

SPA 133N - Golden Age Literature Spain
Instructor Charles Oriel

This course will focus on literary masterpieces from the Spanish Golden Age (16th and 17th centuries). Readings will include several short novels (the first picaresque novel, Lazarillo de Tormes, and several shorter novels by Maria de Zayas), poetry (Garcilaso de la Vega, Fray Luis de León, Góngora and Quevedo) and well-known dramas by Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina and Calderón de la Barca. We will try to consider all of these works within their historical, social, political and cultural contexts.

SPA 134B - Don Quijote II
Instructor Charles Oriel

This course will focus on the second part of Cervantes’s masterpiece, Don Quijote, published in 1615. Aside from studying Cervantes’s novelistic technique and its 17th-century context, we will also consider how his novel has affected the subsequent development of more modern fiction, including such authors as Miguel de Unamuno, Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar.

SPA 151 - Latin American Literature 1900 Present

Prof. Robert Newcomb

SPA 153 - Latin American Short Story

Prof. Leopoldo Bernucci

SPA 155 - Mexican Novel

Assistant Professor Emily Vázquez Enriquez

SPA 159 - Topics in Latin American Literature Culture

Instructor Santiago Acosta

SPA 160 - Latin American Women Writers

Prof. Ana Peluffo

SPA 168 - Introduction to Latinx Culture

Instructor Arthur Vargas

SPA 169 - Topics Chicanx/Latinx

Instructor Hugo Garcia Manriquez

SPA 170 - Introduction Latin American Culture

Instructor Hugo Garcia Manriquez

SPA 171 - 

Instructor Carol Hess

Do you just love Latin American music? Does it make you want to get up and dance? Music from Latin America takes human experience as a point of departure for musical understanding. Students explore topics such as music and identity, music and the body, music and religion, and other broad themes as they relate to the study of musics of Latin America, gaining fluency with musical concepts and cultural-historical contexts. We’ll cover nearly 50 genres, including music of indigenous communities, popular genres, folk and classical music. Several assignments revolve around film music. Previous musical background is not required. Class is taught in English. Lectures are three times a week, 50 minutes each, asynchronous.

MUS 127/SPA 171 satisfies the requirement for Arts and Humanities, Visual Literacy, World Cultures, and Writing Experience. Music majors can fulfill the course requirement through a special writing project.


Spanish Graduate Courses

SPA 205 - Spanish Phonology
Prof. Travis Bradley, Wednesdays 4:10-7:00

Course Description: La fonología es el subcampo de la lingüística que intenta describir y explicar lo que sabemos acerca de cómo pronunciar, combinar e interpretar los sonidos de una lengua. Este seminario ofrece una introducción al sistema fónico del español contemporáneo desde la perspectiva de la fonología generativa, un modelo teórico que conceptualiza la competencia fonológica como si fuera un programa informático ejecutado por una computadora artificial. Revisaremos los avances tecnológicos del modelo generativo desde los marcos lineales de los años 1960 hasta los marcos no lineales de los 1980 que todavía se utilizan hoy en día. Haremos comparaciones teóricas y prácticas entre las variedades del español y con otras lenguas. Lxs estudiantes serán capaces de (1) identificar patrones fonéticos a partir de un conjunto de datos transcritos o grabados, (2) describir y analizar los patrones mediante el lenguaje formal de la teoría fonológica, (3) leer, comprender y criticar las propuestas analíticas de la literatura y (4) explorar un tema de investigación en la fonología de una o más variedades del español.

Prerequisite: Some prior experience in linguistics or Spanish linguistics is recommended.

Format: Seminar - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Required Textbook:
ISBN: 9781626160415 (1626160414)
Title: Fonología generativa contemporánea de la lengua española (2a edición)

SPA 230 - Latin American Culture Studies
Instructor Emily Vázquez Enriquez, Tuesdays 4:10-7:00

Stories of migration often intersect with nonhuman worlds. Natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes, climate change drying up agricultural lands, and over-exploited natural resources are notable examples of how nonhuman entities influence migratory movements. Furthermore, dynamic and unpredictable rivers, strange forests, dangerous deserts, apocalyptic technologies, and different forms of labor framed by constant contact with crops, animals, and weather phenomena exemplify how the nonhuman shapes experiences of migration. In this course, we will analyze how 20th and 21st-century literature, film, photography, and other art projects by Central American, Mexican, and Latinx creators respond to the complex entanglement between the environment and migration. We will discuss various theoretical approaches to the environmental humanities and will consider the challenges and possibilities of environmental engagement through literature and art. In analyzing various depictions of the social and ecological factors that exist alongside the journeys of migrants and refugees in Central and North America, we will also discuss their ethical implications. Additionally, we will critically engage with how representations of the intersections between migration and the environment participate in current discussions about race, class, and gender.

SPA 274 - Latin American Literature Studies
Prof. Leopoldo Bernucci, Thursdays 4:10-7:00

Descripción del curso 
El objetivo de este curso es explorar y profundizar los diferentes significados que tiene la Amazonía: territorio de las amazonas, paraíso, infierno, la última frontera, los pulmones del mundo, la tierra de los últimos indios, escondrijo del narcotráfico, etc. A través de una serie de textos literarios (novelas, cuentos y ensayos), el/la estudiante tendrá la oportunidad de leer, interpretar y problematizar las diversas representaciones ficcionales e históricas que discutiremos en clase. Nuestra discusión, sobretodo, girará en torno a las nociones de historia y ficción, civilización y barbarie (dicotomía ésta que ha sido apropiada por varios escritores latinoamericanos desde el Romanticismo), neo-colonialismo, la explotación de la Amazonía, viajeros europeos, latinoamericanos y norte-americanos. Los textos que leeremos son de los siguientes escritores: Euclides da Cunha (Brasil, 1866-1909), Horacio Quiroga (Uruguay, 1878-1937), José Eustasio Rivera (Colombia,1888-1928) y Mario Vargas Llosa (Perú, 1936-  ). 

Sistema de evaluación 
Dos pruebas: 60%, Trabajo Final: 30%, Participación: 10% (Presencia y participación activa en las discusiones en clase) 

Textos obligatorios 
•    Euclides da Cunha, “Contra os caucheiros” (1904) en Contrastes e confrontos (1907); “Os caucheros” (1909) en À margem da história (1909); “Judas-Ashverus” (1909) en À margem da história (1909); “Impressões gerais” (introd. À margem da história (1909)(en Canvas)
•    Horacio Quiroga, “El salvaje” (1920)1 (en Canvas)
•    José Eustasio Rivera, La vorágine (1924).
•    Mario Vargas Llosa, La casa verde (1963)

Las novelas de Rivera y Vargas Llosa se encuentran en la librería de UC Davis Memorial Union. 

1 El salvaje, publicado como libro en 1920, contiene también un cuento homólogo (“El Salvaje”) y que está dividido en dos partes: Parte I: El Sueño (¿1906-1919?) y Parte II: La Realidad (¿1906-1919?). 

POR 031G - Portuguese for Spanish Speaking Graduate Students
Eugenia Magnolia Da Silva Fernandes, Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 10:00-10:50
Restricted to graduate students only. Intensive review of grammar and composition. Development of all language skills, but with emphasis on reading of modern texts, presentation/discussion, and writing on academic topics. Development on the following writing skills: analytical, argumentative, and creative.


Portuguese Courses 

POR 003 - Elementary Portuguese

This course follows an online format. For every one synchronous interaction, one class is held asynchronously. Class time is used to build social interactions through the Portuguese language. Outside the in-class interactions, students are required to complete homework assignments, readings, and projects. POR 003 is a continuation of POR 002, focusing on the development of crucial language skills and emphasis on communication through cultural contexts. Unit topics will be presented contemplating the Lusophone communities.

PREREQUISITE: POR 002 or instructor's consent.

POR 023 - Portuguese Composition I

This course follows an online format. For every two synchronous interactions, one class is held asynchronously. Synchronous class time is used to create social interactions with written Portuguese as input. In addition to interactions in the synchronous, student-centered sessions, students must complete homework, readings, and compositions. POR 023 focuses on the development of reading and writing skills through the discussion and analysis of authentic materials and texts in Portuguese. Grammar aspects of standard Portuguese are debated through formal and informal text genres such as academic articles, essays, poems, comic books, letters, emails, and commercials. Upon successfully completing this course, students will be encouraged to obtain their proficiency certificate in Portuguese (Celpe-Bras or ACTFL OPI).

PREREQUISITE: POR 022 or instructor's consent.

POR 031 - Portuguese for Spanish Speakers

This course follows an online format. For every two synchronous interactions, one class is held asynchronously. Class time is used to build social interactions through the Portuguese language. Outside the in-class interactions, students are required to complete homework assignments, readings, and projects. POR 031 aims to develop students' contrastive and interactional competences, focusing on the pronunciation features, vocabulary, and grammar aspects. Unit topics will be presented contemplating Lusophone communities' contemporary issues with underlying comparative themes such as accentuation, official orthography, verbal tenses, lexical differences, treatment pronouns, cognates, adverbs, linking words, determinants, discourse markers, direct and indirect speech, numbers, and gender agreement. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to communicate in oral and written Portuguese at an intermediate proficiency level.

PREREQUISITE: A previous knowledge of Spanish is required, as least, an intermediate level.

POR 031G - Portuguese for Spanish Speaking Graduate Students
Eugenia Magnolia Da Silva Fernandes, Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 10:00-10:50
Restricted to graduate students only. Intensive review of grammar and composition. Development of all language skills, but with emphasis on reading of modern texts, presentation/discussion, and writing on academic topics. Development on the following writing skills: analytical, argumentative, and creative.

This course follows an online format. For every two synchronous interactions, one class is held asynchronously. Class time is used to build social interactions through the Portuguese language. Outside the in-class interactions, students are required to complete homework assignments, readings, and projects. POR 031 aims to develop students' contrastive and interactional competences, focusing on the pronunciation features, vocabulary, and grammar aspects. Unit topics will be presented contemplating Lusophone communities' contemporary issues with underlying comparative themes such as accentuation, official orthography, verbal tenses, lexical differences, treatment pronouns, cognates, adverbs, linking words, determinants, discourse markers, direct and indirect speech, numbers, and gender agreement. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to communicate in oral and written Portuguese at an intermediate proficiency level.

PREREQUISITE: A previous knowledge of Spanish is required, as least, an intermediate level.

POR 163 - 20th Century Mstrs in Braz Literature

Prof. Robert Newcomb