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Spanish Language and Literature


SPAN101Beginning Spanish I Introduction to the Spanish Language and the Spanish-speaking world. Students begin developing competency in the four basic skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) through communicative activities and cultural exploration.Prerequisite: Placement test if student has any prior experience with Spanish.
SPAN102Beginning Spanish II Further development of the four skills through continued exploration of the Spanish-speaking world. Students will work to acquire the linguistic skills and cultural knowledge needed to navigate a variety of cultural settings. Prerequisite: SPAN-101 or Placement Test; Must take SPAN-102L Concurrently
SPAN201Intermediate Spanish The refining and expansion of communicative skills. Students develop critical thinking and cross-cultural competency by reading, discussing, and writing about authentic texts. Prerequisite: SPAN-102 or Placement Test; Must take SPAN-201L concurrently
SPAN202Conversation and Composition Critical explorations of the Spanish-speaking world through focused reading, discussion, and related written assignments.Prerequisite: SPAN-201 or Placement Test
SPAN203Advanced Conversation and Composition An introduction to the critical analysis of texts from the Spanish-speaking world. Students begin to acquire a more sophisticated knowledge of the intricacies of the Spanish-speaking world while putting into practice more complex forms of written and oral expression.Prerequisite: SPAN-202 or Placement Test
SPAN205Culture of Health and Disease in the Hispanic Community This course enables students to connect with Spanish-speaking clients and healthcare providers by teaching appropriate vocabulary and presenting different cultural attitudes and practices relating to health and disease. A service-learning component is included in this course.Prerequisite: SPAN-201
SPAN206Business Spanish/Español Comercial Business Spanish is a course aimed at developing students' communicative skills and intercultural awareness when interacting with Spanish-speakers in a business setting. The course employs a multifaceted, communicative approach to second language acquisition that foments the development of all essential skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course is driven by topics, language functions and situations pertinent to business settings.Prerequisite: Take SPAN-201 or place into SPAN-202 or above.
SPAN301Introduction to Hispanic Literatures An introduction to the periods, concepts, genres, and major figures of Spanish and Spanish-American literature. Using selected texts, discussion, and a variety of written assignments, this course will introduce students to literary analysis and bibliographic methods. Prerequisite: SPAN-203 or Placement Test
SPAN302Advanced Oral Communication This course is for advanced Spanish students who are committed to improving their competency in spoken Spanish, and who are interested in moving to a cohesive multi-paragraph discursive level. Students will learn the strategies required to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts. Students will be expected to develop proficiency in a number of discursive modes including conversations, discussions, presentations, debates, and reports, among others. Attention will be given to pronunciation, intonation, both verbal and non-verbal communication, as well as the skill of active listening. This course will not count for the Spanish major prior to the 2018 catalog requirements.Prerequisite: Take SPAN-203
SPAN401The Spanish-Speaking World on Film Research, discussion, and analysis of selected topics and issues in the Spanish-speaking world as reflected in film. Students develop the vocabulary and critical-thinking skills necessary to analyze and interpret the genre in both oral and written form. This course may be repeated for credit toward graduation if the content is different, but may count only once toward the major or minor.Prerequisite: SPAN-301
SPAN435Advanced Literary Studies Course focuses on major figures and movements in Spanish and/or Spanish-American literature. Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit if the course content is different.Prerequisite: SPAN-301
SPAN445Visual Practices in Latin America This course introduces students to critical texts, debates and questions proposed by the visual studies field in the context of Latin American cultural production. The course will examine and question various historical cases in which the visual medium has been used as a tool of power and dominance of populations, and as a way to express resistance and subversion. The course will include discussions on: Barroco de Indias, Mexican Muralism, Third Cinema, issues on photography and photojournalism, and soap opera aesthetics under dictatorships. In order to participate in an active and well-informed way, students are required to read, observe, reflect and write about visual material. Prerequisite: SPAN-301
SPAN455Limits of Genre This course explores the limits of the traditional boundaries (poetry, narrative, drama, essay) among literary classifications. Appropriate cultural, historical, and political context provides the backdrop to understand the crossing of boundaries among literary genres and the incorporation, in literary texts, of diverse art forms.Prerequisite: SPAN-301
SPAN465Imperial Spain Enlightenment to the Restoration A survey of Spanish literature from the 16th to the 19th centuries. This period covers Spain's imperial expansion, religious and political conflicts in Europe, and a problematic internal reorganization. This upheaval nevertheless sparked numerous literary innovations in narrative, theatre and poetry. Students will analyze literary texts, and appropriate secondary readings, in order to understand the key concepts and debates in the early modern period; some of which remain unresolved today.Prerequisite: SPAN-301
SPAN470Modern Spain A survey of Spanish literature from the 19th and 20th centuries. As Spain's overseas territories won their independence, the Spanish nation struggled to modernize and redefine itself. Lingering internal conflicts fueled a series of civil wars, and regional differences challenged national discourses on unity and identity. The literary sphere is where many of these clashes were articulated, and where many versions of modern and postmodern subjectivities were posited. Students will use literary and visual texts to examine important themes and movements in Spanish culture.Prerequisite: SPAN-301
SPAN475Conquest, Colonization, and Independence Study of the principal literary figures, works, and cultural and political contexts of XIV century to 1830.Prerequisite: SPAN-301
SPAN480Constructing Spanish-America Study of the principal literary figures, works, and cultural and political contexts from mid XIX-century to mid XX-century. Prerequisite: SPAN-301
SPAN485Literary Revolutions of Spanish-America Examination of the intellectual and literary patterns in Spanish-American literature from the mid-XXth century onward.Prerequisite: SPAN-301
SPAN491Peninsular Spanish Seminar Advanced study of outstanding authors, works, or genres that will vary to reflect the interest of students and the professor. Prerequisite: One unit above SPAN 301 and senior standing
SPAN492Spanish-American Seminar Advanced study of outstanding authors, works, or genres that are generally recognized as seminal to an understanding of Spanish America's social, philosophical, and aesthetic traditions.Prerequisite: One unit above SPAN 301 and senior standing
SPAN593Senior Individualized Project Each program or department sets its own requirements for Senior Individualized Projects done in that department, including the range of acceptable projects, the required background of students doing projects, the format of the SIP, and the expected scope and depth of projects. See the Kalamazoo Curriculum -> Curriculum Details and Policies section of the Academic Catalog for more details.Prerequisite: Permission of department and SIP supervisor required.