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SPAN-456 Spanish Topics Course Level: Undergraduate

Spanish Topics (3) Topics vary by section. Courses taught in Spanish on such topics as: Latin American film, Mexican-U.S. border, urban cultures in Latin America, indigenous people of Latin America, Hispanics in the United States, Caribbean cultures, and the Latin American short story. Crosslist: SPAN-656. Usually Offered: fall and spring. Repeatable for credit with different topic. Prerequisite: SPAN-353.

SPAN-456-001
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Pop Culture in Latin America
Popular Culture in Latin America (3) This course offers an introduction to critical approaches in the study of Latin American popular culture. Informed by contested categories that are shaped by and reshaped in popular culture such as race, gender, and class, the course analyzes processes of production, circulation, and consumption of media, crafts, advertising, political messages, and religion. Meets with SPAN-656 001.
SPAN-456-002
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Lit/Film by Women in Latin Am
Literature and Film by Women in Latin America (3) An overview of major literary and cinematographic works produced by women in twentieth-century Latin America. Through close and comparative analyses, students gain familiarity with the works, understand the historical context of their production and reception, and unpack the challenges they posed to the societies and institutions of their time. Meets with SPAN-656 002.
SPAN-456-003
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Gender & Sexuality in Latin Am
Gender and Sexuality in Latin America (3) This course provides an overview of some of the key concepts of gender and queer studies in order to examine how gender and sexuality have been constructed and represented in Latin America. Course materials include literature, art, film, activism, and legal cases. Meets with SPAN-656 003.
SPAN-456-004
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Culture/Diaspora in Latin Am
Culture and Diaspora in Latin America (3) This course explores different national and international diasporas that have constantly shaped and reshaped Latin American cultures. Special emphasis is placed on internal migration, country/city, European diasporas fleeing wars, and Asian and Arab diasporas looking for economic opportunities in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, and Argentina. The course includes the use of films, short stories, and cultural studies theory. Meets with SPAN-656 004.
SPAN-456-005
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Mexican Cultures
Mexican Cultures since Colonial Times (3) This course explores the representation of Mexican diverse cultures from the Spanish colonial times to the present. Emphasis is given to two historical moments, independence (1810) and the Mexican Revolution (1910), and their social, political, and cultural outcomes. Films, and written texts constitute the materials addressed in the course. Meets with SPAN-656 005.
SPAN-456-006
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Documentary Form in Latin Amer
Documentary Form in Latin America (3) Drawing on performance, film, and photography, this course analyzes the ways in which contemporary documentary works from Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Mexico engage discourses of human rights, history, and the law. Situating this analysis around contextually specific human rights concerns and legal initiatives, the course explores the unique capacities and limits of the documentary genre in making truth claims, presenting evidence, and promoting historical accountability. Students also examine the kinds of affective strategies artists employ to create compelling counter-narratives of history, nation, and identity rights. Meets with SPAN-656 006.
SPAN-456-007
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Spanish Language in the U.S.
Spanish Language in the U.S. (3) This course addresses the history and current positioning of Spanish in the United States with attention paid to the unique and understudied Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Topics include different Latinx populations, Spanish dialects, bilingualism, and race and identity. Students are introduced to Spanish's origins, unique characteristics, and sociocultural presence in the United States and develop hands-on linguistic research skills and critical insight into language and society. The course comprises a combination of lectures, class discussion, groupwork, and fieldwork. Course materials are academic texts, videos, audio recordings, current events, and students' original research. Meets with SPAN-656 007.
SPAN-456-001
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Globalization/Iden in Latin Am
Globalization and Identity in Latin America (3) This course explores current debates on globalization, identity formation, citizenship, the nation state, nation branding, and territorialization as they impact Latin Americans' everyday life. It focuses on the central tension between the promises of global cosmopolitanism and the loss of national projects. Course materials include academic articles, film, and news media. Meets with SPAN-656 001.
SPAN-456-003
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Latin Amer Since Independence
Latin America Since Independence: Nations and Borders (3) Independence brought about the creation of new nation states in Latin America and the borders between them. Using both canonical and counter-hegemonic written and visual works, this course questions longstanding perceptions about nation building and the role that social and cultural racialization played in that process. Meets with SPAN-656 003.
SPAN-456-004
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Lang/Soc in Spanish-Spkng Wrld
Language and Society in the Spanish-Speaking World (3) This course addresses language as a contextualized social practice, which is both influenced by society and has the power to transform it, through the lens of Spanish as a minority and majority language in different world contexts. The course focuses on socialization, identity, ideology, and power dynamics. Topics include race, gender, identity, language rights, bilingualism, education, migration, and nationalism, providing critical insight into different aspects of the reciprocal relationship between language and society with implications for social justice in pluralistic societies. Additionally, students develop hands-on linguistic research skills. The seminar-style course comprises a combination of lectures, class discussion, groupwork, and fieldwork. Course materials are academic texts, videos, audio recordings, current events, and students' original research. Meets with SPAN-656 004.
SPAN-456-005
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Spanish in the Americas
Spanish in the Americas (3) This course addresses the social and regional characteristics of Spanish in the Americas in its current and historical social context. Topics include Spanish's roots in the Conquest and colonial period, and its evolution to the present day; regional dialects; contact with indigenous and African languages; and questions of social norms and hierarchy. Students develop hands-on linguistic research skills and critical insight into language and society in a Latin American context. The seminar-style course comprises a combination of lectures, class discussion, groupwork, and fieldwork. Course materials are academic texts, videos, audio recordings, current events, and students' original research. Meets with SPAN-656 005.
SPAN-456-006
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Rep of Viol in Colombia/Mexico
Representations of Violence in Colombia and Mexico (3) In the last three decades Colombia and Mexico have experienced a dramatic surge in violence due to the rise of powerful drug cartels. This course examines the cultural production that deals with such violence. Special attention is paid to the relationship between representation, ethics and capitalism. Meets with SPAN-656 006.
SPAN-456-007
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Colonialism in Latin America
Colonialism in Latin America (3) Present day Latin America is largely shaped by its past. This course approaches Latin America colonial heritage by addressing controversial concepts such as colonial, coloniality, and colonialism. Through the study of a variety of sources, this course questions longstanding myths surrounding Latin American cultural processes. The course employs a transatlantic approach to study original texts to examine Latin American societies and politics. Meets with SPAN-656 007.
SPAN-456-008
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Globalization/Iden in Latin Am
Globalization and Identity in Latin America (3) This course explores current debates on globalization, identity formation, citizenship, the nation state, nation branding, and territorialization as they impact Latin Americans' everyday lives. It focuses on the central tension between the promises of global cosmopolitanism and the loss of national projects. Course materials include academic articles, film, and news media. Meets with SPAN-656 008.