Graduate Courses

For more detailed information including course description, sample reading list, and instructor, please visit the Registrar Office's course offerings page.

Note:  400-level undergraduate courses may be taken for graduate credit.

Spanish Graduate Courses

Methodology of Spanish and Portuguese Language Teaching: Seminar and Practicum
Subject associations
SPA 500 / POR 500

This course offers an introduction to key terms, concepts and issues in the fields of second-language acquisition and language-teaching pedagogy as it relates to the teaching of Spanish and Portuguese. Students acquire knowledge, as well as develop and practice skills that prepare them to teach foreign languages, select content and create materials, assess student performance, and reflect upon their own teaching practice. The course's theoretical principles are applied to the teaching of the four linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The teaching of culture and use of new technologies are also addressed.

Instructors
Alberto Bruzos Moro
Nicola T. Cooney
Topics in Theory and Practice of Anthropology (Half-Term): Indigenous Cosmopolitics: Perspectivism in the Anthropocene
Subject associations
ANT 522A / SPA 522 / LAS 522

How can we understand and interact with other ways of thinking? What other ideas of a world emerge when animals, humans and plants are persons among whom relations are properly social? How can these new ideas lead to creative and engaged actions in the face of the Anthropocene? Indigenous Cosmopolitics reflects on these questions by taking the concept of cosmopolitics as background for the reading of ethnographies based on the socio-cosmological perspectives of western and beyond-western peoples, with emphasis on studies of Amazonian Indigenous peoples and their perspectivist ontologies.

Instructors
Aparecida Maria Vilaça
Narrative Prose in Latin America: Finance and Form
Subject associations
SPA 547

This course examines the relations between economic systems and aesthetic form in Latin America from the nineteenth through the twenty-first centuries. Focusing on a cluster of questions rather than a purely historical genealogy, the course asks how economic systems translate into aesthetics and how aesthetic form renders, inverts, speculates about or mimes such systems. Emphasis on: 1) slave-based economies 2) fin-de-siglo finance capital 3) petroleum and other extractivist economies and 4) neoliberalism and digital finance. Readings in literature, art history, and criticism.

Instructors
Rachel L. Price
Seminar in Colonial Spanish American Literature: Poetic Violence and License in Epic Works
Subject associations
SPA 550 / LAS 525

This course explores the ethics and poetics behind representations of violence in Colonial Latin America, with a special focus on epic poetry, though primary readings also include examples from relaciones, historias, and lyric. Topics include horror and terror; massacre; indigeneity and maternity; curses; the supernatural; marronage and piracy. Relevant selections from Virgil, Lucan, Ovid, Petrarch, Camões, and Ariosto are included as suggested readings for students who may not be familiar with their texts. Theorists and critics on violence and its depictions include Greene, Fuchs, Martínez, Rabasa, Radcliffe, Restrepo, Scarry, and Quint.

Instructors
Nicole D. Legnani
Feminist Poetics and Politics in the Americas (1960s to the present)
Subject associations
COM 542 / GSS 542 / SPA 558 / LAS 512

This course aims to explore different forms that the question of liberation has taken in writings by women philosophers and poets whose work helped to create cultural and political movements in the U.S. and Latin America. Starting in the 1960s, it studies different philosophical concepts and poetic figures that have shaped the language of feminist struggles (intersectionality, care and the commons, reproductive justice, "feminicidal" violence, social reproduction). Readings include Gloria Anzaldúa, Angela Davis, Silvia Federici, Verónica Gago, Raquel Gutiérrez, Audre Lorde, Bety Ruth Lozano, Cristina Rivera Garza, among others.

Instructors
Susana Draper
Topics in Architecture: The Total Corporation: The Design of Everything In a Global Context
Subject associations
ARC 594 / MOD 504 / HUM 593 / ART 584 / SPA 559

To distance architecture from the "war machine," architects called for the reintegration of the arts after WW2. The resulting post-war Gesamtkunstwerk accompanied the development of ever larger corporations and corporate architectural practices integrating new kinds of agents into their increasingly complex wholes, from women designers and computing services to global environmental and economic models. By exploring how corporations--Olivetti in Ivrea, Hilton in Havana, JUMEX in Mexico City--operated architecture across all scales and mediums, students in this seminar will uncover the questions post-war integration was designed to answer.

Instructors
Rubén Gallo
Sylvia Lavin
Engaging Archives
Subject associations
SPA 574 / POR 574 / LAS 574

This course provides students from all areas of literary and cultural studies in Spanish and Portuguese with a platform in which to engage with the discovery, access, study, interpretation, and utilization of historical records or archives often held by institutions. How do we overcome the barriers that prevent us from working with archives, regardless of their genre (i.e. text, film, audio, visual, etc.) or media format (i.e. manuscript, printed, digital, etc.)? How do we approach archives retained in repositories that uphold unjust socio-political practices?

Instructors
Christina H. Lee

Spanish Undergraduate Courses for Graduate Credit

Almodóvar: A Critical Take (CD or LA)
Subject associations
SPA 425

This seminar interrogates the cinema of the internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar. We will address Almodóvar as a global brand and auteur who compulsively cites, recycles, and reenacts the most prestigious names and works of film history. The seminar will discuss the politics and aesthetics of Almodóvar, with special consideration of intermediality, spectatorship, gender and sexuality, and the ways the brand positions itself in a dramatically changing industry. We will review the entire Almodóvar universe, including its production company; its revision of the star system; and relationship to Spain's memory politics.

Instructors
Javier E. Guerrero

Portuguese Graduate Courses

Spring 2023
Memory & History in Lusophone African and Afro-Brazilian Cinema
Subject associations
POR 585 / LAS 585 / AAS 585

The enslavement and colonization of Africans disarticulated African and Afro-Diasporic historical time and social memory, fragmented by the dispersion and oppression of their/our bodies, cultures, and territories. Lately, memory has reclaimed a central space in politics, particularly concerning minorities, and cinema has become a privileged medium of/for memory. We explore film genres, topics, and aesthetics seen in African and Afro-Brazilian cinemas to recreate pasts, presents, and futures, exploring different forms of memory, from traditional archives (documents, pictures) to memory as an embodied, practiced, and inscribed presence.

Instructors
Rafael Cesar
Spring 2023
Methodology of Spanish and Portuguese Language Teaching: Seminar and Practicum
Subject associations
SPA 500 / POR 500

This course offers an introduction to key terms, concepts and issues in the fields of second-language acquisition and language-teaching pedagogy as it relates to the teaching of Spanish and Portuguese. Students acquire knowledge, as well as develop and practice skills that prepare them to teach foreign languages, select content and create materials, assess student performance, and reflect upon their own teaching practice. The course's theoretical principles are applied to the teaching of the four linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The teaching of culture and use of new technologies are also addressed.

Instructors
Alberto Bruzos Moro
Nicola T. Cooney
Spring 2023
Engaging Archives
Subject associations
SPA 574 / POR 574 / LAS 574

This course provides students from all areas of literary and cultural studies in Spanish and Portuguese with a platform in which to engage with the discovery, access, study, interpretation, and utilization of historical records or archives often held by institutions. How do we overcome the barriers that prevent us from working with archives, regardless of their genre (i.e. text, film, audio, visual, etc.) or media format (i.e. manuscript, printed, digital, etc.)? How do we approach archives retained in repositories that uphold unjust socio-political practices?

Instructors
Christina H. Lee

Portuguese Undergraduate Courses for Graduate Credit

There are no 400-level Portuguese courses currently offered for graduate credit.