Course Information

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Spanish Undergraduate Courses

Beginner's Spanish I
Subject associations
SPA 101

SPA 101 presents the basic structures and vocabulary of the Spanish language at elementary/low intermediate levels of proficiency. It is designed to develop students' linguistic and communicative competence in all three modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational. Through multimedia material, the course fosters an appreciation of the rich culture of the Spanish-speaking world. The learners actively engage in activities that promote the exchange of real-world information. The custom-made digital textbook allows for immediate feedback and autonomous learning.

Instructors
Catalina Arango
Iris I. Hauser
Adriana G. Merino
Paloma Moscardó-Vallés
Maria A. Saiz Angulo
Intensive Beginner's and Intermediate Spanish
Subject associations
SPA 103

SPA 103 is an accelerated, intensive course that covers in one term the most relevant structures and vocabulary from SPA 101 and SPA 102. The course is designed for students who have previously studied Spanish at elementary levels. Language is embedded in the discussion of cultural and social issues of contemporary concern to develop speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills.

Instructors
Anna Alsina Naudi
Raquel Mattson-Prieto
Dunia Catalina Méndez Vallejo
Eliot Raynor
Amina B. Shabani
Intermediate Spanish
Subject associations
SPA 105

An intermediate language course that focuses on oral and written communication and the consolidation of listening and reading skills. In this course students will enhance their linguistic skills through the analysis and discussion of various types of texts (literature, film, visual culture, music, interviews, etc.) that focus on global and cross-cultural aspects of Spain and Latin America. In particular, the course will familiarize students with the concept of neocolonialism as a way to bridge language learning with the context in which cultural values and meanings are produced. SPA 105 prepares students for SPA 108.

Instructors
Gorka Bilbao Terreros
Nadia Cervantes Pérez
Anais Holgado-Lage
Intermediate/Advanced Spanish
Subject associations
SPA 107

SPA 107 is an intermediate/advanced language course that consolidates and expands the skills acquired in beginner's Spanish. Students will continue to develop their ability to comprehend and communicate in Spanish while using the four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Materials include oral, written, and audiovisual texts that present language in authentic contexts of use and interpretation. By the end of the course, students will be able to express more complex ideas, orally and in writing, with greater grammatical accuracy and communicative fluency.

Instructors
Maria F. Chiaramonte
Yvonne Gavela-Ramos
Eduardo Negueruela Azarola
Cesar Adrian Romero Fernandez
Advanced Spanish
Subject associations
SPA 108

SPA 108 is an advanced language course that aims at strengthening and consolidating comprehension and production of oral and written Spanish while fostering cultural awareness and cross-cultural examination. Students will improve their linguistic proficiency while exploring the various mechanisms that affect how our identity is constructed, negotiated, and/or imposed. Particularly, the course will examine the ways in which gender and national identities develop and consolidate themselves by exploring cultural production (journalism, literature, cinema and the visual arts, etc.) in the Spanish speaking world and beyond.

Instructors
Anna Alsina Naudi
Gorka Bilbao Terreros
Alberto Bruzos Moro
Nadia Cervantes Pérez
Amina B. Shabani
Medical Spanish
Subject associations
SPA 205

An advanced Spanish-language course that focuses on medical and health topics in the Hispanic/Latino world. Students will learn and practice specific vocabulary and structures useful for conducting a medical interview in Spanish. Aspects of Latin American and Hispanic/Latino cultures in the health and medical fields are explored by means of examining authentic texts and through the contribution of guest speakers. The course includes a telecollaboration project with students from a Colombian medical school.

Instructors
Paloma Moscardó-Vallés
Studies in Spanish Language and Style
Subject associations
SPA 207

SPA 207 seeks to develop advanced language skills and to raise cultural awareness by studying language in its contexts of use and at the level of the formality that will be needed in the higher-level courses. This course focuses on underrepresented communities in the Spanish speaking world, examining issues of class, race and migration. An exciting selection of literary and multimedia productions provide the basis for a critical discussion of cultural meanings and social relations, while offering the chance to explore different registers and styles.

Instructors
Anais Holgado-Lage
Cesar Adrian Romero Fernandez
Spanish Language and Culture through Cinema
Subject associations
SPA 209

A course designed to improve speaking abilities while learning about Hispanic cultures and cinema in context. The course aims to provide the students with lexical and grammatical tools to allow them to engage in formal and informal discussion on a variety of topics informed by the films provided. Additionally, there will be several writing exercises throughout the semester that will help students improve their writing abilities. By the end of the course, students should have a better command of all linguistic skills, especially listening comprehension, fluency and accuracy in their speech.

Instructors
Raquel Mattson-Prieto
Introduction to Latin American Cultures (CD or LA)
Subject associations
SPA 222 / LAS 222 / LAO 222

This course offers an introduction to modern Latin American literature and culture. It focuses on the complex ways in which cultural and intellectual production anticipates, participates in, and responds to political, social, and economic transformations in the 20th and 21st centuries. Through a wide spectrum of sources (essays, fiction, poetry, film, and art), students will study and discuss some of the most relevant issues in Latin American modern history, such as modernity, democracy, identity, gender, memory, and social justice.

Instructors
Javier E. Guerrero
Small Masterpieces: Art of the Short Story in Latin America (LA)
Subject associations
SPA 226 / LAS 226

"Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it," states philosopher Hanna Arendt. This course studies the magic of storytelling in Latin America's rich archive of short stories from indigenous tales retold by Nobel prize winner Miguel Angel Asturias and the philosophical fictions of J. L. Borges and Julio Cortázar to contemporary short masterpieces by Mariana Enríquez, Samanta Schweblin, and Junot Díaz. Each class will be devoted to the close reading of one masterful short-story. Students also will practice the art of storytelling by reconstructing stories behind Latin American photography, painting, and sculpture.

Instructors
Gabriela Nouzeilles
Socio-Cultural Issues in Modern Spain: 1800 to the present (LA)
Subject associations
SPA 228

This course explores the cultural, social, economic, and political history of modern Spain from the early 19th century to the present. It discusses the role of war, memory, collective identity, citizenship and utopia, as they appeared in Spanish film, literature, and the visual arts.

Instructors
Germán Labrador Méndez
Languages of the Americas (CD or EC)
Subject associations
SPA 233 / LIN 233 / LAS 233

This course explores the vast linguistic diversity of the Americas: native languages, pidgins, creoles, mixed languages, and other languages in North, Central, and South America, including the Caribbean. We will examine historical and current issues of multilingualism to understand the relationship between language, identity, and social mobility. We will discuss how languages played a central role in colonization and nation-building processes, and how language policies contribute to linguistic loss and revitalization. This course has no prerequisites and is intended for students interested in learning more about languages in the Americas.

Instructors
Dunia Catalina Méndez Vallejo
Identity in the Spanish-Speaking World (CD or LA)
Subject associations
SPA 250 / LAS 250 / HUM 251 / LAO 250

How are ideas of belonging to the body politic defined in Spain, Latin America, and in Spanish-speaking communities in the United States? Who is "Latin American," "Latinx," "Boricua," "Chino," "Moor," "Indian," etc.? Who constructs these terms and why? Who do they include/exclude? Why do we need these identity markers in the first place? Our course will engage these questions by surveying and analyzing literary, historical, and visual productions from the time of the foundation of the Spanish empire to the present time in the Spanish-speaking world.

Instructors
Christina H. Lee
The Making of a Language: Spanish Then and Now (CD or SA)
Subject associations
SPA 255

From its humble beginnings in the Iberian Peninsula to its multiple contemporary manifestations and global reach, Spanish is a rowdy, vibrant, multiethnic, polyphonic language, constantly changed by evolution and innovation. When did Castilian become Spanish? How did the language contribute to nation building and imperial expansion? Who decides what correct Spanish is? Does Spanish need to be protected? Can it be improved? Through the study of texts that foreground Spanish across time and place, we explore the historical forces that have shaped Spanish and current debates about the state of one of the world's most widely spoken languages.

Instructors
Mariana Bono
Spanish Literature and Culture: Modern Spain 1700 to Present (LA)
Subject associations
SPA 303

Is culture a representation of the world or a place to be inhabited? Is literature an ideological plot of the Nation-State or a collective space of experience and experimentation? Regarding Modernity, what has art been for? This course will address these questions by delving into Spanish Modernity, from 1700 to the present. We will explore key literary works and authors' performative interventions in public spaces in relation to main cultural, political, and social currents.

Instructors
Natalia Castro Picón
Advanced Reading and Writing in Spanish (LA)
Subject associations
SPA 307

In SPA 307, students improve their linguistic abilities to become expert readers and writers in Spanish. We study the stylistic and formal features of diverse types of texts, including essays, short stories, memoirs, interviews, news, ephemera, and poetry, and we use these texts as models for our own writing. We engage in multiliteracy exercises designed to draft, edit, rewrite, and critique texts, and to reflect upon norms and expectations within and across academic cultures, as evidenced through texts. By the end of the semester, students bring together form and function to read and write sophisticated pieces. Taught in Spanish.

Instructors
Mariana Bono
Reading Spain in Federico García Lorca's Life and Works (LA)
Subject associations
SPA 323

This course focuses on one of the most renowned and influential Spanish poets of the 20th century - Federico García Lorca. We will examine Lorca's vast corpus of poems and plays to see how they combine experimental aesthetics and popular traditions. We will also study the readings and re-readings of "Lorca" as both an author and a mythical figure, standing for freedom, the defeated Spanish Republic, the historical avant-garde poetry, and gender politics. Among other topics to be discussed are flamenco culture, popular music, surrealism, the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the Spanish Civil War, historical memory and the Francoist mass graves.

Instructors
Germán Labrador Méndez
Junior Seminar: Spanish and Portuguese-Speaking Worlds (LA)
Subject associations
SPA 330 / POR 330

This seminar has been designed to assist SPO majors in the production of their fall JP. With such end, the seminar will be conducted as a writing workshop. The emphasis of the first part of the seminar will be on introducing students to the approaches, critical concepts and tools utilized in cultural studies in the Luso-Hispanic and Latinx world. In the second part of the seminar, students will be expected to write and share their JP-in-progress, as well as comment on their peers' ongoing work. By the end of the semester, students should have completed about eighty percent of their independent work.

Instructors
Christina H. Lee
Pedro Meira Monteiro
Doing Oral History in Spanish: The 'Voces de la Diáspora' Oral History Project (CD)
Subject associations
SPA 364 / LAO 364 / AMS 434

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of oral history. Students will learn the principles and applications of oral history. The class will collaborate with the Historical Society of Princeton and the Princeton Public Library to continue developing the "Voces de la Diáspora" Oral History project, a project partner of "Voices of Princeton". Discussion on readings will be combined with hands-on activities to prepare students for conducting oral history interviews in Spanish.

Instructors
Alberto Bruzos Moro
Art and Violence in Spain and its Empire (LA)
Subject associations
SPA 371 / LAS 361

How do images communicate the pain of others? What made art so troubling that led people to attack it, and to try to regulate it? This course explores the connections between art and violence in Spain and its empire during the early modern period, a period of globalization, religious conflict, and cross-cultural encounter. We will interrogate how did representations of war, martyrdom, and sexual violence affect their viewers and shape their ideologies, and explore the dangerous power of images by focusing on phenomena such as censorship, iconoclasm, and racism.

Instructors
Cloe Cavero de Carondelet
The Skins of the Film: Latin America and the Politics of Touching (CD or LA)
Subject associations
SPA 388 / LAS 358

Film is comprised of multiple surfaces: the screen, the actors, the structure of the darkroom, the mobile devices of the audiovisual present, the bodies that vibrate around us, the actual strip of plastic that records the images... Critics have already broadly debated how film touches us politically and emotionally. This seminar formulates a different question: how do we touch film? In Latin America, the interaction between filmic skins is founded on the relationship between art and politics. We will consider how filmmakers debate the politics of the surface and how spectatorship poses a deeply political problem for the region.

Instructors
Javier E. Guerrero

Portuguese Undergraduate Courses

Introduction to Portuguese I
Subject associations
POR 101

Students will be taught the fundamental skills of oral comprehension, speaking, reading and writing, while gaining exposure to the Portuguese-speaking world through the media, literature, film and the music of Brazil, Portugal and Lusophone Africa.

Instructors
Nicola T. Cooney
Introduction to Portuguese for Spanish Speakers
Subject associations
POR 106

Normally open to students already proficient in Spanish, this course uses that knowledge as a basis for the accelerated learning of Portuguese. Emphasis on the concurrent development of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing skills. The two-semester sequence POR 106-109 is designed to provide in only one year of study a command of the language sufficient for travel and research in Brazil, Portugal, and Lusophone Africa.

Instructors
Nicola T. Cooney
Intermediate Portuguese
Subject associations
POR 107

Students will continue to develop their speaking, reading and writing skills while being exposed to realia related to the Lusophone world, such as daily news, reports, short stories, chronicles, videos, films, critical reviews, etc. Through different communicative genres, students will learn not only the language but also the culture, art and lifestyle of a range of Portuguese-speaking societies.

Instructors
Luis Gonçalves
Intermediate Portuguese for Spanish Speakers
Subject associations
POR 109

A continuation of POR 106. Students will further develop their language skills, especially those of comprehension and oral proficiency, through grammar review, readings, film, and other activities. The two-semester sequence POR 106-109 is designed to give in only one year of study a command of the Portuguese language sufficient for travel and research in Portuguese-speaking countries.

Instructors
Luis Gonçalves
Intensive Portuguese
Subject associations
POR 199

An intensive course designed for students who have fulfilled the language requirement in Spanish or another Romance language. Knowledge of one of these languages provides the basis for the accelerated learning of Portuguese. This one-semester 'crash' course teaches fundamental communication skills--comprehension, speaking, reading and writing--and some exposure to cultural aspects of the Portuguese-speaking world, but does not offer an in-depth study of grammar.

Instructors
Luis Gonçalves
Literatures from the Forest: Amazonian Storytelling, Activism, and Art (LA)
Subject associations
POR 270 / LAS 270

The ancestral home of millions of dwellers, the symbolic space of the Amazon rainforest and its cities has been dominated by colonial thought for almost 500 years. Fortunately, the last few decades have witnessed the emergence of critically engaged Indigenous artists, whose productions provide a decolonizing perspective and create a broader and deeper artistic imagination. This course will critically examine how writers, travelers, and visual artists have imagined and re-imagined Amazonia.

Instructors
Rodrigo Simon de Moraes
Junior Seminar: Spanish and Portuguese-Speaking Worlds (LA)
Subject associations
SPA 330 / POR 330

This seminar has been designed to assist SPO majors in the production of their fall JP. With such end, the seminar will be conducted as a writing workshop. The emphasis of the first part of the seminar will be on introducing students to the approaches, critical concepts and tools utilized in cultural studies in the Luso-Hispanic and Latinx world. In the second part of the seminar, students will be expected to write and share their JP-in-progress, as well as comment on their peers' ongoing work. By the end of the semester, students should have completed about eighty percent of their independent work.

Instructors
Christina H. Lee
Pedro Meira Monteiro