Graduate courses offered in fall 2015

SPAN 524 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

NOTE: two sections will be offered in fall 2015

SECTION 01: MW 1:00-2:15 p.m. (taught by Dr. Regina Roebuck)

SECTION 02: MW 4:00-5:15 p.m. (taught by Dr. Frank Nuessel)

Introduction to basic linguistic concepts, exploration of communicative strategies, and investigation of Hispanic culture and dialectology.

SPAN 599 Special topics (MW 4-5:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Lluís Baixauli-Olmos)

TOPIC: “Introduction to Interpreting.” This course deals with the theoretical and practical foundations of interpreting in community settings, including legal, health, education and social settings. This course provides an overview of the interpreting profession by focusing on the different interpreting modes, professional role and professional ethics, standards of practice, decision-making and dilemma-solving strategies and other tools to help students grasp and practice interpreting.

SPAN 611 Introduction to Methods and Research in Hispanic Studies (Th 5:30-8:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Greg Hutcheson)

An introduction to graduate studies in Spanish. Emphasis on critical approaches to Hispanic studies, scholarly writing in Spanish, and research methods using print and electronic resources. This course must be taken within the first 18 credit hours of graduate studies.

SPAN 624 Topics in Hispanic Linguistics (M 5:30-8:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Frank Nuessel)

TOPIC IN FALL 2015: Spanish Pragmatics

This course will address the topic of pragmatics, defined by David Crystal (A Dictionary of Language. 2001. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. P. 269) as follows:

The study of language from the point of view of the users–especially of the choices made they make, the constraints they encounter in using language in social interaction, and the effects their use of language has on other participants in an act of communication. The study of the principles governing the communicative use of language, especially as encountered in conversations. is sometimes called general pragmatics. The study of verbal interaction in such domains as counselling, medical interviews, language teaching, and judicial sessions where problems of communication are of critical importance is the domain of applied pragmatics.

SPAN 648 The Contemporary Hispanic World (T 5:30-8:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Brenda Ortiz-Loyola)

TOPIC IN FALL 2015:  Narratives of the Cuban Revolution

This course will explore the official representations of the Cuban Revolution in speeches, essays, fictions, and films as well as the alternative versions that developed during the course of the revolution, especially after the fall of the Soviet Union (the Special Period). Particular emphasis is given to the situation of marginal subjects. Tentative readings will include authors such as Miguel Barnet, Jesús Díaz, Reinaldo Arenas, Senel Paz, Pedro Juan Gutiérrez, and Ena Lucía Portela.

SPAN 661 Theory and Practice of Translation (W 5:30-8:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Clare Sullivan)

This course will introduce students to the trends in translation theory from antiquity to the present. Students will also have the opportunity to practice translation in a workshop setting using a variety of texts (literary, legal, commercial, etc.). This course aims to expose students to the challenges a translator faces and to the landscape of the current market.