Graduate courses offered in fall 2013
SPAN 522 Spanish Phonetics (MW 2:00-3:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Lisa Wagner)
Introductory analysis of and practice in the Spanish sound system. (Prerequisite: Spanish 524 recommended.)
SPAN 524 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
NOTE: two sections will be offered in fall 2013:
SECTION 01: MW 4:00-5:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Frank Nuessel
SECTION 02: MW 1:00-2:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Regina Roebuck
Introduction to basic linguistic concepts, exploration of communicative strategies, and investigation of Hispanic culture and dialectology.
SPAN 599 Special Topics: “Faith and Culture in Latin America” (W 5:30-8:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Manuel Medina)
The course will explore the representation of Culture by Latin American and US Latino authors and artists. The class will use a cultural studies theoretical framework to study the wide diversity of belief systems present in Latin America. It will study global religions (e.g, Christianity, Islamic, Judaism) concentrating on more localized manifestations and religious practices such as syncretism, Afro-Hispanic (including Brasil). The introductory section will deal with pre-Columbian religions and it will trace their evolution and cultural adaptation through the centuries. The students will examine different cultural artifacts such as visual art (popular and high culture), literature, film, documentaries, websites, music, and mass media. Class participants will read a representative selection of articles related to religion and its connection to the fields of the humanities and the social studies. The class will concentrate on texts published since the mid-20th century but it will include works published during colonial times. Students will deliver an oral presentation, submit a final paper and take two exams. Weekly homework will be assigned.
SPAN 611 Introduction to Methods and Research in Hispanic Studies (Th 4:30-7:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Mary Makris)
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 661 Theory and Practice of Translation (M 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.
SPAN 667 Computers in Translation (Th 5:30-8:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Mónica Rodríguez)
This course is designed as a theoretical and hands-on introduction to computer-assisted (CAT) tools. CAT tools are commonly used in the language industry to support multiple tasks in the translation process such as project management, technical writing, editing, proofreading, terminology management and desktop publishing. This course will introduce students to the concepts of machine translation (MT), translation memory management, term-base management, and localization management. Basic HTML and XML principles will be presented during the semester, and corpora tools will be introduced.
Students will be introduced to major translation software commonly used in the language industry to perform translation tasks.
PREREQUISITE: SPAN 661/TRPR 661 and SPAN 662/TRPR 662 or consent of instructor. Note: Crosslisted with TRPR 667.