Graduate courses offered in spring 2017

SPAN 524 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics (TTh 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Regina Roebuck)

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

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

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Intensive study of a particular topic relating to language use and/or interaction ( e.g., Semiotics, sociopragmatics, discourse analysis, classroom interaction, language pedagogy.)

TOPIC IN SPRING 2017: “Spanish Applied Linguistics.” This course will be given in Spanish. It will address linguistics applied to the teaching of Spanish. Class participation grades depend upon the quality of the in-class discussion of materials and the responses to the linguistic exercises in the class each week. There will be a term project and an oral presentation. 

SPAN 648 Hispanic Cultural Studies (M 5:30-8:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Manuel Medina)

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Study of the social construction of values, ideas, and belief systems in the Hispanic world.

TOPIC IN SPRING 2017: Imagining México: from Past to Future

This course will explore how Mexican cultural productions have contributed to the establishment of Mexican national identities. The class will use a cultural studies approach to study the trends and tendencies among artists throughout the centuries. It will concentrate on how the social, political, and economic conditions have affected and influenced ideologies of cultural producers. We will discuss topics such as the following: la esencialización, el milagro mexicano, las insurgencias de campesinos y grupos indígenas, la religión y el sincretismo, los derechos de la mujer, el rol de los grupos LGBT, el PRI, las relaciones con los Estados Unidos y la migración

We will analyze works from authors representing a myriad of voices from mainstream and popular cultures.  The students will get a more complete view of the national cultural spectrum. Class members will analyze samples of both high and popular culture such as visual art, literature, films, documentaries, music, and mass media. The weekly assignments will concentrate on works that have appeared since the mid-20th century. In addition we will read excerpts from the classical masterpieces published since colonial times. The class will also examine Mexican-American and Chicano cultural productions. 

Students will deliver an oral presentation, submit a final paper, and take two exams. Weekly homework will be assigned.

SPAN 664 Literary and Cultural Translation (W 5:30-8:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Clare Sullivan)

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Exploration of the theoretical underpinnings of translation and culture, followed by work on practical matters of literary translation in a workshop setting.

Have you ever watched a movie with subtitles and thought “I can get that right!”? Do you harbor a secret plan to translate one of your favorite works to share with family and friends? SPAN 664 will provide you with some of the technical skills and theoretical know-how to take on a cultural and literary translation project. Each student will have the opportunity to carry out his or her own in-depth project for possible publication.

PREREQUISITE: SPAN 661 (TRPR 661) or consent of instructor.

SPAN 667/TRPR 667 Computers in Translation (Th 5:30-8:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Lluís Baixauli Olmos)

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Intensive practice applying techniques of computer-assisted translation to the translation of a variety of subjects and text types.

IN SPRING 2017: We will translate a videogame and other types of texts using the most widely used computer-assisted translation tool (SDL Trados). Students will also take professional certification exams and undertake quasi-professional translation assignments.

PREREQUISITE: SPAN 661/TRPR 661 or consent of instructor.