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Graduate courses offered in fall 2014

SPAN 524 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics (taught by Dr. Frank Nuessel)

NOTE: two sections will be offered in fall 2014

  • SECTION 01: MW 2:00-3:15 p.m.
  • SECTION 02: MW 4:00-5:15 p.m.

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

SPAN 554 Hispanic Culture Through Film and Media (M 5:30-8:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Manuel Medina)

Study of specific/selected issues focusing on the Hispanic cultural mileau; its multiracial values and means of communication as manifested in the visual and print media (film, television, newspapers, documentaries, etc.).

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 (W 5:30-8:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Lisa Wagner)

TOPIC IN FALL 2014: Spanish sociolinguistics. Some of the topics we will cover:  pigeons / creoles; languages in contact (emphasis on English / Spanish); language and identity; bilingual English / Spanish education; language attitudes and ideologies; communities of practice.

SPAN 648 The Contemporary Hispanic World (TTh 4:00-5:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Rhonda Buchanan)

TOPIC IN FALL 2014:  Contemporary Argentine Literature and Culture

This graduate seminar will examine the Argentine literature published during the dictatorship of 1976-1983)  and the narrative fiction published after the return of democracy until the present. A variety of works by representative male and female authors from Buenos Aires and the provinces will be examined within a historical-social-political context, with particular attention to the unifying theme of memory. Argentine films pertaining to this period will also be incorporated in the course. As part of the evaluation process, students will write a critical research paper suitable for presentation at a conference and will present the paper in a session at the end of the semester.

SPAN 661 Theory and Practice of Translation (T 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 665: Scientific, Technical and Medical Translation (T 5:30-8:15 p.m.; taught by Dr. Lluís Baixauli-Olmos and Dr. Mónica Rodríguez)

This course is designed as a theoretical, hands-on introduction to non-literary specialized translation. This course will review key concepts in the practice of translation and will introduce students to high levels of subject matter expertise in scientific and technical translations. Furthermore, the course is presented as a workshop dealing with English-Spanish translation and interpreting tasks for health care settings.  Examples of translation tasks to be covered in the course are excerpts from scientific journals, user’s manuals, specifications and drawings, installation guides, emergency room documentation, patient’s medical history, pharmacology materials, surgery and medical devices. A wide variety of documentation for administrative personnel (e.g., payment terms, insurance, consent forms, etc.) will also be covered during the semester.

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