Graduate Courses

PORT 696M - Gender, Sexuality, and International Migration
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring

The course examines sexuality as the site where multiple concerns about international migration (including social, cultural, political, economic and national) are expressed and contested, in the context of globalization and transnationalism.

SPAN 501 - Introduction to Hispanic Studies
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Spring

Broad view of fields of research, faculty and courses to familiarize students with some practical aspects of graduate studies, issues that pertain to specific fields of research and questions currently being debated across the profession.

SPAN 510 - Development of Spanish Medieval, Renaissance, and Golden Age Literature
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring

Spanish medieval, renaissance, and golden age literature (short fiction, poetry, novel and drama) from the twelfth through the seventeenth century.

SPAN 511 - Topics in Medieval Literature, Renaissance, and Golden Age Literature
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring

Representative topics include the development of lyric verse; Mester de Clerecia, art of the Juggler; the Romancero; the development of prose; renaissance and baroque prose or verse; Cervantes; Golden Age drama; picaresque novel.

SPAN 521 - Topics in 18th, 19th, 20th & 21st Century Spanish Literature
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring

Representative topics include Spanish romanticism; 19th century realist and naturalist Spanish prose; the generation of '98; modern Spanish prose fiction; modern Spanish Poetry; the contemporary novel of the post-franco era; modern and contemporary Spanish theater.

SPAN 531 - Topics in Spanish-American Literature: Pre-Columbian Period to Independence
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring

Representative topics include pre-Columbian Aztec, Mayan, and Maya-Quiche literature; the chronicle; Renaissance and baroque poetry.

SPAN 541 - Topics in Spanish-American Nineteenth, Twentieth & Twenty-First Cent. Literature
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring

Representative topics include: nineteenth-century Hispanic-American prose fiction; modernismo; modern Hispanic-American prose fiction; modern Hispanic-American poetry; contemporary Hispanic-American prose fiction; contemporary Hispanic-American poetry; modern and contemporary Hispanic-American theater; trends in the Hispanic-American short story.

SPAN 551 - Topics in Mexican and Mexican-American Literatur
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring

Representative topics include: novel of the Mexican revolution; trends in Mexican and Mexican-American films; trends in contemporary Mexican literature; Mexican American prose fiction since 1965; trends in Mexican-American theater; major movements and authors of Mexican-American literature.

SPAN 561 - Topics in Hispanic Literature
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring

Representative topics include Hispanic women writers; U. S. Hispanic literature; trends in modern and contemporary Spanish film; trends in modern and contemporary Hispanic American film.

SPAN 574A - Language in the Mexican-American experience
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

This introductory course focuses on the role of language in the development of Mexican-American experiences in the Southwest. In particular, it focuses on the Mexican American language experience in the borderlands of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Some of the topics included in this course are: bilingualism, language attitudes, prestige, pride, and identity as well as other linguistic issues related to Spanish in the Southwest.

SPAN 574B - Heritage Language Research
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

This course provides graduate students with an opportunity to explore main issues and theories in  the field of heritage languages from different perspectives and prepare them to conduct research in this field. Some of the topics included in the course include: heritage language populations and communities, language policies and ideologies, heritage language competence and development, and heritage language pedagogues. Emphasis will be placed on Spanish as a heritage language in the United States but other heritage languages will also be covered.

SPAN 574B - Heritage Language Research
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring

This course provides graduate students with an opportunity to explore main issues and theories in  the field of heritage languages from different perspectives and prepare them to conduct research in this field. Some of the topics included in the course include: heritage language populations and communities, language policies and ideologies, heritage language competence and development, and heritage language pedagogues. Emphasis will be placed on Spanish as a heritage language in the United States but other heritage languages will also be covered.

SPAN 579 - Second/Foreign Language Teaching and Learning
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
SPAN 580A - Spanish Phonology I
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring

This course is an overview of the phonological system of Spanish and some of the analyses proposed by generative phonology. It covers alternative accounts of the same phenomenon with the goal of introducing the student to phonological analysis and to advances made by various theories in trying to account for the facts in various dialects of Spanish. Given the need for a strong foundation and mastery of concepts and tools of phonological theory, a significant part of the course will be devoted to introducing students to them. The second part of the course focuses on the application of those tools and concepts to the phonological system of Spanish on the basis of extant analyses. A sound knowledge of the descriptive facts about the phonology of Spanish is assumed.

SPAN 580A - Spanish Phonology I
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

This course is an overview of the phonological system of Spanish and some of the analyses proposed by generative phonology. It covers alternative accounts of the same phenomenon with the goal of introducing the student to phonological analysis and to advances made by various theories in trying to account for the facts in various dialects of Spanish. Given the need for a strong foundation and mastery of concepts and tools of phonological theory, a significant part of the course will be devoted to introducing students to them. The second part of the course focuses on the application of those tools and concepts to the phonological system of Spanish on the basis of extant analyses. A sound knowledge of the descriptive facts about the phonology of Spanish is assumed.

SPAN 580B - Spanish Phonology II
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring

This course continues the study of the generative analysis of the phonological system of Spanish started in Spanish phonology I. SPAN 580 (Spanish Phonology II) reviews recent analyses of important phonological processes of Spanish, highlighting advances, difficulties and unresolved theoretical and empirical issues. The course aims to provide students with: (a) the knowledge and resources necessary to read and critique/analyze generative analyses of the phonological system of Spanish; (b) a general understanding of major theoretical models of phonology through their application to Spanish; (c) a general understanding of the challenges presented by Spanish to modern linguistic analysis, as well as the ability to formulate research questions. Students who wish to enroll in the course are required to have a sound knowledge of the descriptive facts of the phonology of Spanish and of major concepts/tools of generative phonology.

SPAN 580B - Spanish Phonology II
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

This course continues the study of the generative analysis of the phonological system of Spanish started in Spanish phonology I. SPAN 580 (Spanish Phonology II) reviews recent analyses of important phonological processes of Spanish, highlighting advances, difficulties and unresolved theoretical and empirical issues. The course aims to provide students with: (a) the knowledge and resources necessary to read and critique/analyze generative analyses of the phonological system of Spanish; (b) a general understanding of major theoretical models of phonology through their application to Spanish; (c) a general understanding of the challenges presented by Spanish to modern linguistic analysis, as well as the ability to formulate research questions. Students who wish to enroll in the course are required to have a sound knowledge of the descriptive facts of the phonology of Spanish and of major concepts/tools of generative phonology.

SPAN 580C - Spanish Phonology III
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

The course offers guided instruction in the production of original research in Spanish phonology. The course assumes the possession of a solid knowledge of the current literature, of alternative frameworks, and the ability to read independently, understand and critically read phonological analyses.

SPAN 581A - Foreign Language Teaching Theory and Methodology
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall

The goal of this course is to systematically examine methods, approaches, techniques and activities for the teaching of foreign languages and its use in the classroom. It will include an overview of learner strategies and cooperative learning, the use and adaptation of textbooks, and some of the journals available in the field. Participants will be introduced to second language acquisition theories, course design, lesson planning and testing, and have experience creating a cohesive instructional unit.

SPAN 581A - Foreign Language Teaching Theory and Methodology
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

The goal of this course is to systematically examine methods, approaches, techniques and activities for the teaching of foreign languages and its use in the classroom. It will include an overview of learner strategies and cooperative learning, the use and adaptation of textbooks, and some of the journals available in the field. Participants will be introduced to second language acquisition theories, course design, lesson planning and testing, and have experience creating a cohesive instructional unit.

SPAN 581B - Heritage Language Pedagogy
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring

This course serves as an introduction to the  main theories and practices in the field of Spanish as a Heritage Language (SHL) education. The course will begin by defining the field and SHL learners and will address issues related to the goals of SHL instruction and methods available for its teaching, sociolinguistics processes common in SHL students¿ Spanish and the sociopolitical position of Spanish in the US.  This course incorporates a practical component of classroom observation and lesson and activity planning to prepare future teachers for effective SHL teaching practices.

SPAN 581B - Heritage language pedagogy
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

This course serves as an introduction to the  main theories and practices in the field of Spanish as a Heritage Language (SHL) education. The course will begin by defining the field and SHL learners and will address issues related to the goals of SHL instruction and methods available for its teaching, sociolinguistics processes common in SHL students¿ Spanish and the sociopolitical position of Spanish in the US.  This course incorporates a practical component of classroom observation and lesson and activity planning to prepare future teachers for effective SHL teaching practices.

SPAN 581C - Online Course Design for Advanced Language Courses
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring

Online Course Design for Advanced Language Courses is a course that provides language instructors with a foundation in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) theory and best practices for online language course design.  Through this course, students will become familiar with publications on digital pedagogy theory, be introduced to Quality Matters (QM) online design standards, and create online shells for advanced language courses, including the fields of linguistics and literature.  The course will provide students with the opportunity to experience the digital classroom and, based on that experience, evaluate crucial content/design components of online FL courses. The capstone project requires each student to create and present their own online Spanish language course that complies with the QM rubric.

SPAN 582A - Spanish Syntax I
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring

This course involves an examination of the methods and argumentation used in syntactic analysis, both from a general point of view and from the perspective of generative grammar. Emphasis is placed on analyzing language data, on constructing and evaluating syntactic argumentation, and on understanding the Principles & Parameters approach to the study of sentence structure. Secondarily, this course is also an introduction to scientific theorizing: what it means to construct a scientific theory, how to test a scientific theory, how to choose among competing theories. Linguistic data will be drawn from Spanish.

SPAN 582A - Spanish Syntax I
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

This course involves an examination of the methods and argumentation used in syntactic analysis, both from a general point of view and from the perspective of generative grammar. Emphasis is placed on analyzing language data, on constructing and evaluating syntactic argumentation, and on understanding the Principles & Parameters approach to the study of sentence structure. Secondarily, this course is also an introduction to scientific theorizing: what it means to construct a scientific theory, how to test a scientific theory, how to choose among competing theories. Linguistic data will be drawn from Spanish.

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