Course Descriptions

PORT 101 - Elementary Portuguese I
Units: 4
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

Communicative approach.  Recommended for students with no previous experience with Portuguese or any other Romance Language.

PORT 102 - Elementary Portuguese II
Units: 4
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

Communicative approach, emphasis on all language skills.

PORT 199/299/399/499/599/699 - Independent Studies in Portuguese
Units: 1.00 - 4.00
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

To be arranged on an individual basis. See the Department of Spanish and Portuguese for more information.

PORT 210 - Business Portuguese for Beginners: Language and Culture
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring

Business Portuguese is a course for students with previous knowledge of Spanish, who are interested in developing their oral and written skills to participate in Business contexts in Portuguese-speaking countries, especially Brazil. The course makes use of various technological resources to inform individual projects as well as collaborative tasks through synchronous and asynchronous interaction with peers. The course prepares the students to take action in different business-related situations and how to deal with cultural and linguistic differences through the development of intercultural competence. Also, the students will deepen their understanding of Brazilian geography and culture, and will apply contextualized Portuguese structures to develop a collaborative final project on a business topic.

PORT 305A - Portuguese for Spanish Speakers
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Accelerated beginning Portuguese for speakers of Spanish. Taught by communicative approach and contrastive analysiS.

PORT 325A - Intermediate Grammar and Conversation
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

For intermediate students to enhance their linguistic abilities, and develop control of oral communication at advanced level by developing native-like discourse strategies.  Prerequisite(s): PORT 200, 305, or permission from the department.

PORT 325A - Intermediate Grammar and Conversation
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

For intermediate students to enhance their linguistic abilities, to develop control of oral communication at a more advanced level, and to prepare for the transition from language learning to studies in literature, culture and linguistics.

PORT 350 - Readings in the Literary Genres
Units: 3

Introductory course in literary reading and analysis based on texts from contemporary Luso-Brazilian literature.  

PORT 350A - Portuguese for Spanish Speakers
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall

An accelerated course which emphasizes all language skills.  Prerequisites: Native fluency in Spanish or 3 years of college level courses in Spanish or permission from the department.

PORT 397/497 - Portuguese Language and Culture
Units: 6

Offered only in Fortaleza, Brazil.  Recommended: one year of Portuguese or the equivalent. Prerequisite(s): PORT 102, 305, or permission from the department.

PORT 401/501 - Luso-Brazillian Literature- 1900
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

Overview of literary periods and introduction to the major literary figures of Portugal, Brazil and the Luso-African countries (Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and Porto Principe) from the beginning of their literature to 1900.

PORT 403/503 - Contemporary Luso-Brazilian and Lusophone African Literatures: an Introduction
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Spring

Contemporary Luso-Brazilian and Lusophone African Literatures: an Introduction
Through an interdisciplinary approach, the students will be in contact with the contemporary literature produced in Brazil, Portugal and Lusophone Africa.

PORT 425 - Advanced Grammar and Writing
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

This is a composition course for students who control the basic structure of the language and need to develop control of written communication at an advanced level.

PORT 430/530 - Brazilian Civilization
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

Broad survey of Brazilian culture. Thematic examination of some of the major cultural developments. Topics include: Brazilian music, Afro-Brazilian culture, the role of women in Brazilian society, Brazilian popular culture.

PORT 440/540 - Portuguese Phonetics and Phonology
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall

Description of the sounds of Portuguese and its main phonological rules.  Contrastive analysis between Portuguese, English, and Spanish phonetic systems, aiming at improving the non-native speaker pronunciation.  Discussion of dialectal variation

PORT 449/549 - Brazilian Literature in Film
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall

Presentation of the masterpieces of Brazilian literature and the great films based upon them, with emphasis on the contrast between cinema techniques and literary production

PORT 452/552 - Introduction to Portuguese Linguistics
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

This course explores the field of linguistics as it applies to the Portuguese language. The main goal is to investigate the Portuguese language structure (phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics) and aspects of the interaction between language and society in the Portuguese-speaking world.

PORT 463/563 - Topics in Luso-Brazilian literature
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

This course may be repeated for credit when topics vary.  Topics cover theater, poetry, novel, short stories, etc. 

PORT 498 - Senior Capstone
Units: 1.00 - 3.00
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring

A culminating experience for majors involving a substantive project that demonstrates a synthesis of learning accumulated in the major, including broadly comprehensive knowledge of the discipline and its methodologies.  Senior standing required.

SPAN 160D1 - Issues in Latin American Society and Popular Cultures
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring

This interdisciplinary course will examine popular culture as an approach to understanding 19th and 20th century Latin America.

SPAN 101 - Beginning Spanish First Semester Spanish
Units: 4
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

For the student with no previous experience in Spanish

SPAN 102 - Elementary Spanish - Second Semester Spanish
Units: 4
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

This course is a continuation of Spanish 101, for students with one year of previous study of Spanish or by placement exam

SPAN 103 - Oral Skills for Heritage Learners of Spanish
Units: 4
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

For students who have receptive skills in Spanish, but who encounter difficulty speaking. It focuses on developing fluent conversation and listening skills in a positive and culturally rich environment. It also covers basic grammar structures.

SPAN 125 - Basic Spanish for Healthcare Professionals
Units: 4
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring

Students interested in pursuing a degree in a health-related field, in their professions and during preparation for these professions, often come in contact with Spanish-speaking persons in their professional settings. Multicultural interactions in healthcare contexts have the potential of leading to miscommunication, with possible serious and even life-threatening consequences. This course is designed for students interested in building a foundation of basic oral proficiency in Spanish. It focuses on medical and healthcare terminology in Spanish, Hispanic cultures, and grammatical structures that will help pre-health undergraduates and health professionals better interact with patients who speak little English. The course will include everyday situations in which students will be requested to greet patients and family, establish rapport, conduct a clinical interview, and give recommendations on medications.

SPAN 150B1 - Latina/o Stories
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall, Spring

This course introduces students to the nationally, linguistically, geographically, culturally, and ethnically diverse Latina/o experience in the United States through exploring Latina/o stories. Students will analyze a wide variety of cultural texts including short stories, poems, novels, films, and television in order to examine the transnational heritages embedded within the broad category encompassed by the term "Latina/o" and discuss how this heritage impacts Latina/o culture specifically and the United States in general today. These texts explore a wide-range of themes, from race relations to migrant identities to gender norms, in a variety of contexts including family, education, politics, and popular culture.

 

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