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Lower Division

SPAN 105. Spanish Level I (4). Direct approach: listening and speaking. Pronunciation, intensive oral practice in short natural dialogues, activities; reading, writing. For those who have never been introduced to formal study. Conducted in Spanish. [Does not meet lower division GE requirements. Coreq: SPAN 110.]

SPAN 106. Spanish Level II (4). Continues SPAN 105. Language as a communicative medium and carrier of culture. Films, Spanish-language TV, and readings strengthen listening/reading performance and expose to Hispanic life/culture. Conducted in Spanish. [Prereq: SPAN 105. Coreq: SPAN 110. GE.]

SPAN 107. Spanish Level III (4). Review grammar; develop understanding, speaking, reading, writing, knowledge of Spanish/Latin American culture. Readings, presentations. Language as communicative medium and carrier of culture. Conducted in Spanish. [Prereq: SPAN 106. Coreq: SPAN 110. DCG-n. GE.]

SPAN 108. Level III for Spanish Speakers (4). Parallels 107. Emphasis: Spanish spoken by US Hispanic community as communicative medium and carrier of culture. [Prereq: near-native speak- ing ability in Spanish, confirmed by personal interview with instructor. GE.]

SPAN 110. Spanish Language Laboratory (1). Must be taken with first and second year language courses. Students use computers and technology to expand coursework, carry our investigations, do research and practice oral and aural language skills. [Rep three times per dept. CR/NC. Coreq: SPAN 105, 106, 107 or 207.]

SPAN 207. Spanish Level IV (4). Review grammar. Develop four fundamental skills. Read short stories, poems, plays for conversation, composition, vocabulary. Conducted in Spanish. [Prereq: SPAN 107. Coreq: SPAN 110.]

SPAN 208. Level IV for Spanish Speakers (4). Parallels 207. Composition, advanced reading comprehension, standard vs. vernacular usages, contrasting Hispanic cultures. [Prereq: SPAN 108; near-native speaking ability in Spanish, confirmed by personal interview with instructor.]

SPAN 250. Intermediate Spanish Conversation (1-4). Everyday language, including idioms, gestures, context-specific vocabulary. Conversation topics chosen from newspapers, text, video. [Prereq: SPAN 106 or IA. Rep.]

SPAN 251. Spanish Conversation: Professional Subjects (4). Specific conversation areas: foreign service, health work, legal and social work, business, etc. [CR/NC.]

SPAN 260. Spanish Writing Workshop (4). Small groups and individualized lab sections. [CR/NC.]

SPAN 280. Lower Division Weekend Retreat/ Seminar (1-4). Language retreat or seminar with guest lecturer; typically offered on weekend; culminates in project or report. Or lab for which times of required attendance are self-determined. [Prereq: completed Spanish level II or IA. Rep.]

SPAN 285. Mexico Today (4). Analyze/interpret present-day Mexico. Visit museums and cultural and archaeological sites; exhibitions and art performances; cultural, civic, and political events. Selected readings. [CR/NC. Prereq: SPAN 106 or IA. Rep.]

Upper Division

SPAN306/FREN306/GERM306/WS 306. Sex, Class, & Culture: Gender & Ethnic Issues in International Short Stories (3). Gender and ethnic issues in French, German, and Spanish short stories by and about women. Readings, lectures, and discussions entirely in English. [Rep. DCG-n. GE.]

SPAN 311. Spanish Level V, Advanced Grammar & Composition (4). Contemporary gram- matical analysis/terminology; contrasts within the Spanish language; contrasts/relationships between English and Spanish. Current idiomatic and formal usage in both oral and written language. [Prereq: SPAN 207, its equivalent, or IA.]

SPAN 340. Introduction to the Analysis of Hispanic Literature (4). Relation to literary problems in general. Functions and elements, literary periods, genres, trends, movements; historical context. Required of majors prior to any upper division literature courses. [Prereq: SPAN 207 or IA.]

SPAN 342. Cervantes (4). Don Quixote and/or Cervantes' other works. His development as man and writer within the frame-work of his time. [Prereq: SPAN 340 or IA.]

SPAN 343. The Golden Age (4). Spain's greatest period of original literature: picaresque novel flourished; modern novel emerged; dramas of intrigue, history, morals, and sentiment entertained/educated the public; poetry evolved complicated forms with conceptismo and culteranismo. Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, Calderon, Quevedo, Gongora, others. [Prereq: SPAN 340 or IA.]

SPAN 344. Modern Hispanic Theater Workshop (4). Analyze plays by most important dramatists of 20th century: Lorca, Buero Vallejo, Sastre; avant-garde playwrights such as Arrabal in Spain and Solorzano, Usigli, Villarrutia, and Gorostiza in Latin America. Authors vary. Produce and stage a play (or meaningful parts of different plays). [Prereq: SPAN 340 or IA.]

SPAN 345. Hispanic Cinema (4). Films of past 50 years, both as art medium and document of changing society. New generation of film makers/directors. When possible, study relationship between literary work and its film adaptation. [Prereq: SPAN 340 or IA.]

SPAN 346. Borges & the Contemporary Spanish American Short Story (4). Borges' short stories as pre-texts of Spanish American modern narrative literatures. May include works from Cortazar, Rulfo, Valenzuela, Lynch, others. [Prereq: SPAN 340 or IA.]

SPAN 347. The "Boom" of the Latin American Novel (4). Magic realism; the fantastic; self-conscious fiction. Garcia Marquez, Vargas Llosa, Fuentes, Sabato. Innovative structure, mass media techniques, linguistic play. [Prereq: SPAN 340 or IA.]

SPAN 348. Contemporary Hispanic Poetry (4). Vanguard movements in poetry; their relation to film, music, art. Garcia Lorca, Miguel Hernandez, Octavio Paz, Pablo Neruda, Nicolas Guillen, others. Conflict between poetry and political commitment. Varied, complex voices of Spain, Latin America. [Prereq: SPAN 340 or IA.]

SPAN 349. Contemporary Spanish Novel (4). Tremendismo, behaviorism, alienation, ironic and social realism. Cela, Delibes, Martin Santos, Ferlosio. Relationship between the novel and political/ social conditions; problem of censorship. [Prereq: SPAN 340 or IA.]

SPAN 401. Hispanic Civilization: Spain (4). Social, political, and cultural evolution from origins of Spanish nation to present day. [Prereq: SPAN 207 or IA.]

SPAN 402. Hispanic Civilization: Latin America (4). Chronological presentation of culture, pre-Colombian to present day. [Prereq: SPAN 207 or IA.]

SPAN 435. Spanish Applied Linguistics (4). Ele- mentary principles of linguistics; their application to Spanish. Difficulties of syntax, morphology, and phonology from an English-speaker's point of view. [Prereq: SPAN 311 or IA.]

SPAN 450. Threads of Communication (3). Development and histories of quilting, embroidery, and weaving in North, Central, and South America. How women communicate personal/community concerns and sentiments through fibers. Lecture and practice.

SPAN 480. Undergraduate Seminar (1-4). Topic pertaining to literature, language, or culture of either Spain or Latin America. Past topics: music of Spain, Middle Ages, problems of translation. [Prereq: SPAN 340 or IA. Rep.]

SPAN 492. Senior Project (4). Research paper treating a topic related to language, literature, or culture. Individual guidance by faculty member. Required for degree in Spanish. [Prereq: senior standing.]

SPAN 495. Oaxaca Field Research Project (4). During last four weeks of Oaxaca program, carry out field research project on topic of personal interest. Present outline for approval as part of application process. [Prereq: SPAN 106 or IA. Rep.]

SPAN 499. Directed Study (1-4). Hours TBA. [Rep.]