Spanish Courses

 

Winter 2019/20

Winter 2019

SPAN101 Beginners' Spanish I Sections

Fundamentals of the Spanish language. Communicate with basic vocabulary in common tasks and situations related to present and future events. Aligned with CEFR level A1 objectives.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer" style="accordion-style1"] Beginners' Spanish I Spanish 101 introduces students to the fundamentals of the Spanish language while involving them in personalized activities that require interactive communication.  Students discuss and describe everyday activities within the context of common tasks and situations (the first day of classes, talking on the phone, looking for work, going to a party, weekend activities, etc.).  The course includes group interaction and grammatical explanations. Evaluation is based on demonstrated proficiency in the use of pertinent vocabulary and basic structures by means of self-expression (oral and written) and functional translation. The course also attempts to promote cultural awareness. Spanish 101 is a 3-credit course for beginners.  To receive credits for this course, students who enrol in it are presumed to have no previous knowledge of the language. Required text and Online Workbook: ¿Cómo se dice...? UBC Custom Edition (10th ed.), with eSAM\iLrn online workbook, Jarvis, Heinle 2013. Prerequisite:...
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SPAN102 Beginners' Spanish II Sections

Continuation of foundational elements of the language. Communicate using essential vocabulary in common tasks and situations related to past, present and future events. Aligned with CEFR level A1 objectives.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer" style="accordion-style1"] Beginners Spanish II Spanish 102 builds upon the skills acquired in Spanish 101.  It involves students in interactive communication while introducing them to language structures of increased complexity.  Students report and describe past events and express subjunctive notions such as volition and emotion within the context of common tasks (planeando vacaciones, pidiendo información, buscando vivienda, haciendo las compras, etc.).  The course includes group interaction and grammatical explanations. Evaluation is based on demonstrated proficiency in the use of pertinent vocabulary and structures by means of self-expression (oral and written) and functional translation. The course also attempts to promote cultural awareness. Required text and Online Workbook: ¿Cómo se dice...?  UBC Custom Edition (10th ed.), with eSAM\iLrn online workbook, Jarvis, Heinle 2013. Prerequisite: SPAN 101 or equivalent Note: Spanish 102 is a 3-credit course.  It is absolutely not recommended that students with Grade 11 Spanish take Spanish 102 without taking Spanish 101...
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SPAN201 Elementary Spanish I Sections

Expansion of fundamentals. Enhanced ability to exchange information, discuss the past and future, and express wishes, hopes and feelings in common personal and social contexts. Aligned with CEFR level A1-A2 objectives.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer" style="accordion-style1"] Intermediate Spanish I This course reviews the fundamentals of the language while involving learners in interactive communication and in the development of their reading and writing skills. Students demonstrate fluency discussing everyday activities, competence in reporting and describing past events, and proficiency expressing subjunctive notions of volition, emotion and doubt within the context of topical tasks and situations. Students can expect grammatical explanations and active participation in group interaction. Evaluation is based on demonstrated proficiency in the use of pertinent vocabulary and structures by means of self-expression (oral and written) and functional translation. The course also attempts to promote cultural awareness. Classes are conducted primarily in Spanish. Spanish 201 is a 3-credit course. Required text: Ana C. Jarvis, Continuemos package, 8th ed. (Continuemos text, iLrn Printed Access Code, Larousse Pocket Spanish/English Dictionary), Cengage, 2013.

Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or equivalent; or B standing in Grade 11 Spanish, but students...
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SPAN202 Elementary Spanish II Sections

Expansion of fundamental notions and presentation of more elaborate structures in a variety of tenses and modes. Communicate to explore Hispanic culture and to hypothesize about present and past situations. Aligned with CEFR level A2 objectives.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer" style="accordion-style1"] Intermediate Spanish II Spanish 202 is the continuation of Spanish 201. The course proceeds with the introduction of language structures of increased complexity while requiring learners to engage in interactive communication. This course includes group interaction and the discussion (oral and written) of selected readings. A film will be shown in class. Evaluation is based on demonstrated proficiency in the use of pertinent vocabulary and structures by means of self-expression (oral and written) and functional translation. The course also attempts to promote cultural awareness. Classes are conducted in Spanish. Spanish 202 is a 3-credit course. Required text: Ana C. Jarvis, Continuemos package, 8th ed. (Continuemos text, iLrn Printed Access Code, Larousse Pocket Spanish/English Dictionary), Cengage, 2013. Prerequisite: SPAN 201 or equivalent Note: SPAN 202 satisfies the language requirement for the Faculty of Arts.  Students with Grade 12 Spanish are normally not given credits for this course; exceptions are possible, but they...
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SPAN206 Conversational Spanish I Sections

Emphasizes communication skills through discussion, debate, and presentations; developing oral fluency and listening comprehension, through discussion of written texts and films. May include experiential learning projects involving native speakers from the Hispanic community.

Conversational Spanish I Spanish 206 is designed to enhance communication skills and provide additional practice to improve oral expression and comprehension and reading and writing skills, while increasing awareness of Hispanic culture and community engagement through community projects and interaction with guests from the Hispanic community. It is geared towards students who already have a good general knowledge of grammar and a certain ability to express themselves orally but want to improve (after Spanish 202 or with instructor permission). Students are expected to participate in discussions, debates and interactive presentations. Grammar will not be studied systematically, but a review of the most important aspects of it will be covered through oral practice exercises. Please note that Spanish 206 does not require the purchase of any textbook; all audiovisual materials, written articles and exercises are available on line through the course webpage. Evaluation is based on demonstrated proficiency in oral and written communication. Some students register...
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SPAN207 Conversational Spanish II Sections

Builds on communication skills through discussion, debate, and presentations; exploration of cultural topics through discussion of written texts and other media. May include experiential learning projects involving native speakers from the Hispanic community.

Instructor(s): Carbonetti, Maria
Conversational Spanish II This course is a continuation of Spanish 206 (prerequisite or if the student has an equivalent proficiency with instructor permission) and follows the same format. It is designed to enhance communication skills and provide additional practice to improve oral expression and comprehension and reading and writing skills, while increasing awareness of Hispanic culture and community engagement through projects and interaction with guests from the Hispanic community. To know more about community projects, visit our site Spanish for Community. It is geared toward students who already have a good general knowledge of grammar and a certain ability to express themselves orally but want to improve. Students are expected to participate in discussions, debates and interactive presentations. Grammar will not be studied systematically, but a review of the most important aspects of it will be covered through oral practice exercises. Please note that Span 207 does not require...
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SPAN221 Introduction to Hispanic Literature Sections

Major texts, authors, periods, and genres of Hispanic literature; key concepts, terminology, and practices of literary analysis that serve as a foundation for higher-level Spanish literature courses.

Introduction to Hispanic Literature DESCRIPCION El curso es una introducción al análisis literario de textos hispánicos.  Es, asimismo, una introducción básica a algunas obras y autores relevantes teniendo en cuenta el contexto socio-histórico y cultural en el que se inscriben. OBJETIVOS Los objetivos del curso son: adquirir los conocimientos, técnicas y destrezas esenciales que permitan comprender y analizar un texto de procedencia y periodos diversos; desarrollar una interpretación crítica y razonada de esos textos; expresar en español el análisis e interpretación personal del texto, tanto en forma escrita como oral y que, en lo posible, se haga de manera ordenada, fluida, clara, precisa y correcta; conocer algunos de los representantes y obras más destacadas de la historia de la prosa y el teatro hispanos, así como las directrices históricas, políticas, sociales y culturales en las que se enraízan sus textos. Texto obligatorio: Virgillo et al. Aproximaciones al estudio de la literatura hispánica. 7th Ed. McGraw-Hill. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 Note: This course is required for the Major and...
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SPAN222 Introduction to Hispanic Culture Sections

Media, figures, periods, and genres of Hispanic culture; key concepts, theories, and practices of cultural analysis that serve as a foundation for higher-level Spanish culture courses.

Hispanic Cultural Expressions Culture is a central aspect of who we are, how we think, and what we believe as individuals and as part of broader “glocal” (global and local) communities. In this course, students will grapple with ways of expressing culture in a Hispanic context and beyond through the critical analysis of key figures – J. Balvin, Frida Kahlo, Guillermo del Toro – contexts, and cultural genres (music, comics, film, art, and graffiti). Students will learn and apply to cultural expressions specific concepts, theories, and practices of cultural analysis, and, in this way, develop a capacity to read, view, and examine texts verbally and in writing in Spanish. Required text All course materials will be available on Connect or online. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 Note: Not available for credit toward the Major or Minor in Spanish. Language of Instruction: Spanish Course Registration
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SPAN280 Revolution! (in English) Sections

Concepts, theories, and practice of protest, revolt, and revolution in the Hispanic world, highlighting the intersection of politics and culture through novels, poetry, letters, diaries, and/or historical accounts of specific revolutionary uprisings.

Unfinished Revolutions (in English) Revolutions challenge the status quo. Revolutionary leaders think differently. They imagine change in times of conflict. Span 280 is an introduction to major icons, concepts, practices, and discourses of revolt and revolution from 1910-today. We will read first-hand accounts of “unfinished” revolutions written by and about some of the most prevalent rebel leaders and thinkers – Pancho Villa, Che Guevara, Gioconda Belli, the rebel formerly known as Subcomandante Marcos and Hugo Chávez, among others – and pinpoint key moments of success and (dare we say) failure in each of the movements studied. The course will also focus on the intersections of literary, political, and cultural production (music, art, graffiti, and film) in Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. Required texts Gioconda Belli, The Country Under My Skin. Coursepack Prerequisite: None Language of Instruction: English Course Registration
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SPAN301 Intermediate Spanish I Sections

Complex grammatical structures in context to enhance proficiency. Explores relevant cultural topics through reading, writing, and discussion. Aligned with CEFR level B1 objectives.

Advanced Spanish I SPAN 301: Advanced Spanish I, es un curso para estudiantes intermedios en el que se profundizan las habilidades lingüísticas hacia un nivel intermedio avanzado. Es la continuación de SPAN 202, SPAN 207 o para estudiantes de un nivel equivalente con permiso del instructor.  SPAN 301: Advanced Spanish I también puede cursarse concurrentemente con SPAN 206. El objetivo del curso es que los estudiantes amplíen y profundicen sus habilidades comunicativas,  (oralidad, escritura y audición) así como también la reflexión lingüística través del estudio de la gramática en contexto.  El curso enfatiza el reconocimiento de la diversidad social y cultural del mundo hispano a partir de la exposición de los estudiantes a la lectura de textos literarios y no literarios,  el arte y expresiones audiovisuales. El curso incluye lecturas, análisis de textos, composiciones originales, ejercicios gramaticales y de contraste inglés/español, discusiones y debates en los que los estudiantes deberán demostrar no solamente...
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SPAN302 Intermediate Spanish II Sections

Expansion of and reflection on the use of complex grammatical structures in context to broaden lexical repertoire. Enhances proficiency through reading, writing, and discussion of relevant cultural topics. Aligned with CEFR level B1 objectives.

Advanced Spanish II SPAN 302: Advanced Spanish II, es un curso para estudiantes intermedio-avanzados en el que se profundizan las habilidades lingüísticas hacia un nivel  avanzado. Es la continuación de SPAN 301 o para estudiantes de un nivel equivalente con permiso del instructor.  SPAN 302: Advanced Spanish II también puede cursarse concurrentemente con SPAN 207. El objetivo del curso es que los estudiantes amplíen y profundicen sus habilidades comunicativas,  (oralidad, escritura y audición) así como también la reflexión lingüística través del estudio de la gramática en contexto.  El curso enfatiza el reconocimiento de la diversidad social y cultural del mundo hispano a partir de la exposición de los estudiantes a la lectura de textos literarios y no literarios,  el arte y expresiones audiovisuales. El curso incluye lecturas, análisis de textos, composiciones originales, ejercicios gramaticales y de contraste inglés/español, discusiones y debates en los que los estudiantes deberán demostrar no solamente su progreso lingüístico...
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SPAN308 Spanish for Business Sections

Language of commerce, finance, marketing, and economics. Competence in business practices of the Hispanic world.

Instructor(s): Alvarez-Moreno, Raúl
Spanish for Business SPAN 308 provides students with a working foundation of business-related language and discourse about commerce, finance, marketing, and economics. You will learn the basic tools to carry out day-to-day negotiations, write business documents and become competent in the cultural professional practices of the Spanish-speaking world. In addition to the 21 Spanish-speaking countries studied throughout the course, we will also take into account the growing importance of Brazil, North American Latino regions, trade agreements in North and South American commerce, and the European Union. The course is taught in Spanish and students will use a variety of instructional resources such as textbook, videos, magazines, on-line real newspapers, digital media files, and guest speakers. The class will emphasize teamwork. Prerequisite: One of SPAN 207, SPAN 302. (Or successful completion of an assessment interview or language placement exam). Please, contact the instructor at raul.alvarez-moreno@ubc.ca. Required readings: Michael Scott Doyle, T. Bruce Fryer, and...
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SPAN312B Hopscotch: Topics in Hispanic Literature (in English) - HISPANIC LIT Sections

Spain and Latin America's contributions to global culture through popular Hispanic literature in translation.

Instructor(s): Lagresa, Elizabeth
Hispanic Short Prose Fiction (in English) This course will offer an in-depth study of short prose fiction as cultivated by some of Spain and Latin America’s most vibrant narrative voices from the seventeenth century through the present.  Students will become familiar with the historical, political, geographical and cultural contexts that resulted in imaginative voices we identify as uniquely Hispanic. Through a panoramic perspective, the course will focus on the fundamental elements and techniques of narrative fiction and critical reading strategies in order to reflect upon significant artistic trends and intellectual debates. Primary texts in translation will include selections by both renowned and lesser-known authors: Zayas, Cervantes, Quiroga, Valenzuela, Borges, Poniatowska, Cortázar, Rulfo, García Márquez, Cela, Matute, Pardo Bazán, Martín Gaite, Delibes, Goytisolo, Rivas, and Millás. Required texts: Course reader Prerequisite: None Note: Not available for credit toward a Major or Minor in Spanish. This course fulfils the Faculty of Arts Literature Requirement. Language of Instruction: English Read More...

SPAN321 Tradition and Diversity in Spanish History and Culture Sections

Conservation and progress on the Iberian Peninsula, from the Middle Ages to the present. Includes the first modern European state and its diverse cultures.

Tradition and Diversity in Spanish History and Culture El curso es una visión panorámica de la historia y la cultura de España desde la prehistoria hasta finales del siglo XVII.  Se enfocará en los principales acontecimientos políticos, sociales, económicos, religiosos y culturales.  El objetivo es comprender cómo se ha ido forjando su identidad plural a través de los siglos, en una lucha constante y tensa entre centro y periferia, y entre tradición y progreso. Los objetivos de este curso son: 1) que el estudiante tenga una introducción a la historia y la cultura de España en el contexto Europeo hasta el comienzo del siglo XVIII. 2) que conozca el papel relevante de España y sus aportaciones a la vida y la cultura occidentales (por ejemplo, en el campo del derecho internacional). 3) que entienda cómo se ha formado la identidad española a partir de la fusión de múltiples razas y culturas, y la constante lucha entre tradición y progreso, centro y periferia. 4)  que comprenda el...
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SPAN322 Dependency and Revolution in Latin American History and Culture Sections

Continuities and changes in the Americas from before Columbus to the present. Includes the first modern global empire and its ambivalent legacies.

Instructor(s): BEASLEY-MURRAY, JONATHAN
Latino/Chicano Literature This course will survey the literatures and cultures of Latino/as and Chicano/as in the United States and Canada. We will read authors such as Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton, Tomás Rivera, Piri Thomas, Sandra Cisneros, Junot Díaz, and Carmen Rodríguez. The settings will range from nineteenth-century California to twentieth-century Spanish Harlem and South Side Chicago, as well as glitzy Miami and multicultural Vancouver today. The themes to be discussed include identity, racism, memory, shame, pride, crime, exile, and international geopolitics, plus the usual literary topics of sex, death, and tortured adolescence. Students will edit Wikipedia articles as one of their assignments. Instructor: Dr. Jon Beasley-Murray Prerequisite: One of SPAN 202, SPAN 207. Or successful completion of a language placement exam or an assessment interview. Language of Instruction: Spanish Course registration
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SPAN357 The Golden Age of Peninsular Literature and Culture Sections

Tradition, faith, conflict, prosperity, and decadence in literature and everyday life from the Middle Ages to 1700.

Instructor(s): Alvarez-Moreno, Raúl
The Golden Age of Peninsular Literature and Culture Are heroes necessary for our existence and contemplation of ourselves as part of society? Is poverty deterministic or related to ones choices? Is fiction truth and vice versa? In this course, students will explore how the literature of the Spanish Middle and Golden Ages (the 11th to the 17th centuries) bring to the surface these and other central debates and controversies related to human existence both as individuals and as part of larger social frameworks. Students will prepare the readings, familiarize themselves with both sides of the arguments using literary evidence, stage a debate for every module, and write on the socio-political significance of such issues in relation to the present day. Texts will be provided in user-friendly modernized versions or editions prepared for English speaking students. Required readings: Anónimo. Vida de Lazarillo de Tormes y de sus fortunas y adversidades. Ed. Annette Grant Cash and...
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SPAN358 Divergent Visions: Peninsular Literature and Culture since 1700 Sections

Modern Spanish literature and culture, from Empire to the European Union. Includes Romanticism, Modernism, Republicanism, and Separatism.

Divergent Visions: Peninsular Literature and Culture since 1700 El curso es una introducción panorámica a la historia y los principales movimientos culturales de España durante los siglo XVIII y XIX en el contexto europeo. El curso tiene un triple objetivo: en primer lugar, que el estudiante obtenga una visión panorámica de la evolución de la cultura española desde 1700 hasta el inicio del siglo XX en el marco europeo; en segundo lugar que el estudiante profundice en las características más destacadas de los movimientos estéticos de este periodo (neoclasicismo, romanticismo, realismo y modernismo) mediante el estudio de autores y artistas representativos y el examen detallado de una variedad de textos visuales y escritos; que el estudiante, además, sea consciente de las interrelaciones y paralelismos existentes entre las diversas disciplinas. en tercer lugar, que el estudiante conozca el contexto político y social de España durante los siglos XVIII y XIX en el marco...
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SPAN364 Colonial Encounters in Spanish-American Literature and Culture Sections

Spanish colonialism in the Americas from the Conquest to the 1820's and the dawn of Independence. Includes coloniality, hybridity, subalternity, and autonomy.

Instructor(s): Beauchesne, Kim
Colonial Encounters in Spanish-American Literature and Culture El objetivo de este curso consiste en revisar, analizar y discutir algunos de los textos canónicos de la llamada “literatura colonial” desde las representaciones (tanto españolas como indígenas) de las conquistas iniciales hasta la cultura de la época virreinal. Ubicaremos cada una de las obras seleccionadas dentro de su género y contexto sociohistórico para entender la interacción entre los variados aspectos con que va tomando forma el discurso americano. Complementaremos nuestras lecturas con el estudio de la cultura material, el arte visual y las producciones no alfabéticas locales (sobre todo códices y mapas) de ese período. Al final del curso se harán breves incursiones por la literatura contemporánea para evaluar el legado del pasado colonial en la problemática social y literaria de la América Latina actual. Required readings: El paquete de lecturas consiste en una selección de Voces de Hispanoamérica: antología literaria (eds. Raquel Chang-Rodríguez y Malva...
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SPAN365 Modern Magics: Spanish-American Literature and Culture since the 1820s Sections

Literary engagements with modernity in the Spanish Americas, from the 1820's to the present. Includes civilization, progress, politicization, and violence.

Instructor(s): Mitchell, Tamara
Modern Magics: Spanish-American Literature and Culture since the 1820s This course aims to familiarize students with general concepts in Latin American literature through a discussion of representative works from the most important aesthetic movements of the past two centuries, such as modernismo, realismo mágico, the Boom, testimonio, and the Post-Boom. By studying some of the most canonical Latin American works from different regions and literary genres (poetry, theater, essays, prose, testimonies), students will become familiar with the ways in which Latin American literature and culture have influenced, critiqued, and been shaped by issues such as national identity, race, gender, migration, nature, and political violence. Required Texts: Gabriel García Márquez's Crónica de una muerte anunciada (9781400034956) Other texts will be provided on Canvas. Suggested texts: Modern Latin American Literature (A Very Short Introduction), Roberto González Echevarría Spanish-American Literature, Jean Franco Prerequisite: SPAN 221 Corequisite: SPAN 302 Language of Instruction: Spanish Course Registration  
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SPAN401 Upper Intermediate Spanish I Sections

Strengthening fluency and accuracy in spoken and written communication. Emphasis on mediation, interpretation, and metalinguistic competencies through translation and comparative stylistics. Aligned with CEFR level B2 objectives.

Instructor(s): Carbonetti, Maria
Translation Spanish SPAN 401 es una introducción intensamente práctica al arte y a la destreza de la traducción del inglés al español y del español al inglés, con especial énfasis en la escritura en español. A través de una variedad de actividades de distintos campos profesionales (Ios negocios, la salud y la educación, el periodismo, las relaciones públicas, y los estudios literarios y culturales), los estudiantes trabajarán con teorías y técnicas de traducción, intersecciones (o divergencias) gramaticales y estructurales entre las dos lenguas, y tratarán de resolver cuestiones de fidelidad y fluidez al interpretar voz, cultura y texto. Los estudiantes tendrán la oportunidad de aplicar los conocimientos en situaciones concretas participando activamente en la traducción y preparación de materiales para organizaciones vinculadas con la comunidad hispana a través de Spanish for Community. Este curso también facilitará una breve introducción a la interpretación simultánea de la lengua en el contexto...
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SPAN404A From World to Screen: Topics in Hispanic Cinema - TPCS HISP CINEMA Sections

Selected areas of study relating to Hispanic Cinema. Consult the Department for this year's offerings.

From World to Screen: Topics in Hispanic Cinema ("Cine español a finales del siglo XX y del siglo XXI") El curso tendrá como objetivo principal ofrecer al estudiante una visión panorámica del cine español de finales del siglo XX y principios del siglo XXI. Se prestará especial atención a los nuevos directores surgidos tras el fenómeno Almodóvar así como a las películas que por su evidente calidad han despertado el interés del público tanto como el de la crítica.  Asimismo, el objetivo del curso es que el estudiante se familiarice con las fórmulas genéricas y estilos más relevantes de los últimos años (por ejemplo, el drama histórico, la comedia, el thriller, el film de horror y el drama realista y social). El curso se iniciará con un breve repaso de la historia del cine español (durante los inicios, la República, el franquismo, la Transición y la democracia) con el fin de situar...
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SPAN406 Breaking the Mold: Gender Representation(s) in Hispanic Literature and Culture Sections

Gender and sexuality in Spain and Latin America.

Instructor(s): Casas Aguilar, Anna
Breaking the Mold: Gender Representation(s) in Hispanic Literature and Culture Romper moldes: mediante un estudio de la literatura, de las artes visuales (cine, fotografía, novela gráfica) y de la música de España, Latinoamérica y de Latinxs de Estados Unidos, en este curso discutiremos temas centrales de los estudios de género en el contexto hispánico de los siglos XX y XXI. Entre los temas a tratar están la representación de la mujer y de lo femenino, particularmente en relación con la corporalidad, el lugar y evolución de los discursos feministas, la violencia de género, las (nuevas) masculinidades y los derechos y subjetividades LGTBQ. Textos obligatorios: Textos María Luisa Bombal, La última niebla (1931) Frida Kalho, El diario de Frida Kahlo (1944-54) Rosario Castellanos, Balún Canan (1957) Rigoberta Menchú Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú y así me nació la conciencia (1983) Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La frontera (1987) El Hachimi El último patriarca (2008) Eva Baltasar, Permafrost (2018) Varios autores, Cuentos Trans (2019) Cine Icíar Bollaín, Te doy...
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SPAN470A Imperial Eyes and Foundational Fictions: Topics in Spanish-American Colonial and Nineteenth-Century Culture - SP-AM CL< 19C Sections

Selected areas of study relating to colonial and/or nineteenth-century Spanish America. Consult the Department for this year's offerings.

Instructor(s): Beauchesne, Kim
Literatura y derechos humanos en América Latina Este curso se propone examinar la compleja relación entre literatura y derechos humanos en América Latina, desde la llegada de los europeos al Nuevo Mundo hasta hoy en día. Con un enfoque particular en las letras coloniales, nos preguntaremos cuál ha sido el impacto de los abusos y/o la defensa de los derechos humanos en la literatura latinoamericana y, viceversa, cuál es la contribución de la literatura a los debates sobre los derechos humanos. Más específicamente, discutiremos nociones cruciales, como el trauma, el afecto, la resistencia y la descolonización mediante análisis textuales y la lectura crítica de obras secundarias relevantes en torno a los desafíos y limitaciones de la teoría de los derechos humanos (Galeano, Quijano, Sousa Santos, Zavala, Žižek, etc.). Asimismo, recibiremos la visita de miembros de organizaciones no gubernamentales que se dedican a la implementación de los derechos humanos en las Américas. Lecturas...
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SPAN490C Peoples and Nations: Topics in Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Spanish-American Culture - 20&21C SP-AM CLT Sections

Selected areas of study relating to modern and/or contemporary Spanish America. Consult the Department for this year's offerings.

Instructor(s): Mitchell, Tamara
Assassination, Disappearance, Impunity: Latin American Detective Fiction and the Nation State Detective fiction is often considered the exemplary popular genre of national modernity, particularly in Anglophone cultures. Likewise, works in translation by iconic authors like Edgar Allan Poe, Agatha Christie, and Raymond Chandler have been read widely in the Spanish-speaking Americas. However, Latin American authors were slow to pen their own detective stories, and when the genre finally arrived in the region in the mid-twentieth century, the tropes and norms of detective fiction were heavily adapted to reflect the political, social, and cultural particularities of the region. Since then, from the hardboiled crime novel to la novela negra, detective fiction has offered a means through which Latin American authors critique state impunity, authoritarian politics, economic inequality, forced neoliberalization, etc. In this course, we will consider Argentine, Cuban, and Mexican national politics and culture through the lens of detective fiction, including novels,...
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SPAN495 Research Intensive Seminar in Hispanic Literature and Culture Sections

Theories and methodologies of the discipline. Consult the Department for this year's offering.

Instructor(s): BEASLEY-MURRAY, JONATHAN
La novela andina El propósito de este curso es una examinación histórica de la novela andina desde los fines del siglo XIX hasta inicios del siglo XXI. Después de una introducción teórica, con dos de los pensadores más importantes de la región, durante la mayoría del semestre estamos leyendo textos asociados con el indigenismo, con un énfasis sobre el Perú, desde Clorinda Matto de Turner hasta José María Arguedas. Luego pasamos a un grupo variado de textos más recientes, representativos de cuatro países distintos. Lista provisional y tentativa de textos: José Carlos Mariátegui, Siete ensayos de interpretación de la realidad peruana (Perú, 1928) Antonio Cornejo Polar, Escribir en el aire (Perú, 1994) Clorinda Matto de Turner, Aves sin nido (Perú, 1889) 300p Alcides Arguedas, Raza de bronce (Bolivia, 1919) 280p Jorge Icaza, Huasipungo (Ecuador, 1934) 256p Ciro Alegría, El mundo es ancho y ajeno (Perú, 1941) 526p José María Arguedas, Los ríos profundos (Perú, 1958), 288p José María Arguedas, El...
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SPAN499 Honours Essay Sections

SPAN501A Literary and Cultural Theory - LIT CULT THEORY Sections

Instructor(s): Zhang, Gaoheng
The Art of Eloquence: Theories and Practices [cross-listed with FREN512A] The course studies key works on the art of eloquence in the West, from ancient Greece and Rome, through Renaissance and Enlightenment Italy, to modern-day European-American-Canadian academia. Known as rhetoric, eloquence is the art of communication, motivation, and persuasion, which was theorized by influential thinkers (from Aristotle and Cicero to McLuhan and Barthes), and which was a mandatory discipline both for European elites up until the 19th century and for students of public speaking and composition in our time. Rhetoric’s concerns with content and form, knowledge and its communication, the speaker and the audience, as well as the ethics of means and ends remain central to the humanities today. The course will examine eloquence for three primary purposes. First, we will examine rhetoric’s relationships with umbrella topics such as motivation, education, ethics, gender, science, the media, and transculturation, as well as probe how...
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SPAN505 Studies in Peninsular and Latin-American Culture Sections

Instructor(s): BEASLEY-MURRAY, JONATHAN
Literatura de viaje y la invención discursiva de América Latina Este curso se propone examinar el variado corpus de relatos de viaje sobre América Latina producidos desde la llegada de los exploradores europeos hasta la actualidad, con un enfoque particular en la época contemporánea.
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SPAN520A Golden-Age Literatures and Cultures - GLDN-AG LIT CULT Sections

Instructor(s): Lagresa, Elizabeth
Early Modern Cross-Cultural Encounters: Representing Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Hispanic World The early modern period witnessed an upsurge of innovation in both drama and narrative prose reflecting an increasingly globalized world marked by the development of international trade, colonial expansion, and periods of both conflict and coexistence. By reading plays and novellas that stage crossings between multicultural Spaniards, Europeans of diverse religions, Ottomans in the Mediterranean world, and indigenous peoples of the Americas, the course will investigate how and why these popular forms of entertainment became a significant space for the representation of cross-cultural encounters and the contestation of fixed identity categories. Some of the questions the course will explore include: How do these texts represent encounters—between self and other—and what possibilities do they envision for reconciliation? How do these representations participate in the production of a global world view? How and why did these encounters transform the subjects...
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SPAN549 Master's Thesis Sections

Master's thesis All candidates for the M.A. degree with thesis are required to deposit in the Department a thesis of approximately 80 pages, including bibliography and notes. It must be presented in accordance with the university guidelines for the format and presentation of graduate theses. Candidates will defend their thesis during a one-hour and a half oral examination. Candidates must register in Spanish 549 in the year in which they intend to submit the thesis. For information about your thesis preparation and submission, click here. Course Registration
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SPAN550B Studies in Peninsular and Latin-American Languages and Literatures - PEN&LAT AM L&LIT Sections

Instructor(s): Casas Aguilar, Anna
Escrituras del yo: subjetividad y género en la España contemporánea Este seminario explora una serie de textos autobiográficos, autoficcionales, diarios, cartas y otras formas textuales híbridas centradas en la escritura del yo y en relación con teorías de la subjetividad, de la autoría y de la autobiografía. Si bien Roland Barthes apunta a la muerte del autor en su archiconocido ensayo de 1967 y con dicha muerte subraya la existencia de nuevas prácticas y éticas de lectura, la realidad es que la figura del autor (y de la autora) y su intimidad ocupan un lugar esencial en la producción literaria contemporánea. No solo ha habido en las últimas décadas una proliferación de textos autobiográficos, sino también de textos que juegan con y subvierten este concepto. Asimismo, las prácticas editoriales, las nuevas tecnologías y los medios de comunicación social a menudo quieren reforzar el papel del escritor y de la escritora como...
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SPAN570A Colonial Latin-American Literatures and Cultures - COL LAT-AM LIT C Sections

Instructor(s): Beauchesne, Kim
Los estudios poscoloniales y el giro decolonial: teoría y análisis literario Este seminario se propone discutir ensayos fundamentales de los estudios poscoloniales, producidos tanto en la academia norteamericana como en la latinoamericana. A lo largo del semestre haremos “dialogar” la teoría y la práctica, alternando las obras primarias y secundarias, con el fin de entender mejor las reflexiones conceptuales y enriquecer nuestra lectura de la literatura (pos)colonial. El objetivo principal consiste en revaluar nociones clave como la colonialidad, la etnicidad, la subalternidad y el giro decolonial a la luz de una de las corrientes más importantes de la teoría contemporánea. Textos teóricos (selecciones): Homi K. Bhabha, El lugar de la cultura Santiago Castro-Gómez y Ramón Grosfoguel (eds.), El giro decolonial: reflexiones para una diversidad epistémica más allá del capitalismo global Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, “¿Puede hablar el subalterno?” Jorge Klor de Alva, “The Postcolonization of the (Latin) American Experience: A Reconsideration of ‘Colonialism,’ ‘Postcolonialism,’ and...
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SPAN590B Contemporary Latin-American Literatures and Cultures - CTP LAT-AM LIT C Sections

Instructor(s): Santos, Alessandra
Diáspora Africana en la Literatura Latinoamericana En este seminario comparado vamos a investigar manifestaciones de una diáspora africana en la literatura latinoamericana en contextos específicos. Examinaremos dinámicas interculturales y cuestionaremos categorías. Uno de los objetivos es comprender cómo desplazamientos coloniales violentos, la historia de la esclavitud, el abolicionismo y nuevas formaciones culturales informaron producciones literarias del siglo XX. Examinaremos obras literarias que indican cómo escritores poscoloniales conciben supervivencia, preservación cultural, adaptación y sincretismos culturales. La propuesta es estudiar interconexiones de raza, clase y género manifestadas en obras que, directa o indirectamente, aborden debates sobre el tema. Textos primarios: Abreu, Caio Fernando. ¿Dónde andará Dulce Veiga? (1996) Anzaldúa, Gloria. Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (1987) (selección) Barrios, Pilar. Piel Negra (1947) (selección poesía) Carpentier, Alejo. El reino de este mundo (1949) (selección) Díaz, Junot. The Brief and Wondrous Life of Óscar Wao (2007) Guillén, Nicolás (selección poesía) Gutiérrez, Pedro Juan. Animal Tropical (2000) ...
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SPAN649 Doctoral Dissertation Sections

Winter 2019

CTLN301 Catalan Language and Culture Sections

Introduction to the Catalan language and important aspects of the culture of Catalonia. Languages of instruction: English and Catalan.

Catalan Language and Culture Benvinguts! This course introduces students to Catalan language and culture. It seeks to foster students’ linguistic, communicative and cultural competence in Catalan while exposing them to the main sociocultural aspects of the Catalan-speaking regions of Spain. Required texts: Mas, Marta i altres. Veus 1. Llibre de l'alumne. Barcelona: Publicacions de l'Abadia de Montserrat, 2009. Mas, Marta i altres. Veus 1. Llibre d’exercicis i gramàtica. Barcelona: Publicacions de l'Abadia de Montserrat, 2009. Eaude, Michael. Catalonia: A Cultural History. New York: Oxford UP, 200 Recommended texts: Keown, Dominic. A Companion to Catalan Culture. Tamesis, 2011. A Catalan-English dictionary is also recommended. (Larousse Editorial, Pompeu Fabra or from the Enciclopèdia Catalana). Prerequisite: None Language of Instruction: English Course Registration
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Summer 2019

Summer 2019

SPAN101 Beginners' Spanish I Sections

Fundamentals of the Spanish language; speaking and writing on everyday activities and future plans in the context of common tasks and situations, including interactive communication, grammatical explanations, and cultural awareness.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer" style="accordion-style1"] Beginners' Spanish I Spanish 101 introduces students to the fundamentals of the Spanish language while involving them in personalized activities that require interactive communication.  Students discuss and describe everyday activities within the context of common tasks and situations (the first day of classes, talking on the phone, looking for work, going to a party, weekend activities, etc.).  The course includes group interaction and grammatical explanations. Evaluation is based on demonstrated proficiency in the use of pertinent vocabulary and basic structures by means of self-expression (oral and written) and functional translation. The course also attempts to promote cultural awareness. Spanish 101 is a 3-credit course for beginners.  To receive credits for this course, students who enrol in it are presumed to have no previous knowledge of the language. Required text and Online Workbook: ¿Cómo se dice...? UBC Custom Edition (10th ed.), with eSAM\iLrn online workbook, Jarvis, Heinle 2013. Prerequisite:...
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SPAN102 Beginners' Spanish II Sections

Speaking and writing on past events, and expressing desires and wishes in the context of common situations, including interactive communication, grammatical explanations, and cultural awareness.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer" style="accordion-style1"] Beginners Spanish II Spanish 102 builds upon the skills acquired in Spanish 101.  It involves students in interactive communication while introducing them to language structures of increased complexity.  Students report and describe past events and express subjunctive notions such as volition and emotion within the context of common tasks (planeando vacaciones, pidiendo información, buscando vivienda, haciendo las compras, etc.).  The course includes group interaction and grammatical explanations. Evaluation is based on demonstrated proficiency in the use of pertinent vocabulary and structures by means of self-expression (oral and written) and functional translation. The course also attempts to promote cultural awareness. Required text and Online Workbook: ¿Cómo se dice...?  UBC Custom Edition (10th ed.), with eSAM\iLrn online workbook, Jarvis, Heinle 2013. Prerequisite: SPAN 101 or equivalent Note: Spanish 102 is a 3-credit course.  It is absolutely not recommended that students with Grade 11 Spanish take Spanish 102 without taking Spanish 101...
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SPAN201 Intermediate Spanish I Sections

Reviews the fundamentals of the Spanish language, and introduces more complex structures; listening, speaking, writing, and reading on a range of situations related to everyday life and Hispanic culture.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer" style="accordion-style1"] Intermediate Spanish I This course reviews the fundamentals of the language while involving learners in interactive communication and in the development of their reading and writing skills. Students demonstrate fluency discussing everyday activities, competence in reporting and describing past events, and proficiency expressing subjunctive notions of volition, emotion and doubt within the context of topical tasks and situations. Students can expect grammatical explanations and active participation in group interaction. Evaluation is based on demonstrated proficiency in the use of pertinent vocabulary and structures by means of self-expression (oral and written) and functional translation. The course also attempts to promote cultural awareness. Classes are conducted primarily in Spanish. Spanish 201 is a 3-credit course. Required text: Ana C. Jarvis, Continuemos package, 8th ed. (Continuemos text, iLrn Printed Access Code, Larousse Pocket Spanish/English Dictionary), Cengage, 2013.

Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or equivalent; or B standing in Grade 11 Spanish, but students...
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SPAN202 Intermediate Spanish II Sections

Expands on the fundamentals of the Spanish language, and presents more complex structures in a variety of tenses and modes; interacting through discussions and gaining cultural awareness through literature and film.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer" style="accordion-style1"] Intermediate Spanish II Spanish 202 is the continuation of Spanish 201. The course proceeds with the introduction of language structures of increased complexity while requiring learners to engage in interactive communication. This course includes group interaction and the discussion (oral and written) of selected readings. A film will be shown in class. Evaluation is based on demonstrated proficiency in the use of pertinent vocabulary and structures by means of self-expression (oral and written) and functional translation. The course also attempts to promote cultural awareness. Classes are conducted in Spanish. Spanish 202 is a 3-credit course. Required text: Ana C. Jarvis, Continuemos package, 8th ed. (Continuemos text, iLrn Printed Access Code, Larousse Pocket Spanish/English Dictionary), Cengage, 2013. Prerequisite: SPAN 201 or equivalent Note: SPAN 202 satisfies the language requirement for the Faculty of Arts.  Students with Grade 12 Spanish are normally not given credits for this course; exceptions are possible, but they...
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SPAN206 Conversational Spanish I Sections

Emphasizes communication skills through discussion, debate, and presentations; developing oral fluency and listening comprehension, through discussion of written texts and films. May include experiential learning projects involving native speakers from the Hispanic community.

Conversational Spanish I Spanish 206 is designed to enhance communication skills and provide additional practice to improve oral expression and comprehension and reading and writing skills, while increasing awareness of Hispanic culture and community engagement through community projects and interaction with guests from the Hispanic community. It is geared towards students who already have a good general knowledge of grammar and a certain ability to express themselves orally but want to improve (after Spanish 202 or with instructor permission). Students are expected to participate in discussions, debates and interactive presentations. Grammar will not be studied systematically, but a review of the most important aspects of it will be covered through oral practice exercises. Please note that Spanish 206 does not require the purchase of any textbook; all audiovisual materials, written articles and exercises are available on line through the course webpage. Evaluation is based on demonstrated proficiency in oral and written communication. Some students register...
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SPAN301 Advanced Spanish I Sections

Advanced grammar structures in context, lexical repertoire, fluency and cultural awareness to broaden and develop language skills.

Advanced Spanish I SPAN 301: Advanced Spanish I, es un curso para estudiantes intermedios en el que se profundizan las habilidades lingüísticas hacia un nivel intermedio avanzado. Es la continuación de SPAN 202, SPAN 207 o para estudiantes de un nivel equivalente con permiso del instructor.  SPAN 301: Advanced Spanish I también puede cursarse concurrentemente con SPAN 206. El objetivo del curso es que los estudiantes amplíen y profundicen sus habilidades comunicativas,  (oralidad, escritura y audición) así como también la reflexión lingüística través del estudio de la gramática en contexto.  El curso enfatiza el reconocimiento de la diversidad social y cultural del mundo hispano a partir de la exposición de los estudiantes a la lectura de textos literarios y no literarios,  el arte y expresiones audiovisuales. El curso incluye lecturas, análisis de textos, composiciones originales, ejercicios gramaticales y de contraste inglés/español, discusiones y debates en los que los estudiantes deberán demostrar no solamente...
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SPAN302 Advanced Spanish II Sections

Advanced grammar structures in context; students expand lexical repertoire, and gain fluency and flexibility as they deepen cultural awareness through reading, listening, discussion, and writing.

Advanced Spanish II SPAN 302: Advanced Spanish II, es un curso para estudiantes intermedio-avanzados en el que se profundizan las habilidades lingüísticas hacia un nivel  avanzado. Es la continuación de SPAN 301 o para estudiantes de un nivel equivalente con permiso del instructor.  SPAN 302: Advanced Spanish II también puede cursarse concurrentemente con SPAN 207. El objetivo del curso es que los estudiantes amplíen y profundicen sus habilidades comunicativas,  (oralidad, escritura y audición) así como también la reflexión lingüística través del estudio de la gramática en contexto.  El curso enfatiza el reconocimiento de la diversidad social y cultural del mundo hispano a partir de la exposición de los estudiantes a la lectura de textos literarios y no literarios,  el arte y expresiones audiovisuales. El curso incluye lecturas, análisis de textos, composiciones originales, ejercicios gramaticales y de contraste inglés/español, discusiones y debates en los que los estudiantes deberán demostrar no solamente su progreso lingüístico...
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SPAN549 Master's Thesis Sections

Master's thesis All candidates for the M.A. degree with thesis are required to deposit in the Department a thesis of approximately 80 pages, including bibliography and notes. It must be presented in accordance with the university guidelines for the format and presentation of graduate theses. Candidates will defend their thesis during a one-hour and a half oral examination. Candidates must register in Spanish 549 in the year in which they intend to submit the thesis. For information about your thesis preparation and submission, click here. Course Registration
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SPAN649 Doctoral Dissertation Sections


Summer 2019
No CTLN course(s) were found for S2019 term.