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2013-14 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

SPN 316. ADVANCED PRACTICE IN SPANISH THROUGH FILM - 4 sh
This course will develop and expand students’ knowledge of Spanish language while studying cultural, historic and socio-political issues of the Spanish-speaking world. Films will provide a context for Spanish speaking culture, history and language. All course content, including films, written assignments and class discussions, will be in Spanish. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 222 or permission of instructor. Offered winter term, every other year.

SPN 318. ADVANCED SPANISH AND THE MAYA WORLDS - 4 sh
This course focuses on developing reading, writing and conversational skills at the intermediate-high to advanced-low level while focusing on Maya cultures in Mexico. Cultural topics will include the classic Maya civilizations, the Caste War of the 19th century, the contributions of the Maya labor force to the economic development of the region, and the importance of the Maya in the present day events and cultures in the states of Chiapas and Yucatan, Mexico. All readings, written assignments and course content in Spanish. The course includes presentations in Spanish by on-site specialists and travel to museums, cultural sites, archeological sites and contemporary Maya communities. Offered abroad only. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Completion of or enrollment in SPN 222 or higher in the spring semester prior to the course and sophomore standing by the time of enrollment in the course, or permission of instructor.
 

SPN 320. READING TEXTS, READING LIFE  - 4 sh
This course is intended to foster students’ ability to read and interpret texts of various genres, while developing their understanding of Hispanic cultures.  Special emphasis is placed on the development of students’ analytical and critical reading skills, as well as the improvement of writing and speaking skills, grammatical accuracy, and the enrichment of vocabulary. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 222 or placement at this level.

SPN 322. THE ART OF WRITTEN COMMUNICATION - 4 sh
This course is designed to help students learn to write clearly and communicate efficiently in Spanish by improving control of specific structures, enhancing vocabulary, developing the ability to self-edit, teaching the use of effective strategies for developing argument and writing on diverse topics related to Spanish and Spanish-American reality. This course prepares students for formal academic writing. Includes intensive grammar review. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 320 or placement at this level.

SPN 330. TODAY’S SPANISH-SPEAKING WORLD THROUGH MEDIA - 4 sh
This course explores some of the current affairs and issues in the Spanish-speaking world. Students will research and report on significant issues of interest in sources such as newspapers, television broadcasts, literature, film, historical documents, testimony, Internet, blogs, radio, podcasts, etc. from Spain and Spanish-American countries, thus gaining a deeper knowledge of the modern day challenges impacting Hispanics. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite SPN 322. Offered spring.

SPN 333. DEFINING MOMENTS OF SPANISH CIVILIZATION - 4 sh
This course acquaints students with Spain’s intellectual, cultural, and historical development through selected events, periods or themes. Topics will vary according to term and faculty as well as the materials examined in the course. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 322.

SPN 334. DEFINING MOMENTS IN SPANISH AMERICAN CIVILIZATION - 4 sh
This course acquaints students with Spanish America’s intellectual, cultural, and historical development through selected events, periods or themes. Topics will vary according to term and faculty as well as the materials examined in the course. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 322 or placement at this level.

SPN 335. LATINOS IN THE U.S.: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE  - 4 sh
This course is an interdisciplinary study of the diversity of the culture, history, and social, economic and political situation of the Latino population in the United States. Course content will include literature, film and music, current articles from various disciplines and direct contact with the local Latino population. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 322 or equivalent or instructor’s permission Readings in Spanish and English.

SPN 340. INVESTIGATING LANGUAGE: INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH LINGUISTICS  - 4 sh
This course provides students with an introduction to the fundamentals of linguistics as a science: the art of observing, analyzing and evaluating language in order to better understand its role in our lives. In addition to presenting an introduction to theory and practice in the major areas of linguistic, this course encourages students to think about how language shapes their reality and their identities. Students will gain experience evaluating  linguistic theories, analyzing data and performing original research based on their own use of Spanish. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 322 and one additional course above that level. Offered fall. 

SPN 341. STRUCTURES OF THE SPANISH LANGUAGE - 4sh
This course aims to develop students' understanding of the structures of the Spanish language in order to enhance their use of advanced grammar and other complex constructions. Class discussions will explore differences between Spanish and English grammar and language acquisition research, and students will have the opportunity to analyze and reflect on their own use of Spanish grammar. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPN 322 and an additional course above that level. Offered spring. 

SPN 342. MASTERING SPANISH PRONUNCIATION - 4 sh
This course is designed to give students an in-depth understanding of the sound system of the Spanish language in order to improve or refine their Spanish pronunciation. Students will learn about phonetic transcription and the use of speech analysis software to describe and analyze Spanish speech sounds and to compare the English and Spanish sound systems. The course will also discuss the wide array of phonetic variation present in the Spanish-speaking world in order to raise students' awareness of differences they may encounter during travel or study abroad. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPN 322 and one additional course above that level. Offered fall. 

SPN 343. TRANSLATION - 4 sh
Designed to help advanced students refine their language skills and express themselves more accurately in Spanish by focusing on form through intensive translation practice. Includes practice in both Spanish-to-English and English-to-Spanish translations, incorporating concepts such as cognates and false cognates, metaphorical language, different registers and the importance of maintaining the tone and register of the original text in the translation. Different problems inherent in the translation process are discussed. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPN 322 and an additional four semester hours of 300-level Spanish courses or permission of instructor. Recommended but not required: SPN 341. Not always offered yearly, check with the department by emailing languages@elon.edu

SPN 350. METHODS: CULTURAL AND LITERARY INTERPRETATIONS - 4 sh
This course introduces students to the analysis of literary and cinematic texts from the Hispanic world. Course content emphasizes critical reflection and the way meaning is created through language, form and expression. Students use appropriate terminology and concepts to analyze selected texts from genres such as narrative, poetry, theater and film. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 322, at least four years of high school Spanish or permission of instructor. 

SPN 353. TEXT, CULTURE AND MEDIA IN SPAIN  - 4 sh
Students practice analytical skills as they study provocative texts, significant historical, literary and cultural moments, cultural products, or a particular genre from Spain. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 350.

SPN 354. TEXT, CULTURE AND MEDIA IN SPANISH AMERICA - 4 sh
Students practice analytical skills as they study provocative texts, significant historical, literary and cultural moments, cultural products, or a particular genre from Spanish America. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 350.

SPN 355. CONQUESTS, CLASHES AND TRANSITIONS - 4 sh
This course analyzes broad-based issues such as race, class, gender, sexuality, dictatorship, democracy, and social justice in cultural texts from Spain and Spanish America. Representative topics include: “Race, Class and Gender in the Hispanic World,” “Dictatorship and Democracy in the Hispanic World,” “Social Justice in Spanish America,” “Civilization and Barbarism: Construction of Spanish American Identity,” and “For Women, By Women: Women’s Writing in the Hispanic World” and will be offered in rotation.  This course may be repeated with a different topic. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 350 or permission of instructor.

SPN 356. TEXTS AND SOCIAL CHANGE  - 4 sh
This course investigates how creative texts function to mirror power structures, reveal underlying tensions and provoke social action in Spain and Spanish America. Representative topics include: “Theatre and Social Activism in the Hispanic World,” “Trans-Atlantic Dialogue: Transculturation in the Hispanic World,” and “Why the Past Matters: Refashioning Archetypes of the Hispanic World,” and will be offered in rotation. This course may be repeated with a different topic. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 350 or permission of instructor.

SPN 371-79. SPECIAL TOPICS - 4 sh
Topics may include advanced study of language, cinema, selected literary authors, periods, genres or regions. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 322 or permission of instructor.

SPN 481. INTERNSHIP 1-4 sh
This course provides students with practical experience using Spanish in a professional setting and may include internships in teaching, social service, government service, business, etc., in the U.S. or abroad. Prerequisite: At least one course above the SPN 222 level, and departmental approval.

SPN 485. CAPSTONE SEMINAR - 4 sh
The capstone course focuses on the critical study and analysis of specific historical moments, selected works, topics or themes in literary, cultural or linguistic history in Spain and/or Spanish America.  As part of their final assessment, students will conduct research, formally present their findings orally to department members, and write an in-depth research project in Spanish.  In order to graduate with a Spanish major, students must pass the capstone presentation with a C- or better and pass the capstone course with a C or better.  Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPN 350 and one other course numbered 35x or 45x, and junior or senior standing.  Offered fall semester only.

SPN 491. INDEPENDENT STUDY 2-4 sh

Costa Rica

SPN 317. ADVANCED SPANISH: COSTA RICAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE: LEVEL VI - 4 sh

For students who have completed the beginning and intermediate college level courses and are ready for advanced-level cultural study in Spanish. Continues the students' development of all language skills while focusing on topics about the history, literature and culture of Costa Rica. Includes significant reading and writing in Spanish. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: Placement at this level as evaluated by Costa Rica instructors. Can be used as an elective in the Spanish major. 

This page was updated July 3, 2014.