Courses

Fall 2017

  • SPAN 101: Elementary Spanish

    This course introduces the basic structures of the Spanish language, everyday vocabulary and cultural situations. Students practice all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) in Spanish. Taught five days a week in Spanish. Prerequisite: none (Placement score for students with previous experience in Spanish). 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017 · Claudia M Lange, Beatriz Pariente-Beltrán, Palmar M Álvarez-Blanco, Vera R Coleman
  • SPAN 204: Intermediate Spanish

    Through discussion of literary and cultural texts and films, as well as a review of grammar, this course aims to help students acquire greater skill and confidence in both oral and written expression. Taught three days a week in Spanish. Some Spanish 204 sections include a service-learning component, to enrich students' understanding of course material by integrating academic study with public service. The language classes team up with the Northfield public schools to help both Northfield and Carleton students improve their language skills. Prerequisites: Spanish 103 or equivalent 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018 · Linda D Burdell, Becky Boling, Fernando I Contreras, Silvia López, Yansi Y Pérez, Beatriz Pariente-Beltrán, Jorge Brioso, José Cerna-Bazán
  • SPAN 205: Conversation and Composition

    A course designed to develop the student's oral and written mastery of Spanish. Advanced study of grammar. Compositions and conversations based on cultural and literary topics. There is also an audio-video component focused on current affairs. Prerequisites: Spanish 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 · José Cerna-Bazán, Humberto R Huergo
  • SPAN 208: Coffee and News

    An excellent opportunity to brush up your Spanish while learning about current issues in Spain and Latin America. The class meets only once a week for an hour. Class requirements include reading specific sections of Spain's leading newspaper, El País, everyday on the internet (El País), and then meeting once a week to exchange ideas over coffee with a small group of students like yourself. Prerequisites: Spanish 204 or equivalent 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 · Jorge Brioso, Palmar M Álvarez-Blanco, Yansi Y Pérez
  • SPAN 220: Magical Realism in Latin American Narrative

    Is it real? A concern with the interplay between reality and fiction rests at the heart of Magical Realism--a mode of discourse and a perspective on the problem of representation that informs a good many of the best known works in Latin American literature. This course will examine works in translation by authors such as Alejo Carpentier, Gabriel García Márquez, Julio Cortázar, Isabel Allende, Laura Esquivel. We'll close the course with a nod to those authors who reject Magical Realism as the primary mode of fiction in Latin American prose. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2017 · Becky Boling
  • SPAN 221: Madrid Program: Filming Madrid

    This course is a ten-week video workshop designed to prepare students to shoot and edit a short video by the end of their term in Madrid. Students will work in teams of four under the guidance of David Redondo, president of Walkabout Creatividad Audiovisual. Video projects need to focus on an aspect of urban life in Madrid. 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, International Studies; offered Fall 2017 · Humberto R Huergo
  • SPAN 229: Madrid Program: Current Issues in Spanish Politics

    This course offers a fresh look of Spain's current political and economic life. Discussion topics include the rise of Podemos and the new Spanish political scene, the Catalan separatist movement, political corruption, illegal immigration, and the role of the European Union.

    Prerequisites: Spanish 205 or higher and acceptance in Madrid OCS Program 6 credit; Social Inquiry, International Studies; offered Fall 2017 · Humberto R Huergo
  • SPAN 247: Madrid Program: Spanish Art Live

    This course offers an introduction to Spanish art from el Greco to the present. Classes are taught in some of the finest museums and churches of Spain, including the Prado Museum, the Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofía, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Toledo Cathedral in Toledo, and the Church of Santo Tomé.

    Prerequisites: Spanish 205 or equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2017 · Humberto R Huergo
  • SPAN 349: Madrid Program: Theory and Practice of Urban Life

    More than a study of the image of Madrid in Spanish literature, this course examines the actual experience of living in a cosmopolitan city through a variety of disciplines, including Urban Studies, Geography, Architecture, Sociology, and Spanish poetry and fiction. Special attention will be given to imaginative walking and counter-tourist tactics as theorized by Phil Smith and the British psychogeographic movement.

    Prerequisites: Spanish 205 or above 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2017 · Humberto R Huergo
  • SPAN 377: History and Subjectivity in Latin American Poetry

    In this course we will examine poetic experimentation in Spanish in relation to the major political and ideological trends that have shaped Latin American societies and cultures in the twentieth century. While focusing on the work of one major figure, we will read it in connection to the poetry of other authors. Some authors included will be Pablo Neruda, Cesar Vallejo, Nicanor Parra, Enrique Lihn, Ernesto Cardenal, Blanca Varela and Alejandra Pizarnik. Prerequisites: Spanish 205 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2017 · José Cerna-Bazán
  • SPAN 400: Integrative Exercise

    6 credit; S/NC; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018

Winter 2018

  • SPAN 102: Elementary Spanish

    This course introduces complex sentences and various tenses and short literary and cultural texts. Students practice all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) in Spanish. Taught five days a week in Spanish.

    Prerequisites: Spanish 101 or equivalent 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2018 · Linda D Burdell, Fernando I Contreras, Yansi Y Pérez, Silvia López, Beatriz Pariente-Beltrán, Vera R Coleman
  • SPAN 204: Intermediate Spanish

    Through discussion of literary and cultural texts and films, as well as a review of grammar, this course aims to help students acquire greater skill and confidence in both oral and written expression. Taught three days a week in Spanish. Some Spanish 204 sections include a service-learning component, to enrich students' understanding of course material by integrating academic study with public service. The language classes team up with the Northfield public schools to help both Northfield and Carleton students improve their language skills. Prerequisites: Spanish 103 or equivalent 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018 · Linda D Burdell, Becky Boling, Fernando I Contreras, Silvia López, Yansi Y Pérez, Beatriz Pariente-Beltrán, Jorge Brioso, José Cerna-Bazán
  • SPAN 205: Conversation and Composition

    A course designed to develop the student's oral and written mastery of Spanish. Advanced study of grammar. Compositions and conversations based on cultural and literary topics. There is also an audio-video component focused on current affairs. Prerequisites: Spanish 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 · José Cerna-Bazán, Humberto R Huergo
  • SPAN 208: Coffee and News

    An excellent opportunity to brush up your Spanish while learning about current issues in Spain and Latin America. The class meets only once a week for an hour. Class requirements include reading specific sections of Spain's leading newspaper, El País, everyday on the internet (El País), and then meeting once a week to exchange ideas over coffee with a small group of students like yourself. Prerequisites: Spanish 204 or equivalent 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 · Jorge Brioso, Palmar M Álvarez-Blanco, Yansi Y Pérez
  • SPAN 211: Welcome to the International Film Forum!

    Can you envision a sustainable future? Can you imagine an equitable and fair world? Do we live in these conditions currently? In this course, you will explore the current ecological crisis. You will collaborate with others to discuss solutions to global challenges and learn about eco-activist opportunities within the Carleton and Northfield communities. This is a cross-disciplinary course designed for students interested in exploring the current human and ecological crisis. It is an excellent opportunity to brush up on your Spanish and to learn through dialogue with invited experts, community activists, and film directors, and view films from various parts of the globe.

    Prerequisites: Spanish 204 or equivalent 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Social Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 2018 · Palmar M Álvarez-Blanco
  • SPAN 219: Envisioning a Sustainable Future and an Equitable and Fair World

    Thinking about the importance of cultivating skills such as envisioning and critical viewing, this course will have two objectives divided into two partsWeek one: Classes focusing on both theory and practice will serve as an introduction to the central topic of the environmental crisis and will allow for the evaluation and analysis of popular imagination of climate change. Week two: In the second part, students will be responsible for generating imaginative and sustainable alternatives/visions that will include their own visions. This work will be screened at a public presentation and an exposition of visual media.

    Prerequisites: Spanish 205 or higher 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Humanistic Inquiry, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Winter 2018 · Oscar Clemente
  • SPAN 242: Introduction to Latin American Literature

    An introductory course to reading major texts in Spanish provides an historical survey of the literary movements within Latin American literature from the pre-Hispanic to the contemporary period. Recommended as a foundation course for further study. Not open to seniors. Prerequisites: Spanish 204 or proficiency 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Winter 2018 · Silvia López
  • SPAN 262: Myth and History in Central American Literature

    In this course we study the relationship between myth and history in Central America since its origins in the Popol Vuh, the sacred texts of the Mayans until the period of the post-civil wars era. The course is organized in a chronological manner. We will study, in addition to the Popol Vuh, the chronicles of Alvarado, some poems by Rubén Darío and Francisco Gavidia, some of the writings of Miguel Ãngel Asturias and Salarrué. The course will end with a study of critical visions of the mythical presented by more contemporary authors such as Roque Dalton and Luis de Lión.  Prerequisites: Spanish 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Winter 2018 · Yansi Y Pérez
  • SPAN 321: Murder as a Fine Art: The Detective Novel in Latin America

    We will study the socio-historical factors that gave rise to the genre as well as some of its classical predecessors (Poe, Chandler). We will then turn our attention to some prominent heirs of this genre in Latin America (Borges, Piglia, Bolaño) and end by studying why in contemporary Central American literature the genre is enjoying a resurgence (Menjívar, Castellanos Moya and Rey Rosa). We will study the specific traits the genre has adopted in Latin America and how it has become a mirror that often reflects the political and social realities confronting the region, particularly in Central America. Prerequisites: Spanish 205 or above 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Winter 2018 · Yansi Y Pérez
  • SPAN 330: The Invention of the Modern Novel: Cervantes' Don Quijote

    Among other things, Don Quijote is a "remake," an adaptation of several literary models popular at the time the picaresque novel, the chivalry novel, the sentimental novel, the Byzantine novel, the Italian novella, etc. This course will examine the ways in which Cervantes transformed these models to create what is considered by many the first "modern" novel in European history. Prerequisites: Spanish 205 or above 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Winter 2018 · Jorge Brioso
  • SPAN 342: Latin American Theater: Nation, Power, Gender

    An examination of Latin American theater as both text and performance, this course studies selected works in the context of the social, political, and cultural issues of their time, from the aftermath of the Mexican Revolution to cross-dressing on the Argentine stage and new ways to perform gender. Dramatists may include Rodolfo Usigli, Vicente Leñero, Griselda Gambaro, Manuel Puig, Jorge Díaz, Ariel Dorfman, Sabina Berman, Susana Torres Molina, Flavio Gómez Mello, Lola Arias. Prerequisites: Spanish 205 or above 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Winter 2018 · Becky Boling
  • SPAN 400: Integrative Exercise

    6 credit; S/NC; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018

Spring 2018

  • SPAN 103: Intermediate Spanish

    This course continues the study of complex sentence patterns and reviews basic patterns in greater depth, partly through the discussion of authentic short stories. Students practice all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) in Spanish. Taught five days a week in Spanish. Prerequisites: Spanish 102 or equivalent 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2018 · Becky Boling, Linda D Burdell, Fernando I Contreras, Vera R Coleman, Beatriz Pariente-Beltrán
  • SPAN 205: Conversation and Composition

    A course designed to develop the student's oral and written mastery of Spanish. Advanced study of grammar. Compositions and conversations based on cultural and literary topics. There is also an audio-video component focused on current affairs. Prerequisites: Spanish 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 · José Cerna-Bazán, Humberto R Huergo
  • SPAN 206: Civic Engagement, Social Change, and the Participatory Video

    Understanding the historical perspective of any event requires studying the methods used to create and distribute those perspectives. The practice of participatory video and documentary filmmaking help develops critical viewers while encouraging all participants to perceive their own reality, to develop an effective means of communicating that reality, and to promote it, denounce it, or affect change. Participants will not only learn how to produce an effective short participatory video, but they will also learn practical tools and techniques used in visual persuasion—an essential learning outcome for an era in which video/image consumption is growing exponentially. This participatory video collaboration will provide participants a practical opportunity to connect with individuals within our community, to conduct better research their own interest areas, to develop a more thorough understanding of the psychological and technical aspects of filmmaking, and to refine their own critical viewing and communication skills. 

    Prerequisites: Spanish 205 2 credit; Arts Practice, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Spring 2018 · Palmar M Álvarez-Blanco
  • SPAN 208: Coffee and News

    An excellent opportunity to brush up your Spanish while learning about current issues in Spain and Latin America. The class meets only once a week for an hour. Class requirements include reading specific sections of Spain's leading newspaper, El País, everyday on the internet (El País), and then meeting once a week to exchange ideas over coffee with a small group of students like yourself. Prerequisites: Spanish 204 or equivalent 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 · Jorge Brioso, Palmar M Álvarez-Blanco, Yansi Y Pérez
  • SPAN 224: Latin American Authors Write the U.S.

    We will focus on twenty-first century narratives written by Latin American authors, but in which the story or part of the story takes place in the U.S. We will examine the cross-cultural implications of these stories, the depiction of the U.S. from a Latin American or Latino perspective, the themes of border fiction, globalization, and immigration. Authors that may be included: Isabel Allende, Laura Restrepo, Valeria Luiselli, Yuri Herrera, Alberto Fuguet, Edmundo Paz Soldán. Taught in translation.

    6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Spring 2018 · Becky Boling
  • SPAN 244: Spain Today: Recent Changes through Narrative and Film

    Since the death of Franco in 1975, Spain has undergone huge political, socio-economic, and cultural transformations. Changes in the traditional roles of women, the legalization of gay marriage, the decline of the Catholic church, the increase of immigrants, Catalan and Basque nationalisms, and the integration of Spain in the European Union, have all challenged the definition of a national identity. Through contemporary narrative and film, this course will examine some of these changes and how they contribute to the creation of what we call Spain today.

    Prerequisites: Spanish 204 or equivalent and concurrent registration in Spanish 206 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Spring 2018 · Palmar M Álvarez-Blanco
  • SPAN 358: The Spanish Civil War

    Considered by many historians the beginning of the II World War, the Spanish Civil war served as the arena where the main ideologies of the twentieth century--Capitalism, Fascism, and Communism--first clashed. The result was not only one of the bloodiest wars in history, but also was of the most idealistic, with 40,000 volunteers from all over the world willing to die in defense of a country they did not even know. This course will explore the meaning of the war through a variety of mediums and disciplines, including literature, history, graphic arts, and films. Prerequisites: Spanish 205 or above 6 credit; International Studies, Humanistic Inquiry; offered Spring 2018 · Humberto R Huergo
  • SPAN 400: Integrative Exercise

    6 credit; S/NC; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018