2017-18 Courses

1000 Level

Spanish 1030: Spanish for Beginners
More than 400 million people speak Spanish. Why don't you? Learning to speak Spanish opens the door to a broad and exciting world. Spanish 1030 is an elementary course for students who have never studied Spanish. You will learn basic vocabulary and grammar that will allow you to communicate with Spanish speakers about everyday matters
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2000 Level

Spanish 2200: Intermediate Spanish
Spoken worldwide, Spanish is the official language of 21 countries. Taught by native-speaking instructors, Intermediate Spanish will prepare you and will braoden your linguistic scope so you can make connections with local residents and deepen your experiences in Spanish-speaking countries. The primary emphasis of this course is on effective oral and written expression, so as to permit students who have completed this course to communicate their ideas and opinions with clarity in a variety of academic and social settings. View Syllabus

Spanish 2214A: Comparative Grammar of English and Spanish
Is Spanish easier to learn than English? In this course you will compare the structure of both. You will learn, for example, that Spanish has more verb forms, and English has a simpler word order. Exploring the contrasts will lead to a deeper understanding of grammar. View Syllabus.

Spanish 2215F: Exploring Hispanic Cultures I
This course is an introduction to reading, writing and researching in Hispanic visual, performing, literary, and cultural production. The course also includes considerations of Hispanic socio-linguistics, as seen over time in a variety of texts. We will explore culture from the Hispanic world including Europe, North Africa and the Americas. The course´s objectives are, through the realization of individual projects, to improve research abilities and Spanish language skills in conversation, reading and writing. This year, we will be focusing on the Hispanic world at war. Students will be doing research on major cultural figures and the impact of their work on their communities. This course will be taught in Spanish. View Syllabus

Spanish 2216G: Exploring Hispanic Cultures II
This course is an introduction to reading, writing, and researching in literature, film, popular culture and digital Spanish. Students develop foundations in these fields through a series of case studies across generic, historical, geographical areas of the Hispanic world. This year, the course will focus on food, markets, and cooking in the Hispanic world. View Syllabus

Spanish 2220B/3327B: Spanish Conversation
This course will entail a variety of guided conversations in Spanish dealing with a selection of issues in contemporary Hispanic World (Spain, North America, Mexico and the Caribbean, Central and South America). Students will develop their communicative skills in Spanish through discussions of topics, ranging from social and political issues to TV and pop culture, films, music, fashion, food, and sports. View Syllabus

ita4500resz.jpgSpanish 2500F: Bridging Classroom & Community: Languages & Cultures in Action
Would you like to acquire lifelong competences that will allow you to build (self)-cultural awareness and interact meaningfully with other cultures in today's globalized world? Then Bridging Classroom and Community is your course! We will explore issues of identity, memory, immigration, prejudice, stereotype, and intercultural dialogue, while building a connection with our own London community, and its wealth of languages and cultures via collaborative projects between students and members of this community.
This course is cross listed with CLC/GER/ITA 2500F 
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Spanish 2901A: World Cultures/Global Screens
By looking at a body of films from Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, this course aims to expose students to a wide range of questions and debates around culture and identity, while also relating these matters to circulating discourses about the Global. Depending on each case study, the consecutive units focus on different critical approaches, alternatively addressing questions concerning the representation of racial, ethnic and cultural identities, matters of gender and female authorship, and issues of genre and stardom.
This course is cross listed with CLC 2107A and Film 2195A
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--CANCELLED-- Spanish 2902A: Latin American Cinema
This course will concentrate on Latin American cinemas, referring to a body of films made in different countries insce the advent of sound adn the rise of the first studios in the region until today, with a strong emphasis on the most recent productions which have been re-defining the landscape of these varied and rich national film industries and film cultures. Always approaching the texts as social and aesthetic practices, attention will be paid to questions of (national and cultural) identity, film history and historiography, realism and ideology, and issues of race and gender. This course is cross listed with Film 2194A.
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Spanish 2903A: Latin American Women's Fiction
Though often sidelined, the fiction of women writers in Latin America offers significant intellectual contribution to ongoing debates, including those related to curent topics on gender, ethnicity, and identity. This introductory course examines Latin American women's literature, covering a panoramic selection of female writers and examples of their fictional prose works from the 17th century to the present day, with a focus on themes relevant to current issues.
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Spanish 2904B: Fiction in Hispanic American Children's Literature
This course provides an approach to Hispanic American Children´s Literature, and an analysis of its origins and characteristics through the study of this literary field in Hispanic American countries such as Chile, Mexico, Venezuela, Cuba and El Salvador. With this selection of countries, it will be possible to comprehend how diverse and yet particular this literature thought for children is, by means of analyzing narrative texts and poetry produced in different social and historical contexts between the XIX century to the present.
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Spanish 2956A: Language Acquisition in Bilingual Contexts
Multilingualism is the reality for the majority of the world’s population. As a result, it is receiving more and more attention from other disciplines (such as computer science, education, or political science). This course examines the main issues in child and adult second language acquisition and combines theory with practice with the objective of giving students a general, yet comprehensive, perspective of bilingual language acquisition.
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3000 Level

Spanish 3300: Advanced Spanish Language
Are you interested in improving your oral and written abilities in Spanish? Whether you're working, traveling, or reconnecting with your family and heritage in a Spanish speaking country, this course, taught by natve speakers, will help you to achieve your objective. Would you like to express yourself fluently, read newspapers, editorials, professional interviews, and literary articles as well as listen to the radio and watch television and movies? After this course you will. Although grammar is not the major emphasis at this level, you will improve your grammar and vocabulary through interesting activities such as: debates, cultural discussions, and presentations. View Syllabus

Spanish 3303B: The Structure of Spanish
This course will introduce students to basic concepts in linguistics from a Spanish perspective. It examines the different levels of structure, including the Spanish sound system (phonology), word formation (morphology), and sentence formation (syntax). It will also examine the relationships between form and meaning. View Syllabus

Spanish 3314F: Hispanic Sociolinguistics
You will learn about the role of linguistic and social factors such as 'gender', 'class', 'age' and 'education', in language variation and change. Sociolinguistic theory and methodology will be discussed with respect to lexical, morpho-syntactic and phonological patterns and in the context of different varieties of Spanish, such as Cuban, Argentine, Colombian, Mexican and Peninsular Spanish.
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Spanish 3318B: The Sounds of Spanish
This course invites you to learn about the Spanish sound system, variation in the Hispanic world and Spain, and accent recognition. You will become familiarized with current topics in Hispanic phonetics and phonology via readings, music and movies. You will also have the opportunity to design and carry out an experiment.
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Spanish 3319B: The Acquisition of Spanish
This course has three branches: review of experimental research as carried out by others; experimental research as conceived and carried out by you; and application to real life situations, the community. in the first of these we will review, based on the textbook and recent articles, what we know about second language acquisition. For the second part, in groups you will develop a research project that you will carry out and report on. For the third part you will work with a member of the community that wants to practice English. View Syllabus

Spanish 3901G: Women Filmmakers
This course will explore the notion of film authorship in relation to its utterances and implications when associated to the praxis of women film directors, with a special emphasis on contemporary Hipanic voices. While troubling the notion of women's cinema, its definition, limits and limitations, a wide range of case studies - filsm emerging from dissimilar contexts of production and reception - will be mostly read and discussed in the light of feminist approaches to questions about gender and representation. In this sense, the course will also offer a historical and critical overview of feminist scholarship within film studies and of the ongoing debates in this ares of study. This course is also cross-listed with WS 3375G and Film 3311G
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Spanish 3902F: Pre-Contact American Art and Architure
This course will introduce students to the arts of the indigenous peoples of North, Central, and South America from the Prehistoric times until the early colonial era.  Relying on a thematic organization, we will consider how artworks, whether weavings, baskets, ceramics, sculptures, paintings, or architecture, reflect the worldviews of the indigenous Americans who created and used them.  By using an interdisciplinary approach, we will study these cultures and artworks from the perspectives of art history, anthropology, archaeology, history, and ethnography. Our interdisciplinary perspective will assist us in partially reconstructing the cultural practices of these American societies prior to contact with the Europeans who arrived in the sixteenth century.

This course is cross listed with CLC 2297F and VAH 2266F.
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--CANCELLED-- Spanish 3903G: Literary Creativity in the Digital Age / Creatividad Literaria en la Era Digital
Have you heard of Wattpad? Join this online storytelling community and discover why this Toronto-based platform is the preferred option for readers of your generation all over the world. In this course, you will become a writer in the digital age. Explore the app or the website and write your own story, read your classmates’ and others’ stories, vote and comment on them, follow your favorite authors and get your own followers. Everything from your phone or your computer! You will learn how these new social interactions between readers and writers are changing the literary production and publication system. The course will showcase successful cases that made the leap to the literary and film industries. You could be the next! In this course, we will also reflect critically on the role of Wattpad and Artificial Intelligence in the future of literary creativity. Could a machine ever write a bestseller? Syllabus coming soon!

4000 Level

Spanish 4500G: Senior Research Project
Chicken soup for a cold or flu is not a recent concept but an age-old remedy. Centred on the theme “Food and Medicine in the Middle Ages” develop your own research project. Avenues to explore may range from medieval ideas about nutrition, sick-dishes, foodstuffs and drugs, to cooking and dining practices, regional preferences and intercultural influences. Choose the medium of presentation that best suits your topic.
Cross listed with CLC/GER/ITA 4500G
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