Last updated: June 24, 2004 @ 03:47PM

Spanish
This program is co-ordinated by the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Chair
Ernesto J. Virgulti

General Information

Administrative Assistant
Alison J. Rothwell

905-688-5550, extension 3312
Mackenzie Chown A240
https://brocku.ca/modernlanguages/index.html

The Department aims to provide students with a thorough and comprehensive coverage of spoken and written Spanish, its literature and culture. In addition to the courses taught in Spanish, the Department offers a series of courses taught in English that are acceptable for credit toward a degree. Students are encouraged to participate in the study program in Latin America or Spain.

Third-year Abroad
Students have the opportunity to study during their third year at a Spanish speaking University. In addition to studying Spanish language, literature and culture, students may also take courses in Business, the Humanities, the Social Sciences and other areas. Students must apply in their second year and have credit in SPAN 1F90.

Study in Cuba and Spain
Students should consult with the Department about other opportunities for intensive study abroad courses at different levels in Spain (Alcalá de Henares) or Latin America (Matanzas, Cuba).

One Month Study Abroad
This program offers students an opportunity to study for a month in the summer in Latin America or Spain. Students must consult with the Department prior to registration to determine the location.

Participants earn a credit in Spanish language from beginner to advanced as appropriate as well as one-half credit from SPAN 2V90-2V99.

Program Notes
  1. Students with 2 or more years of high school Spanish or OAC standing or equivalent in Spanish take SPAN IF90 and may not take SPAN 1F00 without permission of the Department. Permission is granted only in the most exceptional cases.
  2. Students without 2 or more years of high school Spanish or equivalent in the language take SPAN 1F00.
  3. SPAN 1F00 is an introductory language course. Students who register in this course must submit an official high school transcript to the instructor as proof of their level of competence in order to receive Departmental confirmation of registration before the end of the second week of classes (see Undergraduate Academic Calendar). Failure to do so will result in deregistration from the course.
  4. Unless otherwise noted in the course description, courses numbered 2(alpha)00 and above are taught in the language, while courses numbered 1F90 and below are taught in the language to the extent possible.
  5. SPAN 1F00 may be taken for degree credit, but cannot be used to meet requirements for major programs in Spanish. However, SPAN 1F00 may be included in a Minor program in Spanish.
  6. SPAN 1F00, 1F90, 2P20 and 2P21 constitute a sequence. Once credit has been obtained in one of these courses, students are not allowed to take for credit a course in the language with a lower number in the sequence. Students may not take two courses at different levels in the sequence during the same term. This regulation also applies to courses taken at other institutions.
  7. Departmental courses noted as given in English may be included in major programs. Single Honours programs may include no more than two and one-half credits in such courses; single 3 Year (Pass) programs may include no more than one and one-half credits credit in such courses; combined 3 Year (Pass) programs may include no more than one credit credit in such courses. Combined Honours programs may include no more than one and one-half credits in such courses. If both combined Honours programs are chosen, from French, Italian or Spanish, three credits, in both languages, are allowed.
  8. The Department reserves the right to refuse admission to and/or credit for any of its language courses to a student who has, in the view of the Department, a level of competence unsuited to that course.
  9. In all 20 credit degree programs, at least 12 credits must be numbered 2(alpha)00 or above, six of which must be numbered 2(alpha)90 or above and of these, three must be numbered 3(alpha)90 or above. In all 15 credit degree programs, at least seven credits must be numbered 2(alpha)00 or above, three of which must be numbered 2(alpha)90 or above.

Honours Program

In order to complete the single Honours program in Spanish in the normal four year period, students must supplement courses from other institutions in Canada, but preferably from a study abroad program in a Spanish-speaking country. Another option is to complete the program on a part-time basis.

Year 1
·   SPAN 1F90 (see program note 1)
·   one Science context credit
·   one Social Science context credit
·   two elective credits
Year 2
·   SPAN 2P20 and 2P21
·   one and one-half SPAN or MLLC credits numbered 2(alpha)00 or above (see program note 7)
·   two and one-half elective credits
Year 3
·   Three and one-half SPAN or MLLC credits numbered 2(alpha)90 or above (see program note 7)
·   one and one-half elective credits
Year 4
·   One SPAN or MLLC credit numbered 2(alpha)90 or above (see program note 7)
·   three SPAN or MLLC credits numbered 3(alpha)90 or above (see program note 7)
·   one elective credit

Pass Program

Satisfactory completion of the first three years of the Honours program entitles a student to apply for a Pass degree.

Combined Major Program

Honours

Year 1
·   SPAN 1F90 (see program note 1)
·   one credit from the co-major discipline
·   one Science context credit
·   one Social Science context credit
·   one elective credit
Year 2
·   SPAN 2P20 and 2P21
·   one SPAN or MLLC credit numbered 2(alpha)00 or above (see program note 7)
·   two credits from the co-major discipline
·   one elective credit
Year 3
·   Two SPAN or MLLC credits numbered 2(alpha)90 or above(see program note 7)
·   two credits from the co-major discipline
·   one elective credit
Year 4
·   Two SPAN or MLLC credits numbered 3(alpha)90 or above(see program note 7)
·   two credits from the co-major discipline
·   one elective credit
Pass

Satisfactory completion of the first three years of the Honours program entitles a student to apply for a Pass degree.

Minor in Spanish

Students in other disciplines may obtain a Minor in Spanish within their degree program by completing the following courses with a minimum 60 percent average:
·   SPAN 1F90, 2P20 and 2P21
·   one SPAN credit
·   one SPAN literature and/or culture credit numbered 2(alpha)00 or above

Course Descriptions

Note that not all courses are offered in every session. Refer to the applicable term timetable for details.

# Indicates a cross listed course
* Indicates primary offering of a cross listed course

Prerequisites and Restrictions

Students must check to ensure that prerequisites are met. Students may be deregistered, at the request of the instructor, from any course for which prerequisites and/or restrictions have not been met.
SPAN 1F00
Introductory Spanish
For students with no knowledge of Spanish. Elements of Spanish grammar. Oral, written and reading practice. Selected readings, multimedia materials.
Lectures, tutorial, 4 hours per week.

SPAN 1F90
Intermediate Spanish
Composition and oral practice. Review of Spanish grammar. Introduction to Spanish literature, Latin American and Peninsular Culture and topics of current interest.
Lectures, tutorial, 4 hours per week.
Prerequisite: SPAN 1F00 or two or more years of high school Spanish or permission of the instructor.

SPAN 1P95
Conquest and Colonization
(also offered as PORT 1P95)
Creation of a new culture founded on Amerindian, Iberian and African traditions; visual arts, architecture, literature and music; disparity between cultural identity and economic and political identity, utopian ideals, alienation through imitation, rediscovery of autochthonous cultural models.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Note: given in English.

SPAN 2P10
Latin American Culture
(also offered as PORT 2P10)
Survey of social history through text and images; pre-Columbian cultures; cultural hybridization and colonization to the present day.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Note: given in English. Spanish majors complete written assignments and exams in Spanish.

SPAN 2P11
Iberian Culture
(also offered as PORT 2P11)
Social, political and cultural history of Portugal and Spain through historical and literary texts, film and other visual arts.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Note: given in English. Spanish majors complete written assignments and exams in Spanish.

SPAN 2P82
Latin American and Iberian Film
(also offered as FILM 2P82 and PORT 2P82)
Spanish and Latin American representations of identity crises involving issues of nationality, ethnicity, gender and politics. Pastiche, parody and camp aesthetics, and the envisioning of new possibilities of solidarity leading to social transformations.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week; plus weekly film lab.
Prerequisite: SPAN 1F90.
Note: Spanish and Portuguese language films with English subtitles. Given in English. Spanish majors complete written assignments and exams in Spanish.

SPAN 2V90-2V99
Culture in a Spanish-Speaking Region
Culture of a country or region in its geographical context. Background preparation research preceding an intensive study period on location.
Restriction: permission of the Department.
Note: students are expected to pay their own expenses.

SPAN 3P64
Caribbean Narratives
Social and cultural history of Caribbean writing and art. Key concepts relating to political crises, search for independence and identity in the works of Carpentier, Guillén, Ferré, García Márquez and others.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: SPAN 2P20 and 2P21 (2F00 or 2F10) or permission of the instructor.

SPAN 3P94
Iberian Narrative
(also offered as PORT 3P94)
Development of Spanish and Portuguese narrative from postwar social realism to the present. Authors may include Cela, Matute, Montero, Nemésio and Saramago.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: 2P20 and 2P21 (2F00 or 2F10) or permission of the instructor.

SPAN 3P95
Contemporary Latin American Narrative
Multidisciplinary approach (historical, sociological, psychological, mythical) to the study of texts from different cultures and genres Authors may include Borges, Rulfo, Jorge Amado, Peri Rossi, Lispector, and Castellanos.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: SPAN 2P20 and 2P21 (2F00 or 2F10) or or permission of the instructor.

SPAN 3P97
Realism
Crises of national identity in poetry and narrative; literary theories dealing with genre, conventions of romanticism, naturalism, realism in context of Iberian culture. Authors may include Bécquer, Pardo Bazán, Pérez Galdós, Generation of 98.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: SPAN 2P20 and 2P21 (2F00 or 2F10) or permission of the instructor.

SPAN 3P98
Contemporary Chronicle and Testimonial Writing
Historiography, collective memory versus official history, relation of past to future, oral history and its transcription into testimonial literature. Texts may include the chronicles of Poniatowska, Monsiváis, Galeano, Menchú.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: SPAN 2P20 and 2P21 (2F00 or 2F10) or permission of the instructor.

SPAN 3Q90
Golden Age
Themes and trends in 16th- and 17th-century Spanish drama, prose and poetry; evolution of a national theatre, picaresque, and birth of the modern novel. Film adaptations of key texts to aid comprehension and to consider performative culture.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: SPAN 2P20 and 2P21 (2F00 or 2F10) or permission of the instructor.
Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade in SPAN 3P92 and 3P93.

SPAN 3Q92
Advanced Grammar and Communication I
Syntactic analysis and principles. Concepts of semantics and style. Applications to advanced writing and oral practice of the Spanish language.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: SPAN 2P20 and 2P21 (2F00 or 2F10) or permission of the instructor.
Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade in SPAN 3P90.

SPAN 3Q93
Advanced Grammar and Communication II
Further studies in syntactic analysis and principles. Concepts of semantics and style. Further applications to advanced writing and oral practice of the Spanish language.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisite: SPAN 3Q92 or permission of the instructor.

SPAN 3Q94
Revolution
(also offered as HIST 3P94)
Social, economic and intellectual roots of revolutions in Mexico, Bolivia, Guatemala, Cuba and Nicaragua. The seminal role of the Mexican Revolution.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Note: given in English.

SPAN 4P01
Latin American Women's Perspectives
(also offered as WISE 4P01)
Cultural production of Latin American women and their impact on society; wide selection of media including testimonial writing, oral history, narrative, drama, poetry, visual arts, music. Innovations in popular and literary culture allowing women to rearticulate relationships of power. Authors may include, Boullosa, Kahlo, Navarro,Parra and Piñón.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisite: one of SPAN 2P20 and 2P21 (2F00 or 2F10), WISE 1F90 or permission of the instructor.
Note: given in English. Spanish majors complete written assignments and exams in Spanish.

SPAN 4P04
Translation: Applications
Lexical, morphological, syntactic and semantic interrelationships between source text and target text; application of translation methodologies to a variety of texts.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisite: MLLC 3P94 or permission of the instructor.

SPAN 4V60-4V69
Special Research Topics in Spanish Literature
Course content will vary, depending upon the interests of instructors and students.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: two SPAN credits numbered 3(alpha)00 or above.