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  • Objectives
    The Department aims to provide students with a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of spoken and written Spanish, its literatures, linguistics and cultures. In addition to the courses taught in the target language, the Spanish program offers courses in culture, film, Latin American gender taught in English that are acceptable for credit toward a Spanish degree. Students are encouraged to participate a study program in Latin America or Spain.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - Spanish
  • Course description
    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, or 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
    -     one Science context credit
    -     one Social Science context credit
    -     two elective credits

    Year 2
    -     SPAN 2P19 and 2P20
    -     one and one-half SPAN or MLLC credits · numbered 2(alpha)00 or above
    -     two and one-half elective credits

    Year 3
    -     Three and one-half SPAN or MLLC credits numbered 2(alpha)90 or above
    -     one and one-half elective credits

    Year 4
    -     One SPAN or MLLC credit numbered 2(alpha)90 or above
    -     three SPAN or MLLC credits numbered 3(alpha)90 or above
    -     one elective credit

    SPAN 1F00

    Introductory Spanish

    Elements of Spanish grammar. Oral, written and reading practice. Selected readings and multimedia materials.

    Lectures, 3 hours per week.

    Note: for students with no background in the language.

    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, 4 hours per week.

    Prerequisite: one Spanish credit, two or more years of high school Spanish or permission of the Department.

    *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, 3 hours per week.

    Note: given in English.

    *SPAN 2P10

    Latin American Cultures Since Independence

    (also offered as INTC 2P10 and PORT 2P10)

    Social, political and cultural history of the Latin American nations through text and images. Topics include cultural hybridization and identity.

    Lectures, 3 hours per week.

    Note: given in English. Spanish majors complete written assignments and exams in Spanish.

    Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade and credit obtained in INTL 2P10.

    *SPAN 2P11

    Iberian Culture

    (also offered as INTC 2P11 and PORT 2P11)

    Social, political and cultural history of Portugal and Spain through historical and literary texts, film and other visual arts.

    Lectures, 3 hours per week.

    Note: given in English. Spanish majors complete written assignments and exams in Spanish.

    Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade and credit obtained in INTL 2P11.

    SPAN 2P19

    Grammar and Composition

    Grammar review and further development of writing and oral skills. Practical skills of criticism.

    Lectures, 3 hours per week.

    Prerequisite: SPAN 1F90 or permission of the instructor.

    Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade and credit obtained in SPAN 2P21.

    SPAN 2P20

    Analysis and Approaches to Literary Texts

    Introduction to research methods applied to Spanish literature, terminology, critical theory and general historical survey of genres in Spanish Peninsular literature. Practical skills of criticism.

    Lectures, 3 hours per week.

    Prerequisite: SPAN 1F90 or permission of the instructor.

    Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade and credit obtained in SPAN 2F00 and 2F10.

    *SPAN 2P82

    Latin American and Iberian Film

    (also offered as PORT 2P82)

    Spanish and Latin American representations of identity crises involving issues of nationality, ethnicity, gender, religion and politics. Pastiche, parody and camp aesthetics, and the envisioning of new possibilities of solidarity leading to social transformations.

    Lectures, 3 hours per week; plus weekly film lab.

    Prerequisite: SPAN 1F90 or permission of the instructor.

    Note: Spanish and Portuguese language films with English subtitles. Given in English. Spanish majors complete written assignments and exams in Spanish.

    SPAN 2P90

    Race and Ethnicity in Modern Latin American Narrative

    How race and ethnicity have shaped Latin American societies and cultures in the 20th century. Topics include interactions of Iberian, European, Native and African peoples; official and unofficial management of multiethnic and multicultural societies. Authors may include Carpentier, Freyre and Ferré.

    Lectures, 3 hours per week.

    Prerequisite: SPAN 1F90 or permission of instructor.

    *SPAN 2P93

    Spanish Theatre


    (also offered as DART 2P93)

    Introduction to Spanish dramatic literature and performative culture. Discussion of social and cultural background of each play; play analysis; creative and critical thinking. Dramatists include Calderón de la Barca, Lope de Vega and García Lorca.

    Lectures 3 hours per week.

    Prerequisite: SPAN 1F90, DART 1F93 or 1F99.

    Note: the assignments are designed to adapt to the student's major. Spanish majors complete their assignments in Spanish.

    SPAN 2V90-2V99

    Culture in Spanish-Speaking Regions


    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 3P94

    Iberian Narrative

    (also offered as PORT 3P94)

    Themes and narrative techniques that characterize the works of major 20th-century authors as well as contemporary Spanish and Portuguese authors.

    Lectures, 3 hours per week.

    Prerequisites: SPAN 2P19 (2P21) and 2P20 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, Paulo Coelho and Castellanos.

    Lectures, 3 hours per week.

    Prerequisites: SPAN 2P19 (2P21) and 2P20 or permission of the instructor.

    SPAN 3P97

    Modern Spanish Literature and Culture


    Crises of national identity in poetry and narrative; literary theories dealing with genre, conventions of romanticism, naturalism, realism in context of Iberian culture.

    Lectures, 3 hours per week.

    Prerequisites: SPAN 2P19 (2P21) and 2P20 or permission of the instructor.

    SPAN 3P98

    Chronicle and Testimonial Writing

    Historiography, collective memory versus official history, relation of past to future, oral history and its transcription into testimonial literature.

    Lectures, 3 hours per week.

    Prerequisites: SPAN 2P19 (2P21) and 2P20 or permission of the instructor.

    SPAN 3P99

    Hispanic Linguistics

    Overview of major trends and issues in Hispanic linguistics. Topics may include language variation and change, language contact, dialectology, sociolinguistics, text linguistics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Issues of research methodology for the various areas.

    Lectures, 3 hours per week.

    Prerequisites: SPAN 2P19 (2P21) and 2P20 or permission of the instructor.

    SPAN 3Q90

    Early Modern Spanish Literature and Culture


    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, 3 hours per week.

    Prerequisites: SPAN 2P19 (2P21) and 2P20 or permission of the instructor.

    SPAN 3Q92

    Grammatical Structures: Theory and Practice

    Systematic study of complex grammatical structures. Syntactic analysis and principles. Concepts of semantics and style.

    Lectures, 3 hours per week.

    Prerequisites: SPAN 2P19 (2P21) and 2P20 or permission of the instructor.

    Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade and credit obtained in SPAN 3P90.

    *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, 3 hours per week.

    Prerequisites: SPAN 2P19 (2P21) and 2P20 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, 3 hours per week.

    Prerequisites: SPAN 3Q92 and MLLC 3P94 or permission of the instructor.

    *SPAN 4P10

    Readings in Medieval Iberian Narrative

    (also offered as PORT 4P10)

    Development of narrative traditions through the early fifteenth century and their historical contexts.

    Lectures, 3 hours per week.

    Prerequisites: SPAN 2P19 (2P21) and 2P20 or permission of the instructor.

    SPAN 4P15

    Imagining and Contesting Identity in Early Modern Spain and Colonial Spanish-America


    Religious, political and cultural discourses employed in the construction of identities in the 16th- and 17th-century Hispanic world. May include gendered identities, definitions of Spanish Christian identity, Creole identities and "counter-identities", such as Converso, Morisco and Mestizo.

    Lectures, 3 hours per week.

    Prerequisites: SPAN 2P19 (2P21) and 2P20 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, 3 hours per week.

    Prerequisites: two SPAN credits numbered 3(alpha)00 or above.

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