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SPN 552 Guerrrilla, Gays and Gangs: Outsiders in Hispanic Film (A). Prerequisite: Any 300 level literature and culture course in Spanish. Why do we fear outsiders? Because we don’t know them? Because they are different? Or because their difference makes us question our own identity and values? Students in this class will take a closer look at cultural icons such as Ernesto Che Guevara, Latino gay culture, and the social and economic factors driving gang membership, immigration and prostitution. Requires active class participation and advanced writing skills. 3 Cr. 3 Cr.

SPN 553 Spanish American Women Writers (A). Following a chronological perspective, this course explores both theoretical and literary writings by a selection of leading Spanish American women writers representing different literary movements and reflect on a variety of national problems. Students will examine recurrent themes in women's writing, including: the representation of identity; the intersection of class, race and gender; and the textual strategies underpinning these considerations. 3 cr. 3 Cr.

SPN 555 Hispanic Popular Culture (A). Explores the materials and the dynamics of popular culture in contemporary Hispanic societies. Analyzes forms such as telenovelas (soap operas), popular music, humor, cartoons, beliefs and oral narratives. Gives attention to differing definitions and interpretations of the roles and functions of popular culture in societies. 3 Cr.

SPN 556 Literature and Culture of the Caribbean (A). Prerequisite: Any 300 level literature and culture course in Spanish: Covers some of the literary contributions made by leading authors of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean: Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Following a discussion of the most significant historical events facing the region, students examine recurrent themes including poverty and marginalization, imperialism and political autonomy, neocolonialism, racism and social class, political and religious freedom, gender roles and stereotypes. 3 cr. 3 Cr.

SPN 557 Contemporary Spanish Writers (A). Studies 20th-century Spanish literature, e.g., essays, short stories, novels, poetry and plays. Presents the historical and literary contexts in which the selected works emerge and discusses the relationship between the writers and their cultural environment. Designed to also develop analytical perspectives in literary criticism and to strengthen reading and writing skills in Spanish. 3 Cr.

SPN 558 Multiple Voices, Multiple Truths (A). Explores the notions of Truth and Power in 20th century Spanish American literature. Through the analysis of essays, short stories, novels and poetry, students will identify the multiple ways in which the texts challenge canonical narratives, official national histories and patriarchal myths. 3 Cr. 3 Cr.

SPN 559 Mexico Today (A). Provides an introduction to contemporary Mexico: its history and geography; political, social and economic systems; art, literature and music; people and their lifestyles. 3 cr. 3 Cr.

SPN 561 Advanced Spanish Grammar (A). Covers grammatical structures of Spanish and includes a study of Spanish morphology, syntax and lexicon. Gives special attention to analysis and correction of interferences. Conducts discussions of specific structures in Spanish, followed by oral and written exercises, including translations. 3 Cr. Spring.

SPN 562 Spanish Language Variations in the US (A). Provides an introduction to Spanish dialectology, including both the diachronic and synchronic description of the Spanish language. Covers the cultural, social, linguistic, and historical factors that determine language variations. 3cr. 3 Cr. Spring.

SPN 599 Independent Study in Spanish (A). Content to be identified in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-3 Cr. Every Semester.

SPN 605 Literacy Instruction for Heritage Learners (A). Allows the Spanish heritage speakers and advanced Spanish learners to explore the acquisition of literacy skills in Spanish through the study of several research-based approaches to the teaching of native language arts, using the native language and English, for meeting New York State learning standards for students. It focuses on the development of reading and writing as well as in depth analysis for later creation of research projects. 3 Cr. Spring.

SPN 699 Independent Study in Spanish (A). Content to be identified in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-3 Cr. Every Semester.

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