Spanish: Language, Literature, Culture (including courses in English)

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  • CAS LS 111: First-Semester Spanish
    For students who have never studied Spanish, or by placement test results. Introduction to grammatical structures. Emphasis on aural comprehension, speaking, and pronunciation. Introduction to Hispanic culture. Lab required.
  • CAS LS 112: Second-Semester Spanish
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 111; or placement test results.
    Completes study of basic grammatical structures. Emphasis on speaking and aural comprehension. Readings on contemporary Hispanic culture. Writing assignments. Lab required.
  • CAS LS 123: First-Year Spanish
    For beginners only. Intensive equivalent of one year of college Spanish.
  • CAS LS 211: Third-Semester Spanish
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 112; or placement test results.
    Completes study of grammatical structures of Spanish. Use of spoken language in conversation. Reading in Hispanic civilization and of contemporary short stories. Writing exercises involving more complex grammatical and syntactical patterns.
  • CAS LS 212: Fourth-Semester Spanish
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 211; or placement test results.
    Review of the structures of Spanish. Intensive practice of spoken language. More advanced readings from Hispanic culture. Frequent compositions. Satisfactory completion of CAS LS 212 fulfills the CAS language requirement. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS LS 306: Spanish Through Translation
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 212; or Spanish SAT subject test score of 560 or higher, or placement testresults. First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120).
    Not open to students for whom Spanish is a first language. Students may take up to two 300- level Spanish language courses (LS 306, LS 307, LS 308, LS 310, LS 311) before moving on to higher levels. Any combination of two 300-level courses may be taken for credit, provided the two courses have different course numbers; repeating a course with the same number is not allowed. Advanced study of the Spanish language through the translation of written texts. Analysis of the theory and practice of translation as a catalyst of cultural transfer. Taught in Spanish. Two topics are offered for Fall 2018. Section A1: Translation Strategies. Viaje entre culturas. Examines the practice of transferring meaning from and into Spanish through a wide variety of texts and mediums. Students develop language skills and cultural awareness by exploring literary, technical, legal, and audiovisual texts. Section B1: Techniques of Literary Translation. Practice in the translation--from and into Spanish--of different forms of literary prose and poetry. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area(s): Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing-intensive Course.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • CAS LS 307: Spanish Through Literature and the Arts
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 212; or Spanish SAT subject test score of 560 or higher, or placement testresults. First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120).
    Not open to students for whom Spanish is a first language. Students may take up to two 300- level Spanish language courses (LS 306, LS 307, LS 308, LS 310, LS 311) before moving on to higher levels. Any combination of two 300-level courses may be taken for credit, provided the two courses have different course numbers; repeating a course with the same number is not allowed. Advanced study of the Spanish language through the analysis of literature in its relations to the arts and society. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing-intensive Course, Oral and/or Signed Communication. Four topics are offered Fall 2018. Section A1: Spanish Humor in Cinema, Literature, & the Arts. A careful analysis of what makes Spaniards laugh and the role that humor plays in Spanish society. Students delve into contemporary Spain while exploring the use of humorous resources in everyday life situations to communicate more effectively, efficiently and persuasively. Section B1: La movida madrilena. Advanced Spanish course through the exploration of the music, film, literature and visual arts of "La Movida," a cultural phenomenon that took place during the late 70s that conveyed the spirit of freedom and liberation in Spain after Franco's death. Section C1: Literature and Food in the Hispanic World. Students enhance their written and oral skills by discussing literary texts and films that explore the centrality of food as a unique site of exchange among the cultures that have shaped the Hispanic World. Section D1: Short Stories from the Hispanic World. In this advanced course of Spanish language, we carefully analyze representative short stories and film from the Hispanic World to expand students' linguistic and cultural competencies.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • CAS LS 308: Spanish Through Film and New Media
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 212; or Spanish SAT subject test score of 560 or higher, or placement testresults. First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120).
    Students may take up to two 300- level Spanish language courses (LS 306, LS 307, LS 308, LS 310, LS 311) before moving on to higher levels. Any combination of two 300-level courses may be taken for credit, provided the two courses have different course numbers; repeating a course with the same number is not allowed. Advanced study of the Spanish language through the analysis of films and media of the Spanish- speaking world: cinema, the internet, and social media.This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing- intensive Course, Oral and/or Signed Communication. Two topics are offered Fall 2018. Sections A1 & A2: Female Characters in Spanish Cinema. This advanced, writing-intensive course in Spanish explores the characterization of women in Spanish films. Students apply basic analytical and investigative skills to discuss how women have been depicted during key periods of Spain's modern history. Section B1: La Road Movie. Examines how films from Hispanic countries portray these quests for change, how many of these trips lead to cross-cultural (mis)communications, and the universal and culturally specific nature of certain common themes.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • CAS LS 309: Spanish for Heritage and Native Speakers
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Open only to native or near-native speakers of Spanish. Not open to students who have completed any 300-level Spanish Language course.
    Topic for Fall 2018: La frontera. Spanish conversation/composition for heritage and native speakers. Explores the concept of "borders" and how people, languages, art, species, and sexualities interact in these geographic, symbolic, or imaginary divisory spaces. Includes works by authors of fiction, historians, ecologists, and gender activists.
  • CAS LS 310: Spanish for the Professions
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 212; or Spanish SAT subject test score of 560 or higher, or placement test results.
    Not open to students for whom Spanish is a first language. Students may take up to two 300- level Spanish language courses (LS 306, LS 307, LS 308, LS 310, LS 311) before moving on to higher levels. Any combination of two 300-level courses may be taken for credit, provided the two courses have different course numbers; repeating a course with the same number is not allowed. Topic for Fall 2018: Rutas del comercio en el mundo hispano. Examines the Spanish language, Hispanic practices, and cultural differences in the professional Hispanic business world. Students develop cultural and linguistic competence by exploring a wide variety of texts and mediums.
  • CAS LS 311: Spanish Through Performance: The Theater of Everyday Life
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 212; or Spanish SAT subject test score of 560 or higher; or placement test results.
    Not open to students for whom Spanish is a first language. Students may take up to two 300- level Spanish language courses (LS 306, LS 307, LS 308, LS 310, LS 311) before moving on to higher levels. Any combination of two 300-level courses may be taken for credit, provided the two courses have different course numbers; repeating a course with the same number is not allowed. Topic for Fall 2018: Acting, Pretending, and Role-Playing in the Theatre of Everyday Live. Through a variety of scene-writing and other drama exercises, improvisations and performances, students develop communicative skills while consolidating grammar, building vocabulary, and working on pronunciation and intonation. Students develop cultural awareness by performing in everyday situations in the Hispanic world.
  • CAS LS 350: Introduction to Analysis of Hispanic Texts
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: any 300-level Spanish language course or placement exam results.
    Development of techniques for reading and interpreting Hispanic literary texts; reading of lyric poetry, drama, and fictional narrative. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS LS 401: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of the Honors Committee.
  • CAS LS 402: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of the Honors Committee.
  • CAS LS 450: Contemporary Spanish Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350.
    Topic for Spring 2018: Recent Spanish Fiction: Memory and the Civil War. A reading of recent Spanish works, dealing with the topic of the Spanish Civil War and its presence in contemporary Spain. Authors included are: Francisco Ayala, Javier Cercas, Isaac Rosa, Almudena Grandes.
  • CAS LS 452: Topics in Latin America Literature and Culture
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350.
    Topic for Fall 2018: Poetry and Social Change in Twentieth-Century Latin America. Exploration of Latin America's strong tradition of the use of poetry to effect social change. Examples from a broad range of authors, including Pablo Neruda, Nicolas Guillen, Ernesto Cardenal, Roque Dalton, Mario Benedetti and Gioconda Belli.
  • CAS LS 454: Survey of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Spanish Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350.
    Representative texts of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spanish literature, including poetry, drama and the novel, as explorations of the place of the individual within the rhythms of Spain's changing cultural identity. Authors include: Larra, Galdos, Unamuno, Lorca, Vazquez Montalban.
  • CAS LS 455: Spanish American Literature Through the Nineteenth Century
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350.
    A close reading of representative texts of Spanish American literature from early writings of discovery and conquest through the nineteenth century. Emphasis on the development of the modern novel and on Spanish America's quest for a cultural identity.
  • CAS LS 456: Spanish Medieval and Golden Age Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350.
    A linguistic approach to medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque writers. Dynamic interaction between literature and the development of the Spanish language. Focus on crucial moments in Spain's cultural and linguistic history.
  • CAS LS 457: Twentieth Century Spanish American Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LS 350.
    Representative literary works written in Spanish America during the twentieth century. Special attention to the relationship between modernity and identity, and the connection of literature with other cultural expressions, particularly film.