PLEASE READ INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.

1. Students currently enrolled in HISP language courses (HISP 10-105) will receive instructions about consent code distribution before the beginning of registration.

2. All others should email Professor Harder (harder@brandeis.edu) as soon as possible with a description of their background in Spanish, including classes taken, standardized test scores, and/or other exposure to the language. She will reply with further instructions about obtaining a consent code for the appropriate language course.

3. Heritage speakers (those who grew up speaking Spanish) should also describe their language background in an email to Professor Harder (harder@brandeis.edu) who will give them additional information.

Fall 2015 Hispanic Studies Courses

Schedule information is tentative. Please see http://www.brandeis.edu /registrar/schedule/classes/2015/Fall/6600/all for current listings.


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poster for HISP 164 fall 2015HISP 164B Studies in Latin American Literature: Nation and Narration
(1) M,W 3:30–4:50, Rosenberg
Prerequisite: HISP 109b, or HISP 110a, or HISP 111b, or permission of the instructor.

By reading novels, poems, chronicles, and autobiographies from distinctive regions in Latin America (Argentina, Cuba and Peru), we will explore discourses of national construction and definition of identity. These texts are the arena for cultural debates around topics of race, class, and gender, outlining ways in which national subjects have been and are still defined.

ALL STUDENTS NEED A CONSENT CODE TO ENROLL IN SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSES (HISP 10–108). PLEASE READ INSTRUCTIONS IN BAR TO RIGHT.



HISP 10A Beginning Spanish
(1) M,T,W,Th 9:00–9:50, Arteta
(2) M,T,W,Th 11:00–11:50, Arteta
Prerequisite: Consent code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
For students who have had no previous study of Spanish. A systematic presentation of the basic grammar and vocabulary of the language within the context of Hispanic culture, with focus on all five language skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and sociocultural awareness.

HISP 20B Continuing Spanish
(1) M,T,W,Th 9:00–9:50, Burstin
(2) M,W,Th,F 10:00–10:50, Mederos
(3) M,T,W,Th 11:00–11:50, Burstin
(4) M,T,W,Th 1:00–1:50, Burstin
Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in HISP 10a or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
For students with some previous study of Spanish: a continuing presentation of the basic grammar and vocabulary of the language within the context of Hispanic culture with focus on all five language skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and sociocultural awareness.

HISP 32A Intermediate Spanish: Conversation
(1) M,W,Th,F 9:00–9:50, Mederos
(2) M,T,W,Th 10:00–10:50, Arteta
(3) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50; F 12:30–1:20, Perdomo
(4) M,T,W,Th 1:00–1:50, Perdomo
(5) M,W,Th,F 11:00–11:50, Mederos
Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in HISP 20b or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
This course focuses on the development of oral expression and conversational skills in the context of a continuing development of linguistic competence in Spanish.

HISP 34A Intermediate Spanish: Topics in Hispanic Culture
(1) M,W,Th,F 10:00–10:50, González Ros
(2) M,W,Th,F 11:00–11:50, González Ros
Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in HISP 20b or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
Topics or themes from Hispanic cultures are the context for continuing development of linguistic competence in Spanish.

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HISP 104B Peoples, Ideas, and Language of the Hispanic World
(1) M,W,Th 10:00–10:50, Perdomo
(2) M,W,Th 1:00–1:50, González Ros
Prerequisite: HISP 32 or 34. Consent code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
Participants will expand their skills in Spanish while deepening their understanding of Hispanic cultures. Focuses on aspects of the history and ideas that shape the Spanish—speaking world, from its peninsular origins to the realities of Spanish—speakers in the Americas.

HISP 105A Spanish Conversation and Grammar
(1) M,W,Th 11:00–11:50, Perdomo
Prerequisite: HISP 104b or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
Students learn to communicate effectively in Spanish through class discussions, oral and written exercises, presentations, literary and cultural readings, film, and explorations of the mass media. Emphasis on improvement of oral and written fluency, and the continued acquisition of vocabulary and grammar structures.

HISP 105 Medical Spanish poster
HISP 105A Spanish Conversation and Grammar: Spanish for Medical Professionals
(3) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50, Reyes de Deu
Prerequisite: HISP 104b or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
This course is designed to provide students with practice in spoken Spanish using meaningful and applicable medical terminology. Special attention will be given to relevant cultural differences, and the class will discuss how cultural notions may influence Spanish-speaking patients’ healthcare behaviors and doctor/patient communication. The course will supply a review of simple and complex grammatical structures upon which students can build throughout their professional careers. Students will be exposed to intense conversational practice and use Spanish in a variety of interactive class activities such as interviews, dialogues, debates, discussions, and presentations.

HISP 106B Spanish Composition, Grammar, and Stylistics
(1) M,W 2:00–3:20, Reyes de Deu
(2) M,W 3:30–4:50, Reyes de Deu
Prerequisite: HISP 105a or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
Focuses on written communication and the improvement of writing skills including the development of ideas, outlining, and editing. Literary selections are used to help students to continue focusing on language—vocabulary, structures, and elements of texts; they serve as topics for class discussion and writing as well as an introduction to the principles of literary analysis.

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HISP 110A Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Literature: Gender, Class, Religion and Power
(1) T,F 9:30–10:50, Fox
Prerequisite: HISP 106b, or 108a, or permission of the instructor.
Was el Cid a political animal? How do women, Jews, and Muslims fare in classical Spanish literature? Study of major works, authors, and social issues from the Middle Ages to the end of the seventeenth century. Texts covered range from lyric love poetry and the epic Cantar del Cid to Cervantes and masterpieces of Spanish Golden Age theater.

HISP 111B Introduction to Latin American Literature & Culture
(1) M,W 2:00–3:20, Rosenberg
Prerequisite: HISP 106b, or HISP 108a, or permission of instructor.
Examines key Latin American texts of different genres (poems, short stories and excerpts from novels, chronicles, comics, screenplays, cyberfiction) and from different time periods from the conquest to modernity. This class places emphasis on problems of cultural definition and identity construction as they are elaborated in literary discourse.


HISP 120B Don Quijote

(1) T,F 11:00–12:20, Fox
Prerequisite: HISP 109b, or HISP 110a, or HISP 111b, or permission of the instructor.
A reading for fun and critical insight into what is often called "the first modern novel." Discusses some reasons for its reputation as a major influence on fiction and films throughout the Western world.

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upside down map of Latin America

HISP 164B Studies in Latin American Literature: Nation and Narration
(1) M,W 3:30–4:50, Rosenberg
Prerequisite: HISP 109b, or HISP 110a, or HISP 111b, or permission of the instructor.

By reading novels, poems, chronicles, and autobiographies from distinctive regions in Latin America (Argentina, Cuba and Peru), we will explore discourses of national construction and definition of identity. These texts are the arena for cultural debates around topics of race, class, and gender, outlining ways in which national subjects have been and are still defined.


HISP 182A Narratives of the Drug Wars in Latin America
(1) T,F 12:30–1:50, Arellano
Prerequisite: HISP 109b or HISP 110a or HISP 111b, or permission of the instructor.
This course explores literature, cinema, and music that engage with narco cultures and the drug wars in contemporary Latin America. We will situate these narratives and artworks in relation to the history of the pursuit and commerce of mind- and mood-altering substances (e.g. coca, tobacco, chocolate) in the colonial Americas.

HISP 198A Experiential Research Seminar in Literary and Cultural Studies
(1) Th 2:00–4:50, Arellano
Prerequisite: HISP 109b or HISP 110a or HISP 111b, or permission of the instructor.
This is a capstone course for students majoring in Hispanic Studies at Brandeis and is also open to other students interested in pursuing a semester-long research project.

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Schedule information is tentative. Please see http://www.brandeis.edu /registrar/schedule/classes/2015/Fall/6600/all for current listings.