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 2017 Hispanic Studies Courses

Schedule information is tentative. Please see the Registrar's Schedule of Classes for current listings.


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 10:00–10:50, 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,T,W,Th 10:00–10:50, Burstin
(3) M,T,W,Th 11:00–11:50, Arteta
(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 to left).
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,W,Th,F 10:00–10:50, Mederos
(3) M,T,W,Th 11:00–11:50, Perdomo
(4) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50; F 12:30–1:20, González Ros
(5) M,T,W,Th 12:00–12:50, Perdomo -- new section!
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 11:00–11:50, Mederos
(2) M,T,W,Th 1:00–1:50, Perdomo
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, González Ros
(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 today's 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 2:00–3:20, 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.

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HISP 105A Special Topic: Spanish for Medical Professions

(3) M,W 3:30–4:50, 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 for Written Communication through Contemporary Culture
(1) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50, Reyes de Deu
(2) M,W,Th 1:00–1:50, 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 109B Introduction to Modern Spanish Cultural Studies

(1) T,Th 2:00–3:20, Mandrell
Prerequisite: HISP 106b, or HISP 108a, or permission of the instructor.
Topic for fall 2017: A consideration of cultural production in Spain in 2004 in its historical, social, and political context, including the 11 March Al-Qaeda bombings in Madrid.

Introduces the study of Spanish culture through a focus on Spanish literature and culture from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Topics will vary from semester to semester, but might include modernity; España 20XX; or the Spanish Civil War, before and after.

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HISP 111B Introduction to Latin American Literature and Culture

(1) T,F 12:30–1:50, 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. Identifying major themes (coloniality and emancipation, modernismo and modernity, indigenismo, hybridity and mestizaje, nationalisms, Pan-Americanism, etc.) we will trace continuities and ruptures throughout Latin American intellectual history.

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HISP 182A Narco Cultures in Latin America and the United States

(1) T,F 11:00–12:20, Arellano
Prerequisite: HISP 109b, or HISP 111b, or permission of the instructor.
Explores literature, cinema, visual art, and music that engage with narco cultures and the war on drugs in contemporary Latin America and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. We will situate these narratives and artworks in relation to the history of the commerce and prohibition of mind- and mood-altering substances (e.g. coca, tobacco, mescaline, chocolate) in the colonial Americas.

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HISP 196A Topics in Latinx Literature and Culture

(1) T,Th 3:30–4:50, Mandrell
May be repeated for credit. 
Offers students the opportunity for in-depth study of a particular aspect of the diverse literary and cultural production of U.S. latinas and latinos. Topics will vary from year to year but may include autobiography, detective fiction, or historical fiction. 
Fall 2017: Taught in English. Topic: Autobiography and Writing the Self. This course will focus on latinx autobiographies and include opportunities for critical and life writing.

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HISP 198A Experiential Research Seminar in Literary and Cultural Studies

(1) M 2:00–4:50, Arellano
Prerequisite: HISP 109b or HISP 111b, or permission of the instructor.
A research seminar in which each student has the opportunity to become an “expert” in a Hispanic literary or cultural text/topic that captures her or his imagination, inspired by a study abroad experience; an earlier class in Hispanic Studies; community-engaged learning; etc. Instruction in literary/cultural theory, researching a subject, and analytical skills necessary for developing a scholarly argument. Students present research in progress and write a research paper of significant length.

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CROSS-LISTED IN HISPANIC STUDIES

HUM/UWS 1A Tragedy: Love and Death in the Creative Imagination
(1) M,W,Th 11:00–11:50, Burt/Dowden
How do you turn catastrophe into art - and why? This first-year seminar in the humanities addresses such elemental questions, especially those centering on love and death. How does literature catch hold of catastrophic experiences and make them intelligible or even beautiful? Should misery even be beautiful? By exploring the tragic tradition in literature across many eras, cultures, genres, and languages, this course looks for basic patterns.

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Schedule information is tentative. Please see the Registrar's Schedule of Classes for current listings.