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French, Hispanic and Italian Studies, Faculty of Arts

SPAN: Spanish

Individuals with previous Spanish experience should complete a "Language Placement Exam" or an assessment interview to determine which course they should register for. Please speak with the Spanish Undergraduate Advisor or the Course Instructor. All 400-level Spanish courses titled "Topics in..." may be taken twice for credit, with different content, to a maximum of 6 credits. Note: The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is a reference tool developed by the Council of Europe to provide a common basis for the development of modern language curriculum guidelines, examinations, textbooks, etc. It describes in a comprehensive way what language learners have to learn in order to use a language for communication and what knowledge and skills they have to develop so as to be able to do so effectively.


SPAN 101 (3) Beginners' Spanish I
Fundamentals of the Spanish language. Communicate with basic vocabulary in common tasks and situations related to present and future events. Aligned with CEFR level A1 objectives.
SPAN 102 (3) Beginners' Spanish II
Continuation of foundational elements of the language. Communicate using essential vocabulary in common tasks and situations related to past, present and future events. Aligned with CEFR level A1 objectives.
Prerequisite: SPAN 101.
SPAN 201 (3) Elementary Spanish I
Expansion of fundamentals. Enhanced ability to exchange information, discuss the past and future, and express wishes, hopes and feelings in common personal and social contexts. Aligned with CEFR level A1-A2 objectives.
Prerequisite: One of SPAN 102, SPAN 11.
SPAN 202 (3) Elementary Spanish II
Expansion of fundamental notions and presentation of more elaborate structures in a variety of tenses and modes. Communicate to explore Hispanic culture and to hypothesize about present and past situations. Aligned with CEFR level A2 objectives.
Prerequisite: SPAN 201.
SPAN 206 (3) Conversational Spanish I
Emphasizes communication skills through discussion, debate, and presentations; developing oral fluency and listening comprehension, through discussion of written texts and films. May include experiential learning projects involving native speakers from the Hispanic community.
Prerequisite: One of SPAN 12, SPAN 202.
SPAN 207 (3) Conversational Spanish II
Builds on communication skills through discussion, debate, and presentations; exploration of cultural topics through discussion of written texts and other media. May include experiential learning projects involving native speakers from the Hispanic community.
Prerequisite: SPAN 206.
SPAN 221 (3) Introduction to Hispanic Literature
Major texts, authors, periods, and genres of Hispanic literature; key concepts, terminology, and practices of literary analysis that serve as a foundation for higher-level Spanish literature courses.
Prerequisite: SPAN 202.
SPAN 222 (3) Introduction to Hispanic Culture
Media, figures, periods, and genres of Hispanic culture; key concepts, theories, and practices of cultural analysis that serve as a foundation for higher-level Spanish culture courses.
Prerequisite: SPAN 202.
SPAN 280 (3) Revolution! (in English)
Concepts, theories, and practice of protest, revolt, and revolution in the Hispanic world, highlighting the intersection of politics and culture through novels, poetry, letters, diaries, and/or historical accounts of specific revolutionary uprisings.
SPAN 301 (3) Intermediate Spanish I
Complex grammatical structures in context to enhance proficiency. Explores relevant cultural topics through reading, writing, and discussion. Aligned with CEFR level B1 objectives.
Prerequisite: One of SPAN 202, SPAN 207, SPAN 12.
SPAN 302 (3) Intermediate Spanish II
Expansion of and reflection on the use of complex grammatical structures in context to broaden lexical repertoire. Enhances proficiency through reading, writing, and discussion of relevant cultural topics. Aligned with CEFR level B1 objectives.
Prerequisite: SPAN 301.
SPAN 303 (3) Conversational Spanish for Advanced Speakers
Expands the comprehension and communicative skills of upper-level students and heritage speakers through topics drawn from Hispanic culture and current events.
Prerequisite: One of SPAN 207, SPAN 302. Or placement test for heritage speakers.
SPAN 308 (3) Spanish for Business
Language of commerce, finance, marketing, and economics. Competence in business practices of the Hispanic world.
Prerequisite: One of SPAN 207, SPAN 302. Or successful completion of a language placement exam or an assessment interview.
SPAN 309 (3) Business Spanish of International Trade in the Hispanic World (in Spanish)
Language of international commerce through real world business practices in the Hispanic world; key issues concerning business practices, engaging with real-world materials, and interacting with professionals specializing in trade with the Hispanic world.
Prerequisite: One of SPAN 207, SPAN 302. Or successful completion of a language placement exam or an assessment interview.
SPAN 312 (3/6) d Hopscotch: Topics in Hispanic Literature (in English)
Spain and Latin America's contributions to global culture through popular Hispanic literature in translation.
SPAN 321 (3) Tradition and Diversity in Spanish History and Culture
Conservation and progress on the Iberian Peninsula, from the Middle Ages to the present. Includes the first modern European state and its diverse cultures.
Prerequisite: One of SPAN 202, SPAN 207. Or successful completion of a language placement exam or an assessment interview.
SPAN 322 (3) Dependency and Revolution in Latin American History and Culture
Continuities and changes in the Americas from before Columbus to the present. Includes the first modern global empire and its ambivalent legacies.
Prerequisite: One of SPAN 202, SPAN 207. Or successful completion of a language placement exam or an assessment interview.
SPAN 357 (3) The Golden Age of Peninsular Literature and Culture
Tradition, faith, conflict, prosperity, and decadence in literature and everyday life from the Middle Ages to 1700.
Prerequisite: SPAN 221. Or successful completion of a language placement exam or an assessment interview.
Corequisite: SPAN 302.
SPAN 358 (3) Divergent Visions: Peninsular Literature and Culture since 1700
Modern Spanish literature and culture, from Empire to the European Union. Includes Romanticism, Modernism, Republicanism, and Separatism.
Prerequisite: SPAN 221. Or successful completion of a language placement exam or an assessment interview.
Corequisite: SPAN 302.
SPAN 364 (3) Colonial Encounters in Spanish-American Literature and Culture
Spanish colonialism in the Americas from the Conquest to the 1820's and the dawn of Independence. Includes coloniality, hybridity, subalternity, and autonomy.
Prerequisite: SPAN 221. Or successful completion of a language placement exam or an assessment interview.
Corequisite: SPAN 302.
SPAN 365 (3) Modern Magics: Spanish-American Literature and Culture since the 1820s
Literary engagements with modernity in the Spanish Americas, from the 1820's to the present. Includes civilization, progress, politicization, and violence.
Prerequisite: SPAN 221. Or successful completion of a language placement exam or an assessment interview.
Corequisite: SPAN 302.
SPAN 401 (3) Upper Intermediate Spanish I
Strengthening fluency and accuracy in spoken and written communication. Emphasis on mediation, interpretation, and metalinguistic competencies through translation and comparative stylistics. Aligned with CEFR level B2 objectives.
Prerequisite: SPAN 302. Or successful completion of a language placement exam or an assessment interview.
SPAN 402 (3) Upper Intermediate Spanish II
Continued strengthening of fluency, accuracy, and spontaneity in spoken and written communication. Emphasis on contextualized grammar and vocabulary; critical reading and discussion of texts. Aligned with CEFR level B2 objectives.
Prerequisite: SPAN 302. Or successful completion of a language placement exam or an assessment interview.
SPAN 403 (3) History of the Spanish Language
Major features of the development of the Spanish language, from its origins to the present. Includes the history of Spanish phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and dialectology.
Prerequisite: SPAN 302. Or successful completion of a language placement exam or an assessment interview.
SPAN 404 (3-6) d From World to Screen: Topics in Hispanic Cinema
Selected areas of study relating to Hispanic Cinema. Consult the Department for this year's offerings.
Prerequisite: SPAN 221. Or successful completion of a language placement exam or an assessment interview.
Corequisite: SPAN 302.
SPAN 405 (3-6) d Celebrating Diversity: Topics in Peninsular and Latin-American Culture
Selected topics relating to the diversity of cultural production in Peninsular and Latin American Culture. Consult the Department for this year's offerings.
Prerequisite: SPAN 221. Or successful completion of a language placement exam or an assessment interview.
Corequisite: SPAN 302.
SPAN 406 (3) Breaking the Mold: Gender Representation(s) in Hispanic Literature and Culture
Gender and sexuality in Spain and Latin America.
Prerequisite: SPAN 221. Or successful completion of a language placement exam or an assessment interview.
Corequisite: SPAN 302.
SPAN 410 (3-6) d Multicultural Beginnings: Topics in Medieval Literature and Culture
Selected areas of study relating to literature and culture of the Iberian Peninsula to the 15th century. Consult the Department for this year's offerings.
Prerequisite: SPAN 221. Or successful completion of a language placement exam or an assessment interview.
Corequisite: SPAN 302.
SPAN 411 (3) Hispanic Linguistics
Spanish as a linguistic system. Includes the structure of Spanish words and sentences, dialectal varieties in both Spain and Latin America, and linguistic theory.
Prerequisite: SPAN 302. Or successful completion of a language placement exam or an assessment interview.
SPAN 420 (3-6) d Ascent and Decline: Topics in Golden-Age Peninsular Literature and Culture
Selected areas of study relating to sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain. Consult the Department for this year's offerings.
Prerequisite: SPAN 221. Or successful completion of a language placement exam or an assessment interview.
Corequisite: SPAN 302.
SPAN 430 (3-6) d Modernization and Autonomy: Topics in Peninsular Literature and Culture since the 18th Century
Selected areas of study relating to the literature and culture of modern Spain. Consult the Department for this year's offerings.
Prerequisite: SPAN 221. Or successful completion of a language placement exam or an assessment interview.
Corequisite: SPAN 302.
SPAN 450 (3-6) d Discourse and Dialect: Topics in Spanish Language
Selected areas of study relating to Spanish linguistics or its relation to other languages spoken in the Hispanic world. Consult the Department for this year's offerings.
Prerequisite: SPAN 302. Or successful completion of a language placement exam or an assessment interview.
SPAN 470 (3-6) d Imperial Eyes and Foundational Fictions: Topics in Spanish-American Colonial and Nineteenth-Century Culture
Selected areas of study relating to colonial and/or nineteenth-century Spanish America. Consult the Department for this year's offerings.
Prerequisite: SPAN 221. Or successful completion of a language placement exam or an assessment interview.
Corequisite: SPAN 302.
SPAN 490 (3-6) d Peoples and Nations: Topics in Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Spanish-American Culture
Selected areas of study relating to modern and/or contemporary Spanish America. Consult the Department for this year's offerings.
Prerequisite: SPAN 221. Or successful completion of a language placement exam or an assessment interview.
Corequisite: SPAN 302.
SPAN 495 (3-6) d Research Intensive Seminar in Hispanic Literature and Culture
Theories and methodologies of the discipline. Consult the Department for this year's offering.
Prerequisite: SPAN 221. Or successful completion of a language placement exam or an assessment interview.
Corequisite: SPAN 302.
SPAN 498 (3-6) c Directed Reading
Focus on a topic agreed on by both Faculty Supervisor and student. Restricted to students with 4th year standing and permission from both the Department Head and Faculty Supervisor.
SPAN 499 (3) Honours Essay
SPAN 501 (3/6) d Literary and Cultural Theory
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPAN 502 (3-6) d Gender Representations in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPAN 504 (3-6) d Hispanic Cinema
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPAN 505 (3-6) d Transatlantic Hispanic Literatures and Cultures
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPAN 520 (3-6) d Golden-Age Literatures and Cultures
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPAN 527 (3-6) d Medieval Hispanic Literatures and Cultures
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPAN 530 (3/6) d Peninsular Literature of the Eighteenth, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPAN 549 (6) Master's Thesis
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPAN 550 (3-6) d Hispanic Languages, Literatures and Cultures
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPAN 570 (3-6) d Colonial Latin-American Literatures and Cultures
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPAN 580 (3-6) d Nineteenth-Century Latin-American Literatures and CUltures
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPAN 590 (3-6) d Contemporary Latin-American Literatures and Cultures
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPAN 649 (0) Doctoral Dissertation

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