The following course descriptions are from the Clarke University 2012-2013 Academic Catalog.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS: SPANISH
SPAN 101-102 ELEMENTARY SPANISH I-II 3-3 hours
An introductory sequence focusing on the acquisition of simple communication skills in the Spanish language and an understanding and appreciation of the diversity of Hispanic culture and peoples. Fulfills the foreign-language requirement.SPAN 103-104 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I-II 3-3 hours
An intermediate sequence that focuses on the attainment of communicative competence in the Spanish language within a contextual framework intended to lead the student to an understanding and appreciation of the cultural patterns of Spanish-speaking peoples. Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or placement exam. These courses are designated as humanities division general education courses. These courses are approved diversity studies courses.
SPAN 111 CONVERSATION, COMPOSITION AND GRAMMAR 3 hours
Guided classroom practice in speaking Spanish designed to improve pronunciation and develop fluency while exploring Hispanic culture. Analysis of grammatical constructions through written work. Prerequisite: SPAN 104 or placement exam. This course is designated as a humanities division general education course.
SPAN 112 ADVANCED COMPOSITION AND GRAMMAR 3 hours
Intensive practice in written Spanish to improve expressive abilities and understanding of Hispanic cultures by appropriate use of form and content. An analysis of more difficult Spanish grammatical constructions according to student need. Prerequisite: SPAN 111 or placement exam. This course is designated as a humanities division general education course. This is an approved diversity studies course.
SPAN 121 APPROACHES TO LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE 3 hours
Interpretive reading of 20th-century Latin-American poems, narrative fiction and plays in translation. Choice of specific selections kept variable. Fulfills the humanities division general education requirement for literature. Taught in English. This course is designated as a humanities division general education course.
SPAN 211 ADVANCED CONVERSATION 3 hours
Intensive practice using selected materials to acquire a high level of oral communication and comprehension. Prerequisite: SPAN 111 or placement.
SPAN 222 SPANISH FOR PROFESSIONS 3 hours
Spanish for professions attends to language specific to business, education, social work, and health (as needed by students enrolled in the course). In addition, students learn the cultural customs, mores, social practices, and beliefs of various cultures vital to better understanding the people these professions serve. This course combines Spanish grammar, conversation, listening, writing, specific vocabulary for the particular professions and reading practice relevant to professional interests. If focusing on different professions, students may take the course more than once (i.e. once for Spanish for Professions: Business and another time for Spanish for Professions: Health). Prerequisite SPAN111 Spanish Composition, Conversation and Grammar.
SPAN 223 SPANISH TRANSLATION 3 hours
James S. Holmes suggests, "The translation process is a multi-level process; while we are translating sentences, we have a map of the original text in our minds and at the same time, a map of the kind of text we want to produce in the target language. Even as we translate serially, we have this structural concept so that each sentence in our translation is determined not only by the sentence in the original but by the two maps of the original text and of the translated text which we are carrying along as we translate." Students in Translation will work toward creating those mental Spanish and English maps both in written and spoken communications. Prerequisite SPAN112 Advanced Composition and Grammar.
SPAN 235 CIVILIZATION OF SPAIN 3 hours
Study of significant aspects of the historical, political, social, economic, religious and cultural realities of Spain, in order to better understand the Spanish way of life. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 111 or proficiency. This course is designated as a humanities division general education course.
SPAN 246 LATIN AMERICAN CIVILIZATION 3 hours
A study of the history and culture of Latin America from the pre-Columbian period to the present, with emphasis on 20th-century socio-political movements. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 111 or proficiency. This course is designated as a humanities division general education course.
SPAN 250 Approaches to Hispanic Literature 3 hours
Introduction to literary analysis with readings from Spanish and Spanish-American literature. Study of the four basic genres: narrative, poetry, drama and the essay. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 111 or proficiency. This course is designated as a humanities division general education course and fulfills the literature requirement.
SPAN 260 SPANISH GRAMMAR AND CONVERSATION 3 hours
University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, or equivalent university: phonetics, conversation, language structures, vocabulary building and reading. This course is offered every other year in the summer. Prerequisite: SPAN 104 or consent.
SPAN 261 SPANISH CULTURE 3 hours
University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain or equivalent university: lectures on Spanish art, literature, contemporary history, music and folklore. Study tour through Spain. This course is offered every other year in the summer. Prerequisite: SPAN 104 or consent.
SPAN 270 ADVANCED COMPOSITION & CONVERSATION 3 hours
Offered in Santiago de Compostela, Spain: advanced course designed to develop listening comprehension, oral skills, and the ability to write in Spanish at the advanced level. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 112 or consent.
SPAN 280 TOPICS IN SPANISH 1-3 hours
Study of selected topics related to the language, cultures and/or literatures of the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisite: Consent.
SPAN 323 SPANISH PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY 3 hours
A study of the sounds of Spanish (Phonetics) and the rules that govern their distribution (Phonology) in the language. Students will learn sound differences between Spanish and English, and among various dialects of Spanish. Use of recorded materials will support the learning. Prerequisite: At least one 200-level course.
SPAN 335 20TH-CENTURY SPAIN 3 hours
Offered in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Exploration of the complexities of modern Spain, such as its recent history, traditions, institutions and artistic manifestations. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 112 or consent.
SPAN 344 U.S. LATINO CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION 3 hours
This couse, offered in Spanish, explores the cultural history and current situations of U.S. Latinos. Students read and analyze short stories, novels, autobiographies, and poetry representative of Cuban-American, Puerto Rican, Mexican-American, Dominican-American, and other Latino athors, with special emphasis on bilingualism and biculturalism, ethnicity, and gender in identity formation. Prerequisite: SPAN 250 Approaches to Hispanic Literature.
SPAN 354 SEMINAR IN LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE 3 hours
A seminar with rotating topics on Latin American literature and culture. Topics may include Latin American poetry, testimonial literature and political violence, Latin American women writers, and the representation of Latin America in literature and film. The course includes a research project and formal assessment of speaking skills. (May be repeated for credit when the topic is different). Prerequisite SPAN 250 Approaches to Hispanic Literature.
SPAN 360 THE WAY TO SANTIAGO – "EL CAMINO DE SANTIAGO" 3 hours
Offered in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Study of one of the most important pilgrimages of the Catholic tradition. An analysis of the art, history, literature and anthropology of "El Camino de Santiago." Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 112 or consent.
SPAN 364 SEMINAR IN PENINSULAR LITERATURE AND CULTURE 3 hours
A seminar with rotating topics on the literature and culture of Spain. The focus may be on different literary genres or periods in Peninsular literature (selected works of representative authors of prose, poetry, and theatre including authors like Larra, Bécquer, Galdós, Unamuno, Pardo Bazán, and Lorca) or on varying themes like literature in film and women writers. Students will undertake a research project and formal assessment of speaking skills. The course may be repeated for credit if the focus of the course is different. Prerequisite: SPAN 250 Approaches to Hispanic Literature.
SPAN 366 SPANISH LITERATURE: MIDDLE AGES THROUGH THE 19TH CENTURY 3 hours
Offered in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Study of Spain’s most representative literary movements and authors from the Middle Ages to the end of the nineteenth century. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 112 or consent.
SPAN 395 INTERNSHIP/COOPERATIVE EDUCATION 1-3 hours
Academic credit for professionally related work experience on or off campus. Arranged through the career services office and the Spanish program.
SPAN 480 SELECTED TOPICS 1-3 hours
Selected areas in language, culture or literature. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: Consent.
SPAN 490 INDEPENDENT STUDY 1-3 hours
Reading, conversation, research or creative work related to major field. Prerequisite: Consent.
SPAN 499 SPANISH INTEGRATION CAPSTONE 3 hours
This Capstone course provides a focal point for and closure to a liberal arts education within the context of the Spanish major. This course focuses on literary genres and the civilizations of Spain and Spanish America and expands to include breadth of knowledge and synthesis. Interdisciplinary integration of knowledge and research is emphasized in such work as an oral presentation and a research paper, which are required of each student. General education and major outcomes are integral to course assessment. Prerequisites: Ordinarily, a student must have senior standing with a minimum of 42 credits hours in general education completed or consent. Conducted in Spanish.