Spanish

Kevin Schreck in classroom

MA student Kevin Schreck demonstrates different ways of instructing grammatical concepts in the Current Practices and Research in Teaching Spanish course.

Graduate Courses

The Graduate Program in Spanish at UNCW empowers students with opportunities to take courses in Hispanic linguistics, literature, film studies, history, culture, and pedagogy, among other topics, taught by faculty who are active researchers in their fields. Furthermore, students can pursue more detailed projects through funded field research, independent study opportunities, and theses. Many of our graduate courses in Spanish are taught in the evening which allows us to serve traditional as well as non-traditional students.

Course Descriptions Spring 2017

SPN 585 / Hispanic Film: Women in Spanish Film / Tuesdays 5:00-8:30 / María Camí-Vela

This course will study films directed by Spanish women directors, especially during the 90s and the new millennium. The influx of female directors, which occurred in Spain during the late 1980s and the 90s, has clearly been a significant development for the representation of women in contemporary Spanish film. Through individual research and assigned readings and lectures, students will be able to learn and discuss how these filmmakers contributed to re-create “the new Spanish woman”, socially, economically and sexually independent. They will be able to analyze how the films deconstruct traditional one-dimensional notions of femininity in order to represent women as complex, multidimensional, thinking subjects in their negotiation with the social, professional, emotional and sexual changes which have characterized post-Franco Spain.

SPN 595 / Contemporary US Latino Literature in Spanish (1960-2016) / Mondays 5:30-8:00 / Amrita Das

In the 1960s Latino literature of the United States made an impact on mainstream popular culture with Latino authors writing in English, which unfortunately left Latino authors writing in Spanish marginalized and forgotten. Spanish is not a foreign language in the US, come learn why these authors choose to write in it and what they write about. Come explore the vast and rich Spanish literature of the United States that is being produced here and now! This course will look at some contemporary Latino authors of the US writing in Spanish and explore the issues that are part of Latino lives, such as bicultural identity, racism and discrimination, and immigration among others. All primary readings and instruction will be in Spanish.

SPN 595 / Teaching Spanish for Social Justice / Wednesday 5:00-7:30 / Ariana Mrak

This is a seminar designed so that students are given the tools to analyze social justice in the second language classroom from a viewpoint of their choice. These may include—but are not limited to—gender, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, socio-economic class. We will discuss Terry Osborn’s views on social justice as applied to the teaching of world languages as well as Henry Giroux’s ideas on critical pedagogy. Both of these authors based their propositions on Paula Freire’s Pedagogy of the oppressed, which is also one of the assigned readings for the course. Each student will develop a research paper which deals with the application of social justice to one particular human aspect as it relates to the Spanish language classroom.

Course Descriptions Fall 2016

SPN 521 / Topics in Spanish Literature: El otro en la literatura medieval y áurea / Tuesdays 5:00-7:30 / Michael Gordon

El otro en la literatura medieval y áurea explores how historically marginalized groups such as women, Jews, conversos, Muslims, moriscos, Gypsies, slaves (just to name a few) gain voice and agency in Spanish literature written between the 12th and 17th centuries.  Through the analysis of canonical and lesser well-known literary works, as well as of historical texts that will help put the literature in its proper context, students will grapple with questions of religious, gender and cultural identity. 

SPN 522 / Topics in Spanish American Literature: Independence-Contemporary / Thursdays 5:30-8:00 / Brian Chandler

This course is an advanced survey of Latin American literature from the period following independence through the present, with an emphasis on rhetorical foundations and historical, cultural, political and aesthetic connections.  The first part of the semester will be a survey of canonical works of poetry, fiction, drama, and essay that are representative of major literary movements and aesthetic tendencies in Latin America.  The second part of the course will allow us to delve more deeply into representative works of twentieth-century narrative such as Bombal’s La última niebla, Rulfo’s Pedro Páramo, García Márquez’s Cien años de soledad, and Allende’s La casa de los espíritus.

SPN 550 / Current Practices and Research in Teaching Spanish / Wednesdays 5:30-8:00 / Ariana Mrak

Exploration of relevant areas of foreign language research and their application to Spanish instruction at the college level. Readings, lectures, and practical demonstrations will expose students to second language acquisition theories and the principles of proficiency. Students will work with a variety of approaches to communicative language teaching, with a focus on the proficiency-oriented approach. They will explore classroom techniques designed to develop listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills while integrating culture. Approaches to developing and implementing testing and incorporating technology will also be highlighted.

General course descriptions can be found in the UNCW Academic Catalogue.

Selected Recent Thesis Titles:

La misión de adquisición: El desarrollo del entrenamiento lingüístico en las fuerzas armadas estadounidenses

Las heroínas del Quijote que desafían los estilos narrativos de la España áurea

“Hip Hip, mi acompañante en este viaje”: La producción cultural de Bocafloja como un reflejo de las identidades complejas en el mundo actual globalizado

Error al encontrar la página: las limitaciones en la enseñanza de estudiantes de lengua heredada en escuelas secundarias en Carolina del Norte