FALL 2013 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
FREN 111/01-02 SWOFFER-PENNA
Elementary French I
First part of communication-based foundation course for elementary level of college French. Reading, writing, listening comprehension and speaking skills emerge through practice in class and out. FORMAT: Meets five hours per week.
Grade based on homework, quizzes, participation, tests, final examination. Attendance is strictly monitored.
PREREQUISITE: NO PREVIOUS TRAINING IN FRENCH OR ONE YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL.
FREN 115/01 JOHNSON
Elementary French II
Second part of communication-based foundation course for elementary college-level French. Reading, writing, listening comprehension and speaking skills emerge through practice in class and out. Students with credit for FREN 115 or
equivalent may not take this course. FORMAT: Meets five times per week. Grade based on homework, quizzes,
participation, tests and final examination. Attendance is strictly monitored. PREREQUISITE: FREN 111 OR TWO
YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL FRENCH.
FREN 211/01 JOHNSON
FREN 211/02 BOSWORTH
Third part of a communication-based foundation course for intermediate college-level French. Reading, writing, listening comprehension and speaking skills emerge through practice in class and out. FORMAT: Meets three hours per week. Grade based on homework, quizzes, participation, tests and a final examination. Attendance is strictly monitored. PREREQUISITE: FREN 115 OR THREE YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL FRENCH.
FREN 215/01 STICCA
Fourth-semester French language course. Reading of literary and non-literary texts of intermediate difficulty, writing, grammar, discussion, video. FORMAT: Meets three hours per week. Grade based on homework, quizzes, participation, tests and final examination. Attendance is strictly monitored. PREREQUISITE: FREN 211, FREN III OR MAXIMUM FOUR YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL FRENCH.
FREN 241/01 SWOFFER-PENNA
Discussions of French culture and civilization, short literary works, and possibly films. Active participation, oral reports, written assignments are part of the class program. Course grade based on strict class attendance, quizzes and individual projects. Class work is intended to improve skills in speaking, reading and writing French.
PREREQUISITE: FREN 215 OR FIVE YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL FRENCH.
FREN 344/01 POLACHEK
Introduction to Critical Reading
Intended for students who have successfully completed four semesters of college French or the equivalent, this course serves as an introduction to close reading and analysis. Student will develop skills in discussion and critical writing skills while working with French literary texts, films and songs. Course is designed to give students an opportunity to develop a strong sense of how French and Francophone culture can be understood through its creative works. Students will also have a chance to explore an aspect of French culture that is of particular interest to them. FORMAT: Readings and writing in French; active class discussions, short written assignments, quizzes, oral presentation. An important gateway course to more advanced courses, appropriate for majors, minors, and those from other disciplines. Regular attendance mandatory. PREREQUISITES: French 215,241 or equivalent; for freshman: French AP or at least four years of high school French, or permission or instructor.
FREN 351/01 BOSWORTH
Elements of French grammar and exercises in composition; listening activities. Creation of scenarios and role-playing. ALL WORK (written and oral) will be in French. Counts toward the Harpur College writing (W) requirement. Grades will be based on (1) written work (compositions, quizzes, and two exams) and (2) participation in discussions and oral exercises. Regular attendance is required. PREREQUISITE: FREN 251 or 341.
FREN 361/Coli 380U/Eng 300G/Mdvl 382A POLACHEK
Masterworks of French Literature
What can French literature from the Middle Ages through the 17th century tell us about French society, culture and its institutions? How do themes relating to love, social status, and gender roles found in the literature of this important time period help us understand the modern texts that will follow in later centuries? This course will focus on these questions through readings and analysis of short fiction, plays, essays, and poems. Films and YouTube clips will also be incorporated. Among authors read will be Marie de France, Marguerite de Navarre, Montaigne, Madame de Lafayette, Molière and La Fontaine. An important gateway course to 400-level courses, recommended for both majors and minors, and for those pursuing courses in related disciplines. FORMAT: Close readings and discussions in French; oral presentations; two short papers, two in-class exams. Writing adjustments possible for non-majors. Regular attendance mandatory. PREREQUISITES: At least one 300-level French course. Freshman: AP score of 5 or I.B. French or permission of instructor. Students from other disciplines welcome.
FREN 445/581B/ling 480K BOSWORTH
The course aims at a systematic examination of the French sound system from the perspective
of phonetics, or how sounds are articulated, and phonology, or how sounds fit together in speech. The course will mainly focus on Standard French, but will also allude to interesting phenomena in French dialects spoken in various francophone regions of the world. A contrastive analysis with relevant aspects of the phonology of English will enhance the students' mastery of the material. Upon completion of this course, students will acquire a sophisticated understanding of French phonology and a greater mastery of French pronunciation, enabling them to continuously improve their pronunciation independently beyond this course. Class sessions will consist of review and discussion of material covered in readings, analytical exercises conducted in small groups, and whole class pronunciation practice. Students are evaluated on the basis of participating in class discussion, regular quizzes, regular homework assignments, a three-page paper and its presentation, and two exams. Classes are conducted in French at the appropriate level of complexity for the students. Students from other departments may do their written work in English if permitted by their department. PREREQUISITES: At least one 300-level course.
FREN 481A/581A / Eng 450G/Coli 480T/535A/ Mdvl 481T/561M STICCA
Romance, Betrayal, Tragedy: Aspects of Love in French Literary Masterpieces
French literature, in every century, has offered powerful, suggestive and memorable Articulations of the theme and the force of love. From the story of Tristan et Iseut, to some of the exquisite lais of Marie de France and on through the literary masterpieces of the Renaissance, Classic period and twentieth century love in its kaleidoscopic manifestations, romantic and elegiac, tormented and tragic, destructive and selfish, played a prominent role in French literature. The course will analyze love's nature and transmutations from the Middle Ages to modern times through a variety of authors in the realm of poetry, novel and drama.
Fren 481V/COLI 380Q GERRITS
Surrealism: Literature and Film
This course offers a critical engagement with Surrealist writing and cinema, approached from a theoretical body of work on the unconscious and the imagination. The first half of the course deals with works from the Parisian movement, starting with its emergence out of Dada till advent of WW2. It includes both canonical and marginal writings of Breton, Apollinaire, Aragon, and Soupault, as well as films by Man Ray, Buñuel & Dalí, Claire, and Artaud. The second half traces how canonical surrealism differentiates and inspires other movements as it spreads both historically and geographically, via London and New York to Prague and beyond. Assignments range from the writings and films by the lettrist group in France and the Beat generation in the U.S to the stop-motion animation films by Jan Svankmajer and the Brothers Quai. Students majoring or minoring in French are advised to have taken at least two 300-level French courses: one in language, another in literature. French-authored readings will be done in French. Prerequisites: written permission of French advisor needed before registration for the course can take place
ITAL 111/01-02-03 COOK, MARIA
ITAL 111/04 SAMAINI
ELEMENTARY ITALIAN I
Comprehensive foundation in understanding, speaking, writing and reading Italian through eclectic approach
to language study, including some selected readings. This is the first half of the elementary college level.
FORMAT: Grammar textbook, student-created dialogues, short final paper. Meets five hours a week. Regular attendance important. Grading based on class participation, exercises, quizzes, hour tests and final paper.
THIS COURSE IS APPROPRIATE FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS. PREREQUISITE: No prior knowledge of
Italian or one year of high school Italian.
ITAL 115/02 SAMIANI, RACHEL
ELEMENTARY ITALIAN II
A continuation of ITAL 111, to complete comprehensive study of language. FORMAT: Meets five times a
week or equivalent. Regular attendance important. Grading based on class participation, written exercises,
quizzes, tests and final paper. THIS COURSE IS APPROPRIATE FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS. PREREQUISITE: ITAL 111 or one year of high school language.
ITAL 211/01-02 MORONI
INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN I
Review of basic grammatical structures; readings in literary and cultural texts; oral and written reports;
discussion and conversation in Italian. This is the first half of the intermediate college-level course.
FORMAT: Grade based on performance on quizzes, examinations, final paper and participation in
class discussion. PREREQUISITE: ITAL 115 or three years of high school Italian.
ITAL 215/01 INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN II SAMIANI, RACHEL
INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN II
Systematic review of Italian grammar focusing on the contrastive difficulties for English speakers.
Acquisition of new vocabulary and idiomatic expressions. Readings in modern Italian: literature, newspapers,
advertisements, essays. FORMAT: Conducted largely in Italian. Grade determined from written work (exercises,
compositions, quizzes and tests) and class participation. THIS COURSE IS APPROPRIATE FOR FIRST-YEAR
STUDENTS. PREREQUISITE: ITAL 115 or three years of Italian in high school.
ITAL 241/01 STEWART
Intermediate-level course that focuses on the development of oral and written language skills through a variety of means, including Italian songs, movies and readings that reflect cultural topics of modern Italy. Conducted in Italian. FORMAT: Grade based on regular attendance, participation, quizzes, tests and assignments. PREREQUISITE: ITAL 211 or equivalent.
ITAL 380G/481G/581G MORONI
The Eternal City: Culture & Literature of Rome
Rome was the capital of empires for more than two millennia and continuously inhabited for well over three. The city presents itself to the observer as a palimpsest in space, that is, as a 3D page written upon, cleaned of its writing, though never entirely, and re-inscribed in the visual and material idiom of later eras, often multiple times. The city of Rome has always been privileged in its relationship with Western history: constructed over layer upon layer, from Roman to Fascist eras. More recently, films by Pier Paolo Pasolini and Federico Fellini have contributed to capturing the changes modern Rome underwent, with suffocating traffic passing dazzling locations, long tracks down shadowed streets, and lively social gatherings masking potential violence. This course investigates the city of Rome, from antiquity to the present, from a variety of perspectives: history, art, urban space, literature, and film, through an interdisciplinary pedagogical approach.
ITAL 481A/581A/ mdvl 481M/561G STEWART
In-depth study of Dante's INFERNO. Also considers some of Dante's sources, including other narratives of hell (such as Book 6 of Virgil's Aeneid) and works by classical and medieval authors such as Ovid, St. Augustine, and Boethius. Students who have studied Dante before, as well as those who have not, are welcome. Lectures and assignments in English. Italian majors and minors are expected to read Italian texts in the original and to participate in an Italian discussion section (to be scheduled at a later date). Requirements: two tests, various written assignments and projects.
SPAN 111/01- 02 TOTOLIS
SPAN 111/03 COOK, SEAN
ELEMENTARY SPANISH I
First half of a comprehension-based foundation course. Writing and speaking skills emerge through practice in class and out; cultural awareness is developed through reading; listening comprehension is developed through in-class participation and a varitey of multimedia materials. First part of elementary college-level Spanish language course. FORMAT: Meets five hours per week. Course grade based on oral and written examinations, a journal, a writing portfolio, a group presentation and in-class participation. PREREQUISITE: FOR STUDENTS WITH NO PRIOR SPANISH STUDY OR MAXIMUM OF ONE YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL SPANISH. NOT OPEN TO HERITAGE/NATIVE SPEAKERS OR THOSE WITH PRIOR KNOWLEDGE OF THE LANGUAGE.
SPAN 115/01-02 ALONSO, M
ELEMENTARY SPANISH II
Second half of a comprehension-based foundation course. Writing and speaking skills emerge through practice in class and out; cultural awareness is developed through reading and listening comprehension. FORMAT: Course meets five times per week. Grade based on oral and written examinations, a journal, a writing portfolio, a group presentation and in-class participation. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 111 OR TWO YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL SPANISH. NOT OPEN TO HERITAGE/NATIVE SPEAKERS OR THOSE WITH PRIOR KNOWLEDGE OF THE LANGUAGE.
SPAN 211/01-02 ALONSO, C SPAN 211/04-05-06 KAPRAL
SPAN 211/07-08-09 MARTIN
First course of intermediate-level Spanish. Work in Spanish to improve listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. Provides an overall grammar review that seeks to enhance students' active use of Spanish, especially in the areas of conversation (listening and speaking) and writing. Grade based on oral and written examinations, a journal, a writing portfolio, presentations and class participation. Attendance is strictly monitored. This course is appropriate for first-year students. Discussion course. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 115 OR 2-3 YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL SPANISH. NOT OPEN TO HERITAGE/NATIVE SPEAKERS.
SPAN 212/01 ALONSO, C
SPAN GRAMMAR FOR BILINGUALS
For students raised in a bilingual environment; although some competence with spoken Spanish is presumed, no specific degree of proficiency is required. Concentrates on basic grammar, syntax, reading and writing. FORMAT: Grade based on quizzes and examinations, homework, written assignments and class participation.
SPAN 215/01 ALONSO, M
SPAN 215 02/03 BEDRIN
Second course of the intermediate sequence. Provides an overall grammar review that seeks to enhance students' active use of Spanish, especially in the areas of conversation (listening and speaking) and writing. Not designed for students with a background of native Spanish. FORMAT: Grade base on class assignments, pop quizzes, participation and hour-long examinations. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 211, or three or more years of high school Spanish; NOT FOR HERITAGE/NATIVE SPANISH SPEAKERS.
SPAN 250/01-02-03 BACHLER
Culture-based Spanish course: ability to understand and to participate in a casual conversation on current events, accompanied by practice in paraphrasing, as needed, to understand certain sophisticated or technical topics. Accuracy of expression through emphasis on correct grammatical expression and proficiency in the use of subject-verb and noun-adjective agreement and beginning ability to accurately use the subjunctive mood and appropriate choice of Spanish prepositions. Web-based. Readings taken directly from the Web. Emphasizes current events in the news as well as other topics of cultural, historical, political, economic and educational interest. Broadens students' active vocabulary and knowledge in these areas. Not for native Spanish speakers. Required for the major of non-native speakers of Spanish. FORMAT: In addition to all-class discussions, students practice in small groups during each class. Compose six 1.5-to-two page essays during the semester (with peer editing and revision). PREREQUISITE: SPAN 215 or equivalent. NOT FOR HERITAGE/NATIVE SPANISH SPEAKERS.
SPAN 251/01-02 HASSELL
SPAN 251/03 CANETE
Continuation of SPAN 250. Formerly called Spanish Syntax. Concentrates on grammatical structures and accuracy in writing. Required for the major. Class and small-group discussion of topics selected for compositions that require a moderately sophisticated use of vocabulary and syntactical and grammatical structures. Introduction to more difficult conversational topics that require more precise or technical vocabulary. Students become able to narrate events in the present, past and future with minimal errors in basic areas covered in SPAN 250, but with occasional difficulty in more complex structures, such as the use of the subjunctive mood, and gain ability to converse on all topics covered in class. Consolidation of language skills to prepare students for more advanced work. Open to all students. FORMAT: All work is in Spanish. Students compose six 2-to-3 page essays (with peer editing and revision) PREREQUISITE: SPAN 250 or 212 or equivalent; sequential after SPAN 250.
SPAN 344/01 lacs 344/01 FAJARDO
SPAN 344/02 lacs 344/02 ROS
Introductory course in Spanish literature. Required for the major. Students participate in and contribute to sophisticated classroom discussions of the readings and prepare and present oral reports. Gain ability to recognize and explain the whole range of grammatical usage as well as ability to recognize basic rhetorical figures and tropes such as oxymoron, paradox, hyperbaton, etc. Expansion of basic vocabulary across the historical spectrum of national literatures. Read and understand works of literature -- poetry, prose, drama, essay --with a minimum of lexical, cultural and historical aids necessary for understanding. FORMAT: Students write four 2-to-3 page essays (with peer editing and revision.) Specific application of general writing skills to literary genres and topics, with emphasis on clarity of thinking as the means leading to accuracy of expression. Conducted entirely in Spanish. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 215, 212, 250, 251 or equivalent.
SPAN 360/ mdvl 360 CANETE
HISPANIC LIT: MIDDLE AGES-17C
Hispanic literature from the Middle Ages to the 17th century, plus colonial Latin American literature to the 18th century. Required for the major. Ability to participate in and to contribute actively and comfortably to classroom, as well as small-group, discussions of sophisticated topics with minimal loss of communication due to inadequate control of grammatical structures. Building on the skills and knowledge developed in the study of literary themes and topics in SPAN 344, this course will emphasize the interrelationship of analytical skills and clarity of thinking as the means of developing a personal style of expression. FORMAT: Will write four 4-to-5 page essays (with peer editing and revision). Conducted in Spanish. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 344 or equivalent.
SPAN 370/lacs 370 ROS
HISPANIC LIT: 18TH C - PRESENT
Formerly called Survey of Latin American Literature. Selected readings reflecting historical developments in peninsular and Latin American literature from the 18th century to the contemporary period. Builds on the skills and knowledge developed in SPAN 344; analytical skills and clarity of thinking as a means of developing expression in the language. Taught in Spanish. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 344 or equivalent.
SPAN 381A/01 HASSELL
History Survey of LA Culture
Study of the history and culture of Latin America from pre-colonial to contemporary societies. Emphasis on cultural themes and perspectives within the historical context. FORMAT: Students complete several studies on historical and contemporary culture and present short reports to the class on pertinent topics. Instruction, discussions and all written work are in Spanish. PREREQUISITES: SPAN 250 & 251 or equivalents; or permission of instructor.
SPAN 480F/01 SOBEJANO-MORAN
Main objective is mastery of written and oral proficiency in Spanish for commercial use and emphasis on the acquisition of new vocabulary related to the business world. Studying new terminology and understanding business concepts is an important aspect. Another aspect is the focus on cross-cultural differences and understanding that are so important as a key to business success when dealing with other countries. FORMAT: Oral presentation, quizzes, discussion of different topics. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 250 or 251 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. NOT OPEN TO NATIVE SPEAKERS.
SPAN 481L/581L/ Coli 480L/535L/ Eng 450F/Mdvl 481Q/561T FAJARDO
In post- commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of the publication of DON QUIXOTE: Part I, the class will consist primarily of a careful reading of Cervantes' novel, Parts 1 & 2, with some emphasis on the reading process. The class will be conducted in English. Open to undergraduates and graduates. (Spanish students should check with instructor about homework in the language.)
Span 483V/COLI 380K LEVINSON
Poetry & Leftism in Latin Amer
Poetry and leftist politics have enjoyed a close, if very conflicted and tense, relationship within modern Latin America. This course will look at the connection in three different contexts: 1) the poetry of Pablo Neruda and Violeta Parra (whose music initiates the "nueva canción chilena") in light of Chile's emerging Allende regime; the verse of César Vallejo as Vallejo embraces (and rejects) communism in Peru and Spain; and the writings of Roque Dalton (murdered by the Marxist party in which he served as a leader) and Ernesto Cardenal (a major figure within Liberation Theology), as the two played key roles in Central American liberation efforts of the 1970s. The class will permit students to read among the most important poets of modern Latin American history, and to analyze the more general question of the bond of art and politics. Note: if student chooses to count class toward Spanish major, course represents the one English-language course permitted.
SPAN 484E/505E CANETE-JURADO
Contemporary Issues in Spain
This course will examine life in Spain today by providing an interdisciplinary overview of key contemporary issues within a social and cultural context: new trends in art and cinema, expressions of popular culture, immigration and the development of a multicultural society, cycles of political change, nationalistic tensions and language policies, and changing external relations.
FORMAT: Lecture/in-class discussion. Grade based on active class participation, oral presentations, critical essays, and final research paper. Class conducted in Spanish. PREREQUISITE: One 300-level Spanish course
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