SPAN 481: Special Topics in Spanish

SPAN 481-001: Love in 21st Century Fiction and Film
(Spring 2017)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T

Thompson Hall 2021

Section Information for Spring 2017

This course analyzes recent ways of representing and conceptualizing love in 21st century fiction and films of the Hispanic world with a transnational approach, including U.S. Latino, Latin American, and Spanish authors and directors. Drawing on both well-known and more recent theories on love and desire, including Octavio Paz, Jacques Lacan, Roland Barthes, Lauren Berlant, and Alain Badiou, this course will focus on four central topics: love and identity, love and femininity/masculinity, love and death/loss, and obsessive/fake love.Main objectives of this course include fostering comparative critical thinking, both individually and in groups, learning how to write inter-/transdisciplinary research papers, and promoting ethical commitment in the study of cultural production. Additionally, being in a technology enhanced collaborative classroom, this course will allow students to develop unique collaborative skills that are much needed in today’s working environments. This course is conducted in Spanish and all assignments are in Spanish.

SPAN 481 specifically addresses the following outcomes:

  1. Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms in Spanish, applying appropriate rhetorical standards (e.g., audience adaptation, language, argument, organization, evidence, etc.)
  2. Connect issues in the field of Hispanic Studies to wider intellectual, community or societal concerns using perspectives from two or more disciplines
  3. Apply critical thinking skills (a) to evaluate the quality, credibility and limitations of an argument or a solution using appropriate evidence or resources, and (b) to judge the quality or value of an idea, work, or principle based on appropriate analytics and standards
  4. Foster comparative critical thinking, and ethical commitment in the study of cultural production of the Hispanic world.
  5. Learn how to write inter-/transdisciplinary research papers at the advanced undergraduate level
  6. Be able to work effectively in groups and with the aid of technology




Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Study of a selected theme in Hispanic literature, culture, or linguistics. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: SPAN 385, 388 or 390, depending on topic, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Additional Course Details: Taught in Spanish

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