Trinity Western University

Course Descriptions

Spanish

    • SPAN 101, 102 Introduction to Spanish (3, 3 sem. hrs.)

      An introduction to the Spanish language and various cultural expressions for students with little or no knowledge of Spanish. Basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills included.

      NB: Students with more than two years of high school Spanish or native speaker ability cannot take SPAN 101 for credit. See instructor for entry levels.

      Prerequisite(s): None. (3-1; 3-1)


    • SPAN 201, 202 Intermediate Spanish (3, 3 sem. hrs.)

      The development of intermediate Spanish language skills, both written and oral. Increased understanding of Hispanic culture through the introduction of literature, as well as cultural texts pertaining to various countries.

      Prerequisite(s): SPAN 101, 102, or instructor's consent. (3-1; 3-1)


    • SPAN 301, 302 Advanced Written and Oral Spanish (3, 3 sem. hrs.)

      Grammar and practice in composition and oral work, including an examination of popular culture and various kinds of texts for the advanced Spanish student.

      Prerequisite(s): SPAN 201, 202, or instructor's consent. (3-0; 3-0)


    • SPAN 310 Latin American Culture and Civilization (3 sem. hrs.)

      Course paints a broad picture of society and culture in Latin America. Various aspects of culture are discussed, including topics such as history, art, politics, religion, sports, customs, and current events in the Hispanic world. Cultural readings, videos, and websites are used to stimulate discussion, add insight and knowledge, and develop the capabilities of the oral language. Conducted entirely in Spanish.

      Prerequisite(s): SPAN 201, 202, or instructor's consent. (3-0; 3-0)


    • SPAN 315 Current Issues in South America: Conversational Focus (3 sem. hrs.)

      This course has a dual purpose: to increase students' mastery of Spanish by developing their oral and written comprehension, verbal skills, and vocabulary; secondly, to introduce them to the broad spectrum of religious, social, political, and economic issues with which South Americans continuously wrestle. Students are exposed to these issues through readings and classroom discussions, and have the opportunity, through interaction with their homestay families, to discover how Christians deal with or react to the issues. It is expected that, by the end of the course, students will have improved their Spanish considerably and broadened their knowledge of the people and culture through direct interaction with the current issues that weigh upon the South American people.

      NB: This course is offered as a Travel Study and is not available every year. Consult Department chair.

      Pre-requisite(s): SPAN 201, 202 or instructor’s consent.


    • SPAN 320 Spanish Culture and Civilization (3 sem. hrs.)

      Conducted entirely in Spanish, this course uses an historical approach to examine society and culture in Spain. Various aspects of Spanish culture and society are discussed: literary works, art, politics, religion, sports, customs, and current events. Cultural readings, newspaper and magazine articles, videos, and websites are used to stimulate discussion, add insight and knowledge, and develop the capabilities of the oral language.

      Prerequisite(s): SPAN 201, 202. (3-0; 3-0)


    • SPAN 405, 406 Spanish Peninsular Literature (3, 3 sem. hrs.)

      Survey courses covering selected major authors in Spanish Peninsular Literature from the Middle Ages to the present. The historic and literary context of the works is presented and the influence of Christianity as a significant force shaping both literature and culture is examined. All major genres are included. SPAN 405 covers from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. SPAN 406 includes literature from the early 19th century to the present. Students consolidate their language skills through the critical reading of literary texts and the writing of compositions and essays.

      Prerequisite(s): SPAN 302, or instructor's consent. (3-0; 3-0)


    • SPAN 410, 411 Hispanic Latin American Literature (3, 3 sem. hrs.)

      Survey courses covering selected major authors from Spanish speaking Latin America, from pre-Columbian times to the present. The historic and cultural context of the works is examined. SPAN 410 covers up to the mid-19th century. SPAN 411 covers literature from the end of the 19th century to the present. Students consolidate their skills through the critical reading of literary texts, along with written and oral work.

      Prerequisite(s): SPAN 302, or instructor's consent. (3-0; 3-0)


    • SPAN 497, 498 Special Topics in Spanish Literature and Culture (3, 3 sem. hrs.)

      Independent but guided studies in specialized areas of interest.

      Prerequisite(s): SPAN 302, or instructor's consent.

       

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