Spanish Course Offerings

1000-level courses

  • SPAN 1015.03: Spanish on the Go. SPAN 1015 is a hands-on, practical approach to learning Spanish. Students will gain a working knowledge of Spanish by engaging in communicative activities, role play, and task-based activities. The objective of this class is to facilitate students' functional ability in Spanish and to enable them to participate in various everyday activities when they are in a Spanish-speaking context. NOTE: This course does not satisfy the Bachelor of Arts Language Requirement.

  • SPAN 1021.03 and 1022.03: Beginning Spanish and Advanced Beginning Spanish. In SPAN 1021/1022, students will acquire a general knowledge of Spanish by engaging in communicative and task-based activities that focus on developing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. This course follows the A1/A2 levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Students will gain competence in grammatical structures, vocabulary, pronunciation and cultural awareness. NOTE: Credit can only be given if SPAN 1021.03 and SPAN 1022.03 are completed in consecutive terms and partial credit cannot be given for a single term.

  • SPAN 1025.03: Advanced Beginning Spanish. Students with prior knowledge of Spanish will join SPAN 1021.03 and SPAN 1022.03 at midyear for the winter semester only. This course follows the A2 level of the common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Students will gain competence in grammatical structures, vocabulary, pronunciation, and cultural awareness. PREREQUISITE: Knowledge of Spanish equivalent to SPAN 1021.03. Students should contact the Academic Advisor to register for the Online Placement Test.

  • SPAN 1200 X/Y.06: Spanish for Reading. For students who wish to acquire reading knowledge of Spanish for general academic purposes. Overview of fundamentals of Spanish grammar and vocabulary, with emphasis on reading for comprehension of texts in the arts, humanities and social sciences. This course does not satisfy the Bachelor of Arts Language Requirement. NOTE: Credit can be given for this course only if X and Y are completed in consecutive terms; partial credit cannot be given for a single term. PREREQUISITE: None. Open to students in all departments. No prior knowledge of Spanish is necessary.

2000-level courses

  • SPAN 2005.03: Español Práctico - Nivel intermedio. The objective of this cours eis to continue developing the four language skills in a practical setting. This course is required for the Minor in Spanish Language and should be taken in the same academic year as SPAN 2021.03 and SPAN 2022.03. Students planning to take anhy of our programs abroad or the Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE, B1 level) will find the course particularly useful. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 1021.03 and SPAN 1022.03, or SPAN 1025.03. RESTRICTION: May not be taken after SPAN 2021.03 and SPAN 2022.03, or any SPAN 3000-level language course.
  • SPAN 2021.03 and SPAN 2022.03: Intermediate Spanish and Advanced Intermediate Spanish. Students will acquire an intermediate knowledge of Spanish equivalent of a B1 level, by adopting an action oriented approach and engaging in communicative and task based activities. This course follows the system for learning, teaching and assessing languages established by the Common european Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) that defines the competencies the students need to master in the following categories: Comprehension (Listening and Reading) and Expression (Interaction, Oral and Writing). NOTE: Credidt can only be given for this course if SPAN 2021.03 and SPAN 2022.03 are completed in consecutive terms and partial credit cannot be given for a single term. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 1021.03 and SPAN 1022.03, or SPAN 1025.03.

  • SPAN 2025.03: Advanced Intermediate Spanish. Students whose level of Spanish is higher than SPAN 2021.03 but lower than SPAN 3035 will join the SPAN 2022.03 class for the second semester. Students will acquire an intermediate knowledge of Spanish equivalent of a B1.2 level, by adopting an action oriented approach and engaging in communicative and task based activities. This course follows the system for learning, teaching and assessing languages established by the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR) that defines the competencies the students need to master in the following categories: Comprehension (Listening and Reading) and Expression (Interaction, Oral and Writing). PREREQUISITE: Knowledge of Spanish equivalent to SPAN 2021.03 (B1.1 level). Students should contact the Academic Advisor to register for the Online Placement Test.

  • SPAN 2040.03: Spanish for Business. Spanish for business and international trade. This course is an introduction to the Spanish of international business and to the social cultural norms of negotiation in Spanish-speaking countries. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 2021.03 and SPAN 2022.03.

  • SPAN 2069.03: Mexico and Central America to 1979 - From Conquest to Revolution. Events in Central America are frequently covered in our media, causing people to believe that "the unrest" there is recent. This course seeks to examine the historical roots of the conflict from the colonial period until the 1970s. The aim of the course is to provide students with a background knowledge of this area, so that they can better understand current developments there. PREREQUISITE: No prerequisite. Open to students in all departments. No knowledge of Spanish necessary. CROSSLISTINGS: HIST 2382.03.

  • SPAN 2070.03: Mexico and Central America since 1979 - The Search for Stability. Following an examination of the indigenous heritage, and the colonial legacy of the conquistadors, this course deals principally with the contemporary period, examining the Mexican Revolultion and its aftermath, Nicaragua under the Sandinistas, the impact of NAFTA, the "democracy" of Mexico, gang wars and narcotics, the U.S. role in the region, the human rights situation in Central America, and probable developments in the region. The course is designed to provide an understanding of the contemporary reality of this volatile region. PREREQUISITE: No prerequisite. Open to students in all departments. No knowledge of Spanish necessary. CROSSLISTINGS: HIST 2383.03.

  • SPAN 2090.03: Introduction to Hispanic Literary Study. This course will introduce students to literary analysis and critical writing in Spanish. Readings will include works from a variety of periods, genres and regions. NOTE: Does not fulfill the literature requirement for any Spanish degree programs. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 2020 X/Y.06.

  • SPAN 2100.03: Evolving Spain - History, Culture, Society. This course provides an overview of the major sociopolitical and cultural elements, from the Middle Ages to the present, that formed contemporary Spain. PREREQUISITE: No prerequisite. Open to students in all departments. No knowledge of Spanish necessary. CROSSLISTINGS: HIST 2065.03.

  • SPAN 2105.03: Catalan Language and Culture. Introduction to Catalan, the Romance language spoken by some 8 million people in northeaster Spain--Barcelona and Catalonia-- souther, France, the Balearic Islands and Sardinia. Elementary Catalan language and an introduction to Catalan culture. PREREQUISITE: Two years' study of any Romance language, or permission of instructor.

  • SPAN 2109.03: Cuba from Colonial Times to 1961. While many people are aware of the impact of the cuban Revolution of 1959, few are aware of the kind of society that existed in Cuba beforehand. This course seeks to examine the historical roots of the country from the colonial period unti lthe 1690's, with particular attention being paid to socio-cultural aspects. The objective is to provide students with a background of this country and its current reality. PREREQUISITE: No prerequisite. Open to students in all departments. No knowledge of Spanish necessary. CROSSLISTINGS: HIST 2384.03.

  • SPAN 2110.03: Cuba in Revolution, 1961 to the Present. Cuba, the only Communist society in the Western Hemisphere, has undergone a dramatic political and economic transformation. The Revolution has also brought about changes in education, the arts, the role of women, race relations, and athletics. The course focuses on the problems and achievements of the Revolution, hte peculiarities of Communism in a Caribbean society, and its effects on literature and the arts. PREREQUISITES: No prerequisite. Open to students in all departments. No knowledge of Spanish necessary. CROSSLISTINGS: HIST 2385.03.

  • SPAN 2130.03: Latin American Dictators - From Fact to Fiction. This history of Latin America since Independence has been characterized by the rise to power of countless dictators. Some of the best Latin American novels portray these almost mythical figures who to this day wield absolute power in many countries. The course examines the literature and history of this phenomenon with particular attento paid to the twentieth century, and attempts to discover its roots in militarism, underdevelopment, and imperialism. PREREQUISITE: No prerequisite. Open to students in all departments. No knowledge of Spanish necessary. CROSSLISTINGS: HIST 2388.03.

  • SPAN 2150.03: Hispanic Identities Through Film. This course focuses on the concept of Hispanic identity, through the study of contemporary and historical sociocultural and geopolitical issues, as manifested in cinema from around the Spanish-speaking world. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 2020 X/Y.06.

  • SPAN 2200.03: Latin American Culture - From the Maya to the 21st Century. The aim of this course is to provide basic understanding of this varied and historic area. This course examines the development of Latin America from pre-Columbian times to the present. It also examines the way in which the reality of Latin America has shaped a continental cultural identity. PREREQUISITE: No prerequisite. Open to students in all departments. No knowledge of Spanish necessary.

3000-level courses

  • SPAN 3000.03: Language and Culture Through Telecollaboration. This course will use open-access digital communication platforms to bring together intermediate and advanced Dalhousie Spanish students and their peers at the University of València (Spain). Students will work collaboratively, on a series of activities centred on information sharing, comparison and analysis, collaboration and product creation. The telecollaborative framework will provide opportunities for repeated communication with native speakers, as well as intercultural exchanges between participants. Digital interactions will provide repeated exposure to near-natural communication, foster engagement and autonomous learning, and provide models for the practical application of foreign languages in a format that highlights their value as transferable and marketable skills. Evaluation will focus on oral competences through personal presentations, interviews, and discussions. Written skills will be assessed through the creation of webpages and documents, correction of partners’ linguistic errors, journal entries and reports. PREREQUISITES: SPAN 2020. 06, SPAN 2022.03 or SPAN 2035.06

  • SPAN 3005.03: Español Práctico - Nivel avanzado. The objective of this course is to continue developing the four language skills in a practical setting. This course could be taken as part of the Minor in Spanish as well as a 3000 level elective for other Spanish degrees. It should be taken in the same academic year as SPAN 3035/3036. This course will be particularly useful to students planning to write the Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) (B2 level). PREREQUISITES: SPAN 2021.03 and SPAN 2022.03 (B1 level) or equivalent or instructor's permission.
  • SPAN 3020.03: Translation. Exercises in translation, from Spanish to English. This course assists students to understand the basic strategies of translation. PREREQUISITES: SPAN 2021.03 and SPAN 2022.03.

  • SPAN 3025.03: Traducción - Inglés-Español. The objective of this course is to develop basic translation skills through the practice of translating English texts into Spanish. the approach would be methodological and practical: theoretical issues will be discusses to solve translation problems. After establishing the fundamental concepts, the course will progress to examine a series of important aspects of translation; cultural transposition, phonic, graphic and prosodic problems, grammatical and lexical issues, language variety in texts, etc. Each aspect outlined will have a practical component in which students are given a concrete translation task to solve. Group and class discussions will follow. The aim of the course is to provide students with a general view of the mechanics of translation to then encourage the creative aspects of the process. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 3035.03.

  • SPAN 3035.03: Advance Spanish I. The objective of this course is to reinforce and expand students' skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing, integrated with an advanced grammar review and extended vocabulary. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 2021.03 and SPAN 2022.03.

  • SPAN 3036.03: Advanced Spanish II. A continuation of SPAN 3035. The objective of this course is to reinforce and further students' skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing, integrated with an advanced grammar review and extended vocabulary. PREREQUISITES: SPAN 3035.03.

  • SPAN 3090.03: Spanish Phonetics and Pronunciation. This course seeks to introduce students to the analysis of the sound system of Spanish. Students will learn to identify and adjust non-native patterns of pronunciation through contrastive analysis, transcriptions and pronunciation practice. Students will master basic concepts and techniques of phonetic analysis and the general phonological characterization of Spanish dialects. The course will focus on the attributes of Spanish sounds, differences between the English and the Spanish sound systems, and the main differences among varieties of Spanish. PREREQUISITES: SPAN 2021.03 and SPAN 2022.03.

  • SPAN 3095.03: Evolution of Spanish. This course offers a panoramic study of the evolution of spoken Latin into modern Spanish (no prior knowledge of Latin required). Topics covered will include: the major historical events that influenced the evolution of Spanish; phonological change; morphological and syntactic change; lexical borrowings from other languages; and semantic change. PREREQUISITES: SPAN 2021.03 and SPAN 2022.03.

  • SPAN 3190.03: Conversation & Expression. This course is conducted in Spanish and engages students in conversation in a variety of formats toward the goal of further developing oral proficiency. We will aim to improve oral expression, conversation, and listening comprehension. Short essays or videos on topics of current interest are prepared outside of class and serve as the basis for general class discussions. Although the course deals mainly with conversation, many of the exercises will be directed toward oral practice of verb structure and tenses learned in the previous courses. Activities include improvisations and focus on small group and pair work as well as individual presentations. Students will strengthen oral skills and build vocabulary through practice in different types of discourse, including narration, description, critical commentary, debate, role play, listening to music, reading newspapers and watching the news. PREREQUISITES: SPAN 3035.03.

  • SPAN 3215.03: Seminario de literatura latinoamericana. This course studies the work of Latin American women writers. It seeks to introduce students to critical approaches and recurring themes in Latin American women's literature. Representative works are studied within their historical and cultural context. Readings include novels, short stories, plays and caricatures. PREREQUISITES: SPAN 2090.03.

  • SPAN 3310.03: Cuban Culture and Society. This course is offered through the Department of International Development Studies and is held in Cuba. CROSSLISTINGS: INTD 3310.03.

  • SPAN 3408.03: The Cuban Development Model. This course examines the evolution of the Cuban development model, from the Conquest and colonization by the Spanish to the reforms of the early 21st Century. The objective is to develop an understanding of the various development strategies employed by Cuba, particularly since the revolution of 1959. When asked about the Cuban development model, most people nowadays would say "tourism." Thirty years ago it was sugar--as it had been from the beginning of the 16th Century. In fact, Cuba obtains most of its hard currency from medical-related services--mainly from the exportation of medical services, but also from the sale of sophisticated biotechnological products. Cuba's approach has evolved dramatically in the last two decades, and particulary attention will be paid to this period. CROSSLISTINGS: INTD 3408.03.

  • SPAN 3500.03: Literature española contemporánea. This course is a survey of the most important authors of Spanish contemporary literature. Students will study internationally well known writers such as Rosa Montero, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Manuel Vásquez Montalbán, and others. Areas of special focus may include writings of Antonio Muñoz Molina and Eduardo Mendoza, both of whom are considered representative of the Spanish transition period. The aim of this course is to introduce students to a specific area of Spanish literature, focusing on the historic context in which the novels are written. PREREQUISITES: SPAN 2090.03.

  • SPAN 3505.03: Introduction to Spanish Literature. This course is an introduction to Spanish literature presenting selected works of prose, poetry and theater from Spain. This is a survey of literature from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Entirely conducted in Spanish, normally taken in the second or third year of study, the everyday work of this class involves group discussion and lectures. The aim of this course is to introduce students to general notions of literary history and to the basic concepts involved in reading literary texts with particular emphasis on the development of both oral and written linguistic expression. PREREQUISITES: SPAN 2090.03.

  • SPAN 3510.03: Literatura hispanoamericana contemporánea. This is a panoramic course that studies Latin American literature from the "boom" to the present. It is divided into five sections, each of which will focus on a literary genre: short stories, essays, journalism, theater and novels. PREREQUISITES: SPAN 2090.03.

  • SPAN 3515.03: Introducción a la literatura latinoamericana (Intro to Latin American Literature). This is a panoramic course that serves as an introduction to Latin American literature. It is based on a selection of prose and poetry from the most representative periods and authors, spanning from pre-Columbian times to the twentieth century. PREREQUISITES: SPAN 2090.03.

  • SPAN 3520.03: Topics in Culture & Identity in the Spanish-Speaking World. A broad outline of the interaction between culture and identity in the Hispanic world. Focus will be on the end of the 19th and 20th centuries, and the connection between artists and identity in relation to political, cultural and social forces. Selected works of artistic expression (art, literature, music, etc.) become the point of departure for understanding the Spanish-speaking world. Specific topics may vary. PREREQUISITES: SPAN 2020 X/Y.06 and SPAN 2090.03.

  • SPAN 3525.03: Historia e historias - la literature como alternativa. This course is designed for advanced students who have taken the available courses at the 2000-level or equivalent. During this course students will explore the relationship between science and literature, especially subversive representations of History in fictional texts during the 20th century. Lectures will be organized on a chronological basis and will cover different Spanish-speaking cultural areas. The aim of this course is to introduce studenst to a specific area of Hispanic literature focusing on the historic facts included in novels and essays. PREREQUISITES: SPAN 2090.03.

  • SPAN 3905.03: Estudios hispánicos avanzados. This course offers the student an opportunity to study aspects of Hispanic culture not already included in other language offerings or in literature courses more narrowly defined by period, genre, etc. It takes advantage of special research interest of staff or the unique expertise of visiting faculty to provide instruction not regularly available here.

  • SPAN 3920.03: Experiential Learning. Experiential learning combines formal learning with practical experience using the Spanish language; students are required to volunteer/intern for a minimum of 60 hours over the term, or approximately 4-5 hours per week. Students will also compile a portfolio under the supervision of the course instructor, to include relevant readings and assignments (these may include reading responses, reports, presentations, essaysj). PREREQUISITES: SPAN 2021.03 and SPAN 2022.03.

Other upper-year courses

  • SPAN 3970.03: Lecturas dirigidas de literatura Hispanoamericana.
  • SPAN 3975.03: Estudios hispánicos dirigidos.
  • SPAN 3980.03: Lecturas para especialistas.
  • SPAN 3985.03: Lecturas para estudiantes de honores.
  • SPAN 4985.03: Independent Advanced Hispanic Studies
  • SPAN 4980.03: Honours Reading.

 

***Please note that not all courses will be offered each year. Please check the Academic Timetable or here for current course offerings and schedules.