SPRING 2016

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

FRENCH  |  ITALIAN  |  SPANISH

 

FREN 111 -01/02  Elementary French I                      SWOFFER-PENNA
First part of communication-based foundation course. Reading, writing, listening comprehension and speaking skills emerge through practice in class and out. PREREQUISITE: NO PREVIOUS TRAINING IN FRENCH OR MAXIMUM ONE YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL. NOT OPEN TO HERITAGE/NATIVE SPEAKERS OR THOSE WITH PRIOR KNOWLEDGE OF THE LANGUAGE. Please consult the department's language placement guidelines found at http://www.binghamton.edu/romance/placement.html. Students may be removed from this course if they exceed the appropriate level of experience

FREN 115 -01 Elementary French II                 JOHNSON
                  -02                                                          STICCA
Second part of communication-based foundation course. 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. PREREQUISITE: FRENCH 111 OR MAXIMUM TWO YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL FRENCH. NOT OPEN TO HERITAGE/NATIVE SPEAKERS OR THOSE WITH PRIOR KNOWLEDGE OF THE LANGUAGE. Please consult the department's language placement guidelines found at http://www.binghamton.edu/romance/placement.html
Students may be removed from this course if they exceed the appropriate level of experience

FREN 211 -01 French III                                                                                       COPE
First part of communication-based intermediate-level French. Reading, writing, listening comprehension and speaking skills emerge through practice in class and out. PREREQUISITE: FREN 115 OR MAXIMUM THREE YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL FRENCH. NOT OPEN TO HERITAGE/NATIVE SPEAKERS. Please consult the department's language placement guidelines found at http://www.binghamton.edu/romance/placement.html. Students may be removed from this course if they exceed the appropriate level of experience.

FREN 215 -01                                                                                            BOSWORTH
Second part of communication-based intermediate-level French. Reading, writing, listening comprehension and speaking skills emerge through practice in class and out. PREREQUISITE: FREN 211 OR MORE THAN THREE YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL FRENCH. NOT FOR HERITAGE/NATIVE FRENCH SPEAKERS. Please consult the department's language placement guidelines found at http://www.binghamton.edu/romance/placement.html. Students may be removed from this course if they exceed the appropriate level of experience.

FREN 251 Grammar and Composition                                                               STICCA
Review of essential concepts of syntax; exercises in pronunciation; reading of short literary texts, and other documents on contemporary life in France and francophone countries. This course serves as preparation for language courses at
300 and 400 levels. Evaluation through brief quizzes, 30-minute tests, written homework, class participation, and final examination.
PREREQUISITE: FREN 215 or equivalent.**This course is not open to students who have taken FREN 241**

FREN 341 Advanced Conversation                                                                 PATTERSON
High-level spoken French for a wide range of creative, practical, professional and academic contexts. Assignments will include watching and discussing films, news broadcasts and other media, leading debates on social issues, and group video projects as well as some short written assignments, grammar and vocabulary review, and quizzes. PREREQUISITE: French 215 or equivalent; 241 strongly recommended, or instructor permission.

FREN 362/coli 381C/ eng 380G Masterworks of French Lit                    POLACHEK
What do French literary, visual, and other cultural productions tell us about the formation of our identity and sense of self? How do encounters with other societies, other social classes, and other values force us to confront our preconceptions of others as well as of ourselves ? As we examine works from the 18th century to the 21st century, we will see how these themes reflect historical moments, as well as serve as springboards for re-evaluation for future generations. Providing an overview of French works from the 18th century to the present , the course will include an introduction to major genres (novels, graphic novels, poetry, plays) by authors that include Marivaux, Diderot, Baudelaire, Duras, Sartre, and Beckett . Related films by important French filmmakers will also be included. An important gateway course for higher level courses. This course counts toward the French major (both tracks) as well as for the minor. Format: Lecture/discussion, oral presentations, small group discussions, two papers, two exams. Class conducted in French. Students from other disciplines welcome, and may do their written work in English if their department/program allows. Prerequisites: At least one 300-level French course. Freshman: AP score of 5 or IB 5 or above or permission of instructor. Students who have already taken French 361 (Masterworks of French Literature I) can arrange to take the course for 400-level credit in consultation with the instructor.

FREN 380B/ling 380A Intro. To French Linguistics                                  BOSWORTH
The French language is examined from the perspective of linguistics, the study of how languages are structured and used by speakers. Students are introduced to the principal elements of phonological, morphological, syntactic and semantic analysis of French, as well as a number of sociolinguistic issues. Upon completion of the course, students will acquire a sophisticated understanding of the overall structure of the French language, which will enhance their abilities in all main areas of language competence, including attainment of native-like pronunciation and accuracy in using grammatical structures and vocabulary. Students will also increase their socio-linguistic competence by gaining insight into how the language is used by speakers in different contexts, registers, and communities. Through the oral and written work in the course, students will improve their
ability to discuss language and language structures in an academic context. Classes are conducted in French at the appropriate level of complexity for the students. Students are evaluated on the basis of participation in class discussion, regular short reading summaries, regular short quizzes, homework assignments, and two exams. Students from other departments may do their written work in English if permitted by their department. One 300-level course or permission of instructor.

FREN 451/581G/ling 480K Advanced Grammar and Syntax                          BOSWORTH
The course aims at a systematic examination of French structure at the level of the word (morphology) and the sentence (syntax). An analysis of common learner difficulties of expression and composition will enhance the students' mastery of the material and its practical applications. Upon completion of this course, students will acquire a sophisticated understanding of French structures, enabling them to continually improve their speaking and writing skills. Class sessions will consist of review and discussion of the material covered in readings, analytical exercises conducted in small groups, pairs and individually. Students are evaluated on the basis of regular written homework and quizzes, participation in class discussion, and two exams. Classes are conducted in French at the appropriate level of complexity for the students. Students taking this course for graduate credit will write and present a short paper with a research component on a morphological or syntactic phenomenon of their choosing. Students from other departments may do their written work in English if permitted by their department. PREREQUISITES: At least two 300-level courses

FREN 481E/581H/afst 486G/lacs 483B Race, Roots & Identity in the French Caribbean COPE
Although they are French citizens, the people of the French-speaking islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe have a history and culture that are distinct from those of Metropolitan France. Like many other Caribbeans, they are primarily an Afro-diasporic people whose history includes plantation culture, the Middle Passage, and the Atlantic slave trade. In addition, because the Caribbean has been a global crossroads for over five hundred years, questions of language and rootlessness have been central to Caribbean writing. This course will trace the quest for a distinct identity in Martinique and Guadeloupe over the course of the twentieth century from Négritude to Antillanité, Créolité, and beyond.

Course is taught in ENGLISH. French majors and minors will complete most assignments in French.

REQUIREMENTS: two short papers, one longer final paper, oral presentation(s), active participation, regular attendance.

PREREQUISITES for French majors and minors: two 300-level French courses; 300-level French literature course strongly recommended.

 

ITALIAN


ITAL 111 -01/02 ELEMENTARY ITALIAN I                                      COOK,M
                        03                                                                                     LEE
First part of communication-based foundation course. Reading, writing, listening comprehension and speaking skills emerge through practice in class and out. PREREQUISITE: NO PREVIOUS TRAINING IN ITALIAN OR MAXIMUM ONE YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL. NOT OPEN TO HERITAGE/NATIVE SPEAKERS OR THOSE WITH PRIOR KNOWLEDGE OF THE LANGUAGE. Please consult the department's language placement guidelines found at http://www.binghamton.edu/romance/placement.html .Students may be removed from this course if they exceed the appropriate level of experience.

ITAL 115 -01-02 ELEMENTARY ITALIAN II                                         SAMIANI
                 -03                                                                                             COOK
                 -04                                                                                             LEE
Second part of communication-based foundation course. Reading, writing, listening comprehension and speaking skills emerge through practice in class and out. Students with credit for ITAL 115 or equivalent may not take this course. PREREQUISITE: ITALIAN 111 OR MAXIMUM TWO YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL ITALIAN. NOT OPEN TO HERITAGE/NATIVE SPEAKERS OR THOSE WITH PRIOR KNOWLEDGE OF THE LANGUAGE. Please consult the department's language placement guidelines found at http://www.binghamton.edu/romance/placement.html . Students may be removed from this course if they exceed the appropriate level of experience.

ITAL 211 -01/02 INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN I                                                         MORONI
First part of communication-based intermediate-level Italian. Reading, writing, listening comprehension and speaking skills emerge through practice in class and out. PREREQUISITE: ITAL 115 OR MAXIMUM THREE YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL ITALIAN. NOT OPEN TO HERITAGE/NATIVE SPEAKERS. Please consult the department's language placement guidelines found at http://www.binghamton.edu/romance/placement.html. Students may be removed from this course if they exceed the appropriate level of experience.

ITAL 215 -01 INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN II                                                              SAMIANI
Second part of communication-based intermediate-level Italian. Reading, writing, listening comprehension and speaking skills emerge through practice in class and out. PREREQUISITE: ITAL 211, OR MORE THAN THREE YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL ITALIAN. NOT FOR HERITAGE/NATIVE ITALIAN SPEAKERS. Please consult the department's language placement guidelines found at
http://www.binghamton.edu/romance/placement.html. Students may be removed from this course if they exceed the appropriate level of experience.

ITAL 375 Modern Italian Culture                                                                     HENNESSEY
Survey of Italian pop culture from the 1960s to today. A historical overview begins with the Italian folk tradition: proverbs, fables, dance, and nursery rhymes. Readings by Gramsci, Calvino, Eco, and Wu Ming explore related notions of "popular" and "mass" culture in Italian thought, contextualizing the postwar expansion and recent contraction of the Italian entertainment industry. Genre cinema (melodramas, historical epics, teen films, etc.), national and international television programming, and Italian pop music provide primary frameworks for investigating new cultural production. Pulp fiction, comics, graphic novels, and sports media (soccer and motorsports) will also be key sites of inquiry. Compositions and discussions on the role of the popular in Italy will be supplemented by a comprehensive review of Italian grammar and stylistics.

ITAL 451/581B Advanced Composition and Stylistics                                     MORONI
The goal of this course is twofold: 1. to expose the students to compelling readings that present new venues for an advanced use of Italian grammar and vocabulary. In this process, particular attention will be devoted to pre-reading discussion activities and post-reading activities that guide the students to discuss orally and in writing the topic of the readings; 2. to create a writing workshop, where the students practice writing strategies to develop their ability to draft clear, logical essays. The writing topics will motivate the students to construct and defend a thesis in the context of the unit theme and readings they have studied.

ITAL 481N/581I Italian Cinema From Fascism to the New Millennium    HENNESSEY
This course examines key contributions to Italian cinema from 1930 to the present, focusing on how popular cinematic categories (the Western, zombie and Euro-horror, science fiction, etc.) intersect with the art film. Classics by Fellini, Rossellini, Antonioni, as well as recent works by directors Bernardo Bertolucci and Paolo Sorrentino frame a broad survey of Italian film production. Film analysis and readings on Italian history and art introduce ideas on popular culture, political cinema, realism, race, and gender. Course is taught in English; Italian majors and minors will complete some assignments in Italian.

 

SPANISH

 

SPAN 111 -01/02/03 ELEMENTARY SPANISH I                                             TOTOLIS
First part of communication-based foundation course. Reading, writing, listening comprehension and speaking skills emerge through practice in class and out. PREREQUISITE: NO PREVIOUS TRAINING IN SPANISH OR MAXIMUM ONE YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL. NOT OPEN TO HERITAGE/NATIVE SPEAKERS OR THOSE WITH PRIOR KNOWLEDGE OF THE LANGUAGE. Please consult the department's language placement guidelines found at http://www.binghamton.edu/romance/placement.html .Students may be removed from this course if they exceed the appropriate level of experience.

SPAN 115 -01/02/03/04 ELEMENTARY SPANISH II                                         HAMDAN
Second part of communication-based foundation course. Reading, writing, listening comprehension and speaking skills emerge through practice in class and out. Students with credit for SPAN 115 or equivalent may not take this course. PREREQUISITE: SPANISH 111 OR MAXIMUM TWO YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL SPANISH. NOT OPEN TO HERITAGE/NATIVE SPEAKERS OR THOSE WITH PRIOR KNOWLEDGE OF THE LANGUAGE. Please consult the department's language placement guidelines found at http://www.binghamton.edu/romance/placement.html . Students may be removed from this course if they exceed the appropriate level of experience.

SPAN 175   Basic Medical Spanish                                                                     COOK, S
This course will enable students in the medical fields to communicate with the increasing Spanish-speaking population. The course has a Spanish grammar component, an introduction to cultural awareness in health care and basic vocabulary needed for communication pertinent to medical issues, such as general expressions used to gather basic information from a patient, parts of the body and description of symptoms. THIS COURSE IS OPEN TO DECKER SCHOOL OF NURSING STUDENTS ONLY. Permission of Instructor may be granted to students in related fields if seats become available during the add/drop period.

SPAN 211-01/03/05 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I                                              ALONSO                                     02/04/06/07                                                                                      KAPRAL
First part of communication-based intermediate-level Spanish. Reading, writing, listening comprehension and speaking skills emerge through practice in class and out. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 115 OR MAXIMUM THREE YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL SPANISH. NOT OPEN TO HERITAGE/NATIVE SPEAKERS. Please consult the department's language placement guidelines found at http://www.binghamton.edu/romance/placement.html . Students may be removed from this course if they exceed the appropriate level of experience.

SPAN 212 SPANISH GRAMMAR FOR BILINGUALS                                        CASTANEDA
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 -01/02/03 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II                                                BEDRIN
                           -04                                                                                                  ALONSO
Second part of communication-based intermediate-level Spanish. Reading, writing, listening comprehension and speaking skills emerge through practice in class and out. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 211, OR MORE THAN THREE YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL SPANISH. NOT FOR HERITAGE/NATIVE SPANISH SPEAKERS. Please consult the department's language placement guidelines found at
http://www.binghamton.edu/romance/placement.html . Students may be removed from this course if they exceed the appropriate level of experience.

SPAN 250 01/02/03                                                                                       CASTANEDA
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. 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 the areas. Not for native Spanish speakers. Required for the major for 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. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 215 or equivalent. NOT FOR HERITAGE/NATIVE SPANISH SPEAKERS.

SPAN 251 01/02/03                                                                                               COOK
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. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 250 or 212 or equivalent; sequential after SPAN 250.

SPAN 344 01/02 /lacs 344                                                                        HASSELL
                       03 / lacs 344                                                                        CASANOVA
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. 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 212, 250, 251 or equivalent

SPAN 351/451 Advanced Syntax & Composition: Stylistics                             KIRSCHEN
This course is designed to prepare students for advanced-level writing, analysis, and critical thinking, and guide them in the writing of correct, clear, and persuasive prose in Spanish. Students will learn to recognize, understand, and explain advanced grammar usage and its stylistic components to make effective use of the language's full range of expressive means. We will mainly focus on stylistics through the study of prose texts and the practice of translation and composition with a view toward developing effective self-expression. FORMAT: Analysis of prose texts in class; translation/stylistic practice; compositions; exams. Taught in Spanish. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 251.

SPAN 360/ mdvl 360 -01 Hispanic Lit: Middle Ages-17C                         FAJARDO
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: Students will write a paper and give an oral presentation. Conducted in Spanish. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 344 or equivalent.

SPAN 370/ lacs 370 -01 Hispanic Lit: 18th Century to Present                        HASSELL
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 380B/ling 380K INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH LINGUISTICS                 KIRSCHEN
This course serves as an introduction to the field of Spanish Linguistics. We begin by discussing fundamental theories related to how one acquires a language. Taking Spanish as the primary language of exploration, we review various linguistic fields throughout the semester, including phonetics (the sounds of a language), phonology (the interaction and organization of sounds), morphology (the structure of words), and syntax (the structure of sentences). Our course will also provide an overview of the historical development of the Spanish language, including regional variation today. This course will be taught in Spanish.

SPAN 481H/581T coli 480V/535L; eng 450T; mdv 480C/561Q
Cervantes Don Quixote (in English)                                                                      FAJARDO
We shall do an attentive reading of both parts of the book. The principal activity in this class is discussion. In order to participate fully, students need to prepare carefully through an engaged reading of the assigned material. The class will be conducted in English. Spanish students are expected to read the text in Spanish (and in English as well if they so choose) and to do the written assignments in Spanish.

SPAN 481M/581F: NATURE AND EMPIRE IN SPAIN AND COLONIAL LATIN AMERICA IN THE EARLY MODERN PERIOD (16th-17th Century)                        MONTENEGRO
In this course we will analyze literary and visual works from the Iberian Peninsula and Colonial Latin America in the Early Modern period with a focus on the representation of nature. Together, we will investigate the binaries of dominance and subjugation in the narrative of the conquest and taming of nature. We will also analyze representations of gendered nature and learn and use key concepts from ecocriticism. Doing so, we will examine stereotypes such as that of Eden, Arcadia, the Virginal paradise, the savage wilderness and elements such as animals, rivers, and mountains. The basic questions that this course aims to discuss are: How is nature represented across a variety of literary genres? What are the implications of an allegorical and ornamental depiction of nature? How is ordered European nature represented against the savage American continent? How is nature classified? How does the subjugation of nature reveal cultural values concerning the ordering of animals and peoples? Readings may include the depiction of paradise in Columbus's letters, the pastoral in Lope de Vega, depictions of "ornamental" nature in barroque sonnets, war and destruction in Ercilla's epic poem, La Auracana, the classification of exotic nature in crónicas, and indigenous and mestizo accounts of nature in the New World. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 360 or 370 or equivalent. May be repeated for credit if topic is different.

SPAN 483A/581I CONTEMPORARY POPULAR FICTION IN THE HISPANIC CARIBBEAN CASANOVA
This course examines the most recent popular fiction of Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. During the semester, students will read and analyze texts from various literary genres such as crime and thriller, horror and gothic, fantasy, sci-fi, cyberpunk and splatterpunk, the gangster novel and the graphic novel, among others. We will study how these genres have evolved in the Hispanic Caribbean in the past decades and how they are concerned with issues of violence, poverty, gender, colonization, drug trafficking, urban planning, among others. Students will also reflect upon discussions such as the so-called division between "high and low culture" and the place of Caribbean literature in the Western canon.

 

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