Course Listing

Spanish Spring 2024

SPAN 1060 Accelerated Elementary Spanish with Daniel Colón and Matthew Street

MoWeFr 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM; 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM; 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM; 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM; 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Develops listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through engagement with oral and written texts in Spanish and various interactive projects. Five class hours. Covers the material in SPAN 1010-1020 in an accelerated one semester format. Followed by SPAN 2010. Prerequisite: Previous background in Spanish (1-2 years of high school Spanish) and PLACE diagnostic score of 1.0-3.0, UVA placement diagnostic score of 0-325 (prior to May 2022), or SAT II score of 420-510.]

SPAN 2010 Intermediate Spanish with Germain Badang, Esperanza Górriz Jarque, Sara Young, Kate Neff, Kazara Williams, Elizabeth Mirabal

MoWeFr 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM; 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM; 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM; 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM; 3:00pm - 3:50pm; 4:00pm - 4:50pm

TuTh 8:00am - 9:15am; 9:30 AM-10:45 AM; 11:00am - 12:15pm; 12:30 PM-1:45 PM; 02:00 PM-03:15 PM; 05:00 PM-06:15 PM

Further develops listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through engagement with authentic, culturally rich oral and written texts in Spanish. Enables students to perform linguistic tasks that allow them to communicate in everyday situations (e.g., narrating present and past activities and expressing desires and requests), and to express personal meaning by creating with the language. Three class hours. Followed by SPAN 2020.  

SPAN 2020 Advanced Intermediate Spanish with Nicole Bonino, Carlos Velazco Fernandez, Maria Jose Jorquera Hervas, Jennifer Hogg, Gabriela Dongo Arevalo, Sara Park, Nieves Garcia Prados, David Florez-Murillo, Jennifer Barlow, Maria Esparza Rodriguez, Josue Morales, Patricio Arriagada Soto

MoWeFr 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM; 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM; 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM; 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM; 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM; 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM; 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM

TuTh 8:00am - 9:15am; 09:30 AM-10:45 AM; 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM; 12:30 PM-01:45 PM; 02:00 PM-03:15 PM; 03:30 PM-04:45 PM; 05:00 PM-06:15 PM; 06:30 PM-07:45 PM

Further develops listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through engagement with authentic, culturally rich oral and written texts in Spanish. Enables students to perform linguistic tasks that allow them to communicate in everyday situations with some complications (e.g., describing present, past and future activities, expressing opinions, and persuading), and to express personal meaning by creating with the language. Three class hours. 

SPAN 3000 Phonetics with Joel Rini and Omar Velazquez Mendoza

MoWe 5:00pm - 6:15pm

TuTh 3:30pm - 4:45pm

An introduction to the sound system of both Peninsular and Latin American Spanish. Class discussions focus on how the sounds of Spanish are produced from an articulatory point of view, and how these sounds are organized & represented in the linguistic competence of their speakers. When appropriate, comparisons will be made between Spanish & English or Spanish & other (Romance & non-Romance) languages. Course seeks to improve the student's pronunciation. Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or a score of 641-800 on the SAT II Exam, or a 4 or 5 on the AP Exam.

SPAN 3010 Grammar and Composition I with Sara Park, Esther Poveda, Erica Cobb, Winnie Perez Martinez, Eliud Encarnacion Segura

MoWeFr 9:00am - 9:50am; 11:00am - 11:50am; 1:00pm - 1:50pm

TuTh 8:00am - 9:15am; 9:30am - 10:45am; 12:30pm - 1:45pm

SPAN 3010 seeks to develop advanced literacy in Spanish through extensive analysis and discussion of journalistic and literary texts, and documentaries and films from the Spanish-speaking world. Emphasis is placed on how grammatical forms codify meaning and grammar and meaning interact to construct the language and textual structures expected in the following types of texts: a photo-narrative, a report on a current event, and a film review. Prerequisite: SPAN 2020 or equivalent.

SPAN 3015 Language, Culture and Composition for Heritage Learners of Spanish with Paula Sprague

TuTh 2:00pm - 3:15pm

This is an intermediate Spanish language course for students who speak Spanish in informal settings and are first or second-generation Spanish speakers in the U.S. During the semester we explore Spanish in the US and cultural productions of Spanish speakers here and around the world. Integral to the course are writing and speaking practice in a range of linguistic registers including personal narration, academic research, pod casts, professional formats, and oral presentations, all designed to build on students’ existing language proficiency. Working with fiction, essays, film, media, and grammar review, the course aims to reinforce a command of formal language to prepare students for advanced academic work and professional contexts.

SPAN 3020 Grammar and Composition II with Jesus Galindo Benitez

MoWeFr 9:00am - 9:50am

SPAN 3020 seeks to develop advanced literacy in Spanish through extensive analysis and discussion of journalistic and literary texts, and documentaries and films from the Spanish-speaking world. We will focus especially on analyzing and learning advanced and late-acquisition grammatical structures and on how grammar and meaning interact to construct the language and textual structures expected in the following types of essays: and op-ed, a literary review, and an academic essay.    

SPAN 3040 Business Spanish with Maria Esparza Rodriguez and Rachel West 

MoWeFr 12:00pm - 12:50pm; 1:00pm - 1:50pm

TuTh 9:30am - 10:45am

This is an intermediate level course in which students read, research, discuss, debate and write in Spanish about recent themes that are relevant to commercial and economic contexts in the Spanish-speaking world. It is a language class that focusses on Spanish in professional settings; no previous academic or practical experience in commerce is required.

SPAN 3050 Spanish for Medical Profession with Alicia López Operé 

TuTh 11:00am - 12:15pm; 12:30pm - 1:45pm

Spanish for Medical Professions, is a recommended course for students that want to have a career in the health professions, and also for those who need to interact with Spanish-speaking people in hospitals, clinics and similar spaces. The course has been designed to develop linguistic competency as well as cultural competency in the health context. The emphasis is put on the real use of the language and the understanding of cultural differences among Spanish-speaking countries and the United States, and Latino patients in the United States. The course has a background theme on contemplative practices. 

SPAN 3070 Community Engagement in Spanish-Speaking Charlottesville with Esther Poveda

MoWeFr 10:00am - 10:50am

SPAN 3070: Sí se puede: Community Engagements in Spanish-Speaking Charlottesville is an advanced conversation course with a community-based language element component. In this specific iteration of SPAN 3070, we will focus on the role of education as a tool for social change in the Spanish speaking world. As part of the course requirements, students will volunteer as bilingual tutors and mentors with the Equity Center’s Starr Hills Pathway Program. Through community work, engagement with course materials (podcasts, documentaries, graphic novels, short stories, and testimonials), and conversations with guest speakers, we will reflect on the importance of education as the foundation to build more fair, inclusive, and equitable societies, and how this is manifested in the local and broader Spanish speaking world. 

SPAN 3200 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics with Lorena Albert Ferrando

TuTh 11:00am - 12:15pm

The course objective is to provide an introduction to the core areas of linguistic analysis using Spanish as the test case. During the semester, we will cover several areas including the sounds of Spanish (phonetics and phonology), word formation (morphology), sentence structure (syntax), meaning of words, phrases, sentences, and larger chunks of discourse, also in social context (semantics and pragmatics), history of the Spanish language, regional and social variation (dialectology and sociolinguistics), and language acquisition.

SPAN 3300 Texts and Interpretations with Maria Monteros-Freeman, Paula Sprague, Daniel Doncel Martin, Ana Piriz Moguel, Yafrainy Familia

MoWeFr 9:00am - 9:50am; 11:00am - 11:50am; 3:00pm - 3:50pm

TuTh 9:30am - 10:45am; 11:00am - 12:15pm 

This intermediate level course introduces the student of Spanish to the fundamentals of reading and understanding various genres, and to practice discussing, analyzing, and writing about them in an academic register in Spanish. It draws on texts and materials from both Spain and Latin America, and builds students’ specialized vocabulary. All work for the class, including reading, discussion, and writing, is done in Spanish. SPAN 3300 is a prerequisite for the survey courses. 

SPAN 3400 Survey of Spanish Literature I (Middle Ages to 1700) with Fernando Riva

MoWe 2:00pm - 3:15pm

This course will explore medieval and early modern works written in Castilian from El Cid to Calderón’s theater. We will focus on the function of these literary texts in the European and Mediterranean context. Taught in Spanish.

SPAN 3410 Survey of Spanish Literature II (1700-Pres) with Kelly Moore

This course focuses on the emergence and consolidation of modernity in Spain from the eighteenth century to the present. Readings and discussions of representative literary and artistic movements of modern Spain, including the Enlightenment, Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, the Avant Garde, Modernism, and Postmodernism in terms of their historical, intellectual, artistic and cultural contexts.

SPAN 3430 Latin American Literature II (1900-Present)​ with Charlotte Rogers

TuTh 3:30pm - 4:45pm

Spanish 3430 provides students with a survey of Latin American literature and the context in which it has developed from 1900 to the present. Students will leave this course with a general understanding of the region’s major literary trends, including their social and political dimensions. “Literature,” in this course, refers to a wide range of cultural production from literary texts (novels, stories, essays, poems) to visual art, film, and song lyrics. Throughout the course, we will consider the following questions: How has Latin America’s cultural production shaped and been shaped by its cultures, peoples, and historical events? How do the consciousness, memory, and imagination expressed within the region’s literature both reflect and create the region’s realities? And perhaps most importantly, who has (and has not) had access to Latin America’s literature and how has that shaped the way the region has represented itself through both the written word and image?

SPAN 4040 Translation Spanish to English​ with Nieves García Prados

TuTh 2:00pm - 3:15pm; 3:30pm - 4:45pm

What is literary translation and why is it a challenge? This course is designed to answer these questions, from a theoretical and practical point of view. The objective is to develop specific skills and creativity through in-depth discussions and translation practice. The students will become familiar with the basic concepts, common problems, techniques and strategies of literary translation into Spanish and English, and also strategies of literary translation in both languages. In class, we will read and discuss diverse material on theories of literature and literary translation; compare translations with different approaches and different strategies of literary

literary translators; and we will (re)translate literary passages or texts from and into Spanish. We will also have the

the opportunity to talk with some literary translators from various countries around the world.

SPAN 4200 History of the Language with Joel Rini

MoWe 3:30pm - 4:45pm

SPAN 4420 Spanish Contemporary Poetry with Fernando Opere

MoWe 3:30pm - 4:45pm

SPAN 4500 Special Topics Seminar: Literature: Caribbean Literature and the Environment with Charlotte Rogers

TuTh 11:00am - 12:15pm

SPAN 4500 Special Topics Seminar: Literature: Spanish Romantic Poetry and Europe with Fernando Valverde

MoWe 5:00pm - 6:15pm

SPAN 4510 Special Topics Seminar: Literature: Federico García Lorca with Fernando Valverde

MoWe 6:30pm - 7:45pm

SPAN 4520 Special Topics in Culture and Civilization: Spain, the Pacific, and Asia, 1500-1700 with Ricardo Padron

TuTh 11:00am - 12:15pm

When we think about the Spanish empire, we immediately think about Spain’s colonies in the New World, but forget that it actually extended across the Pacific to the Philippine Islands.  From its outpost in the Philippines, the Spanish established contact with China, Japan, Cambodia, and what is now Indonesia, countries that they had no hope of conquering militarily.  In East Asia, it was the Spaniards who were the “barbarians,” in the eyes of the highly sophisticated people of China and Japan. What role did this encounter play in the ongoing construction of racialized cultural hierarchies that are more often understood through the European encounter with America and Africa than with Asia?  This course introduces students to the history of this encounter, and helps them explores its broader implications.  Pre-Requisites – SPAN 3300 and one survey course (3400-3430). 

SPAN 4520 Special Topics in Culture and Civilization: Transgender Studies in the Américas with Cole Rizki

TuTh 12:30pm - 1:45pm

This interdisciplinary course introduces students to the field of transgender studies through Latin American and Latinx Studies. Through cultural and literary texts, performance art, visual culture, and activisms that highlight the imbrications of race, class, sex, gender, and nation, we examine travesti and trans of color critique; travesti and trans of color activisms and sexual politics; travesti and trans of color archival formations; and sex work as knowledge, history, and world-making practice. This course is cross-listed with the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGS 4120) and the Department of American Studies (AMST 4500).

SPAN 4530 Survey in Language/Linguistics: Untaming Spanish: Language, Power, Privilege and Race with Lorena Albert Ferrando

TuTh 9:30am - 10:45am

The goal of this course is to critically examine how language and systemic power relations are co-naturalized and how this linkage is constructed, manifested, and underpinned in our everyday language use and identity, as well as in our perception of other groups and speakers. We will focus on Spanish language environments (and in the US in particular) but the contents of the course are applicable to other languages and settings.

SPAN 4530 Survey in Language/Linguistics: Spanish vis-à-vis Other Romance Languages with Omar Velazquez Mendoza

TuTh 2:00pm - 3:15pm

SPAN 4600 Literature and Cinema with Sam Amago

MoWe 2:00pm - 3:15pm

SPAN 4700 Spanish Culture and Civilization with Kelly Moore

TuTh 11:00am - 12:15pm

SPAN 4712 Travelers in Latin America with Fernando Opere

MoWe 2:00pm - 3:15pm

SPAN 7850 Themes and Genres: Transgender Studies in the Américas with Cole Rizki

Th 3:30pm - 6:00pm

Trans Studies in the Américas centers Latinx and Latinx American epistemologies and cultural production to introduce students to the vibrant field of transgender studies. Drawing from critical theory, history, politics, visual culture, literary, and performance studies, we examine central theories, methods, and objects that have shaped the field’s core theoretical concerns. Emphasis will be placed on new and emergent work in the field. Course will be taught in English. Cross-listed with the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality (WGS 7850) and counts toward both Women, Gender, and Sexuality as well as American Studies graduate certificates.

SPAN 7850 Themes and Genres: All about Almodóvar with Sam Amago

We 3:30pm - 6:00pm

SPAN 8505: Magic and Politics at the court of Alfonso X the Wise (1252-1284) with Fernando Riva

Mo 3:30pm - 6:00pm

This graduate seminar will explore the translations of magical and scientific texts produced at the Alfonsine court. Our main objective will be to relate these works to Alfonso’s political project. Thus, concepts of appropriation, medieval systems of knowledge, secrecy, translation, magic, and empire will be extensively discussed. Taught in Spanish.

Italian Spring 2024

ITAL 1020 Elementary Italian II with Stella Mattioli and Sarah Annunziato

MoWeFr 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM; 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

TuTh 9:30 AM-10:45 AM; 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Elementary Italian II is the second class in the four-course sequence that is necessary to complete the foreign language requirement. In this course, students will learn to narrate in all tenses of the indicative, express opinions, make hypotheses, and give orders. They will improve their writing skills by producing a number of original texts, including blog posts, essays, and articles. Students will also develop their ability to understand spoken Italian by listening to songs, commercials, and movie clips, and they will read and study song lyrics, newspaper headlines, poems, and some short stories. Students of Elementary Italian II will also have many occasions to learn more about life in contemporary Italy as they study the country’s language.

60% of this course will take place face to face during regularly scheduled class meetings on Tuedays and Thursdays or Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, while 40% of the work must be completed online both through the textbook’s website and the students’ personal diaries on Canvas.  

ITAL 2020 Intermediate Italian II with Francesca Calamita

TuTh 2:00 PM-3:15 PM; 3:30 PM-4:45 PM

ITAL 2020 Intermediate Italian II is the fourth class in the four-course sequence which fulfills the language requirement. In this course, students will further develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as well as deepen their cultural literacy in Italian. You will accomplish these goals with the guidance of your instructor, through review of grammar, short readings, compositions, and listening and speaking activities. Students will also have the opportunity to listen to songs, comment on works of art, watch commercials and short films, read and write newspaper articles, analyze how the Italian language reflects the movement towards gender parity, and meet natives of Italy in your quest to become more confident and competent users of the Italian language.

ITAL 2030 Intermediate Italian II for Professionals: Italian for Public Relations, Television, and Social Media with Stella Mattioli

MoWe 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Memes and emoticons are a universal language aimed at appealing to a general audience. Online content must be relatable and easy to understand. When it comes to social media, though, every culture has its key to a hidden world that speaks effectively only to the members of its community. It is time for you to join this cultural group! In 2030, you will be equipped with the technical tools and cultural competencies to understand and fully enjoy the last Italian tendencies in terms of public relations and social media. You will solidify your linguistic understanding, get to know Italian Instagram stars, become familiar with Italian most popular memes and their socio-cultural background; all while acquiring practical skills useful to access the Italian world of public relations.

ITAL 3020 Advanced Italian II with Enrico Cesaretti

MWF 11:00pm - 11:50pm

ITAL 3460 Growing-Up Italian Style: Children’s Culture with Sarah Annunziato

TuTh 12:30pm - 1:45pm

In his book, Children’s Literature, a Reader’s History From Aesop to Harry Potter, Seth Lerer writes, “ever since there were children, there has been children’s literature.” It is precisely for this reason that children’s literature is a central part of each and every culture. Although written simplistically, works for younger audiences are anything but. In fact, fairytales, picture books, nursery rhymes and young adult fiction often teach us vital lessons about daily life in any given society.

Italy is no exception to this rule. In this course, we will explore how major works of literature for children, from Carlo Collodi’s The Adventures of Pinocchio, to the poetry of Gianni Rodari, reflect changing views of childhood and parenting in the boot-shaped nation.  Students will learn how children’s literature of the nineteenth-century helped to create an Italian national identity. We will also examine how Italian children’s literature evolved in accordance with the country’s school system by looking at how innovations in early childhood education, such as the theories of Maria Montessori, influenced and were influenced by writers of children’s books. In addition, we will look at how new technologies, such as film and television in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, changed the nature of story-telling for younger audiences.

ITTR 3680 Eve's Sinful Bite: Foodscapes in Women's Writing Culture and Society with Francesca Calamita

TuTh 5:00pm - 6:15pm

This course explores how Italian women writers have represented food in their short stories, novels and autobiographies in dialogue with the culture and society from late nineteenth century to the present. These lectures will offer a close reading of the symbolic meaning of food in narrative and the way it intersects with Italian women's socio-cultural history, addressing issues of gender, identity and politics of the body.

K’iche’ Spring 2024

KICH 1020 Introduction to Maya K'iche' II with Allison Bigelow

TuTh 4:00pm - 5:15pm

KICH 2020 Intermediate Maya K'iche' II with Allison Bigelow

TuTh 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Portuguese Spring 2024

PORT 2050 Intensive Portuguese for Speakers of Spanish and other Romance Languages with Lilian Feitosa

MoWeFr 1:00pm - 1:50pm

PORT 2120 Intermediate Intensive Portuguese with Lilian Feitosa

MoWeFr 11:00am - 11:50am

PORT 4020 Readings in Literature in Portuguese with Lilian Feitosa

MoWe 2:00pm - 3:15pm