Latino Studies Course Descriptions

SPN 110 INTRODUCTION TO LATINO STUDIES 

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will provide an introduction and overview of Latino issues such as immigration, transculturation, transnationalism, ethnic identity, language, education and employment through the interdisciplinary study of social, cultural, political, economic and historical forces that have shaped the development of people of Latin American origin in the United States over the past 300 years. No prerequisites. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

SPN 201 INTERMEDIATE I

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course seeks to develop intermediate-level communication skills in Spanish. Students will improve their proficiency in speaking, reading and writing Spanish through interactive activities in the classroom and study of more advanced grammatical structures, vocabulary and idiomatic expressions. In addition, students will acquire the linguistic and cultural insights that come with the study of a new language. Open to students who have completed SPN 152 or equivalent score on placement test. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPN 202 INTERMEDIATE II

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A continuation of Spanish 201. In this course, students will communicate in Spanish on a variety of topics from personal to literary to global. Knowledge of linguistic structures and cultural understanding will be deepened and expanded. Critical thinking, problem-solving skills and cultural comparisons will be developed. Open to students who have completed SPN 201 or equivalent score on placement test. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPN 212 READINGS IN LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Readings and discussions based on Latin American literary texts, as well as on essays and articles reflecting the contemporary culture of Latin America. Focus on improvement of analytical and writing skills. Conducted in Spanish. Open to students who have completed SPN 202 or equivalent score on placement test. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPN 215 STUDIES IN HISPANIC LITERATURE AND ART 

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introduction to related themes of literature and art from Spain and Latin America. Focus on development of reading and writing skills. Writers and artists include Gabriel García Márquez, Ana María Matute, Frida Kahlo and Francisco de Goya. Conducted in Spanish. Open to students who have completed SPN 202 or equivalent score on placement test. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SPN 233 CIVILIZATION AND CULTURE OF SPAIN

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introduction to the civilization and culture of the Spanish people. Topics include geography, history, contemporary institutions, art, music, film and cuisine of Spain. Readings from essays, current newspapers and magazines and literature. Conducted in Spanish. Open to students who have completed SPN 202 or equivalent score on placement test. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

SPN 234 CIVILIZATION AND CULTURE OF LATIN AMERICA

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introduction to the civilization and culture of the peoples of Latin America. Topics include geography, history, art, music, film and cuisine of the countries of Spanish-speaking Latin America. Readings from essays, current newspapers and magazines and literature. Conducted in Spanish. Open to students who have completed SPN 202 or equivalent score on placement test. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SPN 330 U.S. LATINO LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Focuses on the growing body of literature written by U.S. Latinos in recent years. Explores Latino cultural identity through the analysis of novels, stories, performance pieces, poetry, music and film. Conducted in English. Not open to freshmen. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SPN 370 SPECIAL TOPICS IN HISPANIC LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will include Latin American and Spanish writers, as well as aspects of Hispanic culture not covered in depth in the regular course offerings. It will enable students to take advantage of faculty expertise in diverse areas that are of interest to both faculty and students. Possible topics include Caribbean Literature and Culture, Translation Workshop, Literature, Power and Social Change, Creative Writing in Spanish and Latin American Women Writers. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

HIS 250 LATIN AMERICA

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Iberian civilization in America from its colonial period to the present. Focus will be on the emergence of selected countries as modern nations and upon Latin America in hemispheric and world affairs in the 20th century. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

HIS 363 IMMIGRATION AND IDENTITY: THE QUESTION OF RACE AND ETHNICITY IN AMERICAN LIFE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A historical and contemporary examination of how immigration, race and ethnicity have helped shape both American national identity and personal identity. Students will explore the political, social and economic aspects of the four main waves of immigration with emphasis on how minority populations adapted to American culture, while at the same time, changing American culture in the process. Prerequisite: HIS 172 or departmental permission. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

MUS 212 LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course is an introduction to Latin American music. Including the music of Cuba, Brazil and Argentina, Latin American Music tends to provide the students with a closer perspective on the genre. Topics will include a discussion of instrumental music, translations of vocal text, as well as a focus on the percussive elements. Concerning the latter, a large part of the class will be spent introducing students to the principal elements of playing Latin percussion. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SOC 247 HISPANIC CULTURE AND COMMUNITY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An examination of the social development and functioning of the Hispanic community. Pertinent sociological themes for discussion include immigration, religion, politics, cultural development, the media and the family. Special emphasis will be given to the Hispanic communities of the New York area. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

SOC 249 RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An examination of the race and ethnic relations in American society, including a discussion of assimilation vs. pluralism, minority status, group tensions and the dynamics of prejudice and discrimination. The experience of historic and contemporary ethnic groups in New York will be explored. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

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