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University Studies Program

Critical Analysis Flag

Spanish 402, Spanish Peninsular Literature II

 

This course includes requirements and learning activities that enhance student’s abilities to…

    1. Recognize and evaluate appropriate evidence to advance a claim
    2. Spanish Literature II is a course that will develop the student’s basic knowledge and skills on critical analysis through the use of proper literary techniques when analyzing Spanish literary works. The students are instructed in the process of analyzing and gathering appropriate evidence to support the arguments chosen to advance a claim. Students are required to choose six different Spanish authors from various genres and periods, and write a critical analysis about their works.

    3. Apply critical analysis skills in making decisions or in advancing a theoretical position
    4. Students are required to experience, interpret and evaluate literature through fully understanding the complexity of a literary text. All literary creations are based on a moment and place in history, thus it is essential to have a good knowledge of the historical and politico-social background of the literature work being studied in order to apply successfully critical analysis skills and advance a theoretical position.

    5. Evaluate alternative arguments, decision strategies, or theories within a systematic framework

 

In this course students learn to evaluate alternative arguments while analyzing the literary works. Literary works must be analyzed keeping always in mind that they were written for readers or audiences of a different cultural background, and, also, quite often, for readers and audiences of a different moment in history. As the students read they should consider a work’s structure, style, themes, and the elements of figurative language. Writing to explain a literary work involves the use of analysis, interpretation and argument. The students through the use of critical analysis increase their ability to explain clearly and eloquently what they understand about literary works and why they interpret as they do.

Course Syllabus College of Liberal Arts Winona State University

 

Department: Foreign Languages Date of Revision: March 2002 Course Number: 402 Course Title: Spanish Peninsular Literature II Number of Credits: 3 Frequency of Offering: Every two years Prerequisites: Spanish 202 or equivalent Grading: Grade Only

Spanish 402 satisfies the Critical Analysis Flag

This class will promote the student’s ability to:

    1. Recognize and evaluate appropriate evidence to advance a claim
    2. Spanish Literature II is a course that will develop the student’s basic knowledge and skills on critical analysis through the use of proper literary techniques when analyzing Spanish literary works. Students are instructed in the process to evaluate sources based on historical context, political bias, and other criteria to gather appropriate evidence to advance a claim. Students are required to choose six different Spanish authors from various genres and periods, and write an analysis about their works.

    3. Apply critical analysis skills in making decisions or in advancing a theoretical position
    4. Students are required to experience, interpret, and evaluate literature through fully understanding the complexity of a literary text. All literary creations are based on a moment and place in history, thus it is essential to have a good knowledge of the historical and politico-social background of the literature work being studied in order to apply successfully critical analysis skills and advance a theoretical position. The literary works chosen for this class are collections of a broad range of styles, periods, and factual evidence as utilized in different modes of writing. This particular syllabus is based on analyzing the readings assigned for each class, and discussing them in small groups and with the whole class.

    5. Evaluate alternative arguments, decision strategies, or theories within a systematic framework

In this course students learn to evaluate alternative arguments while analyzing literary works. As the students read the should consider a work’s structure, style, themes, and the elements of figurative language. Individually and in collaborative projects, the students will write papers which utilize primary and secondary source materials to advance and support persuasive hypotheses. The three research papers in this syllabus, augmented by a variety of daily reading homework and class discussion, require students to perform increasingly complex tasks that need to be supported by secondary source evidence.

Text: Antología de autores españoles antiguos y modernos II, by Fernando Ibarra, Alberto Machado da Rosa, Prentice Hall, Englewoods Cliffs, New Jersey, 1972

Course Description:

    1. Catalog Description

This course is taught in Spanish. It covers Peninsular Literature of the Age of Enlightenment, Romanticism, the generation of ’98 and ’27, the literature of the Civil War and the post-Civil War as well as contemporary.

2. Statement of major focus and objectives of the course

This course covers the study of Peninsular Spanish Literature from the eighteen to the twentieth century. The literary works will be analyzed in the socio-economical, cultural and historical contexts. This course focuses on the analysis and interpretation of the literary texts of different genres and periods. A major focus of the course will be to prepare students to develop competencies as outlined in the following Minnesota Standards of Effective Teaching Practice for Beginning Teachers: Standard 1. Subject Matter.

OBJECTIVES:

Students in Spanish 402 will:

  1. be familiarized with the different genres and periods of Spanish Peninsular Literature from the 18th to the 20th century
  2. develop skills of critical reading and writing
  3. be able to explore through the study of specific works, the socio-economical, cultural and historical aspects which influenced them
  4. be able to express their ideas and support their arguments
  5. increase vocabulary and improve their grammar skills
  6. become familiar using the MLA format to document their three research projects.

 

BASIC INSTRUCITONAL PLAN AND TEACHING METHODS UTILIZED:

    1. Classroom discussion of readings
    2. Lecture / questioning
    3. Media presentations
    4. Collaborative learning activities

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

    1. Assigned readings
    2. Active participation in classroom discussions
    3. Three Research Papers on six authors and their works ( two from the 18th, two from the 19th and 2 from the 20th century)
    4. 2 Oral Presentations on three authors and their works
    5. Attendance at every class session

METHODS OF EVALUATION:

a. Attendance / participation and preparedness for class discussion 20%

b. 3 Research Papers 60%

c. 2 Oral Presentations 20%

GRADING : Final letter grade

A 100 - 90 %

B 89 - 80 %

C 79 - 70 %

D 69 - 60 %

F 59 - and below

ATTENDANCE

Regular attendance is expected. Class participation is essential to

successful course completion. Thus prepare assignments carefully before each class, and be ready to ask and answer questions. You are responsible for all the material covered in class. If you miss a class it is your responsibility to inform yourself of any work that is due. If you miss more than three (3) classes your grade for attendance / participation will be zero (0), unless you have an excused absence. Excused absences consist of university-sponsored functions, illnesses and emergencies and proper notification must be made in those events.