2020-21 Pomona College Catalog 
    
    Sep 29, 2022  
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Check major and minor requirement sections in the Departments, Programs and Areas of Study section to determine if specific courses will satisfy requirements. Inclusion on this list does not imply that the course will necessarily satisfy a requirement.

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Sociology

  
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    SOC089C PO - Development and transformation: Beyond the hot takes on the Africa-China Relationship

    When Offered: Last offered spring 2020.
    Instructor(s): M. Grell-Brisk
    Credit: 1

    Often heavily influenced by Western political thought, there has been sustained and intense debates in both academic and popular circles regarding the contemporary rise of China. In no other discourse is this most evident than those surrounding China’s engagement with the African continent. This seminar course looks beyond the deliberately provocative titles and headlines that crowd the Africa-China discourse and engage empirically grounded theories of change and development. Letter grade only. Prerequisites: SOC 051 PO  or equivalent.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2
  
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    SOC090 PO - Globalizations

    When Offered: Last offered spring 2020.
    Instructor(s): C. Beck
    Credit: 1

    Are we at the end of an era of globalization? Strained alliances, trade wars, rising nationalism, and reactions to migration suggest a coming shift in the international system. The course explores what globalization has wrought in the present and the past, and considers phenomena like transnational civil society, economic cycles, inter- and intra-state conflict, and social change. The course is partially taught in tutorial style. Letter grade only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2; Speaking Intensive
  
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    SOC 095 PZ - Contemporary Central Asia


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2
  
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    SOC102 PO - Qualitative Research Methods

    When Offered: Last offered spring 2018.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 1

    Methods and techniques employed in the collection, analysis and presentation of qualitative data. Focus on ethnographic observation, interviewing and the use of focus groups. Attention to issues of validity, reliability and the researcher’s role in analysis of social action across a variety of contexts. Includes speaking intensive and presentation requirements. Prerequisite: SOC 051 PO . Letter grade only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2
  
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    SOC104 PO - Survey and Quantitative Research Methods

    When Offered: Last offered spring 2018.
    Instructor(s): C. Beck
    Credit: 1

    Techniques of collecting and analyzing quantitative data from social surveys. Attention to research design, questionnaire construction, sampling, coding and statistical analysis. Presentation of survey data in tables and graphs, use of descriptive and inferential statistics. Includes speaking and presentation requirements. Satisfies Area 5 of the Breadth of Study Requirements. Prerequisite: SOC 051 PO ; Letter grade only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    SOC108 PZ - Moon Called: Black Women, Pregnancy, and Ritual


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2
  
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    SOC 109 PZ - African American Social Theory


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2
  
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    SOC114 CH - Los Angeles Communities: Transformations, Inequalities and Activism

    When Offered: Last offered spring 2018.
    Instructor(s): G. Ochoa
    Credit: 1

    Use of case study approach to explore the interplay between economic and demographic transformations and community dynamics. Review of most recent scholarship in Los Angeles; consideration of economic transformations, (im)migration, class divisions, race and ethnic, community organizing, women and activism, strategies for change. Prerequisites: Any course in Chicanx-Latinx Studies or Sociology.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2
  
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    SOC114 PZ - Sociology of Religion


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2
  
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    SOC119 PO - Fascist!

    When Offered: Last offered spring 2018.
    Instructor(s): C. Beck
    Credit: 1

    Through social science, history, literature, film, music, and art, the course explores the phenomenon of fascism. Covers classic 20th century fascism, contemporary parallels and contrasts, and imagined future and alternate fascisms. May be repeated 1 time for credit. Letter grade only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2
  
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    SOC120 PZ - Sexual Politics and Sexuality Movements


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2
  
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    SOC121 PO - Radicals, Revolutionaries and Terrorists

    When Offered: Last offered spring 2020.
    Instructor(s): C. Beck
    Credit: 1

    What can be learned about radicalism and political violence by examining movement and individuals? Events discussed range from historical to contemporary, from the 1960s to the Arab Spring. Focus on causes and dynamics of terrorism, radical movements and revolution across comparative cases with international scope. Letter grade only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2; Writing Intensive
  
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    SOC122 PZ - Sociology of Health and Medicine


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2
  
  
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    SOC126 AA - Immigration and the Second Generation

    When Offered: Each fall.
    Instructor(s): H. Thai
    Credit: 1

    Analysis of post-1965 children of immigrants and/or immigrant children in Asian America. Emphasis of variations on coming-of-age patterns. Examines diverse childhood experiences, including transnational children, refugee children and “left-behind” children. Emphasis on gender, class, ethnicity, intergenerational relations, education, sexuality, popular culture and globalization and specifically how young adults negotiate major American institutions such as the labor market and educational systems. Letter grade only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2; Analyzing Difference; Speaking Intensive; Writing Intensive
  
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    SOC130 PO - Sociology of Violence

    When Offered: Offered alternate years; next offered spring 2021.
    Instructor(s): L. Rapaport
    Credit: 1

    Sociological perspectives on the nature, causes and consequences of violence. Topics include gang violence, hate crimes, violence against women, war, genocide, violence in intimate relations, schools, sports and other institutions. Letter grade only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2; Analyzing Difference
  
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    SOC135 PO - Beyond the Gates: Life Transitions after College

    When Offered: Spring 2019.
    Instructor(s): J. Grigsby
    Credit: 1

    Event-rich and unpredictable, the years immediately after college graduation comprise multiple transitions – from student to worker, from daughter to mother, from son to father, from learner to teacher, from employee to employer.  For many students, the four years of residential college are a liminal time, as they move from adolescence to young adulthood.   What happens over the next two decades?  In this course we will read social science books and articles as well as a selection of memoirs about the transition to parenthood, the transition to marriage or partnering, labor force transitions, as well as residential transitions.  We will also consider what happens when disruptions, such as prison, illness, unexpected pregnancy, or unemployment postpone or prohibit expected life transitions. The readings will be based primarily on U.S. experiences and reflect variations and differences, with respect to gender, race, ethnicity, social class.  Class discussions and papers will analyze universal trends well as patterns of differences in the experience of life transitions.  A writing-intensive course, the assignments will include weekly (ungraded) reflections about the readings, and four formal papers, including one based on student research.  
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2; Writing Intensive; Analyzing Difference
  
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    SOC142 AF - Black and So. Asian Diaspora in Great Britain


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2
  
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    SOC142 PO - Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

    When Offered: Last offered spring 2020.
    Instructor(s): G. Ochoa
    Credit: 1

    Analysis of the history and contemporary patterns of race and ethnicity in the U.S. in the context of social, political and economic changes. Structural theories, prejudice and discrimination, assimilation, gender, political mobilization and possibilities for change are considered. Prerequisite: SOC 051 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2
  
  
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    SOC146 PO - Women’s Roles in Society

    When Offered: Offered alternate years; next offered fall 2020.
    Instructor(s): L. Rapaport
    Credit: 1

    Critique of women’s roles proposed by sociobiology, psychology, anthropology and Marxism. Socialization and the role of the media in encouraging gender differentiation; how gender roles relate to social inequality; and the consequences of gender-role differentiation for the workplace and the family. Strategies for reducing gender inequality. Letter grade only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2; Analyzing Difference
  
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    SOC147 PO - Sociology of Poverty

    When Offered: Last offered spring 2019.
    Instructor(s): H. Thai
    Credit: 1

    Examines theories of poverty, solutions to poverty and the excessive inequality of contemporary life; focuses on empirical trends and determinants of poverty, everyday life of the poor, the interactive impact of racial and gender inequality and the experiences of those groups that have a history of persistent poverty. Letter grade only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2; Analyzing Difference; Speaking Intensive
  
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    SOC148 PO - Sociology of Emotions

    When Offered: Offered alternate years; next offered fall 2021.
    Instructor(s): L. Rapaport
    Credit: 1

    Examines how emotions like pain, anger, love, envy, jealousy, shame, joy, anxiety and happiness motivate human behavior. Emphasis on social aspects of emotions that are shaped by interactions and institutions. Social construction of emotions, emotional management, feeling rules, ethnic and gender socialization of emotions and emotional division of labor in the family and workforce. Letter grade only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2
  
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    SOC150 AA - Contemporary Asian American Issues

    When Offered: Each fall.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 1

    Survey of contemporary sociological theories and empirical studies focusing on Asian American experiences in the U.S. and globally; major themes in the sociological imagination including race, class, gender, sexuality, marriage/family, education, consumption, childhoods, aging, demography and the rise of transmigration. Readings and other course materials will primarily focus on the period since 1965. Letter grade only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2; Analyzing Difference; Speaking Intensive
  
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    SOC150 CH - Chicanxs - Latinxs and Education

    When Offered: Spring 2019.
    Instructor(s): G. Ochoa
    Credit: 1

    Examines the historical and institutional processes related to the educational experiences of Chicanxs and Latinxs. As well as exploring the relationship between school factors (curriculum, tracking, teacher expectations and educational resources) and educational performance, attention is given to the politics of language, research methodologies and forms of resistance. A community partnership option is part of the course. Prerequisites: Any course in Chicanx-Latinx Studies or Sociology.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2; Analyzing Difference
  
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    SOC154 PO - History and Development of Sociological Theory I: The Classical Tradition

    When Offered: Each fall.
    Instructor(s): L. Rapaport; C. Beck
    Credit: 1

    Models of societies, groups and social interaction through the early 20th century, including theories of Marx, Weber, Durkheim and Simmel; analyzed with reference to human nature, social order and social change. Ways in which early theorists laid the groundwork for contemporary theories. For juniors and seniors only. Prerequisite: SOC 051 PO . Letter grade only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2; Analyzing Difference; Writing Intensive
  
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    SOC155 CH - Rural and Urban Social Movements


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2
  
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    SOC157 PO - History and Development of Sociological Theory II: Contemporary Theories

    When Offered: Each spring.
    Instructor(s): L. Rapaport;
    Credit: 1

    Critique of problems, methods and theories characteristic of 20th-century sociological inquiry. Relationship of sociology to the humanities, natural sciences and other social sciences. Contemporary trends, including critical approaches to the study of society. Prerequisites: SOC 051 PO . Letter grade only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2
  
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    SOC157 PZ - Men and Women in American Society


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2
  
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    SOC 189E PO - Sociology of Space and Time

    When Offered: One-time only; spring 2021.
    Instructor(s): G. Yeritsian
    Credit: 1

    This course explores the organization of space and time as fundamental features of social experience. It considers both in relation to dynamics of social interaction, social power, and the self, integrating classical and contemporary approaches. The course combines social theory with ethnographic practice and analysis to understand how space and time are constituted and experienced in everyday life. Letter grade only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2
  
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    SOC 189F PO - Sociology Through Film

    When Offered: Offered alternate years; next offered fall 2021.
    Instructor(s): G. Yeritsian
    Course draws upon in-depth analysis of films (both narrative and documentary) with the objective of illustrating and illuminating sociological ideas - including concepts related to interaction, space, time, domination, modernity, and identity. Students will be encouraged to use the films to think through fundamental questions in sociology and social theory. Letter grade only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2
  
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    SOC 189S PO - Consumer Society and Culture

    When Offered: Offered alternate years; next offered fall 2021.
    Instructor(s): G. Yeritsian
    This course draws upon insights from economic sociology, cultural studies, and marketing studies to explore consumer behavior and the social dynamics of consumption. Topics will include the historical origins of consumer society; the meaning of brands; the relationships between consumers and firms; the role of consumption in identity formation; and the connection between consumer culture and media. Students will be encouraged to use course material to think reflexively about their own positions within consumer society. Letter grade only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2
  
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    SOC189A PO - Media and Society

    When Offered: Fall 2020.
    Instructor(s): G. Yeritsian
    Credit: 1

    This course applies the insights of sociology to the study of media and culture. It examines the role media play in various social phenomena, including interaction, power, and identity. It combines this sociological perspective with a historical one, exploring in turn the sociological dimensions of print, electronic, and digital media. Students will be encouraged to reflexively consider the role of media in their own lives. Letter grade only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2
  
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    SOC189B PO - Gender and Development in Latin America

    When Offered: Last offered spring 2020.
    Instructor(s): E. Hernandez
    Credit: 1

    This course examines the multiple ways in which gender inequality impacts development in Latin American countries. It also addresses the creative solutions feminist movements, governments, and international actors have generated and implemented in the region to eliminate it and the tensions associated with them. Letter grade only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2; Analyzing Difference; Writing Intensive
  
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    SOC189G PO - Sociology through Literature

    When Offered: One-time only; spring 2021.
    Instructor(s): E. Hernandez
    Credit: 1

    In this class, students will develop their sociological imagination (the ability to connect individual situations with overall patterns in society) and use it to critically examine different forms of inequality and the diverse ways in which social movements and communities live and contest such inequality. Students will accomplish this by analyzing a wide array of literary works, emphasizing those from historically marginalized groups (women, people of color, members of the LGBTI community, migrants and their descendants, low-income groups, and others), from a sociological perspective. The course is based on two key ideas: (1) that human imagination and creativity are key elements for any form of social change, and (2) that a dialogue between sociology and literature is an engaging and multidisciplinary pedagogy that will help students realize the crucial importance of listening to all voices; especially those of the groups that have been historically devalued or ignored. Letter grade only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2
  
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    SOC189K PO - Globalizing Participation: Citizens Engaging the State around the World

    When Offered: One-time only; spring 2021.
    Instructor(s): E. Hernandez
    Credit: 1

    In this class, students will learn about the institutional innovations public officials and historically marginalized groups (women, people of color, members of the LGBTI community, migrants and their descendants, low-income groups, and others) have come up with in order to make public policies more inclusive around the world. A particular emphasis will be given to countries from the Global South, where most of these innovations are being created. Although Participatory Budgeting (PB) is the most famous of these innovations, the class will critically examine PB and many others as well as the multiple ways in which they have become globalized as different actors share them and/or transform them into international best practices. Letter grade only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2
  
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    SOC190 PO - Senior Seminar

    When Offered: Each fall.
    Instructor(s): H. Thai
    Credit: 1

    An advanced seminar on a selected topic in sociology. Students write a critical synthesis of sociological research on a topic of their choice after reading recent monographs and articles on the seminar theme. Required of all sociology seniors except Sociology/PPA and Sociology/Gender and Women’s Studies majors. Prerequisites: SOC 102 PO , SOC 104 PO , SOC 154 PO  and SOC 157 PO . Letter grade only.
  
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    SOC191 PO - Senior Thesis

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 0.5-1

    Tutorial discussion, independent empirical research and writing on an original project. Students select one or two sociology faculty advisors. Not required for graduation but counts as a sociology elective. Students must take SOC 191 in both fall and spring semesters; credit and grade are given at the end of the spring semester. Pre- or co-requisite: SOC 190 PO . Letter grade only.
  
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    SOC199DRPO - Sociology: Directed Readings

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 0.5-1

    Syllabus reflects workload of a standard course in the department or program. Examinations or papers equivalent to a standard course. Regular interaction with the faculty supervisor. Weekly meetings are the norm. Available for full- or half-course credit.
  
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    SOC199IRPO - Sociology: Independent Research

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 0.5-1

    A substantial and significant piece of original research or creative product produced. Pre-requisite course work required. Available for full- or half-course credit.
  
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    SOC199RAPO - Sociology: Research Assistantship

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 0.5

    Lab notebook, research summary or other product appropriate to the discipline is required. Half-course credit only.
  
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    SOSC147 HM - Enterprise and Entrepreneurs


    See the Harvey Mudd College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 2

Spanish

  
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    SPAN001 PO - Elementary Spanish

    When Offered: Each fall.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 1

    Acquisition of four basic skills: comprehension, speaking, reading and writing, with emphasis on the spoken language. SPAN 001 PO, each fall; SPAN 002 PO , each spring.
  
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    SPAN002 PO - Elementary Spanish

    When Offered: Each spring.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 1

    Acquisition of four basic skills: comprehension, speaking, reading and writing, with emphasis on the spoken language. SPAN 001 PO , each fall; SPAN 002 PO, each spring. Prerequisite: SPAN 001 PO .
  
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    SPAN011 PO - Conversation: Contemporary Spanish Language and Culture

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): A. Dwyer
    Credit: 0.25

    Open to all students except native speakers. Credit for satisfactory participation in Oldenborg Center activities and two conversation classes weekly. Prerequisite: one year of college-level language study. Cumulative, one-fourth course credit; graded P/NC. Does not satisfy the foreign language requirement. Limited to one enrollment per semester and a cumulative total of one course credit. Prerequisite: SPAN 002 PO .
  
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    SPAN013 PO - Advanced Conversation

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): A. Dwyer
    Credit: 0.25

    Open to all students except native speakers. Credit for satisfactory participation in Oldenborg Center activities and two conversation classes weekly. Prerequisite: SPAN 044 PO  or two years of college-level language study. Cumulative, one-quarter course credit; graded P/NC. Does not satisfy the foreign language requirement. Limited to one enrollment per semester and a cumulative total of one course credit.
  
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    SPAN022 PO - Intensive Introductory Spanish

    When Offered: Each fall.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 1

    Designed for beginning students with some basic knowledge of the language who are too advanced for SPAN 001 PO  but do not yet qualify for SPAN 033 PO . Emphasis on the spoken language and the acquisition of basic grammar. Students will complete the equivalent of SPAN 001 PO  and SPAN 002 PO  in one semester. Prerequisite: placement examination.
  
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    SPAN031 PZ - Community-Based Spanish Practicum


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
  
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    SPAN033 PO - Intermediate Spanish

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 1

    Review and reinforcement of four basic skills. Emphasis on conversation, reading ability and writing. Prerequisite: SPAN 002 PO  or SPAN 022 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN044 PO - Advanced Grammar and Composition

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): J. Cartagena-Calderón; C. van Ginhoven Rey; D. Gómez
    Credit: 1

    Development of correct personal style and vocabulary in oral and written Spanish. Reading and discussion of literary and non-literary texts to improve written expression and review and refine advanced grammar. Prerequisites: SPAN 033 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN065 CH - Spanish for Bilinguals


    See the Scripps College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN101 CM - Introduction to Literary Analysis


    See the Claremont McKenna College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN101 PO - Introduction to Literary Analysis

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): P. Cahill; S. Chávez-Silverman; C. van Ginhoven Rey; N. Montenegro
    Credit: 1

    Analysis of literary genres and styles. Introduction to methods of literary criticism; practice in interpretation of texts. Required of majors. Prerequisite: SPAN 044 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement; Writing Intensive
  
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    SPAN101 SC - Introduction Literary Analysis


    See the Scripps College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN102 CM - Latin American Culture and Civilization


    See the Claremont McKenna College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN103 PO - La Felicidad: Queer Fictions & Realities in Spain and Latin(o) America.

    When Offered: Spring 2021.
    Instructor(s): J. Cartagena-Calderón
    Credit: 1

    This course will explore queer representations in Spain and Latin(o) America through analysis of a wide range of visual and textual cultural products from the Middle Ages to the present. Samples analyzed come from narrative prose, plays, autobiographies, poetry, paintings, television and films. We will explore the specificities of same-sex and transgender experiences in Spain and Latin(o) America as well as the evolving significance and successive forms of their expression and repression in literature and the visual arts. Students will develop their skills in reading, writing and thinking about gender and sexuality in Spanish while gaining a basic knowledge of feminist and queer theory. Letter grade only. Prerequisites: SPAN 044 PO  or equivalent.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement; Speaking Intensive
  
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    SPAN103 SC - Advanced Conversation and Composition


    See the Scripps College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN104 PZ - Public Health in Latin America


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN105 PO - Spanish Film: Tradition and Transgression

    When Offered: Spring 2022.
    Instructor(s): P. Cahill
    Credit: 1

    Explores a selection of representative Spanish cinematic production and highlights the tension between tradition and transgression. Class discussions situate these films within their sociohistorical context as well as within the context of the development of Spanish film and the Spanish film industry. Emphasis on gender, aesthetics and politics. Prerequisite: SPAN 044 PO . Letter grade only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement; Speaking Intensive
  
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    SPAN106 PO - Images of Latin America in Fiction and Film

    When Offered: Fall 2020.
    Instructor(s): N. Montenegro
    Credit: 1

    Explores the construction and dissemination of predominant images of Latin America through topics such as women, family, sexuality, religion and violence. A close examination of both narrative and film. Emphasis on the development of written and oral skills, including oral presentations. Prerequisite: SPAN 044 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN107 PO - Identity Matters in Latin American Literature and Culture

    When Offered: Last offered spring 2016.
    Instructor(s): G. Davila-Lopez
    Credit: 1

    A writing course that explores the topic of identity in the context of national cultural productions. Emphasis on oral discussion of texts and techniques that challenge models of self-representation. Includes works by María Luisa Bombal, Ernesto Sábato, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Luisa Valenzuela, Arístides Vargas, Carmen Boullosa, Magali García Ramis and others. Prerequisite: SPAN 044 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN108 PO - Actos Autobiográficos: Latin@ American Life Writing

    When Offered: Spring 2022.
    Instructor(s): S. Chávez-Silverman
    Credit: 1

    Focuses on canonical and contemporary life writing in the Latin American and U.S. Latino contexts. Explores and complicates the notion of “the autobiographical” through reading/discussion of life writing theory and practice. Readings include: autobiography, diaries, letters, creative nonfiction and poetry. Students will produce their own creative life writing portfolio as well as papers on topics covered in class. Letter grade only. Prerequisites: SPAN 044 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN109 PO - Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

    When Offered: Spring 2022.
    Instructor(s): D. Divita
    Credit: 1

    Examines the phonological, morphological and syntactic aspects of modern Spanish to understand how it functions as a linguistic system. Includes a detailed unit on sociolinguistics, examining synchronic variation according to speaker (considering such variables as gender, age and class) and according to situations of use. Students will assemble a corpus of data collected from various media (audio, visual and textual) and use it to investigate a specific aspect of the structure of modern Spanish. Prerequisites: SPAN 044 PO  or SPAN 101 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN110 SC - Introduction to Spanish Civilization


    See the Scripps College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN114 SC - Gender and Identity Formation in Contemporary Mexican Literature


    See the Scripps College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN115 SC - Contemporary Spanish Women Writers: Gender, Politics and the Self


    See the Scripps College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN116 SC - Beyond Neoliberal Imaginaries


    See the Scripps College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN120A PO - Medieval & Early Modern Literature: Licentious Laments to Life is a Dream

    When Offered: Last offered fall 2018.
    Instructor(s): J. Cartagena-Calderón
    Credit: 1

    A survey of Spanish Peninsular literature from its medieval beginnings until the Golden Age at the end of the seventeenth century. Poetry, theater, and short narratives by major Spanish authors of the period, including female writers, will be studied. Readings organized within a historical and cultural framework. Questions of national identity, imperialism, power, ethnicity, class, sexuality and gender will figure prominently. Particular attention will be paid to the representation of conflicts between Christianity and Islam and the construction and depiction of otherness (women, Jews, Muslims, sexual minorities, etc.) by the dominant male Christian Castilian culture. Visual materials of socio-historical or cultural value will be used as extra-textual aids. Prerequisite: SPAN 101 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement; Writing Intensive
  
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    SPAN120B PO - Survey of Spanish Literature

    When Offered: Last offered spring 2017.
    Instructor(s): P. Cahill
    Credit: 1

    Selected readings in Spanish literature from the 18th century to the present; examples of neoclassicism, romanticism, realism, the generation of ‘98, the Spanish avant-garde and contemporary authors. Prerequisite: SPAN 101 PO .
    This course has been revised for spring 2021.  
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement; Writing Intensive
  
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    SPAN125A CM - Introduction to Latin-American Literature and Civilization I


    See the Claremont McKenna College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN125A PO - Blood & Guts: Colonial Encounters to Decadent Naturalism.

    When Offered: Offered alternate years; next offered fall 2020.
    Instructor(s): S. Chavez-Silverman
    Credit: 1

    Introduction to the principal authors, works and movements of Spanish American literature from its origins to the end of the 19th century. Prerequisite: SPAN 101 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN125B CM - Introduction to Latin-American Literature and Civilization II


    See the Claremont McKenna College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN125B PO - Survey of Spanish American Literature

    When Offered: Offered alternate years; next offered spring 2021.
    Instructor(s): N. Montenegro
    Credit: 1

    Introduction to the principal authors, works and movements of Spanish American literature from the end of the 19th century to the contemporary period. Prerequisite: SPAN 101 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN126 PO - In Short: Latin American Story Telling

    When Offered: Fall 2022.
    Instructor(s): N. Montenegro
    Credit: 1

    Explores major fictional trends characterizing the contemporary Latin American short story. Emphasis on the fantastic, the magical, the surreal, the feminist and the realist. Authors include Horacio Quiroga, Lydia Cabrera, Jorge Luis Borges, Juan Rulfo, Clarice Lispector, Julio Cortázar and Angeles Mastretta. Prerequisite: SPAN 101 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN127 CH - Literatura Chicana en Español


    See the Scripps College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN127 PO - Spanish Phonetics and Phonology

    When Offered: Last offered spring 2016.
    Instructor(s): D. Divita
    Credit: 1

    A detailed investigation of the Spanish sound system; the production and transmission of speed sounds (articulatory and acoustic phonetics), as well as their organization and the rules that govern them (phonology). We will also explore how pronunciation varies across the Spanish-speaking world, taking into account regional, social and stylistic differences. Prerequisite: SPAN 044 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN128 PO - Poverty, Literature and Social Justice.

    When Offered: Last offered spring 2018.
    Instructor(s): J. Cartagena-Calderon
    Credit: 1

    A study of picaresque fictions as tales that explore the relationship between literature, society and its poor, including a growing number of vagabonds, beggars, delinquents, prostitutes and other disenfranchised groups that inhabited the emerging urban centers in Spain and Colonial Latin America during the 16th- and 17th-centuries. Prerequisite: SPAN 101 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN131 SC - Representations of Queer Lives in Latin America


    See the Scripps College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN133 SC - Translation and Right to Language


    See the Scripps College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN134 SC - Indigenous Women, Rep, Struggles


    See the Scripps College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN135 PO - Latin American Narrative Boom of the 1960s

    When Offered: Fall 2023.
    Instructor(s): N. Montenegro
    Credit: 1

    Analyzes the coming of age of Latin American fiction and its debut on the international stage, addressing theoretical, political and cultural issues. Including Borges, Cortázar, Cabrera Infante, García Márquez, Fuentes, Donoso and Puig, among others. Prerequisites: SPAN 101 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN135 PZ - Los Angeles: La Ciudad, su Gente


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN140 PO - From Borges to “Literatura Lite”: Gender and Genre in Contemporary Latin American Literature and Culture

    When Offered: Spring 2021.
    Instructor(s): S. Chavez-Silverman
    Credit: 1

    Describes and interrogates two moments in Latin American literary and cultural history, from Borges to the as yet under-theorized “present.” Issues explored will include: difficult versus easy (“lite”) forms of writing and their relationship to representations of the writer and reader, to literary history and the canon, the market, popular culture, national and ethnic identity, gender and genre. Letter grade only. Prerequisites: SPAN 101 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN140 SC - The Spanish Transition Through the Lens of Pedro Almodovar


    See the Scripps College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN142 PO - Tropicalizations: Transcultural Representations of Latinidad

    When Offered: Spring 2023.
    Instructor(s): S. Chavez-Silverman
    Credit: 1

    Problematizes the self/other binary among Latin Americans, Anglo Americans and U.S. Chicano/Latinos. Includes primary texts in Spanish and English and readings in literary, cultural and gender/sexuality studies. Prerequisite: SPAN 101 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN144 PZ - Environmental Issues in Latin America


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN146 PO - “El deseo de la palabra: Slow Soundings in Latin American Poetry”

    When Offered: Fall 2020.
    Instructor(s): S. Chavez-Silverman
    Credit: 1

    Readings in Latin American and U.S. Latin@/Chicano@ poetry, from modernismo through the present. Explores canonical and extra-(or post-canonical-) canonical poets. Special attention to the representation of gendered, racial, national and sexual subjectivities. Letter grade only. Prerequisites: SPAN 101 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN148 CM - Special Topics in Spanish


    See the Claremont McKenna College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN153 PO - Spanglish in Context: Bilingualism in the United States

    When Offered: Last offered spring 2017.
    Instructor(s): D. Divita
    Credit: 1

    What, exactly is “Spanglish,” and who has the right to use it? How does this designation serve individuals as both a means of suppression and a practice of resistance? In this course we will investigate Spanish-English bilingualism in the U.S., focusing on empirical data from multiple theoretical perspectives: sociolinguistic, anthropological, political and literary. Prerequisite: SPAN 101 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement ; Analyzing Difference
  
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    SPAN154 SC - Trans-Caribbean Formations: Translating Identity, Race, and Gender in Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico


    See the Scripps College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN155 SC - Short Fiction by Hispanic Women Writers


    See the Scripps College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN158 CM - Revolutions and Thought in Spanish America


    See the Claremont McKenna College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN159 PO - Multilingual Spain: Power, Identity, Politics

    When Offered: Offered alternate years; next offered fall 2021.
    Instructor(s): D. Divita
    Credit: 1

    Language in Spain functions as a source of communal identity and a site of political contestation. Spanish is the official language of the State, and regional languages such as Catalan and Basque are “co-official” in their respective territories. In this course we will investigate the linguistic situation of contemporary Spain, learning a range of concepts from the field of sociolinguistics: language standardization; language maintenance and revitalization; language and identity; language policy and bilingual education; and linguistic discrimination. We will also consider the role that language has played in recent debates about Catalonian independence, the status of immigrants in Spanish society, and the relationships among ethnicity, class, and nationhood. Prerequisites: SPAN 101 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement; Writing Intensive
  
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    SPAN170 PO - Don Quixote and Cultural Identity

    When Offered: Fall 2022.
    Instructor(s): J. Cartagena-Calderon
    Credit: 1

    Situates Don Quixote in its historical and cultural moment while examining the intersections of literary representation and highly charged cultural issues such as gender, sexual practices, unorthodox forms of desire, power, race, class, ethnicity, marginality, crime, social justice, imperialism, nation building and colonialism (Don Quixote as “conquistador” and the conquistadores as “quixotic”). Prerequisites: SPAN 101 PO . Letter grade only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN179 CM - Mexican Cinema in New Millenium


    See the Claremont McKenna College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN179 SC - Fe Esperanza, Amor y Muerte: Women Writers of the Hispanic World


    See the Scripps College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN182 PO - Contemporary Spanish Poetry: Poetics, Identity, Difference

    When Offered: Spring 2022.
    Instructor(s): P. Cahill
    Credit: 1

    Explores the complex representation of identity, difference and sameness in contemporary Spanish poetry. Examines expressions of political, gender, ethnic, linguistic, national and geographic identity through the work of contemporary Spanish poets like Rafael Alberti, Gloria Fuertes, Ana Rossetti and Marta Agudo. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: SPAN 101 PO  or a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Spanish Literature exam.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement; Speaking Intensive
  
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    SPAN183 SC - Interculturality and Bilingualism in the Andes


    See the Scripps College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN184 SC - The Image and the Word/La imagen y la palabra


    See the Scripps College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement
  
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    SPAN185 PO - The Avant-Garde in Spain

    When Offered: Last offered spring 2018.
    Instructor(s): P. Cahill
    Credit: 1

    Explores the complex and unusual nature of Spanish Avant-Garde movements, writing and aesthetics, including their origins and legacies. Examines intersections between art, politics, history, gender, desire, social class and national identity. Includes a combination of poetry, narrative, drama and film. Letter grade only. Prerequisites: SPAN 101 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Language Requirement; Speaking Intensive
 

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