Special Projects in Spanish (SPA4703.01)

Jonathan Pitcher

In lieu of more conventional advanced Spanish classes, paralleling a series of often disparate tutorials, with tutees working in relative isolation, the proposal is to allow students free reign over an idea for a final, term-long project, while concurrently offering them an educated, exoteric audience to assist in fleshing out their work. Faculty will provide key secondary and tertiary reading, common to all, some with immediate relevance to the projects in question, some deemed necessary for any culminating work, but the primary content of these sessions will be student-driven. Arguments, plans, and products will all be presented, defended or discarded, as defined by the progress of the group. Students will nurture their independent thinking through research, develop the sophistication of their writing and vocabulary in the creation of the project, and refine their pronunciation and intonation through discussions in class. The most tangible outcome of the course will be the submission of an informed, significant project at the end of the term.

Learning Outcomes:
Objetivos cognitivos:

Desarrollar cierta autosuficiencia a través de la investigación
Entender, localizar, valorar y criticar el discurso
Descubrir las auto-representaciones latinoamericanas y aplicarlas en varios contextos
Perfeccionar la sofisticación del español

Objetivos lingüísticos:

Perfeccionar la gramática
Enriquecer el vocabulario
Mejorar el lenguaje crítico y político
Elaborar el discurso, la composición, desarrollar un argumento

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: 7 terms of Spanish at Bennington, or please contact Dr. Pitcher at jpitcher@bennington.edu.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 10:00AM - 11:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Four Credit , Fully In-Person , Spanish