SPAN270 / LING270
Language, Sociopolitics, and Identity: Spanish in the United States

This course provides a sociolinguistic overview of Spanish in the US by examining concepts such as language ideologies, language identity, language attitudes, language maintenance and shift, the politics of language, language contact, bilingualism, the relationship of language to Latinx identities, and how language ideologies and policies reflect and shape societal views of Spanish and its speakers, race, identity, and education. This course will provide a descriptive, historical and linguistic overview of the different Spanish-English bilingual communities in the US. For instance, we will examine the use and representation of Spanish and misconceptions about Spanish varieties and Latinx communities in a wide array of contexts, including everyday speech, contemporary culture, media and the portrayal in the media, education, and policy. Reading selections will be in Spanish (for the most part) and English. Homework, projects, exams and class discussions will be strictly in Spanish.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 14

Crosslisted Courses:

Prerequisites: Open to students who have completed SPAN 241 or SPAN 242 or equivalent (AP 5) or by permission of the instructor.

Instructor: Bassa Vanrell

Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature; SBA - Social and Behavioral Analysis

Typical Periods Offered: Every other year

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring