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Fernando Opere

Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department for Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese
Office location and address
New Cabell Hall 425
1605 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Education
Ph.D., University of Virginia
M.A., University of Virginia
SPAN 2010: Intermediate Spanish
Credits: 3
Further develops the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. SPAN 2010 enables students to successfully perform linguistic tasks that allow them to communicate in everyday situations (e.g., narrating present, past and future activities, and expressing hopes, desires, and requests). Students also read journalistic and literary selections designed for Spanish-speaking audiences. Three class hours. Laboratory work is required. Followed by SPAN 2020. Prerequisite: Passing grade in SPAN 1020 or 1060; a score of 520-590 on the SAT II test; 326-409 on the UVa placement test; or permission of the department.
SPAN 2020: Advanced Intermediate Spanish
Credits: 3
Enables students to successfully perform linguistic tasks that allow them to communicate in everyday situations and handle complications (e.g., asking for, understanding and giving directions, expressing happiness and affection, and persuading). Students may choose either SPAN 2020A, which includes reading literary and cultural selections or SPAN 2020C, which includes selected medical readings. Three class hours. Laboratory work is required. Prerequisite: Passing grade in SPAN 2010; SAT II test scores of 600-640; UVa placement test score of 410-535; IB exam score of 5 or 6; or permission of the department. Note: Prerequisite for the following courses: SPAN 2020 or the equivalent.
ARTH 2352: Art of Revolutionary Europe
Credits: 3–4
Surveys European painting and sculpture from the last decades of the Ancien Regime to the liberal revolutions of 1848. Major artists, such as David, Canova, Ingres, Constable, Turner, Gericault, Delacroix, Friedrich, Goya, Corot, and Thorvaldsen are examined in their political, economic, social, spiritual, and aesthetic contexts.
PLCP 2500: Special Topics in Comparative Politics
Credits: 1–6
Special Topics in Comparative Politics.
ARTH 2559: New Course in History of Art
Credits: 3–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in the subject History of Art.
SPAN 3010: Grammar and Composition I
Credits: 3
This course seeks to develop advanced literacy in Spanish through extensive reading, writing, analysis, and discussion of authentic literary texts and videos. Emphasis is placed on how grammatical forms codify meaning and how grammar and meaning interact to construct the language and textual structure expected in the following academic genres: the critical review, the persuasive essay, and the research paper.
SPAN 3040: Business Spanish
Credits: 3
SPAN 3040 is a Language for the Professions course intended for students with interest in Business and Economy related fields. Upon completion of this course, students will have acquired the vocabulary and the intercultural competence that will allow them to comfortably and successfully participate in professional settings in Spanish. Since SPAN 3040 is a Language for the Professions course, international students that are native speakers of Spanish are ineligible to take the course.
SPAN 3050: Spanish for Medical Professionals
Credits: 3
This course is designed for students planning to work in the health care field and who want to develop fundamental written and oral skills and vocabulary for the assessment of Spanish speaking patients in a variety of settings. Students will gain familiarity with non-technical and semi-technical functional vocabulary, along with idiomatic expressions and situational phrases that are used in medical Spanish.
SPAN 3300: Texts and Interpretation
Credits: 3
In this course we will be covering a variety of basic approaches to literary texts that enable us to analyze & understand them better. The course will be organized on the basis of literary genre (narrative, theater, poetry, etc.), with a portion of the semester dedicated to each. Short texts in Spanish for readings will be drawn from both Spanish & Latin Am literature, and from a range of time periods. Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or dept. placement.
SPAN 3410: Survey of Spanish Literature II (1700 to Present)
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 and 3300, or departmental placement.
SPAN 3420: Survey of Latin American Literature I (Colonial to 1900)
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 and 3300, or departmental placement.
SPAN 3430: Survey of Latin American Literature II (1900 to Present)
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 and 3300, or departmental placement.
PLCP 3500: Special Topics in Comparative Politics
Credits: 3
Analysis of selected issues and concepts in comparative politics.
ZFOR 3506: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
ZFOR 3512: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
ARTH 3545: Topics In 20th/21st Century Art
Credits: 3–4
Examines focused topics in 20th/21st Art History.
PLIR 3610: European Union in World Affairs
Credits: 3
Examines the content and formulation of foreign policies in Europe and the European Union from the twentieth century to the present. Prerequisite: Some background in international relations or European history. Students who have previously taken PLIR 3620 will not receive credit for PLIR 3610; students who take PLIR 3610 may not receive credit for PLIR 3620 if taken subsequently.
HIEU 3712: Spanish Culture & Civilization
Credits: 3
Spanish Culture & Civilization
SPAN 4040: Translation from Spanish to English
Credits: 3
Translation Spanish and English Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 and 3300, or departmental placement.
SPAN 4050: Economy of Latin America
Credits: 3
This course is designed to prepare students for careers in international business by introducing them to business practices, trade organizations, and financial institutions in the Spanish-speaking world. A secondary goal is to help students attain a more sophisticated level of speaking and writing in Spanish, through readings, discussion, and written assignments in Spanish.
SPAN 4600: Literature and Cinema
Credits: 3
Explores the relationship between literature and film as narrative arts, focusing on contemporary classics of the Spanish and Spanish-American novel and their cinematic adaptations. Prerequisite: SPAN 3010, 3300, and 3 credits of 3400-3430, or departmental placement.
SPAN 4700: Spanish Culture and Civilization
Credits: 3
This course focuses on the major political events in the history of Spain, from 1900 to the present, as well as on the study of the most important Spanish artistic movements, and their most relevant contemporary representatives, in the fields of music, painting, architecture, and dance. Prerequisite: SPAN 3010, 3300, and 3 credits of 3400-3430, or departmental placement.
MDST 4705: Spanish Mass Media
Credits: 3
This is an introductory course to Spanish mass media. The course gives students a critical understandings of the roles mass media plays in Spanish society, culture, and politics. The emphasis of the course is on sociological approaches to media, in particular studies of how radio and television participate in the making and remaking of modern Spain.
SPAN 4707: Introduction to Spanish Art
Credits: 3
Spanish art is among the richest and most important examples of world art. Its heritage is comprised of works dating from prehistoric times with the caves at Altamira up to the 21 st Century (Calatrava, Mariscal), including the rich architectural legacy of the Romans, the gothic castles and churches of the Middle Ages, Golden Age painting (Velázquez, El Greco, Murillo, Ribera), and the great names of the 20 th Century (Gaudí, Picasso, Dalí, Miró)
SPAN 4708: Picasso
Credits: 3
The Spanish tradition after Goya and the cultural atmosphere of the 19th century. The formation of Picasso and the different periods of his work. Iconographic problems. The creation of "Guernica".
SPAN 4709: Modern Spanish Art
Credits: 3
This course studies the main art works produced in the 19th and 20th centuries: Goya, Picasso, Dalí, Miró, Tapies, Chillida, Villanueva, Gaudí and Calatrava will be contemplated from an eminently cultural view. In addition to analyzing the different productions from a technical viewpoint, they will serve as models to understand social and cultural trends of the period.
SPAN 4710: Latin American Culture and Civilization
Credits: 3
Latin American Culture and Civilization
SPAN 4712: Travelers in Latin America
Credits: 3
In this course we will study diaries and accounts of travelers in Latin America since the first European got in contact with the continent for the first time What did they see? What did they want to see? How did the describe it? How much influence their account had in the construction of continental imaginary. We will start with el Diario of Christopher Columbus, and finish with some diaries of today. Prerequisite: SPAN 3010, 3300, and 3 credits of 3400-3430, or departmental placement
SPAN 4713: Economy of the European Union
Credits: 3
A broad approach to the Spanish Economy (starting with its modernization) and its integration in the EEC. Focus on the role of Europe in the world economy and politics, and the future of the Euro as a new reserve currency.
SPAN 4989: Distinguished Major in Spanish Thesis
Credits: 3
Distinguished majors in Spanish will meet individually with their thesis advisors to discuss progress and revise drafts of their theses. At the end of the semester, they will present the results of their research in a public forum.
SPAN 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Prerequisite: instructor permission.
SPAN 7820: Nineteenth-Century Spanish-American Literature
Credits: 3
Nineteenth-Century Spanish-American Literature
SPAN 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.