UAM – Modern Languages (Facultad: Filosofía y Letras)

1st  SEMESTER (Fall)

17351 Teoría de la comunicación y la información (Communication & Information Theory)


Introduction to communication theories and their historical evolution from the media communication’s perspective, taking into account its multidisciplinary nature. A diachronic development will be offered as well as the study of the main concepts and methods for the analysis of the communicative processes in contemporary society.

17352 Comunicación intercultural (Intercultural Communication)


Area 1: The communicative framework Definition and components. The diversity of communication in different communicative contexts. Communication and cultural diversity. Prejudices, stereotypes, and communicative attitudes. Verbal and nonverbal communication. The study of interaction.
Area 2: The study of communicative uses The diversity of linguistic courtesy. Linguistic differences in the expression of speech acts. The interpretation and transmission of messages in the context of intercultural communication. Implications for communication in multilingual contexts.
Area 3: Cultural values and communicative differences Cultural orientations in communication. Intercultural communicative competence (the acquisition of competence; strategies for intercultural communication).

17366 Literatura y cultura de la Primera lengua 1 (Literature & Culture of the First Language I)


Analysis of Spanish literature of the 18th and 19th centuries: the Enlightenment, the Spanish essay during the 18th century, Romanticism, Realism and Naturalism.
Main authors discussed: Clarín and Galdós.

17445 - Edición y Revisión de Textos

1.1. Análisis de cuestiones normativas del español: ortografía, gramática y léxico.
1.2. Análisis de los errores más frecuentes (léxicos y morfosintácticos).
2.1. Revisión y corrección de textos.
2.2. Revisión y corrección de textos traducidos.
3.1. Normas para la edición de textos.
3.2. Prácticas de edición de textos.

17477 - Negociación y Comunicación Verbal y no Verbal


Topic 1. Communication, Rhetoric and Negotiation.
Topic 2. Rhetorical principles. Argumentative semblance of Negotiation. Communication and nonverbal language.
Topic 3. Negotiation and Mediation: similarities and differences.
Topic 4. Types of Negotiation: Negotiating political, social, business and particular.
Topic 5. Elements in Negotiation: parts, parts concerned, space and time negotiators.
Topic 6. Negotiating styles: distributional and interests. Harvard Negotiation Project. Negotiating strategies and ethics of negotiation.
Topic 7. Preparation of Negotiation.
Topic 8. Main strategies and negotiating tactics.
Topic 9. Main strategies of closure.
Topic 10. Types of agreement and analysis and evaluation of the agreement.

17478 - Políticas Lingüísticas y de la Comunicación


1. Introducción general: Política lingüística y comunicación
2. La política lingüística: aspectos teóricos y metodológicos
3. Ámbitos de la política lingüística: identidad, derechos, educación y poder
4. Política(s) lingüística(s) en el ámbito de la Unión Europea

17479 - Retórica de la Comunicación


Topic 1. History of theoretical reflection on communication: the rhetorical approach.
Topic 2. Types of social and professional communication: corporate communications, business, politics, advertising, journalistic and informative. Media and public opinion.
Topic 3. Evaluation of the elements of communication. The orchestral model of communication.
Topic 4. Analysis and preparation of speeches to persuasive contexts and media: argumentative strategies, discursive structures, configuration of verbal and nonverbal discourse. Communicative competence and technological competence.
Topic 5. Evaluation and design of communication campaigns. Traditional media, audiovisual and digital media.

2nd SEMESTER (Spring)

17354 Multilingüismo y Lenguas en contacto / Multilingualism and Language Contact


This course examines the linguistic phenomena associated with situations of multilingualism in different geographic and sociopolitical areas around the world, studying and reviewing the concepts of bilingualism and diglossia, and other forms in which languages coexist. As it is not just communities, but also speakers need to deal with the diversity of languages, this course addresses other linguistic phenomena associated with language contact, such as transfer, code switching and code mixing. The implications of these phenomena will be also analised, given that they not only reflect the functioning of their speakers’ linguistic and communicative competence, but have led to rethink certain key concepts in linguistic theory. In addition, other phenomena associated to language contact will be also studied, in particular, the convergence of languages in different geographic and linguistic areas, and the emergence, survival, or extinction of new languages (pidgins and creoles), together with the factors that influence these processes. In this latter area, it is necessary to examine how the processes by which languages disappear might be reversed, and about the possible role of linguistic planning in this ambition. Finally, in recent decades there has been considerable debate within both society in general and within linguistic theory in particular regarding the diversity of languages, with different positions being adopted. In contrast to the mercantilist discourse in defence of monolingualism, other currents of opinion have related this diversity to the question of human rights or the biological diversity of the planet. These approaches not only shape today’s linguistic policies, but have also opened the way to new theoretical discussions and to the rethinking of certain key concepts in linguistic theory. Therefore, they are of interest both at the level of managing multilingualism and as regards its theory. Area 1: COMMUNITIES AND LINGUISTIC VARIETIES varieties in society: bilingualism and diglossia. Types of diglossia. Criticisms of this concept and possible alternatives. Study of the forms of multilingualism in different geographic and sociopolitical areas, and in different social contexts. Area 2: CONTACT BETWEEN LANGUAGES Multilingualism and linguistic and communicative competence. Phenomena associated with contact between languages: loan, transfer, code switching and code mixing. Processes of convergence between languages (case studies). Area 3: LANGUAGES EMERGE AND EXTINCTION PROCESSES Sabir or pidgin, and creole languages. Linguistic factors and policies with respect to diversity. Linguistic planning. Area 4: LINGUISTIC THEORIES AND APPROACHES WITH RESPECT TO DIVERSITY Linguistic debates in view of worldwide language diversity, from the discourse of the utility of monolingualism, to the discourse of endangered languages. Implications for linguistic policies and theories.

Level: 2nd year


17380 Literatura y Cultura de la Primera Lengua 2 (Español) / Literature and Culture of the First Language 2 (Spanish)


Spanish Literature of the first half of the twentieth century / English Literature of the First Half of the 20th century Introduction Unit 1

The poetic space of Juan Ramón Jiménez: Diary of a poet reciencasado (1916). Unit 2
The absurdity of Valle-Inclan: Lights of Bohemia (1920). Unit 3
La Vanguardia in Spain. Spain in the Vanguard. Paper precursor Ramon Gomez de la Serna. Poetry Edge: Ultraísmo and Creationism. [Anthology] Surrealism. [Anthology] Narrative Unit 4
forefront. Max Aub: Box (1926) and Green Story (1932).

Level: 2nd year


17418 Literatura y Cultura de la Primera lengua 4 (Español) / Literature and Culture of the First Language 4 (Spanish)


Topic 1: Introduction to contemporary American literature. Background major poetic. Reading and analysis of selected works. Topic 2: The narrative of the twentieth century. The story
Item 3: The narrative of the twentieth century. The novel
Item 4: The twentieth century poetry. Currents and circumstances Topic 5: Introduction to contemporary theater.

Level: 3º curso


17421 Literatura y Cultura de la SEGUNDA Lengua 2 (Español) / Literature and Culture of the SECOND Language 2 (Spanish)


Spanish Literature of the first half of the twentieth century / English Literature of the First Half of the 20th century Introduction Unit 1

The poetic space of Juan Ramón Jiménez: Diary of a poet reciencasado (1916). Unit 2
The absurdity of Valle-Inclan: Lights of Bohemia (1920). Unit 3
La Vanguardia in Spain. Spain in the Vanguard. Paper precursor Ramon Gomez de la Serna. Poetry Edge: Ultraísmo and Creationism. [Anthology] Surrealism. [Anthology] Narrative Unit 4
forefront. Max Aub: Box (1926) and Green Story (1932). Unit 5
forefront Theatre: Federico Garcia Lorca: So spend five years (1929-1931).

Level: 3rd year

17440 - Psicolingüística y Lingüística Clínica (Psycholinguistics and Clinical Linguistics)


1. Introducción a la psicolingüística: Funciones del lenguaje / Psycholinguistics; Language functions
2. La génesis del lenguaje: ontogénesis, filogénesis y microgénesis/ Phylogenesis, ontogenesis and microgenesis
3. Conocimiento lingüístico y procesamiento del lenguaje: comprensión y producción (y niveles de procesamiento: fónico, sintáctico, semántico, pragmático)/Linguistic knowledge and language processing: comprehension and production (linguistic levels of processing)
4. Procesos psicológicos básicos/ Basic psychological processes
5. Cerebro y lenguaje /Brain and language
6. Lingüística clínica/ Clinical linguistics

17443 Crítica literaria / Literary Criticism


Unit 1: The concept of literature. Literary communication and the literary event. Literary language. Special features of literary communication. Literariness, poeticity, canon, intertextuality, style, fictionality. Learning Unit 2: Different approaches in the analysis of literary texts. Intrinsic and extrinsic currents Currents. The criticism before the twentieth century. Learning Unit 3: Formal Criticism: The Russian Formalism. Learning Unit 4: Formal Criticism: The Stylistics. Learning Unit 5: formal criticism: New Criticism. Learning Unit 6: Formal Criticism: Structuralism and Semiotics. Learning Unit 7: Formal criticism: The aesthetics of reception. Learning Unit 8: Formal criticism: Criticism sociological Marxist criticism and cultural studies.

Level: Elective


17444 Edición literaria y nuevas tecnologías / Literary publishing and new technologies


1. Introduction to Textual Criticism.
2. Contributions of Material Bibliography.
3. Practical activities.
4. Digital publishing and the knowledge era. 5. Literature on the Internet. <br /><br />Level: Elective

17466 Escritura creativa / Creative Writing


1. Literature showing creation. Knowing what you do.
2. Write. Write well and write badly.
3. The supports of literary creation. Reading, speaking, writing, listening.
4. The use of directories, dictionaries and manuals.
5. Write to the good of God and everywhere (journalism, magazines, songs, pamphlets, etc..)
6. Storytelling. Modes of narration.
7. The universe of poetry
8. The theater and its many perspectives for creation.
9. Criticism as creation.
10. Vanguards, rears, marginality. Border areas.

Level: Elective


17475 El inglés como lengua Internacional / English as an International Language


Getting started. Re-Introducing Language Change & Variety 
─ Standards, dialects & varieties 
─ Historical, Social & Political Context of EIL. English in the World 
─ The British Isles & North-American Englishes 
─ New Englishes. Other Englishes 
─ Social & gender varieties 
─ Stylistic varieties. The Future of English as an International Language 
─ Past, present & future of English ─ And now…?

Level: Elective


17476 Lenguajes audiovisuales / Audiovisual Languages


Introduction and issues: language, representation, communication and culture as approximations to the audiovisual. Languages ​​and audio-visual communication beyond the visual. Birth and global expansion of the cinema: culture, tradition and modernity. Consolidation of film as language, spectacle and industry. Narration and staging in the classic mode of representation. Alternative modes of representation. The audiovisual fiction: genres and practices. Theory and practice of film genre in the studio system. Seriality and fiction: from cinema to television. The animation. Breaks in modern cinemas. Genres and postmodernism. Languages ​​and practices of non-fiction. The documentary. Video art and experimental film. Audiovisual consumption and mass culture (and advertising video clip). Nonfiction television genres. The contemporary and new experiences. Cinema and audiovisual retreat and re-expansion. Virtual Realities (immersion and interface).

Level: Elective


17488 Literatura, cine y medios de comunicación / Literature, film and media


Literature, film and media. Literary discourse and its modulations. -The French and Francophone cinema: representations and constructions. -The media: mechanisms and problem-specificities, convergences and interactions. -The gestation of a cultural imaginary-types, objects, spaces and times. 1. – Human Spaces:
1.1-The journey and displacement.
Spaces 1.2-The dreamy city imaginary representations of the urban and suburban. 1.3-The family in the “”young French cinema” and contemporary French literature. 2.-Identity and Memory: 2.1-History
remote / immediate history. The myth and memory. 2.2-Wars memories in literature, film and media: report (s) of the Algerian War, World War II, colonization, slavery 2.2.1.-Memory and History in literature and in film: Lebanon, North Africa, Haiti, sub-Saharan Africa, Quebec memory 2.2.2-Wars: colonization, slavery, world War II, War of Algeria 3 – Identity and Alterity: 3.1-Construction
identity and construction of the “”other””. 3.2-Otherness, migration: voices and looks. 3.3.-Women and Feminisms: memory, present and project.

Level: Elective

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