Faculty Profile

Carolina Castellanos

Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese (2010)

Contact Information

castellc@dickinson.edu

Bosler Hall Room 12M
717.245.1834

Education

  • Literata, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, 2000
  • M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2004
  • M.A., Vanderbilt University, 2007
  • Ph.D., 2010

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

PORT 101 Elementary Portuguese
An intensive study of the fundamentals of Portuguese grammar, with special attention given to pronunciation and oral expression. Composition and literary and cultural readings.

PORT 200 Port for Speakers of Rom Lang
This course is designed for students who have previously studied another Romance language and would like develop speaking, reading, writing and listening skills in Portuguese. The course assumes no previous knowledge of Portuguese, and will rely on the comparative grammar and cognate vocabulary of Spanish and other Romance languages to develop language skills over the course of the semester. In addition, the class will explore aspects of Portuguese-speaking cultures in Europe, Latin America and Africa. Prerequisites: four semesters of a Romance language (or the equivalent), or permission of instructor.

PORT 242 Brazilian Cultural/Soc Iss
Cross-listed with LALC 242-01.Taught in English.

LALC 242 Brazilian Cultural/Soc Iss
Cross-listed with PORT 242-01.Taught in English.

LALC 500 Independent Study

Spring 2018

LALC 200 Women in Drug Trafficking
Cross-listed with SPAN 231-01 and WGSS 201-04. Across the world and throughout history, statistics have shown that men commit more crimes than women. However, in recent years women’s involvement with drug trafficking in Latin America has grown exponentially. The main goal of this class is to analyze women’s diverse and complex participation in drug trafficking while developing writing skills in Spanish. How are women represented? What are women saying? Does women’s participation in drug trafficking challenge traditional rules and values? Are traditional notions of femininity and masculinity redefined? Students will read testimonials and interviews and will compare them to short stories, films, and songs. The course content will mainly focus on Mexico.

WGSS 201 Women in Drug Trafficking
Cross-listed with LALC 200-05 and SPAN 231-01. Across the world and throughout history, statistics have shown that men commit more crimes than women. However, in recent years women’s involvement with drug trafficking in Latin America has grown exponentially. The main goal of this class is to analyze women’s diverse and complex participation in drug trafficking while developing writing skills in Spanish. How are women represented? What are women saying? Does women’s participation in drug trafficking challenge traditional rules and values? Are traditional notions of femininity and masculinity redefined? Students will read testimonials and interviews and will compare them to short stories, films, and songs. The course content will mainly focus on Mexico.

PORT 202 Intermediate Portuguese II
The primary goals of this course are to review and study advanced grammatical structures, as well as develop writing skills. The course will aim to further develop students’ formal knowledge of Portuguese by studying challenging grammatical structures and producing formal and informal texts, such as letters, reports, narrations, summaries, etc. In order to familiarize students further with the cultures of Portuguese speaking countries, the course will use diverse target-language materials, such as short stories, films, newspaper clips, blog entries, YouTube videos, songs, etc. This course is intended as the gateway to the Portuguese and Brazilian Studies minor. Prerequisite: 200 or 201

SPAN 231 Spanish Composition
Cross-listed with LALC 200-05 and WGSS 201-04. Across the world and throughout history, statistics have shown that men commit more crimes than women. However, in recent years women’s involvement with drug trafficking in Latin America has grown exponentially. The main goal of this class is to analyze women’s diverse and complex participation in drug trafficking while developing writing skills in Spanish. How are women represented? What are women saying? Does women’s participation in drug trafficking challenge traditional rules and values? Are traditional notions of femininity and masculinity redefined? Students will read testimonials and interviews and will compare them to short stories, films, and songs. The course content will mainly focus on Mexico.