Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Cultures

HISP-S324 - Prof. Illas — Prof. Illas - spring 2020

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FA 010
Days and Times
TR 8:00A-9:15A
Course Description

This course aims to provide students with an overview of the cultural history of Spain and Latin America from ancient to modern times, while introducing them to the analysis of cultural production in the Hispanic world. Special attention will be given to visual culture (including architecture, fine arts, photography, and film), to critical categories such as gender, race, and class, as well as those specific to or particularly relevant for the analysis of culture in the Spanish-speaking world, such as colonialism, mestizaje, transculturation, etc. The language skills as well as the critical and analytical tools that students learn in this course will improve their linguistic and cultural competence in Spanish and prepare them for 400-level courses in Spanish.

Learning Goals
1.      Familiarize the student with many of the key historical and cultural events, ideas, objects, and practices in the history of Spain and Latin America that have helped both construct and challenge the notion of a common Hispanic cultural heritage.
2.      Significantly expand communication skills in Spanish. Improve advanced oral (listening and speaking) and written (reading and writing) skills in Spanish. By the end of the semester, students should be able to:
a)      converse about a wide variety of topics with a higher degree of fluency and complexity, 
b)     read longer and more complex texts and write about them with a higher degree of sophistication, and improve their knowledge of how to organize and structure essays in Spanish
3.      Acquire the conceptual tools and vocabulary used in cultural analysis in Spanish.  
4.      Appreciate and think critically about cultural objects; understand the importance of historical development in cultural formation and reproduction; establish connections between past and present; and attain a clearer sense of how culture is constructed, perpetuated, and transformed within historical, political, social, and ideological contexts.
5.      All the above will prepare students for interacting with members of Hispanic communities both in the US and abroad (Latin America and Spain), not only linguistically, but also by sharing knowledge of the variety of their histories, cultures, values, and contributions to the global present.  

This course carries CASE AH and CASE GCC2 distribution credit.

HISP-S 324    #5897  HONORS   8:00A-9:15A    TR    FA 010   Prof. Edgar Illas

Note:  Above section is open to Hutton Honors students only.

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