Jun 14, 2024  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SS 415S - Spanish Culture

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course is designed to provide insight into the different Spanish cultures. It will include such topics as the geography, natural resources, historical background, society, politics and current affairs, art, religion, business, literature, and other cultural traditions. (prereq: None) 
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Be familiar with the many different cultures that go under the label “Hispanic” and have an insight into the interrelationship among these cultures
  • Know the location of Spanish-speaking countries and capitals and be able to point them out on a map
  • Understand how the history of Spain and Latin America have an impact on current events in Latin America
  • Have an understanding of how U.S. policy impacts on Latin America countries and how we are perceived by the different elements in those countries
  • Be familiar with Hispanic cultural traditions including politics, society, art, religion, business, and literature
  • Gain an appreciation of how an understanding of and familiarity with other cultures may be important to and impact up their lives and careers

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude discussion (6 classes)
  • Spain and its history (2 classes)
  • Spain today (1 class)
  • The discovery and Spanish conquest of the Americas (2 classes)
  • The geography of Latin America (1 class)
  • Colonial Latin America (2 classes)
  • Latin America independence (2 classes)
  • Latin America today (5 classes)
  • The Hispanic in the United States (2 classes)
  • El Norte, an American Playhouse film (3 classes)
  • Cultural traditions including business, art, religion, politics, literature and society (ongoing in each class)
  • Presentations of cultural topics selected by students (4 classes)

Kristina Puotkalyte-Gurgel

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