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SP 368-A Cultura y civilización: Los paises hispano-hablantes en los siglos XX y XXI

Course Description

This course, held in Spanish, offers a critical reading and discussion of the current events in Spanish speaking countries. We will focus on six specific countries (Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia and Spain) and the events and people who have defined these countries in the last few decades. To understand and analyze these events, we will read historical texts, newspaper articles, literature, and art. By the end of the course, students will have improved their understanding and expression of written and oral Spanish. Students will be introduced to many great Hispanic writers, journalists, and artists to the diversity of the Hispanic culture.

The format of the course will alternate between lectures given by the professor and seminar-style discussions of the required readings. The amount of reading, writing and critical thinking required for this course will be considerable, as we will discuss major literary works, periods, styles and critical approaches. Be prepared to spend a good amount of time reading, writing and thinking.

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcome for the study of a modern language as part of a minor/major requirement is to bring the student to a level of advance/superior in the target language as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). For modern languages the learning outcomes for the four language skills and culture at the advance/superior level can be summarized as follows:

Texts and Materials

Syllabus

WeekMonday
Session
 Between
Classes
 Wednesday
Session
 Between
Classes
Friday
Session
 Between
Classes
 1  Aug – 31
Introduction
Escuela de las Américas
  Sep – 2
Actividades
Apuntes

Lectura: "Escuela de las Américas - Escuela de asesinos"

Preguntas

Apuntes

  Sep – 4
Actividades

 2  Sep – 7
Labor Day

Chile:

Lectura 1: "Gobierno militar (1973-1989)"


Lectura 2: "Plebiscito de 1988"

  Sep – 9
Actividades:

Preguntas 1
        Apuntes

Preguntas 2
          Apuntes

Chile:

Lectura: "Transición a la democracia"

Video 1: Sí

     Apuntes (si)

Video 2: No
     Apuntes (no)

  Sep – 11
Actividades

Preguntas

Chile:


 3  Sep – 14
Actividades
 

Chile:
Lectura: "Tensiones"


Video: El Boinazo

  Sep – 16
Actividades

Chile:

Lectura 1: "El malestar"

Lectura 2: "El ABC"

Lectura 3: "Student Rebels"
  Sep – 18
Actividades

Argentina:

Lectura: "La dictadura"
 4  Sep – 21


  

Argentina:

Lectura: "Videla y los desaparecidos"

  Sep – 23
Actividades


  

Argentina:

Lectura: "Children of the Dirty War"

  Sep - 25

Actividades
Quiz #1

Argentina:

Lectura #1 - "Nos daban como mascotas"

Lectura #2 - "Sos una desagradecida"
 5  Sep – 28
Actividades

Argentina:

Lectura 1: "Las abuelas de la Plaza de Mayo"

Lectura 2: "Los hijos de Clarin"

  Sep – 30

Actividades

Argentina:

Lectura 1: "Yo fui un regalo pero robado"

Lectura 2: "Inicia en Argentina juicio"
  Oct – 2
Actividades

Resumen de las lecturas

Bolivia:

 6  Oct – 5

Actividades
Quiz #2


Bolivia:
Lectura: "La plata que nunca fue de Potosí"

  Oct – 7
Actividades

Bolivia:

Lectura 2: "Lithium Dreams"

  Oct – 9
Actividades
Preguntas para la lectura

 7  Oct – 12
Fall Break
   Bolivia:

Continuación: "Lithium Dreams"

  Oct – 14
Actividades
  Bolivia

Cuento: “La Palliri
  Oct – 16
Actividades

Colombia:


 8  Oct – 19
Actividades

Colombia:


Lectura #1: "Paramilitarism and Colombia"

Lectura #2: "Los falsos positivos son una práctica vieja"
  Oct – 21
Actividades
Notas - La Palliri
Notas - Lithium Dreams
Notas - Pelicula
Notas - Potosí
Quiz #3

Colombia:

  Oct – 23
Actividades
Ensayo #1
  

Colombia:

 9  Oct – 26
Actividades

Colombia:

Lectura #1: "Las cuentas de los falsos positivos"

Lectura #2: "Colombia civilians caught in war against insurgents"

Lectura 3: "Mi hermano fue un falso positivo"


  Oct – 28
Actividades


Colombia:

Lectura 1: "Militares pagaron a ex-miembro de las FARC"

Lectura 2: "Ejército involucrado en falso positivo"

  Oct – 30
  Actividades

Apuntes - 1
Apuntes - 2
Apuntes - 3
Apuntes - 4
 

Venezuela:

Lectura: La revolución bolivariana

 10  Nov – 2
Actividades


  

Venezuela:

Lectura: “Slumlord

  Nov – 4
Actividades
Quiz #4

Venezuela:

Video: "La Torre de David"
  Nov – 6
Actividades
Preguntas "Slumlord -1"

Tarea para "Slumlord -2"
 11  Nov – 9
 Venezuela

Continuation "Slumlord"

Venezuela:

Lectura: "El poschavismo"

Preguntas

  Nov – 11
Actividades



  Nov – 13
Actividades

Video 1: Santos

Video 2: Maduro

 Venezuela
Lectura 1: "Nicolás Maduro"
     Preguntas

Lectura 2: "Venezuela declara estado de excepción"
     Preguntas


 12  Nov – 16

Actividades



 España"

Lectura 1: " La crisis del euro a debate"
    
Preguntas

Lectura 2: "Hartos de la estafa"
    
Preguntas

Lectura 3: "El 15-M es emocional"
     Preguntas


  Nov – 18
  Actividades

Apuntes - 1
Apuntes - 2
Apuntes - 3
Apuntes - 4

España:

Lectura 1: "España revuelta"
     Preguntas

 

Lectura 2: “The Hangover
     Preguntas


  Nov – 20
Actividades
Quiz #5

España:

Lectura 1: “The Hangover


 13  Nov –  23
Actividades

 España:

Lectura 1: "Nace partido de los indignados"
     Preguntas

Lectura 2: "Somos la generación ni ni"
     Preguntas


  Nov – 25

Actividades
   Nov – 27 Thanksgiving  España:

Lectura: "Lessons from Spain"
     Preguntas


 14  Nov – 30
Actividades


Apuntes 1
Apuntes 2
Apuntes 3
Cuba
Entrepreneurs in the New Cuba 
   Preguntas
  Dec – 2
Actividades
Quiz #6
 Cuba
Continuación:
Entrepreneurs in the New Cuba

  Dec – 4
Actividades
Cuba
Lectura 1: "Habanos Cohiba"
   Preguntas
Lectura 2: "Relaciones Cuba-EEUU"
   Preguntas
Lectura 3: "UPR Discute relaciones entre Cuba y EEUU"
   Preguntas
 15  Dec – 7  
Actividades
Notas Cuba 1
Notas Cuba 2
 
  Dec – 9
Quiz #7

Review
 Ensayo #2   Dec – 11 
Reading Day

 
   Final Exam 
Friday Dec 18th

1:00 - 3:00 pm







 

Syllabus (pdf)

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General Policies:

Computer access: The general rule is, "never turn in a paper without running the spell check!" Please be aware that since computer use is required for many of our courses, the lab does become crowded, particularly before class. Students who stop in with minutes to spare many not find a vacant computer or printer, and thus may not be able to turn in an assignment. See the policy on Late Work.

Late Work: Late work will not be accepted. Please do not ask for extensions. There are no make-up quizzes or exams. Do not make travel arrangements until you have consulted your mid-term and final exam schedule. Exceptions to this policy will be made only in cases of serious illness, injury or other serious emergencies, of which verification must be provided.

Office hours: I enjoy the opportunity to speak with my students. Drop by whenever you wish.

Accessing and Communicating Course Information:
This syllabus and other important information for this course can be found at Sakai. Paper assignments, web links and other information will be posted there regularly throughout the semester. Students are responsible for material posted there, so please be sure that you can access the site, and that you are signed up to receive course e-mail at your CAMPUS e-mail account. I know you get a ton of e-mails. However, you are required to check and keep open your campus e-mail account for crucial campus communications. Please see the Student Handbook for details. Students should keep their e-mail accounts active by checking regularly and clearing out deleted mail. Any emergency course cancellations will be communicated by e-mail.

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Disclaimer

All topics, quizzes, exams and their dates are subject to change. Advance notification will be given in case of any changes.