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Introduccion a la cultura y civilizacion latinoamericana

Course Description

  This course, held in Spanish, offers a critical reading and discussion to various aspects of life in Latin American countries from early times to the present. Focusing on the social and political development of Latin America, the course will reveal the unity and diversity that characterize contemporary Latin American culture. Typical topics for study include: the pre-Columbian civilizations and their cultural legacy; the conquistadores and the colonial period; the independence movements, the search for and the definition of an American identity; the twentieth-century dictatorships; and the move toward democracy

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. 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

  • Eugenio Chang-Rodríguez, Latinoamérica: su civilización y su cultura (Heinle Cengage Learning, 2008)
  • Handouts - Download from Sakai (Resources)
  • A good dictionary

Syllabus

WeekMonday
Session
 Between
Classes
 Wednesday
Session
 Between
Classes
 1  Jan – 16
MLK Day


  Jan – 18

Introduction


(2-11)

Cuestionario 1-10
 2  Jan – 23
1. Unidad del mundo latinoamericano
Presentación

(12-27)

Cuestionario 1-10
  Jan – 25
2. La geografía y la gente
Preguntas de clase

(28-43)

Cuestionario 1-10


 3  Jan – 30
3. Las grandes civilizaciones precolombinas
Presentación
Poblamiento de América Latina - Video
Preguntas de clase

(44-61)

Cuestionario 1-10

  Feb – 1

4. Las exploraciones, la conquista y su significado

Quiz #1
Presentación



(62-77)

Cuestionario 1-10


 4  Feb – 6
5. El régimen colonial y su legado

Presentación

 

(78-87)

Cuestionario 1-10
  Feb – 8

6. Brasil colonial


Presentación



(88-105)

Cuestionario 1-10

 5  Feb – 13
7. La vida intelectual durante la colonia

Presentación
Quiz #2
 

(106-121)

Cuestionario 1-10

  Feb – 15

8. Las guerras por la independencia hispanoamericana

Análisis 1
Presentación


(122-135)

Cuestionario 1-10

 6  Feb – 20
Resumen capitulo 7
Resumen capitulo 8
9. Brasil monárquico y republicano
Presentación
  

(136-155)

Cuestionario 1-10

  Feb – 22

10. Los países del Río de la plata
Presentación

 


 7  Feb – 27

Quiz #3 (Ch 7,8)
 
Review

Resumen Capitulo 9


  Mar – 1
Midterm Exam
 
 
 8  Mar – 6
Spring Break
 
  Mar – 8
Spring Break

Sakai
 9  Mar – 13

Presentación
Dictaduras del Cono Sur
-La dictadura en Chile
-La dictadura en argentina
-La historia del oso (2014)
- Resumen dictaduras



(156-175)

Cuestionario 1-10
  Mar – 15
11. Los países andinos meridionales

Presentación

(176-191)

Cuestionario 1-10
 10  Mar – 20

12. Los países andinos septentrionales
-Resumen Cap 10 y 11



(192-205)

Cuestionario 1-10
  Mar – 22

13. México y su revolución
Notas Cap. 13

Quiz # 4

Presentación

(206-225)

Cuestionario 1-10
 11  Mar – 27

14. Centroamérica republicana
Notas Cap. 14

Análisis 2
Presentación


(226-249)

Cuestionario 1-10
  Mar – 29
15. La personalidad hispánica de las antillas mayores
Notas Cap. 15

Presentación

(250-275)

Cuestionario 1-10
 12  Apr – 3

16. Del americanismo al universalismo literario
Presentación


(276-299)

Cuestionario 1-10
  Apr – 5

17. La arquitectura



Presentación

(300-323)

Cuestionario 1-10
 13  Apr –  10

18. Las artes plásticas
Presentación

Quiz # 5

 

(324-341)

Cuestionario 1-10

  Apr – 12
 
 14  Apr – 17
Easter Break

  Apr – 19
19. La música

Presentación

(342-356)

Cuestionario 1-10
 15  Apr – 24

20. Feminismo en Latinoamérica
Presentación
 

(356-360)

Sakai
  Apr – 26

20. Latinos en Estados Unidos

Quiz # 6
Presentación

 


 16  May – 1

Pelicula: "La misión"

 
 
  May – 3

Pelicula: "La misión"

Análisis 3
 
   Final Exam 
Thursday, May 11th
1:00 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.