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SP 368 - Problemas en los paises hispanicos - Siglo 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 (Puerto Rico, Argentina, México, 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
 1  Jan – 15
Celebración del cumpleaños de
Martin Luther King Jr.


  Jan – 17
Introducción a la clase

Escuela de las Américas


 2  Jan – 22
Actividades en clase
Argentina
La dictadura (1976-1983)



  Jan – 24
Actividades en clase
Argentina antes de la dictadura

Argentina
Las abuelas de la Plaza de Mayo
Pelicula: Cautiva

 3  Jan – 29
Actividades en clase

Argentina
Los nietos
  Jan – 31
  Actividades en clase
Noticias-1
Colombia
Las guerras civiles
 4  Feb – 5
  Actividades en clase

 Colombia
El problema de las guerrillas
  Feb – 7
Actividades en clase


 5  Feb – 12
  Actividades en clase
Repaso
 Colombia

El plan Colombia y los falsos positivos


  Feb – 14
Actividades en clase
Quiz #1 - Argentina




 6  Feb – 19
Actividades en clase
Noticias-2
Colombia
El acuerdo de paz y el plebiscito
  Feb – 21
Actividades en clase
Noticias-3

 


 7  Feb – 26
Actividades en clase



  Feb – 28

Midterm Exam

 
 
 8  Mar – 5
Spring Break

  Mar – 7
Spring Break

 9  Mar – 12
Actividades en clase

 Puerto Rico
Guerra Hispano-Estadunidense

  Mar – 14
Actividades en clase
Noticias-4
  Puerto Rico
Estado Libre Asociado
Ensayo #1
 10  Mar – 19
Actividades en clase



  Puerto Rico
Intentos de independencia
  Mar – 21
Actividades en clase



Puerto Rico
Huracán María
 11  Mar – 26
Actividades en clase

  España

La guerra civil  (1936-1939)

  Mar – 28
  Actividades en clase
Quiz #2 - Puerto Rico
Noticias-5

 12  Apr – 2
Easter Break


  España
  Apr – 4
Actividades en clase
España
La Unión Europea
El Boom y la crisis
 13  Apr  9
Actividades en clase
Apoyo extranjero durante la guerra civil




  España 
Cataluña
  Apr – 11
Actividades en clase

  Migraciones

Guerramexicano- Estadunidense (1846-1848)


Repaso para el quiz de España
 14  Apr – 16
Actividades en clase
Quiz #3 - España
Noticias-6
  Migraciones
Conflicto migratorio en los Estados Unidos
  Apr – 18
Actividades en clase


Migraciones
Deportaciones


 15  Apr – 23
Actividades en clase
  Migraciones
Violencia en Centroamérica
  Apr – 25
Actividades en clase


 


 16 Apr – 30
Debates
-Argentina
-Colombia
-Puerto Rico
-España
-Migraciones

  May – 2
Repaso para el examen final

 Ensayo #2
   Final Exam 
Friday, 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.