RCLANG 324 - Readings in Spanish
Section: 001 Urban Culture and Citizenship
Term: FA 2017
Subject: RC Languages (RCLANG)
Department: LSA Residential College
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Proficiency test.
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

A walk through a city represents both a journey in time and a reading of history through the lens of the present. It also allows for the exploration of how a community projects its current conflicts and social aspirations, and articulates them in a particular sense of spatial and existential aesthetics. In Spain, a long and often painful history of borders, unifications and redefinitions of identity has weakened the meaning of nation and strengthened instead the identification of citizens with their local urban spaces where they inscribe their generational memory, their sense of belonging and their imagined collective future. In this course we will explore the physical and symbolic values of several Spanish cities as 1) repositories of the past through monuments, preservation and rehabilitation policies as well as modernization projects and touristic ‘branding’; 2) public and shared spaces—parks, squares, mixed-use urban planning—that facilitate democratic practices, sustainability and social integration; and, 3) contentious arenas where market and political forces promote spatial segregation and often stage social conflict. We will work with maps, visual material and sociological and literary texts to gain a historical perspective about these cities and debate the richness of their present-day social dynamics.

Course Requirements:

Daily class attendance is required. Students write three academic essays and weekly entries in journals or blogs, and prepare at least one formal presentation. Active participation in daily discussion is expected.

Intended Audience:

RCLANG 324 is open to all U-M students who have completed at least SPANISH 277 but priority is given to RC students who have successfully passed the Spanish Proficiency Exam the previous

Class Format:

The course meets two times a week and is structured as a seminar with ample discussion among its participants.

RCLANG 324 - Readings in Spanish
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (SEM)
8RC Ugrd
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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