RCLANG 324 - Readings in Spanish
Section: 003 Media, Terrorists and Freedom Fighters
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:

Terrorism is a very important issue in many countries currently, especially in the US. Even though many people had already formed an opinion on this problem and how to solve it, there is a significant lack of knowledge about the history as well as causes and consequences of this phenomenon. This seminar will review the conditions and contexts that resulted in the formation of some terrorist organizations around the world. We will seek information from different Latin American organizations like Sendero Luminoso (Peru), FARC (Colombia), EZLN (Mexico). An important part of the course will be the study of groups that due to their strategies could be classified as religious terrorism, such as the Christian Patriots and the Anti-Abortion Movement in the USA. Another focal point of the course will be interpreting the role and reaction of the mass media with careful analysis of the portrayal of each terrorist organization. This will lead to question the use of certain terminology —such as “freedom fighter” versus “terrorist” — and who determines and applies these terms. Finally students will propose a definition of terrorism and based on the information discussed in the course, determine whether the “war on terrorism” is the adequate answer from the government to this phenomenon. Documentaries will complement readings and final evaluation will be based on student participation, three academic papers and a class presentation.

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 UM 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 term

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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