SPANISH 342 - Introduction to Contemporary Latin American Culture
Section: 002
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Spanish (SPANISH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Enforced Prerequisites:
SPANISH 275, 276, or SPANISH 277; or SPANISH 278 (or 290) or AMCULT 224 or LATINOAM 224; or RCLANG 324.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course introduces to the most relevant issues that define contemporary Latin American culture. Cultural production is context-dependent and Latin America is a very heterogeneous region, full of contrasts and contradictions, for which reason we may talk in terms of cultures.

The term culture, moreover, includes a vast array of elements pertaining both to the so-called “high culture” (literature and fine arts) and “low culture” (popular and folkloric expressions), as well as religion and customary practices. As such, the course will problematize the very notion of culture and the hierarchies it implies, while providing the general historical and political coordinates in order to contextualize the themes considered.

Students will become familiar with cultural patterns and different socio-political contexts, basic specific vocabulary of Latin American cultural studies, as well as with the conceptual and critical tools in order to discuss the material of the course.

This course counts as elective credit for the Spanish minor.

Class Format:

The course favors a multi-disciplinary approach and the active role of the students. We will use a different kind of materials including literary texts, essays, and audiovisual aids. Class discussions will be encouraged.

SPANISH 342 - Introduction to Contemporary Latin American Culture
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001 (REC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (REC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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