RCLANG 324 - Readings in Spanish
Section: 001 Travel and Movement: Exploring Cultural Landscapes and the Self
Term: FA 2018
Subject: RC Languages (RCLANG)
Department: LSA Residential College
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Proficiency test.
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Why are we seduced by the idea of travelling to other places? What do we discover about others and about ourselves in the process? What does the encounter with new landscapes, contexts and societies evoke in us? Journeys have been an intrinsic part of human history: a desire or a need for movement that takes us to new spaces by crossing geopolitical and psychological borders, and allows us to translate ideas and experiences throughout different societies, communities and languages. This course explores maps along with sociological, literary and visual narratives from Spain and Latin America that inquire into the meaning of the journey in its search for and encounter with differences, similarities and reciprocity or ‘contamination’ among cultures. The course also delves into the processes of adaptation, rootedness, and displacement generated by immigration and exile as well as adventure and curiosity. We will eventually aim to discuss the power of journeys to facilitate our understanding of the places we inhabit and ourselves.

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 is open to all UM students but priority is given to RC students who have successfully passed the Spanish Proficiency Exam the previous term and RC students who take a second or third Readings. Students who have completed SPA 277 by permission of instructor.

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
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (SEM)
3RC Ugrd
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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