Course Content and Outcome Guide for SPA 260A
- Posted by:
- Maribel Pinyas
- Course Number:
- SPA 260A
- Course Title:
- Hispanic Culture
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Course DescriptionIntroduces Hispanic culture though reading, conversation and writing. Focuses on specific regions and topics (subtitled in the schedule). Conducted in Spanish or English (subtitled in the schedule). Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Addendum to Course Description
Students taking second year Spanish may simultaneously take this culture course with the instructor's permission.
The objectives of this course are threefold. One, to learn about the culture of an specific region, and/or topical cultural focus, from a historic perspective, and in so doing, more objectively understand the world we live in. Third, the students will improve proficiency in Spanish by enriching vocabulary and syntax.
A generally sound foundation in grammar and vocabulary is assumed. Grammar will not be the subject of this course. Spanish will be used in the classroom at all times. Students should plan on two hours of outside work for each class session.
Intended Outcomes for the course
At the completion of SPA 260A the students will be able to do the following:
- Recognize cultural and social perspectives and contributions as related to the region or topic of focus, based on a deepened understanding of themes such as Hispanic history, ecology, society and politics.
- Use critical thinking skills to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products, practices and perspectives of the culture(s) studied.
- Identify culturally-grounded assumptions of one’s own and apply a basic understanding of the Hispanic culture(s) of focus.
- Analyze historical and cultural works as related to the region or topic of focus (works include but are not limited to literature, film, art, dance, music, language, philosophy, religion).
- Apply cultural understandings learned in class effectively in authentic interactions with the Hispanic community.
- Enhance intercultural skills through the practice of self-appraisal and examination of one’s personal beliefs in comparison to the beliefs of others.
Course Activities and Design
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Regular attendance
- Discussion in class
- Presentations individually and/or in groups
- Written essays assigned outside of class or in-class
- Written quizzes in-class and/or oral evaluations
- Optional: Student portafolio
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
General overview of the following: