Courses & Programs

Introduction to Latin American Cultures and Civilizations [C]

COURSE CODE: SPA 209

CREDITS: 3

PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101

Taught in English, this course explores Latin American cultures and civilizations from pre-Columbian times to the present. Emphasis will be on the diversity of the Amerindian, African and European cultures in Latin America, and it will include literary and artistic productions by these cultures. The curriculum will focus on several key concepts or events in Latin American culture, and it will explore these events through historical documents, literature, visual arts, cinema, music, and popular culture. Topics may include but are not limited to the effects of colonialism; issues of gender, race, and ethnicity in relation to the development of a cultural identity; the region's relationship with the United States and its effect on revolutions; economic and industrial development ; and immigration issues. Critical evaluation of these issues, along with an examination of students' own cultural experience, will foster a greater understanding of contemporary Latin America. In addition, students will gain a multicultural perspective that will prepare them for their professional lives as global citizens. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101