Spanish 303: Introduction to Cultural Studies


Course Overview:

This course is an introduction to ideologies and political debates that shape the cultural configuration of Hispanic communities both within and outside the US Borders. The main goal is to explore and examine critically how particular discourses (within different genres and media) relate to politics, art, culture, and society. Articles, literary texts, films, web sites, etc. will serve as resources. As students engage with cultural studies and intercultural frameworks, it is expected that they achieve discursive complexity and linguistic accuracy through vocabulary development, group and individual presentations, spoken recordings, and writing projects. The course is designed to prepare the student to use his/her language to discuss a range of issues from the everyday to the abstract. Students are expected to enter this course with a high intermediate level of proficiency.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Analyze and evaluate different cultural processes in the Hispanic world within a cultural studies theoretical framework
  • Apply intercultural competence frameworks to cultural processes
  • Expand vocabulary and terminology associated with course content
  • Reinforce and improve accuracy and fluency of spoken and written Spanish
  • Develop presentational skills, interpersonal skills and problem-solving skills through group and individual projects
  • Develop abstract level discourse
  • Make meaning of complex information
  • Expand critical thinking skills
  • Develop research skills
  • Evaluate and discern among different perspectives
  • Ability to engage difference