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T HISP 238 Hispanics in the United States (5) I&S/VLPA
Provides overview of the diverse groups of people who are called "Hispanic" in the U.S., with emphasis on the significant cultural, political and economic influence that Hispanics have had on U.S. society. Examines literature, film, television shows, internet sites, popular magazines, music and folk art as forms of cultural expression, and discusses how they reflect and interact with political issues.
T HISP 267 Introduction to Chicano/a Literature (5) VLPA
Provides an introduction to chicano/a literature to understand the historical, social, and cultural contexts in which literary works were produced. Topics include issues of hybrid cultures(s), gendered and ethnic identities, social justice, and language in our analyses of novels, short stories, essays, poetry, and drama. No knowledge of Spanish required.
T HISP 277 Latin American Literature (5) VLPA
Introduction to Latin American literature in English translation, with emphasis on how literary texts reflect culture. Includes works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama from Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
T HISP 323 The Making of Mexico (5) I&S
Considers the principal historical, social, and cultural forces that have been at work in creating the Republic of Mexico. Examines the country's pre-Columbian past, the colonial era, the movement for independence, the Mexican Revolution, and the period of construction during the middle decades of the 20th century. Films, music, and slides supplement the lectures and discussions.
T HISP 325 Mexico: Problems and Perspectives (5) I&S
Examines Mexico's present-day predicament in the light of its past. Explores major current issues of overpopulation, unemployment, environmental pollution, education, and political pluralism by comparing them with Mexico's historic experiences. Incorporates sociological, economic, cultural, and political analysis in a historical context.
T HISP 355 Migration and the Translational Family in Latino Literature and Film (5) VLPA/I&S
Focuses on contemporary Latin American migration to the U.S. and transnational families in U.S. Latino texts and films. Topics include factors that perpetuate transnational migration, the personal impact of migration, and the consequent re-negotiation of gender, national, and ethnic identities. No knowledge of Spanish required.
T HISP 376 Latin American Film (5) VLPA
Examines the ways in which Latin American film reflects history, society, class, and gender issues. Develops understanding of film as an art form within a specific formal cultural context. Films in Spanish or Portuguese with English subtitles. No knowledge of Spanish required.
T HISP 377 Spanish Film (5) VLPA
Examines the ways in which Peninsular Spanish film reflects history, society, class, and gender issues. Develops understanding of film as an art form within a specific cultural context. Films in Spanish with English subtitles. No knowledge of Spanish required.
T HISP 378 The Magical Land: A Cultural Exploration of Latin America (5) VLPA
Focuses on Latin American history and culture, and is designed to help students improve written and oral communication skills as well as oral comprehension. Taught in Spanish
T HISP 390 Preparation for Study Abroad (1-5, max. 5) I&S/VLPA
Prepares students for extended study abroad experiences by examining the history, culture, politics, arts of the host country. Encourages reflection on and preparation for intercultural experience through a psycho-social lens.
T HISP 400 Afro-Hispanic Culture (5) VLPA
Uses literary texts in translation, film, music, and art as a basis for exploring the importance of Afro-Hispanic in the development of the cultural richness of Latin America. Focus on issues of race, gender, self-representation and nationalism from an interdisciplinary perspective.
T HISP 410 Caribbean Basin: Selected Topics (5) I&S
Covers selected themes concerning the region comprised of the Caribbean Islands, Central America, Venezuela, and Colombia. May be repeated for credit with instructor's approval.
T HISP 441 Mexican Cinema and Society (5) I&S/VLPA
Examines development of Mexican cinema in its historical and social context. Covers how films reflect history, society, class, and gender issues. Provides an understanding of Mexican culture, and of film as an art form. No knowledge of Spanish is required.
T HISP 461 Contemporary Mexican Culture (5) VLPA
Uses contemporary literary texts in translation, film, music, and art as a basis for exploring the ways Mexicans see themselves and the world around them. Focuses on class, race, and gender issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. Taught in English. Topics vary.
T HISP 462 Women in Latin America (5) I&S/VLPA
Uses memoirs, letters, histories, biographies, literary texts in translation, film, and music as a means of exploring the lives of women in Latin America. Examines a variety of gender issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. No knowledge of Spanish required.
T HISP 463 Contemporary Cuban Culture (5) VLPA
Examines contemporary Cuban literature in English translation, film, music, dance, and the visual arts in Cuba as a representation of cultural identity. Focuses on class, race, and gender issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. Includes work by Cubans on the island and in exile. No knowledge of Spanish required.
Instructor Course Description: Cynthia Duncan
T HISP 464 The Arts, Cultures, and History of Mexico (12) I&S/VLPA
Uses literature film, art, architecture, music, and history to explore the cultures of Central Mexico. Develops Spanish conversational skills through immersion experience in Mexico. Fieldwork, lectures, small group activities. Topics vary. Taught in English and Spanish.
T HISP 465 Latin American Visual Arts (5) VLPA
Uses visual art as a basis for exploring different cultural/historical issues in Latin America in the twentieth century. Focuses on issues of colonization, self-representation, nationalisms, globalizations, and cultural appropriation from an interdisciplinary perspective.
T HISP 476 Latin American Women Writers (5) VLPA
Examines novels, short stories, poetry, drama, and essays by contemporary Latin American women writers. Includes such themes as dictatorship, political and sexual repression, colonialism, racism, class issues, and the obstacles faced by women writers in a society where they are often considered second-class citizens.
T HISP 490 Contemporary Spanish Culture (5) VLPA Alcaide
Uses contemporary literary texts in translation, film, music, and art as a basis for exploring the way Spanish people construct their identity and relate to the outside world. Focuses on issues of gender, immigration, racism, terrorism and nationalisms form an interdisciplinary perspective. Taught in English.
T HISP 491 Society and Culture in Cuba (15) I&S/VLPA
Examines the history, culture, language, and politics of Cuba, as well as the psychological experiences and processes of living and studying abroad. Classes held at the University of Cienfuegos, Cuba.