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Introduction to Hispanic Cultures

SPA 113W

Introduction to Hispanic Cultures

SPA 113W

Course Description

Prerequisite: READING LEVEL 3 and WRITING LEVEL 3. Examines aspects of Hispanic cultures (Europe, the Americas, Africa, and the United States), Studies history, contributions in the areas of art, literature, and music, and the Hispanic presence in the United States. Course is conducted in English. Credit may be earned in SPA 101 or SPA 113W, but not both. (30-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Compare and contrast differences between one’s own culture and Hispanic cultures in a sensitive and informed manner.

Objectives:

  • Identify customs and traditions of Hispanic cultures that are both similar and different to the students’ culture.
  • Compare some of the cultural differences that exist between Hispanic cultures of different regions and the students’ culture.
  • Examine and explain one’s attitudes about Hispanic culture.

Describe the richness and diversity of Hispanic culture

Objectives:

  • Identify several Spanish-speaking countries and regions.
  • Describe various aspects of Hispanic culture as illustrated by the readings or visual media read or presented as part of this class.
  • Explain the social and historical context of Hispanic customs and traditions from a variety of historical periods.
  • Make connections between Hispanic culture in the classroom and the surrounding community.

Use writing to learn activities.

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write grammatically and coherently about the cultural aspects covered in the course.
  • Use appropriate electronic and print sources to gather information.
  • Analyze and use that information in written reports.
  • Formulate written responses to readings.