Given in Spanish
Three semester hours towards the major and minor
Course description: This is a culture course taught in Spanish
in Spain. The course familiarizes the students with the history of the conflict
as well as the cultural products that reflect such issue in Spain between the traditional
or conservative forces and the progressive forces who wished to introduce new ideas
and modernization to the country. We will explore the roots of this conflictive
modernization beginning with the eighteenth Century. As we trace the history of
this dilemma between tradition and progress, students will try to answer the question
as to whether democratization after the death of Franco and integration in the European
Community has resolved the conflict of Spain. Students will immerse themselves in
Spanish language and culture while visiting historical and cultural sites in several
parts of the country. The family-stay in Alicante will increase language contact
and will improve understanding of family and other social structures.
Student responsibilities: Students are expected to attend all classes
and excursions, speak Spanish and participate meaningfully in class discussions.
To improve written skills, they will maintain a journal in Spanish. Finally, each
student will give a well prepared report about an assigned topic. There will be
written mid-term and final exams as well as announced or unannounced oral quizzes
along with the final written report.
Prequisites: Spanish 232, 241, 351, 356 or departmental permission.