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SPAN 338

Trans-Atlantic Cultural Topics

Cultural history of Spain and Spanish America from the 16th century to the 21st century. Explores trans-Atlantic dimensions of Spanish and Spanish American cultures and the elements that have shaped those societies and their cultural traditions during the periods studied. Formerly offered as SPAN 331.

Requisites: Prerequisite, SPAN 261 or 267.
Gen Ed: GL.

Spring 2023: Trans-Atlantic Cultural Topics: The making (and unmaking) of the Spanish Empire

Instructor: Prof. Hélène de Fays

This course is an in-depth look at the history and cultures of Spain and Spanish America from the time of the Spanish Conquest in the sixteenth century until the beginning of the twentieth century. Over the semester, the student will become familiar with the political, economic, and social events, as well as the cultural traditions that have marked the societies that formed the Empire. They will explore the circumstances that allowed for the conquest of America by the Spaniards in the first place, the social, political, and economic foundations upon which the Spanish built and later administered the empire, the cultural movements and processes that took place in its various regions that gave them each a distinct identity, as well as the factors that lead to its decline and eventual unmaking. The various course materials (readings, films, artifacts, etc.) and the activities in which the student participates will invite reflection on the motivation for and consequences of the colonization of Spanish America, as well as promote a critical debate about the legacy of some of the institutions that date back to the Empire.

Fall2022: Trans-Atlantic Cultural Topics: The Cultures and Civilizations of pre-Columbian Spain and Spanish America

Instructor: Prof. Hélène de Fays

This course is an introduction to the history, cultures and societies of pre-Columbian Spain and Spanish America. Over the semester, the student will become familiar with the history and traditions of the various groups whose cultures form the basis for what we know today as the Hispanic world: Romans, Visigoths, Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Spain; Mayas, Aztecs, and Incas in pre-Columbian America. The course will give the student a better understanding of the conditions in which these cultures appeared and developed, the events that led to their growth, and the belief systems that shaped their societies. The student will explore the importance of a group’s worldview in determining its defining characteristics as a society (social, political, and economic structures) and influencing its creative and artistic production (literature, art, architecture, etc.). The various course materials (readings, films, artifacts, etc.) and the activities in which the student participates will invite reflection on the similarities and differences between ancient cultures and civilizations, as well as promote a critical debate about the student’s own culture and worldview.

Prerequisite: SPAN 261 or 267

Spring 2022: Trans-Atlantic Cultural Topics: Podcasting: new narratives of the Hispanic world

Instructor: Prof. Paola Cadena Pardo

This course is a panoramic and transatlantic approach to the Hispanic world through audio narratives produced in Latin America and Spain (narrative podcast). It is divided into six units which include history, diversity and culture, migrations, societies and politics, and biographical experiences. The course will provide the students with a better understanding of the history, struggles, politics and believes in which these cultures and societies are founded through individual narratives immersed in a specific historical and social moments and circumstances. The various course materials (podcast and readings) and the projects and activities will promote the student’s critical thinking in front of variety of social and cultural contexts, engaging them in a reflection on the similarities and differences between different countries, cultures and societies, including their own.

Prerequisite: SPAN 261 or SPAN 267

Fall 2020:Cultures and Civilizations of the Pre-Colombian Spain and Spanish America

This course is an introduction to the history, cultures and societies of pre-Columbian Spain and Spanish America. Over the semester, the student will become familiar with the history and traditions of the various groups whose cultures form the basis for what we know today as the Hispanic world: Romans, Visigoths, Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Spain; Mayas, Aztecs, and Incas in pre-Columbian America. The course will give the student a better understanding of the conditions in which these cultures appeared and developed, the events that led to their growth, and the belief systems that shaped their societies. The student will explore the importance of a group’s worldview in determining its defining characteristics as a society (social, political and economic structures) and influencing its creative and artistic production (literature, art, architecture, etc.). The various course materials (readings, films, artifacts, etc.) and the activities in which the student participates will invite reflection on the similarities and differences between ancient cultures and civilizations, as well as promote a critical debate about the student’s own culture and worldview.

Spanish Undergraduate Advising Team

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Gosia Lee
Hispanic Literatures & Cultures Major, Hispanic Studies Minor Advisor
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Martha Ruiz-Garcia
Hispanic Linguistics Major Advisor
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Hélène de Fays
Interim Spanish Translation & Interpreting Minor Advisor
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Elizabeth Bruno
Spanish Minor for the Professions
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Sheena Melton
Undergraduate Student Services Specialist