SPAN 4001 - Honours Latin American Culture
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code SPAN 4001 Course Honours Latin American Culture Coordinating Unit Spanish Studies Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact 2 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites Completed degree (72 units) including 24 units Spanish Studies Major or completed Diploma of Languages Restrictions Available only to students admitted to relevant Honours program Course Description The course represents advanced learning, scholarship and research in the area of Latin American Studies. It is the final stage of formal culture tuition in the Spanish language as well as extending students' knowledge and research skills in Latin American cultures, building on the learning and research capabilities gained in the Spanish Studies major. It focuses on skills of higher order spoken and written expression, through tasks such as literary analysis and academic writing exercises. It will also develop skills of textual analysis and documentary scholarship in relation to specific forms of cultural expression, such as literature, film and music.
Course Coordinator: Dr Sergio HolasNapier Building 807,
Phone: 8303 4744
Consultation Hours: TBA
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Course Learning OutcomesAfter successfully completing this course the student should be able to:
1. Comprehend the cognitive nature of artistic practices in Latin America;
2. Explore a wide range of diverse Latin American literary practices/discourses;
3. Better your interpretative competence in the target language;
4. In depth and critically discuss Latin American Literary texts;
5. Consolidate your communicative competence in the Spanish language;
6. Enhance his/her intercultural competence;
7. Reach an understanding of the diversity of ways in which Latin American artistic communities creatively decolonize;
8. Reach an understanding of the diversity of ways in which Latin American artistic communities represent themselves under processes of continuous colonization.
9. Understand the different loci of enunciation from which Latin American writers speak from as an expresion of situated knowledge;
10. Enhance your reading & writing skills in the Spanish language.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
3, 4, 8, 10
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
3, 5, 6, 7, 8
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
5, 6, 7, 8
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesLecturas obligatorias:
Bengoa, J., La emergencia indígena en América Latina. Santiago: Fondo de cultura económica. 2000. Leer pp. 11 – 85
Menchú Tum, R. & Liano, D., Li M’in, una niña de Chimel. Una fábula verdadera en la tierra de los mayas. Buenos Aires: Sudamericana. 2001
Menchú Tum, R., Rigoberta, Hacia una cultura de paz. Kaslamal pa ri itzil. Vivir en el bien. Buenos Aires: Lumen, 2002
Burgos, E. & Menchú Tum, R., Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú y así me nació la conciencia.
Sugerencias de lecturas de apoyo.
1. Menchú Tum, Rigoberta, “The Earth Holds Our Memory: Mayan Faith and Resistance” (pp. 83-86), in Butwell, Ann, Ogle, Kathy, Wright, Scott (eds.), The Globalization of Hope. Washington: EPICA, 1998.
2. Brittin, A. & Dworin, K., Rigoberta Menchú: “Los indígenas no nos quedamos como bichos aislados, inmunes, desde hace 500 años, no, nosotros hermos sido protagonistas de la historia.” Nuevo Texto Crítico 6 (11) 1993, pp. 207 - 222
3. Menchú Tum, Rigoberta, “The Quincentenary, a Question of Class, Not Race” (An interview), Latin American Perspectives, Issue 74, Vol. 19, No 3, Summer 1992, pp. 96-100.
4. Menchú Tum, R. and Committee of Campesino Unity, “Weaving Our Future: Campesino Struggles for Land”, in Sinclair, Minor (ed.), The New Politics of Survival: Grassroots Movements in Central America. New York: Monthly Review Press, Épica, 1995, pp. 47-72.
5. Arata, L., “The testimonial of Rigoberta Menchú in a native tradition”, en Carey-Webb, A. & Benz, S. (editors), Teaching and Testimony. Rigoberta Menchú and the North American Classroom. New York: State University of New York. 1996. 81-89
Recommended ResourcesGutierrez, M., Gente de la Tierra. Valparaíso: Sociedad de Escritores de Valparaíso. 1998
Lindstrom, Naomi (1998), Social Conscience of Latin American Writing. Austin: University of Texas.
Meyer, L., Maldonado Alvarado, B. (eds.), New World of Indigenous Resistance. San Francisco: City L:ights. 2010
Mignolo, Walter (2005), The Idea of Latin America. Oxford: Blackwell.
Quijano, Aníbal (1999), "Colonialidad del poder, cultura y conocimiento en América Latina", Dispositio, Vol. 24 (51), pp. 137 - 148.
Vázquez, Juan A., Literaturas indígenas de América. Barcelona: Azul.; 1999
Weatherford, J., El legado indígena. De cómo lops indios americanos transformaron el mundo. Santiago: Andrés Bello. 1988
Online Learninga. Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales. CLCSO.
A vast and up to date internet access point for research for Latin America. It has an updated library with most of the most important research in Spanish.
b. Latin American Network Information Center, University of Texas:
This is a vast internet access point of research based on countries, economy, education, government, media, culture, communication, science, and many other aspects. In English, Portuguese and Spanish.
c. Library of the Congress - Hispanic Reading Room:
The primary access point for research for the Caribbean, Latin America, Iberian, the indigenous cultures of those areas; and peoples throughout the world historically influenced by Luso-Hispanic heritage, including Latinos in the US, and peoples of Portuguese or Spanish heritage in Africa, Asia and Oceania.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is taught as a directed-reading exercise, in which the students will critically read a few books in Spanish on their own time and following a reading calendar agreed upon by both the lecturer and the student. Classes will consist of two-hour meetings per week, to discuss the books read and to analize different geopolitical components and situated loci of enunciation of the books.
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Assessment SummaryReportes escritos (500 palabras en español) ......................30%
Ensayo final (3500 wopalabras en español) .......................70%
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SubmissionThe submission of the first tasks will be in week six.
The second task must be submitted in week twelve of the semester.
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