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IDS 105: Latin American Culture

Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the popular culture of Latin America as it has developed since the region’s independence from Spain and Portugal in 1826. The material will be presented in an historical context.

Prerequisite

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Define, in a non-subjective way, the terms “culture” “popular culture” and “Latin America” as well as the various terms used to describe its inhabitants.
  2. Understand and be able to identify the major events of the broad outline of Latin-American history from 1826 to the present.
  3. Effectively identify and explain the major components of Latin-American culture.
  4. Explain the influence of Spain, Portugal, Africa, the U.S. and Native Americans on the culture of Latin America.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignment(s)Weight

Discussions (Weekly)

30%

Homework (Weekly)

20%

Papers (Week 3 and Week 7)

40%

Final Exam (Week 15)

10%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak’s online bookstore

  • John King, The Cambridge Companion to Modern Latin-American Culture, Cambridge University Press, 2004. ISBN: 978-0521636513
  • Chasteen John. Born in Blood and Fire; A Concise History of Latin America. 3rd ed. W.W. Norton, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-393-91154-1
  • Laura Esquivil, Like Water for Chocolate, Anchor, 1995. ISBN-10: 038542017X
  • Esmeralda Santiago, When I was Puerto Rican, Da Capo Press, 2006. ISBN: 978-0306814525

Additional Resources

  • One Latin-American film of students’ choice from list in chapter 12 of the text, available from Blockbuster, Netflix or your local library.

Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignment(s)

1

1, 2

Latin America Today

  • Chasteen, Introduction and Chapter 1
  • King, Introduction
  • Latin America, Colonial Overview
  • Chasteen, Chpts 2, 3, 4
  • King, Chapter 1
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review PowerPoint® presentation
  • Answer Homework questions

2

2

Modern Latin America

  • Chasteen, Chapters 5, 6
  • King, Chapter 2 (optional)
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Answer Homework questions
  • Review the Lecture material

3

2

Spanish American Literature I

  • King, Chapter 3
  • Documents: Sarmiento, Civilization and Barbarism (selections); Bolivar, Congress of Angostura Speech, Marti, Our America (selections), Rodo, Ariel (selections)
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • View PowerPoint® presentation
  • Answer Homework questions

4

1, 3

Spanish American Literature II

  • King, Chapter 4
  • Documents: Matto de Turner, Torn from the Nest (selections); Garcia Marques, One Hundred Years of Solitude, (selections)
  • Read assigned chapters and documents
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review Lecture material
  • Answer Homework questions

5

1, 3

Spanish American Literature III

  • King, Chapter 5
  • Chasteen, Chpts, 7, 8, 9
  • Esquivil, Like Water for Chocolate
  • Read assigned chapters and book
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Answer Homework questions
  • Write short paper #1

6

1, 3

Brazilian Literature

  • Latin-American Poetry
  • King, Chapters 6 and 7
  • Ruebn Dario, Selections, Pablo Neruda, Selections
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review lecture material
  • Answer Homework questions

7

1, 4

Latin-American Popular Culture I

  • King, Chapter 8
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Answer Homework Questions

8

1, 4

Latin-American Popular Culture II

  • Chapter by J. Pillcher, “Cookbooks and Identity” in Beezeley and Nagy, Latin-American Popular Culture
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Answer Homework Questions
  • Review Lecture material

9

3, 4

Latin-American Popular Culture III

  • Introduction, Sport in Latin America and the Caribbean, Arbena and LaFrance
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in Discussion
  • Answer homework Questions
  • Review Lecture Material

10

3, 4

Art and Architecture

  • Read King, Chapter 9
  • View PowerPoint® presentation
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Visit Diego Rivera Museum
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Answer Homework Questions

11

3, 4

Music and Theater

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Listen to music and corridos
  • Review Lecture Material
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Answer homework questions

12

3, 4

Cinema

  • Read King, Chapter 12
  • View video of your choice
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Answer homework questions
  • Write second short paper
  • Participate in discussion
  • Review lecture material

13

1, 3, 4

Hispanic USA

  • Read King, Chapter 13
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Answer homework questions
  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in discussion

14

1, 2

The Hispanic Immigrant Experience

  • Read When I was Puerto Rican
  • Reading assigned document
  • Answer homework questions
  • Participate in discussion
  • Prepare for Final Exam

15

FINAL EXAM
SLOs - All

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