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.
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Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- 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.
- Understand and be able to identify the major events of the broad outline of Latin-American history from 1826 to the present.
- Effectively identify and explain the major components of Latin-American culture.
- Explain the influence of Spain, Portugal, Africa, the U.S. and Native Americans on the culture of Latin America.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Papers (Week 3 and Week 7)
Final Exam (Week 15)
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
- One Latin-American film of students’ choice from list in chapter 12 of the text, available from Blockbuster, Netflix or your local library.
|Week||SLOs||Readings and Exercises||Assignment(s)|
Latin America Today
Modern Latin America
Spanish American Literature I
Spanish American Literature II
Spanish American Literature III
Latin-American Popular Culture I
Latin-American Popular Culture II
Latin-American Popular Culture III
Art and Architecture
Music and Theater
1, 3, 4
The Hispanic Immigrant Experience
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