LATIN AMERICA TODAY

SPA3LAT

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This unit is an introduction to the historical, social and cultural realities of Latin America through a number of case studies. It focuses on such topics as relations between Latin American countries and Europe, their representation in the press, and on issues of class, race and gender. In relation to these facets of Latin America, a range of written and audio-visual material is studied.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLaura Tolton Seabra

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites SPA2004 or SPA2006 or SPA2010 or equivalent All other students need only 60 points at 1st year level to enrol in this subject as an elective

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsContemporary Latin American Cultural Studies (2003)RecommendedS. Hart and R. Young (eds.)tba
ReadingsGénero y cultura en América Latina(1998)RecommendedM.L.Tarrés Barraza (coord.)tba
ReadingsLa sierra [videorecording] (2005)RecommendedtbaFILMS TRANSIT INTERNATIONAL
ReadingsMujeres y cine en América Latina (2004)RecommendedP.Torres San Martín (coord.)tba
ReadingsEstudios culturales y cuestiones globales : Latinoamérica en la coyuntura transnacional (2005)PreliminaryC. Castillón, C. Santibáñez y M. Zimmerman (coords)tba

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Ability to communicate in written, educated Spanish; ability to report and summarise arguments presented in the press.

Activities:
Reviews of assigned readings; essay.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)

02. Ability to negotiate differences in cultural values between Australians and other citizens of a globalised world.

Activities:
Learning to read critically and to participate in discussions about different political and social environments in Latin American countries vs European, Australian or North American ones.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)

03. Ability to participate in class discussions using appropriate register of Spanish

Activities:
Class participation and discussion of assigned readings
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)

04. Ability to understand different cultural realities in a globalised society

Activities:
Learning to think critically and to express opinions about different political and social environments in Latin American countries.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)

05. Ability to work in pairs or small groups

Activities:
Class participation and discussion of reading
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)

06. Applying critical and analytical skills to the discussion ofcultural, historical and social topics relating to Latin America

Activities:
Critical reading and discussion of press and scholarly articles, as well as of documentaries and (occasionally) feature films
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

07. Critical engagement and development of arguments around a diverse range of issues in contemporary society

Activities:
Discussing, researching, writing about and doing oral presentations on a range of topics relating to Latin America
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

08. Engage in innovative thinking and independent research

Activities:
Research in local Latin American press materials and research for essays and oral presentations
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

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