Introduces Hispanic cultures throughout the globe, focusing on their histories, traditions, values, and characteristics. Also provides a survey of mainstream and minority Hispanic experiences as documented through art, literature, music, and film. Conducted in English. Does not fulfill program requirements for a language course.
Goals, Topics, and Objectives
SPN-130 is designed to increase students’ knowledge of a variety of Hispanic cultures, including minority and underrepresented communities, and their roles within global society.
- Geography of the Spanish-speaking world
- History of the Spanish-speaking world
- Contemporary issues of Hispanic communities
- Diversity within the Spanish-speaking world
- Contributions of Spanish speakers
- Critical analysis of Hispanic Culture artifacts
- Identify a variety of Spanish-speaking countries and their main characteristics
- Explain the causes and effects of significant historical events in the Spanish-speaking world
- Demonstrate knowledge of the contemporary issues that impact Spanish-speaking populations and communities
- Describe the richness and diversity of worldwide Hispanic communities, giving specific examples to illustrate cultural, ethnic, and linguistic differences
- Identify significant contributions of Spanish speakers to global society
- Synthesize multiple sources of information on a topic to form an argument
Assessment and Requirements
Assessment of academic achievement will be identified and implemented by the class instructor. Methods will include, but not be limited to:
- Weekly/regular quizzes
- Homework assignments
- Chapter/unit tests
- Written papers, oral presentations, and/or projects
- Midterm/final exam
Note: A grade of C- is not transferable and is not accepted by some programs at HFC.
All sections of this level will use a textbook (and any accompanying materials) selected by the course coordinator and approved by the World Languages Committee.