Intro to Spanish Culture
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  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 42.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Fall 2012
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Cross College Courses
Program Coordinator(s): Sherri Steele
Course Leader or Contact: Geazul Olivares Viniegra
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: N/A

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
This course is designed to introduce students to one of the world's richest cultures, through an investigation of important geographic, historical, economic and cultural aspects of Spanish-speaking countries. Through in-class and research activities, students examine similarities and differences among these countries, and acquire greater insight into the variations that exist in Spanish culture to expand the student's understanding. The course provides opportunities to develop the broader understanding necessary for effective intercultural interaction.

Program Context

Cross College Courses Program Coordinator: Sherri Steele
This course is part of the General Education curriculum which is designed to contribute to the development of the students' consciousness of the diversity, complexity, and richness of the human experience; their ability to establish meaning through this consciousness; and, as a result, their ability to contribute thoughtfully, creatively, and positively to the society in which they live and work. General Education courses strengthen students' generic skills, such as critical analysis, problem solving, and communication, in the context of an exploration of topics with broad-based personal and/or societal importance.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

 Critical Performance
By the end of the course, students will have demonstrated the ability 
to analyze cultural, historical, geographic and economic aspects of 
Spanish-speaking countries.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, students will have demonstrated the ability 

1. Compare some of the key aspects of Hispanic culture around the    
2. Discuss the similarities and differences that exist between   
   traditional and contemporary culture in Latin America.
3. Compare major holidays, celebrations and popular traditions in the 
4. Explain why the work of specific Hispanic artists, musicians,   
   architects and writers is celebrated.
5. Analyze the key themes of films shown in class, placing them in   
   appropriate historical context. 
6. Discuss some of the economic problems confronting leaders in Latin 
7. Evaluate the importance of oil in Venezuela's economy 
8. Explain the historical significance of the Conquest to the  
   survival and development of the people of Latin America.
9. Explain some approaches for establishing relationships with people 
   of Spanish culture through directed research of their social  
10.Create a PowerPoint presentation for one of the Spanish-speaking  
   countries that demonstrates understanding of this culture, values, 
   traditions, art, economy, etc. 
11.Analyze the history, art, traditions, economy and culture of a   
   specific Spanish-speaking country using a well-organized  
   PowerPoint presentation. 

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

In-Class Activities 		         25%
Quizzes	(2@5%)			         10%
Cultural Research Project and Report       15%
Oral / Power Point Presentation            10%
Exams (2@20%)				 40%

Assignment and Test Expectations:

-For the Cultural Research Project and Report, the students must 
submit written assignments at least two weeks before they deliver 
their presentations. At the end of each presentation there will be a 
quiz about the topics presented. The Final Exam will contain 
questions about the information covered in the Cultural Research 

-The professor reserves the right to modify assignment requirements 
should student progress, illness or other circumstances require. 
Students are responsible for keeping copies of all assignments and 
electronic responses. All assignments must be typed.

To encourage behaviours that will help students to be successful in 
the workplace and to ensure that students receive credit for their 
individual work, the following rules apply to every course offered 
within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.  
1. Students are responsible for staying abreast of test dates and 
   times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for 
   submitting assignments and projects as supplied to the class by 
   the professor.
2. Students must write all tests at the specified times. Missed 
   tests, in-class activities, assignments and presentations are 
   awarded a mark of zero.  If an extension or make-up opportunity 
   approved by the professor as outlined below, the mark of zero may 
   be revised by subsequent performance.  The penalty for late 
   submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up 
   to five business days (excluding weekends and statutory 
   after which, a grade of zero is assigned. Business days include 
   any day that the college is open for business, whether the 
   has scheduled classes that day or not.  
3. Students, who miss a test or in-class activity or assignment or 
   fail to submit an assignment on time due to exceptional 
   circumstances, are required to notify their professor in advance 
   of the class whenever possible.  A make-up test may be supplied 
   for students who provide an acceptable explanation of their 
   absence and/or acceptable documentation explaining their absence
   (e.g., a medical certificate). All make-up tests are to be 
   at a time and place specified by the professor upon the 
   return. Alternately, students may be given an opportunity to earn 
   the associated marks by having a subsequent test count for the 
   additional marks. Exceptional circumstances may result in a 
   modification of due dates for assignments.
4. Unless otherwise specified, assignments and projects must be
   submitted at the beginning of class. 
5. Students must complete every assignment as an individual effort
   unless, the professor specifies otherwise.
6. Since there may be instances of grade appeal or questions 
   regarding the timely completion of assignments and/or extent of
   individual effort, etc., students are strongly advised to keep, 
   and make available to their professor, if requested, a copy of 
   assignments and working notes until the course grade has been 
7. There will be no resubmission of work unless this has been 
   previously agreed to or suggested by the professor. 
8. Students must submit all assignments in courses with practical 
   and field components in order to pass the course.
Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

X Communication   Critical Thinking & Problem Solving X Interpersonal
  Numeracy   Information Management X Personal

Notes: N/A

General Education
This General Education course relates to the following themes as specified by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

  Arts In Society   Civic Life
X Social and Cultural Understanding   Science and Technology
  Personal Understanding    

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) : Office of the Registrar

Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

Challenge Exam Portfolio Interview Other Not Eligible for PLAR
X X X    

Notes:  N/A

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Effective term: Fall 2012
Professor: Multiple Professors
-"Introduction to Latin Culture" - Coursepack from Grenville - 
- Additional material provided by Instructor

Applicable student group(s): Cross-College General Education . . . . . INSTRUCTORS: G. Olivares-Viniegra
Course Details:
Week 1
-General overview of course
-Evaluation plan
-Students introductions 
-Spanish speaking countries around the world and some of their 
historical and cultural differences. 
In Class activity: Complete page 5 and submit for the following class.
Week 2
-The Three Americas
-The seasons in North and South America
In Class activity: Complete page 16.
- Main pre-Hispanic cultures Aztecs, Mayan and Incas.
In Class group activity: Complete page 36.
Week 3
-Christmas: Latin American vs. Canadian
-Day of the Death in México
In Class activity: Complete the activity on page 47.
-Myths and Legends
Week 4
-Myths and Legends continued
-Traditions continued
In Class activities: Complete the activity on page 58 and 63.
-Quiz 1
-Color and Folk typical dresses accordingly with regions
-In group of two select your topic for your mini presentation next 
class. Instructions are in page 97
Week 5
-Latin America¿s Food
In Class activities: Complete the activity on page 73.
-Mini presentations topics: Painters, Music, Architecture, Food, 
Pottery and Basketry.
Week 6
-Mini presentations continued
-Art in modern times: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo Fernando Botero, 
Salvador Dalí Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Clemente Orozco, Octavio Paz, Jorge 
González Camarena, and others.
-Architecture in modern times: Antonio Gaudi, Pedro Ramirez Vazquez, 
Augusto Alvarez, and others. 
-Review for M.T.E.
-Pick your team for your Culminating Project 
-Select your topic for your culminating project
Week 7
-Stop, start and continue
-Planning research project presentation
Week 8
Hand in your Written Project
-Latin family structure and naming customs
-In Class activities: Complete the activity on page 112-113.
Week 9
-Review on ¿Family Tree¿
-The economic basis of Latin American countries.
-While watching the film ¿The Motorcycle Diaries¿. 
-In Class activities: Complete and submit at the end of class the 
activity on page 118-119.
Week 10
-Quiz 2
-Project presentation and peer evaluation.
- In Class activities: Complete the activity on page 136-138.
Week 11
-Project presentation and peer evaluation.
- In Class activities: Complete the activity on page 136-138.
Week 12
-Types of government found in Latin American countries
Week 13
- Final Exam review 
Week 14

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Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

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