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The role of a liberal arts education in shaping societal values has been a key battleground in the US culture wars of the past two decades. Influenced by the anti-colonial, anti-war and civil rights movements, many liberal arts disciplines have reshaped their fields of study. Three of the most prominent developments have been a reconsideration of the definitions and uses of truth in the humanities and social sciences, an emphasis on the ideological implications of studying cultures and values, and the inclusion of the voices and perspectives of many previously marginalized social groups. This course will employ the new model of cultural studies as it introduces students to the cultures of the Spanish -speaking world. Students will read and view texts from a wide variety of primary and secondary texts (literature, social sciences, painting, films, historiography, cultural theory) in order to explore the ways that Spain and Latin American countries have created myths of origin and have defined their national and ethnic identities at key moments of cultural transition.
Area of Knowledge and Inquiry: Culture and Values (CV) Context of Experience: World Cultures (WC) Extended Requirement: Not Applicable
Credits: 3 Prerequisites: eng 110 Existing Course: Existing Existing Course Number: 045 / 045w Course Anticipated to be offered: Every Spring Other (if specified): Number of Sections: 1 Number of Seats: 30/25 for w
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