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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

HISP-S 324: Intro to the Study of Hispanic Cultures
Professor Mejiaz-Lopez*
Section 7313 MW 11:15am-12:30pm GA 0009


This course offers an introduction to the cultural history of Spain and Latin America. Learning about the historical formation of these regions and their people and how a wide variety of civilizations and cultures have marked their ways of life, cultural production and identities will provide students a necessary background to attain a more complex understanding of what today we generally, and too broadly, call Hispanic cultures.

This course aims to provide students with the vocabulary and conceptual tools for cultural analysis, improve their oral and written expression in Spanish taking them to the next level, and help them develop better critical thinking skills. The linguistic and analytical tools that students learn in this course will prepare them for more advanced classes in Hispanic literatures and cultures, for study abroad, and for their professional development.

Through the analysis of both written texts and visual culture (fine arts, photography, film, etc.), the course will look at the Iberian Peninsula from the Roman and Muslim empires to the political construction of Spain as a political unit under the Catholic religion and its imperial expansion across the Atlantic. We will also learn about the American empires and civilizations (Maya, Aztec, Inca) prior to the arrival of Columbus and the radical social, cultural, ethnic, and political transformation that the Americas suffered after the conquest. We will study the period of Independence and formation of modern but contested nations on both sides of the Atlantic, the rise of US and northern European imperialism and its influence in the South, paying attention to the extraordinarily original and influential cultural manifestations produced in two centuries of political upheavals across Latin America, Spain and the US.

*Note: This course carries CASE A&H and CASE GCC distribution credit.
*Note: This class open to Hutton Honors students only.

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