Myths and Legends from the Spanish-Speaking World (SPA2113.01)

Lena Retamoso Urbano

Students with little or no background in Spanish will learn the language through an immersion in the study of wide array of rural, urban, modern, and ancient folk tales from the Spanish-speaking world. An examination of Spanish and Latin American foundational narratives, as well as popular texts and cultural artifacts, will allow students to consider critically the diverse types of narratives and cultural values that these traditional stories portray. In the process of observing and discussing such intricate narratives, the course will introduce the material traditionally associated with introductory language courses: grammar, vocabulary, spoken and written practice, and reading and listening activities. As a result, in conjunction with learning about the cultures of Spain and Latin America and the representation of myths and legends, students will understand increasingly sophisticated textual input and be able to express themselves in increasingly complex scenarios. Introductory level. Conducted in Spanish.

Learning Outcomes:
• Develop skills in speaking, comprehending, reading, and writing basic Spanish
• Recognize cultural products and practices
• Observe elements of, and distinguish the complexity of, Spanish and Latin American cultures, art, and history
• Identify basic similarities and contrasts between myths and legends from different regions and eras of the Spanish-speaking world.
• Demonstrate a critical understanding of these myths and legends while discovering and exploring any resonances with the students’ own lived experiences

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Corequisites: Attendance at 2 CSL events.
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 5
M/W/Th 8:30AM - 9:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: 2000 , All courses , Five Credit , Fully In-Person , Spanish