The Spanish-Speaking World: Cultural Crossings

FallWinterSpring
Fall 2020
Winter 2021
Spring 2021
OlympiaStudy Abroad
Olympia +
study abroad option
Daytime
Day
Sophomore-Senior
Sophomore–Senior
Class Size: 50
16
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

Alice Nelson headshot.
Spanish language, Latin American studies
Catalina Ocampo
Spanish language, Latin American literature

Spain and Latin America share not only the Spanish language, but also an intertwined history arising from dynamic, sometimes violent encounters, shaped by uneven power relationships and vibrant resistance. In this program, students will engage in intensive Spanish language study and explore cultural production by Spaniards, Latin Americans, and US Latinxs in historical context. Each week includes seminars on readings in English, Spanish language classes, a lecture in Spanish, and a workshop or film. Writing assignments include seminar responses, synthesis essays, and some creative work. Note: Spanish language classes are integrated into the program—students do not have to register for them separately. We welcome students with any level of Spanish, from beginner to advanced.

Fall quarter will explore cultural encounters in Latin America prior to the 20th century. After a brief look at medieval Spain, we will examine violence against indigenous and Afrolatinx peoples during Spain's process of imperial expansion, its subsequent decline as an empire, and how colonial institutions were contested by diverse thinkers and social movements, concluding with Latin America's struggles for independence in the 19th century. 

Winter quarter will turn to the 20th and 21st centuries, considering multiple perspectives on iconic historical and cultural events.  We will explore some of the following: transitions to democracy in the contexts of authoritarianism, neoliberalism, resistance and memory in the Southern Cone; revolutionary movements, indigenous communities, and the challenges of peacemaking and social transformation in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Colombia, and Peru; and ways that intersectional feminist lenses complicate and enrich our understandings of the aforementioned contexts. In each case, we will explore the interrelationships between politics and cultural production, and how literature and the political imagination impact processes of social change. In winter, students may choose between a research project and community work. The research option allows students to investigate an area of interest, preferably connected to their spring quarter plans. The community work is intended to build cross-cultural skills.

Spring quarter offers two options for study abroad, and ongoing classes plus an internship option for those who stay on campus. The Santo Tomás, Nicaragua, option is coordinated with the Thurston-Santo Tomás Sister County Association and its counterpart in Nicaragua and is open to four to eight intermediate/advanced language students. The Mérida, Mexico option is coordinated with HABLA Language and Culture Center, and is open to 15 or more students of all language levels. For students staying in Olympia, the program will have an on-campus core of Spanish classes and seminars focused on Latinx communities in the U.S. and the opportunity for student-originated projects and/or internships. All classes during spring quarter, in Olympia and abroad, will be conducted entirely in Spanish. 

Study abroad:

Approximately $5000 (optional) in spring quarter for students who choose to do a 10-week study abroad in Mérida, México.

1.              Special Expenses: $3600   (Estimated expenses students will cover themselves to cover airfare, meals and activity expenses, and some in-country transportation and lodging)

2.              Required Student Fee: $1000    (Fee covers lodging, shared transport, and required activities)

3.              Administrative Fee:       $400    (Nonrefundable deposit to cover administrative costs of running study abroad)

OR 

Approximately $4000 (optional) in spring quarter for students who choose to do a 10-week study abroad in Santo Tomás, Nicaragua.

1.              Special Expenses: $2600   (Estimated expenses students will cover themselves to cover airfare, meals and activity expenses, and some in-country transportation and lodging)

2.              Required Student Fee: $1000    (Fee covers lodging, shared transport, and required activities)

3.              Administrative Fee:       $400    (Nonrefundable deposit to cover administrative costs of running study abroad)

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

Latin American and international studies, literary and cultural studies, Spanish language, politics, history, education, writing, and human and social services. 

16

Credits per quarter

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Fees:

$150 fee per quarter for field trips

Internship Opportunities:

Students remaining on campus spring quarter may intern with organizations serving local Latinx communities. Students must complete an in-program Internship Learning Contract in consultation with the faculty and Academic Advising. Please go to Individual Study for more information. 

Research Opportunities:

Winter and spring quarters offer possibilities for research projects (optional).

Sophomore-Senior
Class Standing: Sophomore–Senior
Class Size: 50
Daytime

Scheduled for: Day

Located in: Olympia

May be offered again in:

2022-23