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With a focus on Mexican culture and literature students in this course will examine selected Aztec pre-hispanic texts in English translation, 16th Spanish century chronicles and 20 th Century Mexican short stories. This course is a fundamental component of the Spanish Summer School and is delivered in Spanish every summer at CEPE UNAM in Mexico. The reading materials are both in English and Spanish.
This course will be delivered during three weeks in the month of June 2018 (June 4th to June 22nd ). In this course in Mexico students will have the opportunity to have unique experiential learning opportunities as they will visit major important museums such as the National Museum of History, the Museum of Anthropology and major historical sites as the City of Teotihuacán and the city of Cuernavaca. Some of these institutions house collections from the cultural encounter between Europe and Latin America in the 16 th century, the colonial 17 th century, and the Independence era of the 18th century´s New Spain.
Term Exam 40%
Final Presentation 30%
Students will have a travel journal where they will document (in writing and pictures) all their visits to the museums and different historical sites. At the end of the class students will submit their Bitácoras for a final grade.
There will one major take home exam where students will have to answer questions about the selected readings in a critical way.
Each student will choose one text from the bibliography that will have to be analyzed to the audience. In this 20 minutes oral presentation students must cover the author´s biography, his sociocultural and political context and the analysis of the text including vocabulary and style.
There will be no make-up workshops, quizzes or exams. Also, please be advised any academic and disciplinary issues not addressed here, including cheating and plagiarism, will be resolved in accordance with the rules and regulations of Saint Mary’s University, as outlined in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar:
|Monday June 11th||Literature in Pre-Hispanic Mexico||CEPE UNAM||2p.m – 5p.m|
|Tuesday June 12th||Mayas, Olmecas, Aztecas||Museo Nacional de Antropología||2p.m – 5p.m|
|Wednesday June 13th||New Spain and the Independence Movement in Mexico||CEPE UNAM||2p.m – 5p.m|
|Thursday June 14th||17th Century New Spain||Museo de Historia Nacional||2p.m – 5p.m|
|Friday June 15th||Corridos and Popular Cultures in 20th Century Mexico||Tequila Museum with dinner at Salón Tenampa (Plaza Garibaldi)||5p.m – 8p.m|
|Saturday June 16th||Day visit to Teotihuacán (The ancient city of the Mexicas). Organized tour and lectures.||Teotihuacán||8a.m – 5p.m|
|Sunday June 17th||Day visit to Cuernavaca (Palacio de Cortéz and Muso Brady)||Cuernavaca||8a.m – 5p.m|
|Monday June 18th||Literature of the Mexican Revolution||CEPE UNAM||2p.m – 5p.m|
|Tuesday June 19th||History of the Mexican Revolution||The Mexican revolution Museum||2p.m – 5p.m|
|Wednesday June 20th||Rivera, Tamayo: Muralism and social literature||Palacio de Bellas Artes||2p.m – 5p.m|
|Thursday June 21st||Final presentations||CEPE UNAM||2p.m – 5p.m|
|Friday June 22nd||Mexican Women in Art (Painters and Writers)||Frida Kahlo Museum. Coyoacán||2p.m – 5p.m|
|Friday June 22nd||Dinner at Colonia Coyoacán||Coyoacán||2p.m – 5p.m|
|Monday June 25th||Final Exam Due at midnight to be sent by email||5p.m – 8p.m|
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