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The New Spain: A Magnet for Immigrants
SPAN 262
Spring 2011 not offered
Crosslisting: IBST 262

Although the movement of peoples has continually reshaped Spanish identity for millenia, since the 1990s Spain has undergone a particularly marked transformation as a result of the massive influx of immigrants. Indeed, Spain now has (proportionally) the largest immigrant population in the world after the U.S. This large-scale (and growing) presence of immigrants and the profound social changes that follow from it are the demographic and social face of the most salient national and international tensions affecting Spanish society today. If the Spain of the Civil War and the Franco regmine is the Spain of the past, the Spain of immigration is the Spain of the future. This course studies the phenomenon of immigration through diverse cultural representations (narrative, film, comics, and journalism), emphasizing such aspects as the social and political discourse about immigration, exclusion, difference, racism, gender, spatial segregation, agency, power, and national identity.

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Through the study of literature and film, this course evaluates meaningful cultural products in an artistic medium in order to understand the Spanish culture as a different cultural formation. The study of the Spanish language is essential to understand and respect another point of view, and also to locate these cultural formations in the wider social and historical context of these last years in Spain.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA SPAN
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RMST)

Last Updated on APR-23-2024
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