SP311 Culture & Civilization of Spain

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SP 311 Culture & Civilization of Spain


SP 2013 HO


Byer, Silvia


Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Program Coordinator


Ph. D. Romance Languages and Literatures - UNC Chapel Hill
MA Romance Languages and Literatures - UNC Chapel Hill
MA Equivalent Laurea in English - University of Turin - Italy

Office Location

Copley 216

Office Hours

T-Th 10:00-12:00

Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

Jan 14 - May 6

Class Days


Class Time




Credit Hours


Culturas de España. Carmen Pereira-Muro 2003.

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Course Description:
SP 311 Culture and Civilization of Spain: Further development of written and spoken Spanish through the study of the culture and civilization of Spain. This course is taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: SP202 

Educational Philosophy:
My goal is to facilitate learning for both students and the instructor.  Within this framework I demand preparation and participation, encourage discussion and respect for ideas, support student efforts to improve skills and enhance knowledge, challenge students’ thinking and expect them to question mine.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe a chronological history of the different cultures that have occupied the Iberian Peninsula and their contributions to contemporary Spanish culture and life.
  2. Discuss the history and achievements of the Arabic occupation from 711-1942 and its impact on modern Spanish culture.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the religious, cultural and economic forces that played themselves out in the Conquest and the occupation of the Americas.
  4. Analyze primary documents for discussion of historical events.
  5. Describe and discuss contemporary issues in Spain such as its role in the European Community, current economic challenges and success, the role of religion in the Spanish State, the changing status of women, and other topical issues covered in the course.

Core Assessment:

Exams, essays, class discussions, oral and written assignments and Core Project.

ยท    *Core Project:  Research write and present orally in Spanish a 10-12 page paper on a contemporary issue discussed in class; include a comprehensive bibliography.

Class Assessment:

Exams, essays, class discussions, oral and written assignments and Core Project.
Core Project:  Research write and present orally in Spanish a 10-12 page paper on a contemporary issue discussed in class; include a comprehensive bibliography.



20% Attendance, and class participation

20% Presentation

40 % Exams (Midterm and Final)

20%   Final Paper


A =   100 - 90               C = 79 - 70      

B =    89 - 80                D = 69 -60                    F = below 60

Late Submission of Course Materials:
No late work is accepted

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

CLASS PARTICIPATION: Learning requires your active involvement. Involvement is possible only when you have prepared your assigned materials carefully. Therefore, attendance and class participation are obligatory for all class meetings. Your class participation grade will be determined by daily attendance, preparation for class and by your active role in class meetings. Active participation means consistently speaking Spanish in the classroom, contributing significantly to group work, and volunteering as much as possible without dominating the class

PREPARATION FOR CLASSStudents are expected to prepare for class before coming to class. Language acquisition is a skill you must practice daily. Students are always welcome and advised to discuss any question related to the language and course material during an arranged appointment. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

· Week 1


Class introduction/Syllabus & Expectations

Week 2

La Formación de España 

La España Medieval

Week 3

Salida al Museo Nelson - Picasso

La España Medieval

Week 4

Conversacíon en clase

Hacia la Unidad

Week 5

Hacia la Unidad/Preparación para la Feria

Hacia la Unidad Preparación para la Feria

Week 6

Modern Language Fair

Hacia la Unidad

Week 7

El Império Español

El Império Español

Week 8

El Imperio Español/conversación en clase

Examen Mid-Term

Week 9

Spring Break

Spring Break

Week 10

Salida al restaurante Español

El siglo XVII

Week 11

El siglo XVII

El siglo XVIII- presentado por un estudiante

Week 12

 El siglo XVIII-presentado por un estudiante

El siglo XIX –presentado por un estudiante

Week 13

presentado por un estudiante

El siglo XIX -  presentado por un estudiante

Week 14

El siglo XX al siglo XXI

El siglo XX al siglo XXI

Week 15

Exam II


Week 16



Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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