1 Page 1 of 7 Pittsburg State University College of Arts and Sciences Department of Modern Languages and Literatures WF 2013 Course Number and Title: MLL Readings in Hispanic Literature and Civilization I Department: Modern Languages and Literatures Credit Hours: 3 Pre-requisite: MLL 252 and MLL 254 Co-requisite: MLL 356 Spanish Conversation II Meets: Grubbs Hall :15 TTH Course Delivery Method: In person (not online, not hybrid) Faculty Member Eric Rojas. PhD. Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Modern Languages and Literatures Office: 412 Grubbs Hall Office Hours: 12-1 & 2-3 MWF, & 12:15-1:15 TTH or by appointment Telephone: Textbook: Fuentes: Lectura y redacción, 4th ed. (2011) Recommended: Spanish-Spanish Dictionary and/or Spanish-English Dictionary Course Description (Content of Course): For students with some previous coursework who wish to increase their skills in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and culture. The textbook uses an integrated skills approach to intermediate Spanish that develops both receptive and productive skills simultaneously. The primary objectives of this course are to help students perfect their ability to read in Spanish and to expand their knowledge of Hispanic cultures and societies. Major Topics: This course examines Hispanic culture and Culture. Topics include what it means to be Hispanic, Spain as a crossroads of cultures, the indigenous peoples of the Americas, African contributions to the Caribbean peoples, Latinos in the United States, dictatorship and democracy, the ecological crisis, Latin American economies, and art and identity in the Spanish-speaking world. Readings include informative articles, short stories, and poems. Discussions on music, popular film, and paintings lead to further appreciation of the target cultures. Anticipated Learning Outcomes and Methods of Assessment Students can increase Spanish proficiency in five areas: speaking, listening, reading, writing, and culture. However, the overall results in these areas depend primarily on the efforts of the student to speak, listen, read, and write in Spanish. Components of the course evaluation Exams (3): 45% of final grade (3 X 15%) Vocabulary Quizzes: 15% Homework (Actividades, Cuaderno Personales, etc.): 10% Final Essay (20% of final grade) Class Participation and Attendance: 10% of final grade Examinations (45%, 3 X 15%) The exams allow students to demonstrate knowledge of factual information on Spanish and/or Latin American culture and societies. They also require students to perform literary analysis including meaning, plot, characterization, and stylistic aspects such as use of irony, metaphor, and other linguistic and rhetorical devices. Vocabulary Quizzes (15%) The quizzes allow students to demonstrate they have broadened their knowledge of useful terms and expressions in Spanish. Quizzes are given at the beginning of class unless otherwise indicated. No make-up quizzes will be given to students that miss class or arrive after the quiz is over. Homework (10%) Actividades and Cuadernos Personales allow students to demonstrate their understanding of the texts and express their personal reactions to the content or some aspect of the readings. The Actividades and Cuadernos Personales due for each day are found on the tentative syllabus and must be completed and turned in on Canvas before class begins.
2 Page 2 of 7 Final Essay (20%) Due on Tuesday, December 10th by 12:50 p.m.!!! Students will write a 3-4 page final paper to be turned in on or before 12:50 p.m. on Tuesday of finals week. Possible topics will be discussed in class. The paper should contain a thesis and will be graded as a percentage based on content and linguistic accuracy. Class Participation/Attendance (10%) Students will earn weekly grades for participating in class discussions. Participation is not the same as attendance. If the student attends class but does not participate in the class discussion or in the assigned group work en español, he or she will not receive participation credit for that day. Participation points cannot be made-up at a later date due to absence. See Class Attendance and Participation Policy below for more information. Class Attendance and Participation Policy Daily exposure to and use of the target language is vital in making real progress toward fluency in a foreign language. Therefore, I expect you to be in class every day, prepared to participate fully. Should you miss class, it is your responsibility to get the next day s assignment (call me or a classmate) and return to class prepared to participate fully in the activities. I take roll each day. Each class meeting you miss, for whatever reason, will result in this portion of your grade being reduced. Arriving in class after we have begun is considered a tardy and is the equivalent of a half an absence. Your participation/attendance grade will begin at 100% and will be lowered by 5% after the first 2 absences. I pay close attention to who is prepared to participate fully in each day s activities. Being in class on time, preparing home work assignments, being a ready and active partner in pairs, small group and whole class activities, volunteering to participate in activities at the chalk board, sitting in different seats during the semester to be able to work with all classmates, and being respectful of others are some of the criteria I use to determine your grade for class participation. Your attendance/participation grade will begin at 100%. At my discretion, your participation/attendance grade may be lowered up to 5% per day for not meeting the criteria mentioned above. Grading Scale A = % B = % C = % D = % F = % Study Abroad! The department strongly recommends that all Modern Languages and Literatures majors and minors participate in accredited study abroad programs. PSU offers study abroad scholarships as well as assistance with other financial aid. To learn about accredited programs, contact Megan Corrigan, Study Abroad Coordinator, at or visit 118C Whitesitt Hall. For information on transfer credits, consult with Judy Berry-Bravo, Chair of Modern Languages and Literatures, at or visit 429 Grubbs Hall. Student Conduct Code According to the Student Conduct Code, Disruption of classes, seminars, research projects, activities or operations of the University (http://www.pittstate.edu/audiences/currentstudents/policies/rights-and-responsibilities/studentconduct-code.dot) will not be tolerated. This instructor does not permit the use of cell phones or other electronic devices in class unless otherwise indicated. Exceptions will be made for assistive technologies for the vision-or hearing-impaired in consultation with the Center for Student Accommodations. Center for Student Accommodations If you feel that you may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability, you should contact your instructor privately to discuss your specific needs. Students with disabilities that have been certified by the Center for Student Accommodations will be appropriately accommodated, and should inform the instructor as soon as possible of their needs. The Center for Student Accommodations is located in the Bryant Student Health Center, telephone Retro-credits
3 Page 3 of 7 The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures has a retro-credits program designed to reward students who have already spent years learning languages in high school. Students must sign up for the program in 428 Grubbs Hall with Kathy Dyer, Departmental Secretary, during the first three weeks of the semester in which they take their first language course at PSU. That course determines their entry level and the maximum credits they can earn through retro-credits. For more information on retro-credits visit our webpage at Transfer students who took language courses at another university or college are not eligible. The Department encourages students to seek faculty advice to determine their best entry level. Ike Certificate This course may count towards the academic component of the IKE Certificate of International Knowledge and Experience. The IKE Certificate may be earned by students in any major. The academic component consists of five courses - two semesters of a foreign language, and three courses with international content in three different disciplines. To receive the certificate, students must also complete a second component, either by studying abroad, or by participating in co-curricular activities on campus. Completion of the IKE certificate as an undergraduate is noted on a student s PSU undergraduate transcript, although graduate students may also earn the certificate. To be added to the IKE Canvas group and start tracking your progress towards the certificate, please your GUS number in a request to More information on the IKE program is available online at l-knowledge-and-experience/index.dot. Spanish Table Mondays 12:00-1:00 at Gorilla Crossing Tentative Course Calendar (Subject to change) Semana 1 20 de agosto En Clase: Introducción al curso, Los hispanos Tarea: Leer y estudiar La dificultad de llamarse hispano (pp. 8-9) 22 de agosto En Clase: La dificultad de llamarse hispano (pp. 8-9) Tarea: Entregar Actividades 8, 10 y 11 (pp. 7-10) y leer Gente hispana (pp ) Semana 2 27 de agosto En Clase: Gente hispana (pp ) Tarea: Entregar Cuaderno Personal 1-3 (p. 15) y leer Ciclo de Cine: Historia de España (pp ) y Brevísima historia de España (pp ) 29 de agosto En Clase: Historias de España, Ciclo de Cine: Historia de España y Brevísima historia de España (pp ) (pp ) Tarea: Entregar Actividad 2 (p. 20), Cuaderno Personal 2-1, Cuaderno Personal 2-2 y leer leer El criado del rico mercader, (p. 31) y Dayoub, el criado del rico mercader (pp ) Semana 3 3 de septiembre En Clase: El criado del rico mercader, (p. 31). Dayoub, el criado del rico mercader (pp ). Tarea: Entregar Cuaderno Personal 2-3 (p. 36) y leer Autopsia de una civilización (pp ) 5 de septiembre En Clase: Quiz 1, La América indígena: ayer y hoy Autopsia de una civilización (pp ) Tarea: Entregar Actividad 6 (p. 44), Cuaderno personal 3-1 (p. 45) y leer La presencia indígena en Hispanoamérica (p. 47) y El eclipse (p. 55) Semana 4 10 de septiembre En Clase: La presencia indígena en Hispanoamérica (p. 47) y El eclipse (p. 55) Tarea: Entregar Cuaderno personal 3-2 (p. 51), Cuaderno personal 3-3 y leer La Reina Rumba habla de la salsa (p. 63)leer 12 de septiembre En Clase: Quiz 2 África en América: el Caribe La Reina Rumba habla de la salsa (p. 63) Tarea: Entregar Actividades 6 y 7 (p. 64) y leer El sabor africano del Caribe (pp ) y Habanasis (pp )
4 Page 4 of 7 Semana 5 17 de septiembre En Clase: El sabor africano del Caribe (p ) y Habanasis (pp ) Tarea: Entregar Actividades 10 (p. 66) y 13 (p. 72), Cuaderno Personal 4-2 (p. 73) y leer Cómo estás you el día de today (pp ) 19 de septiembre Examen 1 Semana 6 24 de septiembre En Clase: Cómo estás you el día de today (pp ) Tarea: Entregar Cuaderno personal 5-1 (p. 85) y leer El sabor latino de los Estados Unidos (pp ), Where you from? (p. 94) y Bilingual Blues (p. 95). 26 de septiembre En Clase: El sabor latino de los Estados Unidos (pp ), Where you from? (p. 94) y Bilingual Blues (p. 95). Tarea: Entregar Cuaderno personal 5-2 (p. 92) y leer Silencio y obediencia (p ) Semana 7 1 de octubre En Clase: Dictadura y democracia Silencio y obediencia (pp ) Tarea: Entregar Actividad 11 (p. 108) y leer Política latinoamericana: Pasos hacia la democracia (p ), Los mejor calzados (p. 117) y Política a ritmo de tango (p. 120) 3 de octubre En Clase: Política latinoamericana: Pasos hacia la democracia (p ) y Los mejor calzados (p. 117) y Política a ritmo de tango (p. 120) Tarea: Entregar Cuaderno personal 6-2 y leer Cuarenta Formas de contribuir a un aire más limpio (pp ) y Latinoamérica y el medio ambiente: Entre la espada y la pared? (pp ) Semana 8 8 de octubre En Clase: Quiz 3 La crisis ecológica Cuarenta Formas de contribuir a un aire más limpio (pp ) y Entre la espada y la pared? (pp ) Tarea: Entregar Actividades 9 y 10 (pp ) y Actividad 12 (p. 135) y leer Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú y así me nació la conciencia (pp ), Fin de siglo (p. 141) y Indígenas ecuatorianos sientan precedente ecológico mundial (p. 143) 10 de octubre Fall break Semana 9 15 de octubre En Clase: Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú y así me nació la conciencia (pp ) Fin de siglo (p. 141) y Indígenas ecuatorianos sientan precedente ecológico mundial (p. 143) Tarea: Entregar Cuaderno Personal 7-3 (p. 141) y leer Quién es Carlos Slim? (p ) y Corrientes cambiantes de las economías latinoamericanas (p ) 17 de octubre En Clase: Quiz 4, En busca de seguridad económica Quién es Carlos Slim (p ) y Corrientes cambiantes de las economías latinoamericanas (p ) Tarea: Entregar Cuaderno Personal 8-2 (p. 156) leer La carta (p. 158) Semana de octubre En Clase: La carta, (p. 158) Tarea. Entregar Actividades 23C (p. 162) y leer Frida Kahlo: El pincel de la angustia (pp ) 24 de octubre Examen 2 Semana de octubre En Clase: Frida Kahlo: El pincel de la angustia (pp ) Tarea: Entregar Actividad 7, Cuaderno personal 9-1 y leer Realidad, identidad y arte en Latinoamérica (pp ) y Continuidad de los parques (p ) 31 de octubre En Clase: Realidad, identidad y arte en Latinoamérica (pp ) y Continuidad de los parques (p ) Tarea: Entregar Cuaderno personal 9-3 (p. 186) y leer El lenguaje es sexista. Hay que forzar el cambio? (pp ). Semana 12
5 Page 5 of 7 5 de noviembre En Clase: Lo femenino y lo masculino El lenguaje es sexista. Hay que forzar el cambio? (pp ), Quiz 10 Tarea: Entregar Cuaderno personal 10-1 (p. 196) y leer Hombre y mujer en el mundo hispano contemporáneo (pp ) y El difícil arte de ser macho (p. 206) 7 de noviembre En Clase: Hombre y mujer en el mundo hispano contemporáneo (pp ) y El difícil arte de ser macho (p. 206) Tarea: Entregar Cuaderno personal 10-3 (p. 208) y leer Legalización de las drogas (pp ) Semana de noviembre En Clase: Quiz 5 Actos Ilegales Legalización de las drogas (pp ) Tarea: Entregar Cuaderno personal 11-1 (p. 208) y leer Modernización, globalización y delincuencia en Latinoamérica (pp ) y Sangre ajena: La escuela del profe Pérez (pp ) 14 de noviembre En Clase: Modernización, globalización y delincuencia en Latinoamérica (pp ) y Sangre ajena: La escuela del profe Pérez (pp ) Tarea: Entregar Cuaderno personal 11-3 (p. 228) y leer Una educación intercultural (pp ) Semana de noviembre En Clase: Quiz 6 Cruzando Fronteras Una educación intercultural (pp ) Tarea: Entregar Cuaderno personal 12-1 (p. 237) y leer El planeta americano: El amor al miedo (pp ) y La identidad y los McDonald s (pp ) 21 de noviembre En Clase: El planeta americano: El amor al miedo (pp ) y La identidad y los McDonald s (pp ) Semana de noviembre Examen 3 28 de noviembre Vacaciones del día de acción de gracias; no hay clase Semana 16 3 de diciembre Los trabajos finales 5 de diciembre Los trabajos finales Semana de exámenes finales Final Essays: Due on Tuesday December 10th by 12:50 p.m.! Pittsburg State University Syllabus Supplement Fall 2013 IMPORTANT DATES 8/19...Classes begin 8/26... Tuition due 8/26 Last day for full tuition refund if withdrawing 8/26 Last day to add classes w/o permission of instructor 8/30... Final day to drop w/o transcript notation 9/2...Labor Day Holiday 9/23...Last day for half refund if withdrawing 10/10-10/11...Fall Break 10/14... Mid-term D and F grades available after 5:00 pm 11/4... Final day to drop a course unless withdrawing from all classes 11/27... Thanksgiving Holiday begins 11/27...Last day to withdraw from all classes 12/9...Finals week through 12/13 12/13.Deadline to remove/extend IN grades for 2013 SP and SU semester 12/16... Grades due from faculty DROPPING A COURSE OR WITHDRAWING FOR THE SEMESTER Beginning the 12th week through the 16th week of full-term courses, individual courses cannot be dropped. A student who does not officially withdraw from a course or from the university will be assigned an F grade in the course or courses concerned. These F grades will be included in the computation of the grade point average. The dates for dropping courses that run fewer than sixteen weeks are proportionate to the length of the course (e.g. the last day to drop an eight week course would be the end of the sixth week). Consult your instructor or the Registrar s Office for questions about a specific course. For students who wish to withdraw from all classes after the 12th week of the term, the instructor must assign a grade of W or F. To drop a course after the 5th day of class or for clarification on drop/add policies, contact the Registrar s Office, 103 Russ Hall, or IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS RECEIVING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE The Office of Student Financial Assistance is required to recalculate financial aid eligibility for students who withdraw, stop attending or are dismissed prior to completing 60 percent of a semester. This calculation applies to students receiving Title IV funds including: Federal Pell Grant Stafford Loan ACG Academic Competitiveness Grant SMART Grant for math and science TEACH Grant for education majors Parent PLUS Loan
6 Page 6 of 7 Federal financial aid is returned to the federal government based on the percent of unearned aid disbursed toward institutional charges for tuition, fees, and on-campus room and board. Students may be required to repay a portion of the aid funds received. When aid is returned, the student may owe a debit balance to the University and/or Department of Education Title IV Programs. IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS International students studying on F or J visas must be in proper immigration status and are required to always be in full time enrollment (minimum 12 hours undergraduate. or 9 hours graduate). For additional information immigration.dot CLASS ATTENDANCE POLICY Students at Pittsburg State University are expected to attend class regularly and participate fully in class activities. It is the responsibility of the course instructor to set the attendance policy for his or her courses and communicate that policy to students in the course syllabus. The syllabus should address whether and how attendance affects the course grade, the issue of excused absences, and whether students will be dropped for nonattendance or excessive absence. Students who have not attended or who have been excessively absent from a class may be dropped from the course by the instructor. In such instances, this policy must be clearly stated in the syllabus and uniformly enforced. Students may be dropped at anytime in the semester based on course policy. Instructor drops after the beginning of the 12th week of a full semester class will result in a grade of F for the course. Regardless of the faculty prerogative to drop a student for nonattendance or excessive absence, the ultimate responsibility for monitoring and maintaining up-to-date course enrollment rests with the student. 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Copying any material directly (be it the work of other students, professors, or colleagues) or copying information from print or electronic sources (including the internet) without explicitly acknowledging the true source of the material is plagiarism. Plagiarism also includes paraphrasing other individuals ideas or concepts without acknowledging their work, or contribution. To avoid charges of plagiarism, students should follow the citation directions provided by the instructor and/or department in which the class is offered. The above guidelines do not preclude group study for exams, sharing of sources for research projects, or students discussing their ideas with other members of the class unless explicitly prohibited by the instructor. 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