Section Information for Fall 2020
This intermediate course in Spanish guides students in language development that is relevant to their use of Spanish in community and professional contexts. As a Mason Core course in Global Understanding, Spanish 212 structures language lessons through critical content that is focused on the intersections of Latin American and Latinx history and culture with global patterns and processes of modernity. Students gain intermediate mastery of grammar, listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as they simultaneously learn about ways that Latin American and Latinx popular culture and social movements have emerged in dialogue with historical and contemporary globalizations, including 19th-century neocolonialism, the 20th-century rise of the international left, Cold War discourses and policies and contemporary neoliberalism. Students will use this new knowledge to reflect upon the worldviews and deep narratives belonging to speakers of the language they are learning to use. They will also consider how they can use Spanish to address challenges in Latin America and the Latinx US that have global roots and global reach. In fusing language development with global understanding, Spanish 212 brings a rich meaning to students’ growth as global and multilingual citizens at the University.
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