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Syllabus
–
Draft
1
–
January
18,
2009


Exploring
and
Sharing
Spanish
Culture
through
Digital
Technology


Professor
Chris
Clark,
Summer
2009


This
course
mixes
learning
about
Spanish
culture
with
learning
how
to
digitally
share
information
in

multiple
media.
Students
will
explore
a
variety
of
aspects
of
culture
through
reading,
writing,
lectures,

discussion,
and
firsthand
experiences.
They
will
explore
Toledo
in
class,
online
and
on
foot,
learning

about
tourism,
music,
and
more.
A
central
part
of
the
course
will
call
on
each
student
to
investigate
a

single
area
in
greater
depth.
They
will
digitally
record
their
knowledge
and
experiences,
and
then
share

them
with
fellow
students
(in
class)
and
with
the
world
(on
the
Web).

Class
topics
will
include
techniques
for
digital
photography
and
audio
recording,
as
well
has
how
to

publish
work
online.
Areas
that
may
be
explored
include
art,
music,
food,
religion,
sports,
movies,

television,
tourism,
education,
and
technology.
Living
in
Spain
allows
students
to
directly
experience

cultural
phenomena
such
as
tapas,
bullfighting,
flamenco,
and
paradors,
Students
must
bring
a
laptop

computer
and
digital
camera,
and
will
purchase
an
audio
recorder
for
the
course.

For
Notre
Dame
students,
it
is
expected
that
this
course
will
be
listed
as
a
section
of
ROSP
27500,

“Approaches
to
Hispanic
Cultures
Through
Writing,”
for
which
the
prerequisite
is:
ROSP
20202,
20211,

20215
or
placement
by
exam.

From
the
departmental
website:
“This
content‐driven
course
is
intended

for
students
who
want
to
further
broaden
their
knowledge
of
the
Spanish
language
and
related
cultures,

as
well
as
improve
both
their
understanding
of
the
Hispanic
world
and
their
communication
skills
in
the

Spanish
language.
Development
of
advanced
language
structures
is
achieved
through
intensive
practice

in
speaking
and
writing.
Each
section
will
focus
on
a
different
aspect
of
Hispanic
culture
and
civilization.”


Required
materials

• Digital
audio
recorder
–
Olympus
WS‐210
($62.00
at
Amazon.com)

• A
textbook
will
not
be
required;
readings
will
be
on
the
web.

• Laptop
computer
–
does
not
need
to
be
high‐end,
but
a
CD‐burner
would
be
useful

• Digital
camera
–
your
choice.
The
Canon
PowerShot
A590IS
gets
excellent
reviews
and
costs

$101
at
Amazon.com.
A
cell
phone
camera
will
not
be
adequate,
but
it
need
not
be
high‐end.


Language
learning
goals
[selected
and
paraphrased
from
Notre
Dame
departmental
goals]

Listening:

Students
will
be
able
to
understand
spoken
language
–
and
a
range
of
recorded

audiovisual
materials
–
even
when
delivered
at
native‐level
speed.

Speaking:
Students
will
be
able
to
prepare
and
deliver
a
well‐organized,
logical
oral
presentation.

Writing:
Students
will
be
able
to
demonstrate
competence,
fluency
and
clarity
of
expression,
with

minimal
interference
from
English,
and
with
a
good
range
of
vocabulary
and
syntax.

Socio‐cultural,
historical
terms
and
concepts:
Students
will
be
able
to
consider
relationships

between
culture,
society,
history,
politics,
religion,
and
economics.

Intercultural
competence:
Students
will
be
able
to
demonstrate
an
awareness
of
the
linguistic,

ethnic,
racial,
religious,
cultural,
and
social
diversity
of
Spain.


Global
citizenship:
Students
will
be
able
to
discuss
contemporary
ethical
issues
related
to
Spain
and

to
act
with
informed
awareness
of
contemporary
issues
in
their
historical
contexts.

Independent
learning:
Students
will
be
able
to
discover
meanings
and
solutions
for
themselves

through
active
participation
in
their
own
learning.
They
will
be
able
to
adapt
knowledge
and

skills
to
new
experiences.


Technology
learning
goals

A. Students
will
be
able
to
effectively
capture
digital
images
and
sound.

B. Students
will
be
able
to
publish
digital
images
and
sound
online.

C. Students
will
be
able
to
use
digital
media
to
enhance
research
and
presentation.


Assignments
and
Grading

25%
‐
Written
blog
entries

10%
‐
Oral
presentation
–
halfway
through
the
summer

15%
‐
Digital
photos
with
written
commentary

10%
‐
Digital
audio
interviews


Final
project
on
a
selected
aspect
of
culture

• 10%
‐
oral
presentation

• 15%
‐
written
text
(2,000
words)

• 15%
‐
digital
images,
audio
clips


Tentative
week‐by‐week
outline


1. Tourism,
food,
digital
photography,
sharing
photos
with
“Flickr”

2. Movies,
music,
digital
audio,
sharing
sound
with
“Odeo”

3. Sports,
education,
publishing
online
with
“Wikispaces”


4. Art,
Catholicism,
project
work



5. Education,
television,
project
work

6. Final
project
presentations