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SPAN 335: Community Activism through Social Media Summer 2011 TR 12:30PM-2:15PM - Room: Innovation Hall 333

Professor: Dr. Esperanza Román-Mendoza Telephone: 993-1232 Website:

Department of Modern and Classical Languages George Mason University Office: Aquia 329 Office hours: TR 11:00-11:45PM and by appointment E-mail: Skype: e.roman.mendoza

COURSE DESCRIPTION Spanish 335 is designed to promote students' oral abilities in Spanish as well as their critical understanding of Latin American culture and society through the discussion and analysis of different social web-based sources. SPAN 335 will make extensive use of technology to support oral and written activities. Your grade will be determined as follows: Class participation Oral class presentations (daily) Final oral presentation 10% 15% 15% Wikispaces individual page Reflective weekly essays Final research project 15% 20% 25%

COURSE OBJECTIVES The aim of this course is to enable you to acquire new vocabulary, grammar structures and pragmatics in order to improve your conversational skills. Discussions and activities will be based on social activism as portrayed and carried out in social media (blogs, digital repositories, twitter, YouTube videos, digital newspapers discussions, etc.) and mass media. COURSE MATERIALS • Materials and calendar will be posted on Wikispaces, as well as activities. Please check regularly the course calendar for specific information on activities and deadlines. ( • Diigo account. This is an online tool to share resources. Students will get private accounts set up by the professor. • Twitter account. This is an online tool to chat in 140 characters. • Please keep track of your login and password information for all these websites on a safe, accessible file so you can retrieve it if you forget it. In-class participation This is primarily a conversation class and you must be present to participate. Attendance is crucial. No make-up work will be accepted for lost class time. Late assignments won’t be accepted, unless there is a medical reason or any other justified emergency. Check our class wiki for course materials, lesson plans and scheduled assignments. The attached tentative schedule does not contain details, as it is just an overview of the whole course. Short quizzes will be given in class unannounced. Oral daily presentations Students will present a report to the whole class every day about the progress they are making in their investigative class project. No make up for missed classes. Final oral presentation Students will present on during the last day of classes. This presentation will be based on the investigative project. More details in class. Reflective essays Students will write an essay (500 words) with their weekly reflections about this course. The essay will be written following a draft-peer review-final version revision process. Topics will be announced in class. Wikispace individual page Students will work in class and outside class in several written activities, in addition to the reflective essays. They will be stored and reviewed on each student’s individual Wikispace page. More details in class. Research project Students will prepare an research paper about one specific NGO or activist campaign. To this effect, students will be

assigned an activist/mentor to follow during the length of the curse. Students will interview their activist mentors, analyze their websites and study their strategies and campaigns. Students will also compile an online annotated webliography using Diigo. More details in class. Students will present every day in class the status of their investigations and will keep a journal on the course wiki. Fecha May 23 May 24 May 25 May 26 May 31 June 1 June 2 June 6 June 7 June 8 June 9 June 13 June 14 June 15 June 16 June 20 June 21 June 23 En clase Tarea Introducción al curso. Inscripciones en #kfe04. Abrir cuenta en Twitter. Escribir presentación en Wiki Tema 1: La web social como herramienta para el activismo social. Leer lectura 1. (pp. 29-41 y 63-67) Escribir resumen en la wiki El ciberactivismo. Leeer lectura 1 (segunda parte, pp. 109-126) Ejemplos de Ecuador y México Entregar Ensayo 1 Tema 2: Política Leer Lectura 2. Escribir resumen en la wiki Colombia Compilar recursos en Diigo 2 Chile Entregar Ensayo 2 Tema 3: Educación. El cambio tiene que venir desde las escuelas. Leer Lectura 3 Escribir resumen en la wiki Kfe04. Debate. Clase en una cafetería o en algún sitio de GMU Compilar recursos en Diigo 3 Discusión sobre el debate internacional Ciudades educadoras Entregar Ensayo 3 Tema 4: Ecología. Grandes y pequeños activistas. Leer Lectura 4. Resumen en la wiki Argentina. Glaciares. Energías renovables Compilar recursos en Diigo 4 Centroamérica. Monocultivos Entregar Ensayo 4 Tema 5: Derechos sociales. Trabajo. Emigración. Mujeres. Leer Lectura 5 Escribir resumen en la wiki Película. Bread and Roses. Compilar recursos en Diigo 5 Latinos en Estados Unidos Entregar Ensayo 5: Reseña de la película. Comparación Presentaciones orales Final Project: 1:30 to 4:15

OFFICE OF DISABILITY SERVICES If you are a student with a disability and you need academic accommodations, please see me and contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) at 993-2474. All academic accommodations must be arranged through the ODS. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY GMU is an Honor Code university; please see the University Catalog,, for a full description of the code and the honor committee process. The principle of academic integrity is taken very seriously and violations are treated gravely. Academic integrity means essentially this: when you are responsible for a task, you will perform that task. When you rely on someone else’s work in an aspect of the performance of that task, you will give full credit in the proper, accepted form. Another aspect of academic integrity is the free play of ideas. Vigorous discussion and debate are encouraged in this course, with the firm expectation that all aspects of the class will be conducted with civility and respect for differing ideas, perspectives, and traditions. When in doubt (of any kind) please ask for guidance and clarification. UNIVERSITY POLICIES The University Catalog,, is the central resource for university policies affecting student, faculty, and staff conduct in university affairs. You are responsible for being aware of all policies that affect you and your studies at GMU. OTHER USEFUL CAMPUS RESOURCES Writing Center: University Libraries “Ask a Librarian”: Career Services: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS):