Language, Culture and Communication: The Spanish Perspective

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Course Information
Discipline(s): 
Communications
Terms offered: 
Fall, Spring
Credits: 
3
Language of instruction: 
English
Contact Hours: 
45
Prerequisites: 

None

Description: 

This course has been designed to provide students with key elements to understand Spain today, the different ways Spaniards live and how their identity is defined. Students are able to explore the relationship between culture, communication, and language in a multilingual and multicultural society. They study different language functions and learn to use communication as a tool for greater cultural understanding in a foreign country. The course also analyses the concept of culture and cultural identity and it discusses perceptions of time, society, sports, family, religion, and values in Spain. Spanish news reports will be compared to reports from Spanish and European media groups to compare different perspectives on Spanish current affairs. Some basic communication theory is presented and sites of cultural interest are visited.