course is an introduction to Spanish-speaking Latin America. In
this course, we will examine the commonalities as well the unique
national experiences of the Spanish speaking countries of Latin
America. The course will address the social, politica,l and economic
factors that have shaped modern Latin America. Initial units will
provide general information on the region and its history. Subsequent
units will examine individual countries with a focus on Mexico,
Cuba, Central America, and Argentina. No knowledge of Spanish
is required. The course is taught entirely in English.
completing the course students should be able to:
- Identify the individual
countries of Latin America and provide basic information about
their geography, political systems, history and culture.
- Discuss the geographical,
social, political and economic factors that have shaped the Latin
America of today.
- Describe some of the
unique cultural products of the countries under consideration.
- Explain the importance of
understanding Latin America.
are no pre-requisites for this course. |
No knowledge of
Spanish is required.
||Geography, history, politics, economic development, arts,
music, literature, and social practices of representative
Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America |
knowledge of the World Wide Web and computer navigation is
|Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software
Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to
obtain textbook information for this course:
||Web-based material available through links within the course
requirements at http://www.tn.regentsdegrees.org/
||Microsoft Word is recommended. Some of the web sites are
enhanced by software for sound such as Real Player. |
|Assessment and Grading|
will be on-line. |
are based on quiz and exam scores, a written assignment, and participation
in discussions. All of these should reflect students’ understanding
of the readings in the text and on-line materials. There will
be one quiz, a midterm, and a final exam. Students will also be
required to post discussions based on questions provided in the
course content units or in response to assigned web activities.
There will be one written assignment.
Discussions postings: 20% (each set of two discussions = 5 points)
Written Assignment: 10%
Midterm Exam: 30%
Final Exam: 30%
The course grade will be based on the cumulative points as follows:
A = 450 – 500
B = 400 – 449
C = 350 – 399
D = 300 – 349
F = Less than 300
|Assignments and Participation|
will read assigned pages in the text and on-line material for
each unit. Each unit contains a list of learning objectives to
guide students through the readings as well as a list of terms
and names that students must know. Discussion topics and written
assignment topic are included in the course content units and
on the calendar.
||Interaction with other students is an important component of
the course. Students must participate by posting discussions on the
topics assigned in a timely manner. Deadlines for discussion
postings are included in the units. Students are also expected to
communicate with the instructor as a learning resource and to check
the course bulletin board frequently for announcements.
need to consult the course calendar for due dates for the written
assignment and discussion postings. Discussions will close on
announced dates and no further discussion will be accepted. Grade
for the written assignment will be lowered if late. Exams will
be available only on the announced dates.
|Course Ground Rules|
Academic honesty: Discussion
postings, quizzes and exams, and the written assignment must
be your own work. Books and notes are not to be used during
quizzes or exams. Be sure that you fully document your sources
in the written assignment. Not doing may be considered plagiarism,
which would result in an F grade.
Students are expected to:
- Read all assigned material for each unit before continuing
on to the next one.
- Learn how to navigate in WebCT.
- Keep current on all course announcements.
- Use the assigned college or university e-mail address as opposed
to a personal e-mail address.
- Address technical problems immediately.
- Observe course etiquette at all times.
|Guidelines for Communications|
Always include a subject line.|
2.) Remember without facial
expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in
wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some
3.) Use standard fonts.
4.) Do not send large
attachments without permission.
5.) Special formatting such
as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided
unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
6.) Respect the privacy of other class members.
Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the
2.) Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply"
button rather than starting a new topic.
3.) Do not make
insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the
discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly
before entering your remarks.
5.) Be positive and
constructive in discussions.
6.) Respond in a thoughtful and
tool will not be used in this class. |
||The Tennessee Board of Regents
Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in the
Regents Degree Program. Links
to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases,
interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias,
maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by
learners to complete online assignments and as background reading
must be included in all courses. |
Students With Disabilities
||Qualified students with disabilities will be provided
reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined
eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home
institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this
course, the instructor must receive written verification of a
student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the
disability services staff at the home institution. It is the
student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home
institution's disability services staff and to follow the
established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to
instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to
this syllabus. The WebCT version of the syllabus is the official
version. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course,
the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes
both by individual email communication and posting both notification
and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.
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