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Course Syllabus: Spanish Culture 101


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Course Description

 

Whether you're traveling to Spain or any other Latin American country for business or pleasure, it's important to understand the culture, the behaviors, the values and morals of the people in your destination.

Business or leisure travelers to Spain need to deal with passports and other important documents. Those traveling to business for Spain should understand the etiquette of doing business in this culture. Cultural awareness issues also include proper manners and expectations in regard to business gatherings and negotiations. We'll offer you tips on successfully engaging in business in Spain.

During this course, students will also learn basic travel tips and safety issues as well as what to expect when traveling through Spain in regard to its customs and traditions. You'll learn about some of the more popular festivals that occur throughout the year. You'll be introduced to some of Spain's most delicious culinary delights.

The Spanish are an incredibly passionate people who love their entertainment. Spanish traditions and customs, from flamenco to bullfighting, are found in every region of the country. As a predominantly Catholic nation, ancient tradition, expectations and values are steeped in their customs regarding birth, baptism, passage into adulthood, marriage and death.

Changing values and the political landscape of Spain have brought the country through centuries of strife. Today, Spain is a wonderfully diverse country rich in both contemporary behaviors and values that nevertheless blend with centuries of tradition. Finally, students will conclude the course with a brief glimpse into a few famous Spanish tourist destinations and World Heritage Sites. So, get ready to immerse yourself in Spanish culture, which will stand you in good stead whether you're traveling to Spain for business or pleasure.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

Lesson 1: Spanish History 101

Lesson 2: Preparing to Travel

Lesson 3: Doing Business in Spain

Lesson 4: Travel Tips and Safety Issues

Lesson 5: Spanish Festivals

Lesson 6: Spanish Cuisine

Lesson 7: Spanish Entertainment

Lesson 8: Spanish Religion

Lesson 9: Spanish Values

Lesson 10: Spanish Customs and Traditions

Lesson 11: Famous Spaniards

Lesson 12: Culture Clash Spain Past and Present

Lesson 13: Spanish Tourist Destinations

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

 Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with a final assignment. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know Spanish history.
  • Know traveling and doing business in Spain.
  • Know Spanish festivals, cuisine, and entertainment in Spain.
  • Know Spanish religion, values, and special customs/traditions.
  • Recognize famous Spaniards.
  • Describe Spanish tourist destinations, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

An Introduction5
Lesson 1: Spanish History 10110
Lesson 2: Preparing to Travel10
Business Management Style100
Lesson 3: Doing Business in Spain9
Lesson 4: Travel Tips and Safety Issues9
Spanish Festivals100
Lesson 5: Spanish Festivals8
Lesson 6: Spanish Cuisine10
Bull Fighting100
Lesson 7: Spanish Entertainment9
Lesson 8: Spanish Religion10
Compare and Contrast100
Lesson 9: Spanish Values9
Lesson 10: Spanish Customs and Traditions10
Three Famous Spaniards100
Lesson 11: Famous Spaniards10
New Things100
Lesson 12: Culture Clash Spain Past and Present10
Final Thoughts100
Your Tourist Stop100
Lesson 13: Spanish Tourist Destinations10
The Final Test63
Total Points:992
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