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Fall 2017-2018
* SPA 227 / EPS 227 / URB 237 (LA)   na, npdf

Contemporary Issues in Spain

Germán Labrador Méndez

What is happening in Spain today? How did culture, society and politics get affected by the 2008 financial turmoil and by the European debt crisis? Using films and documentaries (and various materials: newspaper articles, YouTube clips, graffiti, etc), we will study topics such as urban struggles, social movements, global crisis, historical memory, emigration, multiculturalism, gender identities, urban cultures, collective fictions and digital cultures. Those who are planning to apply for the Princeton-in-Spain program and/or pursue a certificate in Spanish or concentration in the Department will find this course to be a fantastic passport.

Sample reading list:
Sebastian Shipper, Vitoria (2015)
Toni Serra, Hacking the Veil (2016)
Cesc Gay, Truman (2015)
Pere Portabella, Informe General II. El nuevo rapto de Europa (2015)
Xavier Artigas i Xapo Ortega, Taranjal (2015)
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
40-50 pages reading per week and/or viewing of 1-2 films; written commentaries before each class; two oral presentations; one five-page midterm paper (2,000 words); one five-page final paper (2,000 words).

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 15%
Paper in lieu of Final - 20%
Quizzes - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
SPA 207 or 209, or instructor's permission. Freshmen are welcome. Interested students with a language Advanced Placement Examination score of 5, and/or heritage speakers, please contact

Other information:
The course will be taught in Spanish. Films are intended for an adult audience.

Reserved Seats:
Freshmen Only 4

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21359 C01 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T Th   East Pyne Building   027   Enrolled:8 Limit:20