Listed in: Spanish, as SPAN-303
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Carmen C. Granda (Section 01)
The Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, is a pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. This interdisciplinary course will explore the origins of the Camino de Santiago through the Middle Ages, and its recent transformation into a cultural phenomenon. It will be divided into several units that focus on art and architecture, gastronomy, history, music, literature, philosophy, pop culture, religion and tourism. Major cities along the different pilgrimage routes will act as cultural “stops” to complement these topics. Primary sources will include historical documents, excerpts from medieval literary texts, poetry, and contemporary travel narratives. Secondary critical readings, films, music, maps, podcasts, and interviews with pilgrim-scholars will supplement primary sources. Other significant pilgrimage traditions beyond Spain will also be considered. The course will culminate in a trip to Spain, where we will walk a part of one of the Camino routes together. Throughout the semester, there will also be several hikes/walks on nearby trails or paths. Evaluation will be based on student discussion, research writing, and oral presentations. Although readings and films will be in English and Spanish, the class will be conducted in Spanish.
Limited to 15 Amherst College students.
Consent Required (application process due to the travel component).
Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or placement exam
Spring Semester: Senior Lecturer Granda.
How to handle overenrollment: Priority given to Spanish majors
Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: an emphasis on written work, readings, oral presentations, independent research, group work, instruction in languages other than English, visual and aural analysis.