Academics

The following UNM C&J classes will be offered in-person in Valencia: 

1.) CJ 314 Intercultural Communication in Spain (3 credits)

Course description: This course will draw on students' experiences in Spain as a way to introduce them to foundational and contemporary concepts, practices, and processes of intercultural communication, methods of intercultural analysis, and the scholarly field of intercultural communication. Students in this course will engage in a critical assessment of intercultural communication theories and their applications to their immediate Spanish context, with the explicit goal of addressing issues of social justice and ethical, mindful, and self-reflective intercultural practices. It is not the intention of this course to equip you with ready-made advice for future intercultural encounters.

We will engage these topics through multiple and diverse readings, practical exercises of cultural analysis from your everyday experiences abroad—including everyday talk, media representations, and public discourses—reflective writing assignments, research activities, and field visits.

Course objectives:

1.) Identify, compare, and critique relevant approaches to culture communication.

2.) Assess implicit or explicit assumptions about culture in different communication theories, and examine their different implications for particular cultural groups.

3.) Develop skills to research, observe, and analyze intercultural communication in everyday life, popular media, and other public discourses around us.

 

2.) CJ 393 —Experiencing Spanish Popular Culture (3 credits)

Course description: From our study abroad site in Valencia, in this class we will experience the popular culture of Spain, and discuss its comparative and relational ties to New Mexico, and the US more broadly. Through direct exposure to flamenco music and dance, “fútbol”, film and TV productions, local festivities, sustainable agricultural practices, or local architectural landmarks, we will explore historical, social and cultural issues shaping past and present-day “Spain,” such as internal and external colonialism, national(ist) ideologies, past and recent social movements, or economic, geographical, and identity-shaped struggles for equality. In their final projects, students will develop their comparative, analytical, and critical skills as they work to connect popular cultural items discussed in the Spanish setting to their New Mexican contexts. 

Course objectives:

1.) Recognize and analyze a variety of contemporary Spanish cultural practices, their historical roots, and consequences.

2.) Observe and assess our own cultural habits, as well as their potential effects on ourselves and those around us (including the ecosystem).

3.) Explain and evaluate the relationship between cultural practices, common sense, and ideology.

 

To find a Spanish language equivalency chart, follow this link: https://studyabroad.unm.edu/student-programs/culture-and-communication-semester-Spain