This advanced-level course is an introduction to the culture of Spanish-speaking South America. Aspects of contemporary Spanish-speaking South America to be studied wil be political perspectives, economics, social and ethnic issues, art, music, film and contemporary society. In addition to assigned readings, each student will research and present an additional topic of interest that further explores the content and concepts studied during the course. Class will be conducted entirely in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 and 4 hours from SPAN 201, 203, 210, or 251, or permission of the department chair.