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SPAN251 Latin American Cultural Travel

An examination and interpretation of travelling as a cultural learning discovery, as well as how travel is represented in Latin American narrative.

Do you know how exciting it is travelling around the world? This paper introduces students to the analysis and interpretation of travel, as represented in Latin American texts, as a means for discovering and learning about culture.

Paper title Latin American Cultural Travel
Paper code SPAN251
Subject Spanish
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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18 100-level SPAN points or 36 points
SPAN 351
Schedule C
Arts and Music

For students who have not previously studied Spanish.

Teaching staff
Senior Lecturer Dr Adelso Yánez Leal
Paper Structure

The paper includes an Introduction and 4 Units:

  • Unit 1: Mexican Cultural Tourism and Pre-Colombian Cultures
  • Unit 2: Venezuelan Cultural Tourism
  • Unit 3: Argentinian and Chilean Cultural Tourism
  • Unit 4: Cultural Tourism in Colombia and Peru
Teaching Arrangements
There are two lectures per week and one tutorial.
Downloadable from Blackboard:
  • Baud, Michiel at all. Cultural Tourism in Latin America. USA: Brill 2010.
  • Bingham, Alfred M. Portrait of an explorer: Hiram Bingham, Discoverer of Machu Picchu. Ames, Iowa State University Press, 1989.
  • Dalleo, Raphael. Caribbean Literature and the Public Sphere: From the Plantation to the Postcolonial. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012.
  • Marley, David. "Cartagena", Historic Cities of the Americas. Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO 2005.
  • Montaldo, Graciela. The Argentina Reader: History, Culture, Politics. Duke University Press 2002.
  • León, Portilla, Miguel. Pre-Columbian Literatures of Mexico (The Civilization of the American Indian Series). Oklahoma University Press 1986.
  • Moss, Chris. Patagonia: A Cultural History. Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Stuart, Kallen. Extreme Places - The Highest Waterfall. Kid Haven Press, 2003.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global Perspective, Lifelong Learning, Interdisciplinary Perspective, Research, Cultural Understanding, Information Literacy, Environmental Literacy, Communication, Critical Thinking, Self-Motivation, Scholarship.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  • Participate in discussions about Latin American tourist sites and understand how the topic of travel is represented in Latin American literature
  • Develop an appreciation and understanding of Latin American history and geography through its tourist sites and architectural heritage, as well as deepening their understanding of the gastronomic traditions of each region
  • Construct a detailed and critical argument on an aspect of tourism and support this with evidence and opinions from a range of primary and secondary sources
  • Undertake research and present a well-informed written research essay
  • Demonstrate oral skills through a presentation of their research topic

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 12:00-13:50 9-13, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16-22