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Prof. Francisco Salgado-Robles, M.A. ...

Prof. Francisco Salgado-Robles, M.A.
PhD Candidate (ABD) in Hispanic Linguistics
Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies
University of Florida
323 Yon Hall
Phone: (352) 392-9222
Fax: (352) 392-5679
Gainesville, FL 32611-7405

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  • SPN3224: Latin American Business Environment
    • COURSE DESCRIPTION:
      • The economy of any nation in the world determines and affects almost every other aspect of its reality. Becoming acquainted with the contemporary political economy of Latin America should help us better understand this important part of the world.
      • This course, conducted entirely in Spanish, focuses on general aspects of its current business environment. Special attention will be given to the different regions and their regional and international trade agreements.
      • The goal is to increase student awareness of and familiarity with the role played by the implementation of Free Trade in Latin American current economics.
      • Of course, in a class that meets only once per week, we can barely scratch the surface of these topics. However, the student who successfully completes this course will have a better understanding of them, as well as increase communicative and argumentative skills in Spanish.
    • PRE-REQUISITES: SPN 3300 or SPN 3350
    • READING MATERIALS: Readings will be available on the instructor’s website.
    • CLASS PREPARATION/PARTICIPATION: (20%)
    • Both regular attendance and active participation during in-class (face-to-face) and out-of-class (discussion board) discussions of readings and class topics are expected. You are required to read all assigned material carefully and do all accompanying activities before each class session.
    • Given that participation is a fundamental element of the grade for the course, attendance at each session is worth two points of the final grade (15x2=30%). To earn all two points, you must arrive on time and be actively engaged in the class.
    • Tardiness and inattentiveness will result in the subtraction of points (-1% for each), as will the ringing or buzzing of any electronic device or the use of English during class.
    • Please turn off your phones, pagers, etc. before the start of class. Additionally, the use of laptops will be permitted in this class only to take notes. Please refrain from doing otherwise with laptops or smart phones during class.
    • You are permitted to have one absence (excused or unexcused). Any additional absences will negatively affect the final course grade (-2%).
    • Late work will not be accepted. Any work not turned in by class meeting times will receive a grade of “0”.
    • Please note that these stipulations are not meant to be penal in nature, but rather are intended for the good of the overall class environment.
    SPN3224: Latin American Business Environment
    • WEEKLY WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS: (40%)
    • To foster a collaborative learning community, you will maintain and keep a regular blog , where you will post weekly blog entries about discussions of articles or screenings of documentaries.
    • These weekly assignments will be due every Friday before the subsequent Monday class –except for the documentaries (marked with * on the calendar), which will be required afterwards. Each blog entry should exhibit critical thought of the subject matter and all opinions should be well justified. All comments must be written in Spanish.
    • Each student will be required to write a total of 10 blog entries (100-150 words). In addition to making weekly postings to your blog, you are also expected to leave a total of 10 blog comments (50-100 words) on the entries of your classmates during the course of the semester. Each entry/comment is two points (20x2=40%). No late work will be accepted.
    SPN3224: Latin American Business Environment
    • ORAL PRESENTATIONS: (10%)
    • Once during the semester you will present a given week’s material and lead a discussion based on the weekly readings (30 minutes long).
    • You will be responsible for summarizing the assigned reading, initiating and leading in-class discussion by asking critical questions for the class, and engaging the group in discussion.
    • Each presentation must include a handout for each member of the class.
    • This component is worth 10 points of the final grade (10%).
    SPN3224: Latin American Business Environment
  • SPN3224: Latin American Business Environment
    • FINAL PROJECT: (20%)
    • There will be no exams or quizzes during the semester. Instead, you will write an essay in Spanish, dealing with an aspect discussed in class.
    • You will receive a suggested topic for this paper on November 4 th .
    • This essay should be 5-7 pages, typed, double-spaced, 1-inch margins in 12 pt. Times New Roman.
    • You will present your paper proposal at the end of the semester. This presentation should be 5 minutes long.
    • Final projects should be turned in by December 16 th , by email, to [email_address] .
    • The paper is worth 20% of the final grade.
    • Deviation from these requirements will result in a lower grade for this component.
    • ASSESSMENT:
    • The final grade scale is as follows:
    • A = 100-93 C(S) = 76-73
    • A- = 92-90 C- = 72-70
    • B+ = 89-87 D+(U) = 69-67
    • B = 86-83 D = 66-63
    • B- = 82-80 D- = 62-60
    • C+ = 79-77 E = 59-0
    • You will be evaluated based on your achievement of the course goals (above) and the following criteria:
      • Class preparation & participation 30%
      • Weekly homework assignments: blogs 40%
      • Oral presentation 10%
      • Final project 20%
    SPN3224: Latin American Business Environment
    • ACADEMIC INTEGRITY:
    • Academic honesty and integrity are fundamental values of the University community. Students who enroll at UF commit to holding themselves and their peers to the high standard of honor required by the Honor Code. Any individual who becomes aware of a violation of the Honor Code is bound by honor to take corrective action.
    • Violations of the Honor Code include, but are not limited to: plagiarism, cheating, bribery, misrepresentation, fabrication and conspiracy. Such violations may result in the following: lowering grades, expulsion from the course, and/or referral to the student-run Honor Court.
    • On all work submitted for credit at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied: “ON MY HONOR, I HAVE NEVER NEITHER GIVEN NOR RECEIVED UNAUTHORIZED AID IN DOING THIS ASSIGNMENT.” For more details: www.aa.ufl.edu/Rules/4017.htm
    • DISABILITIES:
    • Students requesting classroom accommodations must first register with the Dean of Students Office.
    • This office will provide documentation to the student, who must then furnish this documentation to the instructor when requesting accommodation.
    SPN3224: Latin American Business Environment
  • SPN3224: Latin American Business Environment WEEK 1 (August, 24) Presentación del curso WEEK 2 (August, 31) México (I) WEEK 3 (September 7) Labor Day WEEK 4 (September 14) México (II) WEEK 5 (September 21) México (III)* WEEK 6 (September 28) Región MERCOSUR (I) WEEK 7 (October 5) Región MERCOSUR (II) WEEK 8 (October 12) Región MERCOSUR (III) * WEEK 9 (October 19) Paises andinos (I) WEEK 10 (October 26) Paises andinos (II) WEEK 11 (November 2) Paises andinos (III) * WEEK 12 (November 9) Centroamérica y Caribe (I) WEEK 13 (November 16) Centroamérica y Caribe (II) WEEK 14 (November 23) Centroamérica y Caribe (III) * WEEK 15 (November 30) Presentaciones orales (I) WEEK 16 ( December 7) Presentaciones orales (II)
    • Santo Domingo, República Dominicana, 7/06/57
    • Conservatorio Nacional de Música, Santo Domingo
    • Composición y arreglos, Berklee College of Music en Boston, Estados Unidos
    • Internacionalización: Ojalá Que Llueva Café (1989)
    • Fundación Juan Luis Guerra (1981)para ayudar a los niños discapacitados
    Juan Luis Guerra (República Dominicana, 1957)
    • Guerra llegó a ser una figura controvertida en la República Dominicana después de sacar el siguiente álbum, Areito (1992) –a propósito del V Centenario del descubrimiento de América.
    • Con el tema “ El costo de la vida ” se manifiesta sobre las pobres condiciones de vida de muchos en América Latina, y algunos de sus compatriotas sintieron que él no era la persona mas apropiada para opinar, alegando que Guerra nunca padeció la pobreza.
    Juan Luis Guerra (República Dominicana, 1957)
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