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SP450: Spanish Capstone

This guide is created for MLC Capstone for Spanish with Dr. Laroussi..

SP450 Assignment Details

Assignment: Final Research Paper

Length: 10-15 pages

Due: TBA

# of Sources: at least 5 (Spanish & English) 

Citation Style: MLA

For a while, we have been overexposed to multiple matters of drug trafficking nature, as we constantly watch, listen and read narco1-related content. The ethically questionable tendency to commercialize an (a)cultural model is highly challenged in academia, given that such archetype continuously promote “maliciousness” in different arenas, while (not) reflecting the social realities of some entities, specifically those of Latin America and Spain.  Narco culture breaks loose from what we identify as traditional, as opposed to emerging as its direct counterpart. As such, narco culture simply establishing new patterns. Literature, cinema, TV, and more recently, streaming services, are cultural agents, as they convey ideas with an ample social reach that surpasses physical boarders. Based on this situation, it is worth questioning whether these aforementioned sources are to be blamed of: (a) trivializing the crime and the violence that surrounds drug trafficking in all its various shapes and forms and (b) humanizing murderers, thus transforming the reader/spectator in a sort of accomplice of the crimes. We also must question if the diverse media means are, in fact, on the opposite side of the spectrum, thus acting as social agents that promote a positive change by raising awareness regarding the undeniable and unavoidable deep connection between drug trafficking and violence, therefore promoting a needed reflection to move forward as a society.  

The premises regarding transculturation, violence and the grotesque serve as the point of departure for this course in order to provide answers to queries adjacent to the cultural exploitation of narco-related content. This will be accomplished by examining this (a)social phenomenon in Latin American and Spanish contexts through diverse artifacts of entertainment and expression of values and sentiments, such as literary texts, essays, newspaper articles, cinema, TV, music and art.

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