Note: The specific class topic was the arts under repression during La Guerra Sucia (the dirty war) in Argentina from 1976-1983.
The curriculum is well laid-out, beginning with some dense history but quickly moving into the meat of the class which is reading Manuel Puig's "El Beso de la Mujer AraÃ±a," a fascinating novel about the friendship of two cellmates. On either end of the semester are the responses of different writers, artists, and musicians to the tyranny of the Argentinian government. We looked at art and interpreted journalism and song lyrics.
Profesora Codebo is fantastic. She energetically facilitated discussions each class on the reading, creating an inclusive environment and managing to coax a few words out of nearly everyone. Rather than lecturing, it is the thoughts of the students with her guidance that drive the course. There are "GuÃas de Lectura" responses to the readings that ask you to offer your own personal interpretation and critical analysis of what you've read (specifically about El Beso). These interesting questions would be further deliberated on in class and related to the political situation in Argentina. I learned a huge amount about the time period and also the psychological effects that it had on Argentinian society, even until today. Sometimes we would spend class acting out different scenes from the book, and Codebo has a great sense of humor about everything. She is also understanding about the occasional late work if you're not doing it too often.
Overall, highly recommended- i improved in writing and speaking and the topic is awesome.