• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Language Studies
  • Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Latin American Languages, Language Studies, Latin American Studies
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Catherine Travis
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course LANG3004
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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This course presents a linguistic survey of Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries in Latin America, with a focus on the regional, social, and ethnic diversity in language use. Through the study of the history of Spanish and Portuguese in the region, contact with Amerindian and African languages and language planning and policy, students will gain an understanding of how the Spanish and Portuguese varieties spoken in Latin America were formed and of the social reality in which they exist today. Readings will be drawn from a selection of classic and contemporary research in the area written in Spanish, and will be critically assessed through tutorial discussion and in a final essay. Students will carry out a research project on a topic of their choice drawn from areas covered in the course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Understand the role of language in society, in particular as it applies to the Latin American context;
  2. Critically engage with scholarship in the field;
  3. Conduct an original empirical analysis in the area of sociolinguistics;
  4. Think about, write and present an argument using evidence and results from sociolinguistic research, comprising published and original work.
  5. Conduct and present research in Spanish.

Indicative Assessment

Responses to questions based on tutorial reading, submitted weekly in Spanish (20%) [LO 1, 2]
2 x 50-min in-class tests (30%) [LO 1, 2, 3]
2,000-word essay, in Spanish (30%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Oral presentation with PowerPoint, in Spanish (20 mins) (20%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorial, and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed SPAN6504, or have equivalent level of language proficiency as demonstrated by placement test. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LING2027, LANG3004 or LING6027.

Indicative Reading List

Lipski, John M. 1994. Latin American Spanish. London: Longman.
 
Mar-Molinero, Clare. 2000. Politics of language in the Spanish-speaking world. London / New York: Routledge.
 
Penny, Ralph. 2000. Variation and change in Spanish. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
 
Penny, Ralph. 2002. A history of the Spanish language (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4860
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4391 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

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