• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Spanish
  • Areas of interest European Languages
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Mario Martin
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course aims to explore Hispanic history through its literary representation, myths and legends in comparative perspectives (cross-cultural, critical discourse analysis, gendered, memory, etc.). Readings include short stories, myths and legends from both Spain and Latin America and El espejo enterrado excerpts. Lectures will be built around references to cultural awareness and insight that enhances understanding of key historical moments in Spain and Latin America through short stories, feature films and biographies. The readings are focused on the rhetorical strategies of writers to infer socio-cultural context to challenge the norms of the time and place in which they live(d). Engaging with issues of authorial voice, the writing process, and discussions will augment students’ ability to read and write academic prose. Themes include the social and political construction of ethnic identities, indigenous manifestations, decolonization, religion, dictatorships, democratization, child abuse, drugs, and the changing roles of women. It involves critical thinking and problem-solving, application of analytical processes to written and oral communication and team work. In response to this process, students will craft short pieces leading up to longer essays. Specific topics covered may vary from year to year.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse Hispanic films, short stories, autobiographies and Spanish essays as cultural and historical texts.
  2. Engage in an informed debate about socio-historical and cultural aspects of Spain and Latin American cultural and historical texts.  
  3. Present and discuss critical analysis of cultural and historical texts in oral and written form.
  4. Negotiate task division and contribution in a team environment.
  5. Reflect on and discuss own learning as it relates to the subject matter of the course.
  6. Demonstrate understanding of colloquial expressions through cultural inferences represented in images and interaction with native speakers.
  7. Conduct a research project and/or culture-related study in Spanish, finding relevant literature and structuring, writing and presenting a comprehensive text in Spanish following the writing and academic conventions of the Spanish-speaking countries

Indicative Assessment

2 Oral Presentations (10%  each)  LO 1,2,3,5,6,7
2 essays 1500 words  (30% each) LO 1,2,3,6,7
In-class Group activities (10%) LO 1,2,3,4,6,7
Class Performance and Participation (10%) LO 1,2,4,5,6

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3.5 hours of classes per week plus at least 6.5 hours of regular work per week outside class (total workload over the semester is 130 hours).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed SPAN3002 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.





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Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3132
2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $2916
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
(Auto) Biography and Literature
4745 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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