• 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
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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The aim of this course is to provide a view of significant political, social and artistic issues in the Spanish-speaking world through its rich heritage of musical culture. The study of classic genres, such as the tango, the bolero or the Spanish copla, will be contrasted with contemporary music genres that have been inspired by them. The social and cultural background of the societies that gave rise to such genres will be explored, and significant political events reflected in music, such as the Cuban revolution, the fall of Allende's Chile or the return to democracy in Spain after the Franco regime, will be studied. An mp3 player with relevant interviews and radio programs on the genres or artists studied through the course will be lent to students. 

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. Obtain and summarise relevant information from extended sequences of spoken Spanish (including radio programs, radio documentaries and lectures)

2. Analyse songs as cultural texts, using, integrating and applying the relevant historical, ethnographic, political and sociological information contained in the course materials and other sources.

3. Present and discuss analysis of songs in oral and written form.

4. Examine and understand the accent, vocabulary and grammar of different Spanish varieties as reflected in songs and radio programs.

5. Research, select, combine and integrate information relevant to a Spanish song genre and its socio-historical context, and present it in a coherent fashion.

6. Negotiate task division and contribution in a team environment. Evaluate peers’ contribution to the team task.

Indicative Assessment

Test 1 25% [LO: 1,2,3,4]

Test 2 30% [LO: 1,2,3,4]

Individual Oral Presentation (Tutorial) 15% [LO: 1,2,3,4]

Collective Oral Presentation (Lecture) 10% [LO: 1,2,3,4,5,6]

Written Summary on Topic chosen by the student (600-800 words) 15% [LO: 4,5]

Class Performance and Participation 5% [LO: 1,2,3]

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3 hours per week plus at least 7 hours of regular work per week outside class.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed SPAN2002 r 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 unable to enrol in this course is you have taken previous versions of the course and name SPAN3101 Current Affairs in the Spanish-speaking World (Intermediate).





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. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
4410 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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