• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Spanish
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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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, and Spanish and Latin American responses to the rock, punk and hip-hop movements. 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. A listening mp3 CD with relevant interviews and radio programs on the genres or artists studied through the course will be provided.

Learning Outcomes

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

Students will be exposed to a considerable amount of spoken Spanish from around the Spanish-speaking world, as they will have to listen to radio programs dealing with the different music genres before each class.

Students will gain critical skills, including the critical reading of song lyrics as literary and social texts. They will also gain an insight into the main sociological and political events that shaped the Spanish-speaking world, as reflected in music and music lyrics. Students will also gain an insight into the many informal registers of spoken Spanish, as well as the wide range of regional syntactic and lexical variation in the Spanish language.

Indicative Assessment

Graduate students may attend joint classes with undergraduates but can expect more rigorous assessment and additional assignment work, tailored to their interests.

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Workload

3 hours of classes per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully 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.

Prescribed Texts

None. Most of the course material is composed of audio and multimedia resources

Specialisations

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:
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
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3391 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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