• 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

The subject will analyse in depth a series of current affairs in Spain and Latin America, as well as the impact of world current affairs on the Spanish-speaking world. A set of current and historical topics and their social and historical contexts will be analyzed. The approach will be thematic rather than chronological, but within each topic, a chronology of events needed to understand the present will be explored. Throughout the course students will analyze radio and TV news, as well as material drawn from the Spanish-speaking press. Students will also write and produce their own radio program. 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 news as cultural and historical 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 current affairs topics in oral and written form.

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

5. Research, select, combine and integrate information relevant to a Spanish current affairs topic 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

Term Test 1 (30%) [LO's 1 2 3 4]

Term Test 2 (20%) [LO's 1 2 3 ]

Group oral presentation (20%) [LO's 1 2 3 5 6]

Tutorial work, including blog contributions (25%) [LO's 1 2 3 4 5]

Class performance and participation (5%) [LO's 1 2 3]

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3 contact 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).





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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
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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
4481 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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