• 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, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Latin American Languages, Language Studies, Latin American Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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This course is an introduction to the main concepts and methods of  analysis and interpretation of dialectal variation across the Spanish-speaking world. The focus will be on lexical and syntactic differences in Spanish as spoken in Europe and Latin America, including consideration of how these differences arose, as well as how they are maintained in modern day society. Postgraduate students will apply linguistic theories and methodologies to first-hand empirical analysis of variation across the Hispanic world.

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. Demonstrate advanced understanding of the complex nature of variation and its context;
  2. Identify and describe complex variation across different varieties of Spanish;
  3. Systematically analyse variation across different varieties of Spanish, using linguistic theories;
  4. Use precise linguistic terminology in spoken and written language; and
  5. Link variation patterns to theoretical concepts and place them within a wider cross-linguistic context.

Indicative Assessment

2 Exams 40% (20% each, in class, 50 minutes) (LO 1,2,3,4,5)

Oral presentation 25% (recorded, 15 min talk, 5 min discussion)  (LO 1,2,4,5)

Critical summary of linguistic reading (3000 words) (30%) (LO 1,2,4,5,6)

Participation 5% (LO 1,2,3,4,5)

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This course has three contact hours (1 lecture, 1 linguistic forum and 1 tutorial) per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours of independent study per teaching week over the semester (total 130 hours).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed SPAN6504 or have equivalent level of language proficiency as demonstrated by a placement test. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enroll in this course. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed SPAN2604.

Prescribed Texts

Textbook and any additional readings will be posted on Wattle and/or distributed in class.


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:
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
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
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
3661 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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