- Code SPAN3030
- Unit Value 6 units
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Analyse Hispanic films, short stories, autobiographies and Spanish essays as cultural and historical texts.
- Engage in an informed debate about socio-historical and cultural aspects of Spain and Latin American cultural and historical texts.
- Present and discuss critical analysis of cultural and historical texts in oral and written form.
- Negotiate task division and contribution in a team environment.
- Reflect on and discuss own learning as it relates to the subject matter of the course.
- Demonstrate understanding of colloquial expressions through cultural inferences represented in images and interaction with native speakers.
- 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 Assessment2 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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Workload3.5 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).
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|Class start date
|Last day to enrol
|Class end date
|Mode Of Delivery
|20 Feb 2017
|27 Feb 2017
|31 Mar 2017
|26 May 2017