• 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

This course aims to explore Hispanic history through its literary and cultural representations in comparative perspectives (cross-cultural, critical discourse analysis, gendered, memory, etc.). Readings include short stories, autobiographies, biographies, myths and legends from both Spain and Latin America. 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, essays, autobiographies 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 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 a longer essay in Spanish. Specific topics covered may vary from year to year.


Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Analyse short stories, novel excerpts, films, autobiographies and Spanish essays as cultural and historical texts.
  2. Engage in an informed debate about socio-historical and cultural aspects of Spain and Latin America
  3. Demonstrate understanding of a range of varieties of Spanish through cultural inferences represented in texts and audiovisual sources and/or interaction with native speakers.
  4. 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 Assessment

Final examination, 150 min (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
Individual Oral Presentation, 15 min (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]
Writing exercises, 1,250 words (25%) [Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 4]
Research project, 1800-2400 words (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
Class performance and participation (5%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 42 hours of contact: 3.5 hours of class per week
b) 88 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed SPAN3002 or have equivalent level of language proficiency as demonstrated by placement test. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed SPAN6510. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.





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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
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
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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
4328 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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