- Code SPAN3030
- Unit Value 6 units
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.
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:
- Analyse short stories, novel excerpts, films, autobiographies and Spanish essays as cultural and historical texts.
- Engage in an informed debate about socio-historical and cultural aspects of Spain and Latin America
- Demonstrate understanding of a range of varieties of Spanish through cultural inferences represented in texts and audiovisual sources and/or 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 AssessmentFinal 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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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 42 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 3.5 hours of class per week, and
b) 88 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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