The aim of this course is to provide a view of significant political, social and artistic issues in the Spanish-speaking world through its rich heritage of musical culture. The study of classic genres, such as the tango, the bolero or the Spanish copla, will be contrasted with contemporary music genres that have been inspired by them. The social and cultural background of the societies that gave rise to such genres will be explored, and significant political events reflected in music, such as the Cuban revolution, the fall of Allende's Chile or the return to democracy in Spain after the Franco regime, will be studied. An mp3 player with relevant interviews and radio programs on the genres or artists studied through the course will be lent to students.
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:
- Obtain and summarise relevant information from extended sequences of spoken Spanish (including radio programs, radio documentaries and lectures)
- Analyse songs as cultural texts, using, integrating and applying the relevant historical, ethnographic, political and sociological information contained in the course materials and other sources.
- Present and discuss analysis of songs in oral and written form.
- Examine and understand the accent, vocabulary and grammar of different Spanish varieties as reflected in songs and radio programs.
- Research, select, combine and integrate information relevant to a Spanish song genre and its socio-historical context, and present it in a coherent fashion.
Indicative AssessmentIn-class Test, 120 min (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
Final examination, 150 min (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Individual oral presentation, 15 min (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
Essay, 1000-1500 words (25%) [Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 4, 5]
Class performance and participation (5%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 3 hours of class per week
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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