• 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
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

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, and Spanish and Latin American responses to the rock, punk and hip-hop movements. 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. A listening mp3 player with relevant interviews and radio programs on the genres or artists studied through the course will be provided.

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. Obtain and summarise relevant information from extended sequences of spoken Spanish (including radio programs, radio documentaries and lectures) and relevant bibliography in Spanish related to the music genres covered in the course.
  2. 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.
  3. Present and discuss analysis of songs in oral and written form.
  4. Examine and understand the accent, vocabulary and grammar of different Spanish varieties as reflected in songs and radio programs.
  5. Research, select, combine and integrate information relevant to a Spanish song genre and its socio-historical context, and present it in a coherent fashion, both orally and in written form.

Indicative Assessment

In-class Test, 120 min (15%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
Final examination, 150 min (25%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Individual oral presentation, 15 min (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
Essay,1500-2000 words (25%) [Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 4, 5]
Written Summary on Topic chosen by the student (900-1200 words) 10% [LO: 4,5]
Class performance and participation (5%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 3 hours of class per week, and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed SPAN6504 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 SPAN3101. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

None. Most of the course material is composed of audio and multimedia resources


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3630
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5580
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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