• 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, World Literature, European Studies, Latin American Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

Beasts, Monsters, Humans is an introduction to Otherness in the Spanish-speaking world. In this course, a variety of Hispanic texts, ranging from the canonical to the experimental will be analyzed through various critical lenses drawing from bioethical, ecocritical, postmodern, and gender and race critical theory. Students will explore the ever-changing nature of the label “person” across a myriad of contexts and examine who bestows the label, and what the consequences are for those denied the privilege. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. analyse short stories, novel excerpts, films, autobiographies and Spanish essays as cultural and historical biopolitical texts;
  2. engage in an informed biopolitical debate about socio-historical and cultural aspects of Spain and Latin America;
  3. manage critical texts on topics like biopolitics, ecocriticism, hybridity, and monstrosity; and
  4. conduct an authentic research project and/or culture-related study in Spanish on a biopolitical topic.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Reading Response 1 (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Reading Response 2 (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Oral Presentation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Research Proposal (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  6. Final Research Essay (40) [LO 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 class hours per week, and

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements


Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed SPAN2002, or have an equivalent level of language proficiency as demonstrated by a placement test, or with permission of the convener.

Prescribed Texts

TBA on Wattle.


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

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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4980
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