• 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
  • Course convener
    • Dr Fabricio Tocco
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
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In this course, we will read a variety of fictional narratives (novels, short novels and short stories) that use crime to talk about something else: violence and political power. The literary treatment of perfect crimes will work as a compass for us to read and discuss Hispanic literary masterpieces, as violence and political power are essential to understand narratives written throughout the Spanish-speaking world: from Colombia, Mexico and Argentina to Chile, Spain and Peru. We will see how these texts challenge a series of intersections: the pen and the sword, personification, personalism and depersonalization, aesthetical and political representation, mythology and history, masculinity and sovereignty. By analyzing the differences and similarities between these authors, we will engage with Hispanic history, politics and culture through the lens of fiction.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. analyse Hispanic culture through the lens of literary texts;
  2. present and discuss Hispanic cultural and literary topics in oral and written form;
  3. conduct research relevant to a Spanish and Latin American literature and culture and its socio-historical context, and present it in a coherent fashion; and
  4. use, integrate and apply relevant historical, ethnographic, political and sociological frameworks contained in the course materials and other sources.

Indicative Assessment

  1. One-hour Midterm test (20) [LO 1,2,4]
  2. Oral presentation, 15min (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Class engagement and participation (10) [LO 1,2]
  4. Shorter Final Paper (800 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Longer Final Paper (1500-2000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 42 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 3.5 class hours per week, and

c) 6 hours of peer-to-peer group over 12 weeks to prepare oral presentation: 0.5 hours per week, and

b) 82 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

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. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed SPAN6513.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4980
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
4167 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 Online View

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