• 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, European Studies, Latin American Languages, Latin American Studies

In this course, we will focus on Hispanic culture -or rather, cultures- through the lens of literature. We will read a variety of literary texts, mainly short stories, but also poems, brief excerpts of novels and plays, all appropriate to your level of Spanish. The selection will revolve around common aspects, for instance, the blurry boundaries between reality and fiction, truth and imagination, facts and dreams. We will read and discuss these Hispanic literary masterpieces in relation to the historical periods in which they were imagined, always with a critical eye, to gain better insight into Hispanic culture over time and space, as you expand your Spanish language skills.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand the basic characteristics of Spanish and Latin American cultures;
  2. summarise Hispanic historical events and literary periods;
  3. establish and maintain spoken or written exchanges related to cultural issues;
  4. engage in respectful discussions about cultural differences, involving the exchange of information, opinions and experiences; and
  5. express ideas through the production of original texts.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Group presentation (recorded, 20 minutes per group) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Mid-term test (in-class, 90mins) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Final essay (to be submitted during exam period, 800 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Participation and Class Engagement (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Short Mid-term essay (500 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of lectures and 24 hours of tutorials; b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed SPAN2001, or have equivalent level of language proficiency as demonstrated by placement test, or with permission of the convener. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed SPAN6515.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
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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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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7219 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View

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