• Class Number 7219
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Thomas Nulley-Valdes
    • Dr Thomas Nulley-Valdes
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
SELT Survey Results

This course deepens students’ understanding of Spanish language and culture, through a broad overview of key topics in Spanish literature and linguistics that provide both a grounding of the knowledge they have acquired so far, and a foundation for further study. Topics vary semester to semester, but in all, attention is paid to the evolving and pluricentric nature of Spanish around the world. Literary topics will revolve around Hispanic literary masterpieces, considered in relation to the historical periods in which they were produced, always with a critical eye, to gain better insight into Hispanic culture over time and space. Linguistic topics will relate to key concepts in areas such as pronunciation and grammar, to deepen students’ understanding of basic components of the Spanish language and thus understand the reasons behind key issues they may have encountered during their language classes. Specific topics covered may vary from year to year. The course may be completed more than once if a different topic is studied each time.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand the basic characteristics of the language and culture from the Spanish-speaking world;
  2. extract, summarise, and critically engage with information from original sources in Spanish;
  3. establish and maintain spoken or written exchanges related to cultural and linguistic issues;
  4. engage in discussions about cultural and linguistic differences, involving the exchange of information, opinions and experiences in Spanish; and
  5. reflect on the cultural aspects of Spanish as a world language.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 "Descubrimiento" y conquista, 1492 (Columbus's letters and diaries)
2 En un lugar de la Mancha, 1605 (Selected chapter of Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quijote)
3 The Fall of the Spanish Empire, 1898 (short story, Emilia Pardo Bazán's 'Las medias rojas')
4 La revolución mexicana, 1910 (short story, Juan Rulfo's 'Luvina')
5 Revision and Reading 120-minutes midterm test (20%)
6 Buenos Aires, una modernidad periférica, 1945 (short story, 'Pierre Menard, verdadero escritor del Quijote')
7 La revolución cubana y el Boom hispanoamericano, 1960s (short stories, Julio Cortázar's 'Axolotl' and Carlos Fuentes' 'Chac Mool')
8 El realismo mágico y la literatura mundial, 1960s y 1970s (short story, Gabriel García Márquez's 'Un señor muy viejo con unas alas enormes')
9 El Postboom y la era de la globalización: Macondo vs. McOndo, 1990 (selected chapter from Alberto Fuguet's Mala onda)
10 Latinos/Latinxs en los Estados Unidos, 2000 (selected chapter from Junot Díaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao)
11 #NiUnaMenos: Feminist Movements, 2010s (short story, Mariana Enríquez's 'Las cosas que perdimos en el fuego')
12 Paternidad y pandemia, 2020s (short story, Alejandro Zambra's 'Tiempo de pantalla') A final essay to be submitted during the exam period (800-1000 words, 30%)

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
A 120-minute in-class midterm test (20%) 20 % 21/08/2023 31/08/2023 1,2,5
A 20-minute in-class recorded group presentation (20%) 20 % * * 1,2,3,4,5
Participation, preparation, and class engagement (10%) 10 % * * 1,3,4,5
a short mid-term essay (500 words, 20%) 20 % 13/09/2023 29/09/2023 1,2
A final essay (800-1000 words, 30%) 30 % 08/11/2023 * 1,2

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 21/08/2023
Return of Assessment: 31/08/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5

A 120-minute in-class midterm test (20%)

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

A 20-minute in-class recorded group presentation (20%)

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4,5

Participation, preparation, and class engagement (10%)

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 13/09/2023
Return of Assessment: 29/09/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

a short mid-term essay (500 words, 20%)

Assessment Task 5

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 08/11/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

A final essay (800-1000 words, 30%)

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Thomas Nulley-Valdes

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Dr Thomas Nulley-Valdes

By Appointment
Dr Thomas Nulley-Valdes

Research Interests

Dr Thomas Nulley-Valdes

By Appointment

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