• 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

This course explores Hispanic literary and cultural production through a comparative perspective (cross-cultural, critical discourse analysis, gendered, memory, etc.). Readings include short stories, poems, plays, and essays from Spain and Latin America. Lectures will be built around significant literary moments which outline the general trajectory of trans-Atlantic literature, as well as the key historical moments from which they stem. The readings are focused on the rhetorical strategies of writers to infer socio-cultural context to challenge the norms of the time and place in which they live(d). Topics covered will include various literary movements, the social and political construction of ethnic identities, and women’s changing roles. In this course, students will analyze literary works through a critical lens, and will be asked to focus on both form and content through written and oral evaluations. Specific topics covered may vary from year to year.

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 texts;
  2. engage in an informed debate about socio-historical and cultural aspects of Spain and Latin America;
  3. demonstrate understanding of a range of varieties of Spanish through cultural inferences represented in texts and audiovisual sources and/or interaction with native speakers; and
  4. conduct a research project and/or culture-related study in Spanish, finding relevant literature and structuring, writing and presenting a comprehensive text in Spanish following the writing and academic conventions of the Spanish-speaking countries.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Final examination, (150 minutes) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Individual Oral Presentation, (15 minutes) (15) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Writing exercises, (800 words) (10) [LO 2,3,4]
  4. Research project, (1800-2400 words) (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Class performance and participation (10) [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, including recorded/peer-to-peer and tutorial activities, and

b) 88 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed SPAN3012 or SPAN3022, 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 SPAN6510.

Prescribed Texts

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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
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
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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
3617 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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