• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Spanish
  • Areas of interest Contemporary Europe, Australian Indigenous Studies, Sustainability Science, Theoretical Physics, Internships
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Thomas Nulley-Valdes
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2025
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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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. In-class tests (2 x 50 minutes each) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Oral presentation (10 minutes) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Writing project (800 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Class engagement (10) [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
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
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8440 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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