• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Language Studies
  • Areas of interest European Languages, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

This course presents a linguistic survey of Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries in Latin America, with a focus on the regional, social, and ethnic diversity in language use. Through the study of the history of Spanish and Portuguese in the region, contact with Amerindian and African languages and language planning and policy, students will gain an understanding of how the Spanish and Portuguese varieties spoken in Latin America were formed and of the social reality in which they exist today. Readings will be drawn from a selection of classic and contemporary research in the area, and will be critically assessed through tutorial discussion and in a final essay.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. understand the role of language in society, in particular as it applies to the Latin American context;
  2. critically engage with scholarship in the field;
  3. think about, write and present an argument using evidence and results from sociolinguistic research;
  4. conduct and present research in Spanish.

Indicative Assessment

Responses to questions based on tutorial reading, presented weekly in Spanish as part of the tutorial (20%) [LO 1, 2, 5]
2 x 50-min in-class tests (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
1,000-word essay, in Spanish (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
10-minute oral presentation, in Spanish (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]

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Workload

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

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed SPAN2002 or have equivalent level of language proficiency as demonstrated by placement test. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course. Incompatible with LING2027, LANG6004 and LING6027.

Prescribed Texts

A set of weekly readings will be made available on Wattle, drawn from (among others):

Lipski, John M. 2006. El Español de América. Madrid: Catédra.

Mar-Molinero, Clare. 2000. Politics of language in the Spanish-speaking world. London / New York: Routledge.

Penny, Ralph. 2000. Variation and change in Spanish. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Penny, Ralph2005. Gramática histórica del español (2 ed.). Barcelona: Ariel.

Silva-Corvalán, Carmen. 2001. Sociolingüística y pragmática del español (Georgetown Studies in Spanish Linguistics). Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.

Majors

Minors

Fees

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

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and 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). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4560
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3463 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A

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