The subject will analyse in depth a series of current affairs in Spain and Latin America, as well as the impact of world current affairs on the Spanish-speaking world. A set of current and historical topics and their social and historical contexts will be analysed. The approach will be thematic rather than chronological, but within each topic, a chronology of events needed to understand the present will be explored. Throughout the course students will analyse radio and TV news, as well as material drawn from the Spanish-speaking press. An mp3 player with relevant interviews and radio programs on the genres or artists studied through the course will be lent to students.
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:
- Obtain and summarise relevant information from extended sequences of spoken Spanish (including radio programs, radio documentaries and lectures)
- Analyse news as cultural and historical texts, using, integrating and applying the relevant historical, ethnographic, political and sociological information contained in the course materials and other sources.
- Present and discuss current affairs topics in oral and written form.
- Examine and understand the accent, vocabulary and grammar of different Spanish varieties as reflected in TV and radio programs.
- Research, select, combine and integrate information relevant to a Spanish current affairs topic and its socio-historical context, and present it in a coherent fashion.
Indicative AssessmentTwo examinations, 2 hours each (15% and 32.5% for a total of 47.5%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Written assignment, 500-750 words (7.5%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Tutorial work (including online work), 500-750 words (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1-5]
Oral presentation, 15min (15%) [Learning Outcomes 2,3,5]
Class performance and participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 3 class hours per week, and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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