Module Details

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Title INTRODUCTION TO HISPANIC STUDIES I
Code HISP120
Coordinator Dr ST Yiacoup
Cultures, Languages and Area Studies
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2011-12 Level One First Semester 15

Aims

  • To provide students with a basic introduction to issues in Hispanic Studies
  • To familiarise students with the study of the Luso-Hispanic world
  • To familiarise students with a range of information sources
  • To introduce students to the academic study of literary and visual texts

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Identify and evaluate some of the key issues in Hispanic Studies
  • Apply these issues to their study of the Luso-Hispanic world
  • Locate, organizeand evaluate a range of information sources
  • Discuss the issues raised with reference to the texts studied in class


Syllabus

Week 1-6 

Unit 1 (Weeks 1-6): Introduction to the Luso-Hispanic World

Week 7-12 

Unit 2 (Weeks 7-12): Cultural Identity in the Luso-Hispanic World


Teaching and Learning Strategies

(a) Lectures

Students will attend lectures on key topics in Hispanic Studies, delivered by specialist lecturers.

 (b) Seminars

Students will attend seminars during the module. Seminars will be based on materials supplied in the course pack, and students will be expected both to prepare written work and to participate actively in discussion.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 19

5

        24
Timetable (if known) Timetable to be confirmed
 
Timetable to be confirmed
 
         
Private Study 126
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Written exam    Exam period  50    Standard University Policy applies - see Department/School handbook for details.   
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Coursework    During the semester  20    Standard University Policy applies - see Department/School handbook for details.  Students will submit one annotated bibliography (length: 1000 words).  
Commentaries    January submission  30    Standard University Policy applies - see Department/School handbook for details.  Students will submit two literary commentaries, one formative, one assessed, on texts studied during the semestre (length of each commentary: 750-1000 words).  

Recommended Texts

Prescribed Reading:

The prescribed texts will be supplied in class.

Secondary reading:

Students are strongly advised to purchase the following textbooks:

* David Birmingham: A Concise History of Portugal (Cambridge UP, 2003)

* Will Fowler. Latin America 1800-2000 (Hodder Arnold, 2002)

*  Christopher J. Ross. Spain Since 1812 (Hodder Arnold, 2009)

Students may also find the following texts useful:

* Antonio Costa Pinto: Contemporary Portugal: Politics, Society and Culture (East European Monographs, 2004)

* Jose Hermano Saraiva. Portugal: A Companion History (Carcanet, 1997)

* Christopher J. Ross: Contemporary Spain: A Han dbook, 2nd edition (Hodder Arnold, 2002)

* Thomas E Skidmore & Peter H Smith. Modern Latin America (OUP, 2001)

* Edwin Williamson. The Penguin History of Latin America (Penguin, 1992)