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Key information


  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: RR45
  • Year of entry: 2019
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33, with no score less than 4 / BTEC : Applications considered
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Module details

Programme Year One

Students with advanced Spanish will take, four language modules, two foundational modules, and two additional modules in another subject.

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Beginners Spanish 1+2 (SPAN112)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To introduce and consolidate the use of Spanish grammar in a variety of different contexts and registers and to explore aspects of contemporary Peninsular and Latin American Spanish language and culture;

    To develop and consolidate listening comprehension skills in Spanish in a variety of different contexts and registers;

    To communicate effectively in oral Spanish in a variety of different contexts and registers.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students will demonstrate understanding of Spanish grammar in different contexts. 

    ​Students will demonstrate an understanding of the different Spanish-speaking cultures.

    ​Students will demonstrate speaking skills in a variety of contexts and registers.

  • Intermediate Spanish 3+4 (SPAN134)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To consolidate the student''s knowledge of Spanish grammar in a variety of different contexts and registers and to explore aspects of contemporary Peninsular and Latin American Spanish language and culture;

    To develop and consolidate listening comprehension skills in Spanish in a variety of different contexts and registers;

    To develop socio-cultural awareness about Spanish-speaking countries;

    To communicate effectively in oral Spanish in a variety of different contexts and registers.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students will communicate in writing in Spanish in a variety of contexts for description and giving information.

    Students will demonstrate understanding and appreciation of the cultural values of the Spanish-speaking world.

    To communicate effectively in oral Spanish in a variety of different contexts and registers and to explore aspects of contemporary Peninsular and Latin American Spanish language and culture.​

  • Advanced Spanish 5 (SPAN105)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To provide a stimulating learning environment in which students develop their linguistic skills in Spanish;

    To enable students to understand both written and spoken Spanish and analyse the linguistic nature of Spanish;

    To enhance and develop the oral and listening practical skills;

    To assist the students in speaking Spanish accurately and fluently.​

    Learning Outcomes

    Students will be able to consolidate and extend their existing knowledge and ability to use the Spanish language by developing all skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing and interacting.​

    Students will develop their translation and written skills and be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of the structures, lexicon and registers of Spanish.​​

    Students will improve their listening and speaking skills in order to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts and using the appropriate registers in a more complex or professional environments.​​

  • Advanced Spanish 6 (SPAN106)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    ​To provide a stimulating learning environment in which students develop their linguistic skills in Spanish;

    To enable students to understand both written and spoken Spanish and analyse the linguistic nature of Spanish;

    To enhance and develop the oral and listening practical skills;

     To assist the students in speaking Spanish accurately and fluently.​

    Learning Outcomes

    Students will be able to consolidate and extend their existing knowledge and ability to use the Spanish language by developing all skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing and interacting.​

    Students will develop their translation and written skills to demonstrate a deep understanding of the structures, lexicon and registers of Spanish​.

    Students will improve their listening and speaking skills in order to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts and using the appropriate registers in a more complex or professional environments​.

  • Introduction to Iberian and Latin American Studies I (HISP120)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    Identify and evaluate key issues in Luso-Hispanic Studies;

    Apply these issues to your study of the Luso-Hispanic world;

    Locate, organise and evaluate a range of information sources;

    Discuss the issues raised with reference to the texts/topics studied in class;

    Introduce you to key skills of Critical Thinking (analysis and synthesis) and referencing (bibliography and intro to in-text citation);

    carry out sustained research into a particular topic and express your findings in an appropriate academic form. 

    Learning OutcomesIdentify and evaluate some of the key issues in Hispanic StudiesApply these issues to their study of the Luso-Hispanic world​Locate, organize and evaluate a range of information sources​

    ​Discuss the issues raised with reference to the texts studied in class​

  • Introduction to Iberian and Latin American Studies II (HISP121)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims
      Identify and evaluate key issues in Luso-Hispanic Studies;Apply these issues to your study of the Luso-Hispanic world;Locate, organise and evaluate a range of information sources;Discuss the issues raised with reference to the texts/topics studied in class;Carry out sustained research into a particular topic and express your findings in an appropriate academic form.
    Learning Outcomes

    Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of some of the key texts of the Luso-Hispanic world.

    ​Display an understanding of some of the key issues of Hispanic Studies.

    ​Demonstrate the ability to apply a close analysis to texts.

    ​Understand different texts, literary and cinematic genres within their broader social and historical contexts.

  • Language Awareness (MODL105)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Develop students'' awareness of and explicit knowledge about language;

    ​Introduce students to key concepts of linguistics;

    Enhance students'' skills of critical ​analysis of language, including hypothesis testing and rule formation;

    ​Develop students'' understanding of similarities and differences between human languages;

    ​Develop students'' awareness of and explicit knowledge about language learning that will help them become more efficient language learners.

    Learning Outcomes

    Manage language learning processes more efficiently.

    ​Understand key aspects of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics which are relevant for language learners.

    ​Talk about and describe language using the correct terminology. 

    ​Reflect critically on selected language-related issues.

    ​Relate knowledge about text features to the translation of text.

    ​Communicate more efficiently in the first and foreign language.

  • Women in Iberian and Latin American Literature and Culture (HISP112)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to:-

    Introduce students to key texts and cultural forms from Spain, Portugal and Latin America in which the social and cultural role, status and impact of women are of particular importance; 

    By studying and engaging with the topics taught on this module, students will develop critical insight into representations of women in the texts they have studied and will be able to apply what they have learnt constructively in the study of women in Iberian and Latin American literature more generally.

    Learning Outcomes

    Understand and analyse the core texts within their historical, cultural and social contexts and recognise the connections and points of contrast between them.

    Develop an awareness of key critical approaches and issues surrounding the core texts studied.

    ​Distinguish between and analyse primary sources that are historiographical, sociological and cultural in nature.

    ​Produce assessed work (portfolio and examination) that displays a critical insight into the topics covered.

Year One Optional Modules

  • Beginners Portuguese 1+2 (PORT112)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To provide students with competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking Portuguese at a basic level;

    To provide students with a sound understanding of basic aspects of Portuguese grammar;

    To develop students'' language learning strategies and a reflective approach towards language learning;

    To explore aspects of contemporary Portuguese-speaking culture through the medium of Portuguese.

    Learning Outcomes

    Apply basic reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in Portuguese.

    Communicate in Portuguese in everyday contexts, using formal and informal registers as appropriate.

    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the structures and registers of Portuguese.

    Demonstrate some knowledge and understanding of the cultures and linguistic contexts of the countries where Portuguese is spoken.​

     Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

  • Intermediate Portuguese 3+4 (PORT134)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To provide students with competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking Portuguese at basic level;

    To provide students with a sound understanding of basic aspects of Portuguese grammar;

    To provide students with a sound understanding of basic aspects of Portuguese grammar;

    To explore aspects of contemporary Portuguese-speaking culture through the medium of Portuguese.​

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Apply basic reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in Portuguese.

    Communicate in Portuguese in everyday contexts, using formal and informal registers as appropriate.​

    Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the structures, registers and varieties of Portuguese.​

    Demonstrate some knowledge and understanding of the cultures and linguistic contexts of the countries where Portuguese is spoken.​

    Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.​

  • Beginners Catalan 1+2 (CATL112)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    ​Provide students with a sound understanding of the basic structures of Catalan grammar;

    Develop all the skills necessary to begin to communicate confidently in spoken and written Catalan;  Explore aspects of contemporary Catalan culture through the medium of Catalan; Enable students to develop useful language learning strategies and a reflective approach; Develop students'' ability to work collaboratively and independently.
    Learning Outcomes

    Communicate in the target language in everyday contexts and basic informal registers.​

    Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the structures.​

    Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.​

    Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the cultures and linguistic contexts of the country of the target language.​

  • Intermediate Catalan 3+4 (CATL134)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    Provide students with basic competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking Catalan;

    Provide students with a sound understanding of the basic structures of Catalan grammar;

    Develop student''s language learning strategy use and a reflective approach towards language learning;

    Explore aspects of contemporary Catalan culture through the medium of Catalan.

    Learning Outcomes

    Apply basic listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in the target language.

    Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the structures, registers and, as appropriate, varieties of the target language.

    Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

    Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the cultures and linguistics contexts of the country of the target language.

  • Beginners' Basque 1+2 (BASQ112)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To provide students with a command of basic language structures and vocabulary that will allow them to start communicating in Basque in a variety of everyday situations; 

    ​To provide students with an understanding of the peculiarities of Basque as a non-indoeuropean language, and so help them realize how varied human languages can be in structure;

    ​To introduce students to a number of aspects of contemporary Basque society and culture, especially the most characteristic and peculiar ones;

    ​To start developing in students an awareness of the similarities and dissimilarities between the contemporary view of the world associated with Basque and the view of the world in their own languages and cultures.

    Learning OutcomesAcquirethe ability to recognise familiar words and basic phrases concerning immediatesurroundings and everyday situations when people speak slowly.  

    ​Acquire the ability to understand descriptive and narrative texts dealing with familiar objects, actions, and activities written in the present tense.

    ​Acquire the ability to interact in a simple way provided that the other person is ready to repeat or rephrase things.

    ​Acquire the ability to write simple descriptions of people, familiar objects and places, and narratives of everyday situations in the present tense.

    ​Acquire an understanding of the main structural differences between Basque as a non-indoeuropean language and its neighbouring languages.

    Acquire an overall knowledge of contemporary Basque society and culture and its most peculiar characteristics.        

  • Intermediate Basque 3+4 (BASQ134)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To provide students with a solid command of basic language structures and vocabulary that will allow them to communicate in simple but correct Basque in a variety of everyday situations;

    ​ To enhance students'' understanding of the peculiarities of Basque as a non-indoeuropean language, and so help them better realize how varied human languages can be in structure;

    ​To extend students'' knowledge of contemporary Basque society and culture;

    ​To reinforce students'' awareness of the similarities and dissimilarities between the contemporary view of the world associated with Basque and the view of the world in their own languages and cultures.

     

    Learning OutcomesAcquire the ability to recognise a wider range of familiar words and expressions concerning immediate surroundings and everyday situations when people speak slowly.                        Acquire the ability to understand descriptive and narrative texts dealing with familiar objects, actions, and activities written in the present tense (perfect, simple, progressive and habitual) or in the future tense. Acquire the ability to interact in a richer way provided that the other person is ready to repeat or rephrase things.         Acquire the ability to write rich descriptions of people, familiar objects and places, and narratives of everyday situations in the present tense (perfect, simple, progressive and habitual) or in the future tense.Acquire a more extended understanding of the main structural differences between Basque as a non-indoeuropean language and its neighbouring languages.        

    ​Acquire a wider knowledge of contemporary Basque society and culture and its most peculiar characteristics.                        

Programme Year Two

You will take four language modules and four optional modules.

All students must take four language modules if taking Hispanic Studies as a Major or as a Single Honours. This means continuing with the two languages studied in Year 1.

 

Year Two Optional Modules

  • Spain is Not Spain: Nationalisms & Identities in Spanish Literature (HISP216)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

     

    The principal aim of this module is to provide students with a detailed introduction to the nationalism(s) of Spain. Special emphasis will be placed on the emergence of historical nationalisms in Galicia, the basque country and catalonia in the late 19th century as well as their re-emergence after francisco franco''s dictatorship. The module will enable students to acquire a broad understanding of the different nationalist identities in Spain looking at different literary texts (fiction, poetry and short stories, in spanish). The module will also enable students to acquire wide-ranging skills in literary analysis. The module will enable students to gain a solid understanding of key social, political and cultural concerns in Spain.
    Learning Outcomes

    ​Upon successful completion of the module, students will be able to explain and illustrate the key issues that are driving contemporary debates in Spain regarding nationalisms and they will also have acquired a clear understanding of the historical, cultural, institutional and constitutional framework in which Spanish state nationalism is pitted against competing nationalisms.

    Students will be able to critically interpret and contextualise a wide range of contemporary texts. ​

    Students will be able to apply theoretical approaches or critical secondary literature to the analysis of primary texts. ​

  • "does the Nation Matter?" the Basques' Will to Persist in the Global Culture (HISP218)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims

    To introduce students to a number of aspects of contemporary Basque society and culture, especially the most characteristic and peculiar ones;

    ​To provide students with an understanding of the conflict of identities that characterizes the contemporary Basque Country from a cultural, historical, and anthropological perspective;

    To offer students a taste of contemporary Basque arts and the identity play between the local and the global in which they are inscribed;

    To reflect about the concept of national identity, both its importance to all of us and its striking fragility, and the way all that is linked to the student''s own experience of nationality.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Acquire, through the study of cultural texts and contexts, a broad knowledge and a critical understanding of a number of aspects of Basque culture and society

    Acquire a critical understanding of the ​conflict of identities that characterizes the contemporary Basque Country

    Acquire a broad knowledge of a number of contemporary Basque cultural productions, and t​he identity play between the local and the global in which they are inscribed

    ​Acquire a critical understanding of the importance of the concept of national identity in Western countries and the extent to which nationality is also key to the student''s own experience of the world

  • Spanish and Latin American Cinemas: An Introduction (HISP229)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to the cinematic dimension of Spanish and Latin American cultures;

     

    To create an awareness of the economic forces which frame the film industry in Spain and Latin America in specific areas of contemporary political and cultural life;

     

    To develop students'' skills in close textual analysis of a range of film texts;

     

    ​To explore the relationship between film, society and politics across various national contexts within Spain and Latin America.

     
    Learning Outcomes

    Demonstrate a knowledge of the cinematic practices and cultures of Spain and Latin America.

    ​Show an understanding of the ways in which Spanish and Latin American film are shaped by wider economic and cultural forces.

    ​Show an ability to apply close readings to film texts

    ​Display an understanding of the relationship between film, society and politics across various national contexts with Spain and Latin America.

  • Globalisation and Development in Latin America (LATI209)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
      To introduce students to key questions in the study of the politics of globalisation and development;       To offer an analysis of the major developments in Latin American in the twentieth century including import-substitution, state-led development, economic and financial crisis, neo-liberal reforms, social and political implications, and international relations; To provide an understanding of the challenges that Latin American governments have confronted over time and the continued tensions between economic and political demands;To introduce the students to the study of comparative and international political economy.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

    Learning Outcomes​To be able to read and synthesise material form a range of academic sources

    To discuss cogently in small groups and synthesise discussions in presentations​To be able to present arguments in writing using a number of sources that are correctly referenced​

    ​To understand the main economic and political challenges facing twentieth century Latin American governments.​

    ​To be able to sustain an argument about political developments in the region both verbally and in writing.​

    ​ To be able to identify differences and similarities in political processes across the region using a comparative methodology.​
  • Latin America in Its Literature (LATI203)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To introduce students to Latin American literature through the study of a selection of major works;

    To deepen students understanding of Latin American social reality through an examination of its portrayal in literature;

    to train students in the reading of literary texts and to encourage them to develop an ability to analyse for themselves.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students will acquire an understanding of some of the best in Latin American literature in its broader historical, cultural and socio-political context.

    Students will deepen their understanding of Latin American socio-political reality and of its portrayal in the regions literature​.

    Students will develop their ability to do a close critical reading of literary texts and also improve their analytical skills generally​.

    Students will have learned to apply theoretical approach and secondary literature to the analysis of literary texts​.

  • Propaganda and Censorship (FILM202)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with an insight into the interaction of film and political authority, the structures which the authorities use or have used in order to exert control on the cinema and the ways in which cinema’s power over its audience has been harnessed, manipulated or occasionally feared to the point of suppression;

    To examine specific films, scenes from them and the controversies around them as case studies of the interaction of film and political and/or other authority;

    To introduce students to theoretical debates about propaganda and censorship in Film Studies.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students will gain a differentiatedunderstanding of the way in which political and other authorities have soughtto control, harness and curb the power of film in different historicalsituations. 

    Students will gain an awareness offilm’s position in national institutional structures and the effect of these onthe finished product and a historical perspective on the perceived purpose ofand limits on film production in Europe.

    Students will develop an alertness tothe ways in which film may seek to manipulate the viewer and a criticalattitude to the theories that have been constructed regarding the effects offilm on its audience.

    Students will develop an ability touse different kinds of textual evidence to present a balanced and sophisticatedargument about complex issues of representation and control and to reach areasoned conclusion recognising the power of social attitudes and desires inthe formulation and conduct of debates in these fields.​

  • The Cinematic City (FILM201)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To explore ways in which European cinema has made use of the urban space (cinema having been described as an urban art-form par excellence);

    Through a wide range of films from different European countries, to introduce students both to issues relating to the imaginary conception of cities, and to concepts in film theory regarding the construction of space, the position of the observer, and the nature and purpose of representation and of narrative construction​;

    To introduce students to relatively complex theoretical constructions, in an immediate and approachable way, which will give them confidence in their ability to handle concepts in critical theory and to apply them successfully;

    To develop their capacities in expressing their ideas, both in discussion and in written work, with regard to more advanced material than they were required to study in the first-year module; ​

    To alert them to the conceptual links which film studies has with other theoretical fields;

    To introduce students in a simple way to the practical problems of audiovisual representation.

    Learning Outcomes

    Awareness of issues of urban theory, of the spatial implications of cinematic expression, and of the interaction of these; 

    Awareness of the ways in which cinema has been used to articulate the self-construction of urban societies​

    Alertness to the ways in which the modern world is constructed through representations​

    Ability to handle theoretical concepts confidently in written and oral modes, to carry on a discussion and sustain an argument by applying those concepts.

    ​Awareness of some of the practical issues involved in creating an audiovisual piece.

    ​Ability to plan the translation of experience of the city into audiovisual form.​

  • Multilingual Liverpool: Reading and Translating the City (MODL234)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    ​To introduce students to core theoretical topics in sociolinguistics;

    To encourage critical awareness of multilingualism and language practices;

    To apply translation approaches to texts publicly available in Liverpool. 

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Read critically public texts, both in English and in the target language.

    ​Translate signs into the target language, bearing in mind the principles of semiotics, audience, design and other linguistic landscape theories.

    ​Develop an understanding of multilingualism.

  • Language Teaching: Theory and Practice (MODL200)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to key theoretical and conceptual debates within second language learning and teaching studies;

    To develop students'' ability to apply theoretical and conceptual debates to a variety of second language learning and teaching contexts;

    To enhance students'' skills of critical analysis and independent thinking.

    Learning Outcomes

    Demonstrate an understanding of key aspects of second language teaching theories, 

    ​Identify the connection between academic and / or theoretical knowledge and its practical application in a modern foreign language classroom,

    Demonstrate an ability to develop materials and teaching activities according to a given specification and requirement,

    Reflect on and evaluate the efficacy of the materials and ​teaching activities developed,

    Identify, reflect and report on a range of personal / employability skills.

Programme Year Three


Year abroad

For students specialising in Latin American Studies:

You spend your third year in a country of your choice, such as Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil or Cuba. You are required to enrol in university classes, including language, unless exempted by the director of the programme or be attached to a Non-Governmental Organisation or research centre.

While abroad, you carry out research for a dissertation, you submit a pre-dissertation report and a draft chapter at the beginning of June, while the dissertation itself is a compulsory module (across both semesters) in final year.

All other students:

Extended essay or portfolio written in Spanish, or accredited ERASMUS modules.

Programme Year Four

All students must take four language modules. This means continuing with the two languages studied in Years 1 and 2 normally. You will choose from four optional modules.

Year Four Compulsory Modules

  • Proficient Spanish 11 (SPAN311)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims

    Students are expected to be able to show ability to assimilate and transmit information through simultaneous and liaison interpreting;Through (assessed) translation from English​ to Spanish, students are expected to develop an excellent understanding of Spanish grammar;Through a weekly class with the Spanish lector(a)​, students are expected to develop and consolidate advanced oral skills, building particularly on their experience during their year abroad.
    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the module, students will be able to speak and write Spanish with near-native fluency and with grammatical correctness.

    Students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of different contexts and registers.

    Students'' speaking, listening, reading and writing skills will all have improved and their ability to translate texts and interpret short interviews/talks will have been enhanced.

    Students will be expected to be able to translate from English into Spanish with grammatical correctness and cultural awareness.

  • Proficient Spanish 12 (SPAN312)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims

    Students are expected to show ability to assimilate and transmit information through simultaneous and liaison interpreting;

    Through writing in a variety of registers (reporting tasks, letters, summaries, dialogues, descriptions) students are expected to consolidate and apply their understanding of Spanish grammar;

    Through a weekly class with the Spanish lecturer, students are expected to develop and consolidate advanced oral skills, building particularly on their experience during their year abroad.

    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the module, students will be expected to be able to speak and write Spanish with near-native fluency and with grammatical correctness. 

    Students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of different contexts and registers.

    Students'' ability to write in different registers and interpret short interviews/talks will have been enhanced.

Year Four Optional Modules

  • Digital Cultures in the Americas (HISP348)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    ​To introduce students to key conceptual debates on the production and context of

    mainstream and non-mainstream moving and still images;

     

    ​​To develop students ability to apply key theoretical debates to the study of digital cultures, 

    platforms, and online content from across the Americas'';

     

    ​To encourage students to examine the use, reuse, curation and distribution by professionals and amateurs of materials online and in film;

     

    ​To enhance students'' skills of critical analysis and independent thinking​.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Show an awareness of the key theoretical and conceptual debates​ on the creation and distribution of non mainstream moving and still images.

    ​Demonstrate an applied knowledge of the wider historical context in which non mainstream moving and still images​ circulate.

    ​Apply theoretical approaches or critical secondary literature to the analysis of non mainstream moving and still images.​

    ​Successfully apply close textual analysis of a range of material produced by non mainstream creators.​

  • Brazilian Popular Culture (HISP333)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

     

    To study and analyse a range of examples of Brazilian popular culture within their socio-historical and political contexts;

    ​To examine and understand the relationship between popular culture and identity formation (based on race/ethnicity, class, nation and/or gender)

    ​To develop independent research and analytical skills;

    ​To develop written and oral presentation skills.

     

    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this module students will have a knowledge of a range of key examples of Brazilian popular culture and their socio-historical and political contexts.

    ​Students will understand how popular cultural forms relate to and are informed by their given socio-historical and political contexts, and be able to apply this understanding to other geographical and historical contexts.

    ​Students will understand how popular cultural forms engage with issues of identity formation, and be able to apply this understanding to other contexts.

    ​Students will have improved their independent research, analytical and written and oral presentation skills.

  • East is West: Jews, Muslims and Christians in Spanish Literature (HISP319)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    ​     

    The aims of this module is to introduce students to cultural forms (literature, both fiction and non-fiction, as well as music and visual art), which foreground the relationships between Christians, Jews and Muslims in Spain.  Students will learn about the historical contexts from which these cultural forms emerged in order to gain an understanding of the complex dynamics between and among the different religious and ethnic groups in question.

    The module seeks to explore the ways in which stereotypes can be established and perpetuated in works of art and literature as well as the various methods by which works of art and literature can challenge and subvert religious or ethnic differences. Students will be encouraged to think about the interaction between art and power and the phenomenon of art as propaganda.

    Students will acquire confidence in using historical texts and theory to support their readings of primary materials, gaining insight into the various debates that have arisen around Jewish, Muslim and Christian cultural relations and their influence on Spanish culture.​ 

    Learning Outcomes

    Understand and analyse key texts within the specific historical and socio-cultural contexts in which they were composed and orginally originally disseminated.

    Substantiate their written work with scholarly texts relevant to the literature studied and participate in class discussion concerning the topics in question.Identify important parallels and contrasts between medieval representations and religious minorities and later portrayals.​​Actively engage in debate and discussion about the topics studied in class through written and oral presentations.
  • Sex, Drugs and Altercations: Contemporary Poetry of Spain (HISP314)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    The aim of this course is to introduce students to the poetry written in Spain during the last forty years or so.  This module will cover major spanish movements and trends up to the present day.  It will also look at some poetry in catalan, for which translations into spanish or english will be provided.


    The module seeks to explore different attempts to assert resistance and the ways in which the poetic art can exert renewal (of the literary field, of ideas, of identities, of political movements) through some of its best known literature.


    Alongside some close readings of key authors and literary compositions, issues on the political and historical frameworks that surround this poetry.

    Learning OutcomesUpon completion of the module, students will be able to understand and analyse poetry in Spanish within the specific historical and socio-cultural context in which these different bodies of work were composed and originally disseminated.

    ​​Upon completion of the module, students will be able to substantiate their written work with critical theory relevant to the literature studied and participate in class discussion concerning the role of the poetry in question.

    ​​Upon completion of the module, students will be able to conduct detailed analyses of the literature in question and will have developed competence in completing systematic readings of a given text and its historical and cultural context.

    ​​Upon completion of the module, students will have a nuanced understanding of the environment from which this poetry emerged, the different responses it encountered and the challenges it posed for the future of Spanish poetry.
  • The Sociolinguistics of Contemporary Spain (HISP329)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    AimsTo deepen students’ understanding of core theoretical concepts in sociolinguistics; ​To explore the particularities of the sociolinguistic context of Spain; To introduce students to sociolinguistic research methodologies; To enable students to manipulate and apply SL theory and practice.
    Learning Outcomes

    To understand key topics in sociolinguistics

    To read and critique academic texts such as journal articles, book chapters etc.

    To formulate arguments based on academic literature

    To develop academic writing style

  • Screening Spain: Contemporary Spanish Film and Television (HISP344)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To analyse television, film (documentary and narrative) from Spain in the context of Spanish culture and wider theories of media and cultural studies;

    To examine a number of Spanish films and television productions with their broader sociohistorical, political and industrial contexts;

    To explore the ways in which Spanish film and television responds to and intervenes in contemporary social and political debates;

    To enhance students'' skills of critical analysis and independent thinking.

    Learning Outcomes

    Demonstrate an advanced understanding and knowledge of theories of film and television.

    Be able to show how the texts studied on the course intervene in debates surrounding contemporary social and / or political issues.

    Apply theoretical approaches or secondry literature to the analysis of film and television.
     

    ​Successfully consider issues of representation in film and television in terms of Spanish cultural studies and media studies.

  • Advanced Translation (MODL311)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    ​To develop an understanding of theoretical issues of translation and to apply these in analysing existing texts as well as in making translation choices;

    To gain insight into the professional practice of translation;

    To further develop advanced language​ skills in both English and the target language(s);

    To be able to identify aspects of register, style and complex linguistic structures and to render these appropriately into English;

    To be able to translate a range of texts at a high level of proficiency and to select a suitable text for translation.​

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Students will demonstrate an awareness of the theoretical issues and stylistic choices involved in translating at a high level.

    Students will be able to translate a range of texts into appropriate English.​

    Students will have acquired the comprehension and linguistic skills to understand and analyse complex texts in both their target language(s) and English.​

  • Translation Project (MODL312)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

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    To give students the opportunity to translate an extended piece of work to a high level of proficiency, with appropriate support;

    ​To conduct a close analysis of source material, paying particular attention to questions of style and register and rendering these appropriately in the target text;

         To give students the opportunity to carry out independent research at an advanced level, with appropriate support, into a topic of interest to them;

    ​To develop students'' self-reflective skills, encouraging them to think critically about and justify translation choices. 

    Learning Outcomes

    Demonstrateawareness of theoretical issues and stylistic choices involved in translatingat a high level.

    ​Abilityto convey source text in target language in an appropriate manner and to a highlevel.

    ​Construct, focus and structure an independent project, in discussion with a personal supervisor working in that subject area.​​Analyse source materials, and develop coherent and original arguments on the basis of research.​​Manage time effectively and efficiently and plan a process of research, reading and writing.​​Present a confident and coherent justification of translation strategy in clear written prose, following scholarly conventions of referencing and bibliography.
  • Mediterranean Connections (MODL320)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    ·        Tointroduce students to a rangeof cultural, hisorical and linguistic issues that represent the Mediterranean as a connecting and transpolitical space.

    ·        To provide students with anoverview of the history of the Mediterranean,from the Middle Ages to the present.​

    ·        ​To enable students to develop acomparative sensibility to the material under consideration, coveringtopics such as immigration, identity and the fluidity of geopolitical space.

    Learning OutcomesRead unfamiliar and challenging literary texts,showing specific knowledge about the contexts in which those texts wereproduced (considering in particular issues of identity, ethnicity, colonialism,historical migratory movements

    Appreciate thediversity of literary material that represents the Mediterraneanand the cultures connected by it, by considering approaches from a variety ofhistorical and linguistic contexts

       

    Evaluate critical approaches to representations of the Mediterranean as a connecting space, and select those likely to be pertinent and fruitful, explaining and defending choices when asked to do so either by other students or the module tutors


    ​Understand anddiscuss critically the societies, cultures and historical contexts from whichthe prescribed texts emerge and to which their authors belong


    Contribute to and(where appropriate) lead tutorial discussion, analysing in significant detailliterary texts with regard to their broad themes, and literary, socio-culturaland historical context


    Detect affinitiesbetween the prescribed texts by analysing common themes whilst makingcross-comparisons between authors and contexts


    Complete coherent,focused and structured assignments on topics related to the set texts

           

    Make competent useof secondary literature and achieve the proper integration of such materialinto an original argument

    Demonstrate anawareness of the intercultural sensitivity required for a successfulunderstanding of the material and themes under consideration

  • Terror Remembered: Representing Traumatic Histories in Latin America, Europe and China (MODL304)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to approaches to memory and to a body of textual, visual, material representation of terror that has become a key focus for critical analysis in recent cultural studies;

    To provide a context in which students can engage in systematic comparisons between European, Latin American and East Asian experiences and representations of social and political trauma;

    To provoke students to reflect systematically on the political and ethical implications of literary, material and cinematic representation of traumatic histories.

    Learning OutcomesA basic knowledge of the circumstances and character of the Holocaust in Europe, the experiences of dictatorship and civil war in Latin America, the Japanese occupation of China and the Chinese Cultural Revolution  A detailed understanding of the ways in which traumatic experiences of state terror and civil conflict have been represented in Latin American, European and Chinese cultural discourse Familiarity with the terms and methods used in the critical analysis of literary, visual and heritage practice and in particular with the terms of critical debate about the ethics and aesthetics of representing political violence and genocide

    The ability to apply comparative analysis to the understanding of local and individual events, texts and artefacts​

    For students of a modern foreign language: enhanced ability to use their skills for reading and analysing a range of complex texts in the target language.​

  • Dissertation (MODL307)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To give students the opportunity to carry out independent research at an advanced level, with appropriate support, into a cultural, literary or linguistic topic of interest to them.

    To draw on and extend the skills and knowledge of relevant cultural, literary or linguistic issues and theoretical debates students have acquired in their taught modules.

    To produce a piece of individual research which presents an argument developed over 10,000 words, usually divided into Introduction, three chapters, and Conclusion.

     

    Learning Outcomes

    Utilise a variety of bibliographical tools to locate a range of primary and secondary sources on which to base a research project.

    ​Construct, focus and structure an independent project, in discussion with a personal supervisor working in that subject area.

    ​Analyse source materials, and develop coherent and original arguments on the basis of research.

    ​Engage critically with relevant cultural, literary or linguistic and / or theoretical debates on the topic.

    ​Manage time effectively and efficiently and plan a long-term process of research, reading and writing.

    ​Present a confident and coherent argument in clear written prose, following scholarly conventions of referencing and bibliography.

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


Teaching and Learning

You will be taught in a mixture of formal lectures, seminars and small group tutorials where a friendly environment prevails and great attention is paid to giving feedback on assessed work.

In language classes, we make every effort to ensure that we have a small number of students compared to competitor institutions, which means that academic staff are able to support students to achieve their full potential. All language modules involve continuous assessment such as oral presentations, listening tests and grammar tests as well as exams. Tuition takes place in small groups with first-language speakers playing a prominent part and includes a range of skills such as listening, writing, speaking, interpreting and translation.

Students are also expected to make regular use of our fully-refurbished Language Lounge to enhance their own study. We encourage our students to become independent learners, and support them through our dedicated library resources in the Sydney Jones Library which is open 24-hour in term time. We also make extensive use of our virtual learning environment VITAL where students can complete structured tasks outside the classroom.


Assessment

Performance throughout the year is carefully monitored and used to supplement examinations. For language, such a programme of continuous assessment involves evaluating performance in a variety of written and oral exercises. Other modules have a mix of essay and exam assessment. Our aim is always to assess by methods of evaluation appropriate to the skills being developed and to allow students to gain credit for good work done during the year.

Exams take place at two points in the academic year: at the end of Semester One in January and at the end of the session in May, so that the workload is evenly distributed. As regards the final degree result, for language programmes, the second year’s work counts for 20%, the work done during the Year Abroad (foreign exams or extended essay or portfolio) counts for another 10%, and the final year’s work counts for 70%.