Hispanic Studies BA (Hons)

Key information


  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: RR45
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • 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 of advanced Spanish will take, four language modules and four foundational modules.

Students of beginners’ Spanish will take two Spanish language modules, four foundational modules and two additional modules in another subject.

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Intermediate Spanish 5, Year 1 (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

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) Students will develop their translation and written skills and be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of the structures, lexicon and registers of Spanish.

    (LO3) 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.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S3) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) Presentation skills – oral

  • Intermediate Spanish 6, Year 1 (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

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) Students will develop their translation and written skills to demonstrate a deep understanding of the structures, lexicon and registers of Spanish.

    (LO3) 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.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) – Presentation skills – written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) – Listening skills

    (S4) Global citizenship – cultural awareness

  • 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 Outcomes

    (LO1) Identify and evaluate some of the key issues in Hispanic Studies

    (LO2) Apply these issues to their study of the Luso-Hispanic world

    (LO3) Locate, organize and evaluate a range of information sources

    (LO4) Discuss the issues raised with reference to the texts studied in class

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S6) Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the cultures, linguistic contexts, history, politics, geography, and social and economic structures of the societies of the country of the target language

    (S7) Global citizenship - Relevant economic/political understanding

    (S8) Understand a text of the target language within its broader historical, cultural and social context

    (S9) Successfully apply a close reading to a text of the target language and demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the cultures, linguistic contexts, history, politics, geography, and social and economic structures of the societies of the country of the target language

  • Elementary Spanish 3+4, Year 1 (SPAN134)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

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

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

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of this module students will communicate in writing in Spanish in a variety of familiar contexts for description and giving information.

    (LO2) On successful completion of this module students will demonstrate understanding and appreciation of the cultural values of the Spanish-speaking world.

    (LO3) On successful completion of this module students will communicate effectively in oral Spanish in a variety of different but familiar contexts and registers.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

  • 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 Outcomes

    (LO1) Identify and evaluate some of the key issues in Hispanic Studies

    (LO2) Apply these issues to their study of the Luso-Hispanic world

    (LO3) Locate, organize and evaluate a range of information sources

    (LO4) Discuss the issues raised with reference to the texts studied in class

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S6) Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the cultures, linguistic contexts, history, politics, geography, and social and economic structures of the societies of the country of the target language

    (S7) Global citizenship - Relevant economic/political understanding

    (S8) Understand a text of the target language within its broader historical, cultural and social context

    (S9) Successfully apply a close reading to a text of the target language and demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the cultures, linguistic contexts, history, politics, geography, and social and economic structures of the societies of the country of the target language

  • 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

    (LO1) Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of some of the key texts of the Luso-Hispanic world.

    (LO2) Display an understanding of some of the key issues of Hispanic Studies.

    (LO3) Demonstrate the ability to apply a close analysis to texts.

    (LO4) Understand different texts, literary and cinematic genres within their broader social and historical contexts.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S5) Personal attributes and qualities – Independence

  • 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

    (LO1) Manage language learning processes more efficiently.

    (LO2) Understand key aspects of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics which are relevant for language learners.

    (LO3) Talk about and describe language using the correct terminology.

    (LO4) Reflect critically on selected language-related issues.

    (LO5) Relate knowledge about text features to the translation of text.

    (LO6) Communicate more efficiently in the first and foreign language.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S2) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis

    (S3) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

    (S6) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

    (S7) Time and project management - Personal organisation

  • 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

    (LO1) Understand and analyse the core texts within their historical, cultural and social contexts and recognise the connections and points of contrast between them.

    (LO2) Develop an awareness of key critical approaches and issues surrounding the core texts studied.

    (LO3) Distinguish between and analyse primary sources that are historiographical, sociological and cultural in nature.

    (LO4) Produce assessed work (portfolio and examination) that displays a critical insight into the topics covered.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S4) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis

Year One Optional Modules

  • 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 Outcomes

    (LO1) Acquirethe ability to recognise familiar words and basic phrases concerning immediatesurroundings and everyday situations when people speak slowly.

    (LO2) Acquire the ability to understand descriptive and narrative texts dealing with familiar objects, actions, and activities written in the present tense.

    (LO3) Acquire the ability to interact in a simple way provided that the other person is ready to repeat or rephrase things.

    (LO4) Acquire the ability to write simple descriptions of people, familiar objects and places, and narratives of everyday situations in the present tense.

    (LO5) Acquire an understanding of the main structural differences between Basque as a non-indoeuropean language and its neighbouring languages.

    (LO6) Acquire an overall knowledge of contemporary Basque society and culture and its most peculiar characteristics.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S5) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning

  • 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

    (LO1) Communicate in the target language in everyday contexts and basic informal registers.

    (LO2) Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the structures.

    (LO3) Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

    (LO4) Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the cultures and linguistic contexts of the country of the target language.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

  • Beginners Portuguese 1+2, Year 1 (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

    (LO1) Apply basic reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in Portuguese.

    (LO2) Communicate in Portuguese in everyday contexts, using formal and informal registers as appropriate.

    (LO3) Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the structures and registers of Portuguese.

    (LO4) Demonstrate some knowledge and understanding of the cultures and linguistic contexts of the countries where Portuguese is spoken.

    (LO5) Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S5) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

  • Elementary Basque 3+4, Year 1 (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 Outcomes

    (LO1) Acquire the ability to recognise a wider range of familiar words and expressions concerning immediate surroundings and everyday situations when people speak slowly.

    (LO2) 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.

    (LO3) Acquire the ability to interact in a richer way provided that the other person is ready to repeat or rephrase things.

    (LO4) 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.

    (LO5) Acquire a more extended understanding of the main structural differences between Basque as a non-indoeuropean language and its neighbouring languages.

    (LO6) Acquire a wider knowledge of contemporary Basque society and culture and its most peculiar characteristics.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S5) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning

  • Elementary Catalan 3+4, Year 1 (CATL134)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

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

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

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

    To explore aspects of contemporary Catalan culture through the medium of Catalan.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Apply basic listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in the target language.

    (LO2) Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the structures, registers and, as appropriate, varieties of the target language.

    (LO3) Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

    (LO4) Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the cultures and linguistics contexts of the country of the target language.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S5) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

  • Elementary Portuguese 3+4, Year 1 (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

    (LO1) Apply basic reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in Portuguese.

    (LO2) Communicate in Portuguese in everyday contexts, using formal and informal registers as appropriate.

    (LO3) Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the structures, registers and varieties of Portuguese.

    (LO4) Demonstrate some knowledge and understanding of the cultures and linguistic contexts of the countries where Portuguese is spoken.

    (LO5) Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S5) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

Programme Year Two

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 One or picking up a second language if you took Spanish as a beginner in Year One.

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Advanced Spanish 7 (SPAN207)
    Level2
    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 a ssist the students in speaking Spanish accurately and fluently .

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Upon completion of the module, students will have consolidated and extended their existing knowledge and ability to use the Spanish language and will have developed all skills - speaking, listening, reading, writing and interacting.

    (LO2) Upon completion of the module, students will have developed their translation and written skills and will be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of the structures, lexicon and registers of Spanish.

    (LO3) Upon completion of the module, students will have improved their listening and speaking skills in order to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts and using the appropriate registers in more complex or professional environments.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

  • Advanced Spanish 8 (SPAN208)
    Level2
    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 to 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

    (LO1) Upon completion of the module, students will have consolidated and extended their existing knowledge and ability to use the Spanish language and will have developed  all skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing and interacting.

    (LO2) Upon completion of the module, students will have developed their translation and written skills and will be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of the structures, lexicon and registers of Spanish.

    (LO3) Upon completion of the module, students will have improved their listening and speaking skills in order to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts and using the appropriate registers in more complex or professional environments.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) Listening skills

  • Advanced Spanish 7+8 (SPAN278)
    Level2
    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 communicate effectively in oral Spanish in a variety of different contexts and registers.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of this module, students will have markedly improved their linguistic skills in Spanish speaking, listening, understanding, reading, writing and translating, which will equip them to attain an advanced level and to be able to spend a successful next year spent abroad.

    (LO2) On successful completion of this module students will be able to translate a variety of socio-cultural and literary texts from English into Spanish.

    (LO3) On successful completion of this module students will be able to communicate effectively in written and oral Spanish in a variety of different formal and professional contexts and registers and to explore aspects of contemporary Peninsular and Latin American Spanish language and culture.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

  • Advanced Spanish 5+6 (SPAN256)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    It aims to consolidate and expand the students’ knowledge of Spanish language to an intermediate level and in a variety of different familiar and professional contexts and registers;

    To explore further aspects of contemporary Peninsular and Latin American Spanish language and culture, such as literature;

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion on this module students will have improved the four linguistic skills in Spanish which will equip them to become independent learners and successfully attain an intermediate level.

    (LO2) On successful completion on this module Students will be able to translate a variety of socio-cultural and literary texts from Spanish into English.

    (LO3) On successful completion on this module Students will be able to communicate effectively in written and oral Spanish in a variety of different familiar and professional contexts and registers and to explore aspects of contemporary Peninsular and Latin American Spanish language and culture.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

Year Two Optional Modules

  • "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

    (LO1) 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

    (LO2) Acquire a critical understanding of the conflict of identities that characterizes the contemporary Basque Country

    (LO3) Acquire a broad knowledge of a number of contemporary Basque cultural productions, and the identity play between the local and the global in which they are inscribed

    (LO4) 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

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis

    (S6) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

  • 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

    (LO1) To be able to read and synthesise material form a range of academic sources

    (LO2) To discuss cogently in small groups and synthesise discussions in presentations

    (LO3) To be able to present arguments in writing using a number of sources that are correctly referenced

    (LO4) To understand the main economic and political challenges facing twentieth century Latin American governments.

    (LO5) To be able to sustain an argument about political developments in the region both verbally and in writing.

    (LO6) To be able to identify differences and similarities in political processes across the region using a comparative methodology.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S5) Global citizenship - Relevant economic/political understanding

  • 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

    (LO1) Demonstrate an understanding of key aspects of second language teaching theories,

    (LO2) Identify the connection between academic and / or theoretical knowledge and its practical application in a modern foreign language classroom,

    (LO3) Demonstrate an ability to develop materials and teaching activities according to a given specification and requirement,

    (LO4) Reflect on and evaluate the efficacy of the materials and teaching activities developed,

    (LO5) Identify, reflect and report on a range of personal / employability skills.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

    (S3) Communication (oral written and visual) - Presentation skills

    (S4) Time and project management - Project management

    (S5) Personal attributes and qualities - Willingness to take responsibility

  • Latin America in Its Literature (LATI203)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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

    (LO1) Students will acquire an understanding of Latin American literature in its broader historical, cultural and socio-political context.

    (LO2) Students will deepen their understanding of Latin American socio-political reality and of its portrayal in the region's literature.

    (LO3) Students will develop their ability to do a close critical reading of literary texts and also improve their analytical skills generally.

    (LO4) Students will have learned to apply theoretical approaches and secondary literature to the analysis of literary texts.

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S3) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S4) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning

  • Multilingual Liverpool: Reading the City (MODL234)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To introduce students to core theoretical topics in sociolinguistics;

    To encourage critical awareness of multilingualism and language practices;

    To apply decoding approaches to texts publicly available in Liverpool.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Read critically public texts, both in English and in the target language.

    (LO2) Decode signs into the target language, bearing in mind the principles of semiotics, audience, design and other linguistic landscape theories.

    (LO3) Develop an understanding of multilingualism.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (including referencing skills)

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

    (S6) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

  • 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

    (LO1) Students will gain a differentiated understanding of the way in which political and other authorities have sought to control, harness and curb the power of film in different historical situations.

    (LO2) Students will gain an awareness of film’s position in national institutional structures and the effect of these onthe finished product and a historical perspective on the perceived purpose of and limits on film production in Europe.

    (LO3) Students will develop an alertness to the ways in which film may seek to manipulate the viewer and a critical attitude to the theories that have been constructed regarding the effects of film on its audience.

    (LO4) Students will develop an ability to use different kinds of textual evidence to present a balanced and sophisticated argument about complex issues of representation and control and to reach a reasoned conclusion recognising the power of social attitudes and desires in the formulation and conduct of debates in these fields.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Research skills - All Information skills

  • 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

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) Students will be able to critically interpret and contextualise a wide range of contemporary texts.

    (LO3) Students will be able to apply theoretical approaches or critical secondary literature to the analysis of primary texts.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

  • The Cinematic City (FILM201)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst 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

    (LO1) Awareness of issues of urban theory, of the spatial implications of cinematic expression, and of the interaction of these;

    (LO2) Awareness of the ways in which cinema has been used to articulate the self-construction of urban societies

    (LO3) Alertness to the ways in which the modern world is constructed through representations

    (LO4) Ability to handle theoretical concepts confidently in written and oral modes, to carry on a discussion and sustain an argument by applying those concepts.

    (LO5) Awareness of some of the practical issues involved in creating an audiovisual piece.

    (LO6) Ability to plan the translation of experience of the city into audiovisual form.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Information skills - Critical reading

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience

    (S6) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

    (S7) Handling audiovisual material

Programme Year Three


Year abroad

You will spend one year abroad as an assistant in a school, as a student at a university or on a work placement. You are encouraged to split the year between two countries to be fully immersed in the two languages that you study.

Programme Year Four

All students must take four language modules and four optional modules. This normally means continuing with the two languages studied in Years One and Two. Optional modules include a dissertation, an independent translation project, film, linguistics and digital cultures among others.

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

    (LO1) By the end of the module, students will be able to speak and write Spanish with near-native fluency and with grammatical correctness.

    (LO2) Students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of different contexts and registers.

    (LO3) 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.

    (LO4) Students will be expected to be able to translate from English into Spanish with grammatical correctness and cultural awareness.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience

  • 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

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) Students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of different contexts and registers.

    (LO3) Students' ability to write in different registers and interpret short interviews/talks will have been enhanced.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

Year Four Optional Modules

  • Contemporary Latin American Politics (LATI307)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to theoretical debates on democratisation;

    To enable students to make considered judgments on the democratic process in Latin America;

    To give students an understanding of the relationship between citizenship, rights and democracy in Latin America;

    To offer an assessment of the developments in political participation since ‘transition’ (roughly post-1980), particularly in relation to shifting state-civil society relations.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Read and synthesise material from a range of academic sources.

    (LO2) Discuss cogently and synthesise discussions in presentations.

    (LO3) Present arguments in writing using a number of sources that are correctly referenced

    (LO4) Give an in-depth oral presentation of their material to staff and students.

    (LO5) Debate articulately the various models of democracy and their usefulness in explaining Latin American politics.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Working in groups and teams - Negotiation skills

    (S5) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S6) Global citizenship - Relevant economic/political understanding

  • 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

    (LO1) Show an awareness of the key theoretical and conceptual debates on the creation and distribution of non mainstream moving and still images.

    (LO2) Demonstrate an applied knowledge of the wider historical context in which non mainstream moving and still images circulate.

    (LO3) Apply theoretical approaches or critical secondary literature to the analysis of non mainstream moving and still images.

    (LO4) Successfully apply close textual analysis of a range of material produced by non mainstream creators.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience

    (S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S7) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S8) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

    (S9) Information skills - Critical reading

    (S10) Skills in using technology - Online communications skills

  • 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

    (LO1) Utilise a variety of bibliographical tools to locate a range of primary and secondary sources on which to base a research project.

    (LO2) Construct, focus and structure an independent project, in discussion with a personal supervisor working in that subject area.

    (LO3) Analyse source materials, and develop coherent and original arguments on the basis of research.

    (LO4) Engage critically with relevant cultural, literary or linguistic and / or theoretical debates on the topic.

    (LO5) Manage time effectively and efficiently and plan a long-term process of research, reading and writing.

    (LO6) Present a confident and coherent argument in clear written prose, following scholarly conventions of referencing and bibliography.

    (S1) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative

    (S2) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

    (S3) Information skills - Critical reading

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S6) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S7) Time and project management - Project planning

    (S8) Time and project management - Project management

    (S9) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S10) Research skills - All Information skills

  • Proficient Catalan 11 (CATL311)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    Consolidate and extend students' existing language skills; Provide an excellent command of Catalan grammar and of oral and written communication skills; Encourage regular independent language learning throughout the module; Enable students to develop useful language learning strategies and a reflective approach.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Apply advanced listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in the target language.

    (LO2) Understand any kind of Catalan text other than those demanding some kind of specialised knowledge.

    (LO3) Express themselves in writing at the same level with complete orthographical and morphological correctness and adequate syntactical sophistication.

    (LO4) Develop translation skills

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

  • Proficient Catalan 12 (CATL312)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    Provide students with advanced competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking Catalan; Develop student's language learning strategy and a reflective approach towards language learning; Explore aspects of contemporary Catalan culture and literature; Develop translation skills.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Apply advanced listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in the target language.

    (LO2) Express themselves in writing at the same level with complete orthographical and morphological correctness and adequate syntactical sophistication.

    (LO3) Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the structures, registers and varieties of the target language.

    (LO4) Understand any kind of Catalan text other than those demanding some kind of specialised knowledge.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

  • Proficient Portuguese 11, Year 3 (PORT311)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting65:35
    Aims

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

    To provide students with a thorough and accurate understanding of complex and sophisticated structures of Portuguese grammar;

    To consolidate students' language learning strategy use and a reflective approach towards language learning;

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Apply complex and sophisticated listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in Portuguese at an advanced level.

    (LO2) Communicate in Portuguese in everyday contexts and in complex and sophisticated formal and informal registers.

    (LO3) Demonstrate a wide and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the structures, registers and, as appropriate, varieties of Portuguese.

    (LO4) Critically reflect on and effectively and thoroughly apply language learning strategies.

    (LO5) Demonstrate a wide and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the cultures and linguistic contexts of Portuguese countries.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S5) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

  • Proficient Portuguese 12, Year 3 (PORT312)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting65:35
    Aims

    To improve students’ skills in written Portuguese;

    To improve students' skills in written translation from Portuguese into English and from English into Portuguese;

    To consolidate and improve students’ knowledge of advanced Portuguese grammar;

    To improve students' reading and comprehension skills in written Portuguese;

    To improve students' communication and comprehension skills in spoken Portuguese via classes with a native speaker;

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On completion of the module students will have acquired a solid knowledge and understanding of advanced Portuguese grammar

    (LO2) On completion of the module students will have acquired the skills involved in translation and be able to apply these to produce high quality translations of Portuguese texts into English, as well as translations into Portuguese

    (LO3) On completion of the module students will be able to apply their knowledge of advanced Portuguese grammar and lexis in order to write compositions in Portuguese at an advanced level

    (LO4) On completion of the module students will be able to understand spoken and written Portuguese at an advanced level

    (LO5) On completion of the module students will be able to communicate in grammatically accurate spoken Portuguese at a high level on a range of subjects

    (LO6) Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

  • Resistance and Renewal: Spanish Poetry From the Folk Songs of the Frontier to the Slam Sessions of Madrid (HISP327)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to introduce students to poetry written in Spanish, from medieval and early modern times to Golden Age cultural production and the latest movements in performance poetry, slams and jam sessions, including some Chilean folk literature. In summary, the module aims to cover some of the major movements and trends in poetry in Spanish up to the present day.

    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.

    The module aims to approach issues on the political and historical frameworks that surround this poetry, and the creation and establishment of the official literary canon.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Upon 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.

    (LO2) 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.

    (LO3) 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.

    (LO4) 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.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S5) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

  • Screening Spain: Contemporary Spanish Film and Television (HISP344)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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

    (LO1) Demonstrate an advanced understanding and knowledge of theories of film and television.

    (LO2) Be able to show how the texts studied on the course intervene in debates surrounding contemporary social and / or political issues.

    (LO3) Apply theoretical approaches or secondry literature to the analysis of film and television.

    (LO4) Successfully consider issues of representation in film and television in terms of Spanish cultural studies and media studies.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

    (S5) Personal attributes and qualities - Independence

  • 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 Outcomes

    (LO1) A basic knowledge of the circumstances and character of the Holocaust in Europe, the experiences of dictatorship and civil war in Latin America, and, where relevant, the Japanese occupation of China and the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

    (LO2) A detailed understanding of the ways in which traumatic experiences of state terror and civil conflict have been represented in Latin American, European or Chinese cultural discourse.

    (LO3) 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

    (LO4) The ability to apply comparative analysis to the understanding of local and individual events, texts and artefacts

    (LO5) 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.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral and poster design

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S3) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S5) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S6) Personal attributes and qualities - independence

  • The Sociolinguistics of Contemporary Spain (HISP329)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To 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

    (LO1) To understand key topics in sociolinguistics

    (LO2) To read and critique academic texts such as journal articles, book chapters etc.

    (LO3) To formulate arguments based on academic literature

    (LO4) To develop academic writing style

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

    (S6) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S7) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

  • Translation Theory and Practice (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

    (LO1) Students will demonstrate an awareness of the theoretical issues and stylistic choices involved in translating at a high level.

    (LO2) Students will be able to translate a range of texts into appropriate English.

    (LO3) Students will have acquired the comprehension and linguistic skills to understand and analyse complex texts in both their target language(s) and English.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S2) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S6) Advanced language skills in both the target language(s) and English

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%.