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  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: T900
  • 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 will take six language modules and two content modules. (normally in different languages)

Year One Optional Modules

  • Introduction to French Studies I (FREN114)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with an outline of the major stages in the evolution of the French state and, through the use of a range of historical and literary, to engage students in a critical examination of these;

    To encourage students to engage with a longer text, through which students will be able to examine different aspects of French and Francophone societies;

    To provide students with skills appropriate to a range of areas in French Studies and to assist them in developing generic study skills, including information skills training and anti-plagiarism training.

    Learning Outcomes

    Demonstrate knowledge  of key events and issues in the history of the French state.

    Demonstrate knowledge of the development of the French language and of the extent of its use throughout the world.

    Read critically in both French and English and write  commentaries on materials covered on the module, constructing a coherent argument and using bibliographical conventions appropriately.

    Find and use appropriate materials and glean data from secondary works using library and IT resources, and understand the rationale behind the proper and consistent use of bibliographic citation.

  • Introduction to German Studies I (GRMN127)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to a range of key political events/developments in contemporary German history and to the historical development of the German language;

    ​To assist students in learning how to engage in the study and critical discussion of a range of primary and secondary historical, political, journalistic and linguistic texts in German and in English;

    ​To teach students completing a comprehension task and writing commentaries and employing the correct forms of bibliographical citation.

    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the module students will have a good overview of political debates in post-1945 Germany, and the development of the German language.

    ​Students will be able to understand and critically discuss a range of primary and secondary materials and deploy the terms used by academics to describe key concepts in the areas studied. 

    ​​Students will be able to write critical commentaries on the areas/materials studied. To this end, they will have learned to find and use appropriate materials using library and IT resources and glean data from secondary works. They will be able to use the conventional forms of bibliographic citation.

  • 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 Italian Studies I (ITAL120)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To introduce students to issues relating to post-unification and fascist Italy and to past and current debates surrounding multilingual, multicultural and multiethnic Italy;

    To develop subject-specific skills appropriate to a range of areas in Italian studies and generic study skills, so that students are prepared for level two modules within the Italian curriculum;

    To enhance critical analysis and independent thinking.​

      Learning Outcomes

      Demonstrate a knowledge of key debates and themes relating to post-unification and fascist Italy and to multiculturalism

      Understand a text relating to the target culture within its broad historical and social context​

      Successfully apply a close reading to a text relating to the target culture​

    • Projecting China: An Introduction to Chinese Cinema (CHIN177)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of contemporary Chinese cinema (principally produced in the People’s Republic of China), both in terms of its historical development and its recent spread around the world.

      To introduce a number of landmarks in the history of twentieth-century China, through their representations in filmic texts. To develop students’ abilities to present and organise arguments clearly, and to analyse problems, in relation to these issues. To enhance students’ skills in the critical evaluation of primary sources (specifically films) and historiography.
      Learning Outcomes

      An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians

      An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and an awareness of different historical methodologies.

      The ability to develop and sustain historical arguments and utilise evidence, with regard to the history and historiography of the development of Chinese cinema, as well as the representation of Chinese history in Chinese cinema.

    • Introduction to French Studies II (FREN116)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      This module aims to provide students with a range of transferrable skills appropriate to the area of French Studies, including data analysis, critical reading, academic writing and presentations;

      ​The first half of the module aims to introduce students to the languages of French and to the French language as spoken around the world and to engage students in an exploration of the linguistic history of French in France and the world, including examination of the role of France’s territorial neighbours and their influence on the heritage languages of France;

      The second half of the module aims to introduce students to relevant literary movements and a selection of theoretical paradigms appropriate to the study of French at the University of Liverpool;

      The module also encourages students to engage with a variety of French narrative forms, including drama, prose and film, and provides them with the necessary skills to evaluate critically such forms.

      Learning OutcomesDemonstrate knowledge of the development of the French language and of the extent of its use throughout the world.

      Demonstrate knowledge of representative examples of French narrative forms and be able to deploy the academic terms used to describe key concepts in these areas.

      ​Students will be able to analyse data and read critically both in French and in English. They will be able to select and integrate this secondary material into their essays following the appropriate conventions.

      ​They will have some understanding of the language and conventions of scholarly articles. They will be able to write summaries on appropriate secondary sources and use their knowledge and understanding of these sources to construct their own arguments.

    • Introduction to German Studies II (GRMN128)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      To provide students with an understanding of the language and conventions of German short stories, Franz Kafka''s The Metamorphosis as well as German film;

      ​To teach students how to engage in the study and critical discussion of German literature and German film as well as related academic secondary sources;

      ​To teach students writing commentaries, literary reviews, essays and employ the correct forms of bibliographical citation. 

      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the module students will have developed a detailed understanding of the literary genre of the German short story, of Kafka''s The Metamorphosis and of three important German films.

      ​Students will be able to watch critically / read critically both primary literature/films in German at an appropriate level and more extended passages of secondary literature in English. They will be able to critically engage in a discussion of the materials studied in class.

      ​Students will be able to write critical commentaries, essays and literary reviews on the areas/materials studied. To this end, they will further consolidate their knowledge about finding and using appropriate materials from secondary sources. They will further consolidate their knowledge about the conventions of bibliographic citation.

    • 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.

    • Introduction to Italian Studies II (ITAL121)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      To provide students with skills appropriate to a range of areas in Italian Studies and to assist them in developing generic study skills so that they are prepared for level two modules within the Italian curriculum;

      To involve the students in the discussion of issues surrounding past and current debates on changing values, conflicts and dissension within Italian society.

      Learning Outcomes

      To acquire a good overview of issues surrounding past and current debates on changing values, conflicts and dissension within Italian society. 

      ​To read critically both short and more extended passages in English and further their understanding of the language and conventions of journalistic and cinematic texts.

      ​To be familiar with the conventional forms of academic terminology and writing and be able to draw on a range of data to describe key concepts in these areas and construct in their own words an argument in the form of an extended essay.

      ​To be familiar with and be able to use the conventional forms of bibliographic citation.

      ​To gain further experience in teamwork and group discussion.

    Programme Year Two

    Students will take six language modules and two content modules. (normally in different languages)

    Year Two Optional Modules

    • 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.​

    • Paris: Capital Cultures? (FREN223)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      To introduce students to Paris as a diverse, global city from a historical and theoretical perspective;

      To develop students'' ability to apply theoretical approaches or critical secondary literature to the study​ of cities in general, and to Paris, its arrondissements and banlieues in particular;

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

      Understand the diversity of Paris and its culture as a capital city both across time and at individual periods in its history.

      Apply theoretical approaches or critical secondary literature to the analysis of a range of sources in different textual forms and visual media, and from diverse periods in French history, both individually and comparatively.​​​​

      Show an awareness of concepts and debates relating to the study of the city in general as a cultural, multilingual, and historically marked space.

      Successfully carry out a piece of individual research.

    • The Emergence of the French Nation State (FREN225)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      To give students a global knowledge of the medieval history of France.

      ​To give students an understanding of important events and long-term historical evolutions which took place or started during the later medieval period. To enhance students'' theoretical and historical understandings of concepts such as sovereignty, the nature of royal authority, theories and images of the king, warfare and taxation. ​
      Learning Outcomes

      To have a general knowledge of the history of France between c.1200 and c.1500.

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

      Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the history of the societies of the country of the target language 

      To be able to develop historical arguments based on critical readings of primary and secondary sources.

    • Culture in the Weimar Republic (GRMN218)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      To introduce students to a range of cultural artefacts from the Weimar Republic. Students are enabled to situate the texts and films in historical context, paying particular attention to two major developments in the twentieth century: the growth of the modern metropolis (especially Berlin) and changing concepts of gender - masculinity and femininity - in the wake of the First World War;

      To introduce students to concepts of literary and film analysis as well as critical theory relevant to the themes of the texts (the city, class and gender identity);

      To develop students'' critical writing skills in two different tasks - commentaries and an essay - and will acquire further competence in online tasks.

       

       

      Learning OutcomesStudents will demonstrate an awareness of the cultural output and historical and political context of Weimar Republic-era Germany, with particular focus on the theme of the city and on notions of class and gender.

      ​Students will further develop critical and analytical skills enabling them to situate texts and concepts in their historical context.

      ​Students will be able to evaluate a range of textual and critical evidence, to assess their relative merits and to construct in verbal and written form clearly reasoned arguments on the basis of such evidence.

      ​Through close readings of selected primary material, students will develop their awareness of language and literary strategies, and an awareness of historical film techniques and the form of critical film analysis.

    • Culture and Politics in the German Dictatorships (GRMN220)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      AimsTo offer students of German as well as students not studying the German language an in-depth understanding of the cultural-political dynamics of the two German dictatorships;To develop students skills in studying German and English primary and secondary sources about the two German dictatorships and in critically discussing these materials in the seminar sessions;To actively support students in developing independent research skills and the ability to construct complex arguments in relation the often contradictory political role of culture  in the German dictatorships.
      Learning OutcomesBy the end of the module, students will have a good understanding of the cultural politics of the NS and SED regimes, their official ideologies, and the comparability of the two regimes as dictatorships, as well as of a range of specific examples of official and non-official culture. Students will be able to engage in a critical discussion about a wide range of primary and secondary materials and deploy the concepts and terms used by academics to describe the cultural politics and artistic practice of the two dictatorships.Students will be able to present a critical and nuanced discussion about specific topics/themes in written and oral form and will be able reflect explicitly on their learning.
    • 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. ​

    • 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.

    • 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​.

    • 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.

    • 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.​

    • Art and VIolence: VIsual Cultures and the Media in Modern France (FREN220)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
      Aims

      To equip students with the analytical tools and critical vocabulary necessary to ''read'' any still image in terms of its aesthetic qualities. The images studied will include: advertising (both commercial and public information advertising) commercial logotypes, bande dessinee and selected fine art images. Many of the images will be challenging depicting or suggesting violence;

      To give students an ''image bank'' by introducing them to the diversity of social and cultural contexts in which images are important carriers of meaning in France;

      ​To introduce students to the critical vocabulary of semiology as far as it is useful for the analysis of images. These tools and vocabulary used during the module are intended to be useful in the world beyond the module;

      To give students the confidence to think critically and independently about images and to be aware of the partisan uses to which they are frequently put.

      Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this module students will be able to: Quickly and cogently analyse an image both orally and in writing.

      ​Ask informed questions about the cultural context and possible functions of a given image.

      Appreciate a selection of the most influential images in France (and of France) from a range of different non-fictional and fictional contexts: advertising, the bande dessinee, company logotypes and satirical cartoons.

      Appreciate a selection of the different discourses which have been used in France to analyse the image such as semiology and modern art criticism.

      Interact constructively with other students in the electronic discussion and project fora WIKIS associated with the module content.

      Select and apply relevant French-language secondary materials to enrich their interpretations of images.

      Understand the fundamental differences between the French and English-speaking traditions of image analysis: Barthes, Jakobson, Pierce, David Scott.

    • Manger! Food and French Culture (FREN230)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      Recognised by UNESCO in 2010 as part of humanity''s intangible cultural heritage, the French ''gastronomic meal'' has been one of the gifts the French feel they have given the world. This is the first module in French Studies globally that aims to give students both a historically grounded understanding of the discourses of food in France and a critical understanding of how French cuisine functions as a national myth;

      The wider context for this module''s aims is the opportunity to offer our students content and teaching and learning unique in UK French Studies. The module capitalizes on the research expertise of 90% of members of staff at Liverpool;

      This module aims to familiarize students with authentic documents written in French from different time periods from the Middle Ages onwards;

      This module aims to encourage students to apply the theoretical concepts, historical understanding and specialist French vocabulary that they have learnt to the understanding and analysis of real-life situations​;

      This module aims to encourage students to make learnig and assessment choices which play to their strengths as independent learners.

      Learning Outcomes

      On completion of this module, students will have an understanding of the development of the significance of food for French society from the Middle Ages to the end of the twentieth century.

       

       

       

       

       

       

      On completion of this module, students will have acquired and internalized the core vocabulary in French for describing French food and its modes of presentation on the table and in a menu.

      On completion of this module, students will understand the role played by the absence and presence of food at specific moments in the history of France. ​

      ​Students will know the names of the principal individuals who have shaped French culinary tradition and understand the importance of food in terms of the relation between Paris and the provinces of France and between France and the UK

    • Introduction to French Cinema (FREN236)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      To introduce students to the basic language of film analysis;

      To introduce students to the rich cultural field which the cinema has represented in France through study of selected films from particularly significant periods, giving them a background of reference points and an understanding of how cinema has developed in France;​

      To cultivate habits of close visual analysis and careful structuring of such analysis​;

      To increase confidence in class discussion and presentation. ​

      Learning Outcomes

      Students should be able to give an intelligent and informed account of how any film (from whatever culture) is put together, the ways in which it engages its audience and the messages it conveys. 

      Students will develop thorough and perceptive powers of observation and interpretation of the elements of a cinematic text both visual and aural​

      Students will be able to explain their observations in a structured way, in written analyses and also orally in front of a class, in the latter case using visual aids when appropriate.

      Students will be able to insert their detailed observations into a thematic or historical context in order to show how a particular film deals with larger issues, and to construct a well-written essay to explain their ideas. ​

      ​Students should have a basic overview of major directors and trends in the history of the cinema in France, which will enable them to see other French films in their historical and artistic context.

    • German Cinema From the Expressionism to the Present (GRMN225)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      ​To introduce students to the history of German national cinema from its origins to the present day with a special focus on Weimar Cinema, the Third Reich, post-war film, the New German Cinema of the 1960s and 1970s;

      To introduce students to the work of key German directors including F. W. Murnau, Fritz Lang, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Werner Herzog and Wim Wender;

      To sensitise students to films as historical texts which emerge from and engage with the context of their production;

      To sensitise students to film as an aesthetic artefact determined on the one hand by particular conditions of production (i.e. the studio system/‘Autorenkino’) and produced on the other according to cinematic conventions of film language, genre etc.

      Learning Outcomes

      Students will understand the emergence and development of German national cinema from its origins until the present.

      Students will demonstrate a critical awareness of academic debates about major periods or movements in German film – Weimar film and ‘Expressionism’, the Third Reich, post-war cinema, the New German Cinema and post-unification cinema – and of current academic debates about them.​

      Students will develop critical and analytical skills enabling them to evaluate a variety of film materials from a range of different periods and styles.​

      Students will be able to evaluate a range of other varieties of textual and historical evidence, to assess its relative merits and to construct in verbal and written form clearly reasoned arguments on the basis of such evidence. ​

    • "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

    • The Italian Cinema (ITAL223)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      ​To introduce students to the major periods and some of the major films of one of the most significant of European National cinemas, through a selection of films which are available in sub-titled versions in this country;

      ​To give students an understanding of the range of Italian cinema, its influence on Europe as a whole, and its very particular nature (with a particular consideration to the strong division between the internationally influential ‘art-film’ production of the 1950s and 1960s, and the generic popular films which brought in the domestic audience and have recently begun to attract notice abroad);

      ​To broaden students’ perceptions of ‘European’ cinema, to give them a basis for comparison which they can use in their other modules on this course;

      ​To increase students’ analytical tools and vocabulary with respect to different types of cultural production;

      To increase students’ awareness of the social function of film (and cultural production in general) and the role it plays both for its audience and (to some extent) in the intellectual life of a culture in general;

      ​To make students aware of possible aspects of film culture which they may wish to explore further in their final year or during their year in Europe;

      To increase students’ confidence in written and oral analysis and debate.

       

      Learning Outcomes

      A broad knowledge of the history of Italian cinema so that students will be able both to compare it with other European cinemas and to assess current Italian films and issues in Italian cinema in a historical context.

      An awareness of the different roles and functions of ‘auteur’ and popular cinema, of the issues for film studies which these different types of production imply, and of some possibly fruitful avenues for further study.

      ​An ability to discuss both orally and in written form concepts relating both to formal innovation (where authorial intent must be taken into account) and to generic norms and issues of spectatorship (applying theoretical concepts to popular cultural forms)

      Confidence in dealing with film texts where (it must be assumed) the principal language is not one they are familiar with, and an ability to make allowances for this and to come to the appropriate terms with their own position in relation to the culture they are studying.

    • 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.​

    Programme Year Three

    Students will embark on a year abroad and complete either an extended essay(s) or portfolio(s): or accredited ERASMUS modules.

    Programme Year Four

    Students will take six language modules and two content modules. (normally in different languages)

    Year Four Optional Modules

    • Cinema and Narratives of French Society (FREN337)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      This module will study the ways in which French cinema has approached, and occasionally helped to construct, the history of the twentieth century. We will look at the options available to film-makers faced with the task of recording and representing their own society, including ways in which the construction of such narratives has been questioned, with a view to assessing cinema’s role in the never-ending process of construction of French cultural identity;

      The module aims to raise students’ awareness of the ways in which Frenchness has been represented​;

      The module will introduce them to theories of cinematic representation and to the ways in which these impinge on the world-view of the spectator​;

      Students will gain awareness of the role which cinema plays in society (French society especially)​;

      Students will gain experience in close analysis of the implications of key texts, through their formal choices as well as their content. ​

      Learning Outcomes

      Awareness of the changing representation of French history and French society in a popular national medium.

      Familiarity with key concepts in film theory and ability to handle them with relation to specific texts​

      Ability to express ideas succinctly and to carry out extended independent textual (visual) analysis.​

      Ability to undertake critical analysis of cultural representations and to relate them appropriately to their context.​

    • The Sociolinguistics of Modern French (FREN333)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      Deepen students’ understanding of language policy in general, and French language policy in particular (from the reign of François I to François Hollande);

      ​Explore the social situation in France with regard to the use of language;

      ​Consider aspects of variation in language across France (both European and overseas territories);

      ​Introduce students to the methodology of research in sociolinguistics.

      Learning Outcomes

      Understand the ways in which language is appropriate for social purposes.

      ​Read and use unfamiliar texts, including journal articles

      ​Evaluate critical approaches to sociolinguistic issues in France

      ​Contribute to seminar discussion, exploiting their own increased understanding of the issues at play

    • French Identities: France, Europe and the World, C. 1720-1830 (FREN334)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      To introduce students to the range of literature which explores French cultural contact with the wider world during the ''long'' eighteenth century;

      To explore how representations of the ''other'' problematize the French ''self'', under the the Bourbon monarchy, the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars, and the Restoration;

      To encourage students to challenge homogeneous views of ''Frenchness'' through the analysis of texts written by fictional ''marginal’ characters;

      To encourage students to reflect on themes raised by the texts using recent theories developed by postcolonialism, psychoanalysis and feminism which conceptualize alterity;

      To provide an understanding of  key periods in French history (the Bourbon monarchy, the Enlightenment, the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars) while simultaneously encouraging students to reflect upon the problem of traditional periodization in French historical writings;

      To develop students'' analytical and critical skills (in both oral and written form).

      Learning Outcomes

      Understand a pre-modern text (of the target language if read in French) within its broader, historical, cultural and social context

      ​Successfully apply a close-reading to a pre-modern text (of the target language if read in French)

      ​Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the cultures, history and politics of France and its contact with the wider world under the Bourbon monarchy, the Revolution, the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, and the Restoration

      Apply theoretical approaches (e.g., postcolonial, Marxist, feminist) to the analysis of primary textsDemonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the cultural and intellectual relationship between France, Europe and the world during a period of history which has had a profound effect on modern-day France

    • Fairytales and Fear: the Fantastic in Literature (GRMN316)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      AimsThis module seeks to introduce students to the genre of the fantastic in German literature, focusing on two areas: fairytales in the Grimm’s Märchen and contemporary Romanticism (Tieck, Hoffmann), and poetic as well as psychological realism (Schnitzler, Storm, von Droste-Hulshoff).   It will familiarise students with key theories of the genre, with a particular emphasis on Todorov’s theory of the fantastic, and Freud’s reading of Der Sandmann and develop students’ skills in textual interpretation through close reading.

       

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Students will demonstrate an understanding of the literary genre of the fantastic and the psychological notion of the uncanny.

      Students will have enhanced their critical reading skills of narrative prose from a range of historical periods, and of theoretical texts and secondary literature.

      Students will be able to apply theoretical concepts to literary texts and assess the merits of competing interpretations.

    • 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.

    • 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.​

    • The Sociolinguistics of Contemporary Italy (ITAL320)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      To outline the linguistic situation of contemporary Italy;

      To develop the students’ critical awareness of issues relating to language in society, with specific reference to the Italian context;

      ​To introduce theoretical and methodological aspects of sociolinguistic research.

         

      Learning Outcomes

      Understanding of the main factors at play in evaluating the Italian linguistic situation

      Ability to assess Italian linguistic behaviour on the basis of individual and social variables

      Ability to apply the main sociolinguistic concepts and categories confidently

      Ability to critically evaluate relevant literature in Italian sociolinguistics​

    • Non-western Cultures in Spanish-american Literature (LATI301)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims
      • to introduce students to the work of some of Spanish America''s leading fiction writers  
      • to look at the representation of non‑Western peoples/cultures in Spanish American literature​
      • to examine how and to what extent the study of literature can be used as a means of understanding Latin America''s cultural and socio-political contrasts and conflicts​
      • to deepen students'' understanding of the heterogeneous nature of many Spanish American societies and cultures ​
      • to train them in the reading of literature and to encourage them to improve their ability to carry out detailed analysis of texts on their own ​
      • to encourage students to improve their ability to carry out detailed analysis of texts on their own ​​
      Learning Outcomes

      Students will have a broader knowledge of Spanish American fiction

      Students will be able to appreciate how the study of literature can be useful in deepening our understanding of Latin America''s cultural and socio-political contrasts and conflicts ​

      Students will be better aware of how non-Western peoples and cultures are represented in Latin American literature

      Students will have a more profound understanding of the heterogeneous nature of many Latin American societies and cultures​

      Students will have improved their reading skills and their ability to carry out detailed analysis of texts on their own

    • 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.​

    • 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

    • Aspects of Cinematic Realism (FILM302)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

       The module will introduce students to the theoretical and practicalimplications of the realist aesthetic as it has been interpreted at different timesand places in the history of film.

      Using this central concept as a base, the module aims to make studentsaware of the evolution of critical and theoretical approaches to film, itsfunction and its mode of operation, from classical film criticism, through thesemiotically-based analyses of the sixties and seventies, to more recentconcentration on spectatorship and audience reception.

      The module aims to encourage a critical evaluation of realism as aconcept and of particular film-texts in the light of the theory underlyingtheir production ​

      The module aims to equip students with skills to engage in carefultextual analysis and to assess comparatively how different stylistic choicesmediate audience engagement with the reality that is notionally represented .

      At final-year level this module aims to enable students to work ata level of some theoretical sophistication and to show ability to relatecomplex general ideas to particular instances ​

         

      Learning Outcomes

      Familiarity with key concepts in film theory and ability to handle themwith relation to specific texts.

      An awareness of the critical and practical debates which have beenengaged in Europe around the artistic potential and the vocational function ofcinema, ability to assess the various positions critically and to formulaterigorous arguments to explain the student''s own position.

      Understanding of the various compleximplications of an apparently simple concept.

      Ability to express ideas succinctlyand to carry out independent textual (visual) analysis.​

    • French Dressing: Six Centuries of Clothing and Cultural History in France (FREN335)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      ​To introduce students to the ways in which French cultural productions from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries (e.g. paintings, lifestyle journalism) using clothing to convey and shape identity;

      ​​To develop students'' ability to apply theoretical approaches or critical secondary literature to the study of clothing;

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

      Learning Outcomes

      Ability to evaluate critically the role and significance of fashion in French culture from the late Middle Ages to the twentieth century. 

      ​Apply theoretical approaches or critical secondary literature to the analysis of a range of artefacts in different visual media and from diverse periods in French history, both individually and comparatively.

      ​Understand concepts and approaches relating to the history of fashion and consumption, especially in relation to individual and group identity.

    • Proficient French 12 (FREN312)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      AimsTo provide students with advanced competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking in French, building on the skills acquired in the year two language modules, in year three during the Year Abroad and in semester one of year four in FREN311; To further increase students linguistic confidence; To equip students with the speaking skills necessary in a professional and every day context; To equip students with the writing skills necessary in a professional and every day context; To develop students cultural understanding of France.
      Learning OutcomesBy the end of this module, you will have improved your listening, reading and writing skills in French to reach near native speaker level.​ Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of different registers and be able to adapt your French to different situations and contexts.

      ​Consolidate presentation and debating skills, as well as translation skills from French to English, English into French.

      Identify the demands of the workplace. Communicate effectively in writing in French in a professional context. Understand the social, economic and political situation in France.
    • French Travellers in the New World (FREN332)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      To provide an understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of the discovery of the New World;

      To introduce students to the language, style and themes of sixteenth-century French texts;

      To give students an insight into the diversity and contrasts in representations of the New World in French Renaissance literature;

      To encourage students to reflect on the issues presented by the texts in the light of recent theories developed to conceptualise travel, cultural exchange, cultural difference and ''otherness'', such as postcolonial theory and psychoanalysis;

      To develop students'' subject-specific and transferable skills such as the ability to read in French; the ability to use electronic resources such as the internet; presentational, organisational, analytical, time management, problem-solving, research and writing skills.

      Learning Outcomes

      The ability to read and understand French Renaissance texts.

      ​Comment on the historical and cultural factors pertinent to the discovery of the New World and its representation French Renaissance writing.

      ​Identify and discuss the stylistic and thematic features of the works studied.

      ​Compare and contrast the set works and the stylistic and thematic issues they present.

      ​Read and understand theories of ''otherness'' and apply them to the prescribed material where appropriate.

      ​Use electronic resources such as the internet to further their understanding of the issues raised by the course, particularly digitised texts.

      ​Evaluate critical approaches to the issues discussed and select those likely to be pertinent and fruitful, explaining and defending choices when asked to do so either by other students or the course tutors.

      ​Contribute to tutorial discussion, analysing material with regard to its broad themes, significant detail, and socio-cultural, historical and ideological context.

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

      ​Make competent use of secondary literature and achieve the proper integration of such material into an original argument.

      ​Use library and bibliographical skills to find secondary literature relating to the chosen texts, including that available on the internet.

    • Resistance and Collaboration: the French Legacy (FREN343)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      To introduce students to a range of key post-1945 French responses to the issues of resistance and collaboration during the wartime Occupation of France (printed, film and video);

      To explore the different ways in which those materials engage with the complex issues of history, memory and responsibility;

      To develop students’ ability to read materials critically, and to draw conclusions across these by comparing and contrasting;

      To encourage reflection and discussion on the ongoing questions surrounding France’s engagement with her past;  To support students’ ability to produce coherent and focussed writing on the module themes.
      Learning Outcomes

      As a result of the module, students should have improved their ability to:

      read/view unfamiliar and challenging literary, historical and cinematic materials, showing specific knowledge about the contexts in which those texts were produced

      Appreciate the diversity of historical, literary and cinematic material available on the topic, by considering a variety of differing approaches to common themes, in order to evaluate representations of the Occupation years​

      Understand the society and historical context from which the prescribed materials emerge and to which their authors belong​Contribute to seminar discussion, analysing materials with regard to their broad themes, significant detail, and socio-cultural, historical and ideological context; and detecting affinities between the prescribed materials by analysing common themes whilst making cross comparisons between authors and contexts​Demonstrate an awareness of the intercultural sensitivity required for a successful understanding of the material and themes under consideration

    • Language & Society (GRMN313)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      To familiarise students with key concepts in sociolinguistics;

      To enable students to apply key concepts in the analysis of samples of the German language and in the discussion of the social relevance of language variations;

      ​To develop an understanding of the link between language and (national) identity and the role of German in Germany, Austria and Switzerland;

      ​To develop an understanding of the importance of the German language and its variations for the identity of individual speakers;

      ​To develop an understanding of recent language changes and their causes and perceptions in society.

      Learning Outcomes

      Understand sociolinguistic concepts such as dialect or sociolect and their significance as social markers in society.

       

      ​Recognise features of certain variations of the language.

      ​Understand the role that language plays for individual, group and national identity.

      ​Demonstrate a critical understanding of EU language policies and their effects.

      Understand how language works to change or maintain power relations.​

    • The German Cinema Since 1990 (GRMN330)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

                To provide students with a detailed knowledge of the German cinema since 1990 and its social and institutional context; 

             To sensitise students to debates about the return of popular-genre and star-led cinema in the German film industry since 1990 and the rise of so-called ''heritage'' cinema;

                To sensitise students to films as historical texts which emerge from and engage with the context of their production;

               To sensitise students to film as an aesthetic artefact determined on the one hand by particular conditions of production (i.e. the studio system) and produced on the other according to cinematic conventions of film language, genre etc.​

      Learning Outcomes

      Students will gain an understanding of the ongoing development of film within the social, institutional and commercial context of the German film industry of the 1990s.

      Students will demonstrate a good understanding of the critical debates surrounding the return of genre cinema and popular film-making in the German film industry in the 1990s and they will be able to relate these to debates about German film-making before 1990. ​

      Students will demonstrate a critical understanding of the work of some of the most important film directors to have emerged in since 1990 and the relation of their work to traditions of German film-making and international trends

      Students will demonstrate a critical grasp of a range of visual, textual and other historical material, an ability to extract and synthesise information and to express arguments cogently in writing. ​

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

      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. ​

      ​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.

    • 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.

    • Italian Crime Stories: From Noir Fiction to Mafia Films (ITAL321)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      To introduce and broaden the students’ perceptions of Italian crime and Mafia fiction and film;

      ​To introduce a variety of theoretical and critical approaches and considers how the different sources can relate to each other and to society;

      To explore and analyse a variety of sources (including novels, films and TV series);

      To make students aware of relevant aspects of Italian crime and Mafia fiction and film which they may wish to explore further in postgraduate research programmes.

      Learning Outcomes

      An ability to understand and discuss literary texts, films and other artefacts and to place these sources in its broader historical, cultural and social context.

       

      An ability to apply theoretical approaches or critical secondary literature to the analysis of written and audio-visual sources.  

      ​Ability to demonstrate confidence in written analysis and debate

    • Contemporary Latin American Politics (LATI307)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      AimsTo 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​Readand synthesise material from a range of academic sources​.
       ​​​Discuss cogently and synthesise discussions in presentations​.

       

       

      ​Present arguments in writing using a number of sources that are correctly referenced​

       

      Give an in-depth oral presentation of their material to staff and students​.

       

      ​Debate articulately the various models of democracy and their usefulness in explaining Latin American politics.
    • 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.​

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

      ​​

      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.
    • 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%.