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Spanish Language and Society III

América Latina y su identidad continental



Building on the skills acquired during the time studying in a Spanish-speaking country, this module will aim to increase proficiency in the practice of different styles of Spanish, both written and spoken. It will also enable students to master the techniques of extended essay writing in Spanish.

This course will look into the idea of continental identity in Latin America, focusing on historical, political and literary accounts from Pre-Columbian cultures to the present. Through the analysis of current debates, the students will also look into the complexities of the social-political realities that have shaped Latin America.

Satisfactory completion of the course should enable students to:

  • Demonstrate an in depth understanding of some of the aspects of modern Latin-American culture and society
  • Demonstrate an ability to undertake personal research  
  • Present sources from a critical perspective and develop arguments effectively in both spoken and written Spanish
  • Achieve a high level of accuracy in the production of both written and spoken Spanish.



Students must have successfully completed ONE of the following:

  • A study year in a Spanish-speaking country 
  • A semester in a Spanish-speaking country




Contact hours

Two seminar hours in terms 1 and 2. There will be no timetabled teaching sessions in week 10 of term 2 to allow for individual consultations to discuss the end of year paper. In term 3, there will be one seminar in weeks 1 and 2 focusing primarily on consolidation of knowledge and language skills. Weeks 3 and 4 will focus on oral presentations.

Teaching programme

All the lessons are conducted as seminars in order to encourage discussion and interaction.  Therefore, completing weekly tasks in preparation for class discussion is an essential part of students’ commitment. The classes will cover a range of themes related to current issues in modern Spanish speaking countries. Using authentic materials from a range of sources (television broadcast, newspaper articles, books, websites), particular emphasis will be given to developing students’ ability to present and analyse sources from a critical perspective. The medium of instruction is Spanish.

Teaching materials

Teaching materials and bibliographical references will be supplied during the course.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on formative work

  • Oral commentary and dialogue within class on oral and written language work, given immediately both to individuals and to group
  • Oral commentary and dialogue on seminar presentation, given to the individual presenter following the seminar
  • Written comments and marks on the University scale given to individual students for practice essays, with opportunity for individual consultation. The essays will be returned to students two weeks after seminar
  • Model answers may be given for class exercise/past exam papers, with class discussion of difficulties

Summative assessment and feedback

  • Oral presentation  in Week 1 of Autumn Term

A ten minute discussion to defend one of the essays written during the year abroad

    • Weight: 20%
  • Oral presentation  in Summer Term 
    • Weight: 30%
  • Research essay  Students research a current issue of their choice and write a paper of 3000 words
    • Due: Summer Term, Week 5
    • Weight: 50%

Feedback: Individuals will be given a feedback sheet for the oral examination, and will be allowed to see their essay with comments, under supervision, at an appointed date after the external examiner has reviewed the papers.



Transferable skills developed in this module

All modules provide an opportunity to work on general oral/written communication skills (in class and in assessments) and general self management (organising your studies), alongside the specific skills in language or linguistics that the module teaches.

In addition, this module will allow you to particularly develop skills in social and intercultural awareness.  By investigating current issues in societies where Spanish is spoken, you will learn how historical and political events shape societies, how cultural expectations inform debates and how you can best communicate your understanding in Spanish.

Follow this link to hear how past students use transferable skills from their degree in their current jobs.

About this module

  • Module name
    Spanish language and society III
  • Course code
    S28H (LAN00028H)
  • Teacher
    María Muradás-Taylor
  • Term(s) taught
    All terms
  • Credits