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Spanish Language & Society III - LAN00028H

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Ms. Maria Muradas-Taylor
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module summary

Students must have successfully completed ONE of the following:

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

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19 to Summer Term 2018-19

Module aims

This module 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 through the centuries.

Module learning outcomes

Satisfactory completion of the course should enable students to:

  • Demonstrate an in depth understanding of some of the aspects of that have shaped Latin America
  • 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.

Module content

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 module will use a varied selection of authentic materials from a range of sources (television broadcast, newspaper articles, literature, online resources, academic papers, debates and speeches), particular emphasis will be given to developing students’ ability to present and analyse sources from a critical perspective. The medium of instruction is Spanish.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 60
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Oral presentation
N/A 40

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 60
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Oral presentation
N/A 40

Module 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.

Indicative reading

Teaching materials and bibliographical references will be supplied during the course. Consultation of Spanish language daily newspapers and weekly magazines is essential for the students to keep up to date with current issues.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.