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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : European Languages and Cultures - Hispanic Studies

Undergraduate Course: Spanish 2 (ELCH08004)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummarySpanish 2 consolidates the language skills acquired in Spanish 1A and 1B, and further develops linguistic competence through written, oral, and aural language work. It extends the students' familiarity with the history and cultural production of Spain and Latin America through the literature and film component, and aims to develop their ability to analyse works critically.
Course description Spanish 2 consolidates the language skills acquired in Spanish 1A and 1B, and further develops linguistic competence through written, oral, and aural language work. The study of a diverse range of texts and films from Spain and Latin America in the literature programme aims to deepen your knowledge of cultural responses to societal change at different historical moments and develop your ability to analyse works critically. Overall, Spanish 2 will hone the range of transferable skills gained in Spanish 1A/1B: gathering, assessing, organizing and presenting information; analysing texts critically and contextually; structuring and communicating ideas both orally and in writing; studying independently and in groups.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Spanish 1A (ELCH08001) OR Spanish 1B (ELCH08002)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Purchase of primary and extension texts, as well as course handout.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesEntry to any language course above introductory level is subject to a language test by the relevant subject area on arrival and at the discretion of the course organiser.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Continue to develop a more nuanced command of Spanish vocabulary, grammar and syntax; along with a critical understanding of a range of more specific areas in Spanish and Hispano-American literature and cultures.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the main ideas of complex language on concrete and abstract topics, and an ability to rapidly grasp the content and significance of a range of written material
  3. Write at length about topical and cultural issues in a critical manner summarising information accurately and developing a clear argument.
  4. Further develop effective communication, presentation and interaction skills across a range of media, on both an impromptu and prepared basis, providing the linguistic competence to meet with the demands of living and either studying or working in a Spanish-speaking environment.
  5. Demonstrate self-reliance, initiative, and the ability to work flexibly with others.
Reading List
Language course:

Nuevo Avance Superior B2 (Autoras: Concha Moreno, Victoria Moreno y Piedad Zurita)
Libro del alumno: ISBN: 9788497783774
Editorial SGEL

Nuevo Avance Superior B2 (Autoras: Concha Moreno, Victoria Moreno y Piedad Zurita)
Cuaderno de ejercicios ISBN: 9788497788014
Editorial SGEL

The primary texts and films studied in the literature course are (in order of study):

El viaje (Dir. Fernando Solanas, Argentina/Francia/España/México, 1992)
Y tu mamá también (Dir. Alfonso Cuarón, México, 2001)

Vargas Llosa, Mario, El hablador (Debolsillo, 2008)
Piñeiro, Claudia, Las viudas de los jueves (Editorial Alfaguara, 2005)
Marías, Javier, Corazón tan blanco (Editorial Crítica, 2006)
Pérez Reverte, Arturo, El Club Dumas (any edition)
Rivers, Elías L. (ed.), Poesía lírica del Siglo de Oro (Cátedra) [selected texts below]
- Garcilaso de la Vega, Egloga I (¿El dulce lamentar de dos pastores¿), Canción III (¿Con un manso rüido¿), and Canción V (¿Si de mi baja lira¿)
- San Juan de la Cruz, Cántico espiritual (¿¿Adónde te escondiste?¿), Canción III (¿Oh llama de amor viva¿), and ¿En una noche oscura¿
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements For visiting students wishing to enrol on this course: student has to be in Edinburgh for the full year, they can enrol with the explicit permission of the Spanish 2 course organiser and the course must be relevant to their curriculum.
Additional Class Delivery Information An additional weekly language tutorial will be available in semester 1 for those students entering Spanish 2 from Spanish 1A.
KeywordsDELC Spanish 2
Course organiserDr Charlotte Gleghorn
Tel: (0131 6)51 3237
Course secretaryMiss Fiona Jack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3635
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